KeVita Review and giveaway

Oh how I love KeVita. They make the perfect refreshing drink. The taste is refreshing , delicious, and satisfying. Let’s start with who they are: (Keep reading for the giveaway at the end of the blog post)

From their website

What is KeVita?

KeVita® Sparkling Probiotic Drink is delicious vitality in every sip. At the heart of KeVita is its proprietary culture with four strains of live probiotics. Created with optimum health in mind, KeVita is handcrafted in its own facility in Southern California. Enjoy a variety of low calorie flavors including Coconut, Mango Coconut and Pomegranate. KeVita is certified organic, non-dairy, non-GMO, gluten free and vegan.

Refresh yourself daily with KeVita. Enjoy delicious vitality and love in every sip!

– See more at: http://kevita.com/about/what-is-kevita/#sthash.I0yH8tHc.dpuf

 

Also Kevita is USDA certified organic, low calorie, NON-GMO (woohoo), gluten free, and vegan!

KeVita has an impressive list of flavors, the only sad part is most of the stores I go to, only have 1-2 flavors. 

  • Coconut
  • Lemon Ginger
  • Strawberry Acai Coconut
  • Mango Coconut
  • Pomegranate Coconut
  • Pomegranate
  • Pomegranate Black Tea
  • Living Greens
  • NEW: Mojita: Lime Mint Coconut
  • NEW: Daily Cleanse: Lemon Cayenne

Let’s start with the Lemon Ginger:

Hands down, my favorite combination. It’s light and fizzy and perfect for re-hydrating.  It’s not just the great taste that draws me to this product, the ingredient list is quite impressive. I think KeVita is perfect for someone who hasn’t really gotten into drinking Kombucha or finds that Kombucha is too overwhelming. 

The ingredient list boasts: Reverse Osmosis Water, Organic KeVita Probiotic Culture, Organic Cane syrup, organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Organic cold pressed lemon juice and ginger whole plant extracts, organic fig concentrate, purple carrot juice color.

Pretty impressive to me! Its a super pick me up. 

I also tried the Mango Coconut:

This flavor definitely has more punch, fruity and tropical. My BF Oliver said this was his favorite but I guess I’m more of the traditional flavor girl, can’t beat lemon and ginger! I could see serving this flavor as a punch at a party! OOOO! Just had a thought… a KeVita party. LOL. Yeah I’m a dork like that. 

Here is the awesome ingredient list: Reverse osmosis water, organic KeVita probiotic culture, organic coconut water, organic mango puree, organic apple cider vinegar, organic natural mango flavor, organic natural coconut flavor, organic stevia, organic fruit and vegetable color

Now for the giveaway! Enter below for your chance to score a coupon for a free drink (although tiny print says you are responsible for sales tax which is roughly 25-32cents) PRETTY FREAKING good in my book!

 

OK! Leave me a comment with the flavor you would like to try. Also like me on FB or follow me on Twitter and let me know in separate comments that you are/did. I will randomly pick a winner on 9/17/13 and announce the winner. Good luck. 

 

Have a super awesome day. 

Hatha Yoga and Apple Cider Vinegar

I want to share with you my simply awesome indulgences today. I didn’t clean house (gasp). Today I focused on the kids, my bf and MEEEEE! We spent quite a bit of time at the park today. Connor absolutely refused to leave and I literally carried his screaming body to the car. Oh to be 2.  Sometimes I feel like that…. like when I have to get out of bed.. just kidding.

 

I have done Yoga sporadically over the years, just like most things, I’ve had periods of really sticking with it and then finding I only do it a couple times a month to lately…. I went to Yoga with a friend in JUNE! And now its the end of August. A couple weeks ago I got an awesome Living Social deal for 10 classes so I’m dedicated to using those up. I do believe they expire in October.

Here is a description of Hatha yoga from the place I go:

HOT HATHA: A systemic practice of 26 held postures and two breathing exercises. Practicing at least 3 times a week will build strength, range of motion, stamina, balance, flexibility, and clarity of mind. (103-105 degrees)

It was pure wonderful-ness. It was really challenging but the way I feel after is like I just climbed Mt. Everest! I conquered that 90 minutes of balancing and twisting my body. And it felt good. Not to mention the yoga instructor came around and pushed on my back and hips and I felt something “click” and the hip pain I have been experiencing since the Zombie Run vanished.

Ljpasion writes:

The practice of Hatha Yoga can help you recognize your hidden physical and mental potentials. Through the continued performance of Asanas, you will gain flexibility and strength, and learn to be more relaxed under otherwise stressful situations. Hatha Yoga’s Relaxation Exercises will open the energy channels, which in turn allows spiritual energy to flow freely. Some Hatha yoga poses also massage and tone your internal organs, helping to prevent diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, and hypertension. They also bring balance to internal and glandular functions. Pranayama, on the other hand, can help manage asthma and bronchitis. Hatha Yoga can also help you cope with stress, relieve tension, and deal with anxiety and depression. More importantly, it will help you put your mind in a focused state to prepare for Meditation and, eventually, the search for enlightenment.

After my class I came home and took a long bath. And yes what I’m about to write, many may scratch their head, but I took an apple cider vinegar bath. Yes I’m crunchy granola like that. 😉

Here are some reported benefits to using Apple Cider Vinegar.

So I run a very hot bath, add a healthy dose of ACV (I rarely measure anything but I assume 1/2 to 1 cup would be good) and a few drops of essential oil. And then sigh, sip tea, and relax.

Here is a recipe for my calming tea.

  • Boil tea of choice: I used Chocolate Strawberry Rooibos
  • Put into Baby Bullet (or other blender) and add your milk of choice: I used unsweetened almond milk: About 1/2 cup. You can adjust this based on how creamy you would like your tea
  • Add dash of cinnamon, and sweetener of choice: I used vanilla stevia
  • Add 1tsp on up of Greater Lakes Gelatin: You can add more depending on if you are used to it/like it. Please if you are interested in this product check out my “Let’s go shopping” link on the Right Sidebar. (Disclaimer: I am not paid to promote this brand, although I think it is pretty radtastic, but it is an affiliate link and I will receive a small commission)
      • Blend, pour, sigh, enjoy!

If you would like some more information on gelatin, I highly recommend this site: Wellness Mama. Her site inspired me to try a Paleo lifestyle and it is just generally an awesome site chockful of yummy recipes and information. I think I have most of my pins on pinterest from her site.

Water Kefir and Vacation

—Originally posted on Blogger in August 2013—-

So. Boy. I wasn’t sure what to write today but I should post about my water kefir experiment. I bought my water kefir grains here:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0051WV5K6/ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

And I followed the recipe minus the  spring water, I used tap. I fervently hope I did not damage the grains but I was too lazy to go to the store.

So what do I think? Well…. I haven’t ever tried water kefir before, I’ve had kombucha and KeVita probiotic drink so I have no basis for comparison. This recipe called for molasses which ended up with a darker looking drink and a slight molasses flavor. Its only mildly carbonated and I’m not sure I enjoy it like Kombucha, but everything I have read says to add fruit juice to flavor. I’m going to add some stevia and ginger powder and see how that goes.

Here is a wonderful article about water kefir: http://www.crunchybetty.com/water-kefir

I have my 2nd batch ready to be strained tonight and I omitted the molasses so we’ll see

This tasty tasty beverage has:

  • Reverse Osmosis water
  • Organic KeVita Probiotic Culture
  • Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Organic cold pressed lemon whole plant extract
  • Ocean water (Blue Ocean minerals)
  • organic cayenne extract
  • organic maple extract
  • organic stevia
  • organic milk thistle extract
It’s really a super wonder drink conveniently ready but however, the price is a bit limiting, about 3 bucks a bottle. I want to check into bulk buying. I would be overwhelmingly ecstatic to have one of these every day. It has 2 carbs for the whole bottle and a whopping 10 calories. SO perfect. I’m craving one right now. 
 
Hmmm what else what else. I have fallen off the workout bandwagon although I did complete the Zombie Run this last Saturday (3.1 miles). Super fun. I didn’t survive the Zombie Apocalypse. 
 
I need to pop on Fitness Blender workout #39 and sweat. Yeah I’m getting off my booty now to do it! Here goes!!!!!!!!!!
 
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