Living Intentions Review

A little while ago, Living Intentions sent me a few of their amazing raw goodies to review!!

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I received a sample of their Sprouted Flour, Sprouted brownie mix, and two flavors of their raw Gone Nuts!

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Of course, I broke into the nuts within minutes of opening the package and taking pictures. Oops.

Okay, not oops. Mmmmmmmm…..

These were gone in no time.

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Ingredients: Organic Raw Cashews, Organic Clear Agave Nectar, Sprouted Almonds (pesticide free), Organic Coconut, Organic Cacao Nibs, Organic Cacao Butter, Himalayan Crystal Salt, Organic Vanilla Extract and Organic Mesquite Pod Meal.

The white chocolate nuts were delicious, on their own tasting very coconutty and sweet with a hint of salt, and very much like white chocolate when I put some on top of my breakfast oats:) I am usually not a white chocolate fan -its very sweet, but these were divine!

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I liked the clusters of cacao even better!

Ingredients: Sprouted Almonds (pesticide free), Organic Raisins, Organic Coconut Palm Sugar, Organic Blueberries, Organic Coconut, Organic Raw Cacao, Organic Clear Agave Nectar, Organic Unfiltered Olive Oil, Organic Vanilla Extract and Himalayan Crystal Salt.

A smooth dark chocolate coating held together clusters of almonds and dried fruit -it was nutty and fruity and sweet and dark and delicious! My only complaint was the raisins-simply because I’m not a raisin fan though haha!

I usually ‘hide’ my ‘special’ foods (i.e. these nuts) from my stepdad so that I get them all to myself….buutttt I found out after getting these that he knows where my hiding place is. AKA its a good thing I tried them first! Haha  I will definitely be trying more of their Gone Nuts! line!

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Next up were the sprouted flours- which I was super excited about!! I decided to try each of them in both a cooked and a raw recipe, to see how they turned out!!

For the raw cacao brownie cake mix, I made (surprise) raw brownies

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Following the recipe on the back of their package pretty closely

and baked brownies

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Using 1 cup of mix, 1 small avocado, 1 banana, 1/2 T vanilla and a bit of baking powder. They came out super moist but I have to say the batter was better than the finished product (isn’t that ALWAYS the case? 😉 )

Both brownies were very rich and chocolatey, however the mix does have a strong maca aftertaste in both desserts, which took away a bit from the chocolate in my opinion. Other than that I did enjoy the brownies! And they have such better, higher quality ingredients than almost any other brownie mix I’ve seen! Low sugar too!

Ingredients: The Original Sprouted Super Flour (Organic Sprouted Buckwheat, Sprouted Almonds (pesticide free), Organic Mesquite Pod Powder, Micro-Fine White Chia Powder and Agave Inulin), Organic Cacao, Organic Coconut Palm Sugar, Organic Raw Sun-Dried Cane Juice Crystals, Organic Coconut Flour, Organic Coconut, Raw Brown Rice Bran & Germ, Organic Maca Powder and Himalayan Crystal Salt.

And last but most certainly not least, was my favorite product of the package! The raw Super Flour!

Ingredients: Sprouted Organic Buckwheat Flour, Sprouted Almond Meal (pesticide free), Organic Mesquite Pod Powder, Micro-Fine White Chia Seed Powder, and Organic Agave Inulin.

Made out of sprouted grains and super foods-it was slightly sweet and delicious -I could eat it by the spoonful.

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First I made a batch of almond-peach pancakes, and they were divine! The super flour had a wonderful taste and texture-the almond meal in the flour gave these pancakes a ‘crunch’ , taking pancakes to a whole new level!!
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I followed the recipe on the back of the package for their raw ‘oatmeal’ cookies, using almonds instead of walnuts and adding some ginger, then I dehydrated these for a few hours. Oh my goodness were these amazing! They tasted like actual oatmeal cookies, but with the ginger they also tasted like gingersnaps! I would so make these again!
And finally, I made up my own recipe
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For (almost) raw cookie dough truffles -but you’ll have to wait for another post for the recipe!!! 😉 Can I just say these were awesome though?
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In all, I loved my samples from Living Intentions -even the packaging! Basically my mantra when cooking. I can’t wait to try out more products from this amazing company! Thanks Living Intentions!
And guess what? You can too!! Through the end of August Living Intentions is offering $5 off purchaces of $30 or more with the coupon code LIVINGAUG13 . Visit shop.livingintentions.com to take advantage of this awesome opportunity! Hurry, and try the Super Flour so you can make the truffles -coming soon 🙂

Journey Bar Review!!

EDIT: This giveaway is now closed!!! Find out if you won here!

 

A few weeks ago, Journey sent me a sampling of their savory nutrition bars to review

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I’ve been wanting to see what Journey Bars were all about for a while now, so I was so excited to have the chance to try them!

What are Journey Bars? They are savory nutrition bars packed with whole grains, almonds,  and real herbs and spices that are all natural, gluten and soy free, vegan, and non-gmo (!!). Oh yeah, and did I mention they are so so delicious!!

The first bar I tore into was my favorite, Rosemary. I grabbed it out the door on the way to a farmers market

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ingredients:  whole grain blend (gluten-free oats, organic buckwheat, organic flaxseed), organic tapioca syrup, almonds, whole ancient grain crisps (amaranth, quinoa, brown rice), pea protein isolate, vegetable glycerin, plum puree, non-gmo canola oil, water, pumpkin, sea salt, chicory root, spices, natural flavor, baking soda, onion powder, garlic powder, citric acid.  CONTAINS: almonds

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I noticed right away that this was no ordinary bar! I opened the package and it reminded me of a dense bread or thick flatbread/muffin. Just ripping open the wrapper I was hit with the scent of rosemary (which justsohappens to be my favorite herb) and this bar was so so good! Slightly sweet, mostly savory and packed with that lovely rosemary. mmm. just mmmm.

Next I tried the Sesame Ginger after a hilly run (which is why it has the coolest picture-which I took whilst imagining some cool commercial involving hiking and mountains and then this picture saying “where will Journey take you?”)

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ingredients: whole grain and seed blend (gluten-free oats, organic buckwheat, sesame seeds), organic tapioca syrup, almonds, whole ancient grain crisps (amaranth, quinoa, brown rice), pea protein isolate, vegetable glycerin, non-gmo canola oil, plum puree, water, pumpkin, chicory root, sea salt, natural flavor, baking soda, onion powder, garlic powder, citric acid, spices.  CONTAINS: almonds, sesame

this was also delicious! toasty from the sesame, a little freshness from the ginger (though it could have used a bit more ginger) and with that same tiny hit of sweetness as the rosemary.

Next up was the Coconut Curry, my second favorite

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ingredients:  whole grain blend (gluten-free oats, organic buckwheat, organic flaxseed), organic tapioca syrup, almonds, whole ancient grain crisps (amaranth, quinoa, brown rice), pea protein isolate, vegetable glycerin, plum puree, non-gmo canola oil, water, coconut, chicory root, spices, baking soda, natural flavor, chili powder (ground chiles, paprika, salt, spices, garlic), citric acid.  CONTAINS: almonds, coconut

This bar was so different! I was a little nervous because-even though I LOVE curry-I am a spicy wimp and curry can get spicy, but this was perfect! Not too spicy, just perfectly Indian spiced and delicious! Also it was yellow, meaning it had turmeric (duh, curry powder haha), which I’ve heard is awesome for muscle recovery. I’d get this one again!

And, last but not least I tasted the Pizza Marinara!

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ingredients:  whole grain blend (gluten-free oats, organic buckwheat, organic flaxseed), organic tapioca syrup, almonds, whole ancient grain crisps (amaranth, quinoa, brown rice), pea protein isolate, vegetable glycerin, non-gmo canola oil, plum puree, water, tomato powder, natural flavor, onion powder, sea salt, chicory root, garlic powder, baking soda, spices, citric acid.  CONTAINS: almonds

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This one did actually remind me of marinara! It was like a tomatoey version of the rosemary, and a great way to go if you are ever having a pizza sauce craving (that happened to me once…) and don’t want all the heavy cheese. Personally I still would go for the rosemary, but this one was still delicious.

But wait? Wasn’t I sent 5 bars? Weeellll I couldn’t find the Sea Salt, and soon found out that my mom had eaten it while I was gone. Oops. She said “it was pretty good. savory and salty”. Hahaha!

What excites me most about Journey Bars is that they are something different. Alot of bars tend to be sugar laden (like 3 or 4 sources of sugar and 14-30 grams per bar?! Thats dessert people!), stickymeltygooey (one word.), and have ingredients lists that go on. for. days. Did I mention they are all sweet? Like, too sweet? Not Journey Bars! These say nutrition bars and they mean it-without sacrificing flavor or texture! No fake colors or flavors or sweeteners. They stand up to the heat of a hike in the sun without turning into melted candy bar status, and the stats are great! This is the nutrition info for the Rosemary

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There is a good balance of fats, carbs, and protein for sustained energy/recovery without overdoing the sugar, plus its full of filling fiber (as much as a bowl of oatmeal!)! The only thing is that the sodium is a bit high, but considering that it is a savory bar I can’t argue with that! A bar that feels like a snack and not dessert, and doesn’t trigger a raging sweet tooth for the rest of the day – you feel satisfied after one of these unique bars!

And as if Journey couldn’t get any better, they care about making a positive impact on the world! They support the national parks conservation association, and work to provide food, shelter, love and education to orphans in Haiti! Plus they are all non-gmo and non of them contain palm oil! It’s like the active activist’s dream bar!

But wait -There’s more!! The lovely people at Journey bar wants to give one of you a sample pack with one of each flavor (thats 5 whole bars total!)!!! How awesome is that?

To enter:  Giveaway is now closed

I will randomly choose a winner next Wednesday (the 7th). Good luck everyone!