Amazing Grass Review

Amazing Grass sent me an abundant assortment of their organic green superfoods to sample and review! Included in my fantastic package were some whole food energy bars, raw plant-based nutritional supplement drink packets, and a functional Amazing Grass logo shaker cup.

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So here’s a great little intro to what Amazing Grass is all about: “Amazing Grass Green SuperFood allows you to get the best nutrition any time of day, everyday. We’ve hand selected the most nutritious vibrant vegetables, cereal grasses, algae, anti-oxidant rich fruits probiotics and immune boosting support herbs and created a delicious tasting powder that can be mixed easily with water. For those that haven’t acquired the taste for greens, we’re confident your taste buds will love our Amazing Grass Green SuperFood!”

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What I really like about Amazing Grass is that all of their products are 100% vegan. Additionally all of their greens are raw. Several of their products are gluten-free, soy-free, and kosher. To top it off, they are all USDA certified organic!

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Of the bars, my favorite was the Chocolate Peanut Butter. Not surprisingly, my favorite Amazing Meal was Chocolate Infusion. Hey, I have a thing for chocolate…
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I even tested out a fun smoothie recipe featured on Amazing Grass website:Kelly’s Kiwi Berry Blast Smoothie; it can be found here.

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Review: If you’re looking for drinks and energy bars that taste like a treat – this is not for you. Although the flavors are not “I-just-ate-raw-kale-in-liquid-form-yuck” they aren’t “I-just-had-a-chocolate-milkshake-but-they-told-it-was-healthy-so-whatever” either. With that being said, I’d say this is the best product for getting your dose of nutrients and antioxidants in a flavorful way without loads of sugar.

xoxo Rachel

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream is quite a common flavor these days – but only thanks to an anonymous suggestion to Ben & Jerry’s in 1991. Since then, virtually every ice cream parlor has the iconic “chocolate chip cookie dough.”

Several people are scared off by the thought of making homemade ice cream, but I assure you, there is nothing to fret over. It’s actually really, really, easy. I promise. I also promise you that all your dinner party guests will be begging you for the name of the NYC ice cream parlor you ordered it from…it’s that good.

xoxo Rachel

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America’s Test Kitchen Chocolate Chip Cookies

Most every recipe I try from America’s Test Kitchen is a winner in my opinion. One thing that stuck out in this recipe is that you add an egg yolk. This is a little trick. It makes the cookies chewy and gooey. The outer edges are still a little crunchy as well. These cookies are nonetheless good, but to be frank, they are not my favorite chocolate chip cookie.

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I’m featuring these on my blog because I do believe they add to my varied list of cookies in my recipe index (most of my cookies being chocolate chip cookies – can you spot my favoritism?). Anyway, for some of you, maybe this is the chocolate chip cookie recipe you’ve been waiting your entire life for!

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Question: What’s your favorite type of homemade or store-bought cookie?

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xoxo Rachel

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GoodBelly

I took the 12 Day Challenge with GoodBelly, and I was so impressed! For 12 consecutive days, GoodBelly challenges you to drink one 8 oz. glass of their probiotic juice a day. GoodBelly is so confident you’ll fall in love, they even promise to give you a refund if you aren’t satisfied. Needless to say, I was completely satisfied.

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So what is GoodBelly? It’s a USDA certified organic vegan, dairy-free, soy-free, and kosher blend of fruit juices containing a probiotic used for digestive health.

I must admit, I was skeptical. I thought this drink would taste disgusting. But boy was I wrong! The juice tasted so good!! I actually wanted to drink it!! After 12 days, (even before then) my stomach felt so good. I felt less bloating and stomach discomfort (common issues of mine) due to drinking GoodBelly. My market offered the pomegranate blackberry and blueberry acai flavors, so I chose them. GoodBelly makes other flavors as well, and also has individual servings if you prefer to drink it that way! :)

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And of course, don’t forget to check out GoodBelly’s fun blog here for cool recipes.

REVIEW: I really liked the way GoodBelly tasted, and it also made my stomach feel great! Taking the 12 Day Challenge was definitely worth it to me.

xoxo Rachel

So I don’t typically write ekphrastic poetry because I feel it cements the reader to only one vision. Although, in this particular instance, I feel it will benefit the reader to see the photograph which inspired me to write this piece. My greatest goal, generally speaking, is to create works that allow the reader to have multiple interpretations. So please, tell me your interpretations, how you feel, and what you see.

xoxo Rachel

 

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