Surviving Those Manic Mondays with Mamma Chia (GIVEAWAY)

Mondays are classically the worst day of the week. This semester my Mondays are especially tedious – I leave home before most people in my house are awake, and I arrive home when everybody is getting ready to sleep. Keeping my energy levels up and not crashing during these sort of days is a challenge. I do my best to avoid the allure of vending machine snacks, but the best way to keep from temptation is keeping an alternative snack on hand. My favorite is the Mamma Chia squeeze pouches. I’ve been buying them, along with the chia beverages, for ages and found out that they’ve recently added some exciting new options to their lineup.

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The chia squeeze comes in 6 different flavors, of course I have my hardcore favorites. Each pouch contains omega-3s, protein, and fiber. Available flavors include: Blackberry Bliss, Cherry Beet, Green Magic, Mango Coconut, Strawberry Banana, and Wild Raspberry. Of the six, my favorites are Cherry Beet, Mango Coconut, and Strawberry Banana. The Cherry Beet one is insanely good, I wish my local BJs stocked this flavor because I would just buy boxes and boxes of this one. The great thing is that the Mamma Chia squeeze does not require refrigeration, and tastes just as good cold or room temperature. This means that I can enjoy it at the start of my day all the way to on the commute home at the end of my day!

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I was not familiar with Mamma Chia’s new granola clusters until recently and I was so excited when I found out. I feel like I’ve been on a ton of health blogs, vlogs, and instagrams that feature yogurt as a breakfast. But personally, I cannot just have a yogurt and a couple of berries or I end up feeling completely unsatisfied. I need the texture and chewing, so I often turn to chia, granola, or flax seed. Mamma Chia’s granola clusters offer more flavorful options like Wild Blueberry Clusters, Vanilla Almond Clusters, Cinnamon Pecan Clusters, and Honey & Oats Clusters. Each serving is choc-full of omega-3s and 10g of soy and dairy free protein. My favorite? It’s a tie between the Wild Blueberry Clusters and the Cinnamon Pecan Clusters for sure.

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I have long been a massive fan of the Mamma Chia Organic Vitality Beverages. I will literally talk about them to anyone who will listen. I get questions about them all the time. Basically, the big deal is that in each bottle you get 4g of protein, 95mg of calcium, 25% of your dietary fiber, and your entire days worth of Omega-3s (2500mg). Some days are so busy or stressful that I can’t sit down to eat an entire meal, so I’m always glad when I have one of these drinks on hand. They don’t necessarily make me feel really full, but they definitely pick me up and help me make sure that I’m not running on empty. They come in these flavors: Blackberry Hibiscus, Cherry Lime, Coconut Mango, Cranberry Lemonade, Guava Mamma, Raspberry Passion, and Strawberry Lemonade. I don’t even have a favorite here, they’re all good. But if I had to choose… I’d say Coconut Mango. It’s so refreshing and not overly sweet.

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Mamma Chia have also released new Organic Chia Seed Energy drinks. In the flavors Blackberry Blast, Cherry Charge, Grape Power, and Raspberry Razz, these buzzing beverages not only off the same 2500mg of Omega-3s as the regular chia drink, but also 95mg of caffeine (about as much caffeine as a cup of coffee), as well as fiber and protein. If you click through the product details on the Mamma Chia website, you can score a $0.55 off coupon and give these a try!

Mamma Chia have been kind enough to offer The NYC Talon readers a chance to win a prize package of Mamma Chia products to try at home! Enter to win:

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NYC’s STORY Tells a Tale of Health & Wellness with Cigna

NYC is home to some of the most amazing and unique stores. Somewhere around a year ago I heard about this store that revolved around the concept of storytelling – basically they would change the theme of the store, everything from the physical look of the store to the products sold, to reflect a new theme every few weeks. How brilliant is that?! But it wasn’t until last week that, thanks to Cigna & STORY, I actually had a chance to finally check them out and it was pretty much as amazing as I had hoped it would be!

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Basically, this month STORY and Cigna, a leading global health service company, have teamed up to unveil “Feel Good” – STORY’s latest installation. The store is organized into three segments – Good Plan, Good Vibes and Good Eats. They’re all pretty self-explanatory, Good Plan features items geared toward preventative care, Good Vibes encourages mindfulness, and Good Eats focuses on nutrition.

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I don’t know about you guys, but my health is definitely something that I’m rededicating myself to this year, and I think that holds true for a lot of people – it’s definitely one of the more common New Year’s resolutions. Well, in partnering with Cigna, right now STORY is full of exciting items, panels, and classes to help us reach those sort of goals. I was thrilled to see that you don’t have to be a health, fitness, or wellness nut to easily find a product or one of the complimentary panels or classes, that can appeal to you. I was literally mentally shopping the whole time I was there – I can’t wait to go back!

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There were so many cool products – I also tried out Cigna’s Virtual Relaxation Pod. The Pod uses oculus technology, it’s a virtual reality experience that transports you to one of three VR locations – I chose a beach. Basically, you sit in a “pod” (a sort of plush enclosed chair), put on the VR goggles and headphones and are transported to a location of your choice where you experience guided meditation by way of a breathing technique. It was pretty cool, within a couple of minutes I definitely felt like my heart rate had decreased and I was more focused. If you can try, you definitely should.

“Feel Good” will be open until February 28th, so if you find yourself in the city, or if you already live or work here, definitely stop by and check STORY out!

Skeeter Snacks Review and Giveaway! 2 Winners, Ends 2/1

I’m an avid snacker, but more than anything I love having cookies and milk. Nothing beats the classic after-school snack, one of my all-time favorite cookies are from Skeeter Snacks. Perfectly buttery, yummy, and crunchy their cookies are simply put, amazing. One of my most favorite treats, Skeeter Snacks are more than just yummy cookies, they are actually peanut and tree nut free cookies!

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Right now an estimated 4% of American adults and 8% of children suffer from food allergies. With peanut and tree nut allergies affecting the majority of this population, an average of about 6 million adults and children have a peanut and/or nut allergy. So chances are you’ve probably heard about the precautions that must be taken for those that have such allergies. Maybe your child’s school no longer allows peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, or maybe your kid isn’t allowed to bring in peanut M&M’s – the fact is is that something as harmless as a peanut can in fact end a person’s life. There are those who are severely allergic, and unfortunately many many snacks, treats, food, and sweets are made in facilities that process nuts and therefor make their product inedible for those adults and kids who are allergic to them.

There are brands and products out there that produce peanut and tree nut free snacks, but all too often they taste well, tasteless, and cost an arm and a leg. Skeeter Snacks is completely different, they’re reasonably priced and taste absolutely amazing! I would have never guessed that they were nut free if the adorable little Skeeter Squirrel’s (the only squirrel with a nut allergy) placard hadn’t suggested it.

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Skeeter Snacks comes in Chocolate Chunk, Golden Oatmeal, Skeeter Doodle, and Chocolate Cubed. I don’t have any nut allergies, but I’m in love with these cookies! They are all seriously delicious, and they have the approval of both the kids and adults in my family. In fact we’ve already decided to switch from our mainstream well known popular brand of chocolate chip cookies and buy Skeeter Snacks instead. We all love that Skeeter Snacks as brand not only produces an amazing product, but that they provide resources and information for kids and adults wanting to learn more, or who are looking for support in being proactive about peanut/tree nut allergies.

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Now about those cookies, I tried to find a favorite but I really just couldn’t choose. The Golden Oatmeal was just this warm mellow sweet oatmeal-y cookie that brought me right back to my childhood, when my mom used to give my sister and me oatmeal cookies while we did our homework. The Skeeter Doodle’s were super yummy – they had crystallized sugar on top, were super buttery, and had this great crunch. I’d say they are the ideal tea or coffee cookie. The Chocolate Chunk was really good – the perfect crunchy CCC.  And the Chocolate Cubed delivered some serious chocolate flavor – I loved how the cookie was crunchy but the chocolate chips were melty, I don’t know how the folks at Skeeter managed to do that but it was so good! And yes, all of them make a perfect afternoon snack with a glass of cold milk!

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August Conscious Box Review

I love blogging- I really do! But another past-time of mine is entering giveaways. No, I’m not one of those TLC-show-worthy ladies who spends her time entering thousands of sweepstakes a day. I just don’t have that sort of time or energy. Plus, I ain’t crazy – and I have a life. Nevertheless, I do enter my name into a few drawings here and there – and it’s always a wonderful surprise to find out I’ve won. Recently, I won a Conscious Box on a facebook page of one of my favorite sites (that has been on my blogroll for more than a few months now) www.subscriptionboxes.com – which is a great resource for finding subscription box services that are right for you. Anyways, without further ado, here’s my review of August’s Conscious Box!

This month’s box had a theme of “Rediscovering Your Groove”- enjoying those last few golden days of summer, and holding on the fun and energy of it, while also embracing fall’s tried and true path’s.
The products were as follows:

Crunchmaster Gluten-Free Multi-Grain Seasalt Crackers (.5oz bag), Go Raw Organic Real Live Apricot Bar (Net WT 12g), St.Claire’s Organics Watermelon Tarts, thinkThin Crunch Blueberry & Mixed Nuts fruit and nuts bar, thinkThin Crunch Chocolate Dipped Nuts bar (1.41 oz), a pouch of Honest Kids Berry Good Lemon drink, Weleda Pomegranate Firming Serum (1.0 FL oz), 2 loads worth of Berryplus laundry detergent, Fruity Splash Kids Natural Vitality Calm Multi-Vitamin (1 fl oz), 100% Pure Free Range Chicken Poop chapstick (contains NO POOP), Crispy Green Crispy Mangoes 100% Freeze-Dried Mangoes (0.36 oz), as well as various coupons and codes for other green-themed products.

Normally, I review every product (as with my Love with Food boxes) but the Conscious box had a so many products that I figure it would get a little tiresome to read a description and review for every single thing. So I’ll just let you know which products really stood out to me. The first on my list would be the Berryplus laundry detergent- the packaging was really attractive (in a clean, modern looking way) and the concept of green (the soap is derived from tree products) detergent is brilliant. Another of my Conscious Box fav’s was the Weleda Pomegranate Firming Serum- which was fulled sized btw and retails at $45! I haven’t used it yet, but I’ve read a lot of great things about it and I’m excited to try it out. The Chicken Poop chapstick was a nice addition to the box, and quite a conversation starter. What I really appreciate about Conscious Box is that they provide an amazing mixture of products to try- they provide something related to beauty, food, health, and wellness.

Conscious Box advertises as a great way to discover the best green, ethical, and sustainable products on the market- right at your doorstep every month for $19.95 a month. I’d say, based on this months box, that Conscious box is an excellent way to discover eco-friendly products- especially if you’re into health food” and/or environmentally friendly products. They provide a good amount of product samples (and some full-sized products) for the cost of subscription- and I’d certainly subscribe if I wasn’t living on a students budget. I really loved this box, and would definitely recommend it – even if you just get it for one month, it’s worth trying at least once.

To find out more, or to subscribe visit Conscious Box’s website here!

As always, if you have any questions about the products mentioned here, or any comments, leave them below in the comments section- I’ll be sure to answer you ASAP!