Celebrate Goodies

So back in October (yes, I realize it’s almost January..) Vic from Celebrate sent me a care package of some of Celebrate’s newer products.  It included a bottle of their Pineapple-Strawberry multivitamins, Cherry Tart calcium, Cherry B12 sublinguals, and their full line of ENS liquid multivitamin/calcium mixes.

I was in bariatric heaven.

Since I got a full month of the multivitamin, calcium, and B12, and because I’m not normally one for chewable vitamins?  I decided to actually TAKE the vitamins for a full month before doing the reviews on the products to see when I got tired of them, IF I got tired of them.  This is coming from someone who thinks Flintstones take like crap, could not stand Optisource, etc.

First up?  The Pineapple-Strawberry multivitamin.

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Xapp – Pomegranate Acai

On June 10, 2010, in Protein, Reviews, by Andrea

Carbonated! Protein!

Old school protein drinks were like swallowing stale lemon juice.  To get them down you had to drink them fast. Or hold your nose. The FIZZ in XAPP keeps the flavor bouncing on your tongue, so bad taste gets banished. Using the breakthrough XAPP FIZZOLOGY technology, the protein in XAPP is kept fresher longer- up to 2 years- for a better-tasting, longer lasting way to refuel.
Milky protein drinks can have up to 16g of fat. That’s 144 fat calories! Not very healthy or refreshing. Worse, fat slows down digestion and protein delivery to muscles. XAPP is naturally fat free with 170 calories of protein refreshment express delivered to hard-working muscles. XAPP has all of what you need, and none of what you don’t.
Floaties in not-so-pure whey protein drinks are caused by de-naturating [fracturing/partially destroying] the all important natural protein structure. This is usually caused by using excessive heat during processing. XAPP uses only liquid whey protein isolate. It is never over-heated or exposed to extreme temperatures. So you’ll never see floaties or have to gulp down chunks of slimy protein again. Guaranteed!  — Xapp Website

I have to tell you — when I learned about a carbonated protein drink?  The Bad Girl inside of me jumped for joy and could not WAIT to try it.

I tried to get a corporate sample — and it looked like I would.  But something happened and it was not meant to be.  So I was left for wanting.

Until!!! I stopped off at the Greenville, NC Vitamin Shoppe in search of my Mix1 drinks that I drink before I go running.  I was totally impressed with the single serve drink selection that the Vitamin Shoppe had and lo, and behold?  2 Xapp flavors just begging to be tried.  So yeah, you know what happened, don’t you?

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All the Whey – Whey Isolate Wild Berry

On May 29, 2010, in Protein, Reviews, by Andrea

Third up in my All the Whey samples?  Wild Berry.

So the kids are getting involved in the sampling process.  They both sniffed this one before I mixed it up.  The three of us different opinions on what it smells like.  Keep in mind that we’re talking about a 2 year old and an almost 4 year old.  The 4 year old says: “Strawberry!”  The 2-year old says “yummy!”  And I say “What smell?”

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Mix1 – mango

On May 28, 2010, in General Nutrition, Protein, Reviews, Vitamins, by Andrea

(Don't mind the kids' toys in the background... Proof I'm a mom!)

philosophy:

It seems our days have become increasingly packed with events as we juggle family, work, and fitness leaving less time to focus on eating right throughout the day.

There are many nutritional products claiming to deliver amazing benefits but in reality fall short on balanced nutrition. With this in mind, we started mix1 with the following mission: to create the highest quality all-natural products that promote health, wellness and performance through truly functional nutrition.

mix1 products deliver all-natural balanced nutrition with multiple benefits in a convenient way. We use the right balance of ingredients, at efficacious levels, to provide the maximum benefit to your body.

Dr. James, ND, co-founder

Someone was talking about how great this stuff was, so I looked up the company.  I decided to drop them a line about their product and they sent me a few samples to try.  In no way did they pay me for the review (other than giving me some yummy stuff!) and they did not ask for anything in return.  Well, other than my honest opinion.  I suppose that counts?  And if you’ve been reading me for awhile — honesty is something that I come by fairly easily.

So I have to say, I really like the Mix1 RTD’s I’ve tried so far.  Well, at least the “protein” ones.  The fiber ones, without additional protein powder in them at least?  Not so much.  But I really have liked the others so far, and have incorporated them into my jogging routine.

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All The Whey – Cake Batter

On May 26, 2010, in Protein, Reviews, by Andrea

Cake Batter

Awhile ago, I reviewed All The Whey’s unflavored whey protein — and their wonderful *insert snark* customer service skills that I experienced.  While I’m still not overly impressed with that aspect of the product line, I’m going to simply say “If you’re interested, go read that review” rather than really rehash it for all 12 samples or so that I got from them.  Kay?

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