Refreshing, Healthy On-the-Go Summer Drinks

I am a #NowWellness Blogger Ambassador. I have received monetary and product compensation for this post. This post contains affiliate links. All opinions, recipes, and ideas are always my own.

Summer is a time of practices and play dates and vacations. Basically, even though things technically “slow down” in the summer, we’re still always on the go, but in a more fun way! Amidst all the travel and play, we have to grab something quick to eat and drink in between activities. It can be hard to keep making healthy choices. 

I’m a big fan of products that make it easy for me to make healthy choices in a hurry, so I’m loving these two mixes from NOW Foods that I can add to my water or juice this summer to keep my body in great working order!

Summer Drinks

I actually love drinking water, but I do prefer some flavoring to add variety. And water is super important for my body, not just for everyday life, but also as a runner. If I’m not getting enough water, my whole body suffers. It is not pleasant.

FullSizeRender 44

I discovered a new flavoring option from NOW Foods that is perfect for on-the-go hydration! Slender Sticks are sugar free drink sticks containing natural ingredients, natural sweeteners, and 10 super fruits! The Acai Lemonade flavor makes for a lovely summer drink that can be enjoyed in a mason jar on my deck or in a water bottle as I shuttle the kids to another summer activity. One packet is enough to flavor a regular 16.9oz water bottle. I’ll be keeping a few packets in my purse for easy use – it’s super delicious!

I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want in the summer when we’re traveling is an upset stomach. At home, I have Greek yogurt almost every day, which contains probiotics which help support proper digestion. I can tell a difference when I’m not eating my Greek yogurt. But yogurt doesn’t travel well without refrigeration, so I’ve been looking for other ways to get my probiotics on the go. I’ve found a solution in these great packets from NOW.

FullSizeRender 45

The NOW Probiotic-10 packets are vegetarian-vegan, as well as dairy, wheat and gluten free, and they are super easy to use! This also makes is great option for those who can’t have dairy products. Just add one packet of this unflavored supplement to 4-6 oz of water and drink up to keep your intestinal tract in great working order. Probiotics aren’t glamorous or yummy on their own, but you’ll be glad you added them to your water or favorite juice this summer.

When my body is well-hydrated and my digestion is functioning properly, I can enjoy summer with my family with much more gusto! How do you make sure you are physically at your best during the summer?

 

The Ultimate Guide to Brain Breaks eBook

NOW Solutions for the Health of Your Body!

I am a #NowWellness Blogger Ambassador. I have received monetary and product compensation for this post. This post contains affiliate links. All opinions, recipes, and ideas are always my own.

Last week, I shared some fabulous foods we’ve been making with NOW Foods products lately, but there is so much more to this wonderful company than just food! Through being a #NOWWellness Blogging Ambassador, I’ve been introduced to amazing NOW Solutions products to take care of my whole body from head to toe!

NOW Solutions

Let’s start at the top!

NOW Shampoo and Conditioner

NOW® Solutions Herbal Revival™ Shampoo and Conditioner

Friends, I have a LOT of hair. It is thick and long and needs some major attention. One of my main goals is to keep my hair healthy in a more natural way, but I’m just not into the whole no-shampoo thing. If it works for you, great. Carry on.

A little more info about what goes into these hair products: Herbal Revival Shampoo + Conditioner contain Horsetail Extract, Tea Tree Oil and Sea Kelp to help soothe and nourish the scalp, as well as L-Arginine and L-Cystine to strengthen damaged follicles, giving hair a healthy shine and smooth feel.

I love the focus on repairing damaged hair because I know my hair takes a beating from the hair dryer, ponytail holders, and more! I was a little skeptical with my first try because the shampoo didn’t produce much foam and that threw me off. I’m just used to more foam! But my hair did come out feeling very clean and after several uses, I’ve become accustomed to this difference! I do tend to get lots of tangles in my long hair and the conditioner didn’t do much to help that, but my hair has been very soft and clean feeling! I also like the size of the bottles – some companies make them so small these days!

NOW Almond Oil

NOW® Solutions Sweet Almond Oil

Did you know Sweet Almond Oil is one of the best natural moisturizers around? I was completely convinced even after just one night using this on my face before bed! My skin was SO smooth and soft and did not feel extra oily in any way the next day! Almond Oil is easily absorbed and won’t clog pores, promoting clear, soft, healthy skin. There’s not much more to say – it was so easy to massage just a few drops into my skin in a circular motion and that’s it! And it is SO much cheaper than expensive hydrating creams.

NOW Solutions Toothpaste

NOW® Solutions XyliWhite™ Neem & Tea Tree Toothpaste

Can I be honest? The name of this toothpaste made me think I might gag on it. But I didn’t! I really liked it! It has a minty taste and left my teeth feeling smooth and clean! The toothpaste is fluoride free, SLS free, gluten free, AND paraben free! It also contains 25% xylitol which can help keep a neutral pH level in the mouth. It also prevents bacteria from sticking to the teeth, which is how it protects the teeth from tooth decay!

NOW Vitamin D Lotion

NOW® Solutions Vitamin D-3 Cream

This is my favorite. My skin loves me for using this lotion. A little bit goes a long way with this thick, creamy lotion that provides amazing intense moisture for the whole body! The Vitamin D-3 Lotion contains 500 IU of vitamin A to help rejuvenate your skin with its antioxidant benefits, and 50 IU of vitamin E to help gently, naturally renew damaged skin. This lotion is a dream for my legs right now in the summer when shorts and swimsuits are the norm, and I know it will be much needed when the dry winter air sets in. Even though the lotion is thick, it doesn’t feel heavy at all and my skin is looking gorgeous after just a few weeks of using it! If I were to suggest one product to start with from the NOW Solutions line for your body, this would be it!

 

Have you tried any of these NOW Solutions products? Which ones interest you the most?

The Ultimate Guide to Brain Breaks eBook

Making Meals with NOW Foods!

I am a #NowWellness Blogger Ambassador. I have received monetary and product compensation for this post. This post contains affiliate links. All opinions, recipes, and ideas are always my own.

It has been my pleasure over the last week to be adding some amazing NOW Foods products into my daily life! I had no idea the breadth of products available from NOW Foods before becoming a blogger ambassador, so it’s been fun to try these high quality, natural, and affordable products that meet the stringent quality standards set forth by NOW Foods!

IMG_7395

Look at that haul we get to try! So many amazing products – food, personal care, sports nutrition, and supplements! I’m not a patient person, so I’ve been diving in to try everything these past two weeks!

My focus this week: making meals with NOW Foods!

NOW Foods Meals

One of our current obsessions is grain bowls. We’ve been trying different kinds of rice and quinoa mixed with meat and veggie combos, so the Living Now® Gluten-Free Organic Tri-Color Quinoa was a perfect fit for us!

FullSizeRender 31

This tri-color quinoa is not only delicious, but also beautiful! I prepared the quinoa based on the package instructions, using chicken broth as the liquid. Quinoa is even easier to cook than rice and it doesn’t come out sticky! I also love that quinoa adds extra protein and iron to my meal.

FullSizeRender 30

To partner with the tri-color quinoa, I baked chicken breasts in Ellyndale Organics™ Coconut Infusions™ Garlic Flavor. I also stir-fried the veggies for our bowl in the same oil. The subtle garlic flavor added by this oil was scrumptious!

FullSizeRender 29

Here is the end result – garlic baked chicken, tri-color quinoa, zucchini, red pepper, and onion! We both wanted two bowls because it was so delicious! We refrained and I’m glad we did, because the leftover quinoa was the perfect side for our grilled chicken and vegetables lunch over the weekend.

IMG_7728

Doesn’t this look like the perfect light, healthy summer meal?! The tri-color quinoa has quickly become a favorite in our household!

Another favorite summer lunch for me is a protein smoothie! 

FullSizeRender 27

Protein smoothies are cool, refreshing, filling, and quick to make! My favorite combo is unsweetened vanilla almond milk, plain Greek yogurt, frozen banana, PB2, and chocolate protein powder. I was thrilled to find the  NOW® Sports Sprouted Brown Rice Protein – Chocolate in my package because it was perfect for this smoothie! One tablespoon of this protein powder is just 30 calories and 4g of protein, and it is soy-free + dairy-free – so great for those with food allergies.

FullSizeRender 28

One last meal idea for you today – a giant salad. The Hubby and I love big salads topped with lots of veggies, a little bacon, and something crunchy. NOW Real Food® Organic Toasted Hemp Seeds are a fabulous salad topper! They lightly sea-salted (yum) and are a valuable source of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. One serving also packs 5g of protein! My mind is already thinking up new ways to use these nutritious, delicious seeds!

If you think these NOW Foods products sounds fabulous, you’re right, and I have SO much more to share! Look for another post next week highlighting the great personal care products I’ve been trying!

Which of these NOW Foods products would you like to try? How would you use them in a meal?

The Ultimate Guide to Brain Breaks eBook