Two Things Tuesday

i’ve been such a blog slacker lately. i wish i had a great excuse, or some super attractive reason to give you…like, ya know, a novel in the works or a great tale about climbing a super hard mountain upstate or stumbling into my dream job of becoming a travel writer and living out of a suitcase…buuuuut i don’t. what i have been doing is much of what i always do lately — work-clients-run-gym-sleep-red wine-Scandal-see friends when possible — with some online Christmas shopping (i’m proud to say i’m so ahead of the game this year!) and city-traipsing speckled in there. life is busy, i know we all get that, but busy can be so good!

so, let’s talk two good things from my weekend, shall we??

ONE: my BFF & baby Henry visiting NYC. jessandhenrythis was such a treat to have them down for the day on Sunday, and we had an absolute blast walking all around the city and having a much-needed girls’ day. life is just so much better when your best friend is around!

oh, and this little guy just melted my heart…henryb especially now that he actually knows me & loves me and says “Nawna” nonstop and blows me kisses. i tried to teach him to say “selfie” (this is what happens when his mom goes into a bakery and leaves him alone with me, we have a really important vocabulary lesson) but he just kept pointing at the phone and saying “Nawna,” so i considered that a success, too.henryandmeblue eyes & tired faces unite!

TWO: Skoop Ignite Beet Blend

skoop-logoSkoop was kind enough to send me some of their products last year, which i really enjoyed, so i was glad when they reached out and asked if i’d be interested in trying their new Ignite Beet Blend pre-workout product, designed to improve endurance, resilience and energy. i love beets. i naturally gravitate toward any juice that has beets in it (who doesn’t love peeing pink??). i also can always use a little pre-run energy boost, since i hate to eat before runs and usually just drink coffee, so i had a good feeling about this product and all of its organic goodness.skoopScreen Shot 2015-06-12 at 12.25.52 PM
the product: Healthy Skoop’s Ignite Performance Beet Blend — or what they like to call #BeetMode — is a pre-exercise boost for optimal athletic performance, geared at increasing cardiac efficiency & reducing recovery times. they use organic beets, which naturally contain nitrates that help oxygen-rich blood reach your muscles faster. it’s meant to improve your performance and not to be used as a post-workout drink. you just add a skoop of the blend to 8-10 oz of water, shake away, and drink 15-30 minutes before working out or running. 

verdict: i really like it and can see myself using this on the regular. i just tried it for the first time on Saturday before my 11-miler, and it was great. i liked the taste a lot, and it definitely gave me the little boost i was hoping for (without the weird caffeine headiness i sometimes get from coffee before running). it was nice & light without being too sweet or sugary. basically, it was exactly what i was hoping for. i’m going to start using it on the regular to see if it continues to serve as a pick-me-up (i never know if i’m just assuming it’s working because i want it to, ya know? does anyone else have that issue??), but i had a great first impression of it and am a Skoop fan.

nutrition with a mission: another reason i really like this company is because of their mission to make plant-based nutrition convenient and accessible to everyone and have teamed up with a non-profit to create Project Produce, an initiative to provide grants for fresh fruits & veggies to schools around the country. Skoop donates 3% of their sales to Project Produce and is hoping to increase their footprint in education and reach as many kids as possible with the hope of fighting childhood obesity and encouraging schools to offer healthier choices.

i can certainly get behind that. although i like their products anyway, i really love to see the ways in which companies use their resources for the greater good of humanity and would prefer to support organizations with this mindset. nicely done, Skoop. 🙂

Anyone else use their products?
What pre-workout products do you prefer?

Skoop: product review

*disclaimer: although i was contacted by Skoop and asked to write a review of their products, all opinions are entirely my own and i was not compensated in any way for this post (other than to receive some great samples from this rad company). if you’re not interested in reading a product review (although it’s a great product, i have to say!), please feel free to skip this post entirely.

happy Thursday that feels like Friday, friends! that is, for those of us who have tomorrow off to celebrate the 4th of July. i can hardly believe it’s already July, but i’ll take any excuse for a legit day off to head upstate and hang at the lake!

so, i was recently contacted by a startup company from Boulder (woot CO!) called Skoop and asked if i’d be interested in writing a review of some of their products. as soon as i started reading about their goodies and their mission online, i was instantly intrigued and more than happy to test them out.

super fun to come home from a weekend at the beach to this fun package awaiting me:

a girl can never have too many shakers, am i right?? 😉

a little about Skoop: it’s an organic, plant-based, non-GMO superfoods powdered formula, rich in antioxidants and probiotics, and is non-allergen (dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free). it’s toted as being great for fighting bad gut bacteria (who wants that?!), inflammation and stress. i’ve taken probiotics in pill form for a while now, and i was glad to test this out as an alternative.

plus, i like when i’m given suggestions for how to implement products into my life. this is fun. and helpful. and they had me at the word “skoopify.” i mean, sometimes it can be fun to be told what to do…

the main thing that appealed to me was using this as a post-workout drink, as i’m always looking for new ways to replenish and promote recovery after a good run or strength sesh. Skoop is not a protein drink by any means (less than a gram of protein, so this isn’t a for muscle-building), but rather provides superfoods and antioxidants to alkalize the body and help you get your veggies on. it’s low in calories, fat, and carbs as well, for those of us crazy nutrition label readers.

nutritioni was sent two products: the A-Game superfoods powder in Chocofresh, and their B-Lovely (totally love these names), which promotes healthy skin, hair and nails and help us girls aim for that healthy “glow” we so aspire towards. 🙂 i have yet to try the B-Lovely, but i’m definitely digging the A-Game as a post-workout drink and have had it every morning this week so far. i definitely prefer it in almond milk, although it’s entirely drinkable with water as well.

this has been great for me because i’m actually not a huge breakfast person and usually end up just drinking coffee and water and some sort of protein drink during the morning (Medifast has been my drink of choice for breakfast), so having Skoop with almond milk after i work out/before i leave the apartment this week has been fab. i’m not suggesting using it as a meal replacement — this is just what is working for me and my morning routine. you can Skoop howsoever your lil heart desires. 🙂

i also dig how they sent me a packet of 5 portable packages of A-Game to take with me to work and offer different suggestions for ways to try the product.

i must say, i’m totally digging the branding, marketing and communication behind this company: their website, voice, and overall look-and-feel are playful, relevant, and totally appeal to me, which i think is a major selling point in getting yourself out there and attracting fans. i’ve had fun perusing their site and reading up on all of their products and mission —

yes, they have a great mission than just supplying the world with simple superfoods one human being at a time, which is another reason i’m a fan of this company. Skoop donates 10% of every bag sold to a national nonprofit which provides fresh produce to children in schools, which essentially ends up being a “buy one, give one” deal. i’m a huge proponent of this mission, and it made me all the more eager and willing to help them get their name out there.

so, would i buy this product? yes, i really would. i think it’s solid and has a great combo of nutritional value and taste, and i always like to support a good startup with a sense of social justice. i’m glad they reached out to me and can assure you i would not partner with a company to promote a product that i honestly couldn’t get behind myself. this one totally fits the bill for my health-freak food habits.

although they’re not available in any big stores (such as Whole Foods), you can obviously purchase Skoop products from their site.

hope you guys have a wonderful 4th of July weekend!! ❤

Do you drink any nutritional supplements on the regular? Which are your go-tos?