Wild Foods Tea Sample Review 1

**Not sure why WordPress deleted my other post**

So let me start off by telling you that Wild Food Co  is an amazing company.  The founder Colin Stuckert will email you himself if you send them any questions.  As I have food allergies, I have had to email him a few times with questions.

This all started with a free sample request, they allowed you to pick one and then they would send you one random one.  I received an email from them because they were overwhelmed by the response to their samples. So I took that opportunity to ask them if they could NOT send me anything with Chocolate in it due to my allergy.  H wrote me back to confirm my allergy and that was all I heard.  When I received my 100% free sample (didn’t even pay for shipping) I saw on the shipping slip that he had made note of my allergy and said not to cross contaminate.  How thoughtful!

They included a bunch of guides and stickers (I am a sucker for swag) and the tea I picked was the review that follows.  I will do one on the tea they picked for me as well.

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The Coconut Chai Rooibos is a killer way to finish your meal. It not only helps you curb fatigue after your meal (those annoying “crashes”), but also helps settle your stomach and aids in digestion. The cinnamon has a insulin-curbing effect, which helps to reduce the amount of calories that are stored as fat following your meal. The blend of ginger, coconut flakes, cloves, safflower, crushed chilis and a dash of organic flavorings, provides a dose of Wild nutrition while serving it’s purpose to help digest your calories.

We love Wild Tea #1 hot and immediately after a meal.

Tea has been linked to a multitude of health benefits. In fact, the areas of the world where people live the longest (like Ikaria, Greece and Okinawa japan), locals drink tea on a daily basis.

Most people don’t know this, but you can brew the same tea multiple times and get not only differently flavor profiles but even more nutrition! We recommend brewing for only 2 minutes when you are planning on multiple brews.

Get the Wild Edge today with Wild Tea #1!

What Is Rooibos Tea?

Rooibos tea is named after the South African plant it is harvested from. Rooibos is often referred to as “red” tea. It contains more antioxidants than tea from the Camellia sinensis plant (white, green, black, oolong, yellow, pu-erh) and has no caffeine. Rooibos tea is also thought to help with anxiety and allergies.

Rooibos Tea Benefits:

  • Full of antioxidants: high concentrations of aspalathin and nothofagin that prevent free radical damage.
  • Includes minerals: magnesium, calcium, manganese, zinc and iron
  • Improves circulation via a potent antioxidant Chrysoeriol.
  • Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Improves digestion and overall gut health via the high concentration of flavonoids–specifically one called quercetin.
  • Improves your skin: Rooibos tea contains phenylpyruvic acid, which improves your skin and can help reduce acne, psoriasis and eczema.

What You Get:

  • Loose Leaf Premium Rooibos Tea
  • Origin: South Africa
  • Ingredients: Rooibos, Saigon Cinnamon, Ginger-Coconut Flakes, Cloves, Safflower, Crushed Chili, Organic Flavoring

The tea is very flavorful and spicy.  My husband drank my entire first glass!

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365 Days of Writing Prompts – 26, 27, 28

January 26
Musical
What role does music play in your life?

Some people might already know that it plays a pretty big role in my life, I have it on in the back ground a lot.  A song will speak to me with either just the melody or the words.  I currently use Spotify and Last.fm and I have included a little view into some of my listening habits below by sharing with you one of my play lists.

I also have a wide range of tastes from classic rock to dub-step.  I listen to a little bit of everything depending on my mood and its changed over the years.  When my husband got sober we stopped listening to a lot of country.  Why? Well, almost every song is about drinking, so we don’t have time for that in our lives.  I like a lot of Indy stuff or things not so “main stream” not sure if that makes me a “hipster” or not, but I don’t care 🙂  I listen to what I want, when I want and sometimes (like when in my car) as loud as I want.

I have a 16gb Flash drive in my car and well – Hubby and I don’t always agree on music, but he does both love and tease me for having such a wide listening range of music. We were at a car show recently and every song that the DJ played, my husband would tease me by saying “I am sure that is on your iPod” and it was.  What started as a joke turned out to be a fun little game for us that helped pass some time while we waited for trophies.

My dad is classic rock…Pink Floyd is one of my favorites and if I had to pick a song it would be “Sorrow.”  My mom is pop music all the way – but 80’s and 90’s not too much of today’s music.

This one speaks to me when I feel alone and I feel most alone when going through my migraines and when I found this song, I almost wept…finally someone gets me.  I know that I have friends who suffer and my husband understands.  But to see someone put this out there so publicly, I can even describe what it felt like.  Twenty One Pilots –“Migraine”


January 27
Sliced bread
Most of us have heard the saying, “That’s the best thing since sliced bread!” What do you think is actually the best thing since sliced bread?
Cheese – because you put it on the bread and now you have a grilled cheese sandwich… 🙂

January 28
Ode to a playground
A place from your past or childhood, one that you’re fond of, is destroyed. Write it a memorial.

We drove past my old Middle school not too long ago to get my husband’s VW bus.  And I saw that they had the place boarded up and all closed off.  I had heard at one time they were thinking of closing it down because the district is a mess and can’t maintain it’s budget.  So sadly to is boarded all up and closed off.  They can’t take away my memories, even though between my medication and migraines the memories of my youth slip away more and more it seems all the time.

Coca-Cola Life – BzzAgent

What are your sweetest moments? You know the ones we’re talking about. Big or small, they’re the moments you want to sit back and savor. Whatever they may be, Coca-Cola Life has the deliciously sweet taste to match. Made with the genuinely sweet combination of cane sugar and stevia leaf extract, Coca-Cola Life is perfect for your tireless quest to make every moment of your day just a little bit more memorable.

I signed up for this sampling before we decided to stop drinking soda – it was getting out of hand.  When my husband got sober 4 years ago he replaced the alcohol with soda – and it was really easy for me to also drink soda right along with him.  Plus at my work it is rather cheap in the soda machine, I still have to resist buying one for an after noon pick-me-up.

So – I gave the sample coke to my dad, who drinks Coke products – He liked the first taste of the new coke, but didn’t like the after taste at all.  And I am guessing that it is the stevia that he doesn’t like.  It can have a bit of an after taste even when I mix the powder into other drinks.  So this is not a Coke product that we will be buying anytime soon.

Silk® Cashewmilk – BzzAgent

It took me a very long time to be able to find this at my local Fry’s food store.  It was hidden in the very small refrigerated part of the heath food section of the store.  They had only one flavor, Original, and there were not very many in stock.  So I used my free coupon and and gave it a try.  Lets just say I am much happier with the Vanilla flavor of the almond milk.  I might like the cashew milk better had it been a flavored one.

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**update**

We used the original unsweetened flavor to make some chicken Alfredo for dinner a few nights ago – and it turned out amazing.

 

Lets try this again…Weight loss…

So – I have done this so many times that I have lost count – I have been on and off a weight loss journey all of my adult life.  As a teen I was under weight, had to eat my lunch in a class room so they could make sure that I was in fact eating.  Hit about 21 and BAM – no more skinny girl.  I had a seizure after a car accident in 2003, they discovered that it was caused by low blood sugar and not epilepsy.  I had another one in 2005 after skipping a few meals due to getting ready to go on a trip.

By 2005 my weight had gone from 135lbs (2003) to 160lbs, they ran a bunch of tests and blood work, everything looked fine.  But I knew that after my second seizure that I panicked and started eating all the time to prevent another one.

My Job doesn’t really have much activity away form my desk so dropping the weight

Per my Shealth app on my phone

Current Status: 06/01/2015 7:21am

  • Heart Rate: 61bpm
  • SpO2: 97%
  • Stress: Low/Med
  • Didn’t weigh in this morning so last wt was done 05/04/2015 and was: 205.4lbs
  • Goal Wt 160lbs

Breakfast today was a smart one shake:

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Directions said to leave it at room temp for 30 minutes and then enjoy.  Took a little longer than 30 minutes, but it is kinda cold in my office.  So far I can say I really enjoy it.  A little texture issue with the seeds from the strawberry (but I have an issue with them in general) the flavor is really good, I just hope that it sticks with me.

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Chobani Simply 100™ Greek Yogurt – BzzAgent

End date – March 10, 2015

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I liked this one fairly well, a few negatives were that my local fry’s didn’t offer that many flavors of the Greek 100, and the fruit was more of a fruit jelly or jam vs pieces at the bottom.  And for me that wasn’t all that bad because I am big on texture, and the fruit flavor mixed into the plain yogurt really well.

I have been trying to find a good yogurt to keep on hand, its a good go to for a fast breakfast or pick-me-up snack.  I tried the Strawberry flavor, and I wasn’t disappointed.

Subscription Boxes

I am a graze.com user – I have been for over a year now.  For those of you who don’t know what that is, it is a snacks through the mail delivery service.  Their snacks are amazing and I highly recommend them.  I have been looking for other subscription boxes to try since it seems to be the new craze these days, so here is a list I have compiled.  If you use any of these and can offer either positive or negative feedback please leave them in the comments section of this post.  If I end up signing up for any of them I will of course keep y’all posted as to my experiences – from sign up to delivery.

Graze.com

^ I may have to order that one – having an invisible illness can be depressing for both me and my support system.

Randoms® Gummy Candy – Smiley360

Get ready to try a sweet new treat with Randoms®, a fantastically random gummy candy treats. Randoms® comes in 70 different shapes, 7 fruit flavors, and 3 gummy candy textures – variety like never before! They’re all mixed up so you never know what you’ll find next in your Randoms® bag!

Your Smiley Kit contains:

• One resealable Stand Up bag of Randoms®
• One peg bag of Randoms®
• Sharing Guide

Your Smiley Kit will arrive at your door in 2 – 4 weeks!

Mission End Date: May 4th, 2015

Randoms® is a fantastically random gummy candy treat that comes in 70 different shapes, 7 fruit flavors, and 3 gummy candy textures – variety like never before! They’re all mixed up so you never know what you’ll find next in your Randoms® bag!

I received my two free sample bags yesterday in the mail.  And after receiving some very sad news (My dad came over to tell me my 16-year-old Chihuahua who lived with them had passed away in his sleep yesterday) I was ready for some sugar therapy.

20150317_165653-1 These taste really good!  I really like the flavors, I couldn’t tell you what shapes are what flavors – and I think that’s part of the fun of it all.  Unlike some of the other gunny candies out there, this one didn’t leave me with that sugar sick feeling.  And I ate over half of the smaller bag all by myself, don’t judge me, I was emotional.

The bag states that they “contain no Artificial Flavors” and “Contains real fruit juice*

*Made with 5% fruit juice concentrate

Per Serving:10 gummies

140 Calories – 0% Sat Fat – 35mg Sodium – 25g sugars

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Crock Pot Lasagna

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Sunday I made Crock Pot Lasagna  per my husband’s request.  I used ground chicken and not beef, we don’t eat pork or beef.  It cam out amazing!  He is not one to eat much tomato based foods because they mess with his stomach really bad, but he wanted to try it with the red sauce.  Next time I might try to do a white lasagna, so it doesn’t bother his stomach so much.  I got a little bit of a late start on it so it wasn’t done till just after 7pm.  It was supposed to go for another half hours, but I checked the noodles and they had cooked all the way – so we took it off the heat.

I placed the noodles in the crock pot a little different that it described in the recipe – because they really didn’t explain how to do it: (I forgot to take a picture as I was doing it so I found this one that shows what I had done as well:

CaptureI added the noodles in one direction for the first layer, and then the other direction for the second layer, and then back to the first diction for the 3rd layer.  Seemed the right way to do it to me – but I never made one before so I was winging it a tad bit.  Now if I was making this just for me, I would have loved to add spinach and/or black olives.  But hubby is not a fan of either of those so I kept it very simple.

The first slice wasn’t very pretty when I pulled it out – but the rest served up nicely.

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Follow up to potato soup…

It was so good – Very creamy and hearty.  It was a rather cold and dreary new years here in Arizona.  We welcomed in the new year with snow – that is a rare thing to happen where I live.  So a good hearty soup was very welcomed.  wpid-20150101_065120.jpg I believe the next time I make it I might add some turkey sausage to it, and then maybe some fresh-cut up potato as well – about half way through the cooking process.  That way they are firm – not that the fact the hash-browns became creamy mashed potatoes was a bad thing – but it would be nice to have more potato cubes in the mix as well.

Next on the slow-cooker menu will be lasagna this weekend, bought all the ingredients last night at the store.  Will post the recipe and pictures of it all then, so keep an eye out for that on Sunday.