Have you heard of…

I was scrolling through my phone and found a few random photos of some new-to-me products that I thought were worth sharing.  Some are brands I was previously unfamiliar with and others are brands I currently use, but new items.  So let’s play a game today called: Have you heard of…

Have you heard of… fresh & co goji berry protein bar?

goji berry protein bar

I received this in my MizzFit Quarterly Co box and ate it yesterday.  It is AMAZING!  I love that there are just a few ingredients, and recognizable ones at that.  Plus, goji berries are known to be “super foods” as they deliver many benefits.  It kind of reminds me of a Larabar because it’s chewy and naturally sweet.  I’m going to have to find out where I can purchase more of these bad boys!

Have you heard of… Halo Top protein ice cream?

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I’m not going to lie… I did not have high expectations for this ice cream.  Real ice cream is pretty much the best thing in the world, so a “healthier” version didn’t sound too promising.  The verdict? I was thoroughly impressed!  It wasn’t protein-y at all and the nutritional stats rock as there’s 240 calories, 24 grams of protein, 20 grams of fiber, and 8 grams of fat.  And that’s for the WHOLE pint.  I wish my grocery store carried their birthday cake flavor, but since that’s a newer flavor they don’t.  I’ll keep looking.

Have you heard of… Skoop performance beet blend?

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This healthy Skoop Ignite berry beet Performance Beet Blend is to be taken 30 minutes prior to working out by mixing it with water.  The benefits include:

  • Endurance: Increased blood flow means you can run longer, swim with fewer breaths, cycle further, you name it.
  • Resilience: Helps reduce recovery times DURING your workout–so you can bounce back quicker from bursts of activity, like sprints.
  • Energy: D-Ribose provides lasting, sustained energy throughout your workout.

How’s the taste?  Well… it does taste like beets.  I like beets, but combining it with just water does not taste like the best thing.  However, I usually take it in the morning, so I mix it in with my oatmeal or smoothie so other flavors take over.  If I want to take it in the afternoon or later in the day when I’m not eating right before, I gulp it down pretty quickly.  I do like the benefits and the slight jolt it gives me without the caffeine.  I like how it’s a “natural” product.

Have you heard of… goodness knows peach & cherry almond dark chocolate bar?

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The cherries sweetened this bar perfectly!  It was harder than the other bar, but I still enjoyed it as a crunchy snack.  This was another new-to-me brand and I was a big fan of this flavor!

Have you heard of… Ava Anderson Non Toxic Body Scrub?

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Ava Anderson Non Toxic has the safest products around.  I originally started purchasing them for baby William as I was concerned with the ingredients in typical baby products, but quickly fell in love with all of their lines.  My current obsession is their body scrub.  It is the most moisturizing scrub I’ve ever used.  I use it right before I shave my legs and I don’t even need shaving cream, not to mention it exfoliates perfectly.  The new candy cane is PERFECT for this upcoming holiday season.  I will be gifting lots of these to my girl friends.  Ava Anderson Non Toxic also has a new peppermint candle which will pair nicely for a gift.  I love holiday scents!

~Use code 111759 when placing your order.  E-mail me to receive free shipping.

Which of these brands / products have you heard of? What’s something new to you that’s worth sharing?

*This post contains affiliate links.

Friday Five

Happy happy Friday! I am finishing my last full week of school before summer, so to say I’m excited it’s the weekend is an understatement!  We’ve got a fun weekend planned which makes it all the sweeter, too.  Today, I want to share five things with you (linking up with Claire!) – some cuteness, some love, some deals, and some running fun.

#1

First and foremost, this cute little baby in the bathtub:

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Little stinker poured a cup of water on me and thought it was the most hilarious thing ever!  He was literally cracking up, so it was impossible to be mad!  Baby William loves playing with his stacking cups in the bath.  He loves putting them inside each other, pretending to drink, filling them with water, and apparently pouring them out on me!

#2

You all know I love Skoop and use it on a daily basis.  (HERE is why.)  Skoop is a plant-based superfoods company. Now through May 22nd, you can save 25% on all Skoop products – the A-Game green superfood blend (my favorite!), the B-Strong plant-based protein, and the B-Lovely superfood beauty blend.

Enter code ‘MAY25’ at checkout to apply the 25% discount. Be careful–the code is case sensitive!  Shop HERE.

One of the coolest things about Skoop is that every time you use it, you’re helping get more fresh fruits and veggies into schools across the country. Skoop has teamed up with the Chef Ann Foundation to create Mission Nutrition: Fruits and Veggie Grants for Kids. Skoop has committed to giving 3% of their revenue to fund these grants, because everyone deserves super nutrition!  AWESOME.

affiliate link – thank you!

#3

I’m not the only crazy Chipotle lover in my family…

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My little brother Justin texted our family this picture and said, “This is my 3rd meal in a row having Chipotle.”  And now he will probably never text me another goofy picture. lol

#4

I just learned of a new cool inspirational running app called Motigo and thought my runner friends would be interested. From their website:

Motigo is a personalized motivational running app. that allows your family, friends and coaches to pre-recored personal cheers for you to hear during your race.  Have you ever run a race, and even surrounded by thousands of other runners, still felt like you’re alone on your mission to finish?  Or perhaps you are nervous about running your very first race?  Maybe your friends and family aren’t able to be there in person to cheer you on?  The solution is Motigo.
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What is Motigo?
Motigo is the first ever personalized, motivational running app.  It brings athletes, coaches, family and all supporters together, through pre-recorded, personalized cheers.  It’s simple; after downloading the free app, runners select their race, send push notification to anyone who might want to cheer, and the recipient can then record any type of motivational messages for the runner.  The messages are triggered to play automatically at mile markers selected by each supporter, allowing friends, family or coaches to determine when and where the runner will hear their voice.
How it works. 
Motigo operates as a complimentary app, allowing runners to continue using their favorite fitness or music apps at the same time.  When the moment comes for cheers to play, Motigo lowers the volume of your music, plays the cheers, and returns the music to its previous volume.
The Mission.
The power of Motigo lies in its ability to supply emotional fuel.  Motivation is key to accomplishing anything in life, and Motigo’s mission is to help everyone keep moving, and #runLOVED.
#5
These curls.
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How amazing are they?
Have a fabulous weekend!
Have you ever heard of Motigo?  What are your weekend plans?

Chipotle again

Ok so I know I said last week that I needed to be better at food prep, but I failed once again.  Life is busy, and yes that’s totally an excuse, but sometimes I just don’t feel like spending much time in the kitchen.  It definitely doesn’t mean that eating mostly healthy has to go out the window though.  Here are a few of my meals from this week:

// breakfast //

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Love Grown Foods blueberry banana walnut hot oats.  Add water and microwave.  So easy, so delicious, so nutritious.  A side of homemade banana bread with Essentially Coconut sweet almond coconut butter on top.  And yes, I actually made the banana bread.  Despite me not wanting to do any food prep this week, I did make a batch of banana bread.  In fact, I usually make banana bread every week with my leftover bananas.  It hardly takes any time, and I love it.  A glass of A-Game greens on the side always makes me feel much healthier since it contains ten servings of vegetables, probiotics, antioxidants, and more healthy goodness.

// lunch //

chipotle

Chipotle again.  I picked it up Sunday for Monday’s lunch which completely justified my lack of meal prep.  Chipotle is healthy fast food.  I almost always order a bowl with chicken, brown rice, black beans, corn salsa, cheese, and lettuce.  Occasionally steak, but mostly chicken.  And tonight William and I have a Chipotle play date with our friends.  Chipotle addict over here, no shame!

Linking up with Jenn at Peas and Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday!

// snack //

detour bar

Detour just sent me some of their Chocolate Chip Caramel simple protein bars.  They now have a snack size which is just perfect for a protein bar.  And as always, Detour’s simple bars contain clean ingredients, are gluten-free, and non-gmo.  Good flavors, too!

// dinner //

dinner

This dinner was from my parents’ house.  Mini sliders with ketchup, roasted asparagus, and salad.  Simple and easy, my kind of meal.

What’s your go-to order at Chipotle?  I know everyone has one because I have literally never met anyone that doesn’t like Chipotle!

The Infamous Starbucks Birthday Cake Frappuccino

The Infamous Starbucks Birthday Cake Frappuccino – Have you heard of it? Have you tried it?  Birthday cake is my absolute favorite flavor, so the other morning I got William and I out of the house extra early to make a special trip to Starbucks before school.

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Have you heard of the birthday cake frap?  I was telling a couple friends about it, and they had no clue what I was talking about.  Maybe the infamous Starbucks Birthday Cake Frappuccino isn’t so famous, after all.  So, what exactly is it?  From their website:

To commemorate Frappuccino’s 20th anniversary, Starbucks is offering a limited-time Birthday Cake Frappuccino® blended beverage – a vanilla bean and hazelnut, topped with raspberry-infused whipped cream

My verdict? While I was glad I tried it, it won’t be something I’ll be ordering again.  I don’t regularly frequent Starbucks, but when I do, I’m not going to lie, I do like their sugary drinks.  I’m someone who adds a little coffee to a lot of creamer on the rare occasion that I do drink it.  Anyway, I thought the birthday cake frap was too sweet, even for me.  The first couple sips were good, but then I was over it.  Don’t get me wrong; I, of course, did finish it, because I wasn’t going to waste that five dollar drink.  Just wouldn’t order it again.  When I do order one of their sugary drinks, I request “one pump” of their syrup – still tastes great!

Linking up with Jenn at Peas and Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday today!

Breakfast: Oatmeal with Skoop A-Game

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Oatmeal is always an easy, healthy choice for breakfast, and lately I’ve been loving it with peanut butter, cocoa powder, and Chocofresh Skoop A-Game.  (Read all about it HERE.  Try it for yourself HERE.)  Oatmeal has protein, fiber, and complex carbs, and the Skoop A-Game adds probiotics, TEN servings of veggies, antioxidants, fiber, and more.  That’s one bowl loaded with lots of good stuff to start the day!

Lunch: Crockpot Lasagna

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This is a recycled photo, but it looked the same.  So last week, my teammates at school and I all brought in a different dip to share. We had lunch for the whole week! We decided to take turns bringing in lunch for everyone, and I went first.  I wanted a delicious lunch that would be easy to serve many, and fairly healthy.  Crockpot lasagna for the win!  It uses whole wheat noodles, spinach, cottage cheese, turkey meat, and some cheese.  So easy.  I made steamed broccoli and brussel sprouts for our side, and gooey butter bars for dessert.  It fed eight people and most of us even got seconds!

Dinner: Chicken and Vegetables

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I’m part of several “mom” Facebook groups, and one of them focuses on feeding babies.  I saw this “recipe” and tried it out for William.  I say “recipe” because it’s not really a recipe, but more just a combination of a few foods.  Take three cups of frozen vegetables (I use Trader Joe’s organic foursome), cut up two chicken breasts, and pour low sodium chicken stock in a casserole dish.  Cover with tin foil and bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.  It made more than enough for William for the entire week.  Some moms freeze part of it, but I just used it as my own dinner.  The cut up vegetables are perfect for William and I just hand shred the chicken into teeny tiny pieces.  He loves it and it’s so easy!

Dessert: S’mores Pie

smores pie

Oh. My. Gosh.  This was amazing as it looks and I’m taking 100% full credit for it.  I dreamed up this recipe, but want to photograph it better before I share.  (How do you photograph the inside of pie?!  I can’t ever cut slices nice enough!)  Take my word (and ask my teammates)… it was phenomenal!

Did you try the infamous Starbucks Birthday Cake Frappuccino?  What’s your favorite drink at Starbucks?

thinking out loud

Tomorrow is Friday! Tomorrow is Friday!  Yippee!  Let’s get through Thursday first, eh?  I’m doing a thinking out loud post today because I have lots of random things to share with you in the categories of Food, Beauty, Fitness, and Baby.  A little something for everyone.  Take a look:

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FOOD:

  • St. Louis just got its first Fresh Market.  William and I checked it out last weekend. It is a beautiful store with a lovely bakery, but honestly I was a bit disappointed. While they did have some good deals on sale items, overall it was more expensive (think: Whole Foods Market) than I anticipated.  I’ll be sticking to Trader Joe’s, but will definitely visit the Fresh Market on occasion (especially when I need a special treat from their bakery!).
  • Blake’s All Natural Foods just came out with several new meals.  For those of you unfamiliar, Blake’s makes frozen meals with REAL ingredients that taste great!  They’re not low-calorie or anything, but you don’t have to worry about funny chemicals being in there.  And while they’re not low-cal or low-fat, they are individually portioned and packaged, so it’s really not bad to eat once in a while.  Sometimes it sure beats cooking!  Their new meals include:
  • I tried to make my own banana soft serve last night.  It didn’t turn out.  I either didn’t do a good job or I left it in the freezer too long.  How do people get it so creamy? Mine was super icy.  Any recipes to share?
  • After reading Brittany’s Buckwheat, Millet, and Apple Breakfast Bake, I needed to make my own.  Mine included oats, apple, cinnamon, and raisins with a dollop of peanut butter on top.

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BEAUTY:

  • Did you know that Skoop makes a product called B-Lovely?  B-Lovely aids in muscle building, detoxify cells, repair collagen, and boost immunity, and provides relief on a cellular level through its many antioxidants and resveratrol.
  • A sweet reader named Danielle sent me some samples of Rodan + Fields.  She sent me a mini-facial which included:
    • ENHANCEMENTS Micro-Dermabrasion Paste: Woah, this stuff was intense! It left my face a little red after, but that was short-lived.  My face was super soft from using it!
    • REDEFINE Night Renewing Serum: Used directly after the paste, this was a very soothing thick cream.
    • REDEFINE Lip Renewing Serum: I’m picky about what I put on my lips, but this really moisturized them.
  • Danielle also sent me a week’s worth of the REDEFINE line.  The REDEFINE regimen consists of four products: Daily Cleansing Mask, Pore Minimizing Toner, Triple Defense Treatment, and Overnight Restorative Cream.  Danielle said I probably wouldn’t see results in just a week, but I think I did. My face was a lot smoother and softer, and it seemed like my makeup went on better, too.  I like that the Triple Defense Treatment contains SPF 30; I would definitely use that on a daily basis.
  • If you’d like to learn more about which Rodan + Fields regimen is right for you, e-mail Danielle at: dviolard [at] gmail [dot] com.

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FITNESS:

  • I’m really sad that my ClassPass month expired. I had so much fun trying out new-to-me studios and gyms.  Since right now the weekends are the only time I can actually attend classes, I’ll probably take a break for the time being.  In the summer, I may sign up again.  But good news for St. Louis folks!  You can sign-up for $10 for one-week of unlimited classes –> HERE!
  • RUNNERS: There is a new shoe out there worth looking into: Night Runner 270° Shoe Light. The light connects to your shoes, has bounce protection, shines for 30 meters, and includes a rear-facing red tail light so you are visible to vehicles.
    • They need to raise $38,000 for the first round of manufacturing. The Kickstarter Campaign just launched. The actual price for a unit will be $69.95, but you can pre-order via Kickstarter at the $50 donation level.

BABY:

  • I’m pretty sure baby William is teething (again), so I ordered him a Banana Brush to chew on.  He’s been loving it, and I think it’s been satisfying some of his chewing needs.
  • A couple of times, I’ve caught William putting his teeth on his crib rails, so I quickly ordered crib rail protectors.  Can’t wait for those to arrive!
  • Thanks to teething, William has been sleeping worse than normal.  On Tuesday night, he was up from 3 – 4 a.m. Ouch.
  • And since I threw William under the bus about his poor sleep habits, I’ll pull a redemption card and show you a super cute picture of him from last week’s Dr. Seuss day at school:

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His outfit isn’t technically Dr. Seuss, but I thought it looked pretty good for what we had!

Share something about one of the categories from today: FOOD, BEAUTY, FITNESS, or BABY!

simple meals

I’m busy.  You’re busy.  We’re all busy.  But guess what?  We still have to eat.  You.  Me.  Everybody eats.  So why not make some healthy choices and prepare simple meals for that eating thing.  Yes, I think so.  That’s what I try to do.  I don’t eat 100% healthy 100% of the time, but I do my best, and maybe today you can get some meal inspiration from these simple meals I’ve eaten over the last couple of weeks.

After all, today is a What I Ate Wednesday party over at Peas and Crayons, so you can look around there, too, to get TONS of meal inspiration!  Without further ado:

morning drink: Skoop A-Game

Skoop A Game

My Skoop A-Game is a habit.  I take it as a drink or a mix it with my breakfast every morning.  I know I’m getting in 10 servings of vegetables, probiotics, 5 grams of fiber, antioxidants, and lots more.  (Read about ALL the benefits HERE.)  My favorite combination recently, as pictured, is Skoop A-Game in Chocofresh mixed with vanilla almond milk.  It’s like the healthiest chocolate milk ever!  If you want to try Skoop A-Game, you can order a sampler pack for just $10 – it comes with five days worth of Skoop A-Game samples, a shaker bottle, two samples of their protein powder, and free shipping!  Check it out HERE.  {affiliate link}

breakfast: oatmeal

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Oatmeal is always a healthy choice as it’s packed with whole grains and fiber.  There are a million ways to eat oatmeal (just be careful on the kinds that sneak in lots of extra sugar!).  Love Grown Foods makes hot oats that come in convenient single serving containers.  All you do is add water and microwave.  Delicious!  And Love Grown Foods is coming out with awesome new products… Stay tuned…

Lunch: hamburger salad

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Yep, nothing fancy here.  Just a salad topped with a leftover burger.  My salad contains power greens, honey goat cheese, cherry tomatoes, a burger, and fig balsamic dressing from Whole Foods.  Simple, pretty healthy, and tasty!

snacks: inner beans, fiber bars, sugar snap peas, and hummus

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  • Inner Beans: These were a new-to-me find at Trader Joe’s, and oh my goodness, they rock.  They’re made out of baked black beans, they’re light, crunchy, and so good.  It’s hard to stop once the bag is open.
  • Fiber d’Lish bars: A blondie bar that’s healthy for you! All NuGo Fiber’s flavors are amazing, and obviously loaded with fiber.
  • Sugar Snap Peas: Probably my favorite raw vegetable.  Perfect to eat plain, steam, or dip in hummus.
  • Tomato & Basil Hummus:  Can’t go wrong with any of TJ’s hummus.

soup: butternut squash

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Ok, this isn’t necessarily “healthy” because there is a touch of cream in it, but I had to throw it in today’s post.  My dad made this butternut squash soup from scratch and it was absolutely incredible.  I don’t have the recipe to link to because it’s from a cooking class that my parents attended, but I assure you it was fantastic.  He topped it with green onions and three types of mushrooms.  I don’t think I’ll ever be able to have pre-made butternut squash soup again.

dinner: chicken, greens, butternut squash

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Apparently butternut squash has been the thing to eat lately!  I found pre-cut bags at Trader Joe’s for just $1.99, so I picked up a couple.  Usually I’m a bigger fan of buying whole vegetables since it is more economical, but I couldn’t really beat the two dollar price tag on this.  I baked the chicken, topped it with some hemp seeds and fig balsamic, and called it dinner.  Nothing fancy, but healthy, indeed.

dessert: my baby

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Just kidding.  You know I had to throw in a picture of baby William, and at least it’s a picture of him eating, so it fits with the post, right?  Right.  And don’t worry, soon enough I’ll teach him to chew with his mouth closed.  At least he’s cute!

Are you more of a simple meal person or do you take a lot of time in preparing your food?  Any simple meal favorites?

Skoop A-Game Information

Do you want to easily consume 10 servings of veggies?  How about some healthy fats?  Probiotics?  Want to reboot your body’s energy cycle?  Who doesn’t, really?

I’ve got the answer.

Skoop A-Game.

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I recently became an affiliate for Skoop.  This means that if you click on the links in this post and purchase something, I do make a small profit from those sales. (Thank you!)  This also means that I spend my own money to buy Skoop products.   (I did receive samples to review, in addition.)  That’s how much I believe in Skoop, and I’m ecstatic about my partnership with them, and can’t wait to teach your about Skoop today.

Today’s post is focused on Skoop A-Game Information.  Skoop does have a few different products, but I’m focusing on the A-Game because that’s my favorite.  All information I’m sharing today comes directly from their website.

So, what’s all the hype about Skoop A-Game?  It’s a HUGE dose of healthy.  Does this mean it replaces all your healthy foods? Of course not.  I still believe in nourishing your body with whole foods.  Skoop A-Game is a boost of nutrition to supplement vitamins, minerals, fiber, probiotics, and antioxidants that you may be missing.

Skoop A-Game is a powder of super nutrition.  Let me explain:

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Skoop A-Game Information

~ everybody deserves super nutrition ~ 

What’s in Skoop A-Game?

  • Vegetables: broccoli, carrot, spinach, parsley, beet, and kale
  • Greens: barley grass, wheat grass, spirulina, and chlorella
  • Superfruits: apple, blueberry, pomegranate, goji berries, acai, and cranberry
  • Adaptogens: astragalus, reishi, cordyceps, and rhodiola
  • Fibers: flax seed, chia seed, and gum acacia
  • Probiotics: L. acidophilus, B. longum, L. casei, and L. rhamnosus
  • Antioxidants: quercetin, white tea leaf, rosemary, green tea leaf, and grape skin

Skoop is on a mission:

We might not look it, but as a nation, we’re starving.  And we’re hungry for a solution we can all be a part of .  So we created Skoop with the simple mission of bringing super nutrition to every American.  To succeed we realized we needed to build a completely new way of doing business.  We had to make Skoop affordable, simple, fast, and it had to reach places that don’t even have a grocery store.

Why fiber?

  • Fiber’s job is to help support your heart and metabolic health, and to promote a healthy inflammatory response.  Fiber rocks!

Your body is a race car.

  • Carbs, proteins, and fats are fuel to your body, while micro- and phytonutrients act as oil.  To run optimally, you need both.  Start every day with the right stuff in your tank – and floor it!

Why eat grass?

  • Our Wheat Grass and Barley Grass provide you with 90% of the amino acid building blocks that muscle building proteins rely on.

Why broccoli gets such good PR:

  •  ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbency Capacity.  We chose an ORAC dream team for their ability to protect your cells from a fast-forwarding of the aging process.

What’s an adaptogen?

  • Adaptogenic herbs are a small subset of herbs that studies have shown may help you increase resistance to stress, improve energy, clarity and over all resiliency.  Sort of like a custom blueprint to build the most awesome you!

What are the flavors?

  • SWEETGREENS: Goji berries and blueberries, sweetened with organic honey and a hint of stevia
  • CHOCOFRESH: Greens and cocoa, sweetened with organic honey and a touch of stevia

One Skoop provides:

  • 50 calories
  • 0.5 grams of fat
  • 10 grams of carbohydrates
  • 5 grams of dietary fiber
  • 10 servings of veggies

Other information:

  • Fire Fighters: ORAC-rich superfoods promote a healthy inflammation response.
  • Clean: Proudly made with all organic vegetables.
  • GMO Free: Made without Genetically Modified Organisms.

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Skoop makes it SO easy for you to try!  You can purchase A Super Sample Box for just $10!  That includes five days worth of A-Game; they call it “The 5-day challenge to get your super on,” and you get to try both flavors.  Plus, they throw in a Skoop blender bottle and FREE SHIPPING!  That’s a $28 value, baby!

Or, go all in with a whole bag of Skoop A-Game.  Commit to a flavor, commit to a whole month (one bag = 30 servings), and commit to a healthier you!  Money back guarantee.

So what are you waiting for?  I start each morning with a healthy A-Game drink, and that helps me make more healthy choices throughout the day.  I’m not going to lie, I really do feel awesome, and know that Skoop makes a difference.  Not to mention, it tastes great!

What other information about Skoop do you want to know?  Will you try their 5-day challenge?  It’s just $10 – you don’t have much to lose, but a healthier YOU!