Colorless Caffeine (= Ultra Bright Smile)

Yep…

Someone (CLR CFF to be precise) has actually taken the stain out of your morning beverage – I can hear your pearly whites glinting in the sun. . .

Why so see-through?  Well, for the above reason first and foremost.  But the drink also boasts a unique taste, minus all the “uglies” (artificial flavors, preservatives, sugar, sweeteners, or stabilizers) – so it’s kind of in the clear on all counts.  It’s also only 4 calories, which is nice if you need any add-ins.

The production method, using high quality Arabica coffee beans and pure water, is apparently completely new and innovative (though how it robs the liquid of its signature earthen hue…?  No idea.)

If you drink your coffee from a straw (yes, I do, as a matter of fact!) and you’ve desperately wanted to ditch the plastic tubing…well, now’s your chance.  Plus, it’s so damn photogenic…

Sold at Whole Foods and Selfridges.

Updated Nutritional Labels

This article from Hungry Girl regarding updates to nutritional labels just came my way, and I actually saw the revamped format yesterday on hummus…with a much larger-than-normal, bold-faced font for the caloric numbers.

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I don’t count my calories, let me be clear – for me, that’s a surefire way to get into trouble.  Having had eating disorders once, I have the propensity to micromanage to the hilt when it comes to food.  Nowadays I take the much healthier approach of NOT counting or keeping track.  I DO, however, take note of the nutritional statistics – eating highly caloric foods, even healthy ones (think: avacado, nuts, salmon etc…) can add up on me quickly. So I appreciated being able to see the numbers more clearly without having to search.  

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The other cool thing about the change is that the serving sizes are being updated to a “more realistic” amount, AND the FULL amount (what’s in the package or container) will be listed. Portions can make a massive difference!

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The other major change will be that the added sugar will be more clear – sugar is bad news, period, and too much can cause a whole host of health problems you definitely don’t want. Yay for being able to seeing those details more vividly – the more educated we all can be, the more healthy also!

Snack Factory Fruit Sticks

Word of this newbie just came my way (and honestly, I suppose it was only a matter of time, given the popularity of veggie stix, right?!) I personally love fresh fruit because they are LOADED with fiber and good ol’ H2O, making for a filling snack.  But…sometimes you just want some crunch with your “sweet” and you don’t want to reach for a Nestle Crunch bar. . .

Enter these fry-shaped snacks, which come in three flavors:

  • Apple
  • Apple Cinnamon
  • Apple Strawberry

The stats for Snack Factory’s Fruit Sticks are as follows (for 0.75 oz. (about 2/3 cup)):

  • 80 calories
  • 0g total fat (0g sat fat)
  • 15mg sodium
  • 20g carbs
  • 3g fiber
  • 13 – 14g sugars, 0g protein
  • SmartPoints® value 4*

While they aren’t a sub for fresh fruit, they are – at least – a better option than grabbing some candy.  I am thrilled that companies are trying to be a little bit more health conscious these days, and offer more options for anyone wanting to proactively head off a craving. These are available in Walmart, Kroger, and Giant Eagle, among other retailers. You can also snag them on Amazon, which is always a great option when a product is new (and slowly making its way into stores!)

ZenBunni

I of course took note of this dairy-free chocolate company, Zenbunni, as soon as I spotted the name – having been dubbed “Bunny” from an early age, I was lured in by the utter cuteness the moniker. And, of course…chocolate without dairy. ❤ 

Per the site, Zenibunni is. . .

ARTISANAL STONE GROUND BIODYNAMIC CACAO

EACH ZENBUNNI BAR IS HANDCRAFTED USING A WIDE OPEN RANGE OF CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC, ORGANIC, AND WILD FORAGED HEIRLOOM SPICES, HERBS, LEAVES, FLOWERS, NUTS, OILS, SALTS AND MINERALS TO SOOTHE, INSPIRE, AMAZE, DELIGHT, HEAL, AND NURTURE YOU, ALL GRACIOUSLY PROVIDED BY MOTHER NATURE.

The Company – who seems to have an overarching sense of “higher-vibration” going on – offers a variety of goodieseverything from chocolate bars, to coffees, to “coconache” (a blend of chocolate and coconut  butter…um, yes!) and drinking chocolate. Delicious, nature-loving, and energy-elevating? I like it. 🙂  

Locations are few and far between, sadly – while you can order online, bummer that you can’t just see sizing, and maybe snag one as a trial, in person. The bars seem to be pretty tiny, too, but at least the caloric profile isn’t outrageous…so it’s still a good option when a real craving hits. 

So while I wish I could just get one to see if I even liked it, I’m still psyched to see a yummy, dairy free option out there (available, at least, online), as cute and as creative as can be…

(PS, they have a Rabbit Report too, if you feel like signing up for updates!)

Spring 2017 – MAC Scrubtious

Some fun little lip scrub pots (definitely hitting the mainstream these days, by the way) are coming from MAC for Spring 2017. . .

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The Scrumptious collection features five lip scrubs, each with a different (rather fabulously-vibrant!) hue and flavor. Per the Company:

“Pucker up to totally smooth lips with MAC Lip Scrubtious. This new sugar-based exfoliator gently buffs away dry and flaky skin with a formula enhanced by hydrating and nourishing conditioners leaving lips soft and oh-so smoothable.”

Now technically, a scrub is NOT hard to make on your own.  But…when they look this pretty (and with names representing flavors like that) it is kind of hard to resist.

These pots launch in March 2017, in the US and Internationally, and roll out to the rest of Europe later that month.

Flavors include:

  • Sweet Vanilla
  • Candied Nectar
  • Fruit of Passion
  • Summer Berry 
  • Sweet Brown Sugar

Um…  DELICIOUS!

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The Beauty Of Project 7’s Red Velvet Craving Buster

So when I first came across Project 7’s gum at Target I thought, with a disbelieving scowl, “yeah right… Gourmet?!” 

The flavors sounded WAY too delicious to be captured, a la Willy Wonka (don’t tell me you didn’t want to try that gum – full three course meal with only five calories?!  My waistline was jumping up and down FOR me!  Not sure about that blueberry effect though.)

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I had tried other brands fancy-pants flavors like Confetti Cake Pop,” “Chocolate Chip Mint,” and “Apple Pie.”  I think Wrigley’s had a “Pumpkin Spice” too, come to think of it. *pausing* Yep…here it is…

Problem was, those lost flavor AND started to taste less-than-stellar with just a short time of chewing. (I’m probably going to get in trouble with family members because gum chewing is not the best habit. . .but. . .I have it, and it’s better than pigging out.  So, I’ll deal with the slack.  Come on, Violet, you can sit with me!)

Come to think of it I’m probably also on Wrigley’s bad list, but I’m afraid these have knocked them out of the gumboil machine for good.  

Anyway, enter Project 7 with a few innovative tastes. Finally. [ – It boggles my mind that no one came up with (or successfully created) these kinds of flavors sooner.  I mean…craving busters, BIG TIME, hellOOoooo!?– ]

The Red Velvet variety that I recently spotted?  I snatched it up pronto (knowing the taste bud party I’d be having.)  Was I correct?

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Damn stuff tastes just LIKE it. No, I’m NOT kidding.  (And NO, they sure as hell didn’t put me up to it – wouldn’t that be nice!)

I’ve tried several varieties and, remarkably, the flavors are pretty right on.  Keep in mind, it is GUM…not and actual, soft-n-fluffy cupcake. Or birthday cake, apple pie, or s’mores.  BUT I find them downright amazing, and PERFECT if I have a sweet tooth!  

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If I don’t feel like fresh fruit (grapes, pineapple, watermelon, fuji apples…) this is worth a quick chew to help me stave off something I’ll regret later.

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Truly, they’re brilliant. (They apparently have Gummies too.)

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Some may say that mint is the only flavor gum ought to be.  Well…I like that Project 7 thought outside of the box, tapping into not just a gum market, but one much broader.  While gum has its share of unpronounceable chemicals (I feel like 95% of edibles do these days!), it’s till a better option than downing two doughnuts!  

I dunno… Call it a strategic move, gum chewing.  Or, maybe I should say, 7-Velvet chewing…?