Posts Written On November 18, 2013

Three Feel Good Snacks: @enjoylifefoods @jontyjacobs @nuvosport

I’ll admit it- I love a good snack session.  Sometimes I just need those in-between mini meals to get through the day.  That being said, it’s not always easy to find a snack that my body won’t hate me for later.  And if I do find something healthy, it’s not too often that it will taste very good.  I can recall times when I was on the road, touring with my band, thinking “I really wish this truck stop had SOMETHING I can eat that doesn’t contain some kind of artificial crap.”  As it turned out, my only options were over ripe bananas or stale peanuts in a bag.  Luckily, I feel like I hit the jackpot on my recent snack discoveries.

First, I present you with Enjoy Life Foods Chewy Bars.  I’m just going to get this out of the way right now: I love these things!  Seriously.  Now, I have a go-to snack that is free of any artificial ingredients whatsoever, free of the eight most comment allergens (including gluten, nut, dairy, & soy), and actually TASTES GOOD.  They come in four flavors, including Cocoa Loco, SunButter Crunch, Mixed Berry and Caramel Apple.  Trying these is a good idea.  (enjoylifefoods.com)

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Next up, there is a new player in the jerky game and he isn’t messing around.  Meet Jonty Jacobs.  They make a natural, chemical and preservative-free line of dried beef slices and sausage (also known as biltong and droëwors, respectively).  What sets this jerky apart from any other I’ve had is it’s fine quality.  This beef is grass-fed, made in the USA, and cured using a traditional South African method.  Like our previous snack, there are no chemicals or additives in this product- only the GOOD STUFF.  And yes, it is good.  It’s like I’m tasting the meat from beef brisket sandwich from my local NYC deli-  juicy and delicious, but dried for anytime enjoyment.  (jontyjacobs.com)

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Finally, Fruitmania is a ready-to-drink “single shot” of five full servings of fruits and vegetables, along with dietary fiber.  Again, I am so happy to share that they are all natural and free of fat, gluten, cholesterol, lactose, and preservatives.  These nutrition packed drinks are made in the USA by NuvoSport and so tasty that they are gaining popularity across the world in China.  When introduced at a Chinese New Year celebration and Autumn moon cake festival, these drinks were a hit.  I liked the Fruit Punch best.  (nuvosport.com)

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Shea Indulgence comes Just in Time for the Holidays!

Shea butter-enriched lotions are my weakness. They smell delicious, they keep skin hydrated and they’re a 10/10 on the “pamper me” scale. So I’m really happy to see Essence of Beauty come out with a Shea Indulgence collection just in time for the holidays!

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This fantastic line is available exclusively in CVS stores — but don’t let the inexpensive price tag fool you. The Shea Indulgence collection gives any expensive skincare range a run for its money. Why? Because Essence of Beauty knows their stuff. They’re passionate about the products they create, enriching all their formulas with revitalizing passionflower seed and rice bran oils, antioxidant-rich vitamins, soothing aloe, and of course, renewing shea butter.

But what they leave out of their skincare range is equally as important. Every Essence of Beauty cleanser, butter scrub and lotion is free from parabens, artificial dyes, phthalates, petrolatum, and gluten.

Take a peek at what the master perfumers have to say about Essence of Beauty:

Now onto their Shea Indulgence collection:

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Butter Scrub ($7.99): This product is divine, removing dead skin cells and renewing your skin. I use this as soon as I step in the shower and the smell is wonderful! Think silky shea butter mixed with coconut milk and creamy vanilla.

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Cream Shower Cleanser ($6.99): This shower cleanser is cheaper than the one I ordinarily use but is twice as great! It lathers up in an instant and pampers your skin while showering. Believe me, I’ve given my other shower cleanser the flick after using this.

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Body Butter ($7.99) and Body Lotion ($6.99): Both these products are great for after-shower pampering. Work the body butter into those dry areas such as hands, elbows, knees, and heels (great for winter!), and use the body lotion to keep skin soft and smooth.

And because the holidays are right around the corner, Essence of Beauty also has a great Shea Indulgence Body Care Collection for gift-giving (the 3-piece set above, $9.99). So good!

Like CVS Beauty Club on Facebook and enter the Essence of Beauty Fine Fragrance Instant Win Game. They’re giving away 100 prize packages, including a full line of your signature scent and a $500 gift card to CVS/pharmacy!

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Camping Gear and More and the all NEW @BKoutdoor

Those who love adventure and the outdoors now have a new destination for all of their outdoor needs–Brooklyn Outdoor Provisions.

At Brooklyn Outdoor Provisions, we carry the very best in outdoor equipment and clothing. From industry leading brands, we’ve got what you need for all of your camping, running and yoga pursuits.

Along with excellent gear, Brooklyn Outdoor Provisions provides expert advice on both equipment and application. And, for those whose adventures are just beginning, we offer a robust rental program, with a full array of equipment. As our Store Manager, Avi David Edelson, says “Whether it’s fitting you for a new pack, sharing a favorite backcountry recipe, or offering  advice for your next international adventure, our greatest joy is helping you make the most of your trip.”

As a member of the ever-growing Brooklyn community, we  look forward to working alongside other businesses and not-for-profit organizations throughout the borough. And, we plan to start by offering  free yoga classes to our community every Sunday evening.

189 Utica Ave, Brooklyn NY in Crown Heights

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