A Bit More to Love

Do you ever have one of those days when you just don’t feel motivated to lace up your tennis shoes and hit the gym, let alone get out of bed to start your day? If your answer to this question is “Yes!” then don’t worry, you’re not alone. Whether you stayed up way too late catching up on your favorite Netflix series, just finished a week-long stint of hitting spin class at 6am sharp every morning or you simply just don’t feel like moving your body, everyone needs a little extra “oomph” now and then.

Fortunately, there’s a super-green, super-healthy and super-cute plant-based “bit” that packs a mean energy punch into a tiny little package. If you’re an avid follower of Edible Epiphanies, you may have read my first review of ENERGYbits® a couple years ago, but now they’re back and better than ever with a whole new line-up of bits to help you fuel, detoxify and even lose weight!

** KEEP READING TO ENTER OUR BITS GIVEAWAY!!! **

The Boston-based company expanded their line of algae-infused bits to not only include ENERGYbits, which are designed to improve endurance, increase alertness and heighten energy levels, but also added RECOVERYbits®, VITALITYbits® and SKINNYbits®. energybitsAt first sight, these little green gems may look and smell a bit off-putting because of their pungent plant-infused qualities, but don’t be fooled, because these bits jam a powerful boost of nutrition into each tab.

RECOVERYbits are made of just one ingredient – chlorella algae – which naturally cleanses and detoxifies your body’s systems by clearing harmful toxins. At just one calorie a piece, these small tabs will help you stay healthy through cold and flu season or overcome a nasty holiday party hangover if included as a regular part of your daily diet. singleservingbitsWhen you’re having one of those days I described at the beginning of this post, VITALITYbits are the first thing for which you should reach. They are made of 50 percent chlorella algae and 50 percent spirulina algae, providing an impressive combination of superfood nutrition to help boost your immune system, increase energy and stave off hunger.

For all you hardcore dieters, moms looking to lose those last few pounds of baby weight and trainers interested in leaning out, SKINNYbits give you just what you need. These tiny tabs are made from 100 percent organic non-GMO spirulina algae, and work to suppress cravings, keep you energized and give you a healthy dose of plant protein.

The best feature about the full bit line is the amazing amount of nutrition packed into such a small morsel. The company uses only the highest quality, organically grown spirulina and chlorella algae, making them friendly for vegetarians, vegans and meat eaters alike. By keeping a refillable travel tin or single serving pouch in your car, purse or backpack, you always have access to an instant boost or hunger buster. The size and consistency of each bit is similar to a mini Altoid, and the taste is as natural as it gets!

Want to try these all-natural plant-based bits for FREE? CLICK HERE here to enter my FACEBOOK CONTEST! One lucky winner will win $75 worth of ENERGYbits swag and products!

To enter:

1. Follow Edible Epiphanies and ENERGYbits on Facebook

2. Like the giveaway post on Edible Epiphanies’ Facebook page

3. Tag a fitness fanatic with whom you’d share your bits in the comments section of the Facebook giveaway post

Enter by 12pm PST on Wednesday, October 5th.

GOOD LUCK!

Cookie Giveaway!

Newman’s Own started in 1982 as a small boutique operation after Founder, Paul Newman, began filling wine bottles with his homemade salad dressing and wrapped them with parchment labels to give to his neighbors as holiday gifts.

Today, the company produces more than 200 products across 20 categories, including delicious bite-sized or full-sized cookies in crunchy, soft, sweet or spicy varieties!

newmans own

Between NOW and Thursday, September 22nd you can enter to win FREE Newman’s Own cookies by visiting my Facebook or Instagram pages and following these steps:

  1. Follow Edible Epiphanies on Facebook or Instagram
  2. Like the giveaway post
  3. Tag 2 friends in the comment section of either page

That’s it! One lucky winner will be chosen on 9/22 to receive a voucher for one free bag or box of Newman’s Own Fig Newmans, Newman-O’s, Family Recipe Cookies, Alphabet Cookies or Hermits.

GOOD LUCK!

New Week, New Giveaway!

Whether you live in an area where the cool, brisk air and fall leaves are starting to make their seasonal appearance or the sun is still blazing upon your sunburnt shoulders during these last couple weeks of summer, it’s always a good time for Nature’s Path organic breakfast and snack foods!

The 30-year-old family-run company produces an array of delicious items, including Pumpkin Flax Granola, Buckwheat Wildberry Frozen Waffles and Macaroon Crunch Granola Bars, among others. So whether you’re hankering for a mid-afternoon snack or need a supercharged breakfast to power through your day, Nature’s Path has you covered with a variety of organic, gluten-free options.

Nature's Path GiveawayStarting today, you can enter to WIN a voucher for a FREE Nature’s Path product of your choice by visiting Edible Epiphanies on Facebook or Instagram and following these steps:

  1. Follow Edible Epiphanies on Facebook or Instagram
  2. Like the giveaway post
  3. Tag 2 friends in the comment section of either page

That’s it! One lucky winner will be chosen by 9/14 to receive a voucher for one free Nature’s Path product.

GOOD LUCK!

When Minty Met Chippy

If you were to ask me which flavor of ice cream is my favorite, I wouldn’t even know where to begin. I adore anything chocolate, savor sweet swirls of caramel and crave a bit of crunch, but with so many varieties out there, it’s nearly impossible to select just one. However, there is one kind of ice cream that not only serves as a delightfully refreshing post-meal treat, but also satisfies that insatiable chocolate craving…Mint Chip!

Mint chip ice cream is one of those classic flavors that is perfect on a hot summer day, but also somehow incredibly comforting on a cold winter evening. It is basic enough that it doesn’t feel over-done but it’s also uniquely decadent that it surprises the taste buds in all the right ways.

Every ice cream maker out there – from Breyer’s to Häagen-Dazs – produces a variation of the flavor with different levels of mint and chocolate additions. While the full-fat, full-dairy, chocolatey chunk-filled manufacturers certainly know how to churn a batch, they’re not exactly the healthiest options when it comes to sugar, fat and carbohydrate content.

That’s why, as an avid gluten-free, health-conscious fitness enthusiast, I’m focusing my review on two of the healthiest options around and placing them head to head for the ultimate chip-off!

First up, Arctic Zero’s “Cool Mint Chip:” This fit frozen dessert is perfectly flavored with just the right amount of peppermint that instantly cools the mouth upon first bite. Although not as creamy as its higher fat counterparts, its consistency is still adequate after a few minutes of defrosting or a quick zap in the microwave. This is a fair compromise, however, as the product is gluten free, lactose free, and GMO free, and its main ingredient is purified water. To make up for it its lack of creaminess is its generous amount of tiny chocolate chips. This pint is jam-packed with teeny morsels of delicious chocolate that pair perfectly with the invigorating mint freshness. At only 75 calories and two grams of fat per half-cup serving , this dessert is also beneficial for post-workout recovery since it’s made with whey protein. Overall, if you can adjust to an “icier” consistency, this mint chip frozen treat is a great option for a daily dessert.

Comparing the former to this second treat was difficult, as Halo Top’s Mint Chip is also a highly enjoyable dessert option. When it comes to consistency and texture, this brand definitely takes the cake over Arctic Zero, but falls short in other areas. First, let’s look at its positives: its mint flavor is absolutely delightful! It is subtle enough that it doesn’t overpower the palate but apparent enough that you feel rejuvenated and refreshed after sitting down to a bowl. After a few minutes on the kitchen counter or a brief stint in the microwave, this pint is ready to devour. It is also low in sugar and carbohydrates, containing half the amount of sugar per serving as Arctic Zero. In addition, it contains double the amount of protein, which is primarily sourced from its milk content. While this pint is also slightly lower in calories, it has a bit more fat, but this contributes to its smoother, creamier texture. Its one major downfall is its lack of chocolate chips. While Arctic Zero’s Cool Mint Chip guarantees at least a few chips in every delectable spoonful, Halo Top’s Mint Chip requires a bit of digging. In fact, there wasn’t a single chip in sight until I got a few spoonfuls deep. Overall, this pint hit the mark in taste and texture, but came in second with regards to chippyness.

So there you have it! The head-to-head battle of the healthiest Mint Chip ice cream on the market. You may have noticed I didn’t call out a downright favorite, because this would be an impossible task. Both have their pros and cons, so it comes down to your preference. If calorie count and chocolate chip content are major deciding factors for you, opt for the Arctic Zero. However, if you’re hankering for a creamy, low-carb option, then Halo Top has you covered!

Labor Day Giveaway!

Hello Edibles! Happy Labor Day Weekend! This is an especially happy holiday weekend, because I’m teaming up with Purely Elizabeth to host a GIVEAWAY for a free product to one lucky winner.

Purely Elizabeth Giveaway

To enter, visit Edible Epiphanies on Facebook or Instagram and follow these steps:

  1. Follow Edible Epiphanies on Facebook or Instagram
  2. Like the giveaway post
  3. Tag 2 friends in the comment section of either page

That’s it! One lucky winner will be chosen by 9/5 to receive a voucher for one free Purely Elizabeth product.

GOOD LUCK!