This past weekend, I had the opportunity to meet up with 11 other Fitfluential ambassadors for a Now Foods immersion event. The event was to give bloggers at inside look at how Now Foods operates, what goes on behind the scenes, and to learn a little bit more about Now Foods and the products they offer.
All of the bloggers:
We started out Thursday evening with dinner at Glen Prairie with the CEO of Now Foods, Jim Emme, and other Now Foods employees for a meet and greet. Jim Emme started the evening off giving us a little background on Now Foods.
Now Foods is a family owned company founded in in 1968. They offer 1,400 high quality, natural, and affordable products ranging from vitamins and supplements to hair and skincare products to snacks and olive oils.
100% of Now Foods brands are non-GMO and 75% of their supplements are non-GMO assured.
I had the pleasure of sitting with two employees from the Now Foods sports line and skin care line and listening to their entertaining stories of life at Now Foods. I was also very happy that Michelle from NYC Running Mama was there- we first met while filming the Mizuno commercials in Atlanta two years ago. She is so inspirational and such a sweet person.
Dinner was delicious. I had a salmon with a vegetable risotto.
During dinner, we got to hear from other Now Food employees and learn a little more about the company. Now Foods believes in manufacturing quality products and both of their manufacturing facilities (in Illinois and Nevada) have received an “A” rating from the Natural Products Association (NPA) for meeting Good Manufacturing Procedures (GMP) standards.
I was also interested to learn that Now products are sold in Fruitful Yield stores which is a store local to me.
Bright and early at 6 am on Friday morning, all the bloggers met at a local Lifetime Fitness to take a private spinning class from the fitness director.
It was a great spin class and we finished our workout with a 20 minute yoga session.
(Photo courtesy of @NowFoodsOfficial on Instagram)
After the workout, a shuttle took us to the Now operation facility. Here we were given an inside look at how their products are made from start to finish. I love the fact that Now Foods doesn’t just test the final product for quality, they test each individual ingredient that goes into a product.
Now products are created using non-GMO, non-irradiated, and organic ingredients whenever possible. We were able to see each different lab as we went through our private tour.
Now Foods really puts time and care into each and every product they make. Everything is tested and retested until it’s perfect.
After touring the facility, we headed over to the Now Headquarters. We started out with an oil tasting.
Now Foods just put out line of cooking oils under the name of Ellyndale Foods. I’ll admit that I’m pretty much an olive oil girl so I was excited to try out some of the other oils that are available.
My favorites were the macadamia nut oil and the organic coconut infusions in garlic. So good.
Next, we had lunch while listening to a presentation by Dr. Wendy Bazilian.
The presentation was very informative about healthy living, what to eat and what not to eat, how to stock your cabinets, when to eat for athletes, and how Now products are incorporated into a healthy lifestyle.
And the wellness presentation, we moved upstairs to Now’s Culinary Innovation Center. We had a recipe session led by Chef Suzy Singh who was amazing.
The bloggers broke into two groups and each group made a cookie recipe. My group made Ultimate Organic Oatmeal and Goldenberry Cookies.
Erin from Her Heartland Soul scooping our cookies:
They were amazing!
We also got to sample the chocolate fudge brownies and chocolate chip banana bread.
Both were delicious. I really like that the Now food products are made without the common allergens including dairy, wheat, soy, nuts, and eggs. Since my son, Jaden, is allergic to dairy these products are great for him!
Check out more great recipes from Now Foods here.
From there, we wrapped everything up but not before being able to witness Now’s Ceo, Jim, do a few crossfit moves with Jill from Baked Fit. Fun times.
Overall, I had an amazing experience. I got to meet a bunch of other great bloggers and learn a lot more about Now Foods and all the hard work they do.
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This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of NOW Foods.