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Jamba Juice Smoothie Review

As a Moms Meet blogger, I was recently given the opportunity to try out two new smoothies from Jamba Juice.

The new Tropical Harvest smoothie from the regular menu and the new Jamba Kids Berry Beet It! Smoothie from the kids menu.

The kids and I went to Jamba Juice and ordered our smoothies. If you ask, Jamba Juice will split one smoothie into two cups for the kids.

The new Tropical Harvest Smoothie is made with mangos, peaches, and passion fruit juice blended with juices from butternut squash, sweet potato and carrot. It is dairy-free and gluten-free with only 230 calories.

The Jamba Kids Berry Beet It! Smoothie is made with strawberries, mangos, bananas, and mixed berry juice with carrots, beets, broccoli, spinach, kale, and lettuce. It’s also dairy and gluten free with only 190 calories.

I know what you’re thinking when you read the descriptions of the smoothies because I thought the same thing: there’s no way that my kids are going to drink a smoothie with carrots, beets, broccoli, spinach, kale, and lettuce.

But you know what? You can’t taste any vegetables in either smoothie. They were both sweet, smooth, and delicious. And my kids loved them. Jaden gave the Kids Berry Beet It Smoothie two thumbs up.

Both kids finished their whole smoothie and then asked to drink some of mine.

The Tropical Harvest smoothie was also excellent. Very fruity tasting. I was a little nervous to taste the kid’s smoothie after my experience with the beet juice from my juice cleanse, but I was pleasantly surprised when I tasted it – it was delicious.

Both smoothies were something that I would order again. They are a great way to get your kids to eat their veggies, and a great way to get extra veggies in your own diet. The sweetness from the fruit overpowers the taste of the smoothie, so you don’t even know you’re drinking veggies.

I didn’t tell the kids what was in the smoothie beforehand and had them guess what flavors they tasted. They both said strawberries and raspberries (there were no raspberries in it though) and neither of them guessed there were any veggies in it.

Definitely some delicious new smoothies from Jamba Juice! To learn more about Jamba Juice’s new smoothies, check out their Facebook page.

  • Have you ever been to Jamba Juice?
  • Favorite Jamba Juice smoothie?
  • Do you put veggies in your smoothies?

 

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet Program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.

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Skinny Limits Juice Cleanse Review

Good morning! I did it! I finished the three day Skinny Limits juice cleanse.

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It was hard, but I feel really good. And surprisingly, after not eating for three days, I don’t crave a big meal or lots of food. I just really want fresh fruit.

After a juice cleanse, it’s recommended that you eat clean and whole foods the next day. Such as fruits, vegetables, almonds, salad, salmon, etc. Skinny Limits recommends that you eat fruit for breakfast followed by some raw nuts.

Since I was craving fruit, that’s exactly what I had.

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I also had a 100 calorie pack of almonds. It was amazingly delicious.

And coffee. Oh, how I’ve missed coffee.

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I went to the grocery store last night to stock up on some fresh produce.

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I don’t usually buy so much pre-cut produce, but I was tired last night and the grocery store was the last place that I wanted to be.

I am excited to eat cherries for the first time this season!

Weight Loss

I didn’t weight myself at home before I started the juice cleanse, but I did get weighed at the doctor’s office about a week before so I know my approximate weight. I weighed myself this morning and I probably lost about 6 or 7 pounds.

Here are some pros and cons based on my experience with the three day Skinny Limits juice cleanse.

Pros

  • Great way to rid the body of toxins and “reset” your body
  • I felt “lighter” and not bloated
  • Weight loss
  • I didn’t feel extremely hungry after the first day
  • Decreased sugar cravings
  • Ability to pick number of days for the juice cleanse (1-10 days) and different cleanses to choose from (standard, green, master, variety, etc.)

I also want to add that I really like the Skinny Limits company. Besides the juices tasting good (with the exception of the beet juice), they were great to work with. All my emails were answered quickly, and I even asked a question via Facebook and got a quick response.

They were great about working with me on ship date. I had to change a couple of times dues to the 5k I was running. The juices  were shipped quickly, arrived on time, and were packaged in ice packs. They also have tons of information on their website if you have questions about doing a juice cleanse.

Skinny Limits is based out of Austin, TX, but they ship worldwide.

Cons

  • The side effects – everyone will experience different side effects. Mine were unpleasant but not unbearable.
  • Constant headache (My aunt pointed out that the headache and fatigue might be because I stopped drinking caffeine (coffee) cold turkey
  • Feeling tired and slightly out of it (if I had to give a business presentation, take a test, or fly an airplane, I would have failed).
  • No running
  • The cost

Doing a juice cleanse isn’t cheap. I recommend finding one that’s local so you don’t have to pay for shipping. A one day Skinny Limits juice cleanse is $49 (without shipping). A three day juice cleanse is $147 (without shipping). So, it’s expensive, but if it’s worth it to you then go for it.

Overall, I thought the three day Skinny Limits juice cleanse was positive. It made me feel better, lighter, and helped with my sugar cravings. It was very tough to do. I managed to stick to the three days drinking only the juice, water, and green tea. I didn’t even eat one little piece of celery, but it was very hard.

Besides the benefits of the juice cleanse, it also showed me that I have the willpower and determination to stick to doing something difficult.

Well, I’m off to the gym. Have a great day!

  • Would you ever consider doing a juice cleanse?
  • Do you ever buy pre-cut produce?
  • Any other cherry lovers?

Skinny Limits sent me the three day Juice Cleanse Variety Pack to review on my blog free of charge. All opinions are my own.

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Core Meals

Breakfast

Breakfast was actually something different this morning – a Core Foods bar!

I recently received these Core bars to try out, and I love the concept behind them:

CORE Meals are a fresh, full bowl of raw oatmeal to go. Eat like a bar, drink water, and you’ll be satisfied for hours! Made from 7 whole, raw, 100% organic, tested GF ingredients, the whole foods in CORE Meals provide powerful, stable energy. With a controlled, fully balanced ratio of calories, complex carbs, lean proteins, and healthy fats, CORE Meals are loved by athletes for pre/post workout meals and depended upon by busy moms and adventurers.
I like that these bars are made of real food meaning that they actually spoil. They won’t stay fresh for years like the Twinkie we saw at the museum. Imagine all the preservatives in that Twinkie.
Core bars last one week on the go, one month in the fridge, and six months in the freezer.
 Core Bars are only made of a few ingredients. I ate the Raw Cashew Cacao flavor which had only the following ingredients:
I really liked the taste of the bar and that it provides four hours of stable energy. Four hours will last me through my workout and until lunch! I love these because they’re portable and great for after a workout too.
Core Foods is having a great giveaway on their Facebook page!
Yesterday’s Workout
  • Yoga – 60 minutes

I finally went back to yoga last night. Last year, I went to yoga every single Wednesday (and sometimes on Saturday!). Then when I joined the Biggest Loser at my gym, I had to stop going to yoga because the Biggest Loser met on Wednesday nights.

When the Biggest Loser ended, winter started, and I had no motivation to leave the house in the freezing weather and the dark. So, here I am back at yoga! It’s still freezing out but at least the sun is still out :)

I’ll be back later with today’s workout and the winner of the Albion Fit giveaway!

  • Ever take yoga?
  • How do you motivate yourself to workout at night or during cold weather?
  • What did you have for breakfast today?

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Xtrain Workout DVDs by Cathe

Good afternoon! I hope you’re all having a great Saturday!

Today’s workout was something a little bit different!

Recently, I received the Xtrain workout DVDs by Cathe Friedrich to try out. Workout DVDs are great because they don’t require a membership and can be done in the privacy of your own home.

The concept behind the Xtrain program is something different – Xtrain is a total body fitness program based on undulating periodization ( just a fancy term meaning we constantly mix things up to maximize your results.

And Cathe’s program is designed to fit anyone’s busy schedule and there are hundreds of ways to do the program – each of the Xtrain cardio workouts comes with several options to do a short single muscle group strength training workout at the end of your cardio workout. This is a great option for people who want to get their cardio and strength training done in the same workout.

The DVD set comes with a nine DVDs and a user’s manual which explains the program and the concept behind it, proper diet, and the equipment needed. It’s a very detailed user’s manual which is a nice addition to the DVD set.

The Xtrain 30-90 day programs comes with nine DVDs:

  • Disc 1: Chest, back, and shoulders
  • Disc 2: Bi’s and Tri’s
  • Disc 3: Burn Sets
  • Disc 4: Super Cuts
  • Disc 5: Legs
  • Disc 6: Cardio Leg Blast
  • Disc 7: All Out Low Impact HIIT
  • Disc 8: Hard Strikes
  • Disc 9: Tabatacise

I love that these DVDs provide a full body workout along with some HIIT and Tabata workouts! I got out my fitness equipment and got to work!

I spend a lot of time in the gym, so doing these DVDs was a great way to change things up and challenge my body. I also loved that the workouts were easy to follow and Cathe did a great job explaining everything as she went along.

Even Danny and Jaden got in on the action.

We did the Tabatacise DVD. I liked it because you were able to pick what level of exercise that you wanted to do.

Tabata is a great workout – it’s a short but intense type of training that helps improve your aerobic capacity. 20 seconds of intense work followed by 10 seconds of rest, done for a certain amount of time.

Overall, I really liked the Xtrain DVDs and could see myself using them on a regular basis. I love that although it’s a program, there are so many ways to adjust it to your personal lifestyle.

I also love that it combines cardio and strength training so that your able to get a full workout.

Plank-a-Day

I’ve decided to do a plank a day challenge for March. I missed yesterday, so I am starting today, March 2nd. I plan to do a plank everyday of March and hopefully will get progressively longer each day.

I would love if you guys joined in on the plank a day challenge! Comment and let me know what your time is!

March 2nd Plank:

Heather: 2m 30s

Danny 1m 35s

It’s a good thing that I worked out a lot today because I had to stop at the Girl Scout cookie stand on my way into the grocery store. How can you pass up Girl Scout cookies?!

I bought a box of my favorite – thin mints, and I picked up a new flavor, thank u berry munch. They have cranberries and white chocolate chips. Don’t worry, I plan on bringing them with tonight when we get together with my family so that I don’t eat them all myself. :)

What’s your favorite Girl Scout cookie?

Have a great rest of your weekend!

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Thirteen Reasons Why Book Review

I recently read the book Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher for Julie’s PBF Book Club.

About the book:

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on
it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by
Hannah Baker – his classmate and crush – who committed suicide two weeks
earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she
decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.
Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He
becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and learns the truth about
himself-a truth he never wanted to face.

I want to start out by saying that I think teenage suicide is a serious situation that shouldn’t be taken lightly. That being said, I think some of Hannah’s reasons for committing suicide are absolutely ridiculous.

This post will contain spoilers of the book, so please come back and read it after you’ve read the book. :) My personal opinion is that you should read this book. It’s well-written and a story that will suck you in, although I can’t say that I loved the book.

I enjoyed the way the book was written – it flips between Hannah and Clay’s points of view within the same chapter. I have never read a book written like this, and while I see how it can be slightly confusing it works out well if you pay attention to the story.

I like reading Hannah and Clay’s reaction right away rather than having them tell their story by switching off each chapter. I liked Clay’s character. I thought he was a believable character, and you can’t help but keep reading to see where he fits into Hannah’s story. I think a lot of the choices that he made were predictable, but they’d have to be for the story line to work out.

Hannah’s character, on the other hand, I did not like. At all. Here’s where the whole thing about teen suicide is a serious subject comes in. I thought some of Hannah’s reasons for killing herself were absolutely ridiculous.

There are teens in the world that face horrible problems – problems with bullying at school, problems with drugs and alcohol, problems with being hurt and abused. I was surprised that Hannah’s reasons for committing suicide were so petty. For example, one of the reasons that she adds to her list of reasons why she killed herself is because she was voted best ass at school.

There are kids in the world that are getting bullied and beat up at school, and even killed, and she’s upset because she was voted best ass? That’s a joke. I understand that this then lead to a guy feeling like had the right to grab her ass, and yes, I don’t agree with that, but there are a lot worse things that could happen at school than being voted best ass.

The book was written so that each person that Hannah blames for her suicide receives a tape explaining why it’s their fault. So now these people will feel guilty for the rest of their lives because they did something as normal as vote a girl best ass in high school. These are normal things that happen in high school. I mean, it’s high school! I’m not trying to make light of Hannah’s feelings, and I understand that vote then lead to more problems, but if someone voted me best ass, I’d be pretty darn happy.

Then, by the end of the book, she’s putting herself purposely into bad situations and then blaming others for her decisions. I know that people who commit suicide usually “give up” on life and don’t really care what happens to them, but I don’t think Hannah should have put herself into a bad situation and then sent a tape to someone saying that it was all their fault.

Also, Hannah is so upset by all these people who have added weight to the decision to kill herself, but she sits by (in a closet) while something bad happens to another girl. She wants someone to “save” her, but she doesn’t want to have any part in reaching out and helping someone else.

I did think that this book was well written with an interesting story line. I like that you can hear Hannah’s side of the story from beyond the grave through the cassette tapes rather than her being a ghost or something like that.

The story kind of sucks you in because you want to find out what happens next and who’s on the tapes. And, of course, you’re relieved to find out that Clay isn’t on the tapes for a bad reason. Although, I did find that part slightly unbelievable. She’s going to blame 12 other people, but then add one person who did nothing wrong. I think it was just the author’s way of sharing the story without making you hate Clay.

Thirteen Reason Why got great reviews on Amazon, and it seems like I’m in the minority of people who didn’t like it. And it’s not even that I didn’t like it, it’s just that I thought Hannah’s reasons weren’t exactly as horrible as some things kids truly go through.

Hannah seemed very self-centered and she enjoyed spreading the guilt to all these people by shoving it into their faces and saying ha-ha. I do think that some of those people maybe deserved to be on her list, but it makes Hannah a very hard character to relate to and feel sorry for.

Bottom line is that I was very much sucked into the story and would recommend reading it, but I can’t say that I agree with all of Hannah’s reasons why.

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