Trimona Bulgarian Yogurt {REVIEW}

Remember I mentioned in a previous article that I’m obsessed with Bulgaria? Well, guess what? It’s Bulgarian Snacks ROUND TWO….with Trimona Bulgarian Yogurt. 

Bulgarians eat around 30kg of yogurt a year…and in a not so odd coincidence, Bulgaria has one of the highest concentrations of people over the age of 100 #themoreyouknow

  
What makes Bulgarian yogurt different from Greek? Well, I’m glad you asked! Bulgarian yogurt uses a specific strand of bacteria: L Bulgaricus, that has been directly linked to the longevity of Bulgarians. (It is also much thinner than Greek Yogurt, because it does not contain any thickeners or preservatives)

Let’s take a look at what makes Trimona the best Bulgarian Yogurt brand around: 

 

Sounds pretty great, right?

Trimona Yogurt has a thin consistency, similar to European style yogurt, but has a signature tangy kick. The tang is much more subtle and enjoyable than that of it’s Greek cousin 😉 It’s creamy, smooth, and very pure tasting. 

It can be eaten alone, used to make dressings or sauces, or put in a delicious smoothie like this one: 

TRIMONA STRAWBERRY BANANA SMOOTHIE

  

1/2 cup organic frozen Strawberries
1 container of Trimona Bulgarian Yogurt                             1/2 large Banana                                                           1 Cup of Almond or Rice Milk                                   1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract                                                     1-2tsp of raw, organic Honey

Place all ingredients (in the order listed above) into a high speed blender.  Blend for 1-2 minutes, or until the smoothie reaches the consistency of a “Danimals” drinkable yogurt. If you prefer a thicker smoothie, add  1/2 cup of ice.

Big Thanks to Atanas from Trimona for hooking me up with this wonderful Bulgarian treat! 

Are you a big yogurt person? What are your favorite ways to use it? Would you try Bulgarian yogurt?

Lemme know in the comments below or connect with me on Instagram: @girlgonecrunchy

Stay Crunchy!

-m

*I received this product in exchange for my honest review* 

GoodOnYa {REVIEW}

Interesting Fact: It is impossible to say the words Good Eye Might without sounding Australian 😉

GoodOnYa Organics is a line of healthy sports drinks! Sounds like an oxymoron, right?

Sports Drinks are usually filled with corn syrup, sugar, artificial dyes, artificial flavors…just JUNK!

GoodOnYa saw a problem, and they aimed to fix it:

Doesn’t their Instagram page just make you want to go to the beach? 

  
In delicious flavors like Lemons, Berries, and Oranges & Pineapples, how can you go wrong? They’re sweetened with stevia (heck yes!) and packed with electrolytes. They’re refreshing, energizing, and just plain fun! 

I should note that these sports drinks are not like typical sports drinks, they’re slightly more watery and definitely less sweet. To me, that’s a good thing. But, if you’re used to drinking Gatorade…Powerade…Flavorade…your taste buds will need a bit of adjusting. 

Head over to GoodOnYaOrganic.com NOW and check them out for yourself.

What are your favorite pre and post work out snacks/drinks?

Stay Crunchy

-m

*I was sent samples of these sports drinks for my honest review*

Roo Bar {Review}

You may not know this about me, but I am a xenophile. I spend a lot of my free time learning and absorbing whatever I can about different cultures, customs, and languages. My cellphone ring tone is the Rick Steves theme song…#nuffsaid

How does this relate to Roo Bars? Well…Roo Bar is actually a Bulgarian company, which I think is beyond cool. I have been in contact with Vladimir from Roo Bar for over a year, waiting for Roo Bars to be available in the U.S.A. The day finally came, and I was sent Roo Bars galore ❤️ Head over to RooBar.com. Sign up for their email list to be sent updates on their online store and in store locations. 

I was sent RooBars in the flavors Maca and Cranberry, Cacao Nib, Chia and Coconut, Goji Berry, and GoldenBerry. 

Check out Roo Bar’s Adorable Logo! I’m a sucker for good logos and packaging: 

  
RooBars are completely raw, vegan, gluten free, soy free,  and contain NO ADDED SUGAR! 

RooBars are thin and chewy, but most of the flavors have an added textural element such as cacao nibs, chia seeds, cranberries etc…

Dates are the base for all the bars, but when paired with nuts and seeds, the glycemic index is no longer exponential. 

  
Something that sets RooBars a part from other protein or energy bars is the taste. The addition of things like lemon oil, coconut, and dried fruit elevate the nuts and dates. 
   
 
My personal favorite flavor was Cacao Nib…it tasted like a dessert to me. A close second was Goji Berry ❤️ I thoroughly enjoyed all of them, though. My only comment would be that the Chia Coconut has a VERY STRONG coconut flavor. If you don’t enjoy coconut or just find it “okay,” that flavor is definitely not for you. 

Big Big Thanks to Vladimir and the Roo Bar team!

Follow @roobar_raw on Instagram…and, hey, while you’re at it, follow me too @girlgonecrunchy 👍🏻

Stay Crunchy
-m

PS: to any other brands that would like me to review their products….TAKE NOTE! My favorite thing in the world is when companies send me stickers 

  

*I was sent these products free of charge in exchange for my honest review*

 

Buddha Teas {REVIEW}

Can you truly be crunchy if you don’t drink tea? The answer to that is a big fat NO 😉 Tea, especially herbal, is a necessity for every crunchy guy and gal! 

But did you know that conventional tea can actually be filled with toxins? For more information check out this article by my blogger friend and fellow #pcoscyster Janny. How Toxic is your Tea?

A brand that she recommends, and that I had the opportunity to work with, is Buddha Teas. Buddha Teas use bleach and pesticide free tea bags, are certified organic, no added flavorings, and contain ZERO GMOs.

The flavor I tried was Saffron Green Tea. Would you like to know the ingredients? SAFFRON AND GREEN TEA! That’s it! No fillers! No “flavorings.” and No dyes! 

I am absolutely obsessed with saffron, and loved that the flavor of it really shined through in this tea.

Look at the cute little tea bag!  

 I can’t be the only person who thought of KungFu Panda when I read that inspirational quote!

Green Tea is one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and healing properties for every disease known to man, it’s the OG superfood! And saffron? First off, it’s delicious, and, secondly, it is a known antiseptic, antidepressant, and anti-oxidant that’s packed with Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and Niacin. 

Buddha Tea’s Saffron Green Tea is a level 3 of 4 on their caffeine scale. If you’re sensitive to caffeine, I wouldn’t eex omend this tea…or green tea in general, actually. 

Here’s how I prepare my Saffon Green Tea!

  • Take 1 Bag of Buddha Saffron Green Tea and steep in boiling, filtered water for 5-6 minutes 
  • Stir in 1-2 tsp of raw honey
  • Add in organic rice milk to taste
  • Drink warm or pour over ice

Look at this GORGEOUS yellow color! 
What a refreshing treat! And it just looks like summer, doesn’t it?

Head over to BuddhaTeas.com to scout out all their lovely flavors, and follow them on Instagram @buddhateas

What’s your favorite flavor of tea? 

Lemme know in the comments down below, or connect with me on Instagram @girlgonecrunchy

Stay Crunchy!

-m

*I received a free box of tea in exchange for my honest, non persuaded review*

    Off The Cob Chips {REVIEW}

    All good, red blooded Americans watch Shark Tank. It’s just a fact of life 😉

    I watch it religiously, and it’s how I first came across Off the Cob Chips! Even though they didn’t get a deal with a shark 😰, I fell in love with their message and their company. 

    I got in touch with Cameron from Off the Cob, and he sent me some Sweet Corn Chips

    Off the Cob Chips are gluten/dairy/soy/nut free, vegan, & contain no GMOs. They use simple, natural ingredients: organic whole ground corn, sea salt, sweet corn, evaporated cane  juice, and are cooked in only sunflower/safflower oil (no canola for THIS crunchy girl!).

    I, ideally, would prefer to eat a chip with no added sweeteners whatsoever, but there are only 2g of sugar per serving, which are paired with 2g of protein and 2g of fiber! #yeahboy!

    Doesn’t their Instagram page just make you want to buy ALL THEIR CHIPS? 

      
    Off the Cob=THE BEST CORN CHIPS EVER!!!!!!

    They’re crunchy, sweet…but not too sweet, salty, and you can REALLY taste the corn. Like, what kind of corn chips legitimately taste like corn? 

    These chips are great on their own, with salsa or guac, as a base for healthy nachos…or on my KILLER taco salad with fresh romaine, organic black beans, raw cheddar cheese, Spanish rice, and homemade balsamic vinaigrette
      
    Head over to OffTheCobChips.com or follow them on Instagram @offthecobsnacks

    Stay Crunchy!

    -M

    Follow Me on Instagram & Twitter @girlgonecrunchy

    *I received these products for my honest review, but was not monetarily compensated or persuaded*

    YEBO! {Review}

    YEBO bars! Take some coffee fruit…add some real fruit…add some nuts…and BAM! You’ve got yourself a YEBO bar. Thinner and chewier than a LaraBar, a YEBO is a perfect grab n go snack.

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    Blueberry Walnut, my personal favorite, is reminiscent of a blueberry muffin, while Apple Walnut has more of an apple pie flavor profile. Coconut Cashew has a warm, caramelized flavor and a signature coconut kick.

    The coffee fruit adds a richness, a boost of energy, and a fun twist to the traditional fruit and nut bar🙂

    YEBO is a company that focuses time, energy, and money into giving back. 5% of all profits are donated to the security and sustainability of coffee farmers.

    Thank you so much to the lovely people at YEBO for sending me these bars to try🙂

    Find YEBO on Twitter and Instagram @yebobars

    Stay Crunchy!

    -M

    Nancy’s Cultured Dairy & Soy {REVIEW}

    Soy Yo or Soy No ?

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    (original photo:property of WGBH. edit: property of Buzzfeed)

    Soy yogurt might seem a little too hipster for some, but it’s a godsend for those with milk or lactose sensitivities, vegans, and the like.

    The lovely people at Nancy’s Cultured Dairy and Soy sent me several flavors of their cultured soy yogurt to test out and review for you all…oh and this adorable shirt!!!!!IMG_4118

    Let’s get down to the important stuff…the taste.

    I received cultured soy yogurt in these tantalizing flavors: blackberry, strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, and vanilla.

    Nancy’s is completely organic!!!! Hurray 😌  All fruit flavors were sweetened with white grape juice, and the vanilla with maple syrup. No added sugar, colors, flavors, fillers, or preservatives.

    When you first open the container of cultured soy you will notice something a little odd….it’s grey. It doesn’t look like conventional dairy yogurt. Some might find the color offputting…but do not let this detour you.

    The texture is great…no different than Yoplait or Dannon.

    The taste is definitely different from conventional yogurt…but that’s to be expected. This stuff is tart, with a delicate sweetness from the real fruit, and it’s creamy! That’s all you really need, right?  It’s not yogurt, but it’s an excellent substitute.

    My baby niece absolutely LOVED this yogurt. Her favorite flavor was strawberry. My favorite was blackberry.They go wonderfully in smoothies…giving them that creamy texture we all desire.

    Go to NancysYogurt.com to find cultured soy near you ❤

    Stay Crunchy!

    -m

    Instagram & Twitter @girlgonecrunchy

    You Stuck WHAT…WHERE? {My Acupuncture Experience}

    **DISCLAIMER: Y’all know I’m NOT a doctor! This is not professional advice. These are my personal experiences….so don’t get crazy!**

    I had needles placed in my face, abdomen, arms, legs, hands, and feet. And I PAID to have it done. But that’s acupuncture for you, folks.

    Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice, dating back before the birth of Christ. It involves inserting thin needles in specific points of the body to control various channels of internal energy (not weird spiritual junk…kinetic energy, blood, heat, etc…)

    So what actually goes down in an acupuncture session?

    Prior to your first appointment, the acupuncturist, who, in my case, is also an ND, will gather as much of your health history as they possibly can. They should also spend time discussing what specific outcomes you are trying to reach through acupuncture.

    During a typical appoinmtent, my doctor will inquire about my health and well being that week. She’ll proceed to check my pulse, kidney pulse, and my tongue…yes, my tongue…the only muscle visible outside the body.

    I’ll lie down on a heated massage therapy type table while my doctor maps out where each of the needles will go.

    Once decided, she will begin inserting the needles. Now, this next part is crucial…THE NEEDLES ARE MINISCULE. Depending on the spot, I might not even feel them going in. When I do feel it, it’s a small pinch for half of a second. We’re talking less pain than a shot.

    When all the needles are in, I’m left alone in a dim room with a heating pad and a white noise machine. It’s an incredibly peaceful half hour.

    When time is up, the needles are taken out, which I can never feel, and then I’m on my way.

    I have had a total of six treatments, and I feel fantastic!

    I am taking no allergy medication!

    My energy has increased!

    I’m sleeping better!

    My acne has improved significantly!

    And here’s the doozy…. (Male Readers Avert your Eyes)

    I had two menstrual periods, IN A ROW!!!!!!!! And that hasn’t happened in over two years.

    Acupuncture has done wonders for my health in a mere 6 weeks. I cannot wait to continue on this journey. If you are struggling with any sort of health issues, I highly recommend speaking with your primary care provider or a licensed acupuncturist about your options.

    Have you ever received an acupuncture treatment? What were your experiences? Let me know in the comments below or connect with me on Instagram/Twitter @girlgonecrunchy

    Xoxo

    -m

    Stevia: Love it or Hate it?

    In the world of holistic health, stevia is polarizing. All will agree that refined sugar and artificial sweeteners wreak havoc on the body, and most will agree that raw honey has nutritive benefits, but when it comes to stevia, it isn’t so black and white. Is stevia a saint or a sinner? Well, in the words of Psych’s, Shawn Spencer, “I’ve heard it both ways.”

    Stevia is a plant, similar in appearance to peppermint, that grows natively in the American Southwest and Central America. It is naturally calorie free, much like any other herb or spice, and has been nicknamed, “candyleaf.” It can be purchased in whole leaf form, powdered whole leaf form, condensed powder form, or in the form of a liquid extract. 

    Why are people afraid of stevia? 
    For starters, it is strangely reminiscent of an artificial sweetener. It’s zero calories, and usually sold in one serving packets. Fear also stems from the fact that stevia is frequently advertised in print and on television. This may seem insignificant, but fans of Michael Pollan will remember that one of his Food Rules is, “Don’t eat anything with a commercial.” In the majority of cases, this rule holds true. Take, Stevia in the Raw, for example. I’m sure you have seen commercials for this product, cited as a “healthy sweetener,” but did you know that it contains dextrose and maltodextrin, in addition to stevia? Other varieties of stevia contain stevia and ASPARTAME, yet still manage to market their brands as “100% Natural.” Are the trust issues behind stevia beginning to make more sense? Companies are urging people to buy a natural sweetener, but giving them a sweetener filled with refined sugars and artificial sweeteners. 

    Why are some people raving about stevia?
    Stevia has a glycemic index of zero, making it especially appealing to those with diabetes, insulin resistance, and hypoglycemia. In a 2010 study, stevia, in contrast to other zero calorie sweeteners, did not cause people to overeat after consumption. It has been shown to have blood sugar balancing properties and level B effectiveness levels at lowering blood pressure. It is also a safe choice for those dealing with candidiasis, or, candida-yeast overgrowth. 

    Just tell me! Should I eat it or not?
    Yes, you should enjoy stevia, and no you should not. This may sound confusing, but hear me out. Stevia, in its pure form, is 100% natural and completely safe, but big box brands like Truvia and Stevia in the Raw are not. When deciding which brand to use, label reading is key. You never know where you’ll find sugars and artificial sweeteners lurking around.

    I find the most convenient way is to purchase a liquid extract. It is the most natural form of stevia, other than buying the plant, and, in my experience, results in a less bitter end product. If a liquid doesn’t suit your lifestyle, look for a powder that only has two ingredients, pure stevia extract and some form of fiber that makes up the body of the powder. 
      

    How Can I Use Stevia?
    Stevia is my favorite way to sweeten up healthy tea and coffee drinks. Organic coconut milk, vanilla extract, and a few droppers of stevia in an herbal chai tea make a wonderful afternoon pick me up. Stevia is great for making chocolate bark or other desserts, and can even be used for baking with a few slight variations to the recipe. 
      

    Now, I want to hear from you!
    Where do you fall in this stevia debacle? Are you a friend? A foe? A frenemy? Did this article alter your stance? If you are a fan, what are your favorite uses? Let me know in the comments below! 

    Connect with me on Instagram & Twitter @girlgonecrunchy

    *Stay Crunchy*

    -m

    Fun with Amy & Brian’s + RECIPE

    Coconut water is nasty! It’s pungent and disconcerting, and the flavor just won’t leave your mouth! 

    HAULT!!!!!!!!!

    This is what I used to think about coconut water. That was before I tried Amy & Brian’s Coconut Water made from fresh, young coconuts. 

      
    Amy & Brian’s Coconut Water is unbelievably refreshing. My father, who spent time in Guam as a child (military brat), said it reminded him of drinking straight from a coconut. A&B is so much sweeter than any other coconut water/juice on the market, and has a remarkable freshness. It’s also packaged in steel, so bonus points for being environmentally friendly. 

    Their original and “with pulp” varieties have the exact same taste, but the pulp has little sweet, chewy bits of coconut meat dispersed throughout. This adds, not only, texture, but extra fiber!

    The cinnamon coconut water, my favorite, has an added warmth and a KICK that really accentuates the sweet, coconut flavor. 
    We all know coconut water is versatile. It can be consumed as it, blended in smoothies, put in oatmeal, or even used to make coffee, but have you ever thought of baking with it? 

    Check out my recipe using Amy & Brian’s Coconut Water with Cinnamon.

      

    Cinnamon Coco-Nut Muffins

      

     
    INGREDIENTS:

    1/2 cup coconut oil

    1 cup coconut sugar

    2 organic eggs

    1/2 tsp vanilla extract

    1/3 cup applesauce

    2/3 cup Amy & Brian’s Coconut Water with Cinnamon

    1 cup oat flour

    1/4 cup millet flour

    1/4 cup brown rice flour

    1/4 tsp salt

    2 tsp baking powder

    2 tsp cinnamon

    1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

    1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

    METHOD

    Preheat your oven to 355 degrees, and prepare a muffin tin with paper liners.

    Cream together coconut oil and coconut sugar.

    Beat in eggs, one at a time. 

    Once combined, add in the applesauce and Amy & Brian’s Coconut Water with Cinnamon.

    In a separate bowl, whisk your dry ingredients (oat flour through cinnamon) together. 

    Slowly stir your dry mixture into the wet.

    Fold in walnuts and coconut.

    Pour batter into your prepared muffin cups.

    Bake for 20 minutes. 

    This should make about 12 muffins.

    Enjoy the Coco-Nutty Goodness!!!!

    Big thanks to Amy & Brian’s for sending me this package for review. You guys are amazing🙂

    Check out Amy & Brian’s website: AmyandBrianNaturals.com

    What are your favorite uses for coconut water? Let me know in the comments below or connect with me on Instagram & Twitter @girlgonecrunchy

    Stay Nutty!

    -M