Category: Product Review

DASH Ice Cream Maker Review

I grew up in the Deep South where home made ice cream is a tradition. In my younger days, I could blame it for many pounds on my frame. When my son was little, about 20 years ago, I had not one, but TWO, ice cream freezers and was very proud to say that I had them. I developed a habit of making 2 quarts of vanilla almost every week. Since the ice cream was never as good if you froze it in the fridge for later, I ate my share when it was first made. The DASH My Pint Ice Cream Maker remedies that problem by making small servings. You never add more than 1 cup of ice cream mix to the freezer at one time. The maximum output is 1.6 cups. While that is more than the standard 1/2 cup serving, it’s a far cry from 2 QUARTS! There’s 8 cups in 2 quarts.

Chocolate Ice Cream Made In DASH

More than likely, if you are an ice cream lover, you know the ritual of eating right out of the carton. You scrape a spoonful of cold, creamy deliciousness away from the edges because that’s where it’s soft. The problem is, as soon as you make that round one time, another layer has thawed just enough to be yummy! So…you go around again, and again until a whole lot of ice cream is missing out of that carton. Having a full carton of ice cream can be a disaster. With the DASH My Pint Ice Cream Maker, you can have ice cream in minutes but don’t have to have that treacherous carton setting in your freezer all the time.

Whether you like home made ice cream and just don’t want a full 2 quart freezer, or you are trying to avoid a carton in your fridge, this little gadget settles both problems. You can still have ice cream, sorbet or frozen yogurt whenever you like and easily control the ingredients and the amount that you eat. The best thing about this machine is that it allows you to have “No Sugar Added” frozen treats anytime that you like!

Orange Dreamsicle Greek Frozen Yogurt

DASH comes with a recipe book. Use it. I tried to get creative and nothing that I tried worked as good as their recipes. MAKE SURE to chill your recipe in the freezer about 30 minutes before you put it in the ice cream maker. In the booklet, it also tells you that you can use the spoon that comes with it to just freeze your ice cream by stirring. I didn’t think much of that idea but discovered that it just may be the best way to use the frozen core of the machine. The liquid ice cream recipe begins to freeze on contact with the frozen core and it’s hard to get the paddles into the container. When I made the frozen yogurt pictured above, I didn’t use the paddles at all and there was still frozen yogurt in the bottom, frozen so hard that I could not get it out 20 minutes later. It was just a small amount so it didn’t diminish the serving size hardly at all.

Whatever you do, stay with the freezer if you are using the paddles. I walked away for a moment and the ice cream froze so hard and fast that the paddles stopped and the unit started spinning around, wrapping the cord around the unit. If I had not found it quickly, it may have spilled everywhere.

You will notice that the recipe for ice cream calls for heavy whipping cream and some milk. Follow the recipe. The heavy cream makes a velvety ice cream that’s sure to please but milk alone makes an icy disaster. While the ice cream is delicious, it’s too high in calories to be a practical addition to my nutrition program. It still beats eating a whole carton of ice cream but I don’t think I will make that too often!

The frozen yogurt fits into my program perfectly. I just take the flavored Plain Greek Yogurt that I normally eat, put it in the core and stir. Perfection! I use Tang water enhancer to make the orange. You can use any flavor you like. Water enhancers come in a huge variety of flavors and it works well in Plain Greek Yogurt, frozen or not.

I bought this one on Amazon for $20. You can buy them from the manufacturer for about $25. I am pleased with my purchase and would buy it again. It’s frozen yogurt on demand in the perfect serving. Dig in!

 

 

Ray’s Sugar Free BBQ Sauce Review

If there is one food I have to admit to missing from my former life when I was still consuming sugar, it has to be BBQ. Whether cooked at home, or in a pit style smoker in a restaurant, I have considered myself quite the connoisseur. And of course, having been raised in Kansas City, you can bet my favorite “Q” is KC style. Smoked meats cooked to perfection and then slathered up with a sweet sauce to compliment the savory seasonings of the rub. There is an art to smoking meats, and in Kansas City, we have perfected that art .

For a good store bought BBQ sauce, I always enjoyed Sweet Baby Ray’s sauces. However, I quit using their sauces when I quit consuming sugar. When it comes to BBQ ribs, for me it is akin to eating meat candy on a bone. I can gorge until the point of bursting when it comes to good BBQ ribs.

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I also like to mix a little Sweet Baby Ray’s into my baked beans, especially when I cook them in the smoker with the meat. After mixing up my bean sauce, I cover them with bacon strips and then place them into the smoker until the bacon has crisped and the sauce has begun to caramelize a little bit. Sometimes, I also stir in bits of whatever meat I have smoked into the beans for added sweet and savory meat flavor. I could write a book on this subject, but I think you might now be able to make a good educated guess that I really enjoy BBQ. I have to say, I am looking forward to smoking some meat now that I have found a truly worthy sauce that is also free of added sugars.

I admit, I kind of expected a fairly weak sauce being as most sugar free sauces I have tried in the past have been somewhat weak. What I found with both the original and hickory flavors was that Ray’s advertisement is spot on with their claims. If I had not known better,  I would have sworn that I had just sampled their sauces that do contain sugar. These sauces are indeed sweet, smoky, and tangy. And best of all, they are also thick as a good BBQ sauce should be.

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This delectable sauce is sweetened with allulose which is  a naturally occurring low-calorie sweetener found in certain foods such as dates, figs, raisins and corn. Allulose is not metabolized into glucose when consumed which is why it does not contribute to blood glucose or insulin levels and is almost calorie free, containing only 0.4 calories per gram. If you are concerned about gastro-intestinal upset from sugar alcohol, this sweetener is not one.

I am in no way connected to good people at Sweet Baby Ray’s. I have always enjoyed their sauces and love the fact they have produced a truly good sauce that is also sugar free.

Gold Standard Casein Protein Review

This casein protein is my new favorite protein supplement. I have used several different protein powders over the years, but none has compared to this. There are others of great quality to be found, but for flavor, this is hands down delicious. It tastes just like a chocolate shake made from hand scooped ice cream. The fact that casein protein makes for a thicker shake than does whey, I find it quite a bit more satiating. I believe this is a perfect protein supplement for athletes, as well as anyone else who wants, or needs to add a little protein to their diet. Did I mention it tastes truly like a chocolate milkshake?

What I like about casein protein is it is a slower digesting and absorbing protein. Casein is great when used after exercise, between meals or before bed to help support satiety and muscle recovery. You can’t go wrong with this brand!

What is the difference between whey and casein protein?

Casein and whey are the two types of protein found in cow’s milk, making up 80% and 20% of milk protein respectively. They are both high-quality proteins, as they contain all essential amino acids, which you must get from food since your body cannot make them. In addition, they’re easily digested and absorbed.

Both casein and whey are byproducts of cheese production.

During cheesemaking, special enzymes or acids are added to heated milk. These enzymes or acids cause the casein in the milk to coagulate, or change to a solid state, separating from a liquid substance. This liquid substance is the whey protein, which is then washed and dried into a powdered form for use in food products or dietary supplements.

The remaining curds of casein can be washed and dried to create a protein powder or added to dairy products, such as cottage cheese. (1)

Benefits derived from Optimum Nutrition Casein Protein

  • 24 Grams of Protein per Serving to Help Build and Maintain Muscle³
  • Nearly 5 Grams of Naturally Occurring BCAAs per Serving to Support Endurance and Recovery
  • Ideal for Use Between Meals and Before Bed
  • 40% of the Daily Value for Calcium per Serving
  • 110-120 Calories per Serving
  • 0.5-1 Gram of Fat per Serving
  • 1 Gram of natural Sugar per Serving

Note: There is zero added sugar in this casein protein.

Casein Whey and casein protein are both derived from milk. They differ in digestion times, casein digests slowly, making it good before bedtime. Whey protein digests quickly and is ideal for workouts and muscle growth. No matter which protein you prefer, they both contain different bioactive compounds that may boost your immune system and offer other benefits.

Some people might want to argue the minutiae of which protein is better than the other. The truth is for most people, choosing one over the other won’t necessarily give better results in the gym or markedly improve your health. You select the type that you prefer or buy a blend that contains both.

Maintaining Weight Loss

 

(1) https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/casein-vs-whey#origin

XTERRA Air350 Airbike Review

Ever Improving

When I first began lifting, I asked David, “How long will it take?” I was referring to the time needed to get a ripped weight lifter’s physique. He answered, “The rest of your life.” because the pursuit of excellence never ends when you are serious. I am always looking for ways to improve my physique. In recent months, I decided that I want to step up the intensity of my workouts with more aerobic exercise. As a powerlifter at that time, I was already getting my heart rate up on a regular basis. Due to the recovery time of each lift, I did not keep it up for very long at one time. David was already using an airbike and was getting good results, so I started looking for a good mid-priced airbike.

$$$ Price of Airbike

The price range of a dual action air bike is incredible. I have seen them for less than $200 and more than $1000. The XTERRA 350 is a mid-priced bike at $379.00 from Dick’s Sporting Goods. I have seen it cheaper on Amazon. Dick’s has a plan that you can buy to have your equipment assembled, so I went with Dick’s. After your purchase reaches your house, or you pick it up, you go into the store and buy the plan for $80. You will receive an email notifying you that you will have a technician contact you to come to your home to assemble your bike. The young man that came to my home was professional and well-trained. I would definitely use that service again.

Airbike Performance

The bike is stable and has a smooth ride. Since the seat is adjustable back and forward and up and down, it’s easy to get it exactly where it will be the most comfortable. The handlebars glide easily and give you a good, no-impact upper body workout along with your lower body, aerobic bike ride. With a 6-blade flywheel it delivers your smooth ride with unlimited resistance. As you increase your speed, the resistance increases.

It has a battery powered console that tracks Time, Speed, Calories, Distance and Odometer, so there’s no external plug needed. The handlebars are padded for comfort. The foot pegs are large and knurled for a good grip. I really like the small tablet or phone holder in the console. It’s easy to watch a video while you pedal your way to better health.

I really like the transportation wheels that are built into the airbike so that you can move the bike around with ease. It weighs 77 pounds and 48 inches long, 28.3 inches wide and 51.1 inches high so it takes up a small space in your gym. With a 250 pound weight limit, there are some who won’t be able to use it but many people can.

Although I am a heavy weight lifter, this bike gives me a great workout. I use it after my lifting sessions and although I’m tired after weight lifting, this bike finishes me off. I would definitely buy this bike again. The best feature it has is the dual action. You can get a complete body workout with this one toy. I ride for an hour and barely make it up the stairs afterward. Since I’m using my whole body and I can watch videos while I’m riding, time flies while I get great cardio conditioning. It’s a great bike!

For a great review of a higher end bike read David’s article https://davidsway.blog/2020/11/19/exercise-bikes-dual-action-health-benefits/ . He reviews the Pro-Form XP Whirlwind 320.

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Lumen Metabolism Tracker Review

Have you seen the Lumen Metabolism Tracker and thought it might be something that would come in handy with your weight loss journey? Do you have an extra $300 US to burn on useless gimmicks that promise to help you optimize your metabolism for fat burning? If you are like most people during this age of the Covid-19 pandemic, you probably don’t.

Scientifically, I am sure this gimmick works as advertised. However…

this is not going to get you to your goals in weight loss!

Yes, you can control your metabolism to a small degree by losing weight and gaining lean muscle mass. You do have some control over your metabolism by making small lifestyle changes by watching what, and how much you eat and exercise. But unless you are doing these things this tracker is NOT going to help you change your metabolism. Additionally, you need to know that any changes you do make to your metabolism are not going to be huge, and the changes will not be enough to allow you to consume as much food as you might desire.

I maintain a very lean body through my nutrition, hard work, and regular exercise that includes  8 hours of strength training and about 3 hours of cardiovascular training each week. You might think just by looking at me that I have a high metabolism, but what you cannot see is the fact I actually do not have a high metabolism. I consume an average of 2,270 calories a day to maintain my current level of body fat and weight. If I increase this by 500 calories per day, I will gain fat on 2,770 calories per day. I know this with absolute certainty simply because I have tried to increase my caloric intake to see what happens. For someone with a very physical job, and who exercises religiously, I have a low metabolism that I cannot manipulate to any great, long lasting degree.

Let me tell you a simple and blunt truth. If you are struggling with your weight and appetite, knowing what your body is burning for energy is not going to help you in any way, shape or form. If you are not struggling with your weight or appetite, this information is not even going to be relevant to you. You have to be willing to make permanent lifestyle choices in order to take off those extra pounds and to be successful at keeping them off. You do not need any gimmicky devices to do this. In order to lose weight, you must have a caloric deficit, meaning that you either must reduce your caloric intake below your total daily energy expenditure or increase your total daily energy expenditure through physical activity.

No matter your body type, the number of calories you need just for your body to function is called your basal metabolic rate, or BMR. If you know your BMR, you can better determine your caloric needs for healthy weight loss.

You burn most of your daily calories with zero effort, movement, or even thinking. Whether you’re sleeping, talking on the phone, working at a keyboard, or simply watching TV, your body is burning calories to keep your organs functioning such as your heart pumping and your lungs breathing. The calories used to maintain these basic bodily functions add up to your BMR.

BMR is one of many factors in the total number of calories you burn in a given day, also called your total daily energy expenditure (TDEE). It accounts for roughly 65 to 70 percent of your TDEE, which is determined by genetics, biological sex, age, body size, and lean body mass. While many people blame a slow metabolism (they mean BMR) on weight gain, it’s actually true that increases in body size result in an increase in BMR. The bigger you are, the more calories you are going to need to maintain your weight. The thing is, this is true no matter if you are morbidly obese or muscle bound with little fat. The process to lose body fat is the same for the morbidly obese as it is for one who is just a little over weight. Both individuals will need to reduce their daily caloric intake by 500 in order to lose 1 pound of body fat per week. This can be done by reducing your food intake, or through exercise, or a combination of these two factors.

At rest, a pound of fat burns roughly two calories per day and a pound of muscle burns roughly six calories, however there are a few things you must realize about this. One of the things people do not consider about metabolism is how active a person is, even when they are at rest affects how much they can consume. Fidgety people are constantly moving their body in some manner. Some people are constantly moving during the day, while some are perfectly capable of sitting still while relaxing. The point is, unless you are naturally fidgety, or one to be moving all the time, odds are, you will not become that type of individual just because it will help you to increase your metabolism in order to keep the pounds off of your body. Trying to boost your metabolism probably won’t lead to weight loss, at least not to the degree that changing your diet and lifestyle habits will.

How much you weigh depends on the choices you make about food and how much physical activity you get.

To lose weight, focus on the factors you can control.

  • Calories. To lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you take in. There are several ways to reduce the number of calories you eat, including reducing portion sizes; eliminating added sugars and saturated and trans fats. Begin choosing fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats instead of processed foods for your daily nutrition. And keep in mind that as you age, you may need to eat even fewer calories. This is because the amount of muscle you have tends to decrease as you get older. Your muscle mass affects how many calories you need because muscle tissue burns calories, even at rest. So having less muscle decreases your calorie needs by decreasing your basal metabolic rate, while having more muscle increases your calorie needs by increasing your basal metabolic rate.
  • Activity. Exercise helps you burn calories, and build and maintain muscle mass. Any physical activity is better than none. Start slow, and gradually work your way up to incorporating both aerobic exercise and strength training into your routine.

Follow us here at David’s Way to Health and Fitness, we can help you to learn all that you need to know about successful weight loss and management.

As with any new lifestyle change that includes diet and exercise, be sure to consult your physician before doing so.

Jif No Sugar Added Peanut Butter Review

I love peanut butter, I always have. And I have to say, this no added sugar Jif is simply the best. This healthier version of the original Jif brings back happy childhood memories of sitting high up on a tree limb while eating my peanut butter sandwich. While I enjoy other natural peanut butters, I have always had a taste for the creamy types that do not require any stirring before eating. I like that this peanut butter has the same peanut goodness of other creamy brands, yet there is no sugar included in the ingredients. It tastes much like its’ counterpart that does contain sugar, only there is no sweetness to it. This peanut butter also spreads quite nicely and is most excellent when eaten on slices of apple. Another huge bonus with this no added sugar peanut butter is it is entirely diabetic friendly at 7 grams total carbohydrates, minus 3 grams of fiber for 4 grams net carbs. There is only 2 grams of natural sugar to a serving. If you have a diabetic child in your home who is not allergic to peanuts, I cannot think of a better peanut butter to serve them, or even yourself.

NUTRITION INFO

I really liked this peanut butter and was totally satisfied.  I highly recommend you go ahead and try it by yourself.  Our local Walmart carries this at $5.97 for a 2 pound jar. It is available at other stores as well so prices may vary slightly.

Elite Sports Born Tough Workout Pants Review

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Workout Jogger Pants & Leggings

Born Tough Women Contoured Tracksuit Bottom Black

FINALLY!

I have looked for good workout pants for years and paid way too much for many of them. I have bought a lot of the top brands and while they were pretty or professional looking, none have performed like these.

The sizing is true. I ordered a medium which is my regular size, and the fit is perfect. I am 5″6′ tall and there is a little extra length that scrunches close to the leg, so they will be long enough if you are taller than me. If you are not as tall as I am, you will still have a good fit because the high-quality fabric that Elite used to make these pants lays close to the skin. The SWIFT fabric is 92% cotton and 8% spandex and has incredible stretch and structural support. They are contoured to fit close to the body which is perfect for all athletes. The accentuated seams make the pants more flexible and tough, so they perform well in the squat. We all know that if pants stand up to the squat, they will stand up to anything!

I particularly like the drawstring waist that helps give you a smoother waistline and also keeps your pants secure in the squat. You don’t have to worry about southern exposure when you go deep when you’re wearing these pants. The inset panel at the waist also smooths your front view. The contoured panels in the legs allow for the muscular build of athletes. Your quads will be cozy in these pants. While they have great stretch, as witnessed by their performance in the squat, they also have good support due to the high quality fabric. I believe that this quality of comfortable, functional support is made possible by the high percentage of cotton in the fabric. While cotton does stretch, it stretches much less than those trendy pants that are mostly spandex.

You can order the pants at https://www.borntough.com/products/born-tough-women-contoured-tracksuit-bottom-black . At only $39.99, they are a true bargain. You can even choose to pay for them in four $10.00 interest-free payments! Now where else can you buy workout pants like that? I have paid much more for well-known brands of workout pants that I have either thrown away or are simply taking up space in a drawer. I tend to wear my favorite pair of pants over and over because they make me feel good in my workout. As of today, I have a new favorite. https://www.borntough.com/collections/workout-jogger-pants-leggings

RiduZone is Just Ridiculous!

As I sat down in front of my television early this morning to enjoy my first steaming cup of black coffee, I got to begin my day in disgust when the first commercial I saw was one advertising this brand of snakeoil. I’m not sure how long RiduZone has been on the market, but it is a new one to me. Regardless, whether it has been several days or several months, it has been around far too long in my opinion. I totally despise the marketers of products like this as they take advantage of the desperate and vulnerable among us. They rake in tons of cash with promises to help people with their weight and appetite, yet their products are always nothing more than a rip off to the consumer.

If you note in the picture above, they tell you that  this product is FDA acknowledged for safety, but does not mention if it is FDA approved for effectiveness.

And, as you can see in their disclaimer below in bold letters, they tell you “Do NOT Expect These Results”!

I truly wish I had a dollar for every time I said to avoid these worthless supplements!

In the above picture, con men at RiduZone are playing to your emotions in regards to weight loss and your past failures with it.

None of your failures were your fault, you can simply blame it all on nature!

You can place all the blame on your sluggish metabolism!

I am not in the business of hurting feelings. I have spent countless hours building this website to help people from all walks of life to lose weight and then keep it off in a healthy manner. I do not believe that sugar coating the truth is beneficial to anyone, nor is it helpful to shift blame when it comes to the weight and health of our bodies.

Our metabolism slows down when our body fat percentage is too high. It is a fact of life that  muscle cells require more energy to maintain than fat cells, so people with more muscle than fat tend to have a faster metabolism. When you live a sedentary life and eat bad foods, the reality is, you have created your slow metabolism. People who struggle to lose weight often blame a slow metabolism. But there’s little evidence to support this claim. There is research that actually shows that overweight people can have faster metabolisms than thinner people simply because larger bodies require more energy to carry out basic bodily functions.

It is a fact, most people tend to eat more than they think they do. More often than not, the reason you’re putting on weight isn’t because of a slow metabolism, it’s because you’re eating and drinking more calories than you’re burning. It may be hard to accept, but staying on top of the number of calories you eat is key to losing weight and keeping it off. While it is true that cutting your calories too far can affect your metabolism, you really should not cut them by that much unless you are under a doctor’s supervision. If you’re concerned about slow metabolism and your weight, talk to your doctor about healthy changes you can make. And if you still think you have a slow metabolism, your doctor can check your metabolism or check for rare conditions that can cause problems with metabolism and weight, such as an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), Cushing syndrome or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

What in the world is OEA?

Oleoylethanolamide (OEA) is a molecule produced in the body, usually found in the intestines. It is responsible for the feeling of satiety following meals.

OEA is sometimes included in fat burning supplement stacks. There is currently no human evidence that suggests oral supplementation of OEA is able to burn fat.

OEA acts on a receptor called Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor Alpha (PPARα). When this receptor is activated in the intestines of rats, the animals consume less food. Research on rats shows that both injections and oral intake of OEA causes a reliable reduction in the amount of food eaten.

Limited human evidence suggests that OEA may be able to aid fat loss by acting on PPARα. When this receptor is activated in fat tissue, energy expenditure increases. Further evidence is needed before oral supplementation of OEA can be recommended for weight loss.

Kicking it to you real!

In order to get your appetite under control, the best method to make yourself feel satiated, is not through the use of this or any other supplement. If you want to feel satiated, then you must adopt healthy nutritional habits where you consume all the macro and micro-nutrients required for good health. When you consume a healthy diet, free of added sugars and processed foods, you will notice that you no longer crave foods between meals. A healthy diet is the only method you should ever use for your satiety!

RiduZone’s Testimonials and Results Disclaimer

In accordance with the FTC guidelines concerning use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, please be aware of the following:

The weight loss and fitness testimonials presented apply only to the individuals depicted, cannot be guaranteed, and should not be considered typical.  Every testimonial on this website is from a real customer who used the product RiduZone, and/or workouts and nutrition advice listed on the website. No one was paid for a testimonial or endorsement. Some individuals were given RiduZone at no charge for their reviews. Before and after photos were not retouched or altered. Results (weight, body fat percentage, circumference measurements, etc) were self-reported by the customer and therefore cannot be confirmed. Errors could have been made in reported weight and body composition numbers. You should assume that featured results are not typical.

What You Might Expect:

You should assume that any results shown in testimonials, advertisements, stories, blog posts, articles, forums or anywhere else on this site or our associated websites are not typical. Typical weight loss is 1 to 2 pounds per week when someone consistently practices healthy eating and activity levels. If one does not practice healthy eating and have activity level, no results should be expected. Results may vary from person to person based on body size and other factors. In overweight or obese individuals, weight loss of up to 1% of total bodyweight per week is more common. Faster weight loss in the first 2 weeks is common but usually represents water weight loss, not body fat. Faster fat loss is possible, but not likely. The NutriForward, LLC suggests a healthy eating and activity lifestyle to body fat reduction, strength gain and functional conditioning. Any dramatic body transformations will take dietary discipline and hard physical work.

Please, do yourself a huge favor and do not buy this product, it is nothing more than a rip off.  There are better things you can do with your money than to plop down $119.99 on a product that is sure to let you down. Think about this, if a product at this price actually works, why do we continue to have an obesity epidemic? How could high priced bariatric surgeries still be a thing if these products were even a little bit effective? How many similar over the counter supplements have you ever taken to only be let down once you have finished them? RiduZone is not going to be any more effective for you than anything else you have tried in the past, I guarantee this.

Save your hard earned money and follow us here at David’s Way to Health and Fitness. We are free of charge to everyone as we truly want to help you to successfully lose those unwanted pounds and for you to keep them off. We can also now be found on Facebook @ David’s Way to Health and Fitness, Sugar Free Living! Stop by and give us a like and a follow!

Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Pancake Mix Review

I bought this pancake mix today kind of on a whim, and thought it would be a great mix for a review. I was loosely looking for a different brand to do a review on, when I spotted 7 grams of protein and 0 added sugar at the top of the bag.  I have to say these pancakes were quite delightful and I had to go back and check the nutrition and ingredients to make sure I was not wrecking my normal healthy nutritional practice. All was good!

I prepared the mix in accordance with the instructions. I added 2 eggs, 1/4 cup coconut oil and 2 tablespoons of water to the 1 cup of the mix. The package was not specific to the type of oil, therefore I used coconut oil which besides being a healthy oil, it also gives food a nice texture. I liked that I did not feel any need to doctor the mix when I make my next batch. I have tried Kodiak protein pancakes and found them to be far better when mixed with eggs and milk rather than just water as their preparation instructions call for.  I find it a plus that with Purely Elizabeth, I can recommend this mix to those who are not adventurous in the kitchen and know that they will have a batch of healthy, filling and quite delicious pancakes without having to modify the recipe at all.

These pancakes are a quick meal to prepare. You can begin preheating your skillet on medium high just before preparing the mix. Once you have mixed it, then it is only a couple minutes in the skillet per side and your pancakes are ready to eat. Total time in the kitchen for me was maybe about 15 minutes, possibly a little less. I cannot drive to a restaurant and have a meal in that amount of time no matter where I might go. Besides that, I find Purely Elizabeth to be far superior to any pancakes I have ever consumed at International House of Pancakes (IHOP).

I added Maple Farms Sugar Free pancake syrup to these tasty cakes and because of the coconut oil, I did not spread any butter on them before adding the syrup. I can say, the flavor is good enough that the addition of butter is not necessary in my opinion.

Ingredients:

Almond Flour, Arrowroot Flour, Organic Coconut Milk Powder (Organic Coconut Milk, Organic Tapioca Maltodextrin, Organic Gum Acacia), Organic Teff Flour, Organic Buckwheat Flour, Organic Chia Seeds, Organic Tigernut Flour, Organic Hemp Seeds, Organic Flax Seeds, Leavening (Baking Soda, Monocalcium Phosphate Monohydrate), Sea Salt, Cinnamon.

The flavor of the pancakes was the perfect mix of each of the ingredients listed. I enjoyed the fact the buckwheat flour and cinnamon seemed to be the dominate flavors, but the nuttiness of the other nut and seed ingredients were also quite evident with no flavor overriding any other. Each ingredient is perfectly complementary to the rest.

At 310 calories per serving, this is pretty good for most people. You can add sugar free syrup for about another 20 calories if you desire. Or, you could spread a little bit of peanut butter on them for a delicious treat too. At 5 grams of fiber, these pancakes bring a significant amount of fiber to you which is always a good thing to have in our diet. I love that this mix contains zero added sugars and comes in at 7 grams of protein. Nutritionally, these pancakes are very sound for the health conscious individual as they contain:

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are a powerful superfood once used as currency for its exceptional value. The Aztec warriors used this endurance seed, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and complete protein to run great distances.

Flax Seeds

Flax seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and protein. Omega-3 fatty acids help to reduce inflammation in the body. Flaxseeds are also rich in lignans, a type of phytoestrogen compounds that has been shown to help protect against breast and prostate cancer.

Tigernut Flour

Tigernut is a small root vegetable with a nutty, slightly sweet taste and originates from Africa. It is a versatile ingredient that can be made into flour and even butter. This paleo-friendly flour is also a prebiotic fiber powerhouse.

Buckwheat Flour

Buckwheat is a seed from a fruit that is ground into flour. It is one of the highest fiber gluten-free flours and creates a light and fluffy texture.

Almond Flour

Made from ground almonds, this naturally gluten-free flour adds a nutty rich flavor and is the leading ingredient.

I found this excellent mix at my Dillons grocery store for $6.99 US. Dillons is a subsidiary of Kroger grocers. They can also be bought online straight from Purely Elizabeth’s website. I will definitely be enjoying these Ancient grain pancakes more in the future.

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GT’s Synergy Raw Kombucha (Gingerberry) Review

What is Kombucha?

Kombucha is a fermented tea passed down by centuries of Eastern tradition. To craft Kombucha, a base of sweetened tea is cultured with a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast). Over time, the SCOBY transforms the tea into a tangy, naturally effervescent drink with billions of living probiotics to support gut health and promote overall well being.

Homemade Kombucha with the SCOBY floating on top.

When kombucha is being produced, bacteria and yeast form a mushroom-like film on the surface of the liquid during fermentation. This is why kombucha is also known as “mushroom tea.” The fermentation process produces acetic acid (also found in vinegar) and several other acidic compounds, trace levels of alcohol and gases that make it carbonated.

A large amount of bacteria also grow in the mixture. Although there is still no evidence for the probiotic benefits of kombucha, it does contain several species of lactic-acid bacteria which may have probiotic function that provide your gut with healthy bacteria. These bacteria can improve many aspects of health, including digestion, inflammation and even weight loss. For this reason, it is said that adding beverages like kombucha to your diet may help to improve your health in many ways.

How it tastes.

Well, there are multiple flavor offerings from GT’s Synergy, I had the Gingerberry and while I did not find this product to be particularly good in flavor, it was not bad either once you get over the initial taste.

Upon my first sip, I immediately noticed and appreciated the carbonation of the drink, which I believe helped to make it more palatable. However, the first flavor profile of many that I found this drink to have was that of  weak vinegar that comes from the acetic acid. This taste of vinegar was followed by the flavor of a watered down non-alcoholic beer that has been flavored with ginger and berry. The drink was also made more palatable by being chilled good before I drank any of it, I believe it might border on awful if it was served up warm, but concede others might be perfectly okay with a warm kombucha drink. I just can’t imagine myself liking it at room temperature any more than I like warm beer. It simply does not work for my palate.

According to Mayo Clinic, limited evidence suggests kombucha tea may offer benefits similar to probiotic supplements, including promoting a healthy immune system and preventing constipation. At present, however, valid medical studies of kombucha tea’s role in human health are very limited. You might enjoy this product enough to consume enough to possibly derive probiotic benefit, but for me, at a cost of $4.00 US for a 16 ounce bottle, I will continue to receive my probiotics from yogurt, sauerkraut and a few other sources that I actually do enjoy.