WHYNBTYW

Okay, okay…I’m really bad at getting these posts up on time. It is kinda hard to review products, but one came in the WODBOM box this past month that I think you guys might really like, especially if you are fan of nut-butters.

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As you can see, this is an organic product made from different nuts and seeds. It has approximately the same calories as a serving of peanut butter (2 TBSP = 190 Cal). Though it might be hard to tell from this label since the serving size is 19g, but 14g is 1 TBSP. You can work out the rest of the math if you really want to. It’s close, trust me.

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It says to kneed the product thoroughly and if there is one downfall to this, when they say thoroughly, they are oh so serious about this. I THOUGHT I was thorough…NOPE. So the oil came out first and then the rest and I had to mix it all together on top of my rice cake. Not very fun at all. I was better with another package and it was fine.

It is smooth and creamy. It had great taste, kind of a cross between peanut butter and cashew butter. It’s appearance is darker than peanut butter and with small black flecks; I assume these to be pieces of chia seeds, but I don’t honestly know. You certainly didn’t get a ‘crunch’ when you were eating, so even with black flecks, it was just fine.

I went to their website (NUTZO2GO) and saw that you don’t buy directly from them, but from Amazon, which is fine. Whatever…

You can also see they have several different combination of nut butters, both in creamy and in crunchy, in small containers or in the individual serving packages. For those of you concerned with organic, vegan, gluten free etc there are many different certifications listed, so you can make sure the food meets your individual needs and desires.

They make a chocolate hazelnut butter, for those of you who like Nutella, a peanut butter and various mixes and blends. None of their products seems to be simply one nut, however. So even the peanut butter has other nuts in it, which, IMHO, only adds to the nutritional value. Unfortunately, one cannot subsist on peanut butter alone, though I would really love to be able to do just that!

They have tons of recipes and you can even download an e-book of recipes. There are 14 PAGES of recipes, everything from salads, to protein bars, no-bake ‘cookies’, smoothies and even a sweet potato cinnamon roll. I cannot decide if that sounds delicious or gross, but the picture looks amazing. Bookmark this part of the site for later!

The price is a lot more than regular, store-bought peanut butter, and a quick search on Amazon shows that it is also more expensive than organic cashew butter, though perhaps for some of you a 4$ difference in price for 16 oz isn’t a big deal.

I know there are some foods I will splurge on occasionally and some that I simply refuse to pay a high price for, and will not purchase. This product falls somewhere between those two. I’d be willing to get a container, but I certainly wouldn’t replace my beloved peanut butter for 2 reasons: 1. Peanut butter is life and 2. Peanut butter is a LOT cheaper. So yes, I loved the product and yes, I’d be willing to splurge every once in a while on a tub, or get a few single serving packets for a change of pace.

If you do nut butters, give this a try. You won’t be disappointed!

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Welcome to hump day!  It’s so good to be back at the gym and feel 100% again.  My motivation this morning was literally “I don’t feel like going but when I couldn’t go all I wanted to do was go so I’ll enjoy that I can go now”.

Since it’s officially Wednesday it’s also whynbtyw!!  My recommendation for today is to go out and buy some mason jars…. Preferably the quart size.  These mothers are the absolute perfect size for a lunch salad!  A simple search on Google or Pinterest yields a plethora of recipes for jar salads.  So far I have tried a taco salad (delicious but cold ground beef is sketchy to me… I would use chicken next time) and a strawberry spinach salad.  The mason jars are great storage for the salad and you put the dressing in the bottom so the rest of the salad doesn’t get soggy.

So, highly recommend seeking out some mason jars. If the salad thing doesn’t work out, a second google search for mason jar crafts should give you some other creative outlets.

Enjoy!

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Look at this! A Why Have You Not Bought This Yet Wednesday actually occurring on a Wednesday! It must be a miracle!!

Last month, in my WODBOM box, I got a small bag of THE MOST AMAZING CHIPS EVER!!

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These are essentially rice chips and magic made to taste basically like potato chips! Now, I’m much more of a “sweets” person when it comes to a cheat meal or cheat snack. But occasionally I love me some potato chips and seriously 7 potato chips isn’t a serving, no matter what the package says. And besides, since the chips are always in pieces, how in the world am I to know what 7 chips is?

These came in a single serving package and while I’m not saying they are good for you, they aren’t terrible either and if one is going to insist on a small snack every now and again, these seem like a nice compromise.

They tasted delicious, gave me just the amount of “salty” snack that would cure a craving, but didn’t leave me wishing I had a larger bag. They were nice and crunchy and while not quite the same as a potato chip, they were close enough. They are a little thicker than a traditional potato chip.

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As you can see by the label, it’s not like these are GOOD for you, but they aren’t loaded with fat, and their sodium level is reasonable, though they sure had that potato chip salty taste!

I found them on Amazon. They have sea salt, BBQ, sour cream and onion and pizza flavored ones. I’m eternally happy that I got the sour cream and onion. As of this writing, you can get several variety packs, ranging from $18 to $46, depending on how many packages you want in the box. You can also get boxes with just one flavor in the same price ranges. I like the fact that they are all single serving sizes. That would help reduce temptation for me.

You can also find them on Facebook, just search for Rise Buddy. They seem like a couple of guy trying to get a company off the ground.

Healthy? Maybe not so much. Healthier? Yes. Yummy? Oh you bet!!

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I walked off today with office supplies from one of the other research offices.  What was it, you ask? It was a staple remover that I was messing around with while waiting for a meeting because I’m ALWAYS fidgeting with something.  Whether it’s staple removers, beer bottle labels, phone cords…. If it keeps my fingers moving I’m happy.  

Recently, I saw am online add from our local specialty toy shop, Toyrifix (if you’re in the Smith ville, Ohio area and you’ve never been… Drop what you’re doing and go, right now).  The shop was advertising their new fidget cubes.  What’s a fidget cube?  Well, it is a cool little handheld that has all sorts of different fidget activities on each side.  I had to have one!  
So, I picked one up at Toyrifix and took it to work (let’s be honest, that’s where most of my fidgeting occurs during “thinking”) and I love it!  It really helps me get on the zone and focus.  I love all the different things you can do (roller ball, toggle, Clicky buttons) but my most favorite side is the switch.

If you’re a fidgeted or need a distraction from a different habit (like nail biting or lip chewing), I highly recommend checking one out.

So, how did I end up with the staple remover if I have my cool digit fidget now?  Well, I took it home because this is my last full week at my current job and I didn’t want to leave it behind.  #newadventuresonthehorizon

WHYNBTYW (Preview Edition 2)

This week’s edition of Why Have You Not Bought This Yet Wed is also a preview edition.

Two weeks ago, I purchased the Crossover Symmetry system. This system advertises itself as something for folks who need to improve shoulder mobility, strength, posture and even rehab injury. They even discuss someone who had a rotator cuff injury where surgery was recommended who used this system and was able to build strength without surgery. We have one of these systems in our box and I’ve used it a couple of times. It seemed promising.

The system arrived this past Monday and when I opened the box, their instructions said to head to their website, enter the code they gave me and watch the videos for further instruction. For me, personally, I’d rather read than watch videos so this was a minor annoyance. Not something worth returning the product, however. Two days later, I sat at my computer, entered the code and was taken to the training zone. I clicked on the first video (there are a LOT of them) and …. it didn’t work. I tried another browser. Nothing. I tried my phone, and still nothing. So I sent an email to their technical support and very quickly was sent a reply that they were aware of the problem and were working on it. They also provided a link to a cloud site where some of the videos were stored. So I was able to start watching.

Twenty-four hours later, their site was up and running and I was able to work my way through a good chunk of the videos. The first set deal with how to do the installation and basics. They move into the various movements and fantastically, go over common errors and how to correct those errors. This is fantastic, since you use the system in your own home; thus, you are doing the movements without the help of a coach watching.

Today, I finally managed to get the system installed. I ordered the door attachements, which are promised to work on all standard doors. I failed to consider that my house is 100 years old and thus my doors are perhaps, not standard compared to modern doors. However, my husband and I were able to get the system installed and hopefully it is at least toerable, since our doors are apparently far more narrow than modern doors. (Side note: were people that much smaller 100 years ago?!)

So I’m pleased to note that the system was reasonably easy to install. They were highly responsive to my email about the issues I was having. Their videos are very helpful.

I have yet to use the system, so I cannot report that you NEED it just at the moment. But I fully intend to start using it every day (as soon as I move the furniture in the room out of the way) and after a month or so of use, I will provide a full report on the challenges, issues and hopefully, benefits of the system.

So stay tuned!

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Today’s episode of “go buy this” comes courtesy of the plague! Or simply the common cold, though it feels like the plague to me.

The world would appear to not be happy with the fact that after starting crossfit and eating healthier, I rarely got sick. So this year, I’ve been sick TWICE. Personally, I find this cruel and unusual punishment. I also feel these particular colds are hitting me harder because I’m not as used to getting sick, which seems so odd.

So today, go buy some DayQuil and some NyQuil. Seriously, they are about the best drugs around and have me up and at least moving around, and also sleeping (more) soundly at night.

Better living through chemistry.

This dang thing better go away soon because 17.5 is coming up and I would at least like to participate!

 

WHYNBTYW (preview version)

This week’s Why Have You Not Bought This Yet Wednesday is a short preview of something that came in my WODBOM box this month. Glukos energy gummies. So I had the sample that was included, but that was enough to have me on their website ordering the product. So this isn’t quite a ringing endorsement yet, but a promise of a full review after a few days of using the product. 

The package has two servings, a total of 12 gummies. After my son and I split a serving we read the package (don’t judge). “For best results take 3 before and 3 after a workout”.  Ooops. 

The sample was fruit punch flavored. Their website also has orange and lemon. I ordered some of each as all are flavors that I don’t mind and are also hard to screw up. 

I’m sure my son and I were thinking “gummy bears” when we tried the first one. They are certainly gummy and very chewy. They are far more dense than gummy bears. The flavor is pretty good, once you get over the denseness of them. The second and third were better because we knew what to expect. 

Neither of us was going to do a workout so I was curious if having more than recommended, and with timing that was not ideal would mean that we’d both end up with jitters. Nope. They were digested easily and neither of us seemed to feel overly energetic, like we needed to go run a marathon and couldn’t sit still. None of that happened. Neither of us experienced a crash either, so that is also a good sign. 

My coach is always admonishing me to eat something little before a workout, but since I always go at 5am, I can’t generally bring myself to eat. But I could manage to chew three of these gummies on my way to the box! 

Now …. to hide the packages from my son. Hahaha

If you are interested in trying some yourself, HERE is their website. I promise to review this fully after I use them for a bit!