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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Super Snack anyone? [OPEN]

Many rely on coffee, energy drinks or even caffeine pills to get an extra push of energy in our day. Unfortunately, many do not know that certain snacks can help give you energy and are better for you! But the search of what is best for you can be difficult.

A great option for a energy picker upper that's raw and organic is from Superfood snacks! 

We are a sustainable superfood company from the island of Kauai.  Our focus is on creating cutting edge organic products using raw ancient superfoods and specialty ingredients from around the world. We source the highest quality organic & wildcrafted fair trade ingredients for all of our recipes.  
Our organic raw chocolate superfood line is packaged in the very first ever-printed package that is made with NatureFlex TM non-gmo, sustainably sourced, 100% biodegradable and compostable materials. [more about this great company on their website]

Here the mini review along with giveaway announcement -

Among many great benefits these snacks are raw, high in antioxidants and organic.

What are the benefits of Raw foods?

According to raw foodists, enzymes are the life force of a food, helping us to digest food and absorb nutrients. If we over consume cooked food, our bodies are forced to work harder by producing more enzymes. Over time, a lack of enzymes from food is thought to lead to digestive problems, nutrient deficiency, accelerated aging, and weight gain.
Cooking food can diminish its nutritional value. [source]

What are the benefits of antioxidants?

Antioxidants are the nutritional equivalent of man's best friend - they are loyal protectors and nurturers of our cells, repelling disease, and promoting good health. Antioxidants can come from healthy eating or in the form of supplements, and they include a family of naturally formed components like vitamin A, beta-carotene, lycopene, vitamin E, and more. They are believed to protect cells from free radicals, harmful oxygen molecules thought to damage cells that result in cancer, atherosclerosisAlzheimer's disease, and rheumatoid arthritis, and they may be the underlying reason why we age. [source]
What does being organic mean?

Organic foods are foods that are produced using methods that do not involve modern synthetic inputs such as synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers, do not contain genetically modified organisms, and are not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives. [source]
Superfood snacks use biodegradable bags -

Superfood Snacks has pioneered the first retail products in the marketplace that use a technology in a flexible stand-up bag format. Giving the bags around 6 months to break down naturally. 

My background -

A little over 4 months ago, I had transitioned my career from being a full time financial corporate gal to a full time stay at home mom to my 2 year old son and 4 month old daughter. Being a person that needed caffeine (mainly coffee) to kick start my day before getting pregnant, I have had to resort to other means of obtaining energy without caffeine intake during and after pregnancy.

Some of the foods I've included to help increase my energy levels were oatmeal, bananas, drinking water, eating nuts (pistachio or almonds) and just eating more fruits/veggies. But I have a constant battle with binge snacking while at home. Many things that roam my mind when it comes to food are: Is there caffeine in this? I can't eat this because I need to lose some extra baby weight. What's the calorie content in this? I'm hungry now, those chips look good!

The Test -

I was able to test and enjoy all 4 of the raw chocolate flavors.

Upon receiving the snacks, they were packaged in bright colored thin 'foil-like' baggy that had a lot of great information about the energy nuggets. Each bag contained 3 servings which was a total of 6 energy nuggets. These snacks are raw, organic and made with no gluten. Some quick info that the packages contained were:

Package made from BIODEGRADABLE materials! Exotic meal replacement. Enjoy the delicious, exotic flavors of our raw superfood snacks!
Delicious and supernutritious -
  • High ORAC antioxidant rating
  • Balanced with all 5 elemental tastes
  • Contains ancient superfoods
  • Boosts energy & vitality 
First day I tried these snacks was when I was really hungry between breakfast and lunch. I started out with one but still felt consumed with hunger. So I ate another nugget and topped it off with water. Less than 15 minutes or so I felt my hunger pangs disappear and a while later a bump of energy. It satiated my hunger for while that I didn't feel hungry until over an hour after I would have usually eaten lunch. 

I continued to include these snacks as my go to 'in between' meals snacks and they really helped with curbing my binge snacking. Snacking on these felt like I was having a little dessert since it had chocolate and fruit flavors. As opposed to waiting until I was very hungry, I timed eating them when I had a slight tinge of hunger.

Goji, Cacao, Clear agave, Coconut, Walnuts  & more
Brazil nuts, cacao, clear agave, mango, chia & more
Goji,  Cacao, Clear Agave, Coconut, Walnuts & more
Cherries, Cacao, Clear Agave, Pumpkin Seed & more

The nutritional value of a bag of Brazilian Chocolate Ecstasy - the calories per serving (2 nuggets) was 110, total fat 3g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 65mg, total carbs 18g with dietary fiber of 4 g and protein 3g. 

Taste - 

Each snack nugget had a very distinct chocolate flavor which had complemented well with the other ingredients. It had a nice subtle crunch from the different seeds. When holding the snack, it is smaller than a ping pong ball with a firm touch and easy to bite into. The texture is similar to a drier consistency of the pulp of a raisin and it varied in colors.

Pro -

  • Delicious
  • Raw and organic
  • Sustainable company
  • Easy and small to tote in my purse
  • Satiated hunger for a couple more hours
  • Gave me a bump of energy
  • Better for my body with all the great ingredients

Overall, I really liked these snacks because they were delicious, easy to throw into my bag, it hit the spot when I got hungry, gave me a bump of energy without relying on caffeine and it is great to know that is good for me. This helped address the constant questions that I would have with binge snacking and being more conscientious about food intake.

In short -

Packaging - In easy to open biodegradable bags, these light weight snacks are small and can be consumed within 2-3 bites. 
Met energy & hunger need?  Yes, I felt energized and it helped with my hunger when I consumed a serving (2 nuggets) in between meals. 
Taste - The complements of the ingredients together made for a great snack.
Smell - Depending on which snack, you could smell chocolate in each.
Cost - For a single bag with 3 servings (6 nuggets) $8.99.
Additional - Single bags, monthly packages, combo packs and gift certificates are available. Purchase via website.
More information - www.superfoodsnacks.com

Ranking - 5 out 5 stars

Would you recommend it to a friend? YES!


Giveaway Time!

Enjoy these awesome snacks like I did! One lucky winner will be winning a Superfood Snack Raw Chocolate Sampler (valued $35.96) which has all 4 flavors.

The first 8 tasks on the rafflecopter are MANDATORY and not completing them will not qualify you to win this giveaway. You can earn more entries by doing any or all of the tasks per day during the giveaway - check rafflecopter. By completing tasks, you agree that you have read the official rules at the bottom of the rafflecopter widget.

This is open to US ONLY for all ages (under 18 must get a parent's permission) and will start 5/7/12 and ends 5/22/12 midnight EST.

I am so excited to host this sponsored giveaway and have you enjoy these snacks as much as I have! Thanks in advance for participating!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Don't forget:

FTC: A huge thank you to Superfood Snacks for allowing me to review and host a sponsored giveaway of Superfood Snacks! I am in no way affiliated with the company or products mentioned. No cash compensation is being received for reviewing and  hosting this giveaway Any opinions about this product is 100% honest and are not construed or influenced by Supefood Snacks.


Chrissy11217 said...

the Brazilian chocolate esctacy

Chrissy11217 said...

they currently have a nine dollar coupon code and it has certified compostable materials.. and it looks like a very green organic healthy but yummy product.

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Paris said...

Your tips couldn't have come at a better time for me- I'm currently finishing up my finals and seriously have zero energy left in me and I hate coffee/ don't drink energy drinks!
Thanks for the sweet comment on G&G; I'm following you back :)



naudii beautii said...

Brazilian Chocolate Ecstasy

puye said...

Brazilian Chocolate Ecstasy


LoveWink said...

i would like to try the green chocolate dream :) all of them sound delicious

LoveWink said...

i read the superfood snack blog and product reviews

LoveWink said...

i read the about us tab super interesting!

LoveWink said...

I read the raw Ingredients tab on the super food snack website

LoveWink said...

i read and the sweepstakes page and more about each snack

LoveWink said...

i read more about the chocolate dream snacks on their website i really want to try thosse

LoveWink said...

i read their product reviews and i hope i win:) i want to eat these already

LoveWink said...

i went to their website to read about their healthy gift packages page because i think they would make a great gift to my sister:)

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