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California Lavash Whole-Grain Flatbread

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This post is sponsored by California Lavash - all opinions stated are my own. Thanks for reading and supporting my blog!

It’s no surprise I love to bake. And if it is a surprise to you, well, it must be your first time here, so welcome! Anyway, I love to bake, but the thought of baking bread kinda’-sorta’-really terrifies me. I’ve tried once before, and instead of a beautiful, fluffy, golden brown loaf, I think I pulled a football made from flour out of my oven. I haven’t tried anymore homemade bread since then.

Bread is one thing I’ll leave to the experts, like the bakers of California Lavash. This family of bread-makers, located in the town of Gilroy in Central California, uses traditional baking methods and simple ingredients to produce whole-grain lavash, naan, and pita the way their family has done so for years. All ingredients are vegan, non-GMO, and free of artificial preservatives.

California Lavash Whole-Grain Flatbread

If you didn’t already know, I’m kind of a nerd when it comes to nutrition, so you can bet I check the ingredient list on most packaged foods when I’m grocery shopping. Several store-bought breads are made with whole-grain flour (one of the first ingredients on the list, where it should be!), but several of those also contain different modified versions of sugars, gums, and other preservatives to keep them on the shelves for longer periods of time. These won’t kill you (at least I think they won’t?), but it’s best to consume as few of these as possible and as many whole foods/ingredients as possible, don’t you think? I’m not exaggerating when I say I was amazed when I looked at the ingredient list on the California Lavash package - just whole-wheat and wheat flour, water, oat fiber, yeast, oil, and cultured yeast. Each of those ingredients serves to produce the flavor and structure of this flatbread, and because the grains are in their whole form, the ingredients also serve nutritional benefit. Win, win.

Lavash is a bit different from other breads - it doesn’t boast many air bubbles and isn’t shaped in a loaf form. Instead, it’s… well, flat, as the name “flatbread” implies. I’m a firm believer in fluffy, yeast-risen bread, but lavash deserves some love, too. Though it doesn’t rise, it still comes out of the oven light and airy and yields itself to several possibilities for both the creative cook and the quick-and-easy eater. Keep it as is fresh out of the package for a veggie-packed wrap with hummus, or bake it with your favorite sauce and toppings for a twist on thin-crust pizza. Slice it into smaller squares and bake those into chips (sweet or savory!) or taco shells.

California Lavash Whole-Grain Flatbread

Because it’s free of preservatives, the flatbread is best stored in the fridge for immediate use, and in the freezer for longer-term storage. Click here to visit the website, and select “store locator” to find them near you, and stay tuned for a lavash-chip recipe coming later this week!

PaleoValley Pasture-Raised Turkey and Grass-Fed Beef Sticks

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This post is sponsored by PaleoValley and contains affiliate links - all opinions stated are my own. Thank you for reading and supporting my blog! 

If I could time-travel, my first mission would be to rewind sixteen years, befriend six-year-old Haley and snatch the Slim Jims from her hand in exchange for these PaleoValley turkey and beef sticks. I don't follow a Paleo diet now, nor did I back then, but the paleo-ism of these bars isn't the sole reason I appreciate them. 

I'll give you a quick run-down of this company's story, and then let you read the rest here. Chas and Autumn are a husband-and-wife team who set out on a mission to heal Autumn's IBS, and along with two other close friends, launched PaleoValley to promote the importance of nutrient-dense foods. Today, they sell not only turkey and beef sticks, but also vitamin and mineral complexes, superfood bars, and superfood powders. 

PaleoValley Pasture-Raised Turkey and Grass-Fed Beef Sticks

These turkey and beef sticks are what my six-year-old self desperately needed. Okay, they're more than that, but I just had to give that little side-note to make sure you know that child-Haley loved anything that involved sausage and snacks, and these bars are a close combination of the two. 

For the beef sticks, PaleoValley uses 100% grass-fed and finished beef. What many beef buyers might not know is the importance of looking for grass-finished beef - grass-fed cattle may be fed diets containing grains and other supplements during their last few months, whereas grass-finished cattle are fed nothing but grass for their entire lives. And if you must know some benefits of grass-fed beef, consider higher quality nutrient profiles and potentially less methane-gas-impact on the environment (1). Nowadays, most of us are likely aware of grass-fed beef in the grocery store and hopefully purchase that over its not-as-pretty grain-fed twin when we want to grill up some cheeseburgers, but how about when it comes to snacks, when we're looking for something quick and easy? PaleoValley saw that need and took initiative to make sure a grass-fed snack-able beef stick for those of us who just love them. 

And for the turkey sticks, PaleoValley uses turkey meat from only pasture-raised turkeys. If you're like me, you weren't exactly clear on the difference between "pasture-raised" and "free-range", as they've seemed to be two of the buzzwords used in reference to meat and egg production these days. According to Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC), farmers are required to give their birds 2 square feet per bird and outdoor access when weather permits in order to receive the Certified Humane Free-Range seal. To receive the Certified Humane Pasture-Raised seal, farmers are required to give their birds 108 square feet per bird and outdoor access year-round. The difference is clearly in square footage, and within that, food differs as well - free-range birds eat processed grain and supplemented diets, while pasture-raised birds are free to eat a variety of greens naturally growing on the pasture without any chemicals or pesticides (2,3). 

PaleoValley Pasture-Raised Turkey and Grass-Fed Beef Sticks

Both the beef and turkey sticks are naturally fermented, yielding gut-friendly probiotics to aid in digestion. Each stick has 6-7 grams of protein and as little as 1 gram of saturated fat (which is typically much higher in beef products). Organic spices are used to bring exciting flavors like cranberry orange, summer sausage, and garlic. 

Are you ready to give these a try? Head to the online store and use "HH30" at checkout for 30% off your purchase! And remember, I only promote companies/products here on my blog whose mission and values I whole-heartedly support. PaleoValley is paving the way for more environmentally friendly and humanely raised animal products, and as a former vegan, I hold those as high priorities when I make food choices. So, here is a delicious and convenient way for you to do the same!

1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/is-grass-fed-beef-really-better-for-you-the-animal-and-the-planet/2015/02/23/92733524-b6d1-11e4-9423-f3d0a1ec335c_story.html?utm_term=.f5a01fd8acb2

2. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/pasture-raised-turkeys-expensive_us_59dfa0fde4b0eb18af06ff13

3. https://certifiedhumane.org/free-range-and-pasture-raised-officially-defined-by-hfac-for-certified-humane-label/

Mammoth Bars

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This post is sponsored by Mammoth Bars. Everything stated is my own opinion. Thanks for supporting my blog and my active lifestyle! 

Today, I present to you the latest and greatest (and yes, I mean that) of bars entering my life - Mammoth Bars! Are you familiar? If you're not, then you're in the right place to learn some more about this nutrient-packed bar. 

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What is it? 

Mammoth Bar is a combination of a protein bar and an energy bar - it's creators have blended sprouted nuts, egg whites, and dried fruit into a snack that packs more than what most other options on store shelves can offer. These bars live up to their motto, "no weird stuff", by limiting ingredients (all organic) to only those which consumers of all lifestyles can pronounce and recognize. 

My opinion

Boy, have I had more than my fair share of protein bars, energy bars, and anything in between in my days. At this point, I have high expectations, and rightfully so. Just like I can't quite put into words my "type" when it comes to boys, I can't describe my ideal bar. However, I've been finding lately that, when the right one (aka my "type") comes along, I know it. 

Mammoth Bar is that bar. Mammoth Bar is the bar I couldn't put into words. 

In terms of taste, it's just sweet enough for my liking (and you know I have a an almost insatiable sweet tooth) - no added sugars, only dates. It's chewy, but not the rip-your-teeth-out type. It's rich and satisfying, with a variance of textures and flavors throughout. Most importantly, for me at least, it feels like a snack, not an entire meal. I prefer to listen to my own body instead of reading nutrition facts (aka counting calories, fat, carbs, etc.) when I'm giving something new a try, and body appreciates how Mammoth Bar fuels it. 

Why Mammoth Bar?

In conjunction with reasons stated above, I support Mammoth Bar because they're setting an example for other companies of all product varieties - stick to minimal ingredients, harvest them at their peak ripeness and let them shine with as little processing interference as possible. Mammoth Bars are hand-crafted and shipped out to buyers within days, at most. Knowing that someone put such care and time into the food I put into my body brings me comfort and confidence in that particular food's power - again, Mammoth Bar is setting an example, at least, an example I want to follow and one I hope other companies, restaurants, and producers begin to follow, as well. 

Where to buy?

  1. Online, here. You can make a one-time purchase using "hungryhaley" to receive 25% off your order, and you can then subscribe, if you'd like, to receive bars on a regular basis (which saves you 11% per shipment). 
  2. In select retail stores in Northern CA, the Bay Area specifically. 
  3. Nationwide in Peet's Coffee shops. 

Thanks for reading! I hope you give Mammoth Bars a try, and if you do, leave a comment below! I would love to hear your opinion. 

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Purity Coffee

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This post is sponsored by Purity Coffee. Everything stated is my own opinion. Thanks for supporting my blog and making the healthiest, most delicious coffee around town! 

Let this be the debut of my inner coffee-lover. I've been drinking the magic stuff for almost three years, but not until I discovered Purity Coffee did I really begin to educate myself more on the drink we all know and love! 

Purity Coffee

What is it? 

Coffee... duh. I'm not trying to sound like your favorite salesperson here, but Purity Coffee really isn't the same stuff as what's on most grocery store shelves nowadays. Their whole process - from harvesting to roasting to packing - ensures that buyers receive the healthiest version of coffee available. It's also:

  • organic: uses methods that recycle, conserve biodiversity, and balance local ecology. 
  • almost defect-free: "speciality coffee" is the highest standard of coffee, and therefore contains the fewest defects. 
  • mold-free: is frequently lab-tested to ensure no traces of mold and/or mycotoxins exist in the beans. 
  • sustainable: "an integrated system of plant and animal production practices that will last over the long term" (according to the website).
Purity Coffee

My opinion:

I'm no "coffee-snob", so I've never really been one to toss a cup of coffee because I didn't like the taste (that only happened once). A medium-dark roast is my go-to, simple as that. When a representative from Purity Coffee assured me I'd taste and feel the difference most just by drinking it, I felt unsure, but I went with it. 

Aaaaaaand she was certainly correct. It just tastes... cleaner, fresher, richer, more robust. The biggest difference I noticed was feeling way less bloated after drinking it, a side effect I always ignored after drinking other coffee. I'll be honest - the taste didn't convince me that this is a life-changing cup of coffee (like I said, not a coffee-snob over here), but I felt mentally and as a result physically better drinking it, knowing what is going into my body is pure (pun intended), boasting maximum health benefits and reaping no potential consequences. 

Purity Coffee

Why Purity?

I don't buy into the "coffee is bad for you" campaign. Sure, it can raise cortisol (aka stress hormone) levels, but that only becomes harmful when stress levels elsewhere in life are through the roof and sleep is not happening like it should. I've got my stress under control, for the most part, and I get enough sleep. I enjoy coffee. Up until recently, I've never seen it as a "superfood" or a "bad food"... until now. 

I researched Purity Coffee and had no idea that coffee beans have higher levels of antioxidants than my favorite fruits - berries! Say whaaaat? Think about how many Americans drink coffee regularly - quite a few, huh? A cup of coffee is much more convenient and sometimes easier to get our hands on than a cup of berries, aaaaaand it's packed with many more antioxidants! Purity Coffee has the highest antioxidant level of all coffees at a roast level that produces the lowest level of acrylamide. Some coffees compared may have a higher level of antioxidants, but they also had a higher level of acrylamide. 

HALLELUJAH.

Aside from providing the body with antioxidants, coffee has also been shown to boost physical and brain performance, as well as metabolism, and decrease the risk for depression.

Purity Coffee

Where to buy?

Online! When you checkout, be SURE to use "hungryhaley" to receive a discounted price on any order. Here, you can purchase by the bag or subscribe and receive a shipment size of your choice and frequency. 

Thanks for reading, and I hope you found this information helpful in making your next coffee decision! 

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