Figgy Kefir Smoothie from www.eatsrealfood.com

Figology Fest Part Two + Figgy Kefir Smoothie

Figology Fest LA Part 2 has come and gone and it did not disappoint! Erika {In Erika’s Kitchen} and Judy {Two Broads Abroad} worked their brilliant magic once again – thanks ladies! With crates of fresh California Figs in hand, whats a food blogger to make??

California FigsFresh figs were the stars of the afternoon. You can find Figology Fest Part 1 details here if you missed it. Outrageously delicious figgy bites were made using Calimyrna, Brown Turkey and Black Mission figs. Let me describe for you the flavors of fresh figs in terms of wine:

  • Black Mission: {Cabernet} purple and black skin with deep earthy flavor
  • Brown Turkey: {Pinot Noir} light purple to black skin with robust flavor
  • Calimyrna: {Chardonnay} pale yellow skin with a buttery and nutty flavor

California FigsFrom savory bites of heaven, like Figs on Parmesan Crackers with Mascarpone and a drizzle of reduced balsamic:

Fig on Parmesan Crackers w/MascarponeTo luscious desserts, like Fig Zinfandel Sorbet:

Fig Zinfandel SorbetI’m pretty sure everything I tasted was my favorite, but one of my very favorites of favorites had to be the Fig Milk Shake. Not overly sweet, just the right thickness and the perfect shade of pink.

Fig Milk ShakeLet’s not forget how nutritionally dense fresh figs are. Double win! For just one serving (1/2 cup or 3-4 medium figs) contains 120 calories, 5 grams fiber, 10% daily value of potassium and 6% daily value of calcium. Figs and other fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants can contribute towards reduction of heart disease and cancer.

Stuffed Figs A La BlueThe Fig Milk Shake inspired me to make my Figgy Kefir Smoothie. A light and dreamy, cool drink was exactly what I was craving during these hot summer days. The nutrition punch from fresh California Figs and probiotics from kefir is sure to keep your immune system strong so you can enjoy summer to the fullest!

Figgy Kefir Smoothie from www.eatsrealfood.comFiggy Kefir Smoothie from www.eatsrealfood.com

Ventura Beach

Shoreline Half Marathon Recap + Energy Bits

I ran the Shoreline Half Marathon in Ventura, CA this past Sunday. One word…HOT! I was shocked that start time wasn’t until 8am, why so late? It was clear blue skies and the sun was beaming down on us from the beginning so I knew it was going to be a super sweaty one.

Ventura BeachThe course was actually beautiful, taking us along the Ventura coast line, one big hill and up through a residential area. The half marathon was two identical loops which made it a tad less interesting, but not horrible nonetheless.

Ventura BeachAlong the way, there were fun spectators cheering everyone on which is definitely helpful in getting through tough parts of races. I also love when other runners motivate you and vice versa, such an amazing, strong community. That’s why I am a SweatPink Ambassador!

AB Banana ToastThe morning of the race I had the usual breakfast of Ezekiel toast with sunflower butter and banana. On longer runs, I add in another piece of toast with a drizzle of honey. About 30 minutes prior to start time, I had a serving of Energy Bits to give me long-lasting energy throughout the race. Don’t worry, Energy bits are NOT pills. I am not a fan of many supplements (at all) or products containing artificial ingredients to fuel your runs. Energy bits are made up of one ingredient: 100% organic spirulina algae.

Energy BitsIn all honesty, I was a bit skeptic to try Energy Bits at first, but so glad I did! These plant-based “bits” are free of sugar, caffeine, chemicals and gluten. Because they are food and not chemically derived, they provide a steady stream of energy without making your body crash. Containing over forty vitamins/minerals, 64% protein (as amino acids), packed full of B vitamins, iron and much more, they naturally give your body an extra boost. The spirulina algae (only ingredient) is organically grown and harvested. Energy bits are filled with antioxidants, Omega-3s, chlorophyll, electrolytes and nitric oxide (allowing oxygen to reach muscles, preventing fatigue).

Shoreline Half MarathonThe best part about Energy Bits? NO GI distress! As a runner and a person with regular GI issues in general, I have experienced many miserable long runs that had me wishing I was running to the bathroom instead of the open road. I completed the race without any GI discomfort what so ever! Still shocked.

Hope everyone is having a great week!

Energy Bits provided me with their products to try, no compensation was involved and all opinions are my own.

  1. Did you race this weekend?
LaLoo's Goat's Milk Ice Cream

LaLoo’s Goat’s Milk Ice Cream for National Ice Cream Month

Happy National Ice Cream Month!

All of you ice cream lovers (like myself) can celebrate National Ice Cream Month with a cone (or five) of the creamy goodness. It’s officially summer and the weather is hot, ice cream is the ultimate summer time treat, hence, why it got its own month devoted to the stuff in July. I know I’ve been craving more ice cream lately. Thanks to LaLoo’s Goat’s Milk Ice Cream for feeding my craving and keeping it a tad on the healthier side ;)

LaLoos Goat's Milk Ice CreamYou’re probably thinking…goat’s milk?? Yes, you’ve heard correctly and it is delicious! For those who are sensitive to dairy products (like myself), goat’s milk is easier to digest compared to cow’s milk. Goat’s milk is naturally lower in lactose and contains smaller fat particles than in cow’s milk, giving your GI tract a little less stress during digestion. It is also higher in nutrient-rich proteins.

LaLoos Goat's Milk Ice CreamLaLoo’s is rich, creamy and ever so satisfying on a hot summer day. Gourmet flavors include: Deep Chocolate, Vanilla Snowflake, Rumplemint and Capraccino. The goat’s milk flavor is subtle and not over-powering in a way which you might think. I am a vanilla fan all the way, but the Deep Chocolate flavor might have won my heart. Made with 77% cacao (hello antioxidants), this velvety, smooth dark chocolate ganache also contains volcanic black cocoa and raw bittersweet cacao. And get this: LaLoo’s Vanilla Snowflake has half the calories, one-third of the fat and seven grams lower in sugar compared to other cow’s milk ice cream.

LaLoos Goat's Milk Ice CreamLaLoo's Goat's Milk Ice CreamLaLoo’s Goat’s Milk Ice Cream founder, Laura Howard, is based in Petaluma, CA. Head on over to their blog for fun new recipes and other helpful information. With a company that stands behind healthy eating and happiness, you can count me in!

LaLoos Goat's Milk Ice CreamWant to win an ice cream social party and other goat goodies this summer? Simply follow LaLoo’s on Facebook or Twitter and share a photo or ice cream moment using hashtag #GoGoat throughout the month of July for National Ice Cream Month.

LaLoo’s kindly provided me with their products to try for a review, no compensation was involved. All opinions are my own.

  1. Have you ever tried goat’s milk ice cream?
  2. What flavor sounds most appealing to you?
Bonga Foods from www.eatsrealfood.com

Bonga Foods Review + Free Giveaway

Remember the fruit snack craze when you were a youngster? Maybe you still enjoy fruit snacks even as an adult or buy them for your children (the Scooby Doo fruit snacks were THE best). Well, I hate to be the barrier of bad news, but at some point we’ve all ingested a fair amount of artificial flavors/colorings/chemicals from those addictive bursts of sugar bombs. If you want a healthier fruit snack without any suspicious ingredients that you and your family can happily enjoy, look no further than Bonga Foods.

Read on for a chance to win a fabulous giveaway!

Bonga in Africa from www.eatsrealfood.comBonga means gratitude. That is exactly what three Southern California moms are bringing to the table. Learn more about their story here. Bonga Foods is all about healthy living and giving back with foods made from baobab (BEY-oh-Bab). Baobab is a nutrient-rich fruit that comes from Sub-Sahara Africa. This superfood is packed full of vitamin C, fiber, potassium, magnesium and many more antioxidants.

Bonga Foods Superfood Chews from www.eatsrealfood.comBonga Foods brings to you Baobab SuperFoods Chews and Superfood Powder. Their superfood chews are all-natural, made from Organic Baobab Powder and 100% fruit purees. They come in four delicious flavors: Strawberry, Raspberry, Pomegranate and Mango. My personal favorite is the pomegranate! They are a great energizing snack and pre/post workout fuel. The Baobab Superfood Powder comes straight from the inside of the fruit (naturally dehydrated). Add your powder to smoothies, baked goods, yogurt or oatmeal for a nutritious punch!

Bonga in Africa from www.eatsrealfood.com

Co-founder Mary Grace in front of the world’s largest Baobab “Tree of Life”

What I love most about Bonga Foods is that 10% of all profits goes to the Bonga Foundation, which supports the hardworking women and families who harvest the fruit in southern Africa. Ethical and sustainable practices are promoted through PhytoTrade Africa. Those companies who give back and do good in return have my support, and you’re one of them Bonga Foods!

I am filled with bonga (gratitude) to be hosting a fantastic giveaway with Bonga Foods. The “gratitude giveaway” includes a variety box of Bonga Foods Superfood Chews (Mango, Pomegranate, Raspberry and Strawberry), a dozen Raw Organic Baobab Powder packets and a Bonga Foods t-shirt. Enter below for a chance to win…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Bonga Foods graciously provided me with their products for a giveaway. All opinions are my own and I will continue to eat and support Bonga Foods.