Raaw Macaw

Raaw Macaw are a new company based in Florida that makes delicious bars that are completely unique! The bars have been developed around”taste” & “texture” using simple, natural ingredients so that customers can feel good about enjoying them.
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A great thing about Raaw Macaw is that customers can build their own customized energy bars online- so you can combine your favorite flavors to make a bar that is completely your own!
Just take a look at the Raaw Macaw site for more ideas: http://www.raawmacaw.com/customized-energy-bars 
But you can still of course still get the official Raaw Macaw flavors- which are totally delish. We tried the variety box of official Raaw Macaw bars so that we could let you know what we think about each flavor they have on offer and so you know what flavors to look out for when you buy the bars, or when you make your own!
There were 5 different flavors in our box:
  • Brownie batter
  • Coconut Husk
  • Cookie Dough
  • Lemon Poppy
  • Peanut Buttery Cashew
We loved all of the flavors so so much. Here is a taste of what the bars were like….
Here is the ‘brownie batter’ bar:
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So excuse the messy plate, but the brownie batter bar was amazing! I warmed it up in the microwave and the bar became gooey- just like a real brownie, and the big chunks of chocolate melted into deliciousness. There were also walnut pieces in the bar which just added to the authentic brownie experience!
Because I love PB I also smothered the bar in PB which just topped the bar off so amazingly. I enjoyed the brownie batter bar with my breakfast, but I am sure it would be also amazing on top of nice cream, as a snack or used as a base of an awesome brownie cheesecake!
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Here is the ‘coconut husk’ bar:
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The bar was great just as it was out of the pack, however as we think everything is better warm we loved it topped with a dollop of nut butter:
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You can also get mini bird food style bars as tasters. Just look how cute the coconut husk mini bar is:
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I enjoyed cutting the mini bar up and sprinkling it over nice cream or oatmeal for an awesome coconutty, chocolate flavor addition.
Here is the ‘cookie dough’ bar which like the other Raaw Macaw bars was delicious, with lots of chunks of chocolate! I loved the cookie dough bar with a dollop of fresh almond butter along side a big mug of green smoothie after a morning run- divine!
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As a last taster of what the Raaw Macaw bars are like, here is the ‘peanut buttery cashew’ bar:
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Just look at the size of the chunks! When melted you can imagine how good this bar is. Out of this world!
Anyway, we hope that from this post you can get a glimpse of how awesome Raaw Macaw bars are. But don’t just take our word for it- go and get some for yourself!
NB: Raaw Macaw bars are currently only available in the US. But watch this space as I am sure they will spread across the world very soon!
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MOOV NOW

We were fortunate enough to be sent a MOOV NOW to try out and to tell you guys what we think!

First things first, I think we should tell you what MOOV NOW is. According to the makers:

MOOV NOW is not just another step tracker. It is more like a coach that you can wear on your wrist or your ankle, helping you to work out better, safer and smarter.

The MOOV NOW can make a big difference in your health and fitness. It can analyze your every movement, talking you through how to improve, so that your next step can be better than your last. Also, unlike most other activity trackers, the MOOV has a 6 month battery life, and therefore doesn’t need to be charged. This means that you can wear it all the time in order to monitor all of your activities. In addition the MOOV NOW gives you the option of integrating a third party heart rate monitor so if you are really interested to see how hard you are working out you can!

Key Features: Tracks running, cycling, walking, swimming, boxing, sleeping and daily activity; Real-time coaching; Counts reps; Vocal feedback; 12 guided workouts; Third-party heart-rate monitor support; Water- and dust-proof; Six-month battery life; Uses Omni motion 3D sensor to track movement; Works with iOS and Android; Manufacturer: Moov

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But is what the MOOV NOW makers say really true? Here is what I think about the MOOV NOW. I will be 100% honest.

After 2 weeks of wearing the MOOV NOW I have tried it out on runs, in the gym, in the pool and on my bike. I have also committed to wearing the MOOV NOW at all times of my day so that I can see how much activity I get, the calories that I burn and how much sleep I get per night. I found all this pretty cool to begin with.

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I would say that as an activity tracker it is not really on the same level as say a FitBit. For example it does not count your steps and it cannot judge whether you are running or walking unless you start a ‘workout’. I found this slightly annoying as it meant that my activity levels were not as high as they should have been and it also likely meant that my calorie burn totals were not completely accurate. Although such things as calorie burn do not bother me, I can see how not getting an accurate calculation of this could put some people off buying the MOOV NOW.  But…..

The makers of the MOOV say that their focus is more on the number of active minutes that a person has per day, as opposed to what is spent doing in those minutes. So, I guess for someone who is hoping to become more active, seeing how much time they spend doing nothing, and how much time they spend moving around, the MOOV could be a great asset to helping them making their lifestyle transformation. Also, for the price (less than $80) the MOOV NOW is unbeatable in terms of what else it offers.

A great aspect of the MOOV NOW is that it does not count typing or moving the computer mouse as ‘active minutes’ like many other activity trackers, and therefore the MOOV can really help those looking to lead a more active lifestyle by encouraging them to really move, and burn energy.

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In terms of what the MOOV NOW can do in terms of helping you to exercise better and get fitter the MOOV NOW really surprised me. The MOOV NOW comes with an App which is available to download on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. The App allows you to see in real time how you are doing in your workouts, and also allows you to keep track of your activity. The App includes 4 coaching activities: Run/ Walk coach, Cycling, Swimming and one for At Home Coaching (boxing and conditioning).

This is what the App looks like:

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The coaching activities were great, helping to give me ideas and tips as to how best to complete the exercises and what to do in order to work out to my best. Although I found it slightly disappointing that I couldn’t do the boxing sessions with the coaches help as you needed two devices to monitor your movements. I would also recommend that if you decide to use a MOOV NOW to train at home, that you use an Ipad, or connect your phone to your TV so that you can see your workout on a bigger screen. Trying to workout by looking at a tiny phone screen was not easy.

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As a runner, I really liked being able to see how my cadence, range of motion and pace changed on my runs. Unlike trackers from Fitbit and Jawbone, the Moov Now can measure a far wider range of motion. This helps the MOOV to generate the type of data that can help correct running form, for example. I found this feedback really helpful.

Other feedback that I got during my workouts like what pace I was going was also great as I didn’t have to look at my watch all the time. I also loved having the coach there to keep my goal in check and to encourage me to push when I was struggling to keep the pace. I really think that the MOOV could help me to improve my performances in training, especially when my real life coach is not around.

This is what the App data looked like following a run:

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However, I found that having to carry my phone with me on my runs really annoying, and so I would have loved to have had the option of somehow having the MOOV App on my ipod, or on another similar device that is less bulky, and easier to carry whilst running than my phone.

But, saying this, I think for many recreational runners, having the MOOV app on their phone would be ideal. Especially if you get a phone case for your arm! Getting a MOOV NOW would reduce costs of gym fees, and personal trainers. The MOOV coach is really encouraging and the  live screens showing how long is left of each effort, and what distance has been completed would be really interesting and helpful things for those wanting to build fitness.

Take a look at the MOOV NOW video which can help to explain a little more about what the MOOV NOW is and what features it has!

Despite some reservations that I have about the MOOV NOW, it really does seem to be the best value and most intelligent and variable fitness tracker/ workout coach, out there at the moment. I mean look at all the things that you can do with the MOOV NOW:

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So, do trainandchew recommend the Moov Now? Yes, absolutely. The MOOV NOW is an impressively wearable fitness tracker and training tool. The MOOV NOW is light and compact with a smart design. The long battery life is great because it means you won’t have to worry about replacing it for a while.

But, if we are honest it is the MOOV NOW software and coaching that impressed us the most. We haven’t seen or heard of many other similar products that can deliver the amount of activity and fitness data that the MOOV NOW can- especially considering that it costs less than $80!

So, to conclude, if you are looking for a device that offers really accurate activity tracking, then you may want to look into another device, but if you want to track your activity and you also want to take your fitness seriously, then we really think that the Moov Now is one to consider, we don’t think it will disappoint.

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We would love to hear what you think about the MOOV NOW if you have gone out and got one for yourself! Le us know by commenting on this post, or by commenting on our MOOV NOW posts on Instagram or Twitter. We always love to get your opinions!

To learn even more about the MOOV NOW and to buy your own MOOV then take a look at the MOOV website here: http://welcome.moov.cc/ 

Perfectly Plump Protein Pancakes

So, I dont know about you, but I have a very sweet tooth. I love all things sweet and when you can make delicious treats that are healthy too – you can’t go wrong?!

Try out these protein pancakes, they are perfect for weekend brunches, post-workout meals, snacks, deserts.. well to be honest they are just perfect for any occasion!

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Recipe

Serves 1 (Makes about 4/5 pancakes)

30g Protein Powder (any flavour)

30g Oat Flour (Or you can use Rice/almond/normal)

2 Eggs

pinch of baking powder

Toppings: Yoghurt, Banana, Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate, Cacao nibs, honey…

Method:

– Mix together all ingredients in a bowl.

– Put some oil in the pan

– Once the oil is hot, dollop 3 large spoonfuls around the pan.

– Wait for about 30 seconds, once they have started to cook turn over and repeat.

– When they are golden move onto a plate and top, layer and cover in all the toppings

ENJOY!

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Nicer Foods Be Nice Bar: A review

I have struggled with GI problems for a while, and nothing I ate or did seemed to change it. However, I recently came across the ‘low FODMAP’ diet and it interested me as it involves removing or reducing certain high FODMAP foods from the diet in order to relieve GI problems. I committed to trying it out only recently and so far so good!

You can find out more about the low FODMAP diet on the Nicer Foods website: https://nicerfoods.com/what-is-fodmaps/ 

Nicer Foods is a company which sells low FODMAP products in order to make it easier to stick to a LOWFOD map diet. Take a look at the range of products they have on offer on their website here: https://nicerfoods.com/

I recently tried out Nice Foods ‘Be Nice Bar’. These bars are low in fodmaps and packed with healthy ingredients that won’t leave your belly feeling uncomfortable.

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The bars are made with real peanut butter and have literally loads of chocolate chips- such a nice surprise when I opened them! The Be Nice Bar’s are made with all natural and wholesome ingredients, just like you’d use at home so you don’t need to worry about what you are eating.

Nicer Foods don’t use preservatives, so they recommend storing the bars in the fridge to keep them tasting fresh for as long as possible- but if you are anything like me, then the bars won’t stay around very long!

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I loved munching on the Be Nice bars after training, as the bars are easy to eat and carry with me in my bag. I also loved them as an easily digestible addition to my green banana nice cream breakfast (with an extra dollop of PB on top of course).

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Each delicious bar contains 7 grams of protein from natural peanut butter, rice, and quinoa- ideal for after working out, or to keep you satisfied until your next meal. As I mentioned, there are loads of bitter-sweet chocolate chips in the bars and these are dairy and soy free- so they won’t cause any problems for those with GI problems, or food intolerance’s. Just look at the list of ingredients to back me up!

The best thing about the bars in my opinion is that they are designed by dietitian and Nicer Foods co-founder, Kate Watson, so you can trust that they contain only FODMAP friendly ingredients! The bars are also great for those on alternative diets as they are vegan, dairy free, soy free, corn free, and certified gluten free- so as Nicer Foods says- we can all snack with confidence. Such a result!

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GoMacro Mini Bars: A Review

GoMacro started on a small organic family farm in 2004, and since then, GoMacro has become a nationally distributed natural foods company that believes in the pursuit of deliberate food choices and clean eating.

This farm is where it all started:

GoMacro sources only the highest quality plant-based ingredients from the top organic and non-GMO certified growers, and has maintained a steadfast commitment the company’s roots in farm, family, and ingredients.

GoMacro Bars are pretty awesome because not only are they tasty, but they are also 100% vegan, USDA certified organic, certified non-GMO, Gluten-Free, and made from mostly raw ingredients!

The bars come in two sizes- normal size and mini. We tried out the mini bars- and there are loads of different flavors!

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I mean just take a look at the variety of bars you can buy: https://gomacro.com/shop/product/macrobar-minis/ 

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Here are all of the flavors you can get (they are available in normal size and in mini size):

  1. Protein Pleasure – Peanut butter chocolate chip
  2. Sweet Rejuvenation – Cashew Butter
  3. Protein Replenishment – Peanut Butter
  4. Prolonged Power – Banana + Almond Butter
  5. Protein Purity – Sunflower butter + Chocolate
  6. Wholehearted Heaven – Almond Butter + Carob
  7. Balanced Goodness – Granola + Coconut
  8. Sweet Revival – Sesame Butter + Dates
  9. Sunny Uplift – Cherries + Berries
  10. Protein Paradise – Cashew Caramel
  11. Morning Harvest – Apples + Walnuts

GoMacro MacroBar mini’s are ideal on the go, as a sweet end to your lunch, or as toppers to your favorite nicecream or smoothie bowl creations. I loved sandwiching two of the bars with crunchy nut butter and munching on it as easy post training snack.

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This here is the peanut butter choc chip bar which I was more than happy to eat straight from the packet- pretty unheard of for me as I usually like to add lots of toppings to my snacks!

Head to the GoMacro site for your bars now! They have given us a one-time only 40% off PROMO code for you, our lovely readers. Simply type in BLOGGER at the check out (https://gomacro.com/shop/) to redeem the code!

Also, it is worth just taking a look at GoMacro’s website as it is really cool and well designed! (https://gomacro.com/). And don’t forget that you can always keep in touch with GoMacro, and keep up with their competitions and giveaways by linking with them on social media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/gomacro/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gomacro
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/gomacro/
Instagram: https://instagram.com/gomacro/

One of the things that GoMacro is currently involved with is the Carlsbad Classic! They are the presenting sponsor of the Carlsbad Classic 2015 – a WTA 125k Series Event during Thanksgiving week 2015. Carlsbad, California is home to the GoMacro sales and marketing satellite office and they are really thrilled to support the local community and women’s tennis through this sponsorship.