Product Review & Giveaway–Soy Protein Bars

I was recently given the opportunity to test out a variety of Soy Protein Sports Nutrition Bars. It can be pricey to try all the different varieties of sports nutrition until you find something that you like and works for you. I have usually gone by recommendation or tried something at an expo and if I like it – I stick with it. I don’t venture off the reservation too much and this opportunity gave me a chance to try 4 different bars.


I was sent receiving a variety of one Eat-Smart Bar, Nogii Protein Bar, Nogii Paleo Bar and NOW Energy Bar, as well as a “Powered by Soy Protein” Traveler Exercise Kit. 

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Key Information Regarding Soy Protein:

• Soy protein is a high‐quality, plant‐based protein derived from soybeans

• Soy protein preserves lean body mass, promotes fat loss, and boosts satiety during weight loss

• A blend of proteins – soy, whey and casein, prolongs muscle building after exercise and increases recovery compared to whey alone

• Soy protein promotes muscle growth and development

• Soy protein is equivalent to whey protein for building muscle when consumed as part of a resistance training program

Soy protein has the ability to displace fat and sugar calories


I spread the taste test over a week either before or after a workout. My favorite was the NOW Energy Bar – DELISH!! The Eat Smart protein bar and the Nogii Protein Bar were very good as well. The Nogii Paleo bar – not so much. It tasted okay, but I couldn’t get through the whole bar. It was too sweet and I have “teeth issues” – I don’t like things that stick to my teeth, so this bar was a NO.


You can check out the links below for more information

Would you like the opportunity to try these bars for yourself. Enter the raffle below:

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“The products, information and two gift packs have been provided by DuPont Nutrition and Health.”


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Merry Christmas!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Diva Review: Organic Matcha- Green Tea Powder

Organic Matcha

I was recently asked to give Organic Matcha – Green Tea Powder by KissMe Organics a try and provide a review.


I’ve heard a lot of my friends talk about Green Tea and it’s benefits, but I’ve never really tried got into it. The over the counter bottles of green tea always seemed to have a weird (but not unpleasant) aftertaste and well, it just never became a habit. Furthermore, I prefer coffee so drinking hot green tea just wasn’t doing it for me.


KissMe Organics Matcha Green Tea Powder is sold exclusively on Amazon.com and I was sent a packet along with a 70 page Organic Matcha Recipe Guide for a trial.

Here are the particulars about the Matcha Green Tea Powder:


Matcha provides 4 to 6 hours of mild steady energy as it acts as both a stimulant and a relaxant. This is ideal for focusing on whatever the day throws your way.

Consuming matcha green tea can increase thermogenesis (the body's own rate of burning calories) from a normal 8%-10% of daily energy expenditure, to between 35% and 43% of daily energy expenditure.

​Scientists have discovered that Matcha Green Tea helps protect the skin from harmful UVrays, while improving blood flow and oxygen levels lifting the overall quality of the skin.

Antioxidants are essential as you age to boost your body's natural defenses against oxidation. Researchers have found that a high level of dietary antioxidants can prevent many age-related diseases.

For a week, my daughter Erin and I made smoothie drinks…


…and they were DELISH!!! I used too much of the powder the 1st try (using a tablespoon when I should have been using a TEAspoon); however, I didn’t notice a difference in taste and there wasn’t any after taste. I did notice improved energy…I was doing 5:30am boot camp every morning and was not tired or sleepy hours later in the day once I drank my Matcha Smoothie. I was also STARVING and hour – hour and half after as well which might be a verification of the metabolism boost and the only way to ensure I didn’t gnaw my hand off was to add a touch of protein powder or have an egg along with my smoothie. I can’t say about the improved skin health – IMHO, my skin health was already awesome so…I’ll have to consume more and see if it gets even more so. I also like the idea of the 137x the antioxidants because as we all get older, you need to get those antioxidants in to get rid of the free radicals that build up in the body.


I enjoyed the product and will definitely add this to my wellness/fitness (and journey to better eating) routine.


If you want to learn more, visit www.KissMeOrganics.com and/or at their product page on Amazon.


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.