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Juicero Review: What is Juicero and How Does it Compare to a Regular Juicer?

I recently had the opportunity to try Juicero, and I loved it!

What is Juicero, you ask? Think of it as a luxury, super high-tech juicer.

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I don’t think this review would be completely fair without mentioning that I do not own a “regular” juicer. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve definitely been very interested in buying a juicer. No one can deny the incredible nutrition that a daily fruit and vegetable juice can provide, but I’ve been put off buying a juicer for a few reasons:

  1. They’re expensive.
  2. You have to buy A TON of fruits and veggies to make a decent amount of juice. Plus, if you’re buying organic produce, the cost can really add up.
  3. After you make the juice, you’re left with a giant amount of fruit and vegetable pulp, and I hate seeing food go to waste.
  4. Cleaning. Need I say more? Does ANYONE enjoy cleaning their juicer?

Many of my friends and family have purchased juicers with the intention of using them daily, only to stop using the machine after a month or so because it’s just too much of a pain.

Is this you? If so, I don’t blame you! Sometimes I do everything possible to avoid pulling out my food processor because I hate cleaning it. Yup, #lazypants right here. I won’t deny it.

So, when I was given the opportunity to try Juicero, I was very intrigued because it seemed to solve all of the at-home juicing issues that put me off in the first place.

 

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Here’s how Juicero is different:

  1. No grocery shopping. The juice packs are delivered right to your door.
  2. No peeling or chopping produce
  3. NONE of the dreaded cleanup

Juicero creates cold-pressed juice by “pressing” juice packs filled with organic fruits and vegetables.

The packs are purchased through Juicero on a subscription basis. At the time of this post there are about 10 different flavors, including two seasonal offerings. Each pack ranges in price from $6-$8, and contains one juice.

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I tried five different flavor varieties and I loved ALL of them. Now that is saying a lot because I am pretty picky when it comes to cold-pressed juice. I find that a lot are either too sweet or WAY too bitter. These were “just right” (ahem, thanks Goldilocks).

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Using Juicero could not be easier. You hang the juice pack from the top of the machine, close the door, press the button and out comes the juice.

When you’re done, all you do is open the door, remove the used juice pack and chuck it in the trash. There is NO cleanup involved. Can I get a HALLELUJAH!?

So, if you’re wondering if Juicero is right for you, I’ve broken it down below:

Pros:

  • You don’t have to grocery shop for produce
  • No peeling or chopping
  • No pulp mess leftover = NO cleanup!
  • The juice combinations are delicious, so if you don’t like creating your own recipes, this machine is your dream
  • The back of each juice pack lists complete nutrition information, so you know exactly how many vitamins you’re getting with each juice

Cons:

  • The machine is expensive. Even though Juicero recently dropped the price of the machine from $699 to $399, it’s still on the high end when it comes to the price of juicers
  • You can only use Juicero-branded packs and must order them exclusively through Juicero.com. Each pack (or juice) ranges in price from $6-$8.
  • You can’t make your own juice recipes
  • Each pack produces a smaller amount of juice than I expected (5-6oz. as opposed to the standard 12oz.+ juices I’m used to purchasing)
  • The machine is large and takes up a lot of counter space…but in reality, so does a regular juicer

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If you want to try Juicero for yourself, they’re offering 10% off the price of the machine through February! To redeem this offer, use the code RP10 at checkout.

 

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Juicero, but all opinions and content are my own. I always aim to be completely transparent and will only share products that I personally love and use myself. Thank you for your support!

Product Review

FITzee Foods Delivers Healthy Pre-Portioned Meals

Last month I had the opportunity to try FITzee Foods, a healthy pre-portioned meal delivery service. FITzee is different from services like Blue Apron and Plated because the meals arrived already prepared, and all you have to do is heat them up.  So that means no grocery shopping, meal planning, or cooking.

 

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Admittedly, when FITzee Foods reached out to me about trying their service, at first I wasn’t sure if it was the best fit for me. I LOVE to cook (duh!) and I actually enjoy grocery shopping and meal planning. However, I began to browse their website and I became really impressed by their story, meal options and choice of ingredients. FITzee meals use only clean, fresh ingredients and they don’t add scary chemicals or preservatives for added shelf life. Plus, the meats are grass-fed, hormone-free and free-range. So while at first I was expecting an upgraded version of a frozen Lean Cuisine, these meals are far from it.

FITzee is based in San Diego, CA, but they ship nationwide. The meals are shipped 2-Day Air or Ground and are packaged with plenty of ice to keep them cold for 48 hours, so you don’t have to worry about being home when the box arrives. Mine was plenty cold when I arrived home late that night.

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Sorry for the blurry photo, but Bessie wouldn’t stop moving! When I carried in the box from outside she was going nuts and started sniffing (and practically licking) the box! Her reaction told me that I was in for something good.

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Each meal is pre-portioned and the labels include the ingredients, nutrition information and reheating instructions. I don’t count calories or track macros, but the meal information is also available on MyFitnessPal, if that interests you.

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All of the meals come in small, medium, large and “family” sizes. I received 14 of the “small” meals (8-10 oz. per serving) that ranged from about 200-300 calories each. The small portion size was perfect for me because I prefer to eat 5 or so small meals throughout the day. Travis tried the meals as well, and while he liked the various recipes, he needed more than I did to hold him over until his next meal. I think the medium or large sizes would have been better for him. Just something to keep in mind when ordering.

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I preferred to reheat my meals in the oven or on a skillet, but I think microwaving would be fine, too.

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I have to say, I was REALLY impressed by the meals I tried. The recipes and flavors were delicious and reminded me a lot of the meals that I cook at home myself. Until now, I hadn’t tried or heard of a service that provides healthy pre-made meals that actually taste good. Normally it goes one of two ways: healthy and tastes like cardboard OR faux-healthy and super processed and tastes just okay.

For the record, the Chicken Ratatouille and Chicken Enchiladas were my favorite of the meals I tried. Plus, the menus change monthly so you really can’t get bored if you order regularly.

I also loved the gluten-free pumpkin spice pancakes, they were perfect for breakfast on a fall morning.

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The meals are meant to stay fresh for 5 days (the use by date is marked on each box), so I froze my remaining meals and I love having them in my freezer as a healthy backup when I don’t have time to cook.

I think FITzee Foods is GREAT for:

  • People who want to eat healthy, but don’t like to cook or don’t have time to cook
  • Anyone who is counting calories or macros and doesn’t want to eat the same old chicken and broccoli every day
  • Individuals, couples, and families because the meals come in a range of sizes
  • Anyone with specific allergy requirements. There are paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and low-carb meal options, so there is something for everyone.
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    If you’re interested in trying FITzee Foods, you can use the code littlechefbigappetite15 for 15% off your order! The code expires on 11/30/16.

     

    If you have any additional questions, feel free to leave a comment below or shoot me an email.

     

    FITzee Foods provided my meals in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for your support.

Giveaway Product Review Products I Love

Milk and Eggs Review + a GIVEAWAY!

Hi guys! Happy Monday!

I am so excited for today’s post because I have an awesome giveaway going on! Make sure to read all the way down for details on how to enter.

I was recently contacted by the team at Milk and Eggs to review their service and products. Milk and Eggs delivers farm fresh groceries including (yup, you guessed it) milk, eggs, fruits, vegetables, gourmet foods, meat and seafood, right to your door. Their environmentally-friendly process eliminates the middle man and reduces emission costs and time sitting on grocery store shelves, thus lowering the cost for consumers. Plus, delivery is FREE for all orders of $35 or more!

Currently Milk and Eggs is only operating in the Los Angeles area, but they’re expanding soon!

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Here’s how it works: Make an account on their website and select from a wide variety of healthy, fresh products to add to your cart.

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If you’re flexible, you can also select sampler bags and the folks over at Milk & Eggs will send you the freshest produce available that week.

For my initial order, I let the Milk and Eggs team surprise me, just noting any allergies and dietary preferences.

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You guys know I am all about eating the freshest foods available and I LOVE the idea of supporting local farmers, so I was super excited to receive my first Milk and Eggs delivery!

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Here’s what I received in my order:

2 Golden Delicious Apples
2 Honeycrisp Apples
2 Navel Oranges
2 Broccoli Crowns
2 Corn on the Cob
1 pint Strawberries
1 large bunch Spinach
One Dozen Golden Fresh Large Grade AA Brown Eggs
Domenico’s Fresh Pasta Bucatini 12oz
Domenico’s Homemade Marinara Sauce 14oz
Half Dozen Everything Bagels

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I loved the variety and the emphasis on healthy ingredients. It was also awesome to see that the pasta sauce and freshly made pasta came from Beverly Hills, CA, just a few miles down the street from us.

I was able to make so many healthy meals out of the ingredients I received. Just to give you guys an idea, these are some of the meals we had that week:

  • Egg Sandwiches on Everything Bagels
  • Homemade Gluten-Free Pizza using the Domenico’s Marinara Sauce and fresh spinach
  • Whole Wheat Apple Crisp using the Golden Delicious and Honeycrisp Apples
  • Spicy Chicken Stir-Fry with Broccoli and Onion

Travis and I buy a lot of these ingredients regularly, so we were thrilled to see how great the prices are on Milk and Eggs. We also both loved knowing that we were receiving the freshest available produce from farmers near us.

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highly recommend Milk and Eggs to anyone in Los Angeles who:

  • Lives a healthy lifestyle
  • Likes to support local farmers and businesses
  • Is busy and doesn’t have time to go to the grocery store
  • …likes to eat.

Lucky for you guys, Milk and Eggs is offering a $100 gift certificate to one lucky reader! To enter, comment on this post and tell me your favorite healthy fruit or vegetable. I will randomly select one winner on Sunday, 11/6 at 5PM PT. Good luck!

Note: Currently Milk and Eggs only services the Los Angeles area, but they’re expanding soon! You can always enter the giveaway on the behalf of an LA-based friend or family member. 😉

 

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Milk and Eggs. All opinions and words are my own. Thank you very much for your continued support!

Product Review

Chef’s Cut Real Jerky Review + GIVEAWAY!

Hi friends! Happy Monday! I am so, so, SO excited to kick off the week with an awesome giveaway!

Make sure you read all the way to the bottom of the post for directions on how to enter!

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Have you guys tried Chef’s Cut Real Jerky? It’s one of my absolute favorite snacks, especially when I’m on the go!

I’ll be honest, I was never a jerky person until about a year ago. I used to think jerky was just unhealthy junk food for dudes and all of it was loaded with MSG, sodium, sugar, and chemicals that you can’t pronounce.

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In comes Chef’s Cut. I discovered THIS jerky about a year ago at the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA. I was amazed when I turned the bag over to look at the ingredients and nutrition information to find that:

1. I actually knew (and could pronounce) all of the ingredients.

2. All of the jerky is gluten-free and contains NO nitrates.

3. AND the nutrition information was TOTALLY reasonable (in fact, it was healthier than many of my favorite protein bars!).

I’m talking 12 grams of protein per serving in 100 calories or less! My favorite flavors only have 1-3 grams of sugar per serving, which HELLO is amazing because we all know there is a ridiculous amount of added sugar in just about everything these days.

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Chef’s Cut sells four protein varieties: Steak, Turkey, Chicken, and now Bacon; and there are eight different flavors in total.

These three are my favorite:

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I was so excited to discover Chef’s Cut because I am always looking for protein-packed snacks that are healthy, low in sugar, and will keep me full until my next meal. I always have a bag of this stuff stowed away in my purse, car, or desk. It’s the easiest thing to munch on in the car in between meetings and I always pack a bag with me when I travel via plane.

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Now I want YOU GUYS to experience this awesome jerky. Chef’s Cut is giving away a Deluxe Variety Pack of Jerky (8 bags!) to one of YOU lucky LCBA readers!

To enter this giveaway, leave a comment on this post stating which variety of jerky appeals to you the most. Easy peasy!

I will randomly select one winner on Friday! Good luck!

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This blog post and giveaway are sponsored by Chef’s Cut Real Jerky. As always, I only feature products I truly stand behind. I genuinely appreciate your support with sponsored posts!

 

 

Giveaway Product Review

Sun Basket Review + {Giveaway!}

Hello and Good Morning!

I am so, so, so excited about today’s post and giveaway, you guys! I recently had the chance to try Sun Basket, a new healthy meal kit service, and I LOVED it.

Make sure to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the post to enter this AMAZING giveaway and get an exclusive coupon code!

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While there are many meal subscription services out there, I’ve never been inclined to try one because I personally really enjoy the process of selecting recipes, grocery shopping, and cooking a meal from scratch. But for beginner cooks, those who are trying to eat healthier, or simply people who just don’t have the time to meal plan and shop, I think meal subscription services are great!

Sun Basket is unique because all of the ingredients are organic and hand-selected from the best West coast farms. Plus, there are delicious paleo, vegetarian, and gluten-free options! All of the recipes are created by Executive Chef Justine Kelly, formerly the head chef at the James Beard award-winning restaurant, The Slanted Door, in San Francisco. So you know she’s legit 😉

 

Here’s how Sun Basket works:

You can order 3 recipes per week for 2, 4, or 6 people. Each meal is $11.49, so for 3 meals a week for 2 people , the total about $68, which is not bad for delicious, organic, meals delivered right to your door!

The menus change weekly, so you’ll never get bored. Here’s what up this week:

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The food arrives in a large, insulated box that will keep cold for 8 hours, so you don’t have to worry if it’s delivered while you’re at work.

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In the box, you’ll find the ingredients for each meal, separated into it’s own paper bag.

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Your box will also come with a prepaid return sticker, so that you can send the cooling packs and insulation back to Sun Basket. I love that everything is reusable!  To send my cooling packs and box back, all I had to do was set a pickup time at USPS.com and I left the box at my front door before I left for the day. When the box was picked up, I received an email to let me know. Easy peasy!

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OK, back to the food!

All of the ingredients for each dish are clearly labeled, so if you’re cooking with a totally new-to-you ingredient, you’ll know what it is. I was well assured knowing that the meat they provided was hormone and antibiotic-free, as that’s the only kind I would buy myself. Sun Basket does not skimp on the quality of ingredients!

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The recipes for each dish are printed on cardstock and include the allergy and nutrition information as well. The directions are very easy to follow. The only things you’ll typically need from your own pantry are olive oil, salt and pepper.

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All three of the meals I tried turned out so well. Travis and I were genuinely surprised by how incredible everything tasted. The portion sizes were also very generous — we even had leftovers with 2 of the dishes we made (and we’re hungry people!)

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OKAY, giveaway time, people!

Sun Basket is going to give one of YOU a FREE meal delivery of 3 meals for 2 people (a $68.94 value)! You have until 1/17 at 11:59PM to enter and you can enter up to 4 times, using the widget below.

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PLUS, all of you can get $30 OFF your Sun Basket order by using this link. Keep in mind that Sun Basket is only delivering to the following states at this time: CA, OR, WA, CO, UT, AZ, NV and ID. Even if your state isn’t listed, you can always enter for a friend 😉

 

Good luck! I hope you win!

 

This post and giveaway are sponsored by Sun Basket, but as always, all opinions expressed are my own. I only feature products and/or companies that I strongly believe in and transparency is incredibly important to me. I truly appreciate your support with sponsored posts!