Family, Food & Recipes

Fueling My Family

August 19, 2016

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A couple posts back I talked about choosing the right vitamins for your family. Joe takes Vitamin Code Men from Garden of Life and we give Ainsley Vitamin Code Kids from the same company. Well, when the folks over at Garden of Life saw my blog post, they were so kind to offer to send some additional products my way as a thank-you. Let’s be clear, Garden of Life is in no way sponsoring this post, but I was so excited to receive the new products they sent to me that I couldn’t resist sharing them with you, too!

A little recap: As a family we try our best to avoid folic acid (a synthetic form of folate) and instead consume the folate, which is the non-synthetic form of folic acid. Many people in the US are (unknowlingly) unable to process folic acid because of something called MTHFR. I discovered I have it during infertility-related blood testing, and after that our whole family made the switch. Want to read more about why you might want to think about making the switch? Do so here. 

I think the world of Garden of Life because they are producing high-quality vitamins made from real, whole foods. Just look at the label of their vitamins and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Additionally, their vitamins contain folate instead of folic acid, giving them my family’s stamp of approval.

The two products they sent me were the mykind Organics Prenatal Once Daily Multivitamin and the Raw Protein & Greens. Here are my thoughts on the two!

mykind Organics Prenatal Once Daily Multi
Price //
$79.96 for a 90 day supply
Review //
I was previously taking the Seeking Health Optimal Prenatal, which I liked because of the types of B12 and folate that were present, but I really always disliked taking 8 vitamins a day, which was what was recommended. Since I already take a host of other vitamins, including fish oil, iron, a prescription folate called Metanx and several herbal supplements, taking 8 additional vitamins was always hard to do.

The once-daily format of this vitamin really appealed to me. Additionally, it contains iron, so it cut out my need to take another pill each day. Sign me up! I’ve been taking these for a week now and had zero adverse reactions and have been pleased with all the reviews I’ve read online. If you’re looking for a new prenatal, I highly recommend this one!

Garden of Life Raw Protein & Greens 
Price //
$35.96 for 20 servings ($1.80/serving)
Review //
You all are well aware that I’m a huge Vega fan. Their Protein & Greens is a staple in my diet and really keeps me going throughout the day. My usual smoothie combination at lunch includes a scoop of protein & greens, almond milk, ice, frozen banana, chia seeds and maybe a spoonful of peanut butter. Trust me, it will change your life. Or at least the way you eat.

Anyway, back to the Garden of Life Protein & Greens. I was a little skeptical because I adore Vega, but I was really impressed, yet again, with the product. It tasted on par with Vega, while having a slight edge nutritionally. They both have similar amino acid profiles and the same number of calories per serving, but Garden of Life has 1g fewer carbs, less sodium and less sugar while still containing 20g of protein per serving. I also really liked that it contains no xanthan gum, which can cause tummy issues for some people.

So there you have it! I love passing along products I love and use frequently, because I feel like word-of-mouth sharing is always the most trusted and appreciated. And these products definitely get my stamp of approval!

Madison

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