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New Giveaway: $25 Vanilla Visa Gift Card

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I’m hosting a $25 Vanilla Visa Gift Card giveaway at my other blog, Health, Wealth and Travel.   That’s where new posts (including giveaways) will be published in the future.

Head over and enter the giveaway.  While you’re there, don’t forget to Subscribe to Health, Wealth and Travel by Email so you don’t miss any articles!

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California Dried Plums: Snacking for Bone Health

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This is a sponsored post but all opinions are 100% mine.

Healthy snacks have to taste good or I’m not going to eat them.  That’s why I was happy to find I loved California Dried Plums.  They taste good, are nutritious and have lots of health benefits especially important to someone at my stage in life (experienced!).

I’m talking about bones and the fact that dried plums help support bone health. Research suggests that eating two servings, (about 100grams or 10 to 12 dried plums), may improve bone mineral density (BMD) and slow the rate of bone turnover in post-menopausal women.

There’s additional research that shows eating half that amount, just slightly more than one serving, about 50 grams or 5 to 6 dried plums, may help maintain bone loss in post-menopausal women.

You may already know Vitamin K helps improve calcium balance and promotes bone mineralization. A 40gram serving of dried plums (4-5 prunes) is considered an excellent source of Vitamin K, which provides 30% of the 80mcg Daily Value.  Because the California dried plums contain vitamins and minerals such as potassium, copper, boron and vitamin K which may have bone protective effects incorporating them as a regular part of nutritious food choices may support healthy bones.

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Other than bone health, why should you snack on California Dried Plums? California Dried Plums are The Whole Package: a naturally sweet, convenient and nutrient-dense snack and a versatile culinary ingredient. Emerging research suggests dried plums support healthy bones, and may support heart health, digestive health, immunity and healthy aging.

If you count calories like me, you’ll be interested in learning that one standard serving (4–5 dried plums) is about 100 calories. Additionally, each serving provides 3 g of fiber (and is considered a good source of fiber), 293 mg of potassium, 16 mg of magnesium and more vitamin K than any other fresh or dried fruit.

That fiber results in dried plums potentially helping manage weight through improved satiety perhaps by producing lower glucose and/or appetite-regulating hormone concentrations.

Lastly, they are a satisfying, great-tasting snack.  My grandmother gave us prunes when I was growing up and let’s just today’s California Dried Plums are totally different (thank goodness!).  I like to eat the California Dried Plums right out of the package, but the California Dried Plums culinary site has lots of great recipes to include them in your menus ranging from main courses to desserts.

Have you tried California Dried Plums and if not, will you now?

“I am participating in a VIN campaign for California Dried Plums. I am receiving a fee for posting; however, the opinions expressed in this post are my own. I am in no way affiliated with California Dried Plums and do not earn a commission or percent of sales.”

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Grokker Premium Review & Giveaway #FaveWorkout

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Have you heard of Grokker? It’s a site with thousands of cooking, yoga and fitness videos that have been curated to ensure the very best resources.  Best of all, you can access them whenever and wherever you want (as long as you have an internet connection).

When Fit Approach offered this opportunity to experience Grokker to #SweatPink ambassadors I was all in.  With my 3 month premium membership I could appreciate all the great features other than the convenience.  Here are my top five:

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  1. At a Glance – Before selecting a video you can see important information taht will you determine if it’s a good fit for you.  I especially like the equipment area.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve popped in an exercise DVD and then realized I didn’t have a key piece of equipment being used.

collections2. Collections – You can save your favorite videos in collections.  This makes them not only easy to find and grouped by topic but you can also take advantage of collections created by other Grokker users.

3. Activity Calendar – The activity calendar shows you how many active days you have had, which videos you watched those days and totals the time for yoga and other fitness activities.  You can also schedule videos if that is something that helps keep you active.

4. What’s New This Week – I’m impressed how many new videos are added regularly to Grokker.

5. Video Filter – The filters you can use to find videos is quite extensive.  Options include: intensity, equipment required, body parts, and workout time.  This makes it easy to zero in on videos that you’ll be motivated to complete.

Because I think it’s exercise is so important for all, I selected a video that everyone can use.  This basic daily exercise is a great start for those without a current program.  Of course, all of us can benefit from functional exercises that help us in our daily lives.

 

What did you think?

Membership

Grokker offers two member plans. The basic plan (FREE) includes two free premium videos a week and full access to non-premium videos. For less than the price of one yoga class (starting at $9.99) you can get premium membership which includes:    

  • UNLIMITED Grokker Premium videos
  • Full access to non-premium videos
  • Group Classes Online
  • Mobile, Tablet, Web and TV access
  • Ability to Ask Grokker Experts questions

Give the premium a try with this fantastic discount code, 99CENTS, which gives you full premium access for less than a dollar (yes just 99 cents!).

Grokker Premium Membership Giveaway

Thanks to the generosity of Grokker one Weight Chronicles reader will win a 3 month premium membership.  Entrants must be 18 years of age or older.  Use the Gleam form below to enter.  Good Luck!

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Mighty Nut Powdered Peanut Butter Review & Giveaway

I first met the folks from Peanut Butter & Co a few years ago in Portland at a blog conference where samples of six of their peanut butter flavors were sampled (and approved!) by yours truly.  When the opportunity arose from Fit Approach to try their new Mighty Nut powdered peanut butters I was all in.

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Actually there were more reasons than just the brand, as you can see from the image above there’s a whole lot less fat calories in Mighty Nut; 85% less than traditional peanut butter.  As expected you’re still getting the protein you need in every serving (5-6 grams) and only 1 – 1.5 grams of fat.

The Mighty Nut Powdered Peanut Butter comes in four flavors: original, chocolate, flax & chia and vanilla.  Of course, all the great nutrition in the world won’t entice you if it doesn’t taste good, right?  Let’s get to that.

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I received two flavors of Mighty Nut, Flax & Chia and original along with a cute branded measuring scoop.  Some of the Sweat Pink ambassadors have made great looking muffins, cookies and other treats.  I’m a traditionalist (meaning I don’t like to bake!) so my first “recipe” was a peanut butter and honey sandwich.

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The recommended ratio of powder to liquid is two to one.  I used that for this mixture for my sandwich but afterwards have been adding an extra teaspoon of water for the smooth consistency I like.

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The sandwich was delicious and I would never have been able to tell it apart from traditional peanut butter.  Even better, by mixing the portion I know there’s no portion creep going on (have you ever tried to measure peanut butter!).

I often take veggies to work for snacks and decided to stuff my celery with the Mighty Nut Flax & Chia Powdered Peanut Butter.

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I really enjoyed them and have to say it felt good knowing I was getting the benefits of flax and chia without really noticing them in the food.  My next adventure will be a breakfast smoothie.

Mighty Nut Giveaway

Thanks to the generosity of Mighty Nut, one Weight Chronicles reader will win a bottle of Mighty Nut Powdered Peanut Butter in choice of flavor plus a branded scoop.  Use the gleam form below to enter and good luck!

Mighty Nut Giveaway

One prize per person. If you win this giveaway, and have already won another prize from Mighty Nut through another blog, please disclose that you have already won so we can choose another winner. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older and have a US mailing address.

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Dial Rewards and Global Handwashing Day

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The simple act of handwashing with soap has to be one of the easiest and yet most effective ways humans can fight disease.  I’m a regular hand washer and think it is the main reason the crud that goes around the office six months a year typically skips me.

October 15th is Global Handwashing Day with the goal of “increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.”

With this opportunity from Dial you can support global Handwashing education in developing countries by asking your readers to logging into your account (or signing up for a free account) at Dial Rewards HERE and using the code  “WASH9“. Dial Brand will donate $1 for every code entered (up to $50,000) to support global handwashing education.

I appreciate it when we can support charity and be part of a greater good.  Head on over now!

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