Yummy Yogavive Chips Review and Giveaway CLOSED

Healthy snacking just got yoga-fied!

One of my favorite things about fall is, well, the food! So, how appropriate that this month's giveaway is a tasty one.

With pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice cookies and muffins making the rounds at offices and potlucks, it is easy to over-indulge. I find self discipline (brahmacharya) is important this time of year. I also like to find ways to set myself up to succeed in my seasonal eating habits. For example, I do not go food shopping when I'm hungry. I bring snacks and a bottle of water with me when I am out and about. I even go so far as to light a pumpkin spice candle to simulate yummy baking smells in my house.

yogavive popped apple chips

A New Take on Snack Foods

These Yogavive Organic Popped Apple Chips are a perfect part of a healthy lifestyle. Not only do I love their delicious flavor and satisfying crunch, I also love that the ingredient list is as simple as can be (call me crazy, but I am kind of a dork for that feature in my food). And here are some more things to love about Yogavive products:

  • No Added Sugar
  • No Preservatives
  • Gluten Free
  • USDA Certified Organic
  • AVA Certified Vegan

They Come is 5 Scrumptious Flavors

  • Original
  • Cinnamon
  • Caramel
  • Strawberry
  • Peach

Yogavive uses a two part drying process where the apples are first oven baked and then popped making them light and crispy and full of flavor. These popped apple chips are made from the highest quality USDA certified organic Fuji apples and come in two different size options. The 0.35 Ounce packages contain 1 whole apple while the 1.7 Ounce contains 5.

My favorite flavors are the Strawberry and the Original. My husband and my daughter both love the Peach. My son, well, he loves them all. Seriously, my kids can't get enough of these apple chips and since I can't find them in the local stores, I've already ordered more on Amazon.

Click here to locate a Yogavive retailer near you or head on over to Amazon.com to start shopping right away.

And Now for the FUN Part

Two lucky Lindsay's Hot Spot readers will receive a generous sampling of Yogavive Apple Chips in all 5 flavors and both sizes.

How to Enter

Mandatory

  • -Visit the Yogavive website and leave a comment here sharing something that you learned.

Additional Entries

Please note: you must leave a separate comment for each additional entry in order for it to be counted in the drawing.

  • -Share in a comment how you set yourself up to succeed in your healthy eating habits.
  • -Like Yogavive on Facebook.
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  • -Follow my blog via Google Friend Connect (link in the right sidebar).
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  • -Sign up for my email newsletter (info in the right sidebar).
  • -Read another of my blog posts and leave a comment on that post. Here are some categories: Hot Yoga FAQ, Musings, Postures and Benefits, and Yoga Tips.

Contest will end on October 28th, 2010 at 11:59PM EST. Winners will be chosen randomly on Friday October 29th and announced here on my blog. Open to US residents only.

Wait, there's MORE!

In the spirit of giving and with an intimate understanding that there are families out there who need help with even the most basic of human necessities, I will be donating 1 non-perishable food item to the local MANNA Food Bank for ever 1 person who enters this contest. This means that by entering this giveaway you will have a chance at winning a box full of yumminess and also help provide food for those in need.*

So, please head on over to the Yogavive Website and let the commenting commence!

Happy Fall!

Lindsay

Disclosure: I received the yummy Yogavive Apple Chips at no charge from Yogavive in order to facilitate this review and giveaway event. I was not, however, compensated to provide my opinion. All thoughts expressed are mine and mine alone.

*If for some reason the response to this post is overwhelming, I may have to limit the number of food donations. My budget is limited, you know how it is. Based on my recent giveaways, I am anticipating around 100 entries. I can swing that and a bit more.

Immune Boosting Recipes

It's official.  Cold and flu season is here.

After experiencing the first wave of illness in my house this year, I was inspired to share a few recipes that I use, some things I have picked up over the years, that can help boost immunity naturally and lessen the severity of colds and flu.*

Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry is known for its antibacterial and antiviral properties.  Here is a great, simple recipe.  Definitely a staple in our house.  I make one batch every year and I can confidently say, even my kids love it.

Good for a boost if you feel you are beginning to get sick or as a preemptive measure if you've been around anyone who is sick .  Adults take between 1 tsp and 1 tbsp twice a day.  Children 2-5 can take 1/2 the adult dose.  Ages 6-12 take 1 tsp twice daily.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups fresh elderberries, or 1 cup dried (can be found at natural foods markets)
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 1 1/2 cups honey
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger root
  • Juice of 1 lime (or lemon juice will work)
  • 1 ounce echinacea tincture (also available at natural foods market.  You can alternately use dried echinacea – about 1/2 cup)

Directions

  1. Combine berries, ginger, water (and if you're using dried echinacea) in a stainless steel pot.  Bring to a simmer.  Do not boil!
  2. Gently simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour, uncovered, until reduced by half.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.  Strain well using cheesecloth so that you can squeeze the berries.
  4. At this point you can measure what liquid you've collected (usually about 1 1/2 cups) and combine with equal parts honey.
  5. Add the lime/lemon juice and allow to cool completely.
  6. Once cooled, here is where you would add the echinicea tincture.
  7. Store in a 1 qt mason jar.  Don't forget to label with the date.  This syrup will keep for up to 1 year.

For more information on the medicinal benefits of elderberry click here.

Hot Ginger Lemonade

Great when you are in the thick of it.  This can provide relief when experiencing the fever and the body/headaches of the flu.  *Ginger is not recommended for children under 2 or pregnant and/or nursing moms.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • pinch ground cayenne pepper

Simply combine all ingredients with 1 1/2 cups hot boiling water.  Strain and drink as a warm tea.  Amazing.

Click these links for more information on ginger root and cayenne pepper.

Garlic Lemonade

Also great when experiencing symptoms of a cold, garlic has wonderful antibacterial properties.  This can help reduce the duration and severity of colds.  It tastes like regular lemonade with the essence or smell of garlic.  Interesting, this beverage can take some getting used to.

Ingredients

  • Garlic – a handful, about 7-10 cloves
  • Juice of 3-4 lemons
  • Honey – 1/4 cup or to taste
  • 1-2 tbsp grated fresh ginger (optional – can be too spicy for children)

Directions

  1. Coarsely chop garlic.
  2. Pour approx. 1 quart boiling water over garlic (and optional ginger)
  3. Cover and allow to infuse 4-8 hours or overnight.
  4. When the infusion is ready, reheat gently (do not boil) enough to get a nice steam rising.
  5. Remove from heat and add lemon juice and honey.

Can be enjoyed warm or cold.

Click here for more information on the health benefits of garlic.

Theives Spray

The last thing I will share with you is a room spray I use to decrease airborne bacteria. The spray incorporates a blend of essential oils known as the Thieves Oil Blend.  This mix of essential oils, which I also use as part of a natural yoga mat cleaner,  was reportedly used by a group of thieves who robbed the dead and dying victims of the bubonic plague.  According to the story, the robbers did not contract the infection.  As an added bonus – this room spray smells wonderful!

Click here fore more info on the Oil of the Four Thieves.

Simply combine equal parts (5 drops each) rosemary, clove, eucalyptus, cinnamon, and lemon essential oils with 1 tbsp food grade alcohol and 4 oz. water and keep in a spritzer bottle to spray periodically.

So, there you have it.

Here's to a happy, healthy winter and holiday season for us all!

Lots f Love,

Lindsay

*Thanks and credit to a lovely group of Asheville Mamas for inspiring this post and sharing their cold season wisdom.


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Cleaning Your Yoga Mat

After a few hot yoga classes your mat might lose that New Mat Smell.  Okay, truthfully, it might be down right stinky.  These are my preferred methods.

 

yoga matsHOMEMADE CLEANERS: for light washing periodically, maybe even after every hot yoga class to maintain a fresh, functional mat.  Just spray, wipe and hang to dry.  Here is what I use:  To a 32 ounce spray bottle add 1 cup vinegar.  Fill the rest with water and add 15-25 drops of your favorite essential oils.  You can also add 1 tablespoon castile soap or mild detergent (optional).  Experiment with your essential oil blends.  Just know that essential oils are extremely strong and only a very small amount is needed.  Tea Tree oil is perfect because of its antibacterial properties.  Lavender and Thyme are also wonderful.  Another combination I like is equal parts rosemary, clove, eucalyptus, cinnamon and lemon essential oils.  According to stories, this mix was used by a group of thieves who robbed the dead and dying victims of the bubonic plague.  The robbers did not contract the infection and for this reason the blend is known as the Theives Blend.  Added bonus – it smells wonderful!  A very simple homemade cleaner would be water and Thieves Blend only.*

WASHING MACHINE: Most people don’t realize you can wash your yoga mat this way.  I do it every 2-3 months.  Use cold water and don’t over do it with the detergent.  Stop the machine before the spin cycle.  Hang your mat and allow to dry completely.*

*Some mats are made of different materials (rubber, jute, etc.) and require special care.  Always check the care instructions when you purchase a yoga mat.

Also, I’d like to add that vinegar in the rinse cycle is great for getting that sweat smell out of your yoga clothes and towels.  You just have to run an extra rinse cycle at the end.  Baking soda added at the beginning of the wash cycle also works wonders.

Here’s to a happy, healthy yoga mat and practice!