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Chocolate Malted Shake, iHerb Shopping Spree & Madre Labs Review

The wonderful folks at iHerb have, once again, offered a $50 shopping spree to one lucky DDD winner! (iHerb is an online shop for all of your supplement and health-food needs. They carry an extensive array of products that you can order for delivery to your home).  Read all the details about the giveaway at the bottom of this post (look down. . . .look waaaaay down), but first I want to share my review of the latest products they sent to me: nutritional powders from Madre Labs.

As soon as I read the ingredients list on the Midori Greens jar from Madre Labs, I was in love.  I mean, which holistic nutritionist doesn’t want to read the words, “freeze dried marine phytoplankton”?  (Okay, we holistic nutritionists are weird that way).  But I’ve been taking spirulina (another type of green algae) with my flax and/or chia daily for almost a decade (what the HH calls “Green Slime,” though Chaser loves the stuff) and was more than ready for a little change of pace.  And the Midori Greens offered some truly heavy-duty antioxidant superfoods.

Ingredients include organic Japanese matcha green tea (and you know how much I love my matcha tea–as I mentioned here); wildcrafted wasabi; organic ashitaba (Angelica Keiskei Koidzme), which is also known as the “king of vegetables” and “longevity herb”; organic field-grown whole grass blend (with wheatgrass, barleygrass and alfalfa); herb & vegetable leaf blend (Nettles, Parsley, Kale & Spinach);  aqua-marine blend (Chlorella & Freeze Dried Marine Phytoplankton); and beet juice powder.  These are all amazing ingredients with fierce antioxidant properties.  Antioxidants are known to help keep your cells in optimum condition, to keep your immune function strong and to counteract health-depleting free radicals. 

In fact, all of Madre Labs products are made with the highest quality whole ingredients, and it’s clear that these guys have done their homework.  Their “superfood and nutraceutical” line includes “nutrigenomics”–that is, “the study of how the foods we consume affect our genes and how individual genetic differences can affect the way we respond to nutrients. . . in the foods we eat.”  In other words, they believe in using “food as medicine”–exactly the way holistic nutritionists (such as yours truly) do.

The other powder I tried, Acai Heart, contains more familiar ingredients that are all superstars when it comes to supporting heart health: acai berries, pomegranate, freeze-dried beet juice, and a resveratrol blend (the antioxidant found in red wine–though of course there’s no alcohol in this powder!). Mixed with some frozen strawberries, almond milk, chia seeds and stevia, it made a refreshing afternoon imbibement:

Ah, but back to the greens powder!  I must admit to you all that I wasn’t exactly enamored of the taste when I tried to drink it on its own (or mixed with simple juice or almond milk). I know that other reviewers have found the taste “neutral,” but something about my tastebuds could really sense the earthy, slightly bitter wheatgrass undertones (I actually really enjoy freshly squeezed wheatgrass juice, but the freezedried flavor doesn’t agree with me).  What to do?  My desire to benefit from the amazing nutritional qualities of the powder overruled my initial gustatory reluctance.  I decided that I had to find a way to create a smoothie that I loved using the Midori Greens.

And guess what?  I SUCCEEDED!  This combination of the powder, raw cacao powder, avocado and mesquite is a perfect cloak for the greens.  All you’ll taste is a slightly chocolate, slightly malted, sweet and appealing drink. 

And your cells, no doubt, will thank you.

GIVEAWAY TIME!

The lovely folks at iHerb are offering a $50 shopping spree PLUS a jar of either Midori Greens OR Acai Heart to one lucky DDD reader! 

The contest is open worldwide, as long as iHerb ships to your country–whoo hoo! (You can check the iHerb website to see if they ship to your home country).  International readers, please note: if there are any extra customs fees or duties on your prize, you will be responsible for paying them. I have received several packages from iHerb sent via air mail  over the past 2 years (I’m in Canada) and have  never been charged extra fees or duties).

Here’s how to enter:

First entry:

To be eligible to enter the giveaway, you’ll need to register at iHerb.  It’s free and there’s no obligation to buy anything.  Just go here and sign up.  Then come back here and leave a comment telling me that you did so.

Second and subsequent entries:

For extra entries, you can do any or all of the following:

  • Browse through the Madre Labs page on iHerb, then come back here and tell me which product you think has the weirdest-sounding ingredient (I thought “freeze dried marine phytoplankton” was pretty good) [UPDATE: I’ve been going through the comments so far and am loving the ingredients you’ve all found–giggling like crazy over here!];
  • Browse through the rest of the iHerb site, then come back here and tell me what you’d buy with your $50 shopping spree if you win;
  • Follow me on twitter, then come back and leave a comment telling me you did so (I will receive an email notice that you signed up); or tweet about this giveaway on twitter (use @rickiheller so I’ll see it);
  • “Like” the DDD page on Facebook, then come back here and leave a comment telling me you did so;
  • “Like” the iHerb page on Facebook, then come back here and leave a comment telling me you did so;
  • Follow iHerb on twitter, then come back here and leave a comment telling me you did so;
  • Subscribe to Diet, Dessert and Dogs via RSS feed or email (email option is just below the “Choose Your Reader” box), then come back and tell me that you did so.

The contest will remain open until midnight my time on Tuesday, May 10th, 2011, after which I’ll randomly choose a winner and announce it on the blog.  Please note: it’s up to you to check whether or not you won, then contact me if you did. I”m sorry, but I will not be emailing the winner.  If the winner doesn’t claim her/his prize within a week, I’ll choose someone else. 

Good luck, everyone! 

[And don’t forget–there are two giveaways of my newest ebook, Good Morning! Breakfasts without Gluten, Sugar, Eggs or Dairy, going on right now:  Alta from Tasty Eats at Home is giving away a copy (open until May 14th); and Heidi from Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom, gives you three chances to win (until May 5th)!  May as well enter over there, too, right? ;)]

I’m submitting this recipe to Brittany’s Seasonal Sundays event. Check out all the real food dishes in the linkys (or submit your own!).

Last Year at this Time: Classic Vegan Quiche

Two Years Ago: Vegetarian Veggie Burgers that Are Made From Vegetables

Three Years Ago: Baking Like Blanche DuBois

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