Zak! Designs Planet Zak Flora Rose Lunch Kit Review!

Zak! Designs Planet Zak Flora Rose Lunch Kit Review

What Is It
Sometimes it’s the smallest steps that make the biggest difference in the long-run. If everyone made the tiny step to switch to not using bottled water, for example, we’d save a ton of plastic and garbage out of our landfills – especially considering that clean water is technically “free” in many places, or even when it’s not, tap water is much cheaper than buying bottled.

Zak! Designs wants to help make that baby step as simple as possible for you or your school-aged children. The Planet Zak Flora lunch set is a great way to demonstrate your sense of style while also helping to protect the environment. The lunch set includes an insulated lunch tote, coordinating condiment containers (or containers for small snacks!), a sandwich/main dish container, and a 24 ounce water bottle. The insulated lunch tote is made from recycled materials while the condiment containers feature screw-tight lids to protect from spills while the main dish container includes a Snap closure to keep food in its place.

Zak! Designs Planet Zak Flora Rose Lunch Kit Review

My Opinion
Everything about this Planet Zak! Lunch set just…works! And it does! It doesn’t need to do a ton; it needs to keep food fresh and safe for lunch. I would love to see a couple larger containers for this kit (as I’d love to have the main dish plus a couple smaller dishes for things like veggies), but for a basic kit, it does provide pretty much everything I need to keep my lunch delicious – and in a healthy, guilt-free way. Plus, of course, in a cute way.

First off is the Flora Rose Lunch Bag. I like this lunch bag. It has very bright, stunning colors, and it holds all of the included containers (though, if you want it to hold the drink bottle, you have to put the drink bottle sideways, so make sure the drink bottle is fully closed). 40% of this Lunch Tote is made from recycled water bottles, and it’s fully insulated to keep foods fresh and chilled. The Flora Rose bag zips closed to keep your items from spilling out. Because of its material, it’s large in size yet it folds flat for simple storage when not in use. My only complaint is that I wish it had a longer, shoulder-type strap of some sort. The wrist handles work fine, but it would make my morning routine simpler if I could throw it over my shoulder.

The included Zak! Water Bottle is one of my favorite items from this kit. Once the lid is opened, you can also “pop out” the optional straw that’s included in it while the auto-retracting design cover pulls the straw back in to keep the straw germ-free when the lid is closed. It has a basic, cute floral design at the bottom that really matches the bag, but it doesn’t go overboard with it, and it’s really simple to see how much liquid I have left. The lid is interchangeable with ALL Planet Zak waterbottles, so you can mix and match with ease. Plus, no matter how much I shook this or let it lay on its side, the bottle didn’t have any problems or leaks, so that was definitely a positive. The Planet Zak water bottle doesn’t seem to keep the drink warm/cold, but that’s not really an issue with me.

Zak! Designs Planet Zak Flora Rose Lunch Kit Review

The included Planet Zak Food Container is also quite amazing. It’s the perfect size for any standard sandwich, and it can fit other food items like salads or pastas. It has a simple, snap-shut lid that snaps closed on each of the four sides. I’ve had no problem with the lid coming undone, and it seems to do a great job of keeping the food inside the container. It fits inside the fridge with no problem, and once the lid is removed, the base of the container can be used in the microwave to heat up any foods.

Last but not least, this set includes a set of Planet Zak 3-Pack Mini Containers. Each one of these have simple screw-off lids that make it easy to get inside of them. I filled each one then had a field day trying to “shake” out the liquid or turn the container upside-down to get the liquid to come out. None of them did which was very impressive. All of the little containers snap together in a tall stack to keep them in one, easy place. Each little container is 2 ounces in size, so they’re a good size for sauces and condiments. I have to admit that I would have loved to have seen a different size for this kit, though. These little containers are too small for any type of side-dish, so that means that the kit really doesn’t have any “side dish”-sized container.

Zak! Designs Planet Zak Flora Rose Lunch Kit Review

Pros
The entire Zak! Designs Lunch Kit is fantastic and provides almost everything you really need to tote your entire lunch to and from work (or school!). It allows you to be more eco-friendly, and the colors all match (which is awesome). Plus, it’s simple to clean.

Cons
I wish the kit came with some containers that were slightly larger than the current condiment containers that it comes with. That way, a good, healthy-sized side dish could be packed.

Recommended
If you want to be better to the Earth while still looking fashionable and having well-preserved, well-kept food, the Zak! Designs kit is perfect. Everything works together to make a good, easy-to-use lunch kit. While you might need to add in your own containers to customize to your type of lunch style, it provides a good (and color-matching) start to using reusable dishes for your lunches. Plus, it’s available in multiple designs!

Buy It
You can purchase the Zak! Designs Lunch Kits (in multiple varieties) right off of the Zak! Designs website. If you don’t like some of the colors of the items in the kit, you can exchange them for a different color to match your preference. If you want, Zak! products are also often sold in stores near the kitchen aisles.

Giveaway: Way Better Snacks Tortilla Chips Review!

Way Better Snacks Tortilla Chips

What Is It
If you love tortilla chips but dislike the empty calories and horrible nutritional value they provide, the Way Better Snacks chips have you covered. Using the highest-quality ingredients possible, the Way Better Snacks Tortilla Chips use sprouted ingredients.

What are sprouted ingredients, you ask? Well, these are ingredients that have “started” to grow before being placed into the food. (You can read the full, scientific and super-interesting sprouting ingredients information on the Way Better Snacks website). Using Sprouting ingredients provides a ton of benefits that regular ingredients just don’t provide. Sprouted ingredients include incresed vitamins and minerals, more antioxidants, better digestability, better nutrient absorption, and more Plus, it tastes just as delicious as their “non-sprouted” counterparts!

By using sprouted ingredients, Way Better Snacks is able to make tortilla chips that are better than your usual empty-calorie choices. Of course, the Way Better Snacks are non-GMO, and most of their ingredients are Certified Organic, and their chips are made with as few ingredients as possible to make sure you can easily read the ingredient list.

Way Better Snacks Tortilla Chips

Unlike regular tortilla chips, Way Better Snacks tortilla chips come in multiple flavor varieties depending on what sprouted ingredients the chip is made with. There’s the Simply Unbeatable Blues, Simply So Sweet Chili, Simply Sunny Multi-Grain, Simply Sweeet Potato, No Salt Naked Blues, and Simply Beyond Black Bean Tortilla Chips.

(It’s worth noting that these chips may not be the standard “white” color you’re used to with your tortilla chips. The chips aren’t dyed to look white! Which I consider a positive.)

Plus, keep your eyes peeled! Way Better Snacks will be offering Pita Chips and Crackers soon!

My Opinion
I’ve been munching on these chips for the past two weeks, and they’ve grown so much onto me. The thing I was most surprised about is that they all taste somewhat different. Though there are six different varieties, as they were all tortilla chips, I was expecting them to all taste pretty similar. I’m surprised to find that that’s not true. It’s certainly not a bad thing, but each one of the types of Way Better Snacks tortilla chips has a unique flavor.

I find myself loving the Simply Beyond Black Bean Tortilla Chips. I was surprised to find that these tortilla chips have the same, delicious “salty” taste that you get from regular tortilla chips. It’s not as bad as regular chips (for example, if I have too many of the name-brand chips, my lips will literally burn from the amount of salt), but with these, I don’t have that. They’re delicious, and they totally fulfill my urge for a salty snack, but they don’t have so much that I feel like it’s a walking heart attack, either.

Way Better Snacks Tortilla Chips

I also was interested to see how much the chips satiated me. Maybe it’s the difference in ingredients or the fact that Way Better Snacks are made from more wholesome ingredients, but the food doesn’t feel “hollow”. Instead, after a full serving of the chips, I feel happy and satiated. It doesn’t feel like a food that must be continually scarfed down like I sometimes feel with other types of potato chips. I really love that these chips can function as a great snack that doesn’t make me feel hungry afterwards; that’s rare to find in chips!

My only slight complaint is that I found the chips to be “too big” in individual size. I prefer most of my chips to be one or two bite affairs. The Way Better Snacks chips tend to be at least three or four bites. This isn’t my preference, but at the same time, it works particularly well if you want to add sauce or dips to your chips – that way, you have tons of extra room to add it!

All of the chips have tasted delicious. I must admit that I’m really, really excited to have found chips that are satisfying, have decent nutritionals, and don’t feel like I’m eating junk. Plus, I love all of the benefits that the chips provide. Delicious and not-bad-for-me? I’m in!

Pros
The Way Better Snacks are delicious. The chips taste just like tortilla chips while still providing more health benefits than your average chip. Each flavor has a unique taste, so you can find the one that works best for you. Plus, the chips make me feel full – unlike most standard snacks!

Cons
The Way Better Snacks chips are a bit large for each individual chip. That’s just my preference, though, and it doesn’t change the chips tasty-ness at all.

Recommended
If you want a healthier snack, I definitely recommend the Way Better Snacks. They are really tasty, they offer better health and nutritional benefits than standard chips, and they come in a variety of flavors to make sure you can find your perfect fit.

Buy It
You can purchase the Way Better Snacks chips at most grocery stores. Check to see if yours carries them!

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The Good Bean Roasted Chickpeas Snacks Review

The Good Bean Roasted Chickpeas Snacks

What Is It
You have to know that not all food is good for you, right? In fact, a lot of the food that most Americans pick up on a daily basis is probably horrible for them; many foods have virtually no nutrition to them, and like many experts have said, we’re managing to overeat on calories while still nutritionally starving our bodies.

That’s why it’s important to watch what foods we eat and try to find delicious snacks that still are healthy for us. That’s what The Good Bean focuses on! They make flavored chickpea snacks that are good for you – and tasty! Chickpeas have as much fiber as 2 cups of brocolli, as much protein as an egg, as much folate as 3 cups of spinach, and chickpeas even have antioxidants! These Roasted Chickpea Snacks are available in multiple varieties including Sea Salt, Cracked Pepper, Smoky Chili & Lime, Sweet Cinnamon, Mesquite BBQ, Thai Coconut, and Chocolate. The Roasted Chickpea Snacks from The Good Bean are gluten-free, nut-free, low fat, low in carbs, and cholesterol-free.

Along with their Chickpea offers, The Good Bean also makes Fruit & No-Nut Bars. Whether you just hate nuts (like me!) or don’t want to deal with the fat and allergens of nuts, The Good Bean offers healthy non-nut bar alternatives that have protein, are gluten-free, are non-GMO, and are high in fiber. They offer an Apricot Coconut, a Fruit & Seeds Trail Mix, and a Chocolate Berry variety. Yum!

The Good Bean Roasted Chickpeas Snacks

My Opinion
I first have to start off by saying that I’m really impressed by the nutritionals on the products from The Good Bean. Their Chickpea snacks have a great amount of protein and fiber while having little fat, little sugar, and little calories. Of course, things vary specifically depending on which flavor you’re having, but for the most part, as far as snacks go, the Roasted Chickpea snacks from The Good Bean are definitely high up on there on the great-nutrition scale. Their Fruit & No-NUT Bars are good with nutritionals, though, but I won’t say I’m nearly as impressed by those as I am with the Chickpea snacks. The Chickpea snacks are definitely quite impressive.

They are quite crunchy as well. Depending on your personal preference, the crunchy may be a positive or a negative thing. They are just as crunchy as your standard penuts/nuts, so they really don’t work for munching on them if you’re trying to hear what’s going on on television. However, the crunchy-ness really isn’t a problem as long as you realize that these are definitely very, very crunchy. I think all roasted chickpeas are this crunchy, so if you’ve eaten roasted chickpeas in the past, you’ll know exactly how much to expect.

I liked some of the roasted chickpeas flavors and not some other ones. Since I received mine, they’ve come out with a new flavor (chocolate!) that I think I’d actually really love. However, I really liked the Sea Salt and Sweet Cinnamon varieties. They had a nice flavor addition to the taste of the roasted chickpeas themselves. I wasn’t nearly as fond of Cracked Pepper or Smokey Chili & Lime.

The Good Bean Roasted Chickpeas Snacks

Another nice thing about The Good Bean Roasted Chickpeas is that you really can’t go too overboard on them. They definitely taste nice, but if you start eating too many, you’ll find that you don’t have too much of a taste for them anymore. They’re delicious, but they aren’t addicting, and that’s a really nice mixture. It means that I usually pour out a serving, and I find that I’m satisfied, or near satisfied, by the time that I finish the serving. There isn’t any “sitting down with a bag and eating the whole thing and still feeling hungry” that happens with a lot of unhealthy snacks.

The Fruit & No-NUT Bars are just as yummy. Obviously, Chocolate Berry was my favorite, but I was just as fond of the other varieties. These aren’t nearly as crunchy as The Good Bean Chickpeas. These are relatively softer, and they’re much easier to eat. They don’t feel quite as satiating as a serving of the Roasted Chickpeas do, but at the same time, these are individually packaged, so it’s a whole lot harder to go overboard on eating these. Plus, unlike the chickpeas which are loud and crunchy, these make a much better grab-and-go snack – especially for the workplace.

Pros
All of the snacks from The Good Bean have great nutritionals. Their Chickpea snacks come in a multitude of delicious flavors while their No-Nut Bars also have some amazing surprises up their sleeves. Plus, I love that they make great-fiber bars that don’t come with nuts – that’s hard to find!

Cons
Some of The Good Bean flavors are better than others.

Recommended
If you want a healthy snack that tastes good and ends up feeling really filling, The Good Bean snacks are perfect! While their taste isn’t going to appeal to everyone, if you enjoy nuts or other crunchy, firm types of snacks, I think that The Good Bean Roasted Chickpea Snacks are going to be great for you. Plus, if you want a good-fiber bar to eat on the go, their No-Nut Bars are absolutely fantastic!

Buy It
You can buy The Good Bean directly from their website; they make it simple to get exactly what you want!

My Eco Lips Customized Lip Balm Review!

My Eco Lips Customized Lip Balm

What Is It
Lip balm can be a really personal thing. After all, it’s something we put on our lips on a regular basis in hopes that it will keep our lips feeling soft. Softer lips means less annoyance and means much-more-fun to kiss as well! At the same time, lip balm is something that should be as organic and pure as possible. It’s on your lips constantly which means, aside from getting absorbed through skin like most make-up, you’re also ingesting it. Keeping those two things in mind, My Eco-Lips has made the world’s first Create Your Own Lip Balm.

USDA Organic, Non-GMO, Gluten-Free, and Cruelty-Free, My Eco Lips (a product of Eco Lips), allows you to pick out and create your own lipbalm. From start to finish, you get to customize every part of your lip balm and be reassured that all of the parts of your creation will be safe. And when I say that you get to customize everything, I mean everything! You get to choose the base, the flavors, herbal extracts, specialty oils, the container size and container colors, and the label on the balm. You pretty much get to customize the entire lip balm from start to finish – without all of the hassle of having to get all the ingredients and make it yourself. It’s about as close as you can get!

Use a lot of lip balm? My Eco Lips allows you to reorder your formula with ease. Just put in the formula number on their website, and you’ll instantly be able to reorder your formula without trying to remember what you orginally put into it.

My Eco Lips Customized Lip Balm

My Opinion
Creating your own lip balm from My Eco Lips is fun – though I definitely recommend that you make sure you have some extra time before you sit down to do it. When My Eco Lips promises you customization, they mean it! None of the customization process is difficult, but unless you’re very fluent in many natural ingredients, it may include reading through a lot of different ingredients and learning what’s going to be best for you. It took me about a half an hour to customize a single tube of lip balm. I’m definitely not complaining; the amount of detail and personalization I could put into my lip balm was definitely part of the fun.

I definitely really loved how I could make changes to my lip balm as well – everything down the minute detail was up to me. If I wanted a different lip balm container or different colors, I could do that. I could customize the label on the lipbalm. I could pick out the different bases, herbal extracts, and specialty oils to go into my lip balm. I’m glad that My Eco Lips provides all of the information right there for me, so I could figure out what would be best for me without having to worry too much.

So how does the My Eco Lips lip balm work as a lip balm? Surprisingly well. The balms feels just as I ordered it. The flavor and scent are pretty much spot-on, and I was surprised by how well the balm glided on. My other organic lip balms have always ended up feeling kinda “heavy” and going on in a much thicker, waxier layer. The My Eco Lips balm feels a lot thinner and lighter, and I like that on my lips. I like the My Eco Lips balm for wearing throughout the daytime because it really feels lighter, and I feel like it still protects my lips while not being bothersome.

If you aren’t into the idea of customizing your lip balm, Eco Lips also sells regular lip balms as well; they have already made the flavors and everything for you – you just have to pick out which ones sound best to you. I had the chance to try out a couple of their standard lip balms, and they are just as amazing as their customized balm. They have some unique flavors to choose from, and the balm goes on pretty thin, but it stays on for quite awhile. The scent smells amazing, but it’s not quite so tantalizing that I end up licking it off of my lips. It’s a really nice balance, and it has helped my lips feel a lot better this past week.

Pros
My Eco Lips makes it simple to customize every aspect of your lip balm. When you enjoy lip balm and want it to be customized to your perfect personal tastes, you don’t have to look any further than My Eco Lips. Customizing everything was simple, and the lip balm turned out great – exactly how I was expecting it! Plus, the lip balm has kept my lips feeling soft, and isn’t that what’s important?

Cons
Make sure you have some time to customize your lip balm. While more options is never bad, it might take you longer than you first imagined to design your lip balm.

Recommended
If you want an organic lip balm that lets you control every single aspect of the lip balm, you don’t need to look any further that My Eco Lips. You get to customize every aspect of your lip balm, and you can rest easy knowing that every aspect of your lip balm is organic as well.

Buy It
You can purchase the customizable lip balm directly from My Eco Lips. If you want to try their non-customizable flavors, you can visit Eco Lips to purchase them there.