Friday Finds and Blend Winner

by LCCotter on February 15, 2013

Ahh yes, today is the day! I get to announce the Blend and Attune Foods winner. I think that’s the best part of my day, so stay tuned, well at least till the end of this post. Deal? Winking smile

Anyway, today I am feeling 110% better and I have a loving husband to thank for that. Okay and maybe a pair of Lululemon pants that I we can’t afford but totally makes me happy!


Come on, these would make you happy too, right?

Any, enough Lulu talk, let’s get to the good stuff.

Here are a few of my Friday Finds and Freebies from the week. Let me know if you tried any!

A few new favorite finds.

Plant Fusion Protein and the NEW baking NuNaturals sugar and flavor drops.


Love the Plant Fusion Vegan Protein. I always test out my vegan proteins in 2 ways.

  1. Does it sit well with my stomach?
  2. Does it taste well in Vegan Healthy Bites.

Yes and Yes to both! And I even used the peppermint NuNaturals in my Chocolate Peppermint Healthy Bites. Wahoo!

custom bites

Next up, a few wellness finds! I’ll be testing out these new finds in the upcoming weeks. First off, the NutriPRO juicer. It’s a cold press juicer, totally different than my centrifuge juicer. Cold press masticates the juice so you save more nutrients. I did my first juice today and so far so good! Maybe a vlog is in order, yes?

The probiotics were per my request from ReNew life. I don’t do pills very well so I thought I’d give these a whirl. Plus I love chewables. I know, I am odd. I’ll let you know how they do with my stomach in a few weeks. Good thing is that both the Ultimate Flora and Probiotics are free of dyes, sugars, or anything artificial.


And last but not least, my TREATS!! You know, the foodie treats. The paleo bread from Julian Bakery is so good! Grain free and gluten free! I need to learn how to make this myself. The flaxmilk with protein was a new find from Whole Foods. I like Flax Milk but I did not like the added protein. It curdled in my coffee. Ugh, hate that. Then there’s the new Nutty Butter flavors. Um, wow. Sarah is awesome. I love the Caramel Latte!!! Get your hands on some now. The Raw Cheddar was from our local pharmacy. I am kinda obsessed with raw cheese so I’ve made this purchase last all week. Why? Because it’s $ and I am savoring every ounce of flavor possible! But I do love the story behind this company, so it’s worth it.


phew! I think that’s it.

oh wait… the best part of this Friday!! The Winner of the Attune goodie bag and ticket to Blend Retreat. Random Generator picked Christa. I am so stinking excited for you Christa! WOOHOO! And I can’t wait to meet you at Blend.


Loved this comment!!

Okay, tell me what you found this week? Anything new? Have you tried any of these?



{ 59 comments… read them below or add one }

Christa @ Edible Balance February 15, 2013 at 11:07 am

shut UP!!!!! seriously?!! this is crazy. I’m sending you an email right now. hands are shaking! Thank you Linds, and thank you Attune Foods!

and YAY for Lululemon!! I don’t own Wunder Under Crops, but have a ton of running shorts/crops/pants from them. LOVE Lulu!


LCCotter February 15, 2013 at 2:30 pm

it seriously made my day too!! YIPPPEEEEE!


Calee February 15, 2013 at 11:14 am

really interested in that juicer… vlog would be cool! :) Happy Friday! Glad you’re feeling better, Lindsay!


LCCotter February 15, 2013 at 3:15 pm

i shall vlog. You would love this one. The cold press is pretty amazing! I always think of you when juicing too!


beka @ rebecca roams February 15, 2013 at 11:23 am

Congrats to Christa!!

I haven’t tried ANY of those above, but obviously need to change that tune. I almost bought some of the nuStevia yesterday for baking the coconut cookies, but when I couldn’t find unsweetened coconut i knew it’d be WAY too sweet with regular sweetened + the stevia. I can’t take vitamin pills either, but chewable/gummies do well. I have been taking vitafusion gummies for adults for quite a while now!


LCCotter February 15, 2013 at 3:42 pm

oh good call! i still want to eat your coconut cookies you posted, like now!


Danielle @ Truffles n' Treadmills February 15, 2013 at 11:23 am

love her comment!


LCCotter February 15, 2013 at 3:49 pm

me too! a classic


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 15, 2013 at 11:25 am

So glad you’re feeling better!! I lovey nunaturals and I really want to get my hands on the paleo bread. I emailed the company for a sample and try never responded. May try again today…


LCCotter February 15, 2013 at 3:49 pm

you need to email Unrefined Bakery in Dallas. AMAZING paleo bread! check it out


Beth @ Miles and Trials February 15, 2013 at 11:25 am

So many new things I have to add to my must try list! I just tried my first Gluten free bread this week and was pleasantly surprised, so I’ll have to look for the Paleo Bread now. I love those Lululemon pants! I have yet to buy my first piece of Lulu wear, but love to look at them. Happy Friday!


LCCotter February 15, 2013 at 3:57 pm

woohoo for gluten free eating! i am proud beth!


Heather February 15, 2013 at 11:36 am

Oh! Those are beautiful!! I love Lulu stuff! I’m stalking the new pink gingham pace setter skirt…..


LCCotter February 15, 2013 at 3:57 pm

oh yes, i was eyeing those too. where’s the darn sale rack!?


Jess February 15, 2013 at 11:54 am

Aww yay for Christa!! That’s awesome!!
I LOVE that your hubby bought you new lulu, you totally deserve it girl, and I can’t wait to see you rock those tights over on instagram, hehe ;-)


LCCotter February 15, 2013 at 5:34 pm

oh i will rock them for YOU! Deal? My barren9ne inspiration!


Heather (Where's the Beach) February 15, 2013 at 11:55 am

Love all of my NuNaturals products. I found a new recipe from Lisa @ Thrive Style for coconut chocolate PB cups – I modified for a chocolate PB almond cup for Jason for Vday.


LCCotter February 15, 2013 at 4:57 pm

well shoot, i would have requested some if you were making them! hehe


Caitlin February 15, 2013 at 12:01 pm

CONGRATS to the winner! i so wish i could go to blend, but plane travel just complicates things b/c i’d need to take more time off work and it’s more $$!
i’ve never heard of any of these products haha. They don’t seem like my thing! But I like the idea of rounding up finds and favorites on a Friday. YAY alliteration.


LCCotter February 15, 2013 at 12:55 pm

haha, well what if next Friday i post my Wine Finds!!? That’s so your thing, right? ;-)


Caitlin February 15, 2013 at 12:57 pm

I usually do Fashion Friday but WINE FRIDAY is fine with me any day haha


Lisa @ RunWiki February 15, 2013 at 12:06 pm

So happy for Christa! I am smiling from ear to ear for her! She will be in the greatest company EVER!


Christa @ Edible Balance February 15, 2013 at 12:13 pm

That is the honest truth! So many amazing women in one place, my head is already spinning :)


LCCotter February 15, 2013 at 3:55 pm

please say your coming too!!!?!


katie February 15, 2013 at 12:18 pm

LOVE lulu wunder unders! They are amazing and make my booty I don’t have look good, lol.

SO many good food finds and I want those chocolate peppermint healthy bites, NOW!

Love you!


LCCotter February 15, 2013 at 3:56 pm

mine too! it’ nice to have the booty back. hehe love YOU! oh and i need to send you some healthy bites soon! EEK!


natalie @ will jog for food February 15, 2013 at 12:44 pm

I REALLY want to try that Paleo bread!


LCCotter February 15, 2013 at 4:21 pm

you will love it!


Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) February 15, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Those pants would make me happy too! Plant Fusion is, by far, my favorite! I have some coming to me now! The tagatose from New Naturals is amazing stuff. The boys couldn’t even detect in their banana muffins! Love that stuff! I hope you have a great weekend my friend. I’m so glad you’re feeling better!


Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 15, 2013 at 1:10 pm

I’ve never tried any of these, but the big kid in me loves the idea of chewable probiotics. Mine come in boring capsule form, which are far less enticing. Confession: sometimes I get tempted to buy Flinstones multivitamins just because they look like they would make taking my vitamins more fun… maybe I need to look into some gummy bear multis…


LCCotter February 15, 2013 at 4:24 pm

totally can relate and you would love the chewables. they are bear shaped!


Alysia @ Slim Sanity February 15, 2013 at 1:46 pm

wow…. so many good products! I need to try that Paleo bread (still need to check out unrefined bakery) and that caramel latte nut butter sounds aaamazing.


LCCotter February 15, 2013 at 5:26 pm

girl you must get there soon!!!! so good!


Rachelle February 15, 2013 at 1:56 pm

So so glad Christie won, she absolutely deserved this! All of the food looks amazing and is making stomache rumble. It must be lunch time. ;)


LCCotter February 15, 2013 at 5:27 pm

i still wish you were going to be there. sad. xxoo


Allison @ Life's a Bowl February 15, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Her comment is super cute! And I really need to get myself a juicer, never knew there were different kinds…


Michelle @ Eat Move Balance February 15, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Lulu clothing does work wonders, for both the body AND mind. :) So comfy and flattering. Love it.

I picked up a new spice yesterday at Trader Joe’s. It’s a Ghost Pepper grinder, and it’s supposed to be HOT! I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m excited to experiment this weekend. Happy Friday!


Laura @ Mommy Run Fast February 15, 2013 at 2:25 pm

So excited for Christa! Sounds like she was the perfect random winner. I’ve wanted to try Plant Fusion- keep hearing good things about it. Mmm, chocolate peppermint healthy bites…


Katie @ msfitrunner February 15, 2013 at 3:03 pm

I LOVE plantfusion protein. I found it about a year and a half ago when I was searching high and low for a vegan protein powder that tasted good and had no soy in it – I mix this with all my vega proteins – the best! Also, I LIVE in my wunder unders. best purchase ever!
OH, how I would love to go the blend retreat – not happening this year, maybe I can convince the hubs for next year;)


Christine @ Love, Life, Surf February 15, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Umm, a pair of pretty wunder unders always make me feel better. Just saying. And I’m so intrigued by the juicer! I’ve heard such great things.


LCCotter February 15, 2013 at 5:31 pm

no wonder they call them wunder unders! LOL! hope youre enjoying skiing! <3


Alison @ racingtales February 15, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Those pants look divine even though they make my eyes go funny when I stare too long at the pic. ;) This week I tried putting a lot of ginger in my smoothie…we know how that turned out!


Lisa February 15, 2013 at 3:31 pm

I always just make juice from my vita! Seems to work for now. I think I’ll need to start juicing more now that I have to cut out so many of my favorite veggies! Sad.
I still have yet to try plant fusion, I hear very good things about it though! I should look into it, since I can’t have whey anymore.
Lulu clothing totally makes me happy:)
That’s okay, right.
I haven’t tried any of the products you mentioned, besides my beloved stevia drops (those guys rock!), but I think I may need to especially chewables! I love ‘em!


Jess @ Blonde Ponytail February 15, 2013 at 3:31 pm

So glad you are feeling better! I have heard rave reviews of Wunder Unders and must try! BLEND won’t happen for me this year but crossing fingers for next. I feel like we have met but we need to make it happen for real!!!


jobo February 15, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Love your wunder unders!! SO cute!! As for me, I found nutzo ;-) I can’t wait to TRY it though!! YUM!


purelytwins February 15, 2013 at 6:01 pm

oh all those treats and eats look sooo good. we have not found anything new and exciting lately since we are limited on eats at the moment ;)
congrats to Christa for winning – can’t wait to meet her!


Christa @ Edible Balance February 20, 2013 at 12:25 pm

awww, can’t wait to meet you lovely ladies!!! so much to chat about in our journeys in health :)


Bre February 15, 2013 at 9:04 pm

love all the foodie finds and of course, I haven’t tried any of them! I did try something new this week- Vega Macca Chocolate Bar! Other than that all my eats were standard bre fare.
Love the lulu pants-try not to think too much abt the money part— just enjoy wearing them! :) something special for you to wear to work, to run, and make healthy bites in! :)


Malita February 15, 2013 at 9:39 pm

There is a local farm that sells raw cheddar $7, the pick up spot is 620 and Lakeline area. Let me know if you want the number


LCCotter February 16, 2013 at 7:39 am

really?! oh i want in! do they sell milk or cream?


Malita February 16, 2013 at 11:19 am

Milk and eggs, but I like the milk at natural grocers, brand supernatural, better


Linz @ Itz Linz February 16, 2013 at 7:34 am

I’ve tried flax milk before but not with protein. I’m excited to break out my NutriPro juicer this weekend!!


She Rocks Fitness February 16, 2013 at 12:53 pm

I’ve been looking at that bread for the past couple weeks. I may have to give it a try. Nothing new here, I’m boring, but sometimes boring is good, just not all the time. I need my Healthy Bites! XO


Allie February 16, 2013 at 4:20 pm

I’m loving those pants! They’re so YOU!!! I hope you and the Hubs had a great Valentine’s Day <3


Jess February 16, 2013 at 8:27 pm

Love those lulu pants! So cute and so you! :)


Tianna February 17, 2013 at 9:14 am

Hey girly, had to pop in to tell you that The Paleo Mom has the BEST paleo bread recipes! I stole my mom’s bread maker just to make the yeast-based paleo bread and it’s so freaking awesome!


Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen February 19, 2013 at 2:55 pm

You KNOW I love Plant Fusion. :) And, well, I love Nutty Butter. I’m glad we can share our love…and that you are able to spread the BLEND love! I am so happy that the winner was who it was…based on her comment I think she will take away SO MUCH from the weekend, just like we all did last year. [Still wish you had been there, but AMEN! for this one.]


Samantha Allen March 6, 2013 at 5:39 pm

oooohhhhh!!! PROBIOTICS, I’m excited to see how they go. Good luck!!


LCCotter March 6, 2013 at 10:08 pm

thanks! i’ll keep ya posted


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