REVIEW: Shady Rays

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Shady Rays Shades to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

I was excited to have the opportunity to test out new Shady Rays Shades. I had heard such great things about them.

I was able to select a pair of their Signature Series shades. It was a tough decision as I loved the look of all of the choices. I ended up selecting the Slate Polarized pair.

Shady Rays has increased frame durability, and these shades featured anti-reflective lens coating, and hydrophobic lens coating to repel liquid. That last part is key. I’ve definitely noticed this feature during my runs. I sweat a ton and have a tendency to make my sunglasses blury due to the sweat that hits the lenses.  I haven’t been having that issue with these new Shady Rays. 

The shades have been very comfortable when I’ve had them on running. They have fit great with my headphones. I’ve tried them with both hats and headbands and they have fit great with both.

I haven’t had any issues with movement either. They have stayed right in place. That is always a concern while running. With keeping your head on a swivel while seeing around to make sure you’re safe, the last thing you need is your shades to move or fall off your face.

These shades knock out the glare. They offer 100% UV protection and are shatter-resistant. They are also salt water proof, hydrophobic, and anti-reflective. They are very easy to clean.

If you ever lose or break your Shady Rays, no worries. They will replace them for free. All you have to do is pay the shipping and handling. They also come with a lifetime craftsman warranty.

One really nice thing is that every order provides 11 meals to fight hunger in the U.S. through Feeding America.

They have a great selection of styles too. Check them out at shadyrays.com.

Do you like to wear sunglasses when you run?

What is your favorite pair of Shady Rays?

Check out what other BibRave Pros are saying about Shady Rays:

Corey          Brad          Matt

Check out Shady Rays on:

Twitter: @ShadyRays
Instagram: @ShadyRays

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REVIEW: Detach Coconut+

Disclaimer: I received Detach Coconut+ to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

This is my second time testing out and reviewing Detach Coconut+. That should tell you what I think about this product. I was so excited to get the opportunity to get my hands on more of this delicious drink. Between my own orders and my two opportunities to test it out, I believe I’ve enjoyed this product over 30 times.

Detach Coconut+ has become my go-to pre-run and pre-workout drink. I can honestly tell you I feel a difference in my runs and workouts when I have one of these prior and when I don’t. 

As noted in my first review, I’m not a huge fan of coconut flavored things. Well, with the number of deliveries I’ve received of this product, that should be enough to tell you what I think of the taste of Detach Coconut+. I honestly don’t even taste the coconut. It’s more of a citrus flavor that I thoroughly enjoy. It is not overpowering at all. I haven’t had any bad, lingering after taste or anything with this product. They have definitely delivered on their “Coconut Water Evolved” tagline.

I definitely feel an endurance, muscle, and mental boost when I drink this prior to my runs and workouts. I love it that it give me extra pep to my step. It has helped me with my efforts.

Detach is also a great product to use during your work outs. I’ve used it during my long runs and it has come through with flying colors.

So what is Detach Coconut+? It is an organic coconut water core with added purified sea salt for improved hydration. Next they added coconut nectar and honey for a low glycemic energy boost. Then, they added a proprietary blend of protein building blocks for an endurance, muscle, and mental boost you can actually feel. It has a light refreshing citrus flavor with no “fake” sweeteners. Ellie-Ade is the new of the flavor which is a naturally flavored Lemon/Lime with just the right hint of coconut. The drinks are certified paleo, low GI and gluten-free. Plus, each bottle is of Detach Coconut+ is only 60 calories.

With their current special of 1 FREE case when you order at bibrave.drink-detach.com, I highly recommend you try it out. Just pay the $14.95 shipping and handling. That’s all. I know I’ll be stocking up on more.

Are you working on your hydration? Would love to hear your experiences. Leave a comment or any questions you may have.

Check out what other BibRave Pros are saying about Detach Coconut+:

Katy          Lissa 

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REVIEW: OOFOS OOmg Fibre Lows

Disclaimer: I received a pair of OOFOS OOmg Fibre Lows to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

As some of you know, I bought a pair of slide on OOFOS sandals about a year and a half ago. I rave about them to everyone I know. They are the most comfortable sandals ever and an absolute need for your post-run recovery.

How much do I love and believe in OOFOS products? I recommended them to my mother and she has picked up a few pairs herself. She now raves about them to everyone. As the old saying goes, Mama Knows Best, so that’s all you need to know.

When I was presented the opportunity to test out the brand new OOFOS OOmg Fibre Low men’s shoes, I jumped at it. I was so excited to add another pair of OOFOS to my collection. The best part is, this is the first men’s shoe available.

Living in New Jersey, the weather doesn’t allow one to wear sandals outdoors all year long. The brand new OOmg Fibre Low has fixed that problem for me. I now have an OOFOS shoe that I’ll be able to wear outdoors when the weather turns.

These shoes are oo so comfortable. It’s like walking on clouds. My feet feel so happy when I slide these on after a long run and my feet are a little beat up.

What is it that OOFOS does better? OOFOAM Technology absorbs 37% more impact than performance shoe foams. Think about that. 37% more! Anything that is 37% more is a huge upgrade. You’ll notice it right away when you walk around in these fabulous shoes. They are so comfortable, you won’t want to take them off.

OOFOS allow you to recover faster and put your best foot forward in your next training session.

The new OOmg shoe features a super comfortable fabric that’s smooth and breathable, with just enough stretch so it’s easy to slip on and off.

I wear these new OOFOS OOmg Fibre Low shoes with basically anything. I’ve worn them with and without socks. I’ve worn them with workout gear, with khaki shorts and a polo, and many of the other BibRave Pros have worn them to work. I work from home, so technically, so have I. They are stylish enough to pull off with business casual wear and look good when you have shorts on, or when you’re leaving the gym.

The Men’s OOmg Fibre shoes come in black/grey currently. They retail for $139.95 and are worth every penny. I know these will last, as my slide on sandals are still going strong after a long time of usage.

Definitely check these out and OOFOS other products. Your feet will thank you. I seriously couldn’t recommend these anymore than I am. They are my go to recovery shoes.

Remember, “Mama knows best”. :o)

Want to get your own pair? Visit the OOFOS website here.

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Rock N Roll Dublin Half Marathon

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the Rock N Roll Dublin Half Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

What an amazing experience. One I will cherish forever. I loved having the opportunity to run the Rock N Roll Dublin Half Marathon during our stay in Ireland.

My wife and I left New Jersey on Thursday evening and landed in Dublin on Friday morning. We spent most of the morning walking around the city and then stopped in race expo on our way back to our hotel. At the expo, we picked up our bibs for the 5K and I picked up my bib for the half marathon. We purchased a few shirts, including ones that had our names on them along with all of the other race participants. We took a few photos in front of the backdrops and made our way over to the Pacers table. There, I was told to expect to run 10-15 minutes slower than what I would run on a flatter course due to the steep hills that started around half way through the course.

The race had a brand new course this year due to the Pope’s upcoming visit to Phoenix Park, where the race normally runs through and ends. It was nice to talk to a pacer that had run parts of the course before for his insight. I was already made aware of this by another BibRave Pro (thanks Laura!) so I knew what to expect. She was a pacer too and sent me a message letting me know about the hills. It was such a huge advantage for me as I was able to mentally prepare for it properly.

On Saturday, my wife and I got up  and ready for the 5K. We took a taxi over to the start and walked around a bit. I was supposed to be in corral 1 but dropped back with my wife. Even though she didn’t believe me, my plan was to run with her the entire time. I was looking to run this as fast as I could with the half marathon the next day. I wanted to do this with her. She pushed herself and ran a good race. I carried a water bottle that she used throughout the race. There were no water stations, so this came in key. She ended up beating me, so she’ll have that over me for the rest of my life.

On Sunday, I took a short walk from the hotel to St. Stephen’s Green where the race was running shuttle buses to the start. This was a really nice option and it ran smoothly. My wife was able to jump on one of the last shuttles over as the shuttle was open to spectators as well.

With my wife being there, I didn’t have to check a bag, so I was able to get right in line for the bathrooms. So, I have to mention this, the porta-potties there were the best I’ve ever seen. They “flush” haha. Sorry I had to mention that. Hopefully, they will become more popular in the States.

I took my time walking around and then relaxing for a few before I stretched. Then I made my way to the corrals and waiting for the start. Nice thing was I saw my wife before the start, so I knew I’d see her right at the start line and at the finish.

The race went off but I was in corral 6 so it took some time to actually start. The first part of the course took us along a city street that was a nice way to get the legs going. I was just taking in the sites and scenes.

During the race, we ended up running past the Guinness Factory twice (front and back), along with Dublinia where “KISS” was rocking out. I gave a high five to one of the member.

I made it a point to high five as many kids that had their hands out as possible during this race. This was a race I was going to have fun and enjoy. Really take in the landscape. I’ve ran too many races where I don’t notice half of the landmarks because I’m so focused. This was being used as a practice for the NYC Marathon.

The course was nice with some up and downs, crossing over small bridges until you got to around the 8K mark and you hit a steep incline of a hill. As I was going up it, I was looking at the leaders coming down it and thought to myself I’m more worried about going down it later than up it right now. I pushed through and ran the entire hill. I felt so accomplished at the top. I kept a nice pace, a smart pace.

The course had a few points where it was a bit tight as we were down to one lane. Everything worked out fine.

There were a few more challenging hill throughout the course that I ran up. I never stopped. It was a goal of mine. I knew about most of the hills and wasn’t surprised when I saw the inclines. The only one that caught me a little off guard was the last hill about 2 miles or so out from the finish. It was a bit steeper than I was expecting but I felt so good at that point. I felt strong at the end. I welcomed the challenge.

Around this point, there was a woman that was pushing herself, running a great pace that I decided to run with. She definitely helped me push myself for about a mile and half and then I took off. I felt so good. It was the first half marathon I’ve run where I felt strong at the end and not dehydrated at all. I ended up seeing the woman after the race and thanked her for pushing it.

I really enjoyed the course. It was beautiful. It was damp and wet but the weather otherwise was perfect. It was in the 60s. Felt refreshing versus the weather we had been dealing with in New Jersey.

I finished in 2:13:46 for a 10:12 pace. My watch had me at a 10:09 pace at a distance of 13.17. That is probably pretty accurate with the turns in this race and the amount of runners.

This race was a huge confidence boost as I prepare for the NYC Marathon. I felt comfortable at that pace and felt strong. We will see what ends up happening but this was the perfect race to run. The course was challenging but it was beautiful. I loved it. Hopefully, I’ll be back again to run it again.

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REVIEW: Karma Ring

Disclaimer: I received a  Karma Ring to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I have never been one to run or work out with my wedding ring on. I fear that I will either lose it or damage it, so I always leave it at home. I always feel weird without my ring on though.

Now, with the Karma Men’s Duo Silicone Ring, I can proudly wear something in place of my wedding ring and not have to worry.

The silicone ring fits perfectly. It’s easy to get on and off and doesn’t move around. Since it’s silicone, I don’t have to worry about denting it while I’m lifting or if I was to fall while running. Yes, I have tripped so I’m aware it can happen.

The cool thing about the Karma Men’s Duo Silicone Ring is that you are provided three core colors that you can change out on your base color. The base color is black and the three core colors are jet black, iron grey, and slate blue.

Some people change the colors out based on achievements. Others do it dbased on what it matches with. I’ve been using the slate blue mostly. The core bands are easy to change out and put on the base band.

Karma rings feature patent-pending, ergonomic contouring, and strong yet flexible materials, so that they feel as heavenly as they look.

  • Hypoallergenic – Even sensitive skin will love the specially formulated silicone used in every Karma Ring.
  • Non Porous – Doesn’t absorb germs, odors, and chemicals.
  • Ultra Durable – Wears like iron feels like silk
  • Non Conductive/Non Magnetic – Will not affect hand held mobile devices, Bluetooth technology, or magnetic strips on credit cards.

I’m glad I have the option to wear a ring now while I run without the worries. The Karma Ring is also perfect for traveling, yardwork, or whenever you’re on an adventure and don’t want to take a chance of losing your ring.

Use code BIBRAVE33 for 33% OFF at KarmaRings.com.

 

 

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REVIEW: Under Armour HOVR Sonic

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Under Armour HOVR Sonic shoes to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I love Under Armour products but I’ve actually never owned a pair of UA sneakers. I have so much UA gear as I’ve always enjoyed them for working out and running. When I had the opportunity to test out the Under Armour HOVR Sonic non-connected sneakers, I was all over it. I was so excited to get these and try them out.

As noted above, I received the non-connected (NC) version of the HOVR Sonic. The only different between the NC and Connected is that the Connected version has UA’s Record Sensor. The UA Record Sensor provides data from your run to your phone. The Connected version would’ve been cool to have but I was completely fine with the NC version. I use a running watch that provides me with a ton of data.

The UA HOVR Sonic is a NEUTRAL shoe and that is what I have always worn. I was really looking forward to getting these and trying them out.

As you can see in the photos, the pair I received were black with some white and red. I didn’t know what color I was getting, so when I opened the box, I was pleasantly surprised. I think they look great.

The next step was the biggest. My foot is a little wider so sometimes I have issues with certain running shoes that I try on. They feel like they are squeezing my foot too much. I had never tried these on, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was so happy and a bit surprised how well they fit when I put them on. The shoe seemed to fit me really well, like a glove, and I felt like these sneakers would not need as much time for me to break in and get used to. They just seemed right from the start. Normally, it takes me a few weeks to really feel like a pair of show is broken in. That wasn’t the case with these.

These sneakers are so comfortable. They are nice a light too. The UA HOVR technology definitely delivers. They feel good, are nice and plush, and provide nice cushion.

The top of the sneaker is made up of compression mesh. I don’t have a pair of running shoes with this type of material. I loved it. It stretches to your foot and has real nice texture to it. I really liked how these shoes felt on my feet. You can tell how breathable these sneakers are too which is a huge help right now in the humid weather we’re experience in New Jersey. The soft knit upper dries fast too.

One of the specs they note that I noticed immediately is the unique tongue construction. It is attached to the footbed by stretchable support wings. This helps it maintain a snug fit throughout the foot.

Below is a list of the UA HOVR Sonic Specs:

  • UA HOVR™ technology provides ‘zero gravity feel’ to maintain energy return that helps eliminate impact step after step
  • Compression mesh Energy Web contains & molds UA HOVR™ foam to give back the energy you put in
  • NEUTRAL: For runners who need a balance of flexibility & cushioning
  • Soft knit upper dries fast & provides a breathable, compression-like fit that delivers lightweight directional strength & unmatched comfort to help you go the distance
  • Ventilated midfoot panel increases breathability
  • Unique tongue construction is attached to the footbed by stretchable support wings to maintain a snug fit throughout the foot
  • External TPU heel counter for additional support & structure
  • Removable, anti-microbial Ortholite® sockliner molds to the foot for customized comfort & cushion
  • Blown rubber under the forefoot is lightweight yet incredibly responsive
  • High-abrasion rubber placed under the heel to help absorb ground contact
  • Offset: 8mm
  • Weight: 9.6oz
  • Imported

Overall, I’ve been very pleased with the Under Armour HOVR Sonic NC sneakers. They have been a great addition to my running and work out shoe rotation. Besides running, I have used them to lift in and cross train. They felt right on the elliptical and the stepper. I’m definitely a fan.

Do you own a pair of UA HOVR Sonic shoes?

What is your favorite color for your running shoes?

Check out what other BibRave Pros are saying about UA HOVR Sonic:

Karen          Amy S          Jenn          Shannon          B.J.          Ben          Lissa          Barb          Amy W          Alastair          Mary Jo          Aubrene

Check out Under Armor on:

Twitter: @UARunning
Instagram: @UARunning

 

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REVIEW: NuGo Egg White Protein Bars

Disclaimer: I received NuGo Egg White Protein Bars to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I’ve enjoyed different types of NuGo bars in the past. They have been used throughout my training a lot. When I heard that they had a brand new product called NuGo Egg White Protein bars, I jumped at the opportunity to test them. I have loved the other NuGo products I’ve ate and I love egg whites, so I figured this was a win win. It delivered just like I thought it would.

I try to make sure I add plenty of protein to my diet. I like to make sure I am replenishing my body with the protein it needs after my runs, especially my long runs. NuGo Egg Whit Protein bars make it easy. This yummy, healthy option packs the protein I’m looking for.

The NuGo Egg White Protein bars come in four flavors. The four flavors are Dark Chocolate Sea Salt, Peanut Butter, Maple Pecan, and Blueberry. I love dark chocolate and peanut butter, so I was real happy to see them as flavors. I wasn’t sure how I’d like the Maple Pecan or Blueberry but I was pleasantly surprised with each, especially the blueberry. I don’t pick blueberry much when it’s an option  but this was one I liked a lot and never hesitated to pick it again after having it the first time. One of the hardest things was deciding which flavor to have after my runs, as I liked each one of them almost equally.

These protein baes are gluten free, kosher, non-GMO, and made with real fruits and nuts. NuGo starts with the highest quality fruits and nuts, then add non-GMO egg white protein. Egg white protein is a complete protein, containing all of the amino acids your body needs, while being virtually fat and cholesterol free.

Each Dark Chocolate Sea Salt bar is 190 calories and packs 13g of protein. They contain egg whites, chocolate, almonds, cashews, dates, and sea salt.

The Peanut Butter bar is made up of egg whites, peanuts, almonds, and dates. It is 200 calories and contains 14g of protein.

Egg whites, pecans, almonds, cashews, and dates make up the Maple Pecan bar. This bar has 200 calories and 13g of protein.

Only 180 calories are in the Blueberry bar. Made from egg whites, blueberries, cashews, and dates, this bar provides 12g of protein.

These bars are clean, simple, and delicious at a lower cost than most of the competition. NuGo is an independent natural foods company. Check it out.

With only 180-200 calories per bar, these have been fitting into my nutrition plan nicely. I definitely recommend you try these out if you’re looking for a protein bar for your post-workout needs. It is a great protein option for fueling your body.

Use code BIBRAVE for 15% OFF by 8/3/18.

Which one of these four flavors would you try first?

Check out what other BibRave Pros are saying about NuGo Egg White Protein Bars:

Lindsey          Janelle          Sara          Danielle          Kim          Katy          Karen          Brad          Ryan          Lissa

Check out NuGo on:

Twitter: @NuGoNutrition
Instagram: @NuGoNutrition

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REVIEW: Ultima Replenisher

Disclaimer: I received Ultima Replenshier to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I’m always looking for ways to improve my fuel and bring my hydration to the best possible levels. When I was provided the opportunity to test out a variety pack of Ultima Replenisher and a tub of Ultima Replenisher Electrolyte Powder (Cherry Pomegranate flavor), I was all over it.

With summer underway and the weather being so hot and humid in New Jersey, it was the perfect time of year to put this product to the test.

As stated above, the 30 servings tub was Cherry Pomegranate flavor. The variety pack consisted of sixteen individual packets consisting of five flavors. The five flavors were orange, grape, lemonade, raspberry, and cherry pomegranate.

Ultima’s tagline on the box is “electrolytes, pure + simple”. This is spot on. It is simple to use this electrolyte supplement. I simply selected the flavor I felt like, cut the top and poured the powder into a 16 oz bottle of water. Then just shake it and drink it. That simple and easy.

I really liked each flavor. I would probably say my favorites were orange, grape and lemonade but the others were very good too.

Ultima Replenisher offers six electrolytes (Phosphorus, Calcium, Potassium, Chloride, Sodium, and Magnesium) and support minerals. It contains zero calories, zero sugar, and zero carbs. As you’ve read, I’ve been counting my calories and eating healthier to prime my body for the NYC Marathon. Having an option like Ultima Replenisher with the zero calories, sugars, and carbs is fantastic. It’s allowing me to add flavor to my hydration while supplying me much needed electrolytes and support minerals after my runs. Definitely a fan.

No artificial flavors or sweeteners are added to Ultima Replenisher. It’s vegan, non-gmo, gluten-free, paleo-friendly, and keto-friendly.

As Ultima promotes, they care about what you put into your body as much as you do. With all six electrolytes plus support minerals, real fruit flavors and plant-based colors, it is a go-to choice for healthy replenishment so you can feel and perform your best.

Definitely check out Ultima Replenisher to step up your fueling and hydration. You’ll love the flavors and the ease of it. It’s clean hydration done right.

Use code ULTIMABR for 15% OFF at by clicking here.

What do you drink after your runs?

Which one of these five flavors would you try first?

Check out what other BibRave Pros are saying about Ultima Replenisher:

Alastair          Angie          Nicole          Katy          Corey          Amy

Check out Ultima Replenisher on:

Twitter: @GoUltima
Instagram: @GoUltima

 

 

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REVIEW: GATORADE ENDURANCE

Disclaimer: I received the Gatorade Endurance New Flavor Bundle to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I was excited to have the opportunity to test two brand new flavors for Gatorade Endurance. The new flavors that I received were the watermelon endurance formula (32 oz canister) and the mango energy gels. I also received a really cool Gatorade Endruance watermelon themed bottle that has been coming through clutch for me on my runs.

Most of the longer races I’ve ran offering Gatorade Endurance on at its hydration stations. I knew this was a fantastic opportunity to train with fueling options that I use on race days. Plus, these flavors were definitely two that caught my attention, especially the watermelon endurance formula. I LOVE watermelon so seeing this option now available was an added bonus.

The Gatorade Endurance Formula Powder provides nearly two times the sodium (310 mg) and more than three times the potassium (140 mg) than traditional Gatorade. This is really important to me. As you have read, I’m still working on my hydration due to the excessive sweating that I have during my runs. The more sodium and potassium the better. The formula powder is only 90 calories per 12 oz, so it keeps the calories in line and has been fitting into my daily calorie count on the days I’ve used it to fuel my runs.

One of the nice features of the brand new watermelon Gatorade Endurance formula powder is that there are no artificial flavors.

Gatorade also promotes that the watermelon flavor has a light taste. This was definitely the case. Sometimes, energy drinks can be a bit overpowering and not sit right during a long run. This new flavor definitely delivered on the light taste, which is a great thing. You taste the watermelon but it isn’t overpowering. It also doesn’t taste like it’s too water downed either. It’s nice and subtle. I’ve really been enjoying it on my longer runs.

The Gatorade Endurance energy gel is a 1.3 oz pouch that contains 20g of carbs, 90 calories, 100mg of sodium, and 35g of potassium. The new mango flavor is easy to take down and has a nice taste to it. It didn’t leave me any weird after tastes and felt fine in my stomach during my runs. The new flavor did not disappoint. It’s perfect for distance training and racing. I’ve been taking one before my longer runs and I can feel the pop of energy it is meant to supply. I’ve been very satisfied with this brand new flavor.

Definitely check out the two brand new flavors from Gatorade Endurance. They are perfect for those that are racing and training for prolonged periods of time. Check out GatoradeEndurance.com for more information.

Do you use Gatorade Endurance in your training?

What is the next flavor you’d like to see for Gatorade Endurance?

Check out what other BibRave Pros are saying about these two brand new flavors from Gatorade Endurance:

Jessica          Lindsey          Karen          Lissa          Amy          Katy          Corey          Amy S          Barb

Check out Gatorade Endruance on:

Instagram: @GatoradeEndurance

 

 

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REVIEW: Luvo Flipped Bowls

Disclaimer: I received eight Luvo Flipped Bowls to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Use code BIBRAVE to receive 1 FREE when you purchase 7 meals at shop.luvoinc.com.

As some of you know, I’ve decided I’d like to take off some weight as I prepare for the New York City Marathon. I have dedicated myself to a healthier diet, so when I was presented the opportunity to test out the brand new Luvo Flipped Bowls, I jumped at the chance.

For this review we were provided two each of the four brand new meal types. The new meals are Chicken Meatballs in Pesto Sauce, Chicken Meatballs in Stroganoff Sauce, Chicken Meatballs in Garlic Wine Sauce, and Chicken Meatballs in Tomato Basil Sauce.

The Pesto Sauce, Garlic Wine Sauce, and Stroganoff Sauce meals are only 300 calories and the Tomato Basil Sauce is just 340 calories. These calories easily work in to my daily plans and have helped me in a crunch.

How have they helped me in a crunch? Well, they are quick and easy to cook. Simply take the bowl out of the box, put it in the microwave and I heat them for 3 minutes. Let it stand for a little to cool and eat. That’s how simple and easy it is. You don’t need to poke holes in the plastic or pull the top off, stir, and reheat. Nope, nothing like that. I’ve had a few busy days where the Luvo Flipped Bowls have saved me for lunch. Not only have I been able to quickly make them but they have provided me with a healthy, quick, and easy option for lunch.

The first meal I tried was the Chicken Meatballs in Stroganoff Sauce. Whenever I hear stroganoff, I’m like, I’m getting that. I’m a sucker for it. My favorite meal is a meatloaf stroganoff that my wife and mom make. I even make it every so often but they do make it better than I do. This flipped bowl comprises of a decadent sauce of sautéed mushrooms, onions and sour cream over whole wheat rotini with chicken meatballs, cauliflower and kale. I liked this Luvo Flipped Bowl a lot. It has a very yummy taste to it and is filling.

I absolutely loved the Chicken Meatballs in Pesto Sauce. Honestly, if you would’ve asked me to rank which bowls I would like most before I tried them, this one wouldn’t have been one of them. I was wrong. I found the Pesto Sauce Flipped Bowl to be absolutely delicious. The flavor of the sauce was spot on and I love how it’s a healthy take on the classic pesto sauce. It mixes well with the whole wheat penne, chicken meatballs, and vegetables. I highly recommend this bowl.

The Chicken Meatballs in Garlic Wine Sauce features whole wheat rotini, chicken meatballs, white beans, veggies, and a traditional garlic wine sauce. I thought this flipped bowl had a little kick to it which was nice. I really liked the white beans in this one. It was very filling and done nicely by Luvo.

The fourth Flipped Bowl was the Chicken Meatballs in Tomato Basil Sauce. When Luvo came up with this Flipped Bowl, they described it as a spin on chicken parm with chicken meatballs atop whole wheat penne, tomato balsamic sauce, and parmesan quinoa crust. I think they did a great job describing this. I love chicken parm so to have a similar healthy option available is perfect. This delicious bowl packed plenty of yummy flavors to satisfy my taste buds and cravings.

Luvo has done a terrific job with these brand new Flipped Bowls. They taste wonderful and not like your typical frozen meal options. These heat up quickly and don’t taste like a microwaved meal. I was definitely shocked and happy to learn this.

These meals also are very satisfying and have filled me up for lunch. I’ve had these mostly after a run too. For portion size comparison, I’ve put these into my own bowls and they fill them.

If you’re looking for a quick, healthy option, definitely check these out. Definitely giving the chef’s at Luvo five stars for a job well done in preparing these.

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