Darlin’ Rae (August 2014)

August 14, 2014



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Announcing the Top 3 Finalists for the Summer Smoothie Recipe Contest!

August 14, 2014

We're incredibly excited to announce that our Top 3 Summer Smoothie Recipe Contest Finalists have been selected! We want to extend a very big thank you to everyone who participated in this summer's contest. With so many creative and delicious submissions to choose from, it sure wasn't easy to select only three recipes as our ultimate faves. (In our eyes, you're all TRUE winners!) Now it's your turn to help us select the Grand Prize, First Prize, and Second Prize Winners!

 

Berry Orange Mango Tango Smoothie

Submitted by: Elizabeth P.
Recipe yields: 2 servings

Cherry-Melon Mojito Cooler

Submitted by: Lauren K.
Recipe yields: 2 servings

Sweet Greens

 

Submitted by: Krista H.
Recipe yields: 1 serving

Ingredients:
1 cup of low fat peach yogurt
1 cup sliced strawberries
1 cup of peeled, pitted, and chopped mango
2 packets of True Orange dissolved in a cup of water
2 packets of True Orange Mango dissolved in the same cup of water
7-10 ice cubes

Directions:
Place peach yogurt, ice cubes, strawberries, mango, 2 packets of True Orange and 2 packets of True Orange Mango into blender. Blend until smooth. Pour smoothie into glasses and drink up!

Ingredients:
1 cup water
1 cup ice
2 cups watermelon, cubed
5 fresh mint leaves
1 packet True Lime Black Cherry Limeade
2 teaspoons agave syrup or honey
Additional mint leaves for garnish (optional)

Directions:
In a large Blender, combine water, ice, watermelon, mint, True Lime packet, and agave (or honey). Blend on high speed until very smooth. Pour into two large glasses and garnish with additional mint sprigs, if desired. Add a straw and enjoy immediately.

Ingredients:
1 banana, peeled
1/2 cucumber, peeled
1 kiwi, peeled
1/2 cup chopped, frozen spinach
1/2 cup of ice
1/4 cup water
1 packet True Original Lemonade

 

Directions:
Add banana, cucumber, and kiwi; blend until smooth. Add frozen spinach, half of the water, and half of the ice. Blend until smooth. Add remaining ingredients, blend until smooth. Enjoy!




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Product Spotlight: True Lemon Raspberry Lemonade

August 11, 2014

We all know we need to drink more water, but how much is enough? Experts agree each person requires a different daily amount of water every day, with the right amount depending on a person's health, the weather, daily activities (such as amount/intensity of exercise) and if they are pregnant or breastfeeding.

You have probably heard the rule of thumb is 8 eight-ounce glasses of water daily. Mayo Clinic doctors are more specific in their recommendation that the average man consumes about three liters (13 cups) of fluid per day and the average woman about 2.2 liters (9 cups). Pregnancy, exercise and a high-heat climate will add to these basic minimums.

While water is the preferred fluid to provide hydration (it's inexpensive, readily available and contains no calories) any fluids you consume contributes to the required daily minimum. This includes foods high in water content, especially fruits and vegetables like watermelon, tomatoes or lettuce. Even things you think might not count like soda, beer or coffee actually contribute to your daily requirement, although getting your daily fluid intake from these types of beverages is not a good idea because they also require more water to get them out of your system.

To keep water from getting boring we created True Lemon® Raspberry Lemonade: a mouth-watering blend that’s perfect for replenishing your vital body fluids on a hot summer day. It tastes fantastic, contains only natural ingredients such as cold-pressed lemon juice and natural raspberry flavor and has no artificial flavors, sweeteners, gluten or preservatives. It also contains 100% of your daily vitamin-C requirement!



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(Un)Healthy Beverages

August 8, 2014

We all know the effects of poor diets and foods loaded with less-than-healthy ingredients. The problem is separating out the good from the bad. However, there are a number of things you can do to identify healthy versus unhealthy drinks.

Read Nutrition Labels

Understanding a nutrition label is an important first step in ensuring you are drinking natural, high-quality beverages. If an ingredient list is over 10 items long and includes words you do not recognize, chances are the beverage may not be all that healthy. While there are some healthy sweeteners like Stevia used as an alternative to sugar, be cautious of high fructose corn syrup and many artificial sweeteners with chemical-based ingredients.

Identify False Advertising

While the world searches for healthier beverage alternatives, words like “natural,” “sugar-free,” “lowfat,” “nonfat,” “healthy,” and “made with real fruit,” to name a few, appear on food labels everywhere. Let those words be a signal for you to check the nutrition label, look at the ingredients list, and ensure there is enough information to back up those claims. You may need to get online to look up the ingredients or find some history about the manufacturer that suggests a wholesome company culture.

What Drinks to Avoid

Sugars in most sodas range from 30 grams to 186 grams, depending on how big your cup is! Various vitamin waters that sound innocent have a minimum of 13+ grams of sugar in one 8 ounce serving, and 33 grams of sugar in one 20 ounce serving. Iced tea drinks are commonly loaded with sugar as well as many fruit juices and lemonades. High fructose corn syrup, or a variation of it, is used in many products and is best avoided as there is some evidence it is linked to obesity, diabetes, cancer, dementia, tooth decay, liver failure, and more.

What Drinks to Enjoy

There are healthy drink options on the market - many of them in the form of sugar free water flavoring packets. Our go-to pick: True Lemon all-natural crystallized drink mix packets! They contain 100% natural ingredients with zero carbs, calories, or sugars, and no artificial sweeteners or preservatives.One packet of True Lemon is also equivalent to one wedge or one tablespoon of lemon juice (when mixed with water).

For health enthusiasts searching for true, all natural powdered drink mix packets, True Lemon is the way to go!



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Our Top 10 Finalists Have Been Selected!

August 8, 2014

Thanks so much to everyone who participated in our Summer Smoothie Recipe Contest! We received so many creative submissions! It sure wasn't easy, but our Top 10 Finalists have been selected (along with a mystery "wild card" submission not pictured). 

Pictured from left to right:

1. Cherry-Melon Mojito Cooler 

2. Sweet Greens

3. Raspberry Peach Lemon Refresher 

4. Mango, Tuermeric, and Lemon Smoothie

5. Double Berry True Lime Rickey Smoothie

6. Chocolate Orange Mango Protein Smoothie

7. Berry Orange Mango Tango Smoothie

8. True Lime Tropical Delight

9. Black Cherry Limeade Delight

10. True Summer Smoothie

Over the next week, the True Citrus team will be blending and tasting each of these recipes. On August 15th, the Top 3 best, most delicious and original recipes will be featured right here on our blog for public voting (it's the people's choice!) to determine the Grand Prize Winner. Don't miss your chance to vote for your favorite!



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Live Your Passion

July 31, 2014

Here at True Citrus our mantra is to 'Live True'. For us that means living your truest, fullest, and healthiest life. "Living True" means different things to different people. Maybe it's making a commitment to yourself to exercise regularly, committing your time and energy to a cause that's close to your heart, saving your money so you can travel, or starting a company that you passionately believe in like David, the creator of True Citrus products and the founder of our company. It's never too late to go after your dream. If you have a goal, don't delay it. We owe it to ourselves to go after what makes us happy! And no matter how audacious the goal, taking small steps in that direction will create the momentum you need to stay on course. Below are a few of our favorite passion-inspired quotes:

 

“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there’s love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” — Ella Fitzgerald

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” — Mark Twain

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” — Nelson Mandela

 

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Feature Interview with Roma van der Walt - Founder of Chitta Wellness

July 22, 2014

This week we caught up with former member of the German National Team for Modern Pentathlon (1997-2002) and founder of Chitta Wellness, Roma van der Walt. We are so honored to have her as this week's guest. Our staff first came across Roma on Twitter and later her blog (which we highly recommend if you're starting the journey towards healthy living). We hope that Roma can inspire you to find your inner "Chitta" just like she inspired us! If you're lucky, you can probably spot Roma with her cute pup Zola in Brooklyn on her days off. Read the full interview below! 

Can you share a little bit about how Chitta Wellness began? We read on your site that "Chitta" is sanskrit for perception, thinking, and memory-- was that the inspiration? If so, how does that shape or inform your approach to health and fitness? 

Chitta Wellness began because I felt the need to get back to my roots. I was always an athlete, but working at an office job after university was a huge change in lifestyle. I still ran in the beginning, but at some point you get sucked into the 9-5 routine. You sit more, and don't even notice how much of an adverse effect it has (little to no exercise will do that). My office environment became very stressful and I developed sciatica in my left leg. ME?? I thought I was invincible! What happened next was a lesson in humility, patience and ultimately perseverance. It took 3 years to walk pain-free again and leave the toxic office environment and ultimately the 9-5 world. Through Chitta Wellness I strive to help others heal, reach their goals and empower them! I think you become empowered when your mind and body are in line, and when you can pin point and eradicate limiting patterns and beliefs in your thinking and perception. We all have memories that hold us back, but nobody said that we can't replace them with new, better memories. 

What does a typical day look like for Roma van der Walt?  

Many days, I get up around 6 am. I am a morning person. Something my husband doesn't love (I'm very chatty in the morning, haha). I either train clients early in the morning, or walk my puppy Zola before I work with clients. I also like to get my marathon training in early in the day because often the day unfolds a bit unexpectedly and I'm running New York this year! If it's a hard workout like a tempo run, I'll try and get up early enough for a smoothie or some oatmeal. If I'm training clients, I'll usually have a banana with peanut butter. I try and start each day with a tall glass of water with fresh lemon juice. Then it's a morning of training, teaching, home for a second breakfast, some more oatmeal (maybe coffee), responding to emails, and posting on social media. Lunch-time can be busy if clients want to work out during their break, so lunch for me is usually around 2pm with a soup/salad and sandwich. Now if I can, I'll take a nap and then it's more online work before a last session or training. I am not a night owl, so I like to be in bed by 10pm. I should be more regular with my meditation practice but I can't always do it. I like to sit at the end of the day before I go to bed and reflect and clear my mind before going to sleep

We grabbed a small snippet of what you said in your About page: 

 "She is a firm believer in positive encouragement and working together to help people embrace the joy of healthy living..."            

We think that's a pretty powerful statement, especially in a time when a lot of women think and feel that they're in it by themselves to create/achieve a healthy balance of mental and physical health. Would you agree? If so, can you share with us how positive encouragement and working together can enhance healthy living and your biggest advice to women who are just starting this journey? 

Who runs the world? Girls! But they don't always run it together. That makes me sad. Some of my best memories are of being in the presence of powerful women and learning from them, laughing with them and being uplifted. I am like a sponge when I meet women who have accomplished great things. I am a runner for the organization called 'Every Mother Counts' which focuses on maternal health and reminds me of how important women/mothers are to our societies today. I think when it comes to being healthy and fit, there are so many great resources at our fingertips, especially online. I say, find a few Instagram accounts of women who you admire and see how they stay healthy. Then find people to work out with in real life. Give yourself time and don't compare yourself. We each have unique talents and we should celebrate them. If you see that you are focusing your energies on relationships with women that are toxic, don't be afraid to break up with them. It's hard, but you create space for better people to come into your life. In my group classes I ask women to work together, and often they end up laughing uncontrollably, and other times they are so super focused on their goal that they finish the exercise without noticing that it was difficult, that their muscles burned, or that they were tired. Start out by exercising according to how you feel rather than how fast you think you should be or how many calories you think you should burn. You are much more likely to stick to a healthy lifestyle that way. 

Photo Credit: Hubert Kang 

What are your favorite breakfast foods? (Are there any superfoods you're having that we don't know about...yet? haha.)  

Haha! I'm pretty transparent (and boring) that way. I know what works for my stomach so I like to vary it a little, but overall I will stick with either home cooked oatmeal with berries and nuts or this new sprouted rice cereal I've discovered. My smoothies are mostly spinach and banana based with berries and superfoods such as hemp hearts, cacao, spirulina or chia seeds. I'm excited to add True Lemon to the smoothies and finally enter your contest! On the weekend I may be more decadent if I go out for brunch. I still try and eat local, organic and grass fed foods as much as I can and in as much variety as possible. I'm lucky to not have any allergies or only occasional food sensitivities so I am an equal opportunity eater :) Everything in moderation. 

We read that you were once on the German National Team from 1997-2002 for the Modern Pentathlon. Are there any outstanding moments you can remember that you can share with us? What was that experience like?

Being a professional athlete can be a roller coaster ride of emotions. In the Modern Pentathlon, you can have a 80% "perfect" competition but then you draw the wrong horse and you drop down from 1st place to 13th (it happened to me). You are constantly tip-toeing a fine line of strong body and strong mind. For most of the year you have to be very disciplined but if it's what you enjoy, the rewards during training and then the competition season are HUGE. 1999 was probably the year that I was my fittest and with a good shot of making it through the trials for the Sydney Olympics. I had a great running season, competed well in the individual fencing events, and felt so strong internationally as a Modern Pentathlete. I placed 6th in the World Championships and felt physically invincible. But at the end of that year I fell sick for quite a long time. Just like that my Sydney dreams were crushed. After the Olympics I had to re-evaluate my goals. My coach and I had to part ways and I knew that he was the only person to ever push me towards another Olympic Games. So I competed until 2002 and then decided to focus on my academic career full time. I had to change my attitude and suddenly become the coach. It's rewarding in a whole different way. I see that now. 

As a founder and a personal trainer with a Masters Degree in Sports Science, what are some of your biggest challenges?  How do you overcome them? 

I'm impatient so being injured or sick is a huge challenge. The other thing would be that I'm always thinking ahead. I have to consciously change that behavior and be more present whether it's during my training or as a business owner. When I'm running I talk to myself and tell myself to focus on now and remember why I love it so much. It's easier when I train others, then I listen to their stories and it makes me really happy. When I get too much into my head, I reach out to my husband and friends. I'm lucky that I have people that understand, so a quick phone conversation, text message exchange or even better a lunch can take my mind off things and fills me with a lot of happiness. 

Last but not least, what was your reaction when we reached out to you for a feature interview? Have you heard of us before? How would you rate our drink mixes/seasonings and would it be something you'd recommend to your friends/family? 

I hadn't heard of you before but I loved our exchanges on Twitter and that carried over into a nice email conversation. Your questions show me that we are on the exact same wavelength wellness wise. It's so great to spread the message of healthy living! As for the products, thank you so much for letting me try them. I love grapefruit so True Grapefruit was the first thing I reached for. I drink a lot of water and I like to add something to it, so usually it would be a slice of lemon or lime. Your products makes that easier, especially if I take a bottle of water for a run. In this hot weather in NY it doesn't hurt that I'm getting an extra dose of Vitamin C, either. If you've read my blog you know how much I love to bake, so the True Orange Ginger Spice Blend is going into my next banana bread or cake. Yum! My husband loves to BBQ and make guacamole so our guests/ friends will be sampling the True Lemon Pepper and the True Lime Garlic & Cilantro Spice Blends for sure. I'll definitely give some of your products to people to try, especially the ones I know who don't seem to drink enough water. 


You offer a lot of variety in your classes whether it's a private session or group training - where should we begin for someone just starting out? 

The KISS (keep it simple sweetheart) principle applies. If you aren't sure yet what you enjoy doing, try a meetup group or a more affordable offer through sites like Groupon etc. Once you know what you enjoy, find a place that is easy to get to so you don't have excuses to not go to a class. Maybe sign up with a friend and hold each other accountable. Once you get past that first step and start reaping the benefits of exercising, mix it up a little. Nobody enjoys doing the same thing day in and day out and neither does our body. That's when people reach a plateau physically and mentally. Adding new things to a workout routine is key and even better, setting an attainable goal. I know people who want to master pull-ups and others want to run a 5k. My next goal is to open my own studio in NYC where people can train different things every day (like I used to) under one roof with individual attention. 

Thanks for reading and make sure you're following Roma on Twitter. If you haven't already, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram! Thanks!  



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Feature Interview with Skyler Bouchard - Founder of @nycdining

July 17, 2014

We caught up with a special guest this week, Skyler Bouchard, you may recognize her as the face behind the popular Instagram handle @nycdining. When she's not busy being the editor in chief of NYU Spoon, you can probably spot her at unique eateries around New York City. She also happens to run a blog, Food by Skyler, dedicated to new and interesting ways to experience some of your favorite foods. Read on for the full interview below!

Tell us a little about Food by Skyler? What inspired you to start it?

Food by Skyler is a culmination of everything I love to do: experiencing new foods, entertaining people, and experiencing new cultures. While growing up, I always knew I wanted to work in television. When I moved to New York to start school at NYU, in 2011, I realized that New York is not only one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, but also one of the most diverse food scenes. I find this very fascinating because there are over 8 million people in New York City, yet everyone seems to come together over the eclectic food scene here. There is really a restaurant that caters to everyone. So fast forward to the fall of 2012, I had a marvelous epiphany that I could combine my two passions, and Food by Skyler was born! 

In your bio, it says you're the editor in chief and founder of NYU Spoon and have also worked as a writer at Daily Meal. Can you tell us about your experiences there? What were some of your biggest challenges? And what's it like being editor in chief?!

Starting Food by Skyler opened a lot of doors for me. In the spring of 2013 I interned at the Daily Meal and got to write a slew of different "food news articles," which gave me lots of exposure to the industry (not to mention, really good experience!). That same semester I was also asked to start the NYU branch of the national culinary website geared towards college students, Spoon University. I started sending out applications and luckily found another student to help me put the team together to get the ball rolling. Because I was a student, an intern, and starting a new publication at NYU while trying to keep up with my own blog all in one semester, it was very time consuming and took a lot of work. I had also never been in charge of an online publication before, so getting used to managing a team, scheduling pitch meetings, editing stories, distributing content appropriately, and making sure we had a constant flow of interesting editorial content was overwhelming. Being thrown into that position was tough but definitely one of the best experiences I have had in college. It also expanded my social circle and gave me the opportunity to start a whole new NYU community based around our love of food, which is amazing!

You have a massive following on Instagram (11K) and seems like every post you make garners a lot of attraction. What's the secret? How do you maintain that?

Well, I have been active on my @nycdining Instagram for a year now and it did take a lot of work to kick it off – lots of social media interaction. However, that can only go so far. What makes my instagram different than a lot of food instagrams is that I am one person, not a brand, and I want my followers to know that. There are many pages with pictures of food, but mine is different because it's a visual journey of how I see and experience food. It's food that I find interesting from my perspective. When people eat it's not always about the food, much of it is about the experience, or the adventure of trying something new, and that's what my blog is about and that's what makes my Instagram different than food Instagrammers who just post food for what it is. I also try to post about restaurants and foods that are interesting and unique, and people love to discover new things to eat!

Do you normally get a lot of people/brands reaching out to you for sponsorships? What was your reaction when we reached out? And have you heard of our brand before?

I have had NYC restaurants reach out to me to attend tastings or try products, which I tend to steer clear from because I don't like to have anyone influence my content. Many of the restaurants that reach out to me don't have what I'm looking for, which is crazy, unique foods no one has really seen before. However, I have worked with brands or restaurants before that I believe offer something different than the rest. I was surprised when you guys reached out, and I actually had not heard of True Citrus before! Then I did my research and definitely was interested in trying it out! I love smoothies and I love making fun new cocktails, and everyone loves a calorie free natural flavoring packet. Then I read about your smoothie contest and I thought this was the perfect way for me to experiment with something new and to make something cool!

3 Best places to eat when you're in New York. Go.

Ugh. I don't have an answer to that. My whole mission is to go everywhere! I just like to walk around the city to a new neighborhood and pick a place. I also end up getting pizza at odd hours of the night so I guess I love 24 hour pizza parlours? This is tough, I'm sorry.

What's your best advice on finding your passion?

Don't be afraid to try something new and put yourself out there! If you love something or even just think you might be interested in a certain activity, do everything you can to incorporate it into your life and work. Pursue anything that sparks your creativity – it keeps ideas flowing! That little spark can lead to something much bigger. Go explore your interests, because even if you realize that it's not what you want to do, you learn something about what you do want to do and what you're good at every time you put yourself out there. And once you find that passion, make time for it in your life, even if it seems overwhelming at times. If you're dedicated and believe you can turn your passion into your work, great opportunities will come.

Stay tuned for more exciting interviews next week and don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!



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Summer Smoothie Contest Extended

July 8, 2014

Summer Smoothie Contest Extended

True Fans! As you may or may not know, our Summer Smoothie Contest has been extended to July 31st! If you haven't had a chance to enter yet, it's not too late to send us your best recipe for blending up the perfect summer sips! Feel free to be creative with your recipes and most importantly have some fun!

For those of you who are just now tuning in - no worries! Below is the run down of the contest along with the prizes for the Grand Prize, First Prize, and Second Prize Winners:

 

Grand Prize Winner:

First Prize Winner:

Second Prize Winner:

Here's a little sneak peak at some of our contestant's scrumptious smoothie recipe entries thus far: 

For more contest details, click here. Good Luck and may the best smoothie win!

-True Citrus Team



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Which is the Best Diet of All? You Will Be Surprised!

June 12, 2014

Which is the Best Diet of All? You Will Be Surprised!

Atkins, Dash, Gluten-free, High Fat, Low Fat, Low Carb, Low Glycemic, Mediterranean, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian …

Which of these diets is really best for giving glowing health, adding years to our lives and helping us avoid serious illnesses?

The answer is: none of them.

According to Yale University nutritional doctor and researcher Dr. David Katz, the best diet for our bodies has been with us all along. Katz evaluated medical findings about all of today’s popular diets. What he discovered is amazing.

The only factor in any diet that could be shown to promote health was … eating whole foods.

"A diet of minimally processed foods close to nature, predominantly plants, is decisively associated with health promotion and disease prevention."

Break it down:

• Minimally processed foods: That’s “whole” or “real” foods not chemically added to, fried or refined.

• Close to nature: See above.

• Predominantly plants: The large majority of what you eat should be fruits and vegetables, including nuts, seeds and grains, but it’s not necessary to cut out all animal products.

• Decisively associated: Code for “proven beyond a reasonable doubt.”

• Health promotion: Feeling and looking good.

• Disease prevention: Avoiding food caused diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers.

Staying close to nature equals happier, healthier bodies and probably longer lives? Makes sense to us here at True Citrus. Our whole reason for being is so you can have the option of choosing a drink mix that’s real, natural and healthy instead of artificial, chemical and damaging. Sure, finding out the best diet is not really any diet at all was pretty surprising. But finding out that all natural True Citrus fits right into that healthy eating lifestyle? No surprise at all.



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Lose It! Our New Favorite App.

June 12, 2014

Lose It! Our New Favorite App.

Hey app fans! Here at True Citrus, our very most favorite one these days is Lose It! It helps us lose weight by tracking the calories of every drink, snack and meal, and telling us how much more we can eat for the day to stay on track to our goal weight.

Aside from keeping you honest calorie-wise, Lose It! helps you fully realize just how much food you’re actually eating, just by entering the item with a few swipes.

Lose It! is free, fun and easy:

• Type in a few letters of what you ate and choices appear to help you find the most accurate item.

• Or scan the item’s barcode with your device and the item is automatically input. (We scanned a box of all-natural True Lime and Lose It instantly confirmed that 2 servings have 0 calories!)

• Add exercise to get extra calories to eat. So far we’ve lost over a pound in just a week, just by using Lose It!

At True Citrus, we say find Lose It! and keep it with you at all times! 

 

[Graphic: from the Lose It! Website]



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The Flavor & Convenience of Crystallized Lime Packets.

June 11, 2014

The Flavor & Convenience of Crystallized Lime Packets.

It's truly impressive when a product really lives up to its name and reputation. True Lime delivers the same delicious, citrus flavor of freshly squeezed limes in convenient little packets, making it easy to stay hydrated anytime, anywhere, without the calories or artificial ingredients.

Simply Crystallized Lime

Whether you’ve just begun your weight-loss journey or maintaining a healthy lifestyle, water is always the smartest beverage of choice. With 100% natural ingredients and big lime flavor in every packet, True Lime is a great, guilt-free way to add just a light, refreshing taste to your water with no calories, carbs, sugars, preservatives, gluten, or sodium. Every serving of True Lime also contains 25% of your daily Vitamin C requirement.

Healthy Hydration Alternatives

Staying hydrated is fundamental to a healthy lifestyle, but eight glasses of water a day can turn into a chore instead of a goal. True Lime makes it easy to increase your daily water consumption and eliminate the temptation of soft drinks by offering a tasty, convenient alternative. There's no need to rummage through the refrigerator, pull out the cutting board, and slice fruit that quickly spoils. There's also no mess to clean up and no pulp to fish out of the glass. Just mix one packet of our crystallized lime with tap, bottled or sparkling water for a revitalizing beverage that promotes healthy hydration for adults and kids alike.

Convenience and Versatility

True Lime packets are ideal for healthy inspiration no matter where you are - at home, working at the office, riding in your car, and even dining out. Their small size and simple use make them perfect traveling companions for a hectic flight schedule or a relaxing day at the beach. The fresh lime flavoring does double duty as a zesty condiment. It perks up dips, sprinkles over chips and popcorn, and adds personality to fresh veggies. From silky Key Lime pie to authentic Mexican recipes, a dash of True Lime sparks culinary creativity in the kitchen while remaining a tasty staple for healthy choices at work, home and away.

Busy lifestyles are easier to maintain with simple, healthy strategies that go anywhere and fit any schedule. Flavor, convenience and versatility make this crystallized mix a delicious addition to office break rooms, kitchen pantries and backyard barbecues. True Lime crystallized lime from True Citrus brings eight glasses of water a day back to the table with a bright twist on fresh fruit that's always appealing.



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Stay Cool, Healthy and Hydrated This Summer.

June 11, 2014

Stay Cool, Healthy and Hydrated This Summer.

Summertime sizzles with outdoor fun and vacation adventures. From conquering the tennis courts to strolling the beach, it’s all more enjoyable when you’re feeling your best. Life is full of wonderful things to do and exciting places to explore this time of year, and it’s easier to beat the summer heat when you’re healthy and hydrated.

The Simple Power of Water

Soft drinks don’t do the trick, and cocktails defeat the purpose. That thirsty feeling happens because the water in your muscles, cells and joints accounts for more than half your body weight. When you run low on this vital fluid, it takes the snap out of your step, but a simple glass of water rejuvenates your entire system. Add the extra boost of True Lemon, and you have a refreshing solution for staying healthy on the hottest days. You also have an enticing drink that adds wholesome benefits to any hydration routine.

A Delicious Incentive to Enjoy

While the benefits of staying hydrated are easy to understand, you don’t always find inspiration in a plain glass of water. The alternatives are tempting, but they do more harm than good since most are packed with artificial sweeteners and empty calories. With True Lemon, you’re always assured 100% natural ingredients and real flavor from real fruit. Just one handy, water-flavoring packet adds a burst of citrus taste to your glass and turns every sip into a delicious treat.

Healthy Choices for Everyone

Kids play hard, so you won’t have much luck explaining to them the importance of staying hydrated while they’re in the middle of their favorite game. However, you can keep their little bodies safe from the heat with fun, low-calorie beverage options. Flavored water enhancers encourage them to drink up, and these healthy alternatives to sugary juices, sodas, and sports drinks are a welcome change at pool parties, cookouts and community events. Break out the True Lemon (or one of our naturally sweetened flavors like True Lemonade or True Lime Black Cherry Limeade), and share your favorite beverage refreshment with kids and adults alike!

Work, Play and Travel

Good health is a necessity. But when life gets hectic, drinking plenty of water is never top of mind. Convenience is a luxury, and ways to flavor water naturally should always be at your fingertips. True Lemon’s crystallized lemon packets slip easily into your purse, carry-on, or beach bag where they stay fresh and ready to use. Even the most chaotic day brightens up when you have a handy, healthy beverage solution within easy reach. Plenty of water and True Lemon packets are natural partners that play well together all summer long. Stay true to your healthy hydration regimen, and banish the summer sizzle with a tall drink of water and your favorite True Citrus flavor.



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Treat Your Taste Buds: True Lime Black Cherry Limeade

May 30, 2014

Treat Your Taste Buds: True Lime Black Cherry Limeade

We all know how important it is to drink plenty of water, but there is also no denying that our taste buds sometimes call for something with a little more zest. But how can you have the best of both worlds – something that tastes great while keeping you healthy, hydrated, and refreshed? True Citrus has more than one solution to this problem, but one of our tastiest is our Black Cherry Limeade flavored water enhancer.

At only 10 calories per serving and packed with 100% of your daily Vitamin C, mixing our True Lime Black Cherry Limeade into your water is an ideal alternative to plain old water for any health-conscience individual who loves to keep them on hand in the office, in the car, in their bag, and at home. The refreshing flavor comes from real fruit and we add all-natural Stevia and just a dash of sugar in there to make it even more enjoyable.

The 100% natural ingredients that go into creating this delicious black cherry limeade taste are as follows:

• Crystallized lime juice and oils

• 100% natural Stevia Leaf extract

• Natural black cherry flavor

• Light touch of sugar

As summer begins to creep up on us, True Citrus packets of black cherry and lime flavor may be just what you need in order to keep yourself cool and your taste buds happy all day long. Of course, black cherry limeade is not the only flavorful drink mix you will find at True Citrus. We have a long list of fruity flavors including lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, original lemonade, raspberry lemonade, peach lemonade, and orange mango. Don’t let the monotonous taste of water prevent you from staying hydrated during the hottest time of the year. Stay replenished all day long with all natural flavored water enhancers from True Citrus!



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Seasoning with Citrus

May 30, 2014

Seasoning with Citrus

Health enthusiasts may be missing out if they’re using citrus only in water and beverages. Our tiny, convenient packets and salt-free spice blends and shakers are also great for seasoning and in any recipe that needs a burst of fresh-squeezed citrus taste. They are the perfect addition to summer grilling, tasty lunches, and healthy snacks. Consider these citrus seasoning options next time you’re in the kitchen:

• Add a bit of zest to fish, chicken, beef, or veggie tacos with True Lemon Pepper or True Lime Garlic & Cilantro citrus spice blends.

• Chicken and tuna salad sandwiches are not the same without citrus. Try adding a dash of True Lemon Pepper with your celery salt and other spices.

• Create a different salad dressing every week, with the help of tangy True Lemon, True Orange of True Lime.

• Spice up plain veggies with sodium-free citrus seasonings like True Lemon Pepper and True Orange Ginger or instead of salt.

• Keep your apples, bananas, and avocados looking fresh by sprinkling on True Lemon or True Lime to keep them from browning.

• Blend one or two of our citrus packets into your next shake or smoothie for a great start to the day or an afternoon snack.

• Seafood dishes that are often served with a slice of lemon (like fish and chips) can use our lemon citrus packets in a pinch.

• Ribs and steaks marinate and grill to perfection with a tangy citrus alternative like True Lemon. Marinating meats in lemon juice also help to reduce harmful compounds developed during high-heat cooking.

• Sangria! If you haven’t tried our citrus packets in a wine cooler with some fresh apples and strawberries - you’re missing out! It is a must-try beverage for summer.

• Prepare a jug of your favorite iced tea with 0-calorie True Lemon for a refreshing poolside drink.

Look for your favorite citrus recipes, and substitute the fresh lemons and limes for our easy and convenient packets and shakers in every flavor: lemon, lime, orange, lemon pepper, orange ginger, and lime garlic and cilantro. Get creative with flavors and foods, and let citrus seasoning in a packet (or shaker!) do all of the work for an impressive zesty dinner party for two or ten.

The Real Benefits of True Citrus as a Seasoning

Fresh fruits and veggies are wonderful, but when you can’t get to the market for fresh produce, our True Citrus packets and spice blends create a seasoning option that has a number of favorable benefits:

• Citrus packets are quick and easy to use

• Purchase low-cost citrus packets in every flavor at a fraction of the cost of fresh lemons, limes, and oranges

• Each serving contains 25% of your daily Vitamin-C requirements

• They help cut the calories, fat, and carbs but still get the flavors you crave

• Citrus packets are completely sodium-free and sugar-free so don’t be afraid to use them generously

• They’re easy to store and don’t go bad (They have a two-year shelf life!).

• Take citrus packets with you everywhere: the office, the gym, the playground, or the beach

• They’re made with 100% natural ingredients

When you are craving the foods and drinks you love but want to partake in the healthiest ingredients possible, citrus is a great way to have the best of both worlds. Spice up your life with True Citrus!



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Sip Healthy and Save

April 17, 2014

Sip Healthy and Save

Here at True Citrus, we are huge fans of staying healthy and hydrated. But, who doesn’t also appreciate saving a few dollars too? Buy our crystallized lemon packets in bulk and you'll reap the benefits of all three!

The True Lemon 500-count box is very popular amongst our most avid water drinkers – health-conscious consumers who love to mix True Lemon into their water five to seven times a day. It's true - you can really burn through these little packets when you are so committed to your well-being, and purchasing 500 at a time is the best way to avoid spending a couple extra dollars. At only $32.99, it comes down to just about 15 cents per packet. (What a steal!) 

Great value isn't the only reason our customers are drawn to the True Lemon 500-count box. Check out some of the health benefits of this delicious natural lemon flavor for water:

• 100% natural ingredients

• 25% of your recommended Vitamin C intake per packet

• Contains 0 Calories, 0 Carbs, and 0 Sugars 

• No artificial sweeteners, preservatives, sodium, or gluten

One packet of True Lemon is also equivalent to one tablespoon of lemon juice or the taste of one lemon wedge, making it ideal for use in cooking and baking too. And the best part? No cutting, squeezing, or sticky fingers! True Lemon gives you just fresh-squeezed lemon taste without the labor, mess, or waste. Simply mix and enjoy – 500 times!

Who says that eating and drinking healthy needs to be expensive? At True Citrus, our goal is to bring you nutritious, great tasting, and affordable alternatives to artificially sweetened sodas, sugar-packed juices, and even plain old water.

Enjoy True Lemon and you’ll find that those recommended eight glasses of water go down much more naturally!



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5 Tips for Staying Hydrated this Season

April 14, 2014

While it’s always a good idea to stay hydrated, it’s especially important now that the temps are starting to rise. Whether you’re spending Spring Break camping and hiking or just doing more outdoor activities like biking, walking, and swimming, we’ve got some tips for how you can stay hydrated through the warmer months ahead: 

1. Eat Raw Fruit: Chow down on water-filled foods like watermelon, grapes, cantaloupe, celery, tomatoes, peaches, and cucumbers. In addition to the vitamins and nutrients they contain, they are also great hydrating snacks.

2. Limit Caffeine Intake: Caffeine and carbonated drinks are not conducive to staying hydrated. We don’t expect everyone to give up their morning coffee, but try to limit your intake as much as you can and follow up your coffee with a glass of water.

3. Don’t Wait Until You’re Thirsty: Thirst is a sign of dehydration and you don’t have to wait until you get to that point to get some more liquid in your system. There are other indicators it may be time to have some water, such as the color of your urine. If it’s dark with a brown tint, get yourself a glass of water right away!

4. Juicing: Vegetables are another great away to stay hydrated naturally and you should take care to make sure you are getting your daily dose. Blend your favorite veggies together to make a healthy drink that will not only help keep you hydrated, but also provide other health benefits.

Bonus Tip: Drink water! We hate pointing out the obvious, but drinking eight glasses of water a day can get tedious. By just adding some healthy flavored water enhancers, such as True Lemon, True Grapefruit, or True Lime Black Cherry Limeade, water can become much more enjoyable to drink!

It’s April now, but the sizzling summer months are just around the corner. Stick to these basics and you can be confident that your body will have the amount of liquid it needs to stay healthy!



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Lemon Water, Legs Up, and More Ways to Boost Regularity.

April 7, 2014

Like death and money, nobody likes to talk about what’s behind door Number 2. But getting rid of bodily waste is truly a key to health and comfort. The more we go, the better we tend to feel. 

So what can we do to maintain optimal output?

First, there is no “regular”; some people eliminate a few times daily, some people only once every few days. And that’s okay! What might be an issue though, is if:

- “Doing your business” is a major effort.
- You have very hard stools.
- You have fewer than 3 movements per week.
- You feel “blocked up.”

What’s Slowing the Delivery of Your Packages?

Your digestive system pulls nutrients from your food and puts them into your bloodstream. Leftovers travel 20 feet of intestine to the colon, where liquids and solids are separated. When those solids are not given the shove after a day or two, they become compacted and harder to get rid of. 

The top reasons for failure to launch (if you don’t have a more serious medical issue) are:

- Medicines: including anti-depressants, antacids, antihistamines, high blood pressure meds, narcotic and over-the-counter pain-killers, and iron and calcium supplements.
- Not enough exercise.
- Not enough fluids.     
- Not enough fiber.
- Too many laxatives/enemas.

So Where’s the Light at the End of Your (Ahem) Tunnel?

No worries! Here’s 4 natural solutions from True Lemon for getting things moving in the right direction!

1. The Freedom Flush: Lemon Water and More Water

- Grab your box of True Lemon! First thing in the morning, drink a glass of water with a pinch of salt and a packet of True Lemon. (Works with fresh lemon juice too). 

- Drink plenty of water all day - especially if you’re eating more fiber. Begin and end your day with a glass of warm water (might also decrease your appetite!).

2. Food

Try cutting down on:

- Alcohol
- White flour
- Fried food
- Dairy
- Meat

And eating more:

- Fruits, vegetables, whole grains
- Some say instead of tough foods, eat warm, wet, slightly oily foods like soups and cooked veggies. If high fiber isn’t helping, this might be worth a whirl!

3. Move Your Body to Move Your Bowels

- Just about any exercise will help; even a short walk may do the trick.
- Try the “legs up” pose: put a folded blanket 3 inches from a wall and sit on it so that your hip/side touches the wall. Lie down and swing around so your legs are up on the wall. Relax 3 to 5 minutes.
- Loosen your pelvic area with forward bends and side twists.

4. Natural Home Remedies

- Go when you have to. Don’t hold it in  - or you may be stuck for a while!
- Improve digestion by eating less and chewing more.
- Soak a handful of raisins in water overnight and eat in the morning before anything else.
- Boil a few figs in milk and drink warm before bed.  
- Drink a glass of spinach juice and a glass of water.
- Eat an orange in the morning and one at night.
- Grind seeds and nuts (sunflower, almond, flax, sesame, etc.), eat a tablespoon daily for a week.
- Try a tablespoon of Castor oil in warm milk before you go to sleep.
- Take a spoon or two of psyllium (seed husks) in a glass of liquid daily.
- Eat flaxseed in food or with warm water a few times during the day.

Use these tips from True Lemon to up your output from rare to routine, because a happy colon means a happier, healthy you! 



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Healthy Living For Life: A True Lemon Interview with Natalie Hodson

March 31, 2014

This week we had a chance to interview one of our biggest True Lemon advocates. We caught up with Natalie Hodson, a superstar blogger and a mom to two of the cutest kids! Our staff got in contact with Natalie upon finding out that she had given a great review of our products on her blog. So we decided to send her our entire family of True Citrus products and collaborated with Natalie to run one of our biggest giveaways yet! 

TL: As a mother of 2, where do you find the time to run such a successful personal blog and mentor 1200+ people? 

Natalie: It’s been challenging finding a balance, and I’ll be honest that some days I don’t feel like I do a great job.  For me, the key has been to plan my days out, and try to stick to a schedule as best as possible. The baby usually naps from 10:30-11:30am and again from around 3:00-4:00pm.  During that time I let my older son have quiet time (he also goes to preschool two days a week) and I really focus on being as efficient as possible during those two hours.  I can’t stay off Facebook completely, because I run a lot of my businesses through social media, but I limit my online time by sticking to certain rules: don’t typically go through my News Feed, and I only go to posts where I am tagged and need to answer questions.  I have the kids help me when I am cleaning up the house and I use my Ergo carrier all day long so I can hold the baby and get things done.  Some days I feel like I balance things really well, and other days I feel like I’ve accomplished very little, but I’ve just accepted that this will probably be the case most days during this season of life with young kids at home.

TL: You mention in your blog that you have tried for years to get the "toned and fit" look after having your first child, how did you stay motivated in that whole process? 

Natalie: I have been a long distance runner for most of my life.  I ran cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track on a college scholarship.  I continued marathon training after I graduated from college and during all those years was regularly running 50-80 miles a week.  I didn’t realize it at the time, but with hindsight I have realized that all the running I was doing made it really hard for my body to build muscle.  When I was running, my body was siphoning off the calories I needed for muscle growth and tone to help me in my running.  It wasn’t until I cut my cardio way back, and instead focused on lifting as heavy as possible in the gym, that I was able to see the muscle tone and definition I had always wanted.  Now I just do 1-2 short HIIT sessions a week for about 20 minutes each for my cardio training.  In this blog post here, I show my favorite HIIT workout that I am able to do at home with my kids.

TL: Can you tell us a little more about what specific things worked for you as you were shedding the "baby weight" and getting fit? 

Natalie: I’ve realized that when trying to lose weight and get back in shape, nutrition is by far the main thing you want to focus on.  Your training is important too, but it is second (and I would argue a far second) to nutrition.  You might spend one hour a day working out, but it is what you are doing the remaining 23 hours of the day that is really going to help you with fat loss. Some things that help me are:

- Keeping unhealthy food out of the house. This is a big one for me.  If there are too many snacks at home I have a hard time saying no.  I just stopped buying junk food when I’m at the grocery story which helps me stay on track, our whole family is healthier for it, and it saves a lot of money in our monthly grocery bill.

- On Sundays I prep some food and easy-to-grab snacks for the week.  I cut up veggies and put them in Ziploc bags so they are easy to grab and go (and this way they don’t go bad in the fridge – my pet peeve!), I bake things like sweet potato fries and cook rice in bulk.  I will do things like grill enough chicken for a few days, make a big batch of chili or spaghetti sauce, and bake homemade protein bars.  Having healthy food that is already made is key for me to stay on track (especially when I get hungry and open the fridge looking for something to eat). 

- Lastly, it helps me to plan out my meals the night before.  I will usually just take a plain piece of printer paper, write out my meals for the next day, and tape it to the fridge.  This is a really simple system that works for me, helps me stay on track with my meals, and just the act of writing everything out helps to keep me accountable. Most of my recipes are available on my website for free, and I have also put up a lot of sample meal plans on my site as well.

TL: You also mentioned that you think 80% of your results came from proper nutrition (and might be an area a lot of women overlook). What do you think is a good ratio between nutrition and working out?

Natalie: I think I covered most of this above, but if you had to choose between getting your workout in for the day, or getting your healthy meals in, I would choose the healthy meals every single time. Lifting weights will help to build muscle and get you toned and defined, but what you eat is going to dictate your fat loss.

TL: After trying our line of True Lemon products, which are some of your favorites? Are there reasons why you would prefer our products as opposed to others? 

Natalie: Truthfully I haven’t tried a product yet that I didn’t like.  I love the lemonade products – raspberry lemonade is my favorite.  I feel completely comfortable giving this to my kids instead of juice because they have no artificial sweeteners.  You can add 1-2 packets of the lemonade to my homemade protein bar recipe and it gives it great flavor.  I love the seasonings because, similar to Mrs. Dash, there is no added salt but I feel like the citrus flavor is so much stronger in True Citrus products.  The crystalized grapefruit makes my water taste so refreshing!

TL: Who are some of your biggest motivators (aside from your husband and 3 kids!)? And why? 

Natalie: We have a significant history of cancer in our family (my sister had childhood leukemia, my dad recently was diagnosed with prostate cancer, my uncle passed away at 36 of melanoma, and all four of my biological grandparents have had cancer).  I believe that the food we fuel our bodies with makes a big difference in how often we get sick and how optimally our bodies perform.  Obviously, healthy people still can and do get sick all the time, but I try to do what I can to keep our family’s diet as full of whole foods as possible, and I try to eliminate processed foods and artificial sweeteners when possible. 

TL: Last but not least, what would be your biggest advice to moms who are struggling to a.) find the time to get fit b.) find the motivation.

Natalie: First, I would let any mom I was talking to know that they aren’t alone.  I remember feeling so overwhelmed and, at times, discouraged while trying to get back in shape.  I think it’s really important to remember a few things: 

- Start small.  Sometimes making a lot of changes all at once can make you feel overwhelmed and lead to failure.  No one wants to feel like a failure!  What worked really well for me was to start with one or two small changes, and once I had mastered that, I would then add on one or two more changes to my diet and workouts.  A great first goal would to aim to drink 8 liters of water a day.  Adding True Lemon to your water can really help with that!  Another goal I like to set for myself is to park in the back of the parking lot each store I go to.  This adds a little bit more walking into my day, which might not seem like much, but a lot of little changes can eventually make a big difference (especially if you are carrying in a car seat and baby with you!).

- In regards to motivation, I think taking progress pictures is a great way to visually see the progress you are making.  It is never fun taking those first progress pictures, and you might feel kind of awkward, but it feels great later when you compare how you look to where you started.  Also, if your husband or family isn’t totally on board, I would encourage you to team up with a friend, neighbor, or online group that has similar goals as you.  Surrounding yourself with people who support your goals is really important to have.

TL: Thanks so much for doing this interview with us and we hope to bring you back on our blog soon! 

You can get in touch with Natalie here and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram



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The “Just-Got-Home” Danger Zone – 5 Tips to Not Blow Your Whole Day of Dieting

March 24, 2014

What are your thoughts on the drive or ride home? Are they about what you’re going to pop into your mouth the second you cross the threshold? Some of us don’t even make it home - not with all those drive-thrus on the way!

Yes, that “My Reward for a Long Day” pre-dinner-mini-dinner of cookies and leftovers that helps you relax and blow off stress: the Danger Zone.

In the Danger Zone, can anything keep you from eating anything and everything you see, and then dinner too? If you can’t eat your real meal as soon as you get home, here are 5 strategies for changing your grazing ways before they become a habit:

 

1. Drink water to keep your stomach full and your mouth busy (Tastes even better with no-calorie True Citrus!):

• Make a mug of hot tea

• Drink a big glass of water

• Mix up a tall glass of seltzer

2. Snack on the good stuff:

• Keep a bag of carrots at the ready for your re-entry

• Keep a small bag of nuts, dried fruit or veggies in your car for the way home

• Try frozen vegetables or fruit - next to impossible to eat fast!

3. Endorphins to the Rescue: 

• Keep busy with an evening workout, take a walk, go to a Spin class

• Chat with a friend

• Devote an hour to your hobby

4. Kill Cravings with Chores: 

• Write a To-Do list and post it on the door for when you get home to cross off one by one.

• Paint your nails

• Take a hot shower or fragrant, soothing bath

5. Remember you will enjoy your dinner so much more if you wait for it!

Use these tips to stay out of the Danger Zone until reach the dinner table. That way you won’t have to feel bad about a single bite.



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A True Citrus Tip: How to Always Buy the Best Fish

March 14, 2014

Fish is one of those things that tastes better because you know every single bite is good for you. It’s low fat, high protein and packed with super-healthy Omega-3S fatty acids.

But these days, choosing fish is complicated.  When you’re at the fish counter, how can you judge the choices you’re (literally) staring in the eye?

How do you know:

  • What country the fish is from?
  • Is it wild or industrially-raised?
  • Is it overfished?
  • How much mercury is in it?
  • Is it really salmon, snapper, etc.? (Fish fraud is common!)

Worry no more!  From abalone to yellowtail, the Environmental Defense Fund Seafood Selector has the answers: the Best, OK and Worst choices - even how many monthly servings kids and adults should have to avoid too much mercury.

We especially like the site’s substitution ideas. For instance, the EDF says to choose:

  • Wild Alaskan salmon, rainbow trout or farmed Arctic char instead of farmed salmon. 
  • Domestic shrimp instead of imported shrimp.
  • Farmed striped bass or domestic catfish instead of orange roughy or Chilean seabass. (BTW if you haven’t cooked catfish lately, you’re missing out!)

At the store, use your smart phone or tablet to quickly get the truth about the fish you’re considering.  Or tap through EDF’s fish selector and make a list before you leave home.

Buying healthy fish and shellfish keeps rivers, lakes, oceans and seas healthier.  And healthier fish and water means healthier us!

 

[Image Credits: Environmental Defense Fund Seafood Selector (http://seafood.edf.org)]



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March 6, 2014

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What’s Cookin’: Zucchini Noodles with True Lemon Pesto

March 4, 2014

For those of you who are late on the zucchini craze, not to worry because we have you covered. This week, we discovered that not only is one of our staff a secret Top Chef (shhh!) but also that zucchini is a great substitute for the heavy carbs that we're used to consuming with regard to traditional pasta. One of the best things about zucchini is that it goes with just about anything and takes on the flavor of all the herbs very nicely. Not to mention, it's light, which means you can have as many servings as you'd like! We think that's reason enough to toast to the new best secret ingredient--zuchinni! Below you'll find one of our favorite zucchini recipes we know you'll enjoy! 

 

Zucchini Noodles with True Lemon Pesto 

Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients:

4 small zucchini, ends trimmed
2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
3 cloves garlic
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 packets of True Lemon dissolved in 1 tablespoons of water (equivalent to 3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice)
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the tomatoes (optional): 

1 pint grape tomatoes 
Olive oil
Kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, garlic powder, and italian seasoning to taste

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Lightly drizzle grape tomatoes with olive oil; toss well. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and italian seasoning; toss again. Spread seasoned tomatoes evenly onto a cookie sheet covered in non-stick aluminum foil. Once preheated, place in oven on middle rack. Cook for 15-20 minutes (or until tomatoes burst); tossing/flipping the tomatoes frequently so they don't burn on one side. 

3. Meanwhile, use a julienne peeler or mandoline to slice the zucchini into noodles. Set aside.

4. Combine the basil and garlic in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. Add True Lemon juice and Parmesan cheese. Pulse until blended. Season with salt and pepper.

5. Combine the zucchini noodles and pesto. Toss until zucchini noodles are well coated. 

6. If you want to cook the zucchini noodles (like we did here), you can. Just add the zucchini pesto noodles to a skillet and sauté them up over medium heat. It only takes a few minutes.

7. Top with Parmesan cheese and tomatoes, if using. 

Note: For an even more filling, protein-packed meal, add chicken or shrimp!

 

Now that you know how to make this healthy and delicious dish, we encourage you to have a girls night in and share all of your great pictures with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! Looking forward to seeing them all! 

Sincerely,

-True Lemon Staff



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Staff Picks: Our Favorite Charities

February 27, 2014

This week our staff chose 4 favorite charities that are making a difference both globally and in our own local communities. We think that giving back and taking part of something larger helps us see the world a little brighter. That said, below are 4 charities we love!  

 

Feeding America

Charity starts at home and what better way to take part than volunteering/donating to help feed the millions of people who are left hungry every year. We are proud to recognize Feeding America as a charity we support in an effort to wipe out hunger here at home. Interested in volunteering or just finding more about this charity? Go here

Adopt-A-Classroom

This amazing organization helps connect donors with teachers and gives donors a chance to finance the resources needed for classrooms. In addition,100% of donations goes right back to supporting its operations. Donors have an opportunity to fund the program and nurture a lasting relationship between classroom and teachers. Here was a recent blog post we did mentioning this amazing charity! Go here to make a donation. 

Charity: Water 

Scott Harrison, the Founder and CEO, came to an epiphany after taking a trip to West Africa as a volunteer photojournalist taking over 60,000 photos in 13 months. After quitting his job as a club promoter and giving up his lavish lifestyle, his transformative experience in serving underserved communities, he founded a nonprofit that had one mission; bring clean water and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. Now, Charity: Water is one of the biggest nonprofit success stories raising over $100 million and funded over 8,000 water projects in 20 countries. 

Toms

We're willing to bet that you own a pair of Toms in your current shoe collection. Blake Mcoskie has found a way to blend charity with style after his inspiring journey to Argentina in 2006. It was there he has seen firsthand the hardships faced by children who grew up without shoes. Since then his mission was to create a for-profit business using the One-to-One model that is now responsible for putting thousands of shoes on the feet of children who need it the most. Today, they've they've branched out to eye wear and successfully established a marketplace that ranges from accessories to apparel. 



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Your Top 5 Fitness Questions Answered

February 12, 2014

We're joined by Cheri Fogleman, National Academy of Sports Medicine certified Master Coach at CLAY Health Club and Spa: teaching sculpt, core and treadmill classes, and working one-on-one with clients. She has contributed fitness advice to Shape, Metro Source, and Fit Engine Magazines. You've seen Cheri looking fit in Glamour, NY Mag, Tennis Magazine, on an Asics billboard, and in several fun fitness videos. When she's not shooting fitness features or running long distance races, she helps run a comedy web-show, HOT MESS (www.ShesAMess.com) – a reality reenactment comedy series in which seven actresses play out the insane true-life stories of young, single women screwing up, falling down, causing a scene and making a mess. We're big fans of her and hope you enjoy our interview with her as much as we have! (As well as few key fitness takeaways!)

TL: As a Fitness trainer, what is the #1 question you get from women who are trying to get (back) in shape? And what would be your biggest piece of advice? 

CF: Folks want to know how long the prison sentence will be. But, the truth is, for everyone it's different--and maybe it'll be more like a sewing circle than a chain-gang. Aim low. I know that sounds crazy, but setting low expectations and making small changes means that you have a greater chance of reaching those goals. Then, once that change becomes part of your lifestyle, you can celebrate (!) and aim for a different (higher) goal. Maybe you'll reach your goal by making only a small adjustment to your life.

TL: What is the proper ratio between eating right and exercise? Would running on a treadmill for 10 minutes eliminate a bag of chips? 

CF: Running a mile burns around a 100 calories. If you run faster than 6 mph you'll run farther than a mile in that 10 minutes and burn more than 100 calories in 10 minutes. A snack size bag of chips is around 300 calories, but that varies. (So, the answer to your question is...100%, NO!) But, try NOT to think of it as tit for tat. Eating well and getting physical are about two different things: eating well is more important for maintaining/achieving a desired body weight, and working out is more important for getting that strength, muscle tone, flexibility, agility, endurance and cardiovascular health, etc. So, they go hand in hand and contribute to overall health.

TL: What sort of foods do you eat to keep yourself energized without consuming a lot of carbs/fat? Any power foods you'd recommend? 

CF: I actually don't steer clear of fat, and I don't buy "low-fat." Fat is a very satisfying thing to consume, and I feel like when I eat something fatty, I eat less because I feel more satiated. Nuts, seeds, avocados, eggs, fish and coconut are all really great sources of fats. But, I'll also eat a beef burger (no bun), chicken, bison and bacon--I keep these portions reasonable! Avoid trans fats like the plague: prepackaged baked goods, snacks, fried foods, candy bars, and (ahem) street hot dogs--these aren't real sources of nutrients--I'll just say it: they are fake foods!  Also, I'm a celiac--hence the no bun--so, when I do eat grains they are rice, quinoa, buckwheat, etc. I keep Michael Pollan's "Eat food, not too much, mostly plants" philosophy in my head. You can't go wrong with a ton of veggies (get your kale on, girl!) and some small source of protein/fat. Sugar (even natural sugar) seems to de-energize me. Not immediately, but an hour or so later, (it's not pretty) I'll crash and burn. Everyone is different, though, so chatting with a nutritionist is always a good idea. And, beyond food, drinking plenty of water seems to help slow the beast of hunger and curb making poor food choices when I am ravenous enough to rip a street vendor's kebab out of a child's hand and stuff it down my throat.

TL: How important are vitamins/supplements to you? As women get older, we know that we lose a certain amount of daily nutrients, what are your thoughts around that and how can we pre-empt that process? 

CF: Ha-- I'm going to have to ask my nutritionist about that one! I don't know about losing nutrients. Where do I lose them? I'm always misplacing my keys... I take calcium with vitamin D (take note that small-framed Caucasian and Asian women are more prone to develop Osteoporosis). I take a pro-biotic daily, a multivitamin for ladies, and in the winter I take extra Omega oils.

TL: Do you have "cheat" days where you can have whatever you want? If so, what is the appropriate amount of "cheat day(s)" in a week? In a month? 

CF: I don't really believe in "cheat days," because I try to always be happy with what I eat. I'm not depriving myself because I really don't bother eating foods that aren't yummy. When I do have some rich chocolatey goodness I take the time to savor it--and remember that eating two cookies really is plenty...beyond that the happiness level seems to diminish (portion-control really is key). Try rewarding yourself for good work with a mani, a massage or a fabulous new dress.

Connect with Cheri Fogleman on Twitter @CheriPaige 



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Happiness is Homemade: A True Lemon Interview with Kayla Schafer

February 11, 2014

​This week, our team caught up with Kayla Schafer, creator of Bake Me Happy. We’re so excited to share with you our very first blogger interviewee! Read on!

True Lemon: Kayla, great to have you as our guest this week! We first came across your edible Seahawk jerseys on Pinterest for our Super Bowl feature and our staff was absolutely in love! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what got you started in baking these delightful treats?

Kayla: Thank you! I was born and raised in the greater Seattle area and started baking before I can remember with my both of my grandmas. I would bake mainly cookies with them, and they are some of my fondest childhood memories. As I got older, and could bake on my own, I would mainly bake from box cake mixes. In high school, I started exploring more with recipes from scratch - simple things, like chocolate mousse, but mainly cookies. Every holiday I would make chocolates for my close girlfriends using holiday-themed chocolate molds. I just loved how much my baking brought happiness and joy. It wasn’t until after I graduated college and got a kitchen of my own that my baking really started making leaps, mainly inspired by things I would find on Pinterest. 

True Lemon: When did you decide that it was time to make baking a full-time gig? Was there an a-ha moment for you?

Kayla:I actually do my baking as a part-time gig. I work full-time as the Marketing Director for my family’s business. But the a-ha moment that I could sell them came from the help and encouragement of my co-workers from my previous job. I love to bake because I myself have a sweet tooth, but I never want to eat ALL of what I baked. So I started bringing in cupcake creations to work and other desserts. My co-workers told me I should open up my own bakery but I didn’t think my treats were THAT good. So instead I decided to start taking some baking classes locally as well as watching YouTube videos to help grow my skill set. I love the challenge of trying something new and even if it doesn’t work out the first time, then I just try and take a class to help me. 

True Lemon: What are your top 3 all time favorite recipes? 

Kayla:My top favorite recipes are Chocolate Ganache CakePumpkin Crepes with Cinnamon Apples and Chocolate Dizzle (for Breakfast or dessert!) and Jack and Coke Cupcakes.

True Lemon: What would be your biggest advice to someone who just started turning their baking into a business?

Kayla: Take a picture of everything you make, put it on your own website or blog, and pin it to Pinterest. Best free marketing ever!

Check out some of Kayla’s delightful treats below!

Peppermint Bark Cake Pops

Little Black Dress and Lipstick Tube Cookies

Seahawks Helmet Cookies



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Undressed Skeleton (February 2014)

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February is National Heart Disease Awareness Month

January 30, 2014

February is National Heart Disease Awareness Month

The month of February has long been synonymous with tender heart shapes and the color red—thanks to the annual celebration of Valentine’s Day! But there’s more reason than ever to be “heart conscious” and embrace the color of love this time each year because February is Heart Disease Awareness Month. Heart disease is the number one cause of death and a major cause of disability in our country. High blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, smoking, an unhealthy diet, and not enough exercise are all factors that increase your chances of developing heart disease. However, did you know that True Citrus products can help you cut your risk? 

High Blood Pressure: Researchers have found that lowering salt intake by just three grams per day would cut new cases of heart disease by a third. Eliminate the need for salt without sacrificing flavor by sprinkling 0-calorie True Lemon Pepper, True Lime Garlic & Cilantro, and True Orange Ginger onto your dishes. They’re perfect to use for cooking, baking and seasoning! 

Obesity: Drinking more water has been found to help people lose weight. Try upping your intake by drinking a glass before every meal and adding your favorite True Citrus flavor. We regularly hear from customers who say that using True Citrus products have helped them to more than double their water consumption. And don’t forget to exercise at least three times per week! Choose physical activities that raise your breathing and heart rate and strengthen your muscles. 

Diabetes: The American Diabetes Association published a study which proves that drinking water can help your body regulate its blood sugar and can lower your risk of getting Type II diabetes by as much as 30 percent! Many diabetes educators and dietitians recommend 0-calorie True Lemon, True Lime, True Orange, and True Grapefruit, which all fall well below the recommended minimum sugar intake for people with diabetes. 

Unhealthy Diet: Switch to True Citrus products in water or sparkling water instead of high-calorie sodas or diet sodas, which are filled with chemicals and have been linked to strokes and heart attacks. Practice clean eating by getting rid of the junk food, artificial sweeteners (Our beverage mixes are only 5-10 calories and naturally sweetened with Stevia!) and processed foods. Eat a variety of foods from all food groups, focusing on fruits, vegetables, healthy fats (nut butters, avocados, olive and coconut oil, raw nuts), wild-caught fish, grass-fed beef, lean meats, poultry, eggs, fat-free dairy, and whole grains. A combination of working out and a balanced diet is essential to a healthier life! 

For more ways to stay heart healthy or for more information about heart disease, please visit www.heart.org or www.cdc.gov.

 



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Our Top 5 Picks for Superbowl XLVIII 2014

January 30, 2014

​We’re just around the corner from the biggest day in America, aka the SUPERBOWL. For those of you who are now tuning in, don’t worry there is still plenty of time to fix up a touchdown-worthy snackadiumLet’s be honest, the Superbowl wouldn’t be nearly the same without the company of classics: buffalo wings, nachos, chili dogs, and everything that makes America great. For those of us who won’t be participating in the sub-zero experience and spending the big day inside with the best HD views, we have some killer ideas for this year’s Superbowl festivities. So without further ado, here are our top 5 picks: 

1. Edible Seahawk Jerseys

For those of us who are Seahawks fans, these cookies look like a pretty sweet win. What do you think? (P.S.- if you don’t have time to prepare them yourself, hurry and get in touch with Kayla Shafer herself and maybe you’ll even get a discount if you order a big enough batch!) 

2. Grilled True Orange Ginger Teriyaki Wings

The only way we can see this go wrong is if you accidentally start eating all of them before they get to the table. Unfortunately, this does happen. Remember, you’re the host! Share the love. Get the full recipe here

3. Seven-Layer Dip (the non-guilt version)

We came across this recipe and thought to ourselves how brilliant these individual dips are! It’s the perfect portion and makes for a festive look! We recommend pre-making these and putting it away in the fridge until the guests arrive (it could be tempting otherwise). Get the full recipe here

4. The Man-Mosa

Assuming you’ll be indoors, why not make this summer time classic your drink of choice for the big game (we’re thinking you can skip on the Hawaiian-themed party accessories unless, of course, that was the intended plan).Get Danielle’s Man-Mosa recipe here. You can tweet her @Dee_Huest. (Also, If you’re out of orange juice, we found that using 8 packets of True Orange + 4 oz. of water does the trick!)

5. Snackadium

For those of you who didn’t catch“How To Build A Snackadium”on GMA Tuesday morning, we got you covered. A snackadium is exactly what it sounds like—a mini replica of a football stadium filled with all of your favorite Superbowl snacks in one place! We have high hopes for the snackadium and predict it will bring game changing performances everywhere. 

This wraps up our Top 5 Picks for this year’s Superbowl XLVIII! We’re curious to hear your favorites. Tweet at us or connect with us on Facebook. Looking forward to hearing all of your suggestions! True Lemon Team 

 

 



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Fremont Tribute (January 2014)

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‘Tis The Season Of Giving Back

December 3, 2013

‘Tis The Season Of Giving Back

In the rush-spend-give frenzy of the holidays, here at True Citrus we always try to think about those countless people and organizations that are truly in need. Celebrate the holiday spirit by donating to a charity of your choice! Below is list of charities we support. Give a gift in the name of someone you love (and ask your loved ones to do the same for you!):

Feeding America:1 in 6 Americans go to bed hungry. 1 in 5 American children go to bed hungry. Feeding America is our country’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Their mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. 

Adopt-A-Classroom: Connecting donors to classrooms, Adopt-A-Classroom works to help support the teachers who are teaching our children throughout this country. 

Heifer International: Based on the philosophy of teaching a man to fish, Heifer works to end hunger and poverty by providing means to teach self-reliance by bringing sustainable agriculture and business to areas with long histories of poverty. Donate a goat in the name of your favorite niece or a chicken to a close friend. 

UnicefUSA:Unicef works in more than 190 countries and territories to save and improve children’s lives by providing healthcare and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States.

International Rescue Committee:International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope to those in worst need. 

Room to Read:Room to Read believes that one of the best ways we can improve the world is to make sure children receive an education. Working with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa, Room to Read focuses on helping to support the development of literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond. 

Humane Society:For your favorite animal lover, support one of the oldest non-profits working to make the lives of the animals we love safer. 

Fisher House:Salute our troops! This charity provides a “home away from home” for military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease, or injury. 

World Wildlife Federation:Working to save endangered species here in the US and around the world, the WWF offers symbolic adoptions of your children’s favorite animals. Your donation helps to save our wildlife and gets your child a stuffed animal and a certificate of adoption. A win for you and the world!



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Sinful Nutrition (November 2013)

November 26, 2013

Sinful Nutrition

 



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Sinful Nutrition (November 2013)

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Keeping Holiday Partying In Check: A Survival Guide

November 25, 2013

Keeping Holiday Partying In Check: A Survival Guide

What would you rather do: spend 2 weeks on a deserted island or eat healthy during the holidays? A majority of us may choose the deserted island since the notion of healthy holiday eating brings feelings of deprivation, temptation and frustration. It does not have to be that way! Change those thoughts to satisfaction, conviction and gratification! With a bit of preparation and planning you can not only survive but enjoy this jovial time. The expectations that many of us have this time of year are unrealistic especially since the holiday season is the toughest time of the year to maintain healthy eating habits. Remember that moderation is the key to avoiding those extra holiday pounds without passing up the festivities. Make weight maintenance your goal and not weight loss at this time. Here’s what YOU can do to stay on track during the holidays and avoid watching January roll around only to make the same old resolutions! 

DITK TOP 10 HEALTHY HOLIDAY HINTS 

1.Stay committed to your training program! Exercise! Exercise! Exercise! Physical activity is a wonderful weight management tool at this and every time of the year. Exercise can also help relieve stress, regulate appetite, and burn up extra calories. Our frenzied holiday schedules may tempt us to stray from our exercise regimen but you need to stay active to avoid weight gain. 

2.Try everything, but be aware of portion sizes! Eat small portions of a variety of foods rather than a large portion of one food. When you are eating a food that you know is not the healthiest choice, learn to satisfy yourself with a small portion. Do not feel that you must “clean your plate”. 

3.Eat breakfast every morning and never skip meals! Breakfast is truly the most important meal of the day. It jump starts your metabolism and helps to stave off hunger and cravings. Skipping meals can easily lead to unhealthy food choices. You never want to leave a meal totally full or enter a meal totally starving. 

4.Limit alcohol consumption! At first, select sparkling water with a citrus wedge which is very refreshing. If you do choose to then imbibe, alternate cocktails with unsweetened iced tea or seltzer to reduce the quantity of alcohol consumed. Drink 1 glass of non alcoholic, unsweetened beverage for each alcoholic beverage consumed. Choose wine, light beer or spirits mixed with no calorie beverages. 

5.Drink lots of water! Drinking water can decrease the chance of overeating by temporarily filling your stomach. Also, caffeine and alcohol can lead to dehydration which increases your need for water. 

6.Choose sensible munchies! When you first arrive to a party, choose mostly fruits and vegetables and dip with veggies instead of chips. Limit fried foods, high fat sauces and gravies and cheese cubes. 

7.Eat slowly and stop when you feel satisfied! Listen to your stomach! It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to signal your stomach that you’ve had enough. Pay attention to what it feels like to be satisfied and not full. 

8.Temptation is everywhere - Don’t let it sneak up on you! Never go to a party or event hungry. Prepare yourself for distractions by eating before you go. Have a small meal or a snack which contains a combination of carbohydrate, protein and a little healthy fat to fend off hunger, such as natural peanut butter on whole wheat bread or low fat cottage cheese with fresh fruit. 

9.Visualize success! Make an action plan! Think about where you will be, who you will be with and what foods will be available. It’s much easier to deal with a difficult social eating situation if you’ve already planned for it. Parties are a time to mingle with friends and loved ones. Focus on conversation and nostalgia instead of on the food and drinks. Food very often is center stage of any party but you can guarantee success by visualizing the enjoyment of the company and not just the food and drink. 

10.Deprivation leads to overindulgence! Don’t spend all your time obsessing over the not-so-healthy delicacy that you’re really craving. Instead, allow a small portion and savor every mouthwatering bite so that you do not feel deprived. Eating a bit too much one day is not the end of the world! It takes consecutive days of unhealthy eating to gain weight. If you slip up, put it behind you and return to your healthy eating plan. You are in control of your lifestyle choices so choose wisely. It’s all about lifestyle changes, not diets! 

Cheers and Happy Holidays!

Diane Henderiks, R.D., C.P.T.

 



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Thirsty Dudes (November 2013)

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Frontier Airlines Adds True Lemon®, True Lime™ and True Orange™  to In-Flight Beverage Services

November 14, 2013

​FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BALTIMORE, MD (November 11, 2013) Al Soricelli, CEO of True Citrus Co. announced today, that as of November, True Lemon®, True Lime™, and True Orange™ will be offered with beverage service on all Frontier Airlines flights. 

Frontier Airlines is a low-cost airline headquartered in Denver, Colorado. True Lemon®, True Lime™, and True Orange™ packets will be added to their complimentary coffee, juices, soda and snack services. Passengers can now enjoy consistent, fresh-squeezed citrus taste from single-serving packets without the logistics, mess and waste involved in storing and serving fresh lemon, lime, and orange wedges. True Citrus products also allow passengers to easily add as much or as little citrus taste as they want to their beverage, making it ideal for water, hot/iced tea, sodas, and more. 

Frontier Airlines is the fourth airline to begin carrying True Citrus products as part of their in-flight beverage services. AirTan Airways, JetBlue Airways, and WestJet currently carry True Citrus products in their in-flight beverage services too.

About Frontier Airlines:Frontier Airlines, a subsidiary of Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings Inc., has been operating for 20 years, employs more than 4,500 aviation professionals, and operates more than 350 daily flights to over 80 destinations in the United States, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Mexico. When Frontier launched in 1994, they developed a concept that would distinguish them from other airlines and make each aircraft unique to their fleet. They are now universally recognized for their wildlife theme with their proud “spokeanimals” displayed on the tails of their aircrafts. For more information, visit www.flyfrontier.com.

About True Lemon®, True Lime™, and True Orange™:Made from 100% natural ingredients, True Lemon®, True Lime™, and True Orange™ provide consistent fresh-squeezed citrus taste and real flavor from real fruit. Created from a unique, patented process that cold-presses and crystallizes the juices and oils of citrus fruits, these products enable citrus to be enjoyed both in familiar and new usages, and are available in over 20,000 major food markets across the country. With 0 calories, 0 carbohydrates, 0g fat, and no artificial preservatives, sweeteners, of sodium, True Lemon®, True Lime™, and True Orange™ are the perfect complement to any balanced diet. For more information, visit www.truelemon.com

About True Citrus:True Citrus Co. is a Baltimore-based food and beverage development, manufacturing, and distribution company founded in 2003. The True Citrus team is both passionate about and dedicated to meeting the needs of today’s consumer by creating innovative food products that offer taste and convenience while complementing a healthy diet and providing a great value.

 



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Family Meal Makeovers: Eat Right. No Excuses.

March 14, 2013

Family Meal Makeovers: Eat Right. No Excuses.

Whether you’re out of “what’s for dinner” ideas or just looking to upgrade your meals, we’ve got a few helpful tips and tricks to help you rethink your shopping list and create easy, nutritious, inexpensive meals for you and your family.

Problem #1: “Healthy foods are more expensive.

Choose organic where it matters the most. Opt for organic foods on the newly extended “Dirty Dozen” (produce with the highest levels of pesticide residue) list only. These include: apples, celery, sweet bell peppers, peaches, strawberries, imported nectarines, grapes, spinach, lettuce, cucumbers, domestic blueberries, potatoes, green beans, and kale.

Freeze now, enjoy later. Produce is the cheapest when you buy it in season, so pick the ripest fruits and freshest veggies now and freeze them for up to six months. Buying frozen is also a great idea too! Frozen produce is still nutritious and timesaving too – no washing or chopping needed!

Buy in bulk.Save almost 90% on pantry staples by shopping the bulk bins. Lentils, oats, flax seeds, quinoa, nuts, tea, spices, and dried fruits are available in grocery stores like Whole Foods, Wegmans, Fresh Market and more. Just scoop, bag, and buy only what you need to cut down on waste and spend less!Did you know that True Citrus products come in bulk sizes too? Shop online to save 10% or more on your favorite flavors!

Problem #2: “There’s never enough time to cook. Take-out it is!” 

Keep it simple. Start building a recipe collection of 20-minute throw-together meals like stir-fries and salads. Here are some of our favorite time-saver dishes:
Get the kids involved.  Ask them to help out with the easier but sometimes more time-consuming tasks that set you back in the kitchen: washing produce, tossing a salad with dressing, stirring omelets or sauces, and even seasoning vegetables with their favorite True Citrus Spice Blend. (A blessing in disguise:kids become less picky about what they want to eat when they help make it!)

Buy ready-cooked. There’s nothing wrong with a box of easy and convenient one-minute rice! Packaged, precooked sides like rice, lentils, and polenta are all great hearty sides for almost any meal. Need something to wash them down with? Our True Lemonades are also a really fast and delicious accompaniment to every dish! With only 5 calories per serving and no artificial sweeteners or preservatives, they’re absolutely perfect for both kids and adults alike. Just simply tear, pour, and stir or shake into water and voila! They’re available in both single-serving and family-friendly sizes.

Problem #3: “I have no idea how much I should or shouldn’t be eating.” 

Follow the rule of palm.Aside from staying full with at least eight glasses of water with delicious, zero-calorie, all-natural True Citrus,here’s another easy way to control what you eat at meals. All you need are your two hands!
  • Vegetables: take a serving that fits in your two open hands
  • Grains: take a serving the size of your closed fist
  • Meat/Proteins: a serving the size of your palm (about the size of a deck of cards)
  • Fruit: your closed fist is plenty for fruit, with or between meals
  • Fats (oils, mayo, etc.): the tip of the thumb (tip to first knuckle)
Size does matter.  You’d be surprised to learn what a cup of cereal, a tablespoon of oil, or an ounce of nuts actually looks like. By not measuring every time you cook, you risk packing on more calories and fat into your meal. Keep your measuring cups and spoons handy at all times!

Problem #4: “Water is my family’s last-choice beverage.”

Add a burst of fresh-squeezed flavor. There are so many drink mixes and water enhancers out there that are loaded with tons of preservatives, artificial ingredients and sweeteners. (Not to mention they’re fake tasting too!) True Citrus products, however, make it easy for you to love your water and feel great about drinking it!  No matter your preference - whether you love just a light, unsweetened fresh-squeezed taste or crave the sweet taste of lemonade - True Citrus has a delicious, 100% natural choice that you and your family will love!

Keep it top of mind. Fill a pitcher with water and store it front and center in the fridge. Staying hydrated with cold water boosts metabolism, and easy access makes it more likely that kids will drink up! The American Association of Pediatrics has given a first-time ever recommendation for kids and teens to drink water and stay away from drinks with carbohydrates, including energy drinks, sports drinks, and caffeinated sodas. Instead, add a packet of 100% natural True Lemon Original Lemonade,True Lemon Raspberry Lemonade, or True Lemon Iced Tea – now available in 2-quart pitcher size packs!

Tote it. Moms should aim for 72 ounces of water daily to help maintain energy since dehydration can lead to fatigue. That might seem like a lot, but if you sip throughout the day, you’ll easily reach your quota. Encourage the habit by keeping a water bottle and your favorite True Citrus products with you at all times. Our True Packet Totes and Caddies make it easy to keep convenient fresh-squeezed citrus taste available anytime, anywhere!

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How do you overcome obstacles to eating right? Let us know in the comments section below or sharing with us by email at [email protected], on Facebook, and on Twitter.

Source: Family Meal Makeovers (www.FamilyCircle.com)

  

 

 



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Learn to Love Your Body, From The Inside Out.

January 29, 2013

Learn to Love Your Body, From The Inside Out.

Here at True Citrus we’re all about staying “True” to our bodies and what we put in them. Unlike other water enhancers and powdered soft drinks, ours are the only products made from the juices and oils of real fruit and 100% natural ingredients. With no artificial colors, sweeteners, sodium or preservatives, you can feel good about adding your favorite True Citrus products to your water because they taste great and they’re good for you!

And while what we drink and eat everyday can impact how we’re feeling about our bodies, it’s important to remember that we are greater than the sum of our individual parts. As women, we know that many of us struggle with our body image and spend too much energy focusing on what we don’t like about ourselves rather than what makes us special. (Thankfully the world is not nearly as critical of us as we often are of ourselves!) Too many of us still diet until we’re dizzy and succumb to society’s false expectations of achieving the so-called “perfect” body. But here at True Citrus, where we all come in different shapes and sizes, we are always complimenting each other and encouraging each other in our efforts to stay healthy or become healthier. We hope that this month (and every day moving forward), you too will focus on LOVING your body (if you don’t already) – for all that it can do and the miracle that it is right this very second.  And if you need some tips and tricks to start to do that, then read below!

  • Start moving – even a little.It’s so easy to reach for food to deal with our emotions – stress, fatigue, worry, and even happiness. Instead try just once - today, this week or this month – to channel those emotions into some sort of movement, whether a total-body workout or getting up from your desk to walk around your office. Whether you need a quick boost, an energy lift, or even a way to celebrate something great in your life, exercise can help you turn your focus from appearance to gratitude for everything your body enables you to do. A moving body is a beautiful body! (And studies show that even the smallest change in the amount of exercise you’re getting can have a big impact on how your body feels and operates.)
  • Step off the scale.When you move away from letting the scale steal your happiness and be a gauge of self-worth, you’ll start to build a truly loving relationship with your body. Learning to love your body and be accepting of everything – strengths and flaws – is a journey, but one well worth it!
  • Dare tonotcompare.Like everything in life, if you’re always comparing yourself to others, you’ll often end up feeling inadequate and unhappy about your body or life. So choose not to do it! No single body (or life!) is perfect, and your body is the only body you will ever have. Accept it. Love it. And try to stop wasting time disliking any single part of it. Feel proud of your body – exactly as it is today.  
  • Focus on what helps you feel good.Taking care of your body shouldn’t be a chore.You should eat healthier because it makes you feel good and keeps you from anything that leaves you feeling guilty or unsatisfied. You should exercise because it energizes you, keeps you focused, and prolongs the quality of your life. Whether or not these things make you thinner is not the point. Eating right and moving your body are essential to your overall well-being.

How have you already learned to love your body? Let us know via [email protected]Facebook or Twitter!



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Make Better Life Resolutions for 2013

January 14, 2013

Make Better Life Resolutions for 2013

Happy New Year! Happy 2013!

As the team here at True Citrus is reflecting upon 2012, we’re also thinking about what changes we want to make in 2013. And instead of making the same old New Year’s resolutions year after year (which some of us tend to break before the end of the first month anyway), we’re making some Better Life resolutions.

While traditional New Year’s resolutions are often about the outer us, this year we’re trying some New Year resolutions that focus on the inner us. While we obviously practice these already (since we are a pretty nice group of people!), in 2013 we want to do a better job of embracing and practicing our list below because we think that they can make a big difference not only in our own personal lives, but also to those around us. Here are our Better Life Resolutions:

1.   We’re eating breakfast. Whether it’s a lack of appetite or the result of a hectic schedule, we sometimes skip the most important meal of the day. But we know that it’s true – eating breakfast helps our brain and our metabolism. Therefore, we’re not allowing ourselves any excuses about not eating breakfast. We’re fueling up every morning for a productive day!

2.    We’re practicing kindness more. We’re not going to underestimate the power of a simple gesture – a smile, a held door, a touch on the shoulder, a call to someone who is having a hard time - to change a day and even a life.

3.    We’re giving compliments more often. We’re telling our mom and dad how much we appreciate them, we’re telling our co-workers what a good job they did, we’re telling our children how much we like their painting, and we’re telling our significant other thanks for the great dinner. Whatever the reason, we’re taking the time to recognize those around us because the truth is that one of the greatest human needs is to feel appreciated.

4.    We’re getting better at saying no.  We don’t have to be super women (or super men). We don’t have to do everything for everybody. It’s actually important to set boundaries for ourselves. And while this may be particularly hard for us women, we’re going to try to do this without any guilt!

5.   We’re getting better at finding a balance. We tried in 2012 and, while we made some progress, we’re going to get even better at this big challenge in 2013. Our families and social life are just as important as our work life, so we’re going to try to recognize that we need to make quality time for both.

6.   And with that, we’re going to try to keep our focus in the moment. It’s so easy to think about all we have to do at home when we’re at work and all we have to do at work when we’re at home. However, we’re going to try to remind ourselves to focus on the present. The to-do list isn’t going anywhere whether we’re focusing on the moment or not.

7.  We’re reading more. Expanding our horizons, improving our memory, using our imagination. The power of reading!

8.  We’re smiling.  A genuine smile can brighten any room. And besides increasing happiness, smiling can relieve stress (it’s true according to a study from the University of Kansas!), boost confidence, and even make us look younger!

What are your 2013 Better Life Resolutions? 



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We Like To Party! Stress-Free Strategies For Your Next Holiday Shindig

November 20, 2012

We Like To Party! Stress-Free Strategies For Your Next Holiday Shindig

Many of us look forward to the holiday season for lots of reasons: spending time with friends & family, admiring the beautiful lights & decorations, and consuming copious amounts of delicious food and crafty cocktails. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?

But, if you want to be sure that you fit into that little black dress that you’ve been waiting all year to flaunt at an upcoming holiday party or festive celebration, make an effort to drop a few pounds and slim down before the feasting season begins. (And then maybe you won’t feel so guilty about indulging in a cookie here or there!)

Listed below are a few calorie-slashing tips for your pre-holiday weight-loss goals. As a reference, new research shows that a 165-pound woman has to pare off 480 calories a day to lose 5 pounds in one month. Heavier (195 pounds)? Cut 515 calories. Lighter (135 calories?) Trim 435. Start dropping!

1. Subtract. Eliminate sugary, artificially sweetened drinks (sodas, energy drinks, and juices) and avoid alcohol, which are full of empty calories and can wreck havoc on your metabolism.Drink water with 0-calorie True Lemon, True Lime, True Orange, or True Grapefruit instead.

2. Skip. Pass on fast-food and sit-down meals as they can contain more than half of your daily caloric needs. Even with healthier options, you’d be much better off preparing your own meals.

3. Swap. Every dieter has temptations. Trade your high-calorie picks for skinnier substitutions like these: 

Breakfast

4 French toast sticks vs. 2 whole-grain waffles

You save: 202 calories

Breakfast quesadilla with eggs, black beans, cheddar and bacon vs. egg, cheese, and bacon on an English muffin

You save: 290 calories

Cinnamon raisin bagel vs. 2 mini-cinnamon raisin bagels

You save: 181 calories

Lunch

1 cheese calzone vs. 1 slice of stuffed-crust pizza

You save: 410 calories

Grilled veggie burrito vs. chicken burrito bowl

You save: 160 calories

2 slices of whole wheat bread vs. 1 whole wheat wrap

You save: 70 calories

Dinner

Steak fajitas with flour tortillas vs. shrimp fajitas with corn tortillas

You save: 400 calories

1-cup plain spaghetti vs. 1-cup spaghetti squash

You save: 179 calories

Meat loaf made from 85% lean ground beef vs. meat loaf made with white-meat ground turkey

You save: 100 calories per slice

Sides

1-cup mashed potatoes vs. 1 small baked sweet potato

You save: 183 calories

Condiments

1-tbsp hoisin sauce vs. 1-tbsp soy sauce

You save: 27 calories

1-tbsp light mayo vs. 1-tbsp mustard

You save: 39 calories (80 calories for regular mayo)

2-tbsp coffee creamer vs. 2-tbsp skim milk

You save: 48 calories

2-tbsp sour cream vs. 2-tbsp plain yogurt

You save: 30 calories

Snacks

½-cup raisins vs. 1-cup grapes

You save: 113 calories

Small order of nachos vs. 1-cup chili with 1-tbsp low-fat shredded cheddar cheese and 10 tortilla chips

You save: 300 calories

Potato chips vs. plain popcorn sprinkled with True Lime

You save: 50 calories per 25g serving

Beverages

5-oz. glass of wine vs. 6-oz. wine spritzer (half wine, half seltzer)

You save: 50 calories

16-oz. blended coffee drink vs. 16-oz. non-fat latte

You save: 150 calories

1-cup skim milk vs. 1-cup pure almond milk

You save: 30 calories

4. Sweat. Exercise (shopping does count!) can easily help you blast fat and tone up. Aim for at least 20-35 minutes of exercise per day, and opt for interval workouts, which can burn off a quick 350 calories or more! Short on time? Here’s a few quickie workouts we love: Walking outside briskly (30-min; 150 calories burned) Elliptical as a swift walking pace (26-min; 150 calories burned) Jogging on a treadmill at 5mph (9-min; 100 calories burned) Light weight-lifting (13-min; 50 calories burned) Jumping rope (13-min;50 calories burned) It is possible to lose weight before, during, and after the holidays if you are both willing and determined. These are only a few tips that will help you succeed, however you will find there are many other ways to cut calories, while still enjoying the season. Do you have any advice for those about to face the feeding frenzy ahead? Share with us in the comments section below!



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Small Changes, Big Results: How to Drop 5 Pounds Before the Holidays.

November 9, 2012

Small Changes, Big Results: How to Drop 5 Pounds Before the Holidays.

Many of us look forward to the holiday season for lots of reasons: spending time with friends & family, admiring the beautiful lights & decorations, and consuming copious amounts of delicious food and crafty cocktails. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?

But, if you want to be sure that you fit into that little black dress that you’ve been waiting all year to flaunt at an upcoming holiday party or festive celebration, make an effort to drop a few pounds and slim down before the feasting season begins. (And then maybe you won’t feel so guilty about indulging in a cookie here or there!)


Listed below are a few calorie-slashing tips for your pre-holiday weight-loss goals. As a reference, new research shows that a 165-pound woman has to pare off 480 calories a day to lose 5 pounds in one month. Heavier (195 pounds)? Cut 515 calories. Lighter (135 calories?) Trim 435. Start dropping!1. Subtract. Eliminate sugary, artificially sweetened drinks (sodas, energy drinks, and juices) and avoid alcohol, which are full of empty calories and can wreck havoc on your metabolism.Drink water with 0-calorie True Lemon, True Lime, True Orange, or True Grapefruit instead.2. Skip. Pass on fast-food and sit-down meals as they can contain more than half of your daily caloric needs. Even with healthier options, you’d be much better off preparing your own meals.3. Swap. Every dieter has temptations. Trade your high-calorie picks for skinnier substitutions like these: 

Breakfast

4 French toast sticks vs. 2 whole-grain waffles

You save: 202 calories

Breakfast quesadilla with eggs, black beans, cheddar and bacon vs. egg, cheese, and bacon on an English muffin

You save: 290 calories

Cinnamon raisin bagel vs. 2 mini-cinnamon raisin bagels

You save: 181 calories

Lunch

1 cheese calzone vs. 1 slice of stuffed-crust pizza

You save: 410 calories

Grilled veggie burrito vs. chicken burrito bowl

You save: 160 calories

2 slices of whole wheat bread vs. 1 whole wheat wrap

You save: 70 calories

Dinner

Steak fajitas with flour tortillas vs. shrimp fajitas with corn tortillas

You save: 400 calories

1-cup plain spaghetti vs. 1-cup spaghetti squash

You save: 179 calories

Meat loaf made from 85% lean ground beef vs. meat loaf made with white-meat ground turkey

You save: 100 calories per slice

Sides

1-cup mashed potatoes vs. 1 small baked sweet potato

You save: 183 calories

Condiments

1-tbsp hoisin sauce vs. 1-tbsp soy sauce

You save: 27 calories

1-tbsp light mayo vs. 1-tbsp mustard

You save: 39 calories (80 calories for regular mayo)

2-tbsp coffee creamer vs. 2-tbsp skim milk

You save: 48 calories

2-tbsp sour cream vs. 2-tbsp plain yogurt

You save: 30 calories

Snacks

½-cup raisins vs. 1-cup grapes

You save: 113 calories

Small order of nachos vs. 1-cup chili with 1-tbsp low-fat shredded cheddar cheese and 10 tortilla chips

You save: 300 calories

Potato chips vs. plain popcorn sprinkled with True Lime

You save: 50 calories per 25g serving

Beverages

5-oz. glass of wine vs. 6-oz. wine spritzer (half wine, half seltzer)

You save: 50 calories

16-oz. blended coffee drink vs. 16-oz. non-fat latte

You save: 150 calories

1-cup skim milk vs. 1-cup pure almond milk

You save: 30 calories
4. Sweat. Exercise (shopping does count!) can easily help you blast fat and tone up. Aim for at least 20-35 minutes of exercise per day, and opt for interval workouts, which can burn off a quick 350 calories or more! Short on time? Here’s a few quickie workouts we love: Walking outside briskly                       30-min  150 calories burned Elliptical as a swift walking pace        26-min  150 calories burned Jogging on a treadmill at 5mph        9-min    100 calories burned Light weight-lifting                              13-min  50 calories burned Jumping rope                                     13-min  50 calories burned It is possible to lose weight before, during, and after the holidays if you are both willing and determined. These are only a few tips that will help you succeed, however you will find there are many other ways to cut calories, while still enjoying the season. Do you have any advice for those about to face the feeding frenzy ahead? Share with us in the comments section below!



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Frozen Foods: Making the Healthy Choice

October 23, 2012

Frozen Foods: Making the Healthy Choice

While dietitians, doctors, and nutritionists alike recommend fresh, wholesome foods for a healthy diet, there’s no question that many of us embrace frozen foods as time and budget savers. Whether it’s for convenience, lack of culinary skills, or portion control, frozen meals can be a quick and viable alternative to non-frozen natural foods (as long as you’re making the right choices).

Below are a few guidelines to follow the next time you go to reach for your favorite frozen foods:

    1. Aim for sustainable practices.Choose packaging and trays made of recycled or compostable materials. If an item is organic, check whether it’s made in the United States, as other countries don’t use the same organic standards. 

      2.Select meals with 350-500 calories.While you may be tempted to buy meals that boast less than 200 calories per serving, they won’t provide a substantial amount of energy or the necessary vitamins and minerals your body needs from a meal. Plus, you’ll be more tempted to indulge in a high-calorie low-nutrition snack later.

        3. Look for a short list of ingredients and no added sugar.If the ingredient list features more unknown, scientific-sounding words than identifiable wholesome foods, you may be dealing with a highly processed, low-fiber entrée.

          4. Limit unhealthful fats.Choose meals with no more than 2g saturated fat and no trans fat. To determine whether a product truly contains no trans fat (whether or not the label says 0g), be sure to read the ingredient list carefully. If “partially hydrogenated oil” is listed, the product does contain traces of trans fat and therefore, is not the best choice. Instead, opt for frozen entrées that use heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, like olives and olive oil and/or canola oil.

            5. Seek low-sodium or “no sodium added” items.Sodium content is among the worst and most common offenders of frozen foods. The average healthy person should consume no more than 2300mg ofsodiumper day. Many packaged meals exceed this with 1000mg per serving or more in many cases. Be sure to read labels carefully, and select items that contain no more than 600mg of sodium per serving. Need more flavor?Give any fresh or frozen entrée a pop of citrus flavor with a sprinkle of 0-calorie, sodium-free True Lemon, True Lime, or True Orange!

              6. Don’t skimp on the essentials.If you’re going to eat a frozen meal for dinner, make sure it contains all the components of a healthy home-cooked dish! Look for entrées with at least ½ cup of fruits and/or veggies, about ½ to 1 cup of whole grains, 14 to 21 grams of protein, and at least 5 grams of fiber. For any entrée that’s low in fruits and veggies, you can always add a side salad or slice an apple to serve with it.

                 

                Frozen Foods We Love:

                Kashi®Steam Meals Chicken Fettuccine

                Kashi®Sweet & Sour Chicken 

                Kashi®Black Bean Mango

                Organic Bistro Sesame Ginger Wild Salmon

                Cedar Lean All Natural Minestrone Soup and Mediterranean Wrap

                Amy’s®Light in Sodium Black Bean Vegetable Enchilada

                Amy’s®Light & Lean Spinach Lasagna

                Healthy®Choice Lemon Garlic Chicken

                Healthy®Choice Golden Roasted Turkey Breast

                Healthful frozen food options allow you to have your convenience and eat it too with little or no nutrition trade-off. By following the simple guidelines above, you can feel good about your next meal choice – one box at a time. 

                 

                [SOURCE: Healthier Frozen Foods by Maura Keller (Today's Dietitian)]

                 



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                Your Most Common Dinner Challenges - Solved.

                October 18, 2012

                Your Most Common Dinner Challenges - Solved.

                Does getting a meal on the table every night stress you out? Like most parents (especially Moms), figuring out what to cook for both you and your family day after day can be quite the challenge. 

                Whether you’re in a cooking rut, you struggle to find healthy meals (that are also delicious), or you just feel like don’t have the time - we’re here to help you make meal-planning one less thing on your plate!

                Below are three of the most common hurdles faced to getting dinner on the table. And we’re sharing a few smart tips and recipe ideas to help solve those challenges, as well as keep you organized, inspired, and calm in the kitchen.

                Challenge #1: ”I need dinners that are both healthyanddelicious.”The Solutions:1. Balance your diet

                Fill you plate with the following food groups:

                • Lean proteins (chicken breasts, fish, eggs, low-fat dairy, tofu)
                • High-fiber or whole-grain carbs (wild rice, lentils, fruit, veggies)
                • Healthy fats (olive oil, nuts, avocados)

                2. Spice up lean proteinsJust using salt and pepper for seasoning can make cooking taste very bland. Give your dishes a zesty kick with these three splice blends using 0-calorie, sodium-free True Citrus flavors:

                3. Go for the greensVitamin-packed veggies are the key to a healthy diet. Here are three lean and green recipes we love:

                4. Bulk up pastas with veggies

                  You can still enjoy pasta as long as you substitute with whole-grain noodles and incorporate a lean protein and/or veggies. Below are three pasta recipes we can’t resist with the added zing of True Lemon:

                  5. Move after meals

                    Enjoy a long, brisk walk after dinner. A walk is a great way to wind down after a big meal instead of flopping on the couch to watch TV. And don’t forget to grab a water bottle with your favorite True Citrus flavor!Challenge #2: ”I don’t have time to cook.”The Solutions:1. Befriend the slow cooker

                      Slow-cooked meals make the best leftovers – and they’re super quick & easy too! Perfect for when you know it’s going to be a long day. Here’s a recipe we really like:Cilantro-Lime Chicken

                      Prep: 10 minutes | Total Time: 4 hours to 8 hours | Serves 6

                      • 1 (16 oz) jar salsa
                      • 1 (1.25 oz) package dry taco seasoning mix
                      • 6 packets True Lime dissolved in 4 tablespoons water
                      • 3 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
                      • 3 lbs skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

                      Place salsa, taco seasoning, True Lime juice, and cilantro into a slow cooker; stir to combine. Add chicken breasts, and stir to coat with the salsa mixture. Cover the cooker, set to low, and cook 6-8 hours. Shred chicken with 2 forks to serve. Serve with rice and veggies.2. Stock up for spur-of-the-moment meals

                        Keep healthy, long-lasting staple grocery items (see below) on hand that can be used to whip up quick, delicious dinners.             Pantry

                        • True Lemon
                        • Pasta
                        • Canned beans
                        • Canned tomatoes
                        • Jarred tomato sauce
                        • Rice, quinoa, couscous, and various grains
                        • Chicken or vegetable broth
                        • Peanut butter
                        • Olive oil
                        • Garlic
                        • Onions
                                     Refrigerator
                        • Eggs
                        • Sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
                        • Parmesan
                        • Cheddar
                        • Tortillas
                        • Parsley
                        • Dijon mustard
                                     Freezer
                        • Chicken breasts
                        • Sweet Italian sausage
                        • Frozen shrimp
                        • Frozen vegetables (peas, corn, spinach)
                        • Frozen tortellini or ravioli
                        • Frozen pizza dough
                        • Bacon
                        • Nuts (almonds or walnuts)
                        • Bread
                        3. Dress up simple mains with tasty sides

                          Believe it or not, you can throw together a fresh, flavorful side dish loaded with nutritious nuts or veggies in the time that it takes to prepare a box of mac & cheese. These super-fast sides pair perfectly with lean (and easy) proteins:

                          4. Shortcuts are great, but read the fine print

                            A frozen pizza or burrito can be time saver, but be smart about what you buy. A healthy pick should have about 300 calories, 10 grams of fat, and 18 grams of protein per serving. Pair with a salad or side (like those listed above), and you’ll have yourself a meal! 

                            5. Eat together (when you can)

                              Family time is important time. Make it a priority to have dinner with the kids even if it’s just one night a week. Encourage them to help with the preparations too! 

                              Challenge #3: ”I’m always winging it.”The Solutions:1. Make a flexible shopping list

                              Don’t let your cravings guide your menu planning! Cut down on supermarket trips (without sacrificing spontaneity) by creating weekly flexibleshopping lists.

                              • Create a standing list of staple grocery items that the family uses every week (i.e. milk, cereal, fruit, etc.)
                              • Sit down with your family and decide on one or two recipes that they would like to have that week. (Leave the rest of the meals open). Add the ingredients to your list.
                              • Add one protein and one vegetable for each of the remaining dinners for the week. You can decide on when and how to use them later. The important thing is that you’ll have plenty of options on hand!
                              2. Keep a cache of easy recipes

                                Great food doesn’t have to equate to lots of preparation and cooking time. Here are a few fast dinners that are loaded with flavor (particularly citrus flavor!):

                                3. Teach them the basics

                                  Encourage the kids to help out in the kitchen, and teach them a little Culinary 101: Work Smart

                                  • Before starting a meal, read the recipe all the way through. Then preheat the oven, if necessary.
                                  • Make sure you have all your ingredients and equipment on-hand and pulled out.
                                  • Before you start cooking, prep all the ingredients according to the instructions.
                                  Work Safely
                                  • Position the handles of pots and pans over the counter or the store to prevent accidents.
                                  • Place a damp kitchen towel under your cutting board to prevent the board from slipping.
                                  • Wash your hands and any boards and knives that have come into contact with raw meat immediately to prevent cross contamination.
                                  Work Clean
                                  • Keep a kitchen towel close by for wiping dirty hands and handling hot pans.
                                  • Wipe down cutting boards as you go.
                                  • Work near a trashcan or keep a trashcan in the prep area to dispose of trimmings and peels.

                                  4. Add pizzazz to snack timeTo keep both you and your kids satisfied until supper, prepare some nutritious & delicious snacks to munch on in the meantime. A quick one we love: sprinkling a little True Lime over plain popcorn instead of sodium-laden salt. Here’s a few more to try:

                                  5.    Get inspired

                                    Use cookbooks and photos for inspiration. They can give you ideas for creative combinations! Love cooking and/or baking with all-natural True Lemon, Lime, or Orange? We have hundreds of deliciousrecipesto browse through and try! 

                                    Do you have a dinner challenge you would like solved? Do you have additional solutions of your own? Share them with us in the comments section below!

                                    Source:Take Back Dinnertime(www.realsimple.com)

                                     



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                                    Want Good Health? There’s an App for That! 

                                    October 9, 2012

                                    Want Good Health? There’s an App for That! 

                                    Nowadays cell phones are used for far more than making calls and sending texts. A growing number of experts are saying that mobile devices may be the next big breakthrough in public health.

                                    With thousands of mobile apps readily available for download, they work to provide a level of efficiency in our lives, and help us to better take care of ourselves. From tracking fitness results or diet trends, to managing grocery lists and doctors’ appointments, mobile apps can definitely have a big impact on our health and wellness.

                                    Anyone can download a fitness or health app onto his or her smartphone. However, we’ve got a few tips that will help you make the most of them and keep good health right at your fingertips!

                                    1. Set-up “be healthy” appointments. Use your reminder function to prompt you to take your medication or vitamins, schedule work-outs (so you’ll never have an excuse to miss them), and even put you to bed on time. You can even take your reminders to a whole new level by customizing your alarms with motivating messages like - “Drink more water with True Lemon!”

                                    An app we love: Remember the Milk.

                                    2. Use your timer. Make scheduling tasks and prioritizing activities easier by timing them. Whether it’s brushing your teeth, holding a plank pose, or tracking interval times at the gym, your timer can help to track day-to-day tasks. It’s a great way to polish up on your time-management skills in an effort to finish things more accurately, efficiently and conveniently.  

                                    An app we love: Elapsed.

                                    3. Track your progress. Fitness apps can be used for tracking a variety of workouts, so be sure to make the most of yours. Some features include tracking your speed, distance, route, and calories. Most of these apps allow you to share your progress socially with friends. So, grab a buddy and get moving!

                                    An app we love: Nike+ Running.

                                    4. Eat healthy. Some apps can be used to take the guesswork out of deciphering food labels, evaluating ingredients, and finding healthier alternatives. Some grocery stores even let you download their weekly circulars to stay up-to-date on the freshest food deals!

                                    An app we love: Fooducate.

                                    5. Stay motivated. No matter who you are or what you’re doing, everyone needs a little motivation from time-to-time. Whether it’s personal or professional, there are lots of apps that can help you with motivation, organization, and ultimately just help you get things done!

                                    An app we love: Wonderful Day.

                                    You can also get your dose of motivational quotes, photos and ideas that help to “keep you true” by signing up for our weekly Packetful of Happy email subscription.

                                    Do you have an app(s) that you swear by? Share them with us in the comment section below!

                                     

                                    Source: 6 Clever Ways Your Smartphone Makes You Healthy by: Deborah A. Wilburn (www.realage.com) 



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                                    6 More Reasons to Kick Your Diet Soda Habit to the Curb. 

                                    September 25, 2012

                                    6 More Reasons to Kick Your Diet Soda Habit to the Curb. 

                                     

                                    We know you’ve heard it all before - diet soda is bad news for your body. It’s actually one of the biggest culprits in the national weight gain problem for Americans. (Yikes!)

                                    However, your waistline isn’t the only thing you should worry about the next time you grab a glass of that caramel bubbly. We’ve got a few more reasons why you should ditch the diet soda craze for good.


                                    1. Kidney     Failure. In a recent study, researchers found that diet soda is     associated with a two-fold increased risk for kidney decline in women who     consumed more than two diet sodas per day. That’s bad. So, do something     good for you kidneys instead. Use True Lemon! It’s been proven to not only help you drink more     water,    but also to help prevent kidney     stones too!

                                    2. Metabolism     Meltdown. Studies show that just one diet soda per day may be linked     to a 34% higher risk of metabolic syndrome (the group of symptoms including     belly fat and high cholesterol that puts you at risk for heart disease). Unlike     diet soda, water with True     Lemon is a great way to help you boost your metabolism.  Researchers have     estimated that increasing daily water consumption by about 6 cups can burn     up to 17,400 calories a year, which equates to 5 pounds per year. Lemon     and Vitamin C  (each serving of True     Lemon has 25% of your RDA) have also been proven to have fat-burning     effects.

                                    3. Weight     Gain. The more diet sodas you drink, the greater your risk of becoming overweight.    Downing just two or more cans per day have been proven to increase     waistlines by a striking 500%. The culprit: artificial sweeteners - they disrupt your     body’s natural ability to regulate calorie intake, making you crave more.    The solution: stick with 100%  natural beverages like water with True Lemon Original     or Raspberry Lemonade. They’re naturally sweetened with Stevia     and are only 5 calories per serving! 

                                    4. Horrible     Hangovers. According to a recent hospital study,  cocktails made     with diet soda will get you drunker, faster.  Sugar-free mixers allow     liquor to enter your bloodstream much quicker than those without sugar,    leaving you with a bigger buzz and a killer headache. Whether you’re a happy     hour frequenter or nightclub hopper, stick with vodka, seltzer water     and a packet of 0-calorie True Lemon, Lime, Orange, or Grapefruit instead.

                                    5. Tooth     Decay. With a pH of 3.2,    diet soda is very acidic. (As a point of reference,  the pH of battery acid     is 1.) Acid dissolves enamel, and in turn,  adults who drink three or more     sodas per day have far greater decay, more missing teeth, and more     fillings. Want to keep your smile as beautiful as ever? With a pH level of     7, stick with water instead. Say, cheese!

                                    6. Reproductive Issues. Just drinking diet     soda alone has its consequences, but have you thought about how what you     drink it out of can affect you too? Soft drink cans are coated with the endocrine disruptor     bisphenol A (BPA), which has been linked to everything from heart disease     to obesity to reproductive problems.  That’s a lot harm packed in one can of     pop!

                                    The moral of this story: If you want to make a big difference in your waistline and your overall health, just say no to soda and stick with water instead. As experts say “the natural choice for hydration is water. Water hydrates better than any other liquid.”

                                     



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                                    How to Have a Healthy Back-to-School Start.

                                    September 12, 2012

                                    How to Have a Healthy Back-to-School Start.

                                    With school starting back up, kids will be far more exposed to sicknesses than they were during the summer months. And that means that the rest of us will also be more prone to illness too. However, there are some easy precautions you and your family can take to help get through the fall and winter to help minimize your chances of getting sick.

                                    Hand washing is the single most important thing any of us can do to prevent the spread of germs and viruses. (Teach your kids that they should wash their hands in warm water for as long as it takes them to sing “Happy Birthday”.) Equally important is to maintain a well-balanced diet. In addition to aiding the immune system fight off germs and viruses, a well-balanced diet also ensures good brain health. A healthy brain helps to stimulate longer attention spans and better retention of information, which are crucial in the classroom and the workplace. 

                                    Below are a few tips to help get your kids and their eating habits back on track this upcoming school season. (And yes, they apply to adults too!)

                                    • Pack water. Kids get dehydrated during the day, and     unlike sugary juices, sodas, and sports drinks, plain water is the best beverage for hydration,    which can help with mental alertness. Because     sporadic trips to the water-fountain are not enough (not to mention it’s a     breeding ground for germs – yuck!), be sure to send a water bottle and     some packets of nutritionist-approved, all-natural True     Citrus flavors along with your kid’s lunchbox or backpack. They     turn water into a healthy and delicious treat that kids love and you can     feel good about giving them!
                                    • Familiarize. Don’t ignore the school lunch program. Learn     what’s on the menu so that you can encourage your kids to make smart     choices when they’re available. Remember, balance is key, so if they’re     reaching for pizza, make sure they grab a side of veggies and fruit too.
                                    • Get them involved. When you’re packing lunches, ask for their     input. By taking trips to the grocery store and creating weekly meal charts together, they’ll be more likely to eat     whatever’s in their bag instead of trading it for chips and cookies.
                                    • Be creative. Just like us, kids get bored of the same-old     things. The more fun the food, the more likely they’ll eat it! Pick a     theme, swap the bread, or mix a snack. Our Avocado, Cucumber & Ham ‘Sushi’    Sandwiches and True Lemon Chex Chow are two     snacks ideas we love. You can even include a few packets of their favorite     True Citrus flavor to enjoy straight up! Have them pour     a packet directly into their mouth for a 0-calorie, sugar-free, yummy     citrus kick!

                                    A great start to the school year also means the healthiest start possible. Keep these tips top of mind as you (and your kids) start to get back into the education groove again! 



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                                    Drive in the “Healthy Lane” During Your Next Road Trip.

                                    August 29, 2012

                                    Drive in the “Healthy Lane” During Your Next Road Trip.

                                    Sweet summer is just ahead of us, and if you’re gearing up for a long holiday weekend this Memorial Day, don’t let your health take the back seat.

                                    Believe it or not, there’s something about being in a car that makes you want to eat a lot of snacks. (We know the feeling!) Being miles away from your kitchen in addition to driving for hours without seeing anything more nutritionally promising than a gas station can really “crash” your diet. But, with a little smart packing and a good plan, you can eat almost as healthy on the road as you do at home. Here’s a few tips:

                                    Skip the drive-thru. While French fries are easy to eat with one hand, they’ll definitely add more unwanted junk in your trunk. Opt for fresh fruit instead that is low in calories and great for maintaining your electrolytes, which keep your muscles from getting stiff as you drive. Can’t finish it all in one bite? Sprinkle a little True Lemon over your fruit to keep it from browning during the ride.

                                    Pre-pack it. Not only will it help you to save on calories, but cash too! Plus, you’ll be more likely to eat foods that fight fatigue, increase your attention span, and keep you alert. Sandwiches on whole wheat bread will prevent you from feeling sluggish, and peppermints are healthier stimulants than caffeine, which can lead to energy crashes. Here are a few more of our travel food favorites: 

                                    • Homemade trail mix – Easy to make and will help keep you full and energized. Make sure to buy unsalted nuts and dried fruit without added sugar.
                                    • Multi or whole-grain crackers – If you’re craving carbs, these are great to munch on. Drop a few in single serving sized baggies beforehand to keep you from reaching for more.
                                    • String cheese – Cheese is great in moderation and a great source of calcium.
                                    • Popcorn – Opt for plain, unbuttered versions, and swap the salt for a few shakes of True Lime. A great way to add flavor without the added sodium.

                                    BYOW. Bring your own water. Staying hydrated is one of the easiest ways to stay alert and energized. Aim to drink every hour or two so you don’t feel thirsty. And to help you consume more, flavor it with all natural (and super portable!) True Citrus packets.

                                    Watch your back. Smart snacking is important, but so is your posture when you’re in the car for an extended period of time. By fidgeting a little – gently twisting your torso from side to side when you’re at a red light – can help. Another tip: Make sure your can comfortably reach the pedals while keeping your knees bent and slightly higher than your hips.

                                    Road trips can be both fun and rewarding if you take the time to plan for the road ahead. So pack, prepare, and don’t forget to wear your seat belt!

                                    Is there a snack that you always pack before taking a trip? Let us know what keeps you out of the fast food joints and roadside convenience stores in the comments section below.



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                                    Can Late Night Munchies Affect Your Weight?

                                    August 15, 2012

                                    Can Late Night Munchies Affect Your Weight?

                                     

                                    When it comes to your waistline - how much you eat isn’t the only thing to be “consumed” with. When you eat can also make a difference in your weight too.

                                    Believe it or not, your body is more prone to burn and store fat at certain times of day. And new studies have shown that to burn the most fat, you need to go 12 hours without eating – say from 8:00pm to 8:00am. So, it’s important to time (literally) your calorie intake accordingly.

                                    Staying up and eating late has become a very recent phenomenon, but our bodies and our metabolisms aren’t hardwired to handle it. Nightly fasts are a crucial time for your body to burn fat, so the midnight rendezvous with your frig are definitely a no-go!

                                    In the habit of munching after dinner? Well, we’ve got a few tips to help you conquer cravings and keep late-night pantry raids under control.   

                                    Don’t Eat After Dark. During the day, your brain and muscles use some of the calories you eat for fuel, and the rest gets stored in your liver in the form of glycogen. At night, your body converts that glycogen into glucose which releases into your blood stream to keep your blood-sugar levels steady while you sleep. Once the stored glycogen is used up, your liver starts burning fat cells for energy. (Yup, you got it – you burn fat while you sleep!) However, it takes a couple of hours to use of a day’s glycogen stores – meaning that if you snack until late, and eat breakfast super early, your body may never have the opportunity to burn any fat before you start reloading your glycogen stores again.

                                    Solution: Snack during the day, then stop 12 hours before you plan to eat breakfast tomorrow. This should give your body enough time to burn all of the stored glycogen plus some fat every night. And remember – drinks count too! That bedtime glass of juice, warm milk, or even a diet soda disrupts you nighttime fast and fat burn. After dinner, stick to water with your favorite True Citrus product instead.

                                    Timing matters. While it’s important to stick to a regular sleep schedule, it’s also imperative that our internal clocks stay in sync too. Our digestive organs, particularly the liver, are programmed to perform most efficiently during the day. When we alternate from day to night job shifts, or week to weekend activities, our internal clocks never have the opportunity to reset themselves, which can set you up for weight gain if you’re eating while your digestive organs are “sleeping”.

                                    Solution: Try to eat your calories at the same time every day. Space meals three to five hours apart and aim for a mix of lean protein, good carbs, and healthy fats every meal. Sticking to a regular meal, sleep, and workout schedule will help keep your metabolism in tip-top shape.   

                                    Eat Breakfast Sooner Than Later. Research has shown that people who eat breakfast weigh less. Chowing down shortly after you wake up in the morning delivers a powerful metabolic jumpstart to your body, helping you to more efficiently use nutrients throughout the day. But, an important rule of thumb: if you eat a big dinner one night, say around 11:00pm, skip the morning meal in order to fit in a 12-hour fast. The idea that we must eat breakfast every day has become to ingrained into people’s minds that for late-night eaters, it means they end up eating around the clock.

                                    Solution: Eat breakfast within an hour of waking up, unless you ate late the night before. And be sure that your morning meal is protein-packed, like our True Orange Coconut Cream Protein Pancakes or our True Lemon Super Anti-Oxidant Smoothie, which will help you feel full and make you less likely to overeat all day – and into the night.

                                    As satisfying as midnight refrigerator raids may be, experts warn that post-dinner snack attacks can signal the start of a vicious cycle of weight gain. So, the next time the sun goes down, fight the nighttime nibbler within and head to bed. Good eating habits equate to a good night’s sleep and a better body. Sweet dreams!



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                                    The Main Squeeze (August 2012): 50% Off Products, In-Season Side Dishes

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                                      Fire Up Your Workout, Not Your Body. Fire Up Your Workout, Not Your Body.

                                    Summer’s the time to dodge the gym (Adios treadmill!), but sky-high temps make workouts tougher and potentially more dangerous to your body. While the benefits of exercising outdoors – increased energy, improved mood, and reduced tension – are more than rewarding, the sizzling summer sun can create added stress to your cardiovascular system, which in turn increases your risk for dehydration and dangerous heat-related illnesses. Below are a few tips for how you can help beat the heat and stay hydrated through your next outdoor workout:

                                    1. Tone It Down. Reduce your intensity or duration (or both).
                                    2. Chill Out. “Precooling” like hanging in an air-conditioned room, taking a cold shower, or slurping on a True Citrus slushy before exercising can help to extend the duration of your workout.
                                    3. Drink Up. Consume water throughout the day, not just before your workout. Adding a packet of your favorite all-natural True Citrus flavor is proven to help you drink more.
                                    4. Shield Your Skin. Slather every inch of your skin with SPF or clothing made up of a wicking fabric that’s lightweight and light-colored.
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                                    Fire Up Your Workout, Not Your Body.

                                    August 2, 2012

                                    Fire Up Your Workout, Not Your Body.

                                    Summer’s the time to dodge the gym (Adios treadmill!), but sky-high temps make workouts tougher and potentially more dangerous to your body. While the benefits of exercising outdoors - increased energy, improved mood, and reduced tension - are more than rewarding, the sizzling summer sun can really make you fizzle - literally!

                                    Let’s paint the picture. In hot weather, your heart not only pumps blood to your working muscles but also sends blood to your skin so your body can release internal heat into the environment and help cool itself. Together, they create added stress on your cardiovascular system, which in turn increases your risk for dehydration and dangerous heat-related illnesses.  

                                    Whether you’re spending a vacation camping and hiking, running a 5k, or just doing more fun activities like biking, walking, and swimming, we’ve got some tips for how you can help beat the heat and stay hydrated through your next outdoor workout.

                                    Tone It Down. The best way to avoid overheating is to reduce your intensity or duration (or both). Since heat and dehydration increase your heart rate faster, you’ll reach your usual workout intensity at a slower pace or even after fewer repetitions. Not sure when to slow down or cut back? That’ll depend on:

                                    - Weather conditions: Early morning or evenings are the safest times.
                                    - Your Fitness Level: Beginners should stick to low-intensity exercises like walking.
                                    - How long you’ve been exposed to the heat: It usually takes up to 2 weeks to acclimate fully to hot temps.

                                     Regardless, if you’re hot or tired – take a break or call it quits for the day! Safety first.

                                    Chill Out. Precooling is a tactic used to lower to your core body temperature to increase your endurance in the heat. Hanging in an air-conditioned room, taking a cold shower, or slurping a True Citrus slushy before exercise can help to extend the duration of your workout. And you can also use the same trick mid-workout too by draping a cold towel around your neck during water breaks or even filling a bag with ice and tucking it into your sports bra between your shoulder blades. (Brrr!)

                                    Drink Up! Water is the best way to stay hydrated and healthy. To avoid fatigue during your workout, you should consume water throughout the day, not just before you exercise. (A good way to help you drink more: Add a packet of your favorite all-natural True Citrus flavor, which is proven to boost water consumption.) And just as you’re about to take off, grab a salty snack - like a handful of pretzels – which are packed with dehydration-slowing sodium that can help to retain fluids.

                                    Shield Your Skin. Direct sun exposure on your skin not only increases body temperature, but can also impair your sweat glands, limiting your body’s self-cooling abilities. Before you get moving, be sure to slather every inch of your skin with SPF or clothing made up of a wicking fabric that’s lightweight and light-colored. 

                                    Like we’ve said, outdoor workouts reap a number of both physical and mental benefits, and are a great way to switch-up and maximize your exercise routine. But the next time you hit the concrete (sand, dirt trails, grassy fields, etc.) running, be sure to play it safe, slow down or take a break, drink plenty of water, and stay sun-protected!

                                     

                                     



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                                    A Better World, A Better You. Make the Change.

                                    July 30, 2012

                                     A Better World, A Better You. Make the Change.

                                     

                                     

                                    “You must be the change you wish see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi

                                    Becoming more eco-friendly in our everyday lives is not as hard as one would imagine. When thinking about how to become more eco-friendly in your daily life it’s great to remember the three R’s:  reduce, reuse and recycle. For example, when you make those well-deserved weekend trips to the beach take the time to clean out your car and recycle those old water bottles and soda cans that are quickly filling up the backseat.

                                     

                                    Did you know that it’s been estimated that a mere 23% of water bottles used by American’s are recycled? That means an average of 38 billion water bottles are filling up landfills each year instead of being reused! Not only is pollution like this destroying our environment, it is also extremely detrimental to our health. Damaging chemicals are polluting landfills all over our world, which can cause people living nearby to experience severe health problems such as cancer, birth defects, or even genetic mutations. A simple solution: Invest in a BPA-free water bottle. For about $10 you can buy a reusable water bottle that will not only help save the earth but also save you money!

                                    Now’s the time for each of us to make small changes in our lives that can not only protect the world, but our health. Here are some other small and easy contributions that you can easily incorporate into your daily life:

                                    • Recycle, Recycle, Recycle! Every bottle tossed into the recycling bin does in fact count. Did you know it only takes 25 two-liter plastic bottles to make one fleece garment?  Recycled plastics are now being used in our clothing, shoes, furniture, and a plethora of other indoor and outdoor accessories. So the next time you run into the grocery store and pick up a pack of water bottles (that one can only assume you are mixing with the delicious True Lemon flavors) remember to recycle because every last bottle counts!
                                    • Stop Into Your Local Best Buy! Expired or used gift cards you received on your birthday are actually made from PVC, one of the most toxic plastics. PVC can bring cancer-causing dioxins into the atmosphere. Research has shown that approximately 75 million pounds of these PVC cards are found within our waste stream every year. Instead of throwing away those expired gift cards, drop them off at your local Best Buy as they voluntarily distribute them to recycling kiosks.
                                    • Green Your Goods! A growing source of landfill waste is our old tech products. Have an old blackberry hiding in your drawer? Or an outdated Ipod hiding in the center console of your car? Well, it’s time to put your old tech gadgets into the hands of someone that could put it to some good use. Groups such as Global Technology Inc. work towards recycling and remanufacturing consumers donated supplies. Visit http://e-stewards.org/find-a-recycler/ to find a nearby e-recycler and send in those old gadgets and put some valuable and charitable use towards that money spent.
                                    • Become an Ecoathlete! Whether they’re old tennis shoes or worn out soccer cleats, they all contain plastic components that can be reused. Visit http://www.nikereuseashoe.com or mail in your athletic products to your local Nike store and support their Re-use a shoe program.

                                    It’s these small contributions we each commit to that can cumulatively make such a positive impact in our perilously polluted world. So take charge and help reduce the trash that is growing around us. And for even more info, visit www.earth911.org, www.reduce.org, and www.mygreenelectronics.org to learn about more effective ways you can contribute.

                                    We’d love to hear from you! What changes have you made to help reduce waste and pollution in your daily life?

                                     



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