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Archive for May 14th, 2012

SWAG, How Many Of Us Love It!

This is my final post on the Blend Retreat. I’m sure from time to time I will add comments or bring up things that happened at the retreat. I hope you enjoy this post on some good eats and treats.

Today’s post is dedicated to the Swag we received. So to start we all received these great t-shirts and name badges.

This is what made it home with me. I was nervous packing all these liquids in my bag, I was so worried that my drinks would explode in my bag, but it was worth the risk, and I am happy to report that nothing broke open. I had to laugh at how scared I was to open my bag and see if there was a mess. So with caution I unzipped my bag and on top of my cloths there sat a note from a TSA officer stating that they had checked my bag. At first I could not tell my bag had been opened and checked, it looked just how I left it, then I noticed that the decorative plastic bags that the Xagave was in was torn open. I guess when my bag was x-rayed it must have looked to delicious not to investigate it. I was so glad that they were so respectful and only looked at what looked suspicious.

During the closing ceremonies I won the Nature Box, and I am just so excited that I did, I have always wanted to try out one of these monthly foodie boxes. I will post about it when I receive my prize.

I put all the goodies back in the bag so I could get a picture to share, I guess I forgot to do that at the retreat, because I could not find a picture of one on my camera, bad blogger…or hungry snacker…

Had to take pictures of my boys trying to help themselves. They felt the need to protect this bag, food makes them crazy. They were so cute peeking into the bag.

This bag was taller than Stuart but that didn’t stop him from getting a look.

Killian really stood guard over the bag. He’s always on the ready for things that fall.

Oh popchips how I love thee. I tried most of the flavors at the retreat and I love them all, but I think the spicy jalapeno is my ultimate favorite flavor.

Then came the Fitmixer swag. We each received a blender bottle and a full size amino powder. Fitmixer was at the retreat with us and they participated in all the activities. Having them at the retreat worked out really well for me because I start the Fitmixer Boot Camp on May 14th. So I asked lots of questions and got a great preview of the products. I will be doing posts on my progress during the Fitmixer Boot Camp. I’m working on building muscle and strength.

Xagave gave us each a full size container and recipe cards, plus they provided an amazing breakfast on Saturday morning. I look forward to baking with this real soon.

Bob’s Red Mill also sent a full size product for us in our swag bag. I have had pearl couscous before, but never whole wheat so I am excited to try this.

Beanitos were also in our bag and I had never tried them and they did not disappoint, they were a great snack.

Love the flax seeds in the chip, they give it a nutty flavor.

Cheribundi is a cherry juice, it is tangy and tart, and I loved it. I am hooked on the Ginger Cherry flavor, and have already experimented with it in a cocktail. Check out this post for a refreshing Adult Cocktail. There are 50 cherries in each container and they are packed with an abundance of antioxidants and nutrients.

Chobani sponsored our breakfast on Sunday morning, we also had lots of bags of Love Grown granola to add to our yogurt. Love Grown also gifted us a full size bag of granola.

 

Our swag bag had this little gem in it. I love Larabar and here they gave us a 4 pack of their new Uber bars.

 

Bobo’s Oat Bar Amazing. The texture and flavor were out of this world. I really dug into this one. It was like eating a wonderful piece of cake.

The Simply Bar was our Flat Iron Hike sponsor and we also received a few bars in our swag bag. They were a great treat and really tasted good. I love nutrition bars and this one is a new favorite.

Cascadian Farm sent us away with a full size box of cereal and some trail mix bars. Really excited to break into that box of cereal.

Core Power was always available at the retreat, which was great because I think I had one after each of the three workouts. I was excited to try this premixed protein drink, and I am so glad I did. Tons of flavor, lots of protein and I loved the smooth texture.

Twin Cakes Bakery also sent us away with some really taste treats. Loved the flavor of the Chia Brownie Bites they were a rich chewy brownie that will satisfy your chocolate cravings. Perfect balance of sweetness. Perfect for an afternoon treat.

Pure Bliss Eats gave us this cute little packages of their Goji Berry Granola. I am saving this one for a special occasion, it looks so delicious I do not know how long I can hold out.

Lush Gourmet Nuts which happen to be made in Kalamazoo Michigan. They are  handcrafted sweetly coated peanuts. Love the sweet flavor and love that they are a Michigan company. Here at 40 Fit in the Mitt I totally love to support companies in my State. Go Michigan.

Nuts about Granola made a special batch of granola for the Blend Retreat. Here’s what they made for us. Ingredients: Whole oats, honey, almonds, organic chia seeds, dried cherries (Bing cherries, sunflower oil), coconut oil, organic wheat bran, pure cherry extract, cinnamon, natural sea salt. Let me say this, “Amazing” look at the size of those Cherries.

 

NuNaturals gave us bottles of their liquid flavored NuStevia and their NuStevia packets. I am really looking forward to trying this out in some baking I have planned soon.

Colorado Fudge Maker, I did not get to try this, my husband got to it before me, but he said this about it, “I want more”! It was packaged so cute for us, I loved all the detail some companies went to. Classy, very classy.

Hanna’s Herb Shop, scored with this one, I get to try out five different types of supplements, again classy touch with the drawstring bag.

 

Pangea Organics gave us a facial scrub and a mask, I plan on using these next week after I have a massage, it will be like a spa day.

Optimun Nutrition , gave two large samples of their Whey Protein Powder, I will be making some smoothies with those babies soon. They were kind enough to give us a chocolate and a vanilla sample.

Attune Foods gave us a box of Erewhon cereal, which I love to make my version of a healthy crispy treat bar.

Mix1 was in our swag bag also, but I drank it on Saturday night and I forgot to take a picture of it, but let me tell you this, I really like it and enjoyed the vanilla flavor, plus it really filled me up. Protein shakes are such a great way to add protein to your diet.

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Also Dry Soda was in our swag bags and available for us to drink in the Mission Lodge, I tried the cucumber and the vanilla bean. Love them. They were light, sparkling and refreshing, not heavy like a cola.

 

Another fun thing during the retreat was getting other bloggers business cards, some cards were just so darn cute. I might have to think about getting some cards for next years retreat.

So this concludes my Blend Retreat posts. I tried to cover all the events, meals, bloggers and treats from the retreat. I had a great time and feel like I am even more apart of the blogging community, everyone was so nice and I enjoyed the fellowship with all the bloggers. Thank-you Blend for a lifetime of memories.

Check Ya Later.

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