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Top 3 Products for When You’re on-the-go (+ Life Updates)!

Top 3 Products for When You’re on-the-go (+ Life Updates)!

Hi friends!

Hope your week is off to a great start! Before I dive into today’s blog post, I wanted to share a few life-updates with you! PS – I feel like I’m always sharing drastic updates LOL. It’s NEVER DULL around here. Soo a few things – I just wrapped up my first FULL farmers market season for BerryGood Bliss – I can’t believe how quickly the time flew by. It’s been such a whirlwind and I’m SO pleased that people even LIKE my product! My goal this summer was to get my brand out there, test my products and see if people even enjoyed it (which luckily is a success!), make meaningful connections, and of course strategize next steps in the business plan to continue to grow BerryGood. As I’ve mentioned previously, starting a business like this adds up financially (BIG TIME). I’m so glad I took the time that I did to go all-in and build the brand. I know had I been working full-time during this period, I would have continued to put it off and not give it a 110%.

That being said, I’m being realistic in knowing that I can’t continue to support my current lifestyle (personal/housing, social, and business expenses) in the way that I am at the moment. Part of having a passion project like BerryGood is knowing that at times, you’ll need to HUSTLE big time and likely be working twice as hard to make ends meet. I’m fortunate enough to have found a part-time HR position (HR is the field I worked in prior to leaving my corporate job) that will allow me to work flexible hours (20-25 hrs a week) in order to balance both work and BerryGood. This new lifestyle will definitely be a challenge for me at first – learning how to find some kind of balance between work, my social life, my blog, fitness, and so on. However, I’m trying to look at this as an exciting time in my life and ready to take on new challenges with a SMILE. So that’s pretty much the BIGGEST change in my life right now. Oh and ps I’ve also decided to pursue my CorePower Sculpt teacher training (because I can just never be satisfied not having free time HAHA). But in all seriousness, this is something I’ve always wanted to do and timing worked out well on my end/the commitment for this training is very doable. So will keep you guys posted there!


Moving on to some of my favorite products that I always have on hand whether I’m traveling on vacation, going away for a quick weekend getaway, spending the night at my moms or dads house, or just out of the apartment for the day! I tend to have a “firey” metabolism and if I’m hungry, but without anything to hold me over, things can get ugly (aka HANGER strikes at its best and you can ask Justin, it’s certainly not a pretty sight). Lastly, none of the below is sponsored. This is simply all my own, un-biased opinion!

1) Protein Bar

As much as I love switching up my bars, I always seem to revert back to RxBar as my snack of choice. Why? Because their ingredients truly are no BS.

  • High in Protein
  • Vegetarian Friendly
  • No funky protein powder ingredients (aka casein + WPC, skim milk/milk powders, soy protein, vegetable oils, gluten, dextrin/glucose, soy protein, artificial sweeteners, etc.)
  • No added sugars
  • No Soy
  • No Gluten
  • TASTES DELISH!

The main ingredients in RxBars include: egg whites (high in protein, no cholesterol, & easily absorbed into the body) + dates (which help to bind & act as a natural sweetener) + nuts (for texture, healthy fats, & sustained energy).

PS – my favorite flavors include: Peanut Butter, Maple Sea Salt, Chocolate Sea Salt, and Mint-Chocolate.


2) Collagen Peptides

Collagen has been a STAPLE in my diet for almost the past year. I’ve truly noticed differences in my skin first and foremost, as well as my hair, nails, gut-health, better sleeps, joint/muscle recovery, and not to mention, it makes my lattes EXTRA frothy!

My go-to collagen is Vital Proteins and I LOVE that they sell individual serving sizes for when you’re on-the-go. These have been essential for traveling. I simply add it right into my warm coffee or tea and it dissolves instantly and is flavorless.

3) Elixirs

I never used to be a “beverage” person, but oddly enough, in the past year, I’ve been craving warm, nurturing beverages like golden milk (turmeric & black pepper + warm coconut milk), coffee & tea of course, and hot coco. I recently have fallen in love with the products from Four Sigmatic. Their goal is to “make drinking mushrooms and superfoods delicious and easy-to-do with their Mushroom Coffees, Mushroom Superfood Blends, and Mushroom Elixirs”.

Lately, I’ve been REALLY into their Mushroom Hot Cacao with Cordyceps. I’ll heat up either almond milk or coconut milk and then pour the contents in my mug, stir, and enjoy! It makes for the perfect night-capper, especially when I’m craving something warm & chocolatey. Plus the added benefits of the superfood mushroom AND the fact that it comes in an individually sealed bag for convenience makes these products that much better.


Look out for a similar blog post in the future! I certainly have a few more products I always rely on for when I’m on-the-go, but wanted to be mindful of this post getting too lengthy! 🙂

Ch-ch-ch Chia

More recently than ever, I’ve noticed a chia seed trend in the organic food market. Why is it that all of the sudden these little Omega-3 filled seeds are all the rage for fitness and health foodies?? What is it to them that make them SO beneficial? Well, you’re in luck because I’m here to answer that for you! First of all, let’s cover the main nutrition points. Most importantly, chia seeds are filled with Omega-3 fatty acids.

Why Omega-3?

  • Help prevent heart disease
  • Improve bone, joint, and lung health
  • Increase muscle mass
  • Improves skin health (like acne)
  • Can prevent cancer (like breast, colon, & prostate)
  • Can reduce inflammation

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Secondly, chia seeds provide a great source of Fiber! Chia seeds can absorb 10 times their weight in water, due to its gel-like texture, making them beneficial for your digestive system and maintaining regularity.

Third, chia seeds are one of the most nutrient-dense sources out there, providing an extremely large antioxidant count compared to most foods. More so, they also provide a great source of protein, potassium, calcium, iron, and other nutrients that are beneficial to the body!

So now you may be wondering how to even go about eating these seeds or adding them to become a staple for your diet. I’ve listed below a few options for recipes I’ve tried and plenty I have yet to try! Lastly, a fun little fact, it’s said that these seeds can be a great cardiovascular source, thus increasing your endurance and ability to run longer distances (for those runners out there!) It’s said that this seed was eaten by the Mayans in the Northern parts of Mexico and eventually became known as the “Indian Running Food”. So, case in point, give chia seeds a chance…they’re a great little nutritious benefit the size of a grain of sand!

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1.)  Make your own granola…

  1. In a small mixing bowl, mix together about 2 cups of oats, about 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, ½ tablespoon of agave nectar, 2 tablespoons of chia seeds, 1-2 tablespoons of coconut flakes, and a dash of cinnamon. Bake this in the oven on 325 degrees for about 8 mins give or take. Just keep an eye on them, once they start turning a light brown take them out! (Trust me, they will burn quickly!)

2.)  Add it to a smoothie…

  1. Recently, I’ve been making this smoothie lately and it’s delicious! In a blender, add 1 whole banana, 1 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder, 1 tablespoon of PB2 powder, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, a small handful of frozen spinach, and then fill the rest of the space with unsweetened vanilla almond milk (I usually use my magic bullet, so I don’t typically measure, but I’d say about 1 cup of milk…add more to liquefy!)

3.)  Sprinkle it on top of a salad…

  1. Throw a bowl together of mixed greens, ½ avocado, turkey slices, onion, tomatoes, and then add some chia seeds on top. This will add a nice, needed crunch to your salad!

4.)  I’ve been meaning to make this…a Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

  1. 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  2. 3 tablespoons of chia seeds
  3. dash of cinnamon
  4. ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract if desired for sweetness
  5. sprinkle coconut flakes on top
  6. Let sit for an hour at least in the fridge, you’ll notice that chia seeds will expand, thickening the mixture…this is a great way to get your source of chia seeds into your diet!

5.)  Check out some recipes online as well…here are a few sites I found with some great ideas! Enjoy and be creative!

  1. 10 Uses for Chia Seeds 
  2. Quick and Easy Chia Seed Recipes 
  3. Yummy Mummy Kitchen
  4. Nutmeg Nanny
  5. Check out Pinterest for more ideas!

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