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Kevita: A Sparkling and Delicious Probiotic Refreshment

It look a summer in New York City to get me completely hooked on probiotic drinks. They were so new to me, and being a non-energy drink drinker, these were the perfect alternatives to provide a boost of natural energy in addition to healthy flora for digestion.  Not to be confused with Kombucha, KeVita is made using a fresh new approach. Water or tea is combined with the proprietary Organic KeVita Culture; a blend of probiotics and subtle flavors. They combine organic cold extracted plant extracts and organic fruits in a variety of flavors for your drinking pleasure. Oh, and did I mention it’s raw, vegan, gluten free, soy free and organic?

KeVita Fun Facts

It has multiple strains of probiotics, including those originating from kefir derived cultures. For thousands of years these cultures have been cherished for supporting beneficial digestive flora.

It is available in 8 delicious flavors: Strawberry Acai Coconut, Mango Coconut (my favorite), Coconut, Pomegranate Coconut, Pomegranate, Lemon Ginger, Living Greens, and Green Tea!

      • Proven to promote digestive health
      • Proven to maintain the immune system
      • Proven to deliver 10 times more probiotic cultures than common yogurt through the gut and into the intestine where they are needed
      • 4 Billion Probiotic Organisms at time of Bottling. 4 strains.
      • Refreshing and thirst-quenching
      • 4 flavors certified organic, 4 flavors made with organic ingredients
      • Made with LOVE in small batches in California

Why Drink KeVita?

For radiant vitality and health, duh! KeVita is the only sparkling, probiotic refreshment of its kind. It contains 2x the probiotic content as Kombucha, plus it has a much milder flavor and is created from a different culture called Water Kefir. These drinks are very low in sugar as they are lightly sweetened with Stevia. The coolest part: it is handcrafted and cold-processed at KeVita’s own organic plant in Ventura, CA. (Take me here please!)

KeVita Suggestions

  • If you have an upset stomach: go with the Lemon and Ginger flavor.
  • Drink as much or as little as you want any time of day, with or without meals.
  • How much you need to drink to enjoy the benefits varies. Everyone is unique. Listen to your taste buds and your body. Some drink 2 bottles a day others make a bottle last all week.

Kevita is available at Whole Foods, health and gourmet stores nationwide. You can spot a local location here.

The Latest on Dairy Freedom + a SWEET Giveaway

After much research and personal evaluation recently, I have come to the decision to eliminate dairy from my diet. My energy levels have been off the charts and I am feeling great, but can I just say I desperately miss cheese and ice cream? Dairy Freedom eGuide to the rescue! You may remember Heather Crosby from the article 5 Recipes from a Fascinating Foodie! Well, for reminders or new readers, she’s the rockstar lady behind Yum Universe, and she has concocted the ultimate interactive eGuide proving that going Dairy-Free is not about limitations, but rather it is about new infinite possibilities. But…finding those possibilities require some expert help! Agreed?

A Word from Heather

“I can’t live without dairy” is one of the biggest statements that I hear from people who aren’t ready for optimal health. Well, the Dairy Freedom eGuide is just the key to proving that statement to be inaccurate to say the least. This eGuide will have you baking, making yogurts, ice creams, firm cheeses, dressings, milks and more—all dairy-free and gluten-free—with a variety of ingredients that will no doubt make the dairy aisle, well, embarrassed about its lack of creativity.

Check out the perks!

This interactive and sustainable PDF eGuide includes beautiful, step-by-step instruction for how to create:
• Non-Dairy Baking Substitutes
• Nut & Seed Cheeses/Spreads (score!)
• Desserts
• Sauces & Condiments
• Dairy-Free Milk & Yogurt

Dairy Freedom:
• A sustainable PDF guide—read it electronically, or print out selected pages and put them in a customizable YU binder with your favorite recipes and plant-based information
• The only guide of its kind to offer solutions for all the dairy voids you may be experiencing
• Includes clickable/interactive icons, info and links to help you effortlessly navigate the guide
• Full of inspiring photography, tips and adaptation/substitution suggestions
• Includes 24 YumUniverse recipes

We are so passionate about this eGuide, and we want to share the love with you awesome readers. So, riddle me this: ENTER TO WIN your very own copy of Dairy Freedom by answering this question in the comments section: “What dairy product do you think you can’t live without?” and up your chances by “liking” the YumUniverse FB page and the LOLO FB page.

P.S. Just for your own fun goodness, start following YumUniverse on Twitter to keep up with some totally awesome recipes, fitness Friday’s, and rad health tips!

Spike Your Metabolism with This Crunchy Low-Cal Snack!

I don’t know about you, but I always crave a snack with crunch, but most of the time, those options are swelling with calories and carbs. Plus, they are almost always highly addictive. So, I went searching for a new discovery, and all it took was a personal brainstorming session, which ultimately ended by combining two things my taste buds dearly love.

So what is this metabolism spiking snack you ask? Organic baby carrots + your favorite salsa. Take a bite before assuming the possible weirdness. 99.9% guarantee: you will be hooked, and your figure will reap the benefits!

Why carrots are awesome: promote eye health, natural teeth cleaner, rich in digestive tract-supporting fiber, loaded with Vitamin C and beta-carotene (the anti-ager!), prevents dry skin and acne

Why salsa is cool: low in calories, the spicy kind raises metabolism, nutrient packed, natural fat burner, cancer fighter

Salsa suggestions: make sure it is free of sugar and processed ingredients! Go for a totally pure concoction, such as my personal favorite, Mateo’s! You can buy it online or at a plethora of retailers. Find it here.

Chia Seeds: Nature’s Complete Superfood

For all you fans of regular (and sometime intense) exercise, chia seeds are a must try! My experience: I ventured into Whole Foods last week and got caught up at a sample stand full of these Australian grown wonders. After a quick try and a curious discussion with the expert, I made the purchase. Did I mention it is only $6.99 for good sized bag of these miracle seeds?

Why they rock: This ancient seed has more Omega 3 and Dietary Fiber than any other food from nature.

The story: This rich nutrient has been left out of the modern diet because it is very hard to grow, as they requires specific climatic conditions. The Chia Co. was so inspired by this miracle seed that they took the initiative to grow it themselves. They harvest it naturally, exactly 15 degrees from the equator to produce the highest quality seed, in the unparalleled environment of the Kimberley region in Western Australia.

How to Eat: Sprinkle them of salads, mix them in your cereal, blend into smoothies (try these recipes), and add them to your favorite soups!

The Fitness Boost: These chia seeds come in shot packets, which you can carry along on a long run or to the gym. Pour them into your mouth, and let them sit next to your cheek for about a minute, and finish off with water. The nutrients absorb straight into your system, giving you a burst of energy and endurance! The alternative: pour some seeds into your water bottle before you hit the treadmill, and drink throughout your work-out for extra vitality!


These can be purchased at your local Whole Foods or online!

Customizing Your Health: What Nutritional Type Are You?

Nutritional typing is of high importance when aiming to reach your highest potential health. Are you a carb type?  A protein type? A mixed type? Finding the result can open up a world of optimal results, increased energy, and an improved immune system. Take the free, involved test here at Dr. Mercola’s website.


Green Lemonade: An Energizing Detox

Juicing is one of the best ways to bring your body to optimum health as it makes your skin shine and your energy soar. The advantages are endless: it allows you to absorb all the nutrients from fruits and vegetables (after all, heating them destroys their chemical compounds a bit), it makes the optimal daily veggie requirement possible, and it is a great way to digest raw foods. Plus, it is a fun way to mix up your appetite!

Try this ultra-cleansing, nutrient-packed drink!

 Green Lemonade

What you’ll need:

1 kale leaf

3 small trees from a head of broccoli

1/3 red bell pepper

1/3 yellow bell pepper

2 lemons (peeled)

Happy juicing! Let us know your favorite recipes.