Review From With Our Best Blog

The ladies at the With Our Best Blog have written us a great review and have a giveaway going on on their website until March 1, 2013!  They had some really wonderful insights on both our On-The-Go Pouch and Hair Bands! Here is some of what they had to say:

This pouch comes in handy when I don’t want to lug around a big purse or backpack. Or if I do, it keeps all those little important things in a small, compact place so I can reach them fast. Great for the gym, pool or beach! It is strong and durable and doesn’t waste any excess size – it is just perfect! I love the snap button holder and the elastic pocket, all is well when there is organization! I don’t consider myself super active, but I am always on-the-go! Therefore, the brand new Active Accessories’ On-The-Go Accessory Pouch is perfect for me! This pouch can fit all the necessities and isn’t big or bulky. It is cute, versatile and extremely handy. I’ve had a wallet, I’ve had a clutch – but this is somewhere in-between. The compartments inside are fitted and keep everything in it’s place. The size is just right for all the on-the-go moments!
 

Be sure to check out the full review and enter the giveaway! 

Chocolate Pavlova with raspberries & strawberries (Gluten Free)

Chocolate Pavlova with raspberries & strawberries (Gluten Free)Adapted from Nigella Lawson

Time:
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 1 – 1:15 hours
Yield: 8-10 servings

Ingredients:

For the Meringue Base:

  • 6 large organic egg whites
  • 1 cup coconut sugar – granulated to a fine powder in mini prep or blender
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 ounces organic dark chocolate, finely chopped

For the Toppings:

  • Organic strawberries & raspberries
  • 1 to 2 ounces dark chocolate
  • Vegan truwhip whipped topping (optional)

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Beat the egg whites until they form peaks.
  3. Add in the sugar, 1 tbsp at a time, and beat until stiff.
  4. Gently fold in the cocoa powder, balsamic vinegar and chopped chocolate.
  5. Once the cocoa is well mixed, pour onto a parchment-paper lined baking sheet.
  6. Form into a 9” circular shape, about 2-3 inches high.
  7. Place into the oven, and set the temperature down to 300 F.
  8. Bake for 1 hour to 1:15, until the top looks dry.
  9. Turn off the oven, open the door slightly and let the pavlova cool.

To serve: carefully remove the parchment paper (it sticks) and top with truwhip or whipped cream.  Decorate with raspberries and strawberry slices, and shave some chocolate over the top.
This is delicious warm, but if you let it cool completely the chocolate chunks really stand out!

abby-phon-oatmeal-160About the Author: Abby Phon is a Certified Holistic Health Coach. She leads corporate workshops on nutrition and lifestyle, conducts food tours, cooking demonstrations and offers individual health and nutrition coaching around the world.  She is also a certified Shiatsu practitioner, a licensed massage therapist, an AFAA nationally certified group fitness instructor, an IntenSati Leader and a certified Oneness Blessing (Deeksha) Giver.

Website: feedyourmindbodyspirit.com
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Super Bowl Box Pool Official Numbers

Here is the official Active Accessories Super Bowl Box Pool! The numbers were randomly generated, and if you entered, find your first name and last initial in the grid. Good luck!!

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Here’s how it works:
There are a total of 100 boxes available. Each box will be associated with 2 numbers, both ranging from 0 to 9. One number corresponds to the 49ers point total, and the other number corresponds to the Ravens point total.

At the end of each quarter, the box that contains the 2nd digit of EACH team’s score wins the prize! (If a team’s score at the end of a quarter is between 0 and 9, then that number will be the winning number for that team).

For example, if the Ravens are winning 17-14 at the half, box 7-Ravens and 4-49ers will win. And if the 49ers are up 10 – 3 after 1 quarter, box 0 – 49ers and 3 – Ravens wins.

*There are only 100 boxes available. The first 100 people to sign up will be assigned a box. Contest limited to US residents only and the first 100 people to sign up.*

Prizes Include:

1st Quarter On-The-Go Hair Bands
Half Time On-The-Go Accessory Pouch
3rd Quarter On-The-Go Hair Bands
End of Game Any TWO Active Accessories Products

Active Accessories Super Bowl Box Pool

We are having our own Super Bowl Box Pool! It’s FREE to enter and easy to sign up. Please complete the form below and you will be automatically entered to win!

superbowl box pool prizes
Here’s how it works:

There are a total of 100 boxes available. Each box will be associated with 2 numbers, both ranging from 0 to 9. One number corresponds to the 49ers point total, and the other number corresponds to the Ravens point total.

At the end of each quarter, the box that contains the 2nd digit of EACH team’s score wins the prize! (If a team’s score at the end of a quarter is between 0 and 9, then that number will be the winning number for that team).

For example, if the Ravens are winning 17-14 at the half, box 7-Ravens and 4-49ers will win. And if the 49ers are up 10 – 3 after 1 quarter, box 0 – 49ers and 3 – Ravens wins.

Each person who signs up will receive 1 box. *There are only 100 boxes available. The first 100 people to sign up will be assigned a box. Contest limited to US residents only.*

Click here to share this event on Twitter.

Pumpkin Spice Bread

Even though “pumpkin” may make you think of fall, this bread is too good to be ignored during the other seasons!  We haven’t had it yet this year so we had to make it.  It’s totally delicious… oh, and the recipe is pretty easy too!

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We recommend this as your night time dessert with a nice hot cup of tea.

First, gather all the ingredients.

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1 cup flour
¾ cup wheat flour
¾ cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon cloves
¼ teaspoon ginger
2 eggs
1/3 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
15 ounces canned pumpkin

Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees.

In a large bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients.

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In a separate bowl, beat together the eggs, pumpkin, vanilla, and water.

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Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated.

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Pour into a greased 9 by 5 inch loaf pan and bake for 80 min or until it tests done with a toothpick.  Remove from pan and cool on a wire cooling rack.  Slice and enjoy!

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A simple tip for everyone making this recipe:  the bread tends to taste better the second day, once the spices have had a chance to blend a bit!  Don’t eat the whole loaf in one day because we promise it will taste even better the next day.

Enjoy & let us know if you make this and what you think.

On-The-Go Hair Band Review from A Mom’s Take

Hair Bands

Our On-The-Go Hair Bands were recently reviewed by Misty from the blog A Mom’s Take.

Lucky for us, she had some young athletes test them out! Here is some of her feedback:

On-The Go Hair Bands are made from a soft, stretchy elastic ribbon that will keep hair up tight, even during vigorous workouts. The bands come in a variety of sporty colors and trendy patterns that look like bracelets when worn on your wrist and add a new twist to your ponytail or bun. My daughter has very thick long hair and I didn’t think that it would hold it in tight enough, but it did great. One of the other girls on her team forgot her ponytail holder, so I let her use the extra one I had on my wrist. She has shorter, thin hair and it worked great for her hair too.

You can read her entire review here.

Have and active day!

Vegan Red Lentil & Squash Soup

On cold winter days like these, we find ourselves constantly thinking about ways to stay warm.  The best way to fight the winter chill is with a bowl of piping hot soup!

20130122_181304We set out to prepare a delicious, nutritious, flavorful soup that would warm us up and thus created our new Vegan Red Lentil & Squash Soup.  We hope you make it during one of these long days of winter!

20130122_162937First of all, gather and chop all ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped (we use the stuff out of the jar: saves time)
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger (again, we use the stuff out of the jar: saves time)
  • 1 cup dry red lentils
  • 1 cup butternut squash -peeled & cubed (save time by using frozen squash)
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 14.5 oz can of vegetable broth
  • 1/2 (14 oz) can coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes (we used canned tomatoes.  Since we like extra spice we used the ones with diced green chilies in them, but if you don’t like too much spice, stick to regular diced tomatoes)
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (omit this if you don’t want spicy soup)
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Next, heat the pot to a low-medium temperature.  Add the olive oil, onions, ginger & garlic.  (Do NOT put the temperature too high or you will have a splattering mess!)  Cook until the onions turn translucent and the flavors have had a chance to mix (about 3-5 minutes).

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Immediately add the water, can of broth and coconut milk.

Add the diced tomatoes, curry powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cayenne pepper.

20130122_165633Stir all the ingredients together.  Bring the heat up to medium.  Wait for the soup to boil then drop it down to a slow simmer.  Allow to simmer for 30-40 minutes.  Use an immersion blender for 5-10 seconds to puree the soup.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy and try to stay warm!  Let us know what you think.

 

 

On-The-Go Accessory Pouch Review from Girls Gone Sporty

It holds a lot of stuff!

The girls of the website Girls Gone Sporty came up with five great reasons why they loved the our On-The-Go Accessory Pouch.

1. It’s cute and easy to carry around.

2. It holds a lot of stuff.

3. You can use it for cosmetics, too.

4. The exterior is water-resistant.

5. It’s affordable!

They had a lot of great things to say and I found the review very entertaining! You can check it out here!

Have an active day!

On-The-Go Accessory Pouch Review from So Easy Being Green

We recently sent Lindsey, author of the blog So Easy Being Green, one of our  Active Accessories On-The-Go Accessory Pouches to try out. As an active mother of two, she found the pouch very useful! Here is some of what she had to say:

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Since I had Sophia, I pretty much ditched a purse.  I quickly learned that toting a diaper bag and a pocket book was too much so I started carrying wristlets.  One of the problems I found was that if the wristlet held all of the things I needed it to – it was too bulky, or on the contrary too small to hold everything.  The cute little accessory pouch from Active Accessories is seriously the perfect size.  It holds exactly what I need it to – a couple of cards, ID, a bill or two, and my phone.  I can easily clip my keys on the outside or the inside, although if you have your phone on the inside, the keys fit better on the outer.

Be sure check out her fabulous photos and read the rest on her blog.

Have an active day!

Quinoa Chocolate Chip Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce (Dairy Free and Gluten Free)

Guest post by Active Ambassador and Certified Health Coach, Abby Phon.

quiona_chocolate_chip_pancakes_with_blueberry_sauce_350x233Ingredients

Pancakes
2 cups of quinoa flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. sea salt
1 egg
2 egg whites
1½ cups unsweetened almond milk
1 tbsp. Earth balance buttery spread (melted)
¼ cup organic coconut sugar
¼ cup of ground flax seed

OPTIONAL: organic chocolate chips (amount is up to you! I LOVE chocolate so I probably put about 6-7 chips in each pancake)
1-2 tbsp coconut oil – for cooking

Blueberry Sauce
1 bag organic frozen blueberries
2 tablespoons organic blueberry (or apricot… use what you have!) fruit spread

Directions

Pancakes:
Whisk the pancake ingredients (everything except the chocolate chips and coconut oil) together in a large bowl.

Heat about a tablespoon of coconut oil in the pan over medium heat. With a folded-up paper towel, wipe the excess oil from the pan. (Save this paper towel to clean and re-oil the pan between batches.) When it’s hot, drop about ¼ cup of batter per pancake (for medium-sized cakes) into the pan.  Sprinkle some chocolate chips in the middle of each pancake. When bubbles form and the outside edge is starting to look cooked, flip over and cook another 1-2 minutes.

Blueberry Sauce:
Combine blueberries and fruit spread in a pot. Bring to a boil and reduce to medium-low heat. Stir occasionally until sauce has thickened. Pour over top of pancakes!

Cook’s Note: I’m a huge maple syrup (on my pancakes) kind-of-gal, but with this recipe and the sweetness from the chocolate chips and the yummy blueberry sauce I didn’t even miss (or need! GASP!) maple syrup! :)

abby-phon-oatmeal-160About the Author: Abby Phon is a Certified Holistic Health Coach. She leads corporate workshops on nutrition and lifestyle, conducts food tours, cooking demonstrations and offers individual health and nutrition coaching around the world.  She is also a certified Shiatsu practitioner, a licensed massage therapist, an AFAA nationally certified group fitness instructor, an IntenSati Leader and a certified Oneness Blessing (Deeksha) Giver.

Website: feedyourmindbodyspirit.com
Facebook: AbbyPhon
Twitter: @AbbyPhon
Pinterest: AbbyPhon