Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Running saved my life and eventually almost ruined my life.

This will be the theme of most of my upcoming posts.  This new post is a follow up to my previous post about what bad habits I think runners need to stop doing.

At the end of this post, I also include my current "status" on running.

I was never anything close to a professional or a very good runner.  However, I have had some extra time to evaluate what I was caught up in during the last 10+ years of running.  Now over the next few posts, I want to share my lessons learned.

motivational quote enjoy the journey

Friday, September 5, 2014

Still searching for that perfect sweet that is guilt free and does not greatly impact your fitness and health goals?  

Well, there may never be a perfect dessert or sweet available if you are strict with your diet, but below is a product review for Zen Evo Dark Chocolate and it might be a good alternative to have handy when the sweet cravings come around.

Zen Evo Dark Chocolate was previously known under the name of "Elite Dark Chocolate" and my old review can be found here.  Once the name change became official, they contacted me to see if I wanted to do another review and I said sure since I loved the original item.  They also let me know about their "Team ZenEvo Worldwide" program which I provide details about toward the bottom of this write up. 

As a thanks for supporting this blog and reading this post, the company has offered to include a discount code that I can offer to my readers.

Just like in the previous post...If you are a Mr. or Ms. "I eat 100% clean and never any sweets" type of person, then there is no reason to read this post.  However, if you like to enjoy life by having some sweets once in a while, you may want to read the post below.  Who knows you might even think this is a perfect post workout carb reward. :-)

In the re-branded product, they still have 3 great options (Fit, Vitamin D and Energy) and the good news they still taste wonderful.  The majority of the ingredients are the same so the original great tasting results should not of been affected.  

best dark chocolate
The 3 "flavors" come in their own packaging and on their website, they offer each one in 7 day and 30 day supply options.  In the packages, each square piece of candy is individually wrapped which keeps it's freshness.

(Descriptions below are from the packaging.)
Zen Evo Dark Chocolate - Fit
The "FIT" option is made from world's finest french chocolate and is infused with Raspberry Ketone and Green Coffee Bean Extract (50% Chlorogenic Acids).  Perfect for weight management and an antioxidant boost.
dark chocolate fit

Zen Evo Dark Chocolate - Vitamin D
The "Vitamin D" option is made from world's finest french chocolate, infused with Vitamin D3.  This is perfect for increasing your Vitamin D intake, great for overall health and an antioxidant boost.
dark chocolate vitamin D

Zen Evo Dark Chocolate - Energy
The "Energy" option is made from world's finest french chocolate.  The highest quality of herbs have been added for multiple benefits: ashwagandha, maca, ginseng, caffeine (equal to 1 espresso).  This is perfect for sustained energy and an antioxidant boost.

Nutrition Facts
All three Zen Evo Dark Chocolate options include natural ingredients, 58% cacao, made by hand and gluten free.  All three options have the same nutrition fact details:
Serving Size = 1 piece
Calories = 47.5
Total Fat = 3.25g
Sodium = 3.75 mg
Carbs = 6 (.75 fiber, 4.5 sugars)
Protein = .5
dark chocolate nutrition facts

Taste Review
Some people may be turned off by this product because it is dark chocolate, however, I still recommend it to all chocolate eaters because it only contains 58% Cacao.  This is considered dark, but on a cacao scale, it is not too dark and makes the taste not bitter at all, in my opinion.  As I have said the past, I used to stay away from dark chocolate because I always wanted the real sweet stuff I ate while growing up.  However, over the last year or so I have grown to like it and can even tolerate up to 80% cacao dark chocolate.  

Now in regards to the taste Zen Evo Dark Chocolate...each version was great!  Just like the old version, there is no aftertaste at all, no upset stomach and side effects for me.  Over the last few weeks I would have a piece after dinner and for me it prevented any late night cravings.  
 The size they have created for these individually wrapped pieces of candy seem to be the perfect size.  It satisfies me and it doesn't make me want to have more and more.  A 30 day supply will last 30 days for me if not longer.
Overall the product still tastes great!  It is a perfect reward at the end of a long working day or on the weekends.  For me, it hits the "sweet tooth" craving perfectly!  Especially since it is not so sweet and it doesn't tempt you to want to eat the whole bag like some of the other popular brands.
In regards to the health benefit claims...Like anything else, those are claims, facts and notes being tagged to a product.  Each person reacts to ingredients differently.  It will be up to you to determine if you see any benefits.  However, my whole take on any benefit claims for any product is...If the product tastes good and even if there is a slight chance of a health benefit, Zen Evo is a better choice than the sweets you typically see at stores.

If you give it a try, let me know what you think and leave a comment below.

Or have you come across a sweet treat that fulfills your "needs" that you would like to recommend?

Of course all opinions and comments above are based on my tastes, needs, health, etc.  If you try this product in the future, it may be different for you.
Thanks for reading my review and the great news now is that for a limited time, if you order online and use "fred20" as the discount code in your order, you will receive 20% off of your entire order!
Team ZenEvo Worldwide
If you are interested in being an ambassador for Zen Evo Dark Chocolate, please send an email to worldwide@zenevochocolate.com.The company will just expect you to take photos of yourself and your team wearing the shirts, eating chocolate, and hanging out with folks for us to use in our social media campaigns.

Next week I will provide a status of what I have been up to in my "fitness life".

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