Tried It Tuesday: #FuelYourBetter + “Better” Balm, Mints and Bars, Too! (#Giveaway)

Today for “Tried it Tuesday,” I tried a bunch of great new products that I won in giveaways or was sent because of my role as an Ambassador. What is better than that? Well, I am going to share some of my spoils with 3 lucky winners. With no further adieu, here are some “better” versions of products you probably use pretty often.


2353-FuelYourBetter-TagAs an Ambassador for Sweat Pink, I was asked to try out a sports drink from Vega’s Vega Sport line as part of their Fuel Your Better Campaign. The campaign provides tons of resources and social media links to help athletes to improve performance and live a healthy lifestyle. Good stuff!  This line is “the first all natural, plant-based performance enhancement system specifically developed to help athletes perform at their best – before, during and after training and competition.” The product line is plant-based, vegan, gluten free and soy free and contains no artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners.

Great nutrition profile and looks like healthy Tang!

Great nutrition profile and looks like healthy Tang!

I tried the Vega Sport Sugar Free Energizer I was super impressed with the ingredient list. I tried the Energizer before and after running. I found it to be tasty and not too gritty. I tend to put more water in than is recommended so that the flavor is a bit milder. This has a nice taste. The flavor is Acai Berry. I thought it was citrusy bit that could be because of the orange color. There is a bit of stevia in the drink, but it did not taste like it was artificially sweetened. I found that the drink sat well and I felt good while working out. I would be comfortable drinking this before a race or long run.

I got a box of 30 so I have a few left to share. Check out the giveaway at the bottom of the post. You can keep up with Vega on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.


ecotrekI won a 6 pack of EcoTrek bars in a raffle pick for participating in a VegRunChat on Twitter. Cari from EcoTrek Fitness, a company that takes clients outside for fitness activities – even in winter in Michigan, partnered with a company producing healthy protein-packed bars for her customers. She helped them to reduce the calories, make the bars vegan and dairy-free and including only gluten-free ingredients. Now she sells them to the general public, too. (Yay!)

EcoTrek Fitness Whole Food Bars come in 3 flavors: Dark Chocolate Toasted Coconut, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Raspberry. Each flavor contains the nutrients of “6 servings of fruits and vegetables.” They all have 10 grams of protein, as well, with only 195 calories.The nutrition profile is awesome because of the “Superfood Blend” (Beet Juice, Concord Grape, Blueberry, Pomegranate, Acai, Spirulina, Aloe Vera, Barley Grass, Soy Lecithin [98% Oil Free], Fructooligosaccharides, Inulin, Chlorella, Wheat Grass Powder, Wheat Sprout, Red Raspberry Leaf, Spinach, Hydrilla Verticillata Root, Nova Scotia Dulse [Purple Seaweed], Mangosteen, Parsley, Protease).

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Look at all of those vitamins!

I won a box of my choice and picked Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter. Cari was awesome and she sent me a bunch of the other flavors to try, too. I am so glad she did, because I LOVED the Dark Chocolate Toasted Coconut. It seemed like such a treat to me. It was like a Mounds Bar BUT it was good for me!! Stacy and I shared the Dark Chocolate Raspberry and we liked that one a lot, too. It has freeze dried raspberries and you could totally taste the real fruit. Surprisingly, the Dark Chocolate PB was my least favorite. That said, I liked it alot and given a choice would pick it over many other energy bars I have tried. All really good!

I will send a few of these awesome bars to a few lucky folks who win the Rafflecopter at the end of the post. Keep up with Eco Trek Bars on Facebook and Twitter.


IMG_3445I tried Hint Mints in a couple of my subscription boxes, so I looked them up and loved their website. I wrote to them and they sent me a bunch of mints to try and to share.

You should go to Hint Mint and read their story. They were a $1M company within one year! Pretty amazing. Hint Mints are vegan, gluten free and kosher. The Peppermint, Licorice and Green Tea flavors are all natural. The other flavors may contain artificial ingredients. Their packaging is very unique. They come in large, or small, sleek tins. They also have an Artist Series with beautiful tins (you can refill them!) and they have an “Awareness Series” where all profits go to the selected charities.

The mints come in Peppermint, Cinnamint, Pomegranate Acai, Green Tea, Chocolate Mint, Licorice Mint and Citrus Ginger Sour. The Sugar Free “Irony” line comes in Peppermint, Chocolate, Cinnamon and Pomegranate Acai. The mints are mild and unique. My favorites are the Chocolate Mints, the Citrus Ginger Sour, the Licorice Mint and the Sugar Free Cinnamon. All of the flavors have a nice taste and texture. I love the style of the tins and the branding. These mints have flare! I love the idea of including these with gifts or as favors. Very distinctive.

Hint Mint sent me a dozen tins of the new Citrus Ginger Sour Mints and lots of other samples. Check out the giveaway at the bottom of the post. You can keep up with Hint Mint on Facebook or Twitter.


balm fbRenicare makes “The Best Balm”, an all natural lip balm that is made in USA and comes in 5 great flavors (Cranberry-Pomegranate, Lemon, Orange-Berry, Spearmint, and Vanilla). I won two 5 packs in an online raffle. I tried some and am giving some away!

The best balm gives dry or chapped lips long lasting moisture. It is paraben free, petrolatum free and phthalate free. It also has a 100% money back guarantee. The balm comes in 5 different flavors and is made with only shea butter, bee’s wax, sweet almond oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, jojoba oil and flavor oils. I love a product like this where I can identify all of the ingredients. The balm goes on smooth and keeps lips moisturized for a few hours or more. I like the flavors I tried. This would be a great option for kids and teens.

I am going to include a Best Balm with each of the prizes. You can keep up with The Best Balm on Facebook.


Three lucky winners will get a mini-prize pack each with Vega Sport Sugar Free EnergizerEcoTrek bars, Hint Mints and The Best Balm (and some other Finds’ Faves thrown in, too!) Use the Rafflecopter below to enter. Open to US residents only who are 18 and over. Void where prohibited. The giveway ends 5/28. The winners will be selected and notified on 5/29.

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PS. Don’t forget my other giveaways!

Please note: I was not compensated for these reviews. I was provided with products in exchange for review (or won them). All opinions are my own.

 

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65 Comments

  1. Jenny says:

    The dark chocolate raspberry EcoTrek bars sound good! I haven’t tried any of these products!

  2. Tamara N says:

    I am most interested in trying out The Best Balm. I have never tried any of these products.

  3. Maryann D. says:

    I have not tried any, but I would love to try the Hint Mints, they looks tasty and refreshing! Any of the EcoTrek Fitness Whole Food Bars would be a great snack for work too.

  4. katy says:

    I would like to try the Hint Mints or the lip balm.

  5. Amanda C. says:

    I was given a hanful of Vega pre-workout Acai Berry energy mixes at a race last year. I really like them! I only drank about half the mix pre-workout, and drank the rest when I got home to keep the grad-school-ness working for another few hours post-run.

  6. Lauren says:

    Eco Trek bars to help with my fitness

  7. Georgette says:

    I love any and all nutrition bars, so the Eco Trek bars sound great—plus they would be a great addition to my gym workout.

  8. Deborah says:

    All three sound terrific, but I would most want to try the EcoTrek Fitness Whole Food Bars. Great ingredients in them!

  9. Courtney A says:

    I’d love to try the better balm. Thanks.

  10. Laurel C says:

    The Vega Sport energizer looks interesting, and you know I’m always curious about different bars (thanks for the Nakd bars btw, they’re great!!!)

  11. Wendy says:

    I’d love to try the EcoTrek bars! Actually, everything looks great — yay for most of it being vegan too! 😀

  12. David Burns says:

    Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Eco Trec bars

  13. The EcoTrek bars!!! Although, everything looks awesome!

  14. Caroline says:

    I’d try the jars! although citrus ginger mints sound good too!

  15. Yoojin says:

    i’m a big fan of vega, so the energizer would be awesome to try 🙂

  16. Lisa Shepard says:

    Many of those products I have not heard before but they sound tasty. Especially the mints!

  17. Dandi D says:

    The Best Balm sounds really great because my lips are always chapped.

  18. Julie G says:

    the ecotrek bars.. I have never tried any of these products

  19. Lisa Jones says:

    I haven’t tried any of the products but would love to try the Vega Sport.

  20. Kristi L says:

    I think I’d like to try the Vanilla Best Balm. My lips have been feeling it lately now that I have been outside much more running.

  21. George says:

    Erica!

    Thanks so much for sharing Hint Mint with your readers! Love the write up and pics.

    My favorite is the Black Licorice. Glad you like it too.

    George
    Hint Mint

  22. Jordan says:

    I want to try the hint mints! I have used the Vega pre-workout energizer and I really liked it. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  23. Amy O. says:

    I haven’t tried any of these, but the EcoTrek Fitness Dark Chocolate Toasted Coconut bars sound REALLY good!!

  24. I love Vega of course but I would love to try the lip balm!

  25. Holly E says:

    I have never tried any of their products, but the mints sound really good. I love that they are gluten free

  26. Georgie C says:

    I have never tried these but would like to and the product that appeals to me I would say is the Whole Food Bar in Chocolate Raspberry because I enjoy both chocolate and raspberries immensely

  27. Tessa says:

    I’ve never tried any of the items but the bars sound the best.

  28. trish trubl says:

    I’ve never heard of any of these products. I would like to try the Best Balm in Cranberry-Pomegranate.

  29. The dark chocolate toasted coconut EckoTrek bars sound YUMMY! I haven’t tried any of these products, but would love to!

  30. Renata says:

    I have not heard of or tried these and the EcoBars sound wonderful especially the Dark Chocolate Raspberry!

  31. lauren says:

    I’ve never tried any of these thing but would like to try the peanut butter bars you picked.

  32. Helga says:

    I would like to try the lip balm and I have not tried this product line before but it looks wonderful.

  33. Wow – the products look awesome! I’d especially love to try the bars and mints!

  34. Ray says:

    I’ve not tried these and Dark Chocolate Raspberry would be my pick.

  35. Wehaf says:

    I’ve never tried any of these, but I would love to give the best balm a test run.

  36. Lisa says:

    Eric would love the lip balm–he goes through a tube a week, I swear!

  37. Awesome! Hope to win!

  38. Georgiana says:

    I’ve not tried these and the Eco Trek would be the best!

  39. cheryla lister says:

    I haven’t tried these but wold be most interested in trying the chocolate mints.

  40. […] Prize pack that includes Vega Sport Energizer at Erica Finds – Open to US – Ends May 28 […]

  41. I haven’t even heard of the Trec bars but they sound great.

  42. Jennifer Hiles says:

    I have never tried Fuel Your Better products yet but I would love to try The Best Balm.

  43. Alexi says:

    Haven’t tried any, but the dark chocolate peanut butter sounds good!

  44. Susan Campbell says:

    I’d love to try the EcoTrek bars!

  45. Gaby says:

    I haven’t tried any but love carrying bars when I travel! I’m a sucker for pb anything 🙂

  46. zlatan says:

    Peppermint, Cinnamint, Pomegranate Acai, Green Tea, Chocolate Mint, Licorice Mint and Citrus Ginger Sour mints look really good! I prefer flavored mints!

  47. Carly says:

    hint mints (because I <3 mints!)

  48. Terri Cole says:

    I haven’t tried any of these products. I would like to try the Vega Energizer the most. Thanks for the chance to win!

  49. Jennifer Essad says:

    I’m intrigued by all the above products, but the Hint Mints are what I’m going to look for on my next day of shopping, thanks for sharing w/your fans

  50. Amy says:

    I have not tried any. I would love to try the EcoTrek bars. I am always looking for less processed, good tasting bars.

  51. Christian says:

    All of these are new to me. Ecotrek bars look pretty delish 😉

  52. Corrine says:

    I’d like to try EcoTrek bars because I like to stash bars in my purse for when I’m out running errands and I need a healthy snack.

  53. Lydia Claire says:

    I’d really like to try the lip balms because I’m always looking for good ones that really work.

  54. Nela says:

    The EcoTrek bars, and no I have not tried any of them.

  55. BreannaS says:

    The best balm sounds great!

  56. Kelly says:

    I would be most excited to try the EcoTrek bars. I like the simplicity and “grab and go” aspect of bars. I love trying new ones to see which ones are my favorite.

  57. sa collins says:

    Everything looks great; however, I would like to try the EcoTrek bars. I am always looking for a good bar.

  58. I’ve never tried the EcoTrek bars.
    They sound great.

  59. nicole dz says:

    The Renicare lip Balm appeal to me the most cuase its an all natural lip balm and that it is made in USA. I love my lip balm.

  60. wen budro says:

    I have not tried any of these brands before. I’m most excited about the lip balms because I’m a lip balm addict.

  61. Chaviva says:

    I haven’t tried any of these! But I’m a sucker for lip balm 🙂

  62. amanda whiltey says:

    i want to try the Hint Mints because i love fresh breath.

  63. Ooooh, I’ve been wanting to try some Vega sport for awhile.

  64. Allison says:

    The Best Balm would be super helpful right now – for some reason, my hands/elbows are still really dry from this dry, dry winter!

  65. Mint lip balm is one of my favorite flavors.

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