Good Belly, Happy Belly {Giveaway!}

Morning! Open-mouthed smile 

Another day, another smoothie:

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This is a recycled pic, but after Kristi mentioned that she made one yesterday, it reminded me that I had to make it again myself. The flavors just go together so well! Plus, they’re easy to whip up after a morning of training clients and then training myself.

The only thing I changed up is the addition of coconut water, which brings me to…

Good Belly Probiotics

One of the latest ingredients in my smoothies has been half of a cup of Good Belly juice. In today’s smoothie, I happened to do a half cup of the Good Belly coconut water variety. A couple weeks ago, Lindsey asked if I would like to try out and review Good Belly products for the blog.

I have to be honest with you guys. My initial reaction was to decline. At first I thought that I didn’t need a juice claiming to be anything other than a juice. Can’t I just get probiotics from yogurt or a supplement? Well sure…but then I read on, and discovered that Good Belly products are not only organic, but they’re also:

  • dairy-free, soy-free, and vegan
  • promote digestive health*
  • contain the most-researched probiotic out there,  Lp299v
  • each serving contains 20 billion live and active cultures (it’s important that anything claiming to have probiotics specify that they are both live and active cultures, btw!)
  • incredibly tasty!                               

Probiotics play an integral part of our digestive health. From Good Belly:

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that help establish a healthy balance to the intestinal
microflora. They have been found to ease symptoms of diarrhea, constipation, gas,
bloating, and other common digestive ailments, as well as support proper immune
function. GoodBelly’s patented probiotic, Lp299v, promotes digestive health when taken
daily.*

The only place in this town that sells Good Belly is Fresh Market, so I headed there with my three coupons to pick up the three flavors they had:

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Mango, pomegranate, and – my favorite – coconut water.

Now, I’m not a huge juice drinker, but I am a huge smoothie drinker (see above) and I’ve been adding half a cup to my morning smoothie depending on what flavors I’m using. However, for the sake of this post, I also tried each on their own.

Coconut:

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Like I said, coconut water is my favorite. It tastes like regular coconut water, but a little fruiter from the grapefruit juice. I like that stats of this one best, too, with only 70 calories and 13 grams of sugar. Least amount of both calories and sugar. It’s not just coconut water, but also contains grape juice and, oddly enough, other ingredients like (organic) oat flour!

Pomegranate:

 

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Pomegranate is probably my second favorite, just because I LOVE the taste of pomegranate juice. It has more calories and sugar (110 cals and 22 grams of sugar) though, which is about the same as a serving of orange juice.

Mango:

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Mango’s my third favorite, but it’s still super tasty! It’s stats resemble the pomegranate flavor – 110 cals and 22 sugar grams. Now this one, I haven’t been drinking in smoothies. Would you judge me if I let you in on a little secret?

I’ve been using the mango flavor in cocktails:

  • 1 part cake vodka
  • 1 part mango Good Belly
  • 3 parts orange La Croix

Hopefully the vodka doesn’t kill off the microflora and negate the probiotics in the drink! Smile with tongue out 

Now for the fun part! Lindsey is offering one lucky reader a chance to win three Good Belly VIP vouchers, which is more than enough to allow you to take the Good Belly 12-day challenge!

To enter:

  • mandatory: leave a comment below with which flavor sounds best to you
  • additional entry: tweet about the giveaway – “I entered the @goodbellydrink giveaway @paigeran is hosting! http://is.gd/MP7BG9  “

The giveaway is open to US residents only. I’ll choose a winner next Tuesday morning.

*Some studies suggest GoodBelly’s probiotics may help balance bacteria in your gut when consumed daily as part of a nutritious diet and healthy lifestyle. GoodBelly is a food product and not a treatment or cure for any medical disorder or disease. If you have any concerns about your digestive system, you should consult a healthcare professional.

Have a lovely Thursday, friends Smile

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Comments

  1. I’m thinking the Mango flavor with some coconut rum would be fantastic! :)

  2. Mango sounds delicious!!!

  3. I tweeted!

  4. I’ve recently been drinking coconut water for rehydration after long runs and rides and I’d love to try some of this one!!

  5. Thenmango sounds amazing! Especially with cake vodka in it! Haha

  6. Regular coconut sounds the best to me but they all sound good.

  7. Tweeted.

  8. I love any and all things mango!

  9. Thanks for the shout out! I am in love with the coconut combo. It’s perfect for spring/summer. :D

    I would love to try the mango coconut water. I’ve had one by Zico that I really enjoyed so I bet it would be a winner!

  10. the coconut…i go gaga for anything coconut!

  11. i think the mango flavor sounds yummy!

  12. i tweeted!

  13. The MANGO good belly just sounds fantastic! id jump on the RAN bandwagon and mix it with a lil vodka- or a bit o gin for a summery twist :) plus i really like the name— it says it all :) GOOOOD BELLY :) hehe
    XO MULU

  14. Blair Bostrom says:

    The coconut one sounds delish!!

  15. Coconut and pomagrante sound good.

  16. The coconut looks sooooo yummy!!! I love coconut milk and water and would love to try this!

  17. I also tweeted!

  18. I’m all about the coconut these days! Yumm

  19. Cocounut sounds yummy!

  20. tweeted!

  21. Pomegranate!!!!

  22. Alexandra says:

    Coconut sounds good! I’ve never had coconut water so it’d be nice to try

  23. Alexandra says:

    I tweeted!

  24. Mmm…the mango sounds good, but I love mango anything. These sound like they would be great for my ulcerative colitis!

  25. I tweeted!

  26. Coconut! Less sugar and a bit more protein!!

  27. Mango sounds yummy! :) This reminds me I have been out of my probiotics for over a week now. This also explains why my stomach has been off all week. Must re-stock!

  28. The mango sounds delicious! I could definitely use this because I ran out my probiotics last week andddd have yet to restock. :)

  29. I love mango everything and since I have IBS, I take probiotics every single day. A little more for smoothies can’t hurt!

  30. Mango would help my IBS.

  31. I recently blogged about probiotics! I didn’t fully understand what they were and why they’re so good for you but your post helps a lot!

  32. Coconut water sounds best to me!

  33. Tweeted! @vivalameaganx3

  34. Coconut water sounds divine!

  35. Coconut sounds delicious, especially as it’s getting warmer!

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