Product review: Immortal Herbs Total Nutrition

Product review: Immortal Herbs Total Nutrition


I received one or more of the products mentioned below for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Because I don’t always have the time or the energy to fix a proper meal for myself, I’m a big fan of smoothie powders that work as a total meal replacement. Total Nutrition from Immortal Herbs ($69.95/9.5 ounces or 30 day supply; available through immortalherbs.com) promises to deliver a full day’s worth of nutrition in one small scoop, plus it’s low in calories and fat and doesn’t contain cheap filler ingredients or tons of sugar like smoothies from traditional shops. Total Nutrition is 100% natural, organic, raw, GMO-free, gluten-free, and vegan. You can read more about the ingredients and the philosophy behind Total Nutrition on the product page at the company website (here).

The ingredients in this product are simple but all pack a huge dose of nutrition: barley grass, wheat grass, spirulina, spinach, alfalfa leaf, kelp, dulse leaf, barley grass juice, orange peel, beet root, dandelion leaf, lemon peel, gingko leaf, wheat grass juice, maca root, cacao, ashwagandha, sacha inchi, manuka honey, bee pollen, reishi mushroom, blueberry, black currant, wild bilberry, wild lingonberry, aronia, pomegranate, concord grape, red raspberry, sour cherry, wild elderberry, wild cranberry, black raspberry, goji berries, and schizandra berries. No fillers, no sugar or added fluff!

Like any smoothie mix, you just combine a scoop of powder in the blender with fruit juice, almond milk, frozen fruit, or whatever else you fancy. The powder is green but it has a very neutral taste, so you can pretty much add whatever fruit you want to your smoothie without worrying about a strong, grassy taste.

I liked that this powder made for a smoothie that was filling without leaving me overfull or feeling like I’d had a sugary dessert drink. I made this up in the afternoon because I’d had a bad headache all day and didn’t have the energy or appetite for a full dinner; I felt like this helped blunt the headache and also gave me a small energy boost to get through the rest of the day.

The one downside that people like to point out about premium smoothie powders is that they’re expensive. However, when you look at the bulk price for a one-month supply of a smoothie powder–whether it be this product, a protein supplement, or any other smoothie powder–I think you have to do the math per serving and compare it to what you’d pay at a smoothie shop in order to get a good picture of how this would fit into your monthly food budget. For this package, the cost per smoothie works out to about $2.30. For comparison purposes, I just stopped into Jamba Juice this week to grab a smoothie as a treat for my husband, and a medium antioxidant and protein-boosted smoothie costs almost six bucks. And because it’s from the chain smoothie shop, I know it has plenty of sugar and nowhere near the nutritional levels of a homemade smoothie. (Honestly, looking at the nutritional info on the JJ website makes me cringe. And I love their smoothies! But seriously, some of them pack almost 70 grams of sugar–that’s nearly three days’ worth!)

So yes, for the casual smoothie drinker, this might seem really pricey. But if you stop at the smoothie shop three times a week for one of those $6 smoothies–as a meal while running errands, driving home from the gym, or just because you’re too tired to cook dinner–you’re already spending about the same amount as you would to buy the powder and make your smoothies at home. And again, depending on where you go for your smoothies, you’re essentially drinking a fruit-flavored candy bar in a cup, not a true “meal replacement”.

I think this would be an excellent meal replacement or dietary supplement for anyone who has strict nutritional/dietary needs and struggles to find the time to prepare proper meals to follow suit–maybe because of a busy lifestyle, frequent traveling, or a heavy athletic routine. I also think that for someone who’s recently recovered from a major illness and needs to pack a maximum amount of nutrition into their diet, it would be hard to find a better supplement than this one; it’s not just incredibly healthy, it’s tasty and easy to digest, so if you don’t have much of an appetite you can still get plenty of the good stuff without forcing yourself to eat a big meal. You could even divide the smoothie into two smaller servings and just put the second in the fridge for later in the day.

It’s a lot healthier (and depending on your habits, possibly cheaper) than constantly hitting the smoothie shop for your fix, and if you’re constantly on the go in areas where it’s hard to find healthy, natural, vegan meals or on-the-go substitutes, it’s pretty awesome. Plus, if you’re hardcore into health food and healthy living, you know that there are lots of pricey nutritional supplements in capsule or powder form that promise to boost your energy or overall health, but it’s hard to find good ones without unnecessary ingredients. Total Nutrition gives you just the ingredients you need, and it’s in a form that’s easy to digest so you get the full nutritional benefit of the product (unlike some capsules or tablets, which can be hard for the body to properly digest, leaving you with only a partial measure of the promised benefits).

Thank you to Immortal Herbs for being kind enough to send me this product for review! It made for a delicious and nutritious smoothie, and it’s one of the best powders I’ve tried yet.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Random Thursday: A random fact that blew my mind

Random Thursday: A random fact that blew my mind

There are lots of mind-blowing facts out there, but I’m always amazed when I read the numbers on the amount of undiscovered species of plants and animals in the world. I’ve read studies that estimate just a small fraction of species have been discovered and cataloged, with millions and millions of species yet to be discovered and no real grasp of the total number still out there. And what’s worse, human destruction of natural habitats means that thousands (if not millions) of species of plants, animals, insects and more could die off before we have a chance to make that discovery. It’s mind-blowing and frankly pretty sad.

Review: SendOutCards.com (greeting card service)

Review: SendOutCards.com (greeting card service)

I received one or more of the products mentioned below for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


How’s this for pulling a two-for-one on my to-do list: not only did I get to give this service a test spin this week, I got a much-needed birthday card in the mail as well! How? Read on and find out!

SendOutCards.com lets you create and mail a greeting card from the comfort of your home, and it quite literally takes just minutes to do so. I could see this being an incredibly useful tool for anyone who has difficulty getting out of the house, is too pressed for time to head to the store and the post office–or, like me, is simply very good at forgetting to buy cards in a timely fashion! Unlike your typical card-creation software or service that lets you print cards at home, Send Out Cards handles the physical printing and shipping for you, so you don’t have to worry about a lack of ink or stamps and you don’t have to drive to the post office. Genius, right?
I needed to put together a birthday card for my grandpa and knew I wasn’t going to make it to the store to buy one any time soon, so I decided this would be a perfect chance to test out the process of creating and mailing a card online! I picked out this cute one with a cat (what else?) and a blank inside, but there are lots to choose from that have a pre-printed message inside as well. You can also create postcards or giant cards, if that’s more to your taste.

So here’s how it works: go to the website and browse through their card collections, which include everything you’d expect to find in the greeting card aisle of the drugstore (birthdays, holidays, friendship, sympathy, and more) and even Spanish and French cards. There are thousands of cards here to choose from! Once you’ve picked out a card and set the size, you can “write” your message on the inside. There are some cool script-y fonts to choose from that make it look less like a computer-printed message and more like very tidy handwriting. 

And that’s basically it! When you’re done with your card, you’ll just put in the return and mailing addresses and pay at the checkout! Your card is created and mailed and you never have to leave the keyboard.
The pricing is competitive, too. When you create a customer account, you can choose from various bundles of points, which are used to buy your cards. Your average greeting card costs two points and depending on the bundle you purchase, each point costs 49-99 cents, so do the math: your card costs less than two dollars. That’s on par (if not a little cheaper) than the card aisle at the drugstore. Mailing costs the standard postal stamp rate for U.S. addresses (right now, that’s 46 cents). Overall, it’s a pretty good deal, and then you have to consider that your time is worth something too, and you’re not spending a lot of time and energy running around town to get a card in the mail before the pickup time!
Overall this is a pretty cool service and I’m thrilled I got a chance to test it out. It’s definitely a service I could see using in the future when I’m in a pinch and don’t want to leave the house to purchase and mail a card! 


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Ten on Tuesday: I can’t even…

Ten on Tuesday: I can’t even…

1. I just got back from my mini weekend road trip, and I can’t even pick my brain for anything coherent today. So here are a bunch of random “I can’t even” bullet points instead!

2. Have you guys seen those ads for Poo-Pourri? I can’t even…apparently this is a real product? How does that girl do the ads without turning beet red from suppressed laughter? Who actually came up with this?

3. And then there’s Ylvis. Spoiler alert: these guys make music videos that pretty much spoof everything we love to hate about music videos: the fake “deep” lyrics, the slow-mo shots, dance parties in odd places, scripted stories against the dramatic backdrop of the music. It’s comedy. But if you were foreign to earth and stumbled on this video, you would surely get back in your spaceship and exit ASAP. Who would want to risk catching whatever it is we’ve apparently got?

4. This is so me I can’t even…though to be fair, half the time I’m leaping over a cat and not from some sudden inner burst of delight.

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5. I can’t even. Oh my gosh. Dying.

Lolcats: O_o
(via Pinterest via icanhascheezburger.com)
6. I can’t even drink an opaque liquid now. Oh my gahd Tumblr WHY.
DO NOT WANT
(via Pinterest via themetapicture.com)
7. Speaking of which…do you guys remember that news story about the family who all fell mysteriously ill, and then they found the giant ball of mold in the bottom of their orange juice carton? I know I just put you off orange juice forever. Me too.

8. I can’t even explain why, but I was doubled over laughing for five minutes straight when I saw this picture. Someone please tell me I’m not the only one.

St. Elmos
(via Pinterest)
9. For some reason I recently remembered how badly I wanted to dye my hair pink or burgundy when I was younger. Now I can’t even explain why.

10. I can’t even wrap my mind around this. M.C. Escher. Wow. The amount of talent here is mind-blowing!

MC Escher
(via Pinterest)

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