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Dosha Bars, GoMacro Bars, & A Pluggz Flash Sale

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Dosha Bars, GoMacro Bars, & A Pluggz Flash Sale

Today I am spending my afternoon at Real Pilates new Soho studio, doing one of my favorite things - teaching other Pilates teachers about helping client with Hernia & Diastasis Recti. Awesomeness!

It is finally warm in NYC, so I will most likely wear my Pluggz fold ups, which are comfortable to teach in. And for a quick snack I will have some bars - Dosha Bars and GoMacro Bars are what I have in the house right now.

Dosha Bars

Dosha Bars

The lovely folks at Dosha Bar sent me a free sample pack to review. Dosha Bars are

100% Organic, Unsweetened Fruit & Seed Bar.  150 Calories per bar.  NO added flavoring, preservatives, fruit powders, lab-made protein powders, or fiber supplements.

The bars are basically a seed and grain blend with fruit. Note that while they say Unsweetened, each bar contains some kind of sweetener in a small amount (honey or brown rice syrup), plus lots of fruit sugars. If you are on a no sugar diet, I would avoid these.

That said, these are not bad. There are three flavors of Apple (Kapha), Cherry (Vata), and Blueberry (Pitta), of which I liked the Blueberry the best. The bars are a bit seedy for me, with lots of smaller seeds like sesame and chia. As someone who had a tooth pulled a few months ago and is awaiting an implant, small seeds are a huge pain.

As to the balancing effects of the bars, I didn't notice a difference after just one.

Verdict? Committed yogis will love the concept, and if you don't mind small seeds, this is a winner.

GoMacro Bars

GoMacro Bar

When GoMacro Bars contacted me regarding their new Ellie Goulding bar, I couldn't say no. I have been hearing about how great these bars tasted, with lots of protein packed into a not-too-sweet, totally decadent, yummy bar. all GoMacro products: 100% plant-based, non-GMO, organic, Kosher and free of gluten, soy and dairy. I received one Ellie's Bar, which contains Coconut, Almond Butter, and Chocolate Chips, and one Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip.

These are some of the best protein bars I have ever tasted, and hubby agreed. The texture is great - smooth and not too grainy, and the flavor is spot on. Filling and totally great! Ellie Goulding started working with GoMacro because she is such a fan of the bars that it made sense.

When you purchase Ellie's MacroBar, note that a portion of the proceeds go to support the homeless (Streets of London & Stand up for Kids). Plus there is a sweepstakes that you can enter (note the Golden Ticket in the image), where one lucky winner from the US and one from Canada will get to work out with Ellie and see her in concert!

“MacroBars have been my go-to snack after a workout and when I’m on tour. For the new bar, I wanted something that was sweet and a good-source of plant-based protein,” commented Goulding. “I am honored to help create a new product with a company that shares my values of healthy living and giving back.”

Verdict? Two big thumbs up on the GoMacro Bars! So yummy and can be a life saver for a busy Pilates teacher.

Pluggz Fold-Ups Flash Sale

Pluggz Fold Ups

I love my Pluggz Fold-ups! These travel-friendly grounding ballet flats are vegan, water-resistant, flexible, cute, comfortable, and come in their own little travel pouch. I have them in several colors, including matte black, glossy red, and teal! They are great shoes for the Pilates studio.

In addition to style and comfort, all Pluggz shoes have a black carbon plug in the sole that keeps your energy connected to the earth as if you were barefoot. Seriously, you will feel more grounded and energized in these shoes!

For today through midnight (4/23/16), all Pluggz fold-ups are $50 (reg. $89) when you use code EARTH at checkout. Hurry!

Pluggz Are My New Favorite Shoes

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Why Pluggz Are My New Favorite Shoes

[I received free product from Pluggz for this review. The opinions are very much my own. Links in this article are affiliate links.]

Pluggz footwear contacted me several months ago just after Juil footwear folded. I had been an ambassador for Juil*, pretty much since their founding, and the ladies at Pluggz thought that I might like to try their fashion forward earthing shoes and perhaps be an ambassador for them.

Pluggz shoes uses a carbon plug in the sole to keep our bodies connected to earth energy. The plug also softly hits an energy point of the foot and helped hold the orthotic footbed in the shoe. They also decided to go for simple, fashionable styles - ballet flats, loafers, moccasins, and drivers.

I received not just one, but several pair free to review. Driving mocs for hubby, and loafers and ballet flats for myself. I ordered the laser cut ballet flat in red, the loafer in blue suede, IMG_20150422_204301_hdr IMG_20150507_154134 and the fold-up travel ballet flats in black and glossy red (later I added teal). I wear them all, both in the Pilates studio and out.

What I love about Pluggz is the classic styling and the comfort. The grounding, earthing energy is simply a welcome bonus. And I will say that between the connecting plug,

IMG_20150425_161137_hdrthe trampoline heel, and the orthotic footbed (yes, even the folding shoes have that), my feet do not hurt at all when I wear my Pluggz on the concrete sidewalks of Manhattan and in the Pilates studio where I teach.

IMG_20150507_150945_hdrWhen we traveled to Mystic, CT this summer I brought four pair of Pluggz (three of fold ups in their cute travel bags) and wore them walking all over the place. The rounded toe and higher cut supportive band keep my painful big toe (crushed in 2013) happy (also see testimonial below).

Sharon WhiteleyI met Pluggz founder and CEO Sharon Whitely on one of her trips back east, and was struck by her intelligence and her utter commitment to Pluggz. (I am in my blue suede loafers and she is sporting a black patent wedge.) Sharon was a success in retail marketing already, and had little desire to be actively back in the game until she discovered the health benefits of staying connected to the earth and realized how important that is, especially for busy urban women.

From a recent testimonial:

The primary reason that I first chose Pluggz shoes was the comfort. After the recovery period from toe surgery and wearing a “boot”, I was looking for a shoe that looked “normal”....

The quality and appearance are also main reasons I keep going back to Pluggz. After 3 years of wear, that first pair of leather ballet flats looks the same.  Admittedly, I now have several pairs including other styles (Laser cut and Mocs) but the fact is that first pair still looks great.  I am just now trying the linen/leather combination—so will know more later.   (BTW I bought the Pluggz fresh foot spritz to keep the lining fresh). -Betty Stout

Try Pluggz yourself and use code LYNDA on your order for an extra 10% off.

*Juil also did earthing shoes, with copper pieces embedded in the toes and heels of the soles.