Jul 252014

Michelle Bridges formulated Blackmores

Many mums will know her from the famous 12WBT (12 Week Body Transformation) and most of us have seen her in action on The Biggest Loser, whipping unfit Aussies back into shape. What you may not know is that well known personal trainer Michelle Bridges has recently teamed up with Blackmores to develop a fantastic range of vitamin and mineral supplements and naturally-sourced protein products to complement a balanced diet and support health and wellbeing, after all, even if you try to live as healthy as you can there is often room for improvement.

The Michelle Bridges formulated by Blackmores range contains 10 premium quality protein powders and snacks, whole food powders and nutritional supplements that are healthy, convenient and full of natural goodness:

Michelle Bridges Protein Blend ChocolateThe product that first caught my eye is the Protein Blend with Ancient Grains ($39.99, 350g), available in vanilla and chocolate flavour. Protein shakes are extremely popular at the moment because they are so convenient, but unlike most other protein shakes this vegan protein blend has the added benefit of ancient grains including organic oat Bran, organic quinoa, organic chia and more as well as all the key amino acids.

Simply combine the powder with water, skim milk or a milk alternative, shake and go, so easy! I drink mine with almond milk as a quick breakfast, it is really thick, almost creamy, and gives a full feeling so it’s a good start to the day. Bonus: The Protein Blend with Ancient Grains is even suitable for those who are sensitive to whey and soy.

Chia and Organic Linseed SprinkleYou only need two teaspoons of it but this Chia & Organic Linseed Breakfast Sprinkle ($14.99, 200g) will make a huge difference to your daily bowl of cereal, yoghurt or porridge. This little add-on contains organic linseeds, organic sunflower kernels, organic almonds and chia seeds, it is really yummy and it’s full of omega-3, protein, dietary fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Another simple way to add this into your diet is by adding it to your next batch of muffins, cake or cookies.

Cherry Coconut Protein BitesFor me one of my biggest downfalls is snacks, as a busy mum it is so easy to grab something quick and (unfortunately) often unhealthy to keep you going. These low carb Cherry Coconut Protein Bites ($2.99, 30g) are just as convenient, they taste delicious and natural and one sachet equates to one serve so it’s a fantastic option for those who struggle with portion control. Yay for a little snack without the guilty feeling!

Vitality Greens Body BoostIf you prefer a smoothie, juice or shake as a speedy pick-me-up Blackmores has got you covered too with the Vitality Reds Body Boost and the Vitality Greens Body Boost ($19.99, 100g). Grab 100-200ml of water or juice, add 5g of powder and you’re good to go. Using Michelle a blend of berries and superfruits goji, pomegranate, acai and mangosteen (reds, my favourite) or green vegetables powders, grasses, sprouts and fruits (greens) you can be sure you’re drinking nothing but nutrients. With 20 servings per sachet this is a really great value product.

Puremega Wild Salmon OilIn addition to the protein and whole foods the range also offers four different vitamin supplements to complement your busy lifestyle: a broad spectrum Multivitamin ($19.99, 30 tablets), Relax and Unwind ($24.99, 30 tablets) to help you calm and relax, Puremega Wild Salmon Oil ($19.99, 60 tablets) for your daily dose of Omega 3 and ImmuneCare ($19.99, 90g) to support natural healthy immune function, wound healing and tissue repair. Which one do you need most?

To find out more about Blackmores, to browse the Michelle Bridges formulated by Blackmores range or to locate a stockist near you visit www.blackmores.com.au.

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May 312014

With the Queen’s Birthday public holiday just a week away I can’t help but think back to the same special day two years ago, this yearly event will forever hold a special place in my heart as it was on this public holiday that I discovered I was pregnant with baby no.4, our little Sybil. After celebrating with my hubby and doing another series of pregnancy tests just to be sure I headed out to the shop.

Blackmores Pregnancy

Some people celebrate their pregnancy by buying something beautiful for the nursery, others go and pick a gorgeous newborn outfit, a sweet cuddly toy or even a pregnancy guide, for me the first stop is always the chemist. Just like for most (expecting) mothers for me pregnancy and a ‘pink bottle’ go hand in hand, during all my pregnancies and while breastfeeding I have religiously taken my Blackmores Pregnancy Vitamins and it always gave me peace of mind knowing I was doing the right thing for my (unborn) baby.

Blackmores PBG Australia’s leading natural health brand Blackmores has got pregnant and nursing mothers covered with their famous pink bottle, Blackmores NEW and improved Pregnancy & Breast-Feeding Gold ($63.95, 180 tablets). It’s as easy as a daily dose of two small vanilla flavoured capsules that contain 20 important nutrients for mother and baby including folic acid, iodine, DHA and vitamin D3. Did you know being low in vitamin D during pregnancy carries serious healthy risks like decreased birth weight, pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes?

Obviously we all know eating healthy is important but recent research has revealed that even with a healthy balanced diet many young Australian women are not achieving key nutrient levels recommended for a healthy pregnancy, quite a worry! A supplement that reflects current nutritional recommendations for pregnancy, like Blackmores Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Gold, could correct this and help you give your baby a great start in life.

Blackmores Pregnancy IronMany pregnant women are diagnosed with iron deficiency but luckily this common problem is easily corrected with 1 Blackmores Pregnancy Iron ($11.95, 30 tablets) tablet a day. During two of my pregnancies I was described iron supplements and as someone who is very prone to nausea and vomiting I can really appreciate the special low nausea, low constipation form of iron used in the Blackmores Pregnancy Iron.

Blackmores Conceive Well GoldAside from the well known Pregnancy & Breast-Feeding Gold capsules the Blackmores Pregnancy range includes several other fantastic products to support mamas-to-be in this special and very important time in their lives, e.g. Blackmores Folate, Blackmores I-Folic and Blackmores Morning Sickness Formula. For those women who are hoping to fall pregnant soon there is Blackmores Conceive Well ($40.95, 56 tablets), an easy way to provide your body with all the essential nutrients needed in preparation of, and in the early stages of, pregnancy.

To find out more about Blackmores, to locate a Blackmores retailer near you or to order online visit www.blackmores.com.au.

Britt SnugglesThanks to our lovely friends at Blackmores we have three fabulous Blackmores Mum & Bub Prize Packs (RRP $200 per pack) to give away. Each pack is filled with lots of great products for pregnancy and beyond: Blackmores NEW & Improved Pregnancy & Breast-Feeding Gold, Blackmores Pregnancy Iron, a Britt Snuggles Bear, Treasured Aromatica Belly & Body Balm and a carry bag. Get your entries in below for your chance to win.

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Sep 282011

With three small children sickness tends to hang around for quite some time, normally they are not that good at sharing but of course they don’t mind passing on the germs. Of course I want them to get better as soon as possible and I know vitamines play an important part in that process so how do you make sure their intake is up to scratch when they are refusing to eat anything that looks healthy?

When I attended the Bloggers Brunch back in July I was lucky enough to meet a very helpful Blackmores employee who told me her kids happily helped themselves to the Blackmores Kids Multi and Kids Fruity Fishies jars every morning. At the time I had my serious doubts, because from all I know tablets and capsules are everything but pleasant to swallow and as a child I couldn’t run away fast enough at the sight of them. Now two months later I have to agree with her statement, my kids have taken to their daily dose of vitamins with ease and actually ask for it themselves.

Their top pick is the Blackmores Kids Fruity Fishies ($16.45 per 30), a chewable fish oil capsule that supports healthy brain development and helps maintain normal eye function and learning in children. I alternate two Blackmores products for kids but they always try their luck and ask for the ‘orange fishies’ first, it is obvious they really like the natural raspberry-orange flavour. The sweet smell did make me run to check the packaging for added sugar but no artificial sweeteners have been added.

On the other days they get the Blackmores Kids Multi ($14.95 per 60) containing 18 essential nutrients to support healthy growth and development. The Kids Multi tablets are developed to supplement the gaps in important vitamins and minerals that may result from fussy eating, something many parents worry about especially if children are/have been unwell. The yummy strawberry vanilla flavour appeals to even the fussiest eater!

With the twins starting school next year the Kids Mineral Minds ($16.45 per 60) could be very helpful. This mineral formula supports healthy brain development, learning and concentration in children, if these tablets make my children concentrate on listening to me a bit better I will start them on the Kids Mineral Minds tablets today! Some of the contents are iodine which is necessary for IQ development and several minerals necessary for school performance.

Especially for one lucky Hip little one reader the Blackmores team has put together a fantastic kids prize pack valued at $83.85, which consists of the Blackmores Kids Fruity Fishies, Kids Mineral Minds and Kids Multi as well as the Feeding Fussy Kids book by Antonia Kidman & Julie Maree Wood. The book is filled with recipes, ideas, tips, tricks and strategies to boost the nutrition of your fussy child as well as help them overcome their pickiness.

To find out more about Blackmores and the Blackmores range for kids go to www.blackmores.com.au or visit a Blackmores retailer near you.

For your chance to win this fabulous Blackmores Prize Pack visit www.blackmores.com.au and answer the following question: Aside from the children’s range Blackmores has many products for adults too, name two of Blackmores products for adults you have tried or would like to try.

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