Monday, December 8, 2014

GoodBelly's Helping Me Take Care of Myself

Disclosure: I received free products to facilitate this review; all opinions expressed are my own. 

I admit like many moms I don't always take care of myself as I should (including eating things like this!). Across social media I see reminders to moms encouraging them to put their oxygen mask on first, but it's definitely not priority for me. As a result when there's an area I can make a small change I'll take it so when GoodBelly asked me to give their new probiotics a try I decided to go for it.

GoodBelly is non-GMO, soy and dairy free while select quarts are gluten-free (noted by their green caps) and contains the Lactobacillus plantarum 299v strain. While probiotics have made popular news in recent years I had yet to try them. Knowing that I'm not always eating right I've been lucky not to have too many tummy troubles and am pretty regular (thank goodness!) so I figured it really wouldn't hurt anything to give GoodBelly a try. I hadn't recalled seeing them in the store before and the store locator on the website showed my closest grocer had them, but upon visiting (and asking the clerk to check when I didn't see them), it turned out they didn't so I went to another grocer a bit farther who did. 

Image Credit: GoodBelly
First, I tried the drink; my store only carried Tropical Orange, but there are many other flavors available as seen on GoodBelly's website. Containing 26g sugar per 8oz. serving (more than OJ) I found Tropical Orange was cloyingly sweet. I inquired with GoodBelly about the effects of cutting it with water and they confirmed it wouldn't diminish its effectiveness. I completed the 4-servings carton over the course of a week then moved onto the Plus Shot

With only 9g of sugar per serving, delicious flavors such as mango and pomegranate/blackberry and contained in a cute package, I found it much easiser to take the shots than the drink. While I didn't complete 12 consecutive days as part of GoodBelly's 12 Day Challenge that's currently running, I did find it an easy way on my commute taking Nia to school to do something good for myself although Nia would often ask for one for herself, but I told her it was mommy's special medicine (can't moms ever have anything???). GoodBelly also contains other essential vitamins such as Vitamin A, C, Calcium and B12. After taking it I didn't notice a difference in my tummy's status, but I appreciated having an easy way to keep things balanced, something I see fans on GoodBelly's Facebook wall tout constantly. 

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Have you ever tried probiotics? What was your experience?