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3 Things to Consider When Looking at Packaging

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tetra Pak. The opinions and text are all mine.

I know that most of you probably don't look at the bottom of the cartons and boxes that you receive but I do. Right out of college I worked for a shipping supply company so I am always curious to see if the packaging I receive is from that company. It's like a strange habit now...

Packaging is very important and not something to be overlooked. When we are packing for our hiking trips we always look into what kind of packaging certain food and drinks come in and how much they weigh. This doesn't just matter for backpacking, it's also important to pay attention to this for day hikes.

We are excited to work with Tetra Pak and share some of their numerous benefits with you. Maybe you'll even start flipping over everything you get to see the packaging information!

Tetra Pak is the world's leading food processing and packaging solutions company. PROTECTS WHAT'S GOODโ„ข is their brand promise. It means that they protect food (food safety), people (opportunities and social responsibility), and futures (their customers' business and the environment).

You know we only work with companies that align with our beliefs and we love that they focus on keeping the consumption of all raw materials and energy to a minimum (during the manufacturing process AND the distribution).

As I mentioned with hiking, we have to carefully select items to take with us on our treks. Below are 3 things that we consider when looking at the packaging.

  1. Lightweight. We can't fill our packs with heavy containers (literally the containers themselves) of food and/or water. Every little bit adds up.
  2. Easy to open. We can't take a ton of gadgets, even if they are small, on our hikes with us. We need packaging that doesn't require separate openers.
  3. Pack stable (or maybe you know this as shelf stable). When we backpack we don't lug around coolers. Shocking, I know. ;-) We need things we can eat or drink that don't require refrigeration.

As you will see Tetra Pak is perfect for a healthy active lifestyle, below are just a few of the many reasons why (we are able to check off all three of our requirements plus more!):

  • Lightweight and space efficient - they even fold flat for the trip back to the recycling bin
  • No refrigeration necessary until after they're opened
  • Easy to open - no can opener or other tools necessary
  • Safe for all ages - no sharp edges or risk of broken glass
  • Cartons are recyclable and mainly made from paper, a renewable natural resource that can be replenished.
  • With multiple layers of protection built into every package, Tetra Pak cartons preserve the quality, taste, and nutrients without the need for added preservatives.

Below are just a few of the products they sent us that are packaged in cartons made by Tetra Pak. Yes, that is our cat Rambo in the picture. He wouldn't move so I just let him help me "frame" the picture. ;-)

  • Almond Breeze Almond Milk
  • FAWEN Drinkable Soup
  • Flow Water
  • Greater Than Water

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30-Day Ab Challenge

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30-Day AB Core Fitness Challenge

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  • Regular Plank (as you can see in the picture above): Keep a straight line from the top of your head to your heels. Your shoulders should be in line with your elbows. Hold your abs in.
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Greek Yogurt Protein Pancakes

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Gluten-Free Greek Yogurt Protein Pancakes

We looooove pancakes and eat them multiple times per week. We don't just eat them for breakfast though, we will eat them for lunch or dinner or even as a snack. I like to make little tweaks each time and wanted to share my newest creation with you.

NOW Foods was kind enough to send me wide variety of their products (yes, for free) to try out. As you know, I went up to Chicago a few months ago and met with many people at NOW Foods and was even able to tour their facility! I was very impressed with their products and the compnay in general so I'm excited to start introducing you to even more of their awesome products over the next few months. (You can read more about my trip here.)
You can purchase many of the ingredients listed below here on Amazon or browse NOW Foods products here. They have so many products! Things like the maple syrup and sugarless sugar listed below to supplements, and even delicious energy/trail mixes!

Clean Eat Recipe: Greek Yogurt Protein Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oat flour (we use gluten-free oat flour)
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1-2 Tbsp NOW organic maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup Ellyndale Naturalsโ„ข Sugarless Sugarโ„ข
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
Gluten-Free Greek Yogurt Protein Pancakes

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl
  2. Coat pan with avocado oil or coconut oil (to prevent sticking)
  3. Pour batter onto pan in 1/4 cup increments
  4. Once pancake cooked on one side, flip and cook on the other
  5. Enjoy!