Refreshing Fat Leaf Water

This stuff is so cool, sourced from the prickly pear cactus.

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I brought over to my neighbor’s house three flavors of Fat Leaf Water that the company sent me to try, so we could have a little socially distanced taste test.

Since it’s been super hot here in SoCal for the last couple of days, I thought it’d be a perfect time to quench our thirst with something new. (Usually we’re drinking a variety of fermented grape juice, but it was a bit early in the day for that.)

Key Lime Mango

Mojave Citrus

Rimrock Red

We tasted each of them and agreed that all the flavors were super hydrating and really quenched our thirst. My fave was Mojave Citrus and Key Lime Mango and I especially love the addition of turmeric, and my neighbors both liked Rimrock Red, so it was a win-win for us all.

Here’s the company info:

“WE HAVE MADE THE DECISION AT FAT LEAF WATER TO POSTPONE OUR KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN AND POSTINGS TO SUPPORT OUR FRIENDS, FAMILY AND OUR COMMUNITY DURING THIS CHALLENGING TIME.”

Keep this brand on your radar and when things get back to normal, whenever and whatever that is, I hope I’ve planted a seed so that you try it, too.

From their website:

Q: WHAT IS FAT LEAF WATER?

A: FAT LEAF WATER IS THE FIRST CACTUS-WATER BASED SPORTS HYDRATION BEVERAGE. IT’S PACKED WITH ANTIOXIDANTS, ELECTROLYTES, VITAMIN C, MINERALS AND TAURINE.

Q: WHAT IS PRICKLY PEAR?

A: PRICKLY PEAR IS A CACTUS, A RESILIENT SUPER PLANT FOUND IN ARID AREAS. IT PRODUCES BLOSSOMS, WHICH TURNS INTO A FRUIT, CALLED PRICKLY PEAR FRUIT. THE JUICE OF THE PRICKLY PEAR FRUIT IS OUR MAIN INGREDIENT IN FAT LEAF WATER. IT PROVIDES ANTI-INFLAMMATORY PROPERTIES AND IS PACKED WITH ANTIOXIDANTS, ELECTROLYTES, VITAMINS, MINERALS AND NATURAL TAURINE.

Q: WHY THE NAME FAT LEAF WATER?

A: THE PRICKLY PEAR CACTUS IS A SUPER PLANT THAT SOMEHOW STAYS SUPER HYDRATED IN HARSH DRY CLIMATES. IT EFFICIENTLY STORES WATER IN ITS LARGE, FLAT AND FLESHY PADS OR LEAVES. THUS THE NAME FAT LEAF WATER.

Q: IS THE PRICKLY PEAR FRUIT SUSTAINABLE?

A: YES. THE PRICKLY PEAR CACTUS IS A NATIVE TO THE AMERICAS. IT IS A RESILIENT PLANT THAT REQUIRES VERY LITTLE WATER TO PRODUCE AND GROW. THE FRUIT, PADS (LEAVES) AND FLOWERS ARE ALL EDIBLE. THE CACTUS IS EASY TO CULTIVATE AND PROPAGATE, FROM SEED OR HEALTHY PLANT.

Q: I SEE “TAURINE” AS AN INGREDIENT IN ALL YOUR BEVERAGES. WHAT IS TAURINE?

A: TAURINE (DUBBED THE “WONDER MOLECULE” BY SCIENTISTS) IS A COMPOUND AMINO ACID THAT OCCURS NATURALLY IN THE BODY. IT IS PARTICULARLY CONCENTRATED IN THE BRAIN, EYES, HEART AND MUSCLES AND SHOWN TO IMPROVE ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE. PRICKLY PEARS NATURALLY CONTAIN TAURINE, AND WE ADDED AN ADDITIONAL BOOST FOR AN EXTRA KICK!

Q: IS YOUR BEVERAGE GLUTEN FREE?

A: YES. ALL OUR INGREDIENTS ARE GLUTEN FREE. THE FACILITY IN WHICH OUR BEVERAGE IS PRODUCED IS ALSO GLUTEN FREE.

Q: IS YOUR BEVERAGE NATURAL?

A: YES. OUR FAT LEAF WATER BEVERAGES ARE MADE FROM ALL NATURAL INGREDIENTS.

Q: IS YOUR BEVERAGE VEGAN?

A: YES. ALL OUR FAT LEAF WATER BEVERAGES ARE PLANT-BASED.

 

I was provided product and no compensation; the reviews are my own honest opinion.

 

 

Exploring Carlsbad, Part One: Signs

Warning: This series won’t be your glossy Chamber of Commerce tourism fluff piece to encourage more visitors.

Instead, It’s the candid observations of someone who’s lived here for thirty years.

Join me step-by-step as I walk around neighborhoods old and new all the way to the beach and back.

I’m seeing my not-so-little town through fresh eyes.

Today’s topic is Signs and Rules.

Do this. Don’t do that.

Carlsbad is chock full of sings and rules.

Here’s a sign with bad grammar.

And excuse me for asking the obvious, but WHY plant blueberries in a front yard on a busy corner lot where dozens of kids walk back and forth to school and in a ‘hood where almost everyone has more than one dog — when you have a HUGE backyard?

(That’s a rhetorical question.)

Next, are we going to see a misspelled manifesto to crows and blue jays about not picking and eating the ripe berries?

A lot of poop and dog-related signs.

Purchased or homemade…
I couldn’t find the common area this sign referenced; I assume the dog owners who live in the complex have been made aware of the pet-acceptable locations.

And what happens if they disobey the rules?

And here, humans are outlawed, while it seems as if implied consent is proffered to dogs and every other species.

I ignored the sign, ‘cos nobody tells Princess what to do.

That sign ain’t the boss of ME.

This tiki expresses exactly how I feel about being told what to do.

Or what NOT to do.

Usually I take a small backpack or cross body bag to carry essentials but leave my hands free to take photos; this time, thanks to Flipbelt sending me a sample to try, I wasn’t weighted down  — I hardly know it was there.

There’s room for my keys, phone, ID, lip balm, and a few dollars. Simply put the items in and flip the belt over.  FlipBelt is designed to carry on-the-go essentials without tying up your hands. Made of a moisture-wicking, spandex-lycra blend, FlipBelt slides right on and sits snug on your hip. No bulk. No bounce. FlipBelt is also machine washable and machine dryable.

flipbelt

It’s an ideal accessory for outdoor summer workouts, and will be great for biking and traveling, too, Flipbelt retails for $28.99, and comes in nine cool colors including black.  (I chose black so it would go with everything.)

For more information, visit www.flipbelt.com

For this review, there was no compensation; I was sent product to sample and review. The honest opinions are my own.


**And thanks to Kim who read my mind, I’m including this song about signs that all of us olds heard a zillion times:

Exploring Carlsbad, Part Two…coming soon.