About a week ago, I was invited to Bloomingdale, Illinois to attend a NOW Foods Immersion Event with about 17 other Fitfluential Ambassadors. I was excited to attend this event because I have been a user of NOW Foods products and supplements for many years and looked forward to the opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at the company’s operations, meet the the wonderful team behind these products, and learn all about what’s to come in the future.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the NOW Foods brand, they are one of the largest independent manufacturers of natural products in the U.S. health food store channel, offering more than 1,400 high-quality, natural and affordable products, from functional foods and supplements to sports nutrition and health & beauty products, as well as essential oils and their latest pet supplement line, NOW® Pets.
It was a quick trip – just over 24 hours- but we covered quite a bit in that time. Here are some of the highlights of the event:
The event started off with a welcome dinner at Glen Prairie Restaurant, where we enjoyed a super scrumptious 4-course meal (seriously!) and were welcomed by Jim Emme, CEO of NOW Foods. He shared with us some inspiring facts about the brand, the team, and their commitment to doing the right thing for their customers, their employees, and the community around them. Jim challenged us to answer one question for him by the end of our tour. The question: Do you trust NOW Foods? All that we would experience by the next day would help us answer this question.
Day 2 started off bright and early, as we met up as a group at 6:45 AM for an early morning workout! I am so not an early morning workout person, but when in Rome… They did give is some yummy pre-workout Energy Bites to help get us going for our workout. We were then led through a group fitness workout featuring the RIPPED technique which incorporated some cardio, weight training, dance, kickboxing and core strength training. I have to admit, with my schedule being so crazy in recent months, my workout routine has taken a serious dip. It felt so good to get active again and was just the push I needed to get moving.
Waiting for us after the workout were these delicious fresh Mango Chili smoothies made with NOW products. Just what we needed to refuel our bodies.
Next in the agenda was a demonstration on the NOW Foods beauty and essential oils line. I was in essential oil heaven and even more so when we got to make our Massage Oil and Gym Equipment Cleansing Spray using NOW products. Stay tuned for the recipes!
After breakfast, we boarded our shuttle for a visit to the NOW Foods Plant for a private tour. Don’t you love our new looks?
We learned a lot of the ins and outs on how their products are sourced, manufactured, packaged and labeled. The part that stood out the most though, was their extensive quality standards. NOW performs more than 16,000 tests on raw materials and finished products each month to make sure all products are safe from adulteration, contamination, and ingredient substitution.
Next, we got a product briefing and some insight into the NOW brand dietary supplements and sports nutrition supplements and what they are used for. NOW’s extensive line of more than 900 nutritional supplements offers innovative formulations which provide something for everyone to help meet their wellness needs, all at a great value.
One important thing to know is the fact that if you ever have any questions about these supplements or how to use them, you can contact the NOW Foods advice line for help!
Finally, we headed down to the NOW Culinary Innovation Center for an overview and sampling of the the latest healthy and convenient packaged foods by Ellyndale Foods (a division of NOW). You’d be amazed at how many delicious and innovative selections they had.
Chef Suzy Singh, who you may recognize from season 5 of Master Chef, led this demonstration of their premium cooking oils, AKA an oil tasting! Yes, in case you were wondering, an oil tasting is pretty similar to a wine tasting, only without the buzz. 🙂
I’m so thankful to the NOW Foods for this experience and have decided to continue with this relationship as a NOW Foods Influencer. Each month, I’ll get a chance to experience different products by NOW Foods and will be sharing those with you all. If you have any requests on products you’d like me to review, let me know!
NOW to theiveaway (pun intended)...
The team at NOW Foods would like to offer 1 lucky Love Peace and Tiny Feet reader a chance to win the same NOW Foods Wellness Pack we were given at this event – valued at $350 and includes a sports blender and oil diffuser! Entering is simple, just complete the entries in the rafflecopter below! This giveaway will end on Monday, May 22nd at 11:59pm. Good luck!!!
Visit www.NOWFoods.com for more information on NOW, to find products at local retailers, and to sign up for a free monthly e-newsletter offering wellness tips, recipes and chances to win NOW products.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by NOW Foods. As always, all opinions are mine alone.