Oct 27, 2018

Luvo Flipped Bowls Review Part Deux | BibRavePro

Disclaimer: I received the Luvo Flipped Bowl Sampler Pack to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro, and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I recently received some of Luvo's Flipped Bowls to taste test. Earlier you may have read my post on the Chicken Meatballs in Tomato Basil Sauce and the Kale Ricotta Ravioli.
Stroganoff is a dish I do not frequent, but is something I was interested in trying their variety of it. It starts with whole wheat rotini, the antibiotic-free chicken meatballs we saw in the penne, and then add Luvo's creamy stroganoff sauce. It also includes a mix of some vegetables as well. While not my favorite it was pretty good. It is definitely something different that is a good now and then.

The stats on it a pretty good, offering 16g of protein (1/3 of which are from plant-based sources), 1/2 cup of vegetables, and 34g of whole grains.

Chicken Meatballs in Garlic Wine Sauce

Next, we have yet another set of Italian flavors: the garlic wine sauce. They add this sauce to whole wheat rotini, white beans, greens, and antibiotic-free chicken meatballs topped with a blend of parmesan and mozzarella cheese. While sauce is pretty good, overall this bowl as not for me. The reason why is the white beans. I personally just do not like the texture. I ate them - as they were in the bowl and I know a healthy addition - it is just is not for me.

This also offers some great stats: 17g protein, another 1/2 cup of vegetables, 32g of whole grains, and no sugar!
The last bowl goes green and by green I mean pesto sauce. Whole wheat penne, antibiotic-free chicken meatballs, yellow squash, all combined with their creamy pesto sauce. I usually do not go for pesto sauce on my noodles - I'm more a red sauce kind of guy - I really enjoyed this one. It is quite a pleasant surprise. It is a good combination, I enjoy some yellow squash, and overall enjoyed this bowl.

The stats on it a pretty good, offering 17g of protein (1/3 of which are from plant-based sources), 1/2 cup of vegetables, and 31g of whole grains.

Oct 19, 2018

Luvo Flipped Bowls Reviews | BibRavePro

Disclaimer: I received the Luvo Flipped Bowl Sampler Pack to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro, and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I love food. I know, a real bold statement there. I do love food and in particular I love to cook. Cooking is relaxing, enjoyable, plus it allows me to make healthier options. However, cooking takes time, something I don't always have. Sometimes you need something quick. The problem comes that quick does not usually equal healthy (quick != healthy for my fellow geeks). This is where Luvo enters. I've reviewed some of their meals in the past - which I enjoyed. I even tried some of their Planted Power bowls - which were also good but lacking in one thing to me: meat. I'm all in favor of vegetarian and vegan options but for me personally I like a protein with my lunch. Now, I received round three, the Luvo Flipped Bowls.
I'm going to start off with easily my favorite of all the bowls. It's their take on an Italian classic, penne and meatballs. It starts with whole wheat penne and adds a tomato basil sauce. They also add something you'll see a lot in these bowls: antibiotic-free chicken meatballs. Lastly, they add a blend of cheese. I love this one. Overall, the meatballs are pretty good. They're not grandma's meatballs, but they're a good addition to a bowl like this. The sauce on here is what makes this really good. It's much better than what you normally get out of a quick meal like this. I may have added a little bit of extra parmesan cheese myself, but that's just how I do pasta.

The stats on it a pretty good, offering 17g of protein, 1/2 cup of vegetables, and 31g of whole grains.

Kale Ricotta Ravioli

I know I mentioned my desire for meats in these bowls, but the other I'm reviewing in this post has no meat... but it is another Italian twist. Their ravioli starts with a ricotta ravioli and adds to kit kale, spices, and another good red sauce. I'm personally not a kale person, but it's good in here. It adds to the dish without being too much for me to dislike the kale. It's a good twist and better than any ravioli you'll get from a can, despite the chef on the label.

This also offers some great stats: 12g protein, another 1/2 cup of vegetables, and 14g of whole grains

More to come

I'll have a couple more reviews in a future post for you. Be sure to have a look out for some stroganoff, some pesto and even some garlic wine sauce. Follow my Instagram @itshighlandjohn to see more as I try them.

Oct 15, 2018

Upcoming Race: K9s United for K9s 9K | BibRavePro

Disclaimer: I received entry into the K9s United for K9s 9K to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro, and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I'm excited to have some races coming up to end my year. It's been an up-and-down year - without a lot of running - so I'm happy to be pushing towards something and getting back at it. I'd like to tell you about a race I'll be running here in Florida and maybe you'll decide to join me.

K9s United for K9s

I'm excited to take part in this race that's a part of a growing race series for K9s United. You can join me on Saturday, December 1st, 2018 at the Apopka Northwest Recreation Complex for the K9s United 9K for K9s. This race day actually includes 3 races. Choose from the 1 mile fun run, the classic 5k, and the more challenging 9k. Both the 5k and 9k are timed, while the 1 mile run is untimed. They even offer a virtual 5k or 9k options, so you can still be part of the fun and earn a T-shirt and medal.

The best part is it all is supporting a great cause.
100% of the proceeds will benefit K-9s United an organization that is committed to supporting and honoring K-9 law enforcement officers who detect, protect and serve our communities by giving them the best equipment, amenities, and quality of life during and after their service, and memorializing those who give the ultimate sacrifice. K9's United is dedicated to providing the necessary equipment and training K9 law enforcement officers need in order to protect communities across the country, as well as memorializing those who give the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

Join Me and SAVE!

Want to join me on race day? Use the code BIBRAVE18 to save 10%. Being from the northeast, I'm so looking forward to running in Florida December weather. So come on out and join me!

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Sep 1, 2018

Rock Around with Knockaround: Sunglasses Review | BibRavePro

Disclaimer: I received the Knockaround Premium sunglasses to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro, and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

There's no doubt in the importance of protecting your eyes from the sun. It's easy to remember right now in the summer time, but UV protection is important all year round. With my recent move to Florida, I feel like I get a reminder every day, which I'm alright with (it's part of why I'm here). My latest test into eye wear comes with in the form of Knockaround Premium sunglasses.

Who is Knockaround?

Knockaround was founded in 2005 by Adam "Ace" Moyer. The goal was to create sunglasses that were practical and stylish. He wanted to offer quality sunglasses that won't break the bank. I love the story of the name Knockaround. Here's how founder Ace describes it:
Growing up, my dad had a pair of sneakers in the garage that he’d wear when he mowed the lawn. He called them his ‘knockaround’ sneakers—you could count on them, they were dependable, and you didn’t care if they got beaten up.

So, I just applied that idea to sunglasses. I wanted them to be affordable, if you lost them or broke them, no big deal. The Knockaround name seemed like a natural fit—like, I’m just going to knock around this pair of sunglasses.

How are the glasses?

The premium glasses are a great little pair of glasses. The Premium glasses are a unisex frame that is a "fan favorite". They offer UV400 protection with FDA approved, impact-resistant lenses. The frames themselves have a quality feel to them. When I first tried them on, I have to be honest they felt a little snug on my head. I have a large noggin. I was a little worried how they would feel with longer term wear. That's where I was pleasantly surprised. I put these glasses through many full days in the parks at Walt Disney World. During none of those days did they ever feel tight, give me any sort of headache or leave me uncomfortable. In fact, they were great all day every day. I loved the way they felt and the way they looked. That's not to mention the large number of options you can get them in to match your personal style, or your mood of the day. Oh, did I mention of a pair of polaraized glasses, they cost just $20? Well, they do.

The Takeaway

These sunglasses live up to every goal set by their company. They're high quality glasses and feel good and protect your eyes. At just $20 (or less) they definitely won't break the bank, or leave you worried about losing them. Not to mention, you can also save 20% with the code BibRaveKnocks20. These glasses are definitely ones that will stay in my rotation. I also may even grab some other pairs because who doesn't like to match their gear for the day?



Jun 30, 2018

Not Quite Bendy | LiveMoreNow | BibRavePro

Disclaimer: I received some BUFF® gear for a part of the LiveMoreNow campaign as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro, and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

As you've read, I've been testing some BUFF® gear. Last time I talked about the UV multifunctional headbands (still working great, if you were wondering). I'd like to talk a little bit about the Pro Run Cap. This cap provides sweat wicking to keep the perspiration back, ventilation, and UV protection. In addition, they offer the hand feature of spots your sunglasses can fit into to stay secure upon your head. I actually discovered this accidentally, trying to put my sunglasses on top of my cap only to have them go into the hat. I guess that's why you should always read all the packaging. I've taken the cap out in Florida sun, for a day in the theme park. Sweat stayed back, head stayed as cool as it can in the Florida heat, and no burn came to my head. Despite being black, it never felt hot. Between the lightweight fabric and then cut ventilation, the breathability was great. It really is my go to cap for the sun now.


The yoga's come along, I'm still not great or fully consistent, but life has thrown some major curveballs as me as of late. As always, I'm pushing forward. I have to and will persevere. As I do, I hope to make yoga and running go hand-in-hand, side-by-side in my regular workout routine. Here's to living more now!

Jun 15, 2018

One with Yogi Bear | LiveMoreNow | BibRavePro

Disclaimer: I received some BUFF® gear for a part of the LiveMoreNow campaign as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro, and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I'm always excited to work with some BUFF® gear. It's one of my favorite brands, as they make some great gear. I've been putting my UV multifunctional headbands to work. I've used them in some yoga, and just other times where I need the UV and sweat protection. They've performed fantastically. They're light and comfortable, which is what I love about this size BUFF® headware: just enough to cover all the head but no more than necessary keeping everything cool. Sweat stays up on my head and out of my eyes, as it should be. When you're bending this way and that, you really don't need sweat coming down into your eyes, distracting you, forcing you to wipe your face clean or fight your way through it. I've also used them out while doing yard work in the summer sun; a serious test of both the UV and sweat protection. They stood up strong to the Florida sun and protected my thinning hair up top.


I'm just getting started on the yoga. Not far, in both my amount of training and my flexibility, but I'm starting. It something I can see the value in, but it definitely will need the long commitment. That's something I hope I work towards.

May 30, 2018

Live More Now with BUFF® | BibRavePro

Disclaimer: I received some BUFF® gear for a part of the LiveMoreNow campaign as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro, and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I'm excited to let you know I'm taking part in the Live More Now campaign with BUFF! The idea is to do exactly that. Get out there, live life, and try something new. With that in mind, I'm trying to get into yoga. It's something for so long that I've meant to do, to benefit my running and my general well being.



I received three pieces of gear. First, two UV multifunctional headbands. These are ideal for my yoga work outs. They'll keep the sweat back and off my face, helping to keep me cool, and fit oh so comfortably. For other moments living life, I received the Pro Run Cap. This is pretty cool looking. Sweat wicking, breathability, UV protection, and even built in sunglasses holder in the cap.

Follow me along on this journey. Hopefully, I'll gain some flexibility and live a little more.