Product Review: Ripple Plant Milk

I am a label reader. I don’t just like to know what I’m eating, I have to know because of all the food sensitivities I have.

Anyway, one thing I never thought about was dairy milk. I drink almond or coconut milk that has zero sugar. My husband and daughter drink 2% organic dairy milk. I about fell over when I saw a cup of dairy milk has 12 GRAMS of sugar in it. TWELVE!!! In. Milk. What???

I immediately started looking at alternative milk options that had just as much protein and calcium as dairy milk.

I was floored when I found Ripple at our local grocery store, Meijer. It’s also sold at Target.

How’s this for comparison:

  • Protein: Dairy 8g, Ripple 8g
  • Calcium: Dairy 30%, Ripple 45%
  • Sugar: Dairy 12g, Ripple 0g
  • Iron: Dairy 0%, Ripple 15%
  • Vitamin D: Dairy 25%, Ripple 30%
  • Vitamin A: Dairy 10%, Ripple 10%
  • Vitamin C: Dairy 4%, Ripple 0%

Ripple is lactose free, nut free, gluten free, 100% vegan, and has 32mg Omega 3’s! ย Amazing, right?! The protein comes from pea protein…yep the legume!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my story about Ripple plant milk.

Ripple was kind enough to send me some coupons for free sample 48oz. bottles, a hat and a market bag.

I gave it a try and my daughter had a little too. She likes it better than dairy milk. I thought I’d try it too even though peas are a food to avoid on the candida diet. The nut milk I drink doesn’t have much protein in it. I sadly had a Candida flare up after drinking Ripple (kind of a duh moment). It’s probably something that would have to be limited for me, just as fruit is. I stick with mostly berries for their lower sugar content. I did make a great post-workout smoothie with Ripple as the base. I added 2 tablespoons hemp protein to a little fruit.


There is one ingredient that has me thinking I’m not going to purchase Ripple again…Dipotassium Phosphate. Research has me kind of up in the air about its safety or place even being in our food, despite what the FDA says about its safety.

Honestly, there isn’t a single 100% perfect milk out on the market. Every single one has a downside. So we are all sticking with what we originally were drinking before Ripple until I can find an option that I’m 100% happy with. We all have a low sugar diet, so it’s probably not the end of the world that the dairy milk stays in our house for the time being.

That being said, I’d be happy to send some coupons to anyone interested in trying Ripple! Just send me a message through the contact form.

Product Review: OOFOS Sandalsย 


If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen me wearing OOFOS sandals after completing the Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Half Marathon. I definitely appreciated being able to wear a sandal and have great support and unbelievable cushioning.


The sandals are extremely lightweight. I love that about them! With a thick cushioned sole I expected them to be a bit heavier. The OOfoam offers 37% more impact absorption than EVA, which is the traditional foam found in athletic shoes. 

You might think at first glance they’re just another pair of flip flops, but the special foam makes these feel completely different from your everyday flip flop. Their slogan “Feel the Oo!” is spot on!

“This means that with each step, the impact that travels from your feet up through your body is reduced by more than a third! So instead of stressing tired feet and joints after a workout, OOfoam and the patented OOFOS footbed absorb impact. When youโ€™re not exercising, OOfoam gives your whole body the opportunity to relax, rebuild and recover.” — OOFOS

My first thought after trying them on was how supportive they felt. After walking around in them in the heat and humidity, I noticed they started sticking to my feet so I had some red marks on the top of my feet from the straps. I truly believe this was 100% due to the Nashville humidity, and the fact that they weren’t broken in yet. When we got home I cleaned them and decided to try them just walking around the house since it was still freezing here in Michigan. I didn’t have any issues! They felt fantastic!


“The impact absorption properties are allowing fitness enthusiasts, athletes and all others to recover faster and feel better. We combined OOfoam with a biomechanically engineered footbed to allow the foot to move in its natural planes of motion including superior arch support. Weโ€™re proud to bring you OOFOS…footwear that can truly make your hard-working feet and body feel better” — OOFOS


They come in a variety of different colors as well. I just went with the basic black so it would coordinate well with anything. But, I have my eye on a pink pair too ๐Ÿ˜Š. 

I’ll update this post if I have any issues this summer with them, but right now I’m very happy with them.  I’d definitely suggest OOFOS to any athlete, nurse, or anyone who is on their feet for extended periods of time. I look forward to wearing them more this summer! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Visit the OOFOS website to shop for your pair, and learn more about these sandals and their other products.

Race recap: Gazelle Girl Half Marathonย 

The Gazelle Girl Half Marathon in Grand Rapids, Michigan was this past Sunday, and it was a fantastic morning!

Saturday was packet pick-up at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids. My husband drove me down there so I could get comfortable with finding the parking lot I’d be parking in before the race.We didn’t spend much time at the expo, but I did get to finally meet fellow Michigander Jessicaย there. It’s so fun getting to meet other Instagram friends in person!

And I got to meet up with Kaitlyn, who I planned to start the race with in the 9:30 corral. We ran into eachnother (not literally haha!) on the Grand Rapids Marathon course last year. So, it was fun to see each other again for a different race.

As always, I gathered all my race-day items and set them out to make sure I wasn’t forgetting anything. My hydration pack had some pitted dates in a sandwich bag that I used as my running fuel, and my mylar blanket for pre-race warmth.

The weather was pretty darn perfect for the race. A little chilly at the start, but not terrible.

There was almost no wind, so that’s what kept me from freezing my behind off! I love it when it’s a calm day for a race.

The race started at 8am, and the local running club had a group photo at 7:40 by the Calder plaza sculpture. I miss running with them, but hope to do more group runs after Nashville since I won’t be so focused on a set training schedule. And my husbands work schedule should lighten a bit soon so that means possibly some weekend group runs! ๐Ÿ™‚

I found Kaitlyn in the 9:30 pace corral just minutes before the race started. It’s like finding a needle in a hay stack with so many runners! haha I knew she would be a bit faster than me, but I figured we could start together. I think I lost her between mile 2-3 (she ended up finishing 2 minutes before me — Go Kaitlyn!!). It probably wasn’t the smartest choice starting with that group, or rather wasn’t smart speeding past them (the first two miles were in the upper 8’s for pace…oops!). I started with them but ended up being ahead of them for the first 9 or so miles before they caught up to me.

When the 9:30 pace group caught me, I told myself I could’t let them get away from me. So I fought until the end to stick with them. I literally cried at one point during those last 3 miles because I wasn’t sure if I could do it.img_8204Around mile 10-ish there was a crowd of people cheering and playing Kelly Clarkson’s song “Stronger” (…what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger)ย and that’s when I lost my cool. Complete breakdown…cried while running for a bit haha! ๐Ÿ˜‚ The race got ‘real’ at this point so I am actually not surprised at all that I cried here.

The last mile I could feel myself fading a bit. The three pacers ended up finishing 14 or 15 seconds ahead of me (their avg. pace ended up being a 9:27), so I’d consider that a win!

At the finish line I took a few steps and fell down crying because of how overwhelmed I felt getting that big PR and knowing I had given it my all!My official time was 2:04:06 with an avg. pace of 9:28 (different from watch since I actually covered 13.25 miles since it’s pretty impossible to run the course tangents.) Funny enough, I’m pretty sure this is the first time my watch time and the official time were the exact same because I actually remembered to turn it off at the finish haha!After I got up off the ground, I made my way to the food tent and grabbed one of the Gluten Free Bars (made in MICHIGAN!) and started the mile walk back to my car. I don’t know how far into my walk I got when I realized I never got a medal! haha So of course I turned around and found the tent and got one and ran/walked back to my car.

I had to quickly shower and get ready to go after I got home because we had a 2 hour drive north to make it to a performing arts thing that my Grandpa was being honored at. I unfortunately started feeling sick that afternoon and ended up with a migraine headache for the rest of the day. It was awful! I hadn’t had one that bad before. I had one after my first half marathon but this was pretty unexpected since I thought I had my nutrition and hydration in check. Who knows why it happened…over exertion? Not sure. But I felt better by the next morning :). All I know is Nashville half will be a slow and steady climb to the finish because I want to feel good the rest of the day.

The official race photos were of course all doozies ๐Ÿ˜œ.

Has anyone else gotten sick after a race? What do you think caused you to feel that way?

10k or Half Marathon?

I’m laughing now, but not long ago I was fuming mad. Last year in November I registered for Gazelle Girl Half Marathon and the River Bank 25k. Fast forward to February of this year, and I found myself reading medical journals and doing online research on excessive exercise and the heart because my dad unexpectedly had a heart attack. I decided to back down from the long distance races and focus on heart health with 10k or less runs. So the beginning of March I got online and transferred from the 25k down to the 10k and then read (it must have been on their website because I can’t find any emails) that for event transfer for Gazelle you’d need to pick up your bib and bring it to a special table at the expo to get a new 10k bib. Ok, great!…I thought it I was all good!

Then I saw that the Gazelle 10k was sold out. It made me wonder what happens to all the people that are planning on the 10k but purchased a half bib? It got me thinking though about how much I love the Gazelle half. So I contacted the race director. Looks like their policy must have changed between the beginning of March and now because I was basically told I have no choice but to run the half or defer to next year.๐Ÿ™ˆ I skipped speed work in training in favor for easy runs thinking I had no reason to be focusing on speed anymore because Nashville is just a go for fun race….so this half I have no idea what to expect. I love Gazelle though, so I am excited to run it once more.


I recently ran a 2:11 half in training for my last half (Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville), so I’m hoping for that or better but we will see what unconventional training does for me ๐Ÿ˜ฌ.