iHerb.com shopping spree!

Alright people; it’s time.  iHerb.com has been generous enough to give us three things: a $50 shopping spree for me, a $50 shopping spree for one of you, and a coupon code (RAZ652) that anyone can use to get $5 off his or her first purchase.

So, here’s the deal with iHerb.  They’re an online health-food-slash-supplement store.  One look at their homepage should tell you that they’re a little different — no photos, fancy logos and graphics, or other distractions.  (This is also the approach taken by another company you might have heard of, called “Googol” or “Google” or something.)

Actually, iHerb is like Google in another way: They make it really easy for you to find information.  Everything is sorted by product and brand, so for example, it’s easy to see all Vega products or all meal replacement shakes for comparison.  My favorite feature, though, is that iHerb.com is connected to an online health library — when you’re shopping in, say, the “digestive enzyme” category, you’ll see links to relevant articles to help you decide whether you really need digestive enzymes or whether they’re the snake oil of the 2010’s.

So that’s why I like iHerb, not to mention ease of checkout and free shipping for orders over 40 dollars.  If you need more reasons, take a look at their Top 10 Reasons to Shop at iHerb.  Or check out their free samples page.

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The loot

ThriveFitness 3d cmyk US 214x300For my shopping spree, I wanted to have a theme.  You, the NMA reader, expect more than a random hodgepodge of products, right?  In the spirit of the new book I’m reading, and to accompany my recent sprouting exploits, I went with a Thrive and Thrive Fitness theme: I ordered lots of the ingredients from the super-recipes in Thrive (and some from Thrive Fitness) that I had never gotten around to purchasing in the past, either because I couldn’t find them or due to budget constraints.

Here’s what I got:

white chia seed photo 300x225White chia seeds (salba) – A while back, I wrote a post about chia seeds and their legendary ability to revive Aztec warriors (and now, runners).  Well, according to Brendan Brazier in Thrive Fitness, the heirloom variety called white chia is actually the one that the legendary fighters drank for endurance while getting their battle on.  It’s high in protein, antioxidants, and omega-3’s.  Brendan uses it in pre- and post-run smoothies; so far I’ve only tried it in chia fresca.  It gels just like regular chia, and tastes the same.  But now I have this inexplicable urge to pilage and plunder a nearby village. 

maca powder photo 300x225Maca root – Another ancient superfood, this one Incan.  Maca is a root that’s ground into a fine powder, suitable for adding to smoothies.  It’s known as an adaptogen, which seems to mean “something that helps the body adapt to stresses with no negative side effects.”  Maca has so many supposed benefits, especially for the adrenal system, that I can’t believe it’s not as trendy as acai and gogi berries.  And it has a pleasant smell and taste.  Bonus — it’s a purported libido enhancer!  Cue the bass guitar lick, and watch out, Erin!

cacao nibs photo 300x225Cacao nibs – As we continue our tour of the superfoods of  South and Central American tribes, we turn to the Mayan cacao.  A raw, vegan alternative to chocolate, cacao is really just cocoa; it’s the powder that comes from grinding cocoa beans.  Brendan uses it in smoothies and energy bars.  On its own without sweetener, it tastes like a combination of dirt and coffee bean.  Yum!

chlorella photo 300x225Chlorella – Chlorella is a freshwater algae, somehow made into a deep green powder for diet supplementation.  It’s loaded with protein, antioxidants, and vitamin B12, which is difficult to find in non-animal products.  I’ve been adding it to smoothies.  It actually does impart a little bit of a seaweed taste, which was always my least favorite part of eating sushi.  But somehow, it’s not gross in the smoothie.

dulse powder photo 300x225Dulse powder – Apparently, the term “seaweed” is offensive, so now we use the P.C. term “sea vegetable.”  Sea vegetables are packed with nutrients and ten times the calcium of cow’s milk!  Dulse is a sea veggie, ground into a powder that can be used as a substitute for salt because of its flavor and electrolyte content, and is what’s actually called for in some of the Thive recipes for natural sports drink and raw energy gels.  (I’ve always just used salt.)  To me, dulse has a stronger seaweed taste than chlorella, and I have serious trouble stomaching it.  Perhaps it’ll grow on me, or maybe the taste will be covered up in the sports drink or gels.

buckwheat flour photo 300x225Buckwheat flour – Buckwheat is neither a buck nor a wheat — discuss.  It’s actually a seed, and as a rule, seeds are better than wheats (or bucks).  A lot of Brendan’s recipes call for sprouted or cooked buckwheat; I made the mistake of getting it already ground into a flour, so I won’t be able to sprout it.  But I’ll still be able to use it in buckwheat pancakes and as the base for the new energy drinks from Thrive Fitness.

The giveaway

And now it’s your chance to win your own $50 shopping spree at iHerb!  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling me what you’d buy with 50 bucks at iHerb.  Boo to contests requiring tweets or links!  (Through they’re always appreciated.)  Get your comments in by next Monday, January 25th, and then I’ll choose the winner at random.

And don’t forget, anyone can use my coupon code RAZ652 at checkout to get $5 off your first purchase at iHerb!

Last thing, of particular interest to bloggers but possibly to others as well: once you buy something at iHerb, they’ll give your own coupon code you can share with your readers (or Facebook friends, or Twitter followers, or even real people).  They’ll get $5 off; you’ll get commissions on sales using your code, and everyone makes out!  Plus, the rewards program is tiered, so you’ll earn credit on sales of sales of sales.  For more, check out the rewards program details.

Fine print: The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only, and the winner must register at iHerb.com to claim their prize (don’t worry, it’s easy and free and they won’t spam you).

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Comments

  1. i’ve heard of maca root before! my coworker told me about it. however, her description was totally different than yours, so i’m glad i know what it really is now. :)

  2. Wow! What a list of items!!!

    I am thinking I need brown rice syrup (to make one of those Friday concoctions of Christine’s) and some buckwheat flour. My son is begging for more fish oil pills – YICK!
    .-= Nicki´s last blog ..Photos of Snow =-.

  3. Amazing Grass! Chia Seeds! Coconut Oil! Avalon Organics Skin Care Products! I think that should take me well over $50. :)
    .-= chrissy´s last blog ..dream world =-.

  4. macadamia nuts, yogi tea, organiz popcorn, maple syrup, sunflower seeds, decaf coffee

  5. Hmm, let’s see: ginger powder, stevia, mint tea, pau d’arco, oregano, chia seeds, coconut oil. That should do it.
    .-= LaVonne´s last blog ..Planting seeds with WordPress MU =-.

  6. It was really interesting to see what you purchased! I just won a 50 shopping spree from Fitness and Spice, and I couldn’t be more excited! The Chlorella sounds interesting. I just might have to add that to my list.

    (Don’t enter me in the giveaway)

  7. Just went Vegan so if I win I’ll be buying lots of crazy ingredients to make delicious Vegan meals I’ve never heard of or never tried. It’ll be an adventure. I’ve had a hard time finding a few things in stores so this is a great resource, thanks!

  8. Lauren Christine. says:

    i’d buy white chia seeds, maca powder, guar gum, xanthan gum, vitamin D, calcium, coconut oil, and Vibrant Health’s Green Vibrance!

  9. I have heard so much about chia seeds and maca! I would definitely purchase some of those as well as some sencha green tea! Mmmm, awesome giveaway!
    .-= Katy ( The Balanced Foodie )´s last blog ..More water, less problems =-.

  10. We will be going raw for Lent, so I would stock up on supplies to support our cleanse.
    .-= Grains of Hope´s last blog ..Natural News Health Product Dscounts Guide =-.

  11. Hooray for giveaways! I’d buy the chia seeds too, coconut oil, some mate, the list could go on and on!
    .-= Aimee (I Tri To Be Me)´s last blog ..Humpastry Day! =-.

  12. I would definitely buy chia seeds! I’ve been obsessed with them lately! Thanks for the link to the chia fresca, too! I’ve been wanting to try that :)
    .-= Marisa (Loser for Life)´s last blog ..Schizoscaleia =-.

  13. iHerb looks awesome. I have a few friends who order from there, but I haven’t taken the plunge yet. I would get some kefir starter (for coconut kefir, no dairy for me), some maca root, cacao, spirulina, and more chia seeds (love chia pudding…you’ve got to try it). Thanks!

  14. I would definately try the chia seeds, and I would love a sprouting jar like you showed recently, that was just too cool. I am sure I could literally find $100’s worth of products to buy from iHerb!
    .-= Laura´s last blog ..The best of 2009 =-.

  15. Dulse, chlorella, perhaps a protein powder or 2 (recommend something?), more white chia seeds, of course maca root if only for the libido enhancing qualities!!!

  16. Like you, I’d get a few things I’ve been wanting, but haven’t yet found room in the budget for: goji berries, chia seeds and probiotics.
    .-= Nicholina´s last blog ..Today’s Hike =-.

  17. Brand new vegan… love to get hemp protein powder, more chia seeds, coconut oil, goji berries and bragg aminos.

  18. I’d buy Garbonzo Bean Flour for awesome socca bread; Raw almonds and spicy pumpkin seeds for those post run snack attacks; Quinoa because I love it; Jason Natural Vitamin E oil for my poor winter skin; Echinacea to fend off the cooties; and some seaweedy things.

  19. Chia Seeds, Maca, Tea, Acai, Protein??
    .-= Mary (Food Fit and Fun)´s last blog ..Boston Marathon Training =-.

  20. Wow, lots of things to get! I have been wanting to try maca and chia seeds and I also need more brown rice protein and coconut oil. I am sure I could find lots more things that I “need” as well :)

  21. ooo I would buy lotsnlots of CHIA SEEDS!!! and probably coconut oil like everyone else. I am a starving grad student and don’t have the cash for these health luxuries!

  22. I’d probably spend it on $50 worth of chia seeds ;)

  23. I’d probably get pretty much the items that you did! I’ve read the Thrive book, but haven’t gotten any of the ingredients for his recipes because it is all so expensive!

  24. I would get things that I can’t find where I live! Like chia seeds, Bob’s Red Mill quinoa flour, xanthum gum!! And then I’d get a bunch of each to give to all my friends so they can try all the wonderful things I love :) (and understand why I love them so)

  25. Jerilynne says:

    This is an amazing giveaway! Thanks =).

    I definitely want to try maca — I’ve been seeing it around but there aren’t any stores near me that carry it and I can’t justify the shipping costs on something I’ve never even tried before.

    Coconut oil, chia seeds, and guar gum are also on my “want to try but can’t afford right now” list!!

  26. What an awesome giveaway, I’ve ordered from iherb before, they have great deals! I would love to get maca powder, chia seeds, and hemp protein powder!

  27. I’d love to give some of this stuff a try! I’ve been seeing chia seeds around the blogosphere, and my dog could always use another bottle of fish oil pills to help combat wintery dry skin.

  28. Hmmm… Tea (Yogi or Celestial Seasonings), dried goji berries, protein powder, cacao nibs!

  29. I would buy $50 dollars worth of agave nectar – and do my best to ferment it into a wholesome, energizing tequila.

  30. Wow, what an awesome giveaway! I’m a superfood junkie and I already have a crap-ton of chia, cacao, and maca (I stocked up when I had the funds) but chlorella, spirulina and bee pollen are all on my list of “must-buys.” I am so financially strapped right now, I can’t afford them. This is one giveaway I’d especially love to win. *fingers crossed*

  31. I would definitely, definitely get chia seeds! Everywhere I look (online), people are blogging the heck outta them! I would also stock up on some calcium supplements and tea and see how far that got me!

  32. Right now, I’m so totally about chocolate. I’d love to buy quality cocoa powder, and anything else chocolate

    • Evan, have you tried Emerald Brand cocoa roast almonds? They don’t have too much sugar and are made mostly with natural ingredients. They taste oddly like Orea cookies, but good at the same time!

  33. Oh my gosh so much to choose from! I’d like to try some green formulas like amazing grass or some chia seed. I see so much of both among the blogosphere but just don’t seem to have the extra moola for it now.
    .-= Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather´s last blog ..Stability Ball Move of the Day =-.

  34. I would buy some yummy tea and would love to try brown rice syrup and the chia seeds everyone raves about.

  35. I would definitely load up on chia seeds–I use them every morning in my oatbran–love them! And then, I’d be adventurous and try maca. I can’t seem to find it anywhere near me, so I’d use this opportunity to order some. Great giveaway–thanks!

  36. I would love to stock up on some Amazing Grass, chia seeds, and goji berries. :]

  37. I am slow, I am just getting around to learning about all these new superfoods. I am most interested in the maca powder, dulse and chia seeds. I haven’t tried any of these before and would love to.

  38. I would definitely go for some maca and maybe some bee pollen. White chia seeds sounds great, too!

  39. They sell Avalon Organics!
    .-= kara´s last blog ..Weeks Two & Three – Happiness Project =-.

  40. Yesss!! I would get a ton of the kiss my face body products, and some chia seeds (never tried them). Thanks, Matt!!
    .-= Allie Katie´s last blog ..Vegans, beware!! =-.

  41. Great giveaway and SO many options! I think I’d get coconut oil, buckwheat flour, Cacao nibs, and some chia seed!!
    .-= ashley´s last blog ..Larabar review on Martin Luther King Jr. Day =-.

  42. Nice! I would put it towards a big container of Green Vibrance Greens powder!
    .-= Laura´s last blog ..So far so good…. =-.

  43. Udo’s DHA oil blend, chia powder and maca capsules.

  44. Amber Koblitz says:

    I already have Maca Root, so I would probably buy most of the other items from Thrive. I’ve tried a couple of times to go vegetarian but marathon training has always been difficult. Hopefully this will help!
    Thanks!

  45. coconut oil, flours, sprouting stuff, b-12 stuff,and more stuff…..

  46. I really want to win, because I can never find some of the great ingredients that I always hear about and would love to finally try some!
    .-= Jess´s last blog ..Pumpkin Chocolate-Chip Blondies =-.

  47. I would buy some Chia seeds from iHerb because a) I’ve seen them used on a million blogs without actually understanding how they are used and b) it’s freezing outside and anything that will inspire the urge to plunder and/or go running outside is something I need!

  48. I would actually get some of the same stuff as you! I’ve been delving more and more into raw foods lately, and I’d love to get my hands on cacao (powder and nibs), maca, chia, perhaps some acai powder, matcha powder, rice protein, and oh yes, more Vega (I’m almost out!).
    Pick me, pick me! :P
    .-= Amber Shea (Almost Vegan)´s last blog ..2009 leftovers =-.

  49. Thanks so much for not requiring a blog and/or twitter!!! I’ve wanted to try out maca FOREVER, but its just not in the budget right now…

  50. Oh soooo many options. I’d have to choose the chia seeds, more stevia, and probably some various flours.
    .-= Heather (Where’s the Beach)´s last blog ..Getting it Done on Thursday + New Recipe =-.

  51. sweet giveaway! first i would get some hemp powder, and then stock up on other pantry staples-like chia!
    .-= Elizabeth´s last blog ..Just Say NO-FA =-.

  52. I would buy chia seeds, coconut oil, and red yeast rice. Thanks for the tip on the store!

  53. Lindsey Graham says:

    I would buy all the luna bar falvours that aren’t available in Canada like white chocolate macadamia… cookies and cream… peanut butter cookie and the list goes on! YUM : P

  54. Sarah Nibecker says:

    With the 50 I would get the vega berry flavored whole food health optimizer powder, and a case of the raw organic food bars.

    I am training for the AIDS lifecycle (545 mile bike ride) for june as a high raw vegan and have been experimenting with different protien and whole food bars and powders to help fuel me on my long training rides and runs and these are the products that have worked best for me.

    Of course, these two together are a little over 50 dollars but I would obviously pay the difference for such an awesome opportunity!

  55. Hi Matt,

    Oh gosh, I’d burn through that $50 in a hurry! I would order some probiotics for sure because I am running low and I take them every day. I’d also order more hemp oil and coconut oil, and some Mesquite Powder. Either that, or I’d get more Vega WHole Food Optimizer since I’m almost out of that as well!

  56. As I enter, I also add I love seeds.

  57. Wow, great giveaway! I would probably get chia seeds, maca, and coconut oil for sure.
    .-= Jessie (Vegan-minded)´s last blog ..18 Rabbits Granola Bars =-.

  58. I would get some amazing grass! and maybe some raw cacao beans :]

  59. it’s like a Christmas wish list… but 11 months early! So I’m recovering from pneumonia (due to a common cold on top of 6 months over-kill stress at my job with anti-depressants from my doctor, yep, I know better now!!). Vegan for years, once I recover I’m going to start training (easy at first!!) for my first marathon at age 50! Knowing I will need I would buy the following products – tell me what you think!

    Amazing Grass, Green Super Food, Berry Flavor Drink Powder, 8.5 oz $21.44

    Clif Bar, Crunchy Peanut Butter, 12 Energy Bars, 28.8 oz (816 g)
    $16.20

    Jarrow Formulas, PomeGreat, Pomegranate Juice Concentrate, 24 fl oz $18.87

    Nutiva, Organic Hemp Protein + Fiber, 16 oz (454 g)
    $11.58

    (yes, I know I overspent – when was the last time you saw any woman come in under a $50 budget?!?!?!)

  60. Erin from Long Island says:

    hmmm, I would like to try maca flour and chia seeds for sure! I also might try a couple Bach Original Flower Essences

  61. woot! I love iHerb, great site. haha I was wanting to try that maca powder too, watch out Chris! I would also get some chia seeds because they are the bomb, maybe some krill or fish oil and whey protein. Too many options!
    Question- how did you get that neat feature that says each commenter’s latest blog post? I think that’s awesome.
    .-= eatingRD´s last blog ..some good eats + quality time =-.

    • EatingRD – It’s a WordPress plugin called CommentLuv. I see you use Blogger, so you won’t be able to use it. Sorry :( Plugins are best reason to use WordPress (and self-host)!
      Thanks for entering the giveaway!

  62. I would definitely stock up on ProBars (I think my husband has been eating my stash), a probiotic and some chia seeds.

  63. I just got on the iherb site for the first time yesterday looking for better prices on Amazing Grass products and maca than what I’m currently paying. They’re site is great! Haven’t purchased anything yet- so glad I didn’t so now I can use the coupon code.

  64. I would definitely order some chia seeds, as they’ve been on my list of things to try for some time now. I’d probably also pick up some flax oil, since I’m not particularly fond of the grit from flax seeds floating around my smoothies.

  65. I’ve been wanting to try chia seeds and maca powder for so long now, but haven’t because they’re both SO expensive… those two things would be first on my list if I won this giveaway!

  66. iherb has so many great products it’s really too hard to choose what I would want to order with the $50. But I know I would definitely restock my chia seed stash and get some digestive enzymes.

  67. Great haul! I would get some chia seeds and some rosemary and myrrh essential oils.
    .-= meatlessmama´s last blog ..Tea and Creativity =-.

  68. I would buy Amazing Grass! I have been wanting to try it for so long now, but can’t bring myself to pay for it. I hope I win!

  69. I would love a $50 shopping spree. I would be interested in a sprouting jar, some of their vitamins, the aromatherapy oils would entice me… Really I don’t think $50 is enough to try all the things I would like to. =)

  70. Oooh, I need so much and money is so tight! I’d get ginseng and gingko for hubby, maca for my daughters, and some seaweed for me!

  71. Oh my goodness, what a great giveaway! I am ready to revamp my nutrition cupboard with yummy cooking ingredients. I also want to do a cleanse before I start my ultra-marathon training :)
    .-= Emily´s last blog ..I’ll take that boost of motivation, thanks! =-.

  72. Please enter me in your giveaway :) I would order all kinds of things from iHerb! The cocoa nibs look great…

  73. SWEET! I echo the BOO to links on giveaways! This site sounds awesome and of course, I would love to win! YAY for herbs!!!

  74. I’m in Canada so I can’t enter (boo!), but this place sounds good. I love your purchases! Very good choices, and a few things in there that I haven’t seen in the health stores in my area, too.
    .-= Sagan´s last blog ..A Crash Course in B Vitamins: Part One =-.

  75. I would buy some superfoods like goji berries, and also I would like to purchase cocoa nibs and macca powder to add to my Green Moster smoothies. Thanks for the giveaway!

  76. I would try the Sun Warrior products! Thanks for the contest!

  77. I love chia seeds!! They give me such an energy boost (well, I can’t guarantee it’s the chia, but that’s what I attribute it to!). I tried adding some to my cereal after your first post on them.

    They’re great, but hard to find… so that’s what I’d buy from iherb- chia seeds! I also might try the maca root…it sounds so interesting.

    Chlorella intrigues me… but I have such vivid memories of growing it in test tubes for a high school science project that I don’t think I could eat it!

  78. I want a shopping spree! I also have a great recipe for chia seed pudding I will send you as well!

    ~Tracy

  79. I would buy chia seeds; I’ve been wanting to try them ever since reading “Born To Run.” I’d round it out with some flax, buckwheat flour and dulse — all great things I throw in my smoothies!
    .-= Megan´s last blog ..Snowy fun with friends =-.

  80. I love all the giveaways! I would probably buy some good quality probiotics..I’m all about keeping my colon happy. And maybe some fun new herbal tea to try…

  81. I used the first customer discount because I went to the site and got sucked in! I could spend $50 there pretty fast… I think I’d buy some of the stuff I’ve been holding out on, like Chia Seeds and some quinoa. It’s so cool that they carry Bob’s Red Mill stuff! I might get some fun new nut butter(s) too…

  82. No Canadiana love? Booo-urns.
    I still may have to go on a shopping spree, there’s lots of stuff I’d love to try.

  83. I would use it to fund my Vega addiction, partially offsetting the cost of some Whole Food Health Optimizer and some Vibrancy Bars. I’ve also really been wanting to try chia seeds…mostly so I can sing the jingle every time I take them out of the cupboard.

  84. I’d buy some Nutiva hemp protein and cocounut oil. Oh and I’d love some chia seeds! I actually found a million things I’d like from there, but I won’t list them all. ;) They have pretty good prices there. I’m glad you pointed us in their direction.

  85. I would try out some more of the Vega products. Oh, and chia seeds look interesting, too.

  86. Seeds! And lots of ‘em! Y’know, for sproutin’ (though I haven’t had good luck with my sproutinig seeds lately- maybe half will germinate and even then they don’t get nice and stringy- anyone have any tips???)

    I love broccoli sprouts! I’d proabably get two jars. Plus some mung beans, sunflower seeds and white chia seeds. Oh and some hemp oil for good measure.

    Thanks for the coupon code!

  87. ooh, i’d probably go for alot of things i’ve been wanting to try… lucuma powder, maca powder, brown rice flour, mesquite flour, kamut berries, coconut flour… that might be more than $50 worth ;)
    .-= Shannon´s last blog ..Root Veggie Salad w/Orange Dressing =-.

  88. For one that loves fresh food and getting the garden ready for the year….I would have to start off with the bean sprouting. I love bean sprouts. From there I would go with the flax seed oil. But I don’t know how much I will have left, because I know the bean sprouts will take up a lot of the money. Even though it is not much, it is a lot for me.

  89. I’d buy chia seeds and some specialty flours for baking!

  90. Fantabulous giveaway!

    I’d definitely stock up on coconut oil, hemp seeds and Navitas Naturals products (like Lucuma powder).

    Thanks for this awesome opportunity, Matt! :-D
    .-= Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl´s last blog ..Yoga + Warm Lemon Water = a (Very) Happy Raw Juice Girl! =-.

  91. I too would use it to finish off my ‘grocery list’ of Thrive inspired ingredients that I haven’t found or couldn’t justify the cost of. Maca would be one of those items.
    I’ve also wanted to try the Vega Whole food optimizer powder so I might use it toward that…

    Thanks for an awesome giveaway!!
    .-= Bernadette´s last blog ..Purl girls… =-.

  92. What a great giveaway! I’d use it to buy some sort of protein powder because I feel like my diet is lacking in that area. I’m still researching for what type I’d like to try though, I’m leaning towards hemp or brown rice. I’d probably also get some coconut oil and chia seeds as well. There are lot of things on that website I’ve never heard of before and would love to try as well!

  93. coconut oil, chia seeds and brown rice vegan protein powder here i come!!!!
    .-= Holly (The Healthy Everythingtarian)´s last blog ..The Moral of the Story =-.

  94. a sprouting jar, hemp protein, maca powder and cacao nibs
    .-= Krista´s last blog ..Heart Rate Training – Help Me! =-.

  95. Wow, looks like they have everything! I would start with maca powder and agar flakes because I have been wanting to try them and can’t find them in any stores around me.

  96. I would like to try those cacao nibs… coffee and dirt? Sign me up!

  97. Jerilynne says:

    I *thought* I commented already but now I don’t see it =/.. My apologies if this shows up twice! I’m not trying to cheat!

    Although I would love to win this amazing giveaway =). There are so many things that I want to try that I either can’t find in stores near me or I can’t justify the shipping costs for: maca, coconut oil, guar gum, mesquite powder… just to name a few!

  98. i would go on a Bob’s Red Mill shopping spree!

  99. I would buy Vitex, MSM/glucosamine and some iron, and then treat myself to some Raw Antioxidant Trail Mix :)

  100. I’d buy some men’s multi-vitamins and some ginseng.

  101. I have been dying to get a sprouter, which led me to your article. I have an ulcer and have heard of the benefits of broccoli sprouts. Sprouts are so expensive and being a self-proclaimed cheapskate/little house on the prairie wanna-be, I cant wait to start my own. I also want to get another Diva Cup for my daughter. I am trying to teach her how to be conscious of the environment and help her feel confidant about her own body.

  102. Hello NMA! Glad to have found your blog. Here’s my haiku entry for the $50 shopping spree:

    I’m speed reading Thrive.
    Can I right my eating ways?
    Fifty buys the goods.

  103. Lydia Ruiz says:

    I would try maca, chlorella & dulse. Also probiotics and hemp seeds

  104. Awesome article, truly helpful! If I won a $50 spree at iherb I would def try out the Dulse “sea veggie” powder, maca powder fo sho, umm and some cholera, um wait no thats a nasty disease…chlorella yup that’s the one! Toss some some aloe Vera juice, you know to keep things “smoothe”, and maybe a nice tub of L-glutamine for post workout recovery and it would be a great way to get this party started!

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