Touring NOW Foods + {Giveaway CLOSED}

This giveaway closed May 11, 2015 and the winner has been contacted.  Thank you for your participation and support!

It’s time to talk about my trip to Bloomingdale, IL (right by Chicago!) to visit NOW Foods!

NOW Foods Immersion Event via Treble in the Kitchen #NOWGetFit

photo courtesy of Fitfluential

I can’t explain how excited I am to share all of the details of my recent trip sponsored by Fitfluential and NOW Foods with all of you!  At the end of this post, there is an amazingly generous giveaway from NOW Foods for one Treble in the Kitchen reader.  It includes all of the items in our welcomes bags (including foods, supplements, gluten free flours/baking mixes, essential oils, beauty products, protein powder, supplements and a ton more!)  Alright, let’s get to the recap!

Thursday

Thursday morning, I arrived at the airport so full of energy and ready to get this trip started.

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Sarah, from the Fit Cookie, was on my flight too!  Once we landed in Chicago, NOW had a car pick us up from the airport and take us straight to the beautiful golf resort that we were staying at for our visit.

NOW Foods sure does know how to welcome!  Upon entering my room, I was greeted with an overwhelming amount of NOW Foods products along with a note and itinerary of the next two days.

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So many amazing things!

I was stunned 🙂

NOW Foods Immersion Event via Treble in the Kitchen #NOWGetFit

Here is a look at what was inside all of the bags (and what is included in the giveaway at the end of the post!!)

NOW Foods Immersion Event via Treble in the Kitchen #NOWGetFit

NOW Foods Immersion Event via Treble in the Kitchen #NOWGetFit

NOW Foods Immersion Event via Treble in the Kitchen #NOWGetFit

After checking out all of the amazing goodies in the welcome bags, I changed my clothes and freshened up a bit.  Our first scheduled event was dinner  at Glen Prairie.

We were able to meet and chat with the NOW Management Team.  It was amazing to see the passion and enthusiasm that every single person on the management had for NOW Foods.

While we listened to each person explain their area of work at NOW Foods, we enjoyed an amazing dinner (NOW Foods was kind enough to tell us which menu items were gluten free, dairy free, or otherwise and we were able to make necessary substitutions!  They were SO accommodating!):

Spinach salad with berries, goat cheese and almonds

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Salmon with risotto

NOW Foods Immersion Event via Treble in the Kitchen #NOWGetFit

Brownie (gluten free and dairy free) with black raspberry sorbet.

NOW Foods Immersion Event via Treble in the Kitchen #NOWGetFit

I have purchased products like essential oils, coconut oil, and body oils from NOW Foods in the past, so I knew the quality of products from NOW Foods was amazing.  What I didn’t realize was that there were SO MANY products produced by NOW Foods including a completely gluten-free line of products.   After hearing all of the wonderful, heartfelt things each person of the management team had to say, I knew that the rest of our experience with NOW Foods was going to be absolutely amazing.

After dinner, we went back to the resort and I went straight to bed…we had a 6am spin class to wake up for!

Friday Morning Fitness

Friday morning, we woke up BRIGHT and early to head out to our first event for the day:  an indoor cycling class followed by a 15 minute yoga session at Life Time Fitness.

We all met in the lobby and were greeted with Coconut Flax Crunch Bars as a little pre workout fuel.

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The fitness center was absolutely beautiful!

NOW Foods Immersion Event via Treble in the Kitchen #NOWGetFit

The indoor cycling class was very high energy and fun (just the way I like it!), but yoga was the perfect way to end the fitness session.  It allowed me to get my mind focused for a busy day ahead and I was able to stretch a bit deeper than I usually do after a spin class.  They complimented each other perfectly.

NOW Foods Immersion Event via Treble in the Kitchen #NOWGetFit

NOW Foods Immersion Event via Treble in the Kitchen #NOWGetFit

Photo courtesy of Wendy Bazilian

NOW Foods Immersion Event via Treble in the Kitchen #NOWGetFit

Once we were done spinning and yogaing, our NOW Foods crew greeted us with delicious Cinnamon Chocolate Protein Shakes in really cool NOW Foods shaker bottles.  Yum!

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We then headed back to the hotel to shower up, gather all of our bags and get ready for our day at NOW Foods!

NOW Foods Plant Tour

Our first stop of the day was the NOW Foods Plant.  We started out the tour with a brief video to give us a little overview of the company history and what we were about to see.

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Once we were done with the video, it was time to put on our super stylish outfits for the plant tour…

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Hair net anyone?

Me with the CEO, Jim Emme.

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Neil, the Nutrition Education Manager led our tour and provided us with SO much information.

NOW Foods Immersion Event via Treble in the Kitchen #NOWGetFit

NOW Foods Immersion Event via Treble in the Kitchen #NOWGetFit

NOW Foods started as a family company in 1968 and is still a family company!  They were founded on the belief that natural really is better.  The mission of the company is to “To provide value in products and services that empower people to lead healthier lives.” Throughout our tour, we were able to see this mission in motion and it was truly amazing.

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What you may not realize is that NOW Foods actually tests every single ingredient used in their products to make sure that the ingredients are safe and unadulterated.  They are constantly testing and retesting their products to ensure safety, consistency, and potency.  They are always thinking ahead and working to create new products. Everything is created and packaged at NOW Foods.  Pretty amazing, right?

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As we walked through the enormous plant, I really felt like I was on a tour of the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory (but healthier!).

NOW Foods Immersion Event via Treble in the Kitchen #NOWGetFit

NOW Foods Immersion Event via Treble in the Kitchen #NOWGetFit

NOW Foods Immersion Event via Treble in the Kitchen #NOWGetFit

NOW Foods Immersion Event via Treble in the Kitchen #NOWGetFit

A few of things REALLY stood out to me on this tour.

One–Every single employee we saw had a giant smile on their face, told us how amazing NOW Foods was as a company, said that they LOVED working for NOW Foods, and truly radiated happiness.  That was pretty awesome to witness.

Two–NOW Foods is very aware and sensitive to the increase in food allergies and sensitivities and when they are done working with an ingredient that is a potential allergen, they literally take the entire contaminated machine apart and even clean the ceiling tiles!  Impressive.

Three–ALL of the foods produced by NOW Foods are non-GMO.  Many of them are non-GMO project verified and they are constantly working towards their goal of having all foods produced by NOW to be non-GMO project verified.

NOW Foods Immersion Event via Treble in the Kitchen #NOWGetFit

After the tour, we stripped off our awesome hair nets and gowns and got back on the bus to go to the NOW Foods Corporate Offices.

NOW Foods Corporate Offices

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I had so much fun meeting Taylor, Nicole, Kelly, Marcia, Jill, Sarah, Heather, and Tasha!

Next up on the agenda was an oil tasting session led by Chef Suzy Singh and Chef Maggie Ziph!

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Photo courtesy of Taylor of Food Faith Fitness 

Chef Suzy is so adorable (and 7 months pregnant!).  We learned a bit about Suzy and Maggie’s backgrounds and how they found their way to the NOW Foods kitchens.  Suzy is more of a savory chef and Maggie has her heart set on pastries, but they are both equally amazing and talented.  They spend much of their time developing recipes for the web site utilizing the NOW Foods products, and they spend their time actually creating the NOW Foods products themselves.  When they create these recipes and products they really have the entire family in mind.  Many people (adults and children) are suffering from food intolerances/allergies and NOW Foods is very aware of these food needs and tries to stay one step ahead of the game when it comes to creating delicious, allergy-free food.  They want their ingredients and recipes to be so delicious that the entire family can enjoy them without having to make separate meals.  It sounds so simple, but that really resonated with me.

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After learning a bit about Suzy and Maggie, it was time for the oil tasting!  We learned the proper way to taste oil (YES there is a proper way!) and we sampled sunflower oil, avocado oil, extra virgin olive oil, rice bran oil, almond oil, macadamia oil, and coconut oil infused with butter flavoring and garlic.

They were all VERY delicious, but my favorite by far was the macadamia nut oil…it seriously tasted like buttery macadamia nuts!  So good!

How did we end our oil tasting session?  With amazing green smoothies of course!

NOW Foods Immersion Event via Treble in the Kitchen #NOWGetFit

NOW Foods Immersion Event via Treble in the Kitchen #NOWGetFit

We then snuck out of the room one by one for a little interview session with Kelly Olexa (Founder and CEO of Fitfluential)…let’s just say I was more than a little star struck 🙂

Throughout our entire visit, we had cameras capturing many moments that will be placed into a highlight video of our visit.  It should be ready in the next couple of weeks and I’ll make sure to share when I get the word that it is done.

NOW Foods Immersion Event via Treble in the Kitchen #NOWGetFit

NOW Foods Immersion Event via Treble in the Kitchen #NOWGetFit

After our interview sessions, it was time for a delicious lunch catered by Whole Foods (quinoa salad, salad with berries blue cheese and walnuts, chicken, salmon and roasted veggies).  I had the salmon, salad, and roasted veggies.  SO GOOD!

NOW Foods Immersion Event via Treble in the Kitchen #NOWGetFit

During lunch, we listened to Dr. Wendy Bazilian (who is an RD!) talk with us about wellness.

NOW Foods Immersion Event via Treble in the Kitchen #NOWGetFit

Her philosophy of Eat well. Move daily. Be healthy. was so simple and approachable and really matched perfectly with the mission and vision of NOW Foods.  In the picture above you can see Dr. Wendy’s 3 R’s “Rid, Restock, and Reorganize.”  All of her tips were very simple, realistic things that we can ALL put to use when trying to make healthier choices.  I loved it!

When Wendy was done with her presentation, we all took a little break to recharge and refresh because the next thing on the agenda may just be the thing I was most looking forward to…

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Our Recipe Session led by Chef Suzy and Chef Maggie in the Culinary Innovation Center (pictured above).  This is where it happens folks!  This is where the web site recipes and many NOW Foods products are created.  Isn’t the space inspiring?  It was so open and bright!! Check out the floor to ceiling windows, amazing view and bright green paint.  I could definitely get some creative work done there 🙂

Our task in the Culinary Innovation Center was to create a cookie recipe created by the chefs themselves!  My team was creating gluten free snickerdoodles using white rice flour, and the other team was creating an oatmeal golden berry cookie.

NOW Foods Immersion Event via Treble in the Kitchen #NOWGetFit

In addition to using White Rice Flour, we also used coconut oil so the cookies were gluten free and dairy free.

*Did you know that NOW Foods has an entire line of foods free of the eight most common allergens (wheat, eggs, nuts, dairy, soy, peanuts, fish, and shellfish) called Living NOW?  The stuff from this line is amazing!! 

We all put blue rubber gloves on (and I kind of felt like I was a doctor!) and got busy to put the cookies together.

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My group actually ended up having to make our batter a total of THREE times because of small mistakes we made!  It was all part of the adventure and all we could do was laugh about it 🙂

NOW Foods Immersion Event via Treble in the Kitchen #NOWGetFit

NOW Foods Immersion Event via Treble in the Kitchen #NOWGetFit

NOW Foods Immersion Event via Treble in the Kitchen #NOWGetFit

We put the cookies in the oven, then chatted a bit while they were cooking…

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They tasted absolutely delicious!

We were also able to snack on banana bread and brownies from the Living Free line.

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It all tasted so yummy.  The folks at NOW Foods were really thinking ahead and they gave us little to-go containers so we could package up our tasty treats to take home.  I had a couple of bites on the plane, but Brian is the one that really enjoyed the special treat 🙂

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Photo courtesy of Michelle of NYC Running Mama

Our day with NOW Foods concluded with packaging up our treats and giving a HUGE thank you to all of the people we met throughout the course of our visit.

Twitter Chat!

I know this post is chock-full of info, so if you have any questions (as always) please feel free to comment or e-mail, but we will be having a Twitter Chat with NOW Foods on Tuesday May 12 at 9pm EST (7pm MT) and I’d love for all of you to join!! 🙂  This would be a great opportunity for you to ask questions directly to the folks at NOW Foods.

Giveaway

OK, friends! NOW (<—get it!) it’s giveaway time!

Honestly, I’m not sure that I would be able to list everything included in the giveaway, but I know that it includes everything pictured below:

NOW Foods Immersion Event via Treble in the Kitchen #NOWGetFit

NOW Foods Immersion Event via Treble in the Kitchen #NOWGetFit

NOW Foods Immersion Event via Treble in the Kitchen #NOWGetFit

How to Enter:

Simply leave a comment below telling me about your favorite NOW Foods product or which NOW Foods product you would love to try!

I will randomly select a winner on Sunday night and announce it Monday, May 12.

Good luck!!

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of NOW Foods, but all opinions are my own. 

Comments

  1. I would love to try out all of those amazing essential oils!!!

  2. Laura W says:

    I’d love to try their protein powders – always on the lookout for a new one!

  3. Cassie says:

    I’ve used NOW products before but had no idea they had so many different items. I’d love to try them all out!

  4. I can’t wait to make the snickerdoodles! Just looked up the recipe and I’ll definitely be making them this weekend.

  5. Cszydloski says:

    The wood grain diffuser is beautiful…I’d love to add it to my collection!

  6. I’ve been wanting a diffuser and actually had my eye on the NOW one.

  7. I would love to try either their PomeGreenate tea or their Green Kick tea. Both look delicious! Your trip looks like so much fun:)

  8. Looks like a great trip! I’ve never tried NOW products but I’ll have to check them out soon 🙂 I would love to try their protein powders, they look great!

  9. I would love to try their avocado oil! I’ve never tried it before, but always been intrigued!

  10. There Stevias! Omg! The coconut stevia…to die for!

  11. SO much fun spending a couple days at NOW with you! 😀

  12. Stephanie M. says:

    I would love to try the coconut sugar and the protein powders.

  13. What an amazing trip!!! You should feel so lucky that you got the opportunity to do that.

  14. Right now I use their Castor Oil.

  15. Angie Jerde says:

    From the few products I have tried (some of the seeds, nuts, slender sticks and coconut oil) I am definitely a fan of NOW! I would love to try out the protein powder and have heard great things about the Coconut Sugar. Thanks for this giveaway : )

  16. I’d love to try the triple omega seed mix!

  17. This looks so fun! Also your hair always looks amazing girl

  18. I’ve only ever tried their essential oils! I’d love to try some of their other stuff!

  19. I would love to try out the essential oils!

  20. I want to try their almond flour and their dried fruits!

  21. I would love to try their citrus moisturizing shampoo and other body care products. I am all about sulfate free products. Also, their anti-aging facial cremes look intriguing. Now that I’m officially 30, I suppose I need to start using those types of products.

  22. Danielle says:

    I would love to try their essential oils!

  23. i came to know Now Foods at fit login last year. Imagine how excited I was to come home and fine Now vitamins in my moms cubbard! I love their honey roasted pecans

  24. i would love to try the coconut sugar and brownie mix!!

  25. It was awesome meeting you! Hope we cross paths again soon.

  26. This looks so fun!
    There are so many products I would love to try! Probably one of the baking goodies!

  27. I would LOVE to try that gluten and dairy free brownie mix…looks amazing!

  28. Such a great recap! It was so awesome to meet and chat with you! I hope you had fun camping! 😀

  29. This looks like such a fun trip! Also, please teach me to look as cute as you when I travel.

  30. My friend goes to Sunday School with some of the relatives of the owners of NOW! Small world!
    I have tried many of their products and we regularly use their vitamins/supplements. I’d love to try some more of their food products!

  31. Erin Duffy says:

    I have not gotten to try any NOW foods but I am excited to do so! Everything looks fantastic but I would especially love to try the pea protein.

  32. Ashley Perez says:

    i would love to try the avocado oil. 🙂

  33. I’ve tried several of their supplements in the past (their 5 HTP is awesome) but I would love to try their protein powders.

  34. NOW foods Melatonin is a staple in my house. I know I can trust their product when buying any kind of supplement. With so many choices it’s nice knowing you can count on a good company to have a great product.

    I would love to try anything from the skincare line, I didn’t even know they had one!!

  35. Always on point with your hairnet hair, my friend 😀 I love their coconut oil and use lots of their products – like oat bran and cocoa powder!

    I would love to get my hands on some of that macadamia oil you tried. Sounds luxurious!

  36. Kelly C says:

    I would love to try the coconut sugar!

  37. Melissa Sherman says:

    What an awesome trip! I would love to try some of the protein powder. Amon many of the other goodies! Thanks for sharing

  38. I’d most like to try their beauty products and their cooking oils!

  39. Inam a fan of NOW brand. I actually like the CLA supplement, and would be excited to try other products.

  40. Their oils look really good

  41. Paige Callahan says:

    I would love to try their coconut oil!

  42. Felicia says:

    I would love to try their plant based protein powders! I’m a runner and I try to incorporate protein powder in my diet but I’ve found my stomach is sensitive to all of the crazy additives in a lot of protein powders.

  43. I love it all! I’d love to try the plant based protein powders!

  44. Tara, thanks for sharing the moments of your trip! It looks like so much fun! Since I’m a coconut lover I would love to try their coconut sugar! 🙂

  45. Margot C says:

    I buy NOW Foods Amino Acids, but I didn’t know that they made all of that other stuff!

  46. I would love to try the Seed Mix! It would be great on top of oatmeal or salads!

    It looks like you had a fantastic time!

  47. kathy v says:

    I would love to try the coconut sugar.

  48. Jordan D. says:

    I’ve never tried any NOW food products, but it all sounds so amazing! I’d love to try the vanilla toffee pea protein powder or the coconut stevia.

  49. Heather says:

    wow ! great trip and lots of great swag! i’ve tried their pea protein (chocolate flavor) and loved it. i’d like to try some stuff from the Living NOW line!

  50. I’d LOVE to try their essential oils!
    (I’m in Canada, not sure if it’s open to Canadians or not)

  51. Starla B says:

    I am so jealous! Looks like you had such a wonderful time! You look so cute in that little apron and hat, lol! I would love to try Ojibwa Herbal Cleansing Tea- that is a definite need right now! Also I would love to try the Crunchy Clusters™ Almond and Sports Energy Extreme! This would be so, so amazing. Working two jobs and being in school gets rough- this would be such a great thing! xo

  52. I’d love to try the rice flour and avocado oil, but truly everything looks fantastic!!!

  53. I am always looking to cut own on artificial sweeteners and would love to try BetterStevia!

  54. Brenda Haines says:

    I would love to try them all, but the coconut sugar is really intriguing me! Thanks for the chance 🙂

  55. Lauren E. says:

    I love the now foods hyaluronic acid supplement

  56. Kristen M says:

    I’d love to try any of the baking or personal care products. The seed mix especially looks like a neat product to add to cereals, smoothies, and baked goods.

  57. Oh wow! Now foods has so many wonderful products I can decide oust one:) I have never tried their infused coconut oil before so I guess that would be a good start!

  58. Abigail says:

    I like adding protein powder to pancakes and oatmeal for breakfast so I would choose the plant protein complex powder.

  59. This was among the best posts and episode from your team it let me learn many new things.

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  61. I would love to try either their PomeGreenate tea or their Green Kick tea. Both look delicious! Your trip looks like so much fun:

  62. I like adding protein powder to pancakes and oatmeal for breakfast so I would choose the plant protein complex powder.

  63. I love the now foods hyaluronic acid supplement

  64. I would love to try them all, but the coconut sugar is really intriguing me! Thanks for the chance 🙂

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