Friday, January 18, 2013

Adora® Calcium Discs Review + Two Fun Friend Dates

Good morning! Normally I’m excited that it’s Friday, but unfortunately it doesn’t really feel like Friday to me because I have to work the weekend..blah. Ah well, most of my pharmacist friends have to work every other weekend, so I guess I can’t really complain about every third!

This week has actually been very productive, which is a big accomplishment for me. I’ve been to the gym every single day, and on Monday night I also grocery shopped and cooked dinner for the week.

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I followed this recipe for turkey, sweet potato, and bean chili and it turned out great. I didn’t take any photos of the chili after I spooned it into a bowl, but I topped it with a bit of shredded cheddar cheese and a hefty spoonful of plain Greek yogurt. It tastes just like sour cream and adds so much flavor to the chili. The recipe made a huge batch so I had more than enough for meals for the week, plus some extra to throw in the freezer. I found a new tip online about freezing soup and decided to test it out:

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I poured it in a large Freezer-safe Ziploc bag and laid it flat in the freezer while it hardened (you can also lay it on a cookie sheet and put the cookie sheet in the freezer if you don’t have enough room to lay it flat). Once hardened, you can stand it up straight and easily slide it into the nooks and crannies of your freezer. Awesome idea! Much easier than fitting bulky Tupperware in the freezer.

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After dinner I’ve been enjoying one or two of these Adora® Calcium discs that I was recently sent to try.

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I’ve seen these all over the blog world and have been wanting to try them out, but I couldn’t justify spending that much money on a calcium supplement. When I was contacted last month about sampling them and reviewing them on the blog, I was more than happy to do so!

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The Adora® discs are available in dark chocolate and milk chocolate, and they are both delicious. They definitely don’t taste like a calcium supplement, but do taste like candy. Each piece provides up to 50% of the daily value of calcium, plus Vitamin D3 and magnesium which aid in the absorption of the calcium. Adora® uses premium, all-natural chocolate and the discs are gluten free, Kosher, and free of artificial sweeteners. Here are the nutrition stats:

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I was not previously taking a calcium supplement because I know that I get an adequate amount in my diet, but these Adora® discs rock. They cost anywhere from $7.99 – $9.99 for a bag of 30 so they are kind of expensive, but given the high quality and excellent taste and consistency of the chocolate, I can understand the high price point. You can check out their website for more information! Also, feel free to shoot me an email or leave a comment if you have any questions about vitamins or calcium supplementation – I’d be happy to help! You may also find information about vitamins and minerals on my Vitamin Talk blog post.

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In addition to checking a few things off my to-do list (workouts, meal planning, apartment chores, and blog work), I also had a couple of fun friend dates this week! The first was with Eric’s sister, Chelsey, who has been in Traverse City for a work meeting this week.

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She and her coworkers went out on the town on Wednesday night and I was stoked that I was able to meet up with them for a drink. I took them to my favorite bar, 7 Monks Taproom. Here we are with one of her coworkers, Carrie.

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Chelsey lives in Marquette (same town as my sister!), which is about five hours away, so it was great to see her.

My second friend date was yesterday with my friend Melissa. She’s a pharmacist here in Traverse City too, so we always end up chatting for hours about pharmacy-related topics when we hang out. We both had the day off yesterday so we decided to meet for lunch at one of our favorite spots, Rolling Farms Café.

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I ordered my favorites – a cup of broccoli cheese soup and the Napoleon sandwich. The Napoleon comes with turkey, melted cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, and hot mustard and is served on a warm croissant. I nixed the raw onion, of course!

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Delicious! Good company, too. When we were done with lunch Melissa came over to my apartment for a few hours to hang out and play with Mikey. Fun way to spend my day off!


Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!


Disclaimer: I was sent two complimentary bags of Adora® calcium discs to review for the blog, but was not compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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