I shared in one of my last posts that I was going to be going to Bloomingdale, Illinois, for a fun blogger immersion event with FitFluential and NOW Foods for the #NOWGetFit campaign! I had an amazing time on that trip and I’m going to share all about it, AND I have a fun giveaway for you at the end of the post 🙂 So sit back and enjoy my NOW Foods Immersion Recap and Giveaway!
Here’s just a little background on the NOW Foods company: NOW Foods is natural products company that was founded in 1968 and has grown tremendously over the years. The company is still privately owned by the Richard family, and they have product in over 60 countries world wide. The NOW Foods facilities have received an “A” rating by the Natural Products Association (NPA) for meeting Good Manufacturing Procedures (GMP) standards. The NOW Facility in Bloomingdale has been GMP certified by NPA since 2000.
NOW Foods takes care when handling allergens (you’ll see a bit more on that later), and they use non-irradiated and organic ingredients when possible. As for GMOs, 100% of their food products are non-GMO, and 75% of their supplements are non-GMO assured. NOW takes their non-GMO commitment seriously!
If you want to know more about NOW Foods, check out these resources:
This was the first blogger immersion event that NOW Foods has ever hosted (and the first one I have ever attended), and we were the inaugural group! I hope they continue to host events like this, it was such an awesome experience 🙂 Some of the great bloggers who attended the event (photo courtesy FitFluential)
We stayed at the Hilton Indian Lakes Resort in Glen Ellyn. It was nice!
These amazing products were waiting for us in our rooms!
The Honey Roasted Pecans were everyone’s favorite! Once you start you can’t stop they are so good
I took photos of everything once they arrived at my house (NOW shipped them home for us). Here is the NOW line of food products and their Living NOW line. The Living NOW products are free of the top 8 allergens and are processed and packaged in a dedicated facility. Very awesome!
So excited about this butter flavored coconut oil: it’s non-dairy and vegan (so it’s allergy-friendly!)
Products from NOW Sports line of supplements, which are rigorously tested for adulterants and illegal substances, so these are safe for recreational and professional athletes
The NOW Solutions line are natural skin and body care products and essential oils. NOW Solutions products are paraben-free, free of artificial colors and fragrances, and they are not tested on animals.
Thursday night we had dinner with the NOW Foods corporate team at the Glen Prairie restaurant
This is the CEO of NOW Foods, Jim Eames talking about the NOW Foods vision and mission. I ate my food before I took photos of it, but the salmon was awesome 🙂
Friday morning we started our day with a cycle and yoga workout at Lifetime Fitness. I have never been to a Lifetime Fitness before, it was an amazing facility
Our lovely #FitFluential group! (photo courtesy NOW Foods)
After our workout on Friday morning we got showered, had breakfast, and went to the NOW Foods manufacturing facility for a tour. They wanted to make sure things stayed clean so we covered up well. I was excited about this since my family loves to watch “How It’s Made” and see how our favorite products are created.
The materials warehouse. All materials coming in for production are tested before even being allowed into the building, If it doesn’t meet the NOW standards, it is immediately sent back
Here is one of the numerous labs in the NOW facility. NOW employs over 12 lab technicians with phDs (and many more lab techs with undergraduate degrees) for testing and formulating products
In the photo above, the workers are cleaning the equipment after a production run. In the NOW Foods facility there are rooms for different things (encapsulation, tablet pressing, etc.), and each time they complete a production run, they completely clean the entire room and equipment so there is no cross-contamination before their next batch of product and to ensure that each batch is pure. They disassemble the machinery and clean each piece, and they even clean the walls and ceiling tiles, following set protocols and procedures to eliminate cross contamination. This is great news for people with food allergies! NOW Foods is very conscientious of allergens and cross contamination so they take this seriously.
Liquids bottling line
The NOW Foods mission, vision, and values
I had a lot of photos from the plant tour and a few short videos of some of the machines at work, so I made a video:
After our plant tour it was on to the NOW corporate offices. We met the chefs behind the NOW Foods Culinary Innovation center
Meeting Chef Suzie and Chef Maggie
The oils we used in our oil tasting. NOW Foods launched their new line, Ellyndale Naturals, to feature gourmet foods. Right now the line has top quality oils with more flavors and varieties in the works! The butter flavored coconut oil is so good (vegan and organic!)
After the oil tasting we had delicious green smoothies created by Chef Suzie and Chef Maggie
We ate lunch (catered by Whole Foods) while Wendy Bazilion, DrPH, RD, shared the importance of proper nutrition. Wendy is an amazing lady and super friendly
After lunch we went to the Culinary Innovation kitchen to make some cookies to take home! We were split into 2 groups, our group made gluten free Snickerdoodle Cookies and the other group made Goldenberry Oat Cookies (I’ll share the recipes for those soon!)
This event was amazing! I loved every part of it and really enjoyed meeting the other bloggers and the people behind NOW Foods. I’ll be posting more photos and some recipes soon, so stay tuned for some more posts about the NOW Foods immersion event
Here’s a video that FitFluential made for the event!
Meet the other bloggers! Here are the other NOW Foods posts from the other great bloggers on the #NOWGetFit immersion event (and more giveaways if they are still going!) You can enter more than one 😉
Heather @ Run, Eat, Play
Now for the best part! NOW Foods has been super generous and is providing another batch of goodies to give away! NOW Foods and I are teaming up to give away a prize pack with the same goodies that I received. I sat down and tallied up all of the items included in the package and the retail value is over $730! Since it’s a big giveaway, this giveaway will last for more than 1 week.
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This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of NOW Foods.