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Thought I’d talk a little bit today about my Food, Fitness and Fashion favorites as of late.
–Protein, obviously. I think I need to scale it back a bit because I have been experiencing some digestive issues, but that’s a whole other discussion.
-Fruit. I can’t get enough berries in my everyday eats. Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and grapefruits have been my favorites. Especially when I can get a ton of the berries from Costco on the cheap. And- these suckers:
Specifically the Sundia brand not only because they have consistent quality, but because they also come with a collapsable spork!
-Red Peppers. Raw. So sweet, and they go with everything.
Haha, well that’s kind of a joke. I haven’t bought new clothes in ages because I don’t really wear clothes. Let me rephrase: I don’t really wear real clothes. I tend to stick with workout clothes and bangaround jammies. I guess I can still tell you things I’ve been eyeing lately.
Dude, I have been searching high and low for pairs of colored jeans that not only FIT right, but also FIT my budget. The ones I have come across so far that are within my budget are so ill-fitting it’s ridiculous. I am not the only almost-6-foot lady with hips and a butt. C’mon retailers!
Yeah, I managed to snag one from Target when I was home in January!
–Essie nail polish.
Of course, this brand comes with a slightly higher price tag than most others, but it is completely worth it! The polish doesn’t bubble or stay tacky for long and it perfectly coats each nail. And they have tons of colors. And I need more….
Just a TINY drop combed through hair after washing, and it gives you silky, smooth, rich-smelling hair. I have gone through TONS of different products over the years, and this is BY FAR the best I’ve come across that helps manage my frizzy nasty head of hair.
Let’s be serious, I could post 203597203957203957209 things regarding fitness that I love. I mean, it’s pretty much my life. But, for the sake of you actually reading this post, I will limit my recent favorites to just a few.
It can be incorporated in just about EVERY type of workout. I use it to change up my regular strength moves, AND I get some cardio in when introducing plyometrics, the bands, and my own body weight. It’s pretty fantastic. And if you haven’t heard of DOMS, you will know it after doing TRX.
Similar to how I use my TRX bands, I use these discs to change up my regular strength moves. I could do lunges till the cows come home, but use a disc- and I will reach fatigue much faster (because I have to use more muscle strength to slide the disc to its destination and back to its starting position. Sure, you can use paper plates, but these are sturdy. I even threw them in my suitcase for my last trip home because they took up no space!
Yup, I’ve been linking to this for ages now- because I really love it. Tina outlines every workout- giving modifications and substitutions. Round 5 sign up starts soon, so take a look! It’s only $25 for 8 weeks of workouts- and there are cash prizes and a great online community and support system throughout the process.
-Running Shoes. I have been really going back and forth as to which running shoes will be my next purchase. I have heard some great things about Mizuno (and it’s coming from distance runners! If they like the shoe for 20+ miles, I’m betting I’ll like them for my 4 mile runs.)
I’ve narrowed it down to the Wave Rider 16s (on the left) and the Elixir 8s (on the right). Help!- not just for the color choice, but for the comfort/durability/etc. of each shoe.
That’s all for now!
Tell me: What are your recent favorites in fashion, fitness or food??
Protein. I can’t seem to get enough of it lately. So what are my favorite ways to get it? I’ll tell you.
Ok, any nut butter really, but I just so happened to buy a ton of almonds the other day, so this is what I currently have on stash.
The flavor is great and can be enjoyed on it’s own or mixed in baked goods and smoothies.
I used to be OBSESSED with Chobani when I was living in Boston- I would have it everyday either in smoothies or mixed with fruits/grains/etc. But sadly, Chobani isn’t available here so I have resorted to Oikos.
It doesn’t disappoint. I use it in baking recipes, dips, as a topping, etc. I used it for my Dill Dip the other day, and almost every recipe for pancakes.
Raspberry Mocha Pancakes (with almond butter and coconut butter topping)
Berry Infused Pancakes
Fried or Hard Boiled are my choices. With sriracha. MMMMMmmmmmm.
Just recently, I was able to FINALLY get my hands on a box of Quest Bars. If you’re a blog reader, you might have seen these a lot lately- they have great stats (In my opinion)
Tons of fiber, tons of protein, no added sugar or artificial sweeteners, gluten free…
Yeah, I highly recommend trying these puppies (check out their website linked above to see the variety of flavors they offer)
In fact, I just had one…and it curbed my craving for sweets! SHOCKING.
Chicken, turkey, beef, pork…all protein (obviously I wouldn’t rely on bacon being a source of protein, but ya know..) I have loved being able to incorporate lean meats in our weekly meals. They are filling AND I have found they give me the oomph I need to get to my nighttime cardio sessions (Is it weird that I get the best cardio workouts late at night?!)
Here are the protein powders I have been using as of late:
- Click (the coffee lovers protein powder)
- Sunwarrior Warrior Blend (BOOOO I cannot seem to get this in Canada!!!!)
What’s your favorite way to get protein?
I have TWO recipes and TWO workouts to share with you. All FOUR are fantastic. (I can do maths!)
First up, the recipes. Both used my favorite protein powder, Click. Seriously, I can’t get enough of the stuff. I’ve already shared an awesome cookie recipe using Click. Now if only they sold their product in Canada, I would be so much happier.
Friday, I made an awesomely yummy smoothie.
- 1 scoop of Click
- 1/4 c. plain greek yogurt
- 1 c unsweetened almond milk
- handful of blueberries
- handful of strawberries
It had a wonderful combination of fruit with a kick of espresso.
My second Click recipe to share with you is a concoction of chocolatey, blueberry goodness. In the form of pancakes. Oh my god, my stomach was so happy with these.
- 1 c flour
- 2 1/4 t baking powder
- 1/4 t salt
- 1 t sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 1/4 c unsweetened almond milk
- 1 t vanilla
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 3/4 scoop Click
For the protein frosting:
- Plain greek yogurt
- Unsweetened almond milk
- Click protein powder
Pretty easy directions. Mix all the ingredients then portion it out into about 6 pancakes on the griddle. Place desired amount of blueberries on pancakes as first side is cooking. Stack when finished, top with protein frosting (you can play with the ratio of frosting ingredients for desired consistency), top with more blueberries and chia seeds.
SO GOOD, you guys!!
Now onto the workouts. On Friday, I wasn’t entirely in the mood to do the designated BBB workout, so I decided to whip up my own batch of goodies. I divvied it up between lower and upper body.
Lower Body (10 reps of each move, done 2x through)
- Stability Ball side lunge (L)
- Stability Ball side lunge (R)
- Gliding reverse lunge (L)
- Gliding reverse lunge (R)
- Single leg squat (L)
- Single leg squat (R)
- Single Leg deadlift (L)
- Single Leg deadlift (R)
- Glute squeezes
- Weighted plie squats
Upper Body (10 reps of each move, done 2x through)
- Tricep Dips
- Front raise
- Weighted Arm Circles
- Standing overhead press/Oblique crunch (L)
- Standing overhead press/Oblique crunch (R)
- Kettlebell swings
I managed to get in 20 minutes of spinning just before the workout to get my heart rate up. All in all, the circuit is quick, but effective- I was sore the next morning!
- ♠ V-sits
- ♣ Burpees
- ♥ Kettlebell swings
- ♦ Pushups
I kid you not, I shuffled them almost into respective suits. I must have done about 60 pushups right off the bat, and OF COURSE, most of the burpees were at the bottom of the deck. Yikes. But totally worth it. I was sweaty and ready to have a yummy pizza for dinner. (More on that meal later!)
Anyone have a favorite protein powder? Favorite recipe to use with it??