So, I haven’t posted here in months…sorry about that. I do plan on keeping up with this, especially the recipes section. I’ve been working hard on a new routine and working towards training for my first half marathon. I’ve been developing a new nutrition plan for myself, as well as a new routine which mixes hypertrophy training with half marathon training. I also moved.
Needless to say, I have been EXHAUSTED. Now that I’m back in the swing of things, I’ll be posting here more often! Having just turned 28 this month, I look forward to what MY new year has in store for me.
Don’t kill me…but since I’ve moved, I’ve had a lot less time to prepare breakfast in the morning before work. I’ve had to switch my normal breakfast of eggs and chicken sausage to a whey supplement shake and a piece of my Coconut Flour Banana Bread. No complaints though! This shake is delicious! This shake is also amazing post-workout, or just anytime you need to get a little extra protein in and want something sweet!
1/4 cup frozen berries of your choice (I like the blackberry, blueberry, raspberry mix I get at Costco!)
1 tbsp Chocolate PB2
1 serving (or more depending on your protein needs) of protein powder of your choice. (I am currently using Vitacost’s Whey Protein Complex in Chocolate. It’s more natural than other brands and doesn’t use artificial sweeteners or colors! The taste is awesome, too!)
1 tsp arrowroot powder
Place all ingredients in personal sized mini blender and blend until desire thickness. I like mine really thick and creamy. It takes about 2 minutes to get it to that thickness!
Whew! I’ve been crazy busy lately. I was waiting at Honda yesterday for three hours! Good thing I stopped at Whole Foods before so I could get myself a drink so I didn’t have to succumb to that gross car service department waiting room lobby coffee! I decided to try KeVita Sparkling Probiotic in Strawberry Acai Coconut flavor. It looked interesting enough, and was on sale so I figured, why not? Right?
Yes, I follow a primal diet. Yes, I sometimes supplement whey protein. I don’t feel that there is anything wrong with whey protein supplementation. My body tolerates it well, and sometimes I am in a rush or on the go and don’t have the time to cook eggs and meat. That being said, if you’re into the fitness game, you’ve probably heard of Quest Bars by Quest Nutrition. If you haven’t, you”re missing out! The thing about these bars in the nutritional profile. 20g of protein and only 4-5 net carbs! Very low in sugar and not high in fat. Also, they are made with milk and whey protein and are completely SOY FREE (If you know me and how much I despise soy products, you get why this makes me so excited)! It is a perfect bar for anyone who needs quick protein after a workout, or if you are on the go and need some clean eats!
Suzi’s Review: Today, I got the chance to try Quest Nutrition’s Apple Pie Protein Bar. I’ve had other flavors before (and will post reviews for them, too!), but this is my first time trying the Apple Pie flavor. What did it taste like? Well, APPLE PIE! The flavor was spot on. It has the same consistency of other “white” Quest Bars (if you have had them before, you know what I mean). Raw, it is chewy and a very forward apple and spice flavor. The consistency is chewy and soft, compared to the Chocolate Brownie flavor which is a bit harder. Microwaved, WOW! This flavor is intensified so much. I break these in half and microwave on a piece of parchment paper for about 20 seconds and let it cool a little bit (if you don’t let it cool it’s like touching molten lava). The bar turns into a soft, gooey, chewy “cookie”. You will really enjoy this “cheat” snack. Okay…maybe it’s not a “cheat”, but it tastes like one!
I don’t know why “1200” managed to be the magic number of calories women should consume if they want to lose weight.
I don’t even know how I know of this number. Only that I know it, and my friends know it, and my mom knows it. Somehow, somewhere along the road, I was taught that if I want to have a flat stomach and tight tushy, I need to limit my calories to 1200 a day and do cardio. I don’t know how it got in to all of our collective brains, but somehow it did (if any ladies remember how or when they first heard the 1200-calorie rule-of-thumb for losing weight, please let me know via comment box).
What I do know is that 1200 is the general number of calories health professionals say women cannot drop below without suffering negative health consequences.