What Is Beautiful Monday

Hey everyone! Happy Monday!

So I decided to join the Under Armour What is Beautiful contest! I have no expectations to win or anything, I just thought it would be a fun challenge for myself. I posted the first challenge video today declaring my goal and a brief quip on what I think beautiful actually is to me. πŸ™‚

My goal was to run a 5k in under 30 minutes. A lofty goal for such a slow runner, but I really want to push myself over the next month or so. I really think I can do it! I hope you enjoy my quick video. I will be sharing all of the posted challenges on here with you guys as well. Let me know what you think! Or if you decide to sign up yourself!

Here’s the link to the challenge if you decide to sign up! Become the next face of Under Armour Women!

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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Supercalafragalisticexpialodocious. That’s basically how long that title is. πŸ˜‰ But trust me that recipe is worth its lengthy title.

I didn’t snag any pictures from last night other than the food since no one seemed to want to be in them and it was quite a busy evening. My friend deemed it necessary to go get ice cream. And of course due to a certain time this month I had to have something chocolate so I had soft serve with homemade brownie chunks. Woopsies! Don’t worry my run this morning more than made up for it.

I set a personal best! 5 miles in 61 minutes! That’s huge for me! This app is clearly helping not only my speed, but also my endurance. So I am loving running lately!

I am currently obsessed with running to Timeflies and Kelley James. Check out his new song! It makes me want to sit on the beach and drink some Pina Coladas! Seriously, this song is awesome.

Before my run though, I fueled up with a bombshell spell and a protein pancake topped with sliced strawberries and raspberries. These pancakes are just not getting old. Welcome to the new breakfast trend you will be seeing upon this blog. They are just a great way to start your morning and get back on track!

When I got home from the gym I was absolutely starving so I made myself a banana split! What?! Banana split?! It was healthy! And another recipe from the Tone It Up plan. Just a banana some plain greek yogurt, sliced strawberries, and carob chips. It was absolutely amazing. I am loving me some carob chips lately. I wonder why? πŸ˜‰

For lunch I had a giant fajita bowl beast. I cooked up some ground turkey with minced garlic, chili powder, garlic powder, and onions. I put that on top of a bed of spinach, grape tomatoes, leftover fajita peppers and onions, salsa, and nutritional yeast! It was delicious!

I’ll get to the smoothie bowl I had for dinner at the end of the post! πŸ™‚ Love me some teasing.

For dinner I made another Taco Burger with a side of steamed broccoli and cauliflower soooo good. I am loving these burgers right now.

And now for what you have all been waiting for in this post!

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
Serves 1

Ingredients
1 frozen banana
1 cup Almond Coconut Milk (Unsweetened)
1 tbsp of Maranatha Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Spread
1 scoop of Sunwarrior Vanilla Protein Powder

Blend it all up! I topped mine with carob chips and shredded coconut (unsweetened). It was heaven in a bowl. πŸ™‚

I hope you all had an amazing weekend. Let me know if you try that smoothie! Also, if you guys are following Tone It Up they released an awesome video today checking in with all of their new projects if you are interested!

Visits All Around

Happy Saturday! I have a ton to do today so I am going to keep this post pretty short. My Mom is in town for the weekend and my friend Ben is home for the weekend from UVM so I want to go meet up with them ASAP. Hopefully I can snag some pictures tonight since we are all having dinner at my apartment. Garlic shrimp with quinoa for my Mom and I and Ben is bringing his own food since he’s not exactly a healthy eater. πŸ˜‰

Let’s start with last night’s dinner. Holy cow this may be the best Italian Quinoa Bowl on the fly that I have ever made. I started by prepping 1/4 cup of quinoa and while that cooked I sauteed half of a red bell pepper, half of an orange bell pepper, some diced red onion in olive oil. Then after they got a little softer I added in some chicken breast and let that cook up for a bit. I then added minced garlic, let that brown before adding some organic tomato sauce and Italian Garlic Gold. Super good sauce I must say. I also steamed some broccoli to add some greens to the mix. I then of course dumped a truck load of nutritional yeast on top and had a foodgasm. πŸ˜‰

This morning I started off my day right with a chocolate chip protein pancake topped with sliced strawberries. On the side I had my usual Bombshell Spell, which I am actually starting to love. The burn of the vinegar is starting to not phase me anymore.

I also have a recipe I want to share with you for a smoothie. I was asked about it a little while ago on Twitter and told someone it would be up and it slipped my mind. Don’t worry! I remembered, finally. πŸ™‚

Banana Almond Smoothie
Serves 1

1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 frozen banana
1 tbsp peanut butter or almond butter
1 tbsp ground flax
1 tbsp PB2 (optional)

Blend up and enjoy!

Supplementation and Delicious Eats

Hi everyone! Happy Friday! I am really excited about this video. It took me a few attempts at filming to get it shorter… even though it’s still really long… but it answers a lot of questions I get about why I choose the supplements I take and what I have thought about other ones I have tried in the past. Please let me know what you think! Also, this was supposed to go up yesterday but my computer was being difficult. *Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or a personal trainer. These opinions are solely my own from my personal experience. Please consult with a doctor or a professional if you have any questions or concerns for yourself.*

I would love to answer any questions you have or give you my opinion on certain products! Keep an eye out for another vlog of the superfoods I eat! I am really liking these vlogs. It makes me feel like I am actually talking to you guys haha.

Now onto the food! I had some amazing eats yesterday after my intense workout, which was the usual leg workout we have been doing the past month or so. I am about to change up our plan again, so I will keep you posted. We noticed amazing results on this plan, so the next one is going to have to be just as bad arse. πŸ˜‰ We also had a mini photo shoot while at the gym as proof of our workout! So enjoy our funny little adventure haha.

Those are bad arse, right? We thought we looked legit. I know it’s a super dorky thing to do, but our gym was pretty empty and we said why the heck not. Now you guys can see what I do, instead of the random form pictures I add to some of my posts!

But let’s get to the food shall we?

Breakfast

Yesterday morning I started off with a chocolate and peanut butter chip protein pancake topped with cinnamon pb2, the rest of the banana, and chia seeds. It was seriously good! It was like cheating… Only not! I made it with 1/2 banana, 1/2 tbsp ground flax, scoop of vanilla sunwarrior, and 1/4 cup egg whites. I put sunspire chocolate chips and peanut butter chips in after I put it in the pan. They melted into an amazingly delicious pancake. I had my usual Bombshell Spell on the side to kick start my metabolism for the day!

Mid-Morning Munch

When I got back from my neuroscience class I wanted to eat something before we went to the gym to do legs. Legs are always a really intense day for us, so I wanted to fuel up beforehand. I had a container of Stonyfield Organic Plain Greek Yogurt topped with 1/4 cup Bear Naked Heavenly Chocolate granola, and sliced strawberries. This may be one of my favorite combinations! It definitely kept me full and focused at the gym during our photoshoot. πŸ˜‰ We were sweating like animals by the way. Also, sorry to all Yankees fans with my hat!

Lunch

Ah! This was the best meal ever! I cut up some sweet potato wedges and threw them on a pan with some extra virgin olive oil, cinnamon, and a packet of stevia. I broiled them for 15 minutes until they were delicious. But that’s not the best part of my meal. The Taco Turkey Burger from heaven! I took 4 oz of ground turkey threw in some chili powder, diced red onion, garlic gold nuggets, and minced garlic. I grilled that up and on top I put some fresh organic salsa and 1/4 of an avocado sliced up. It tasted like the most amazing taco I have ever had in my entire life. It was THAT good! I highly recommend everyone try it. Who needs the bun? I actually hate buns to be honest. They get in the way.

Looks amazing, right?! Seriously so good. I’m about to go make a Banana Almond Smoothie Bowl. πŸ™‚ I will post the recipe tomorrow if it’s good! You know I love my smoothies.

I’m already 60 oz in for Thirsty Thursday, how far are you?

The Day After the Slim Down

Hey guys! Happy Thursday! I am currently in class and not paying attention. πŸ˜‰ Hey, my weekend is about to start. I cannot be held accountable for my senioritis and lack of concentration. I am posting a vlog later today about the supplements and protein powders that I use on a daily basis, as well as comparing them to ones I have used in the past. I am really picky with supplements so take that with a grain of salt. I’m really not a fan of sucralose (splenda), which is in almost every single protein powder on the market so beware of the rant that will come with that!

Moving on to what this post is actually about. Last time I went off the 7 Day Slim Down I binged on starchy carbs and bloated like a baluga whale. This basically nixed any of the effects the slim down had on my body. I was determined not to make that mistake again. So I ate super clean yesterday! A trend I am hoping to continue for the rest of the series. You can do anything for eight weeks, right? So with that being said here’s a little recap on the day after. I did bloat up a little bit, but that’s because I realized the wraps I bought were awful for you and immediately threw them out. The bloating went down by the end of the day! I am thinking about nixing most starchy carbs for the next eight weeks to see how my body does. My body seems to react funny to them lately. It may be a gluten thing, so I will be testing out different things to figure that out. πŸ™‚

For breakfast I started off again with a protein pancake topped with strawberries. I absolutely love how filling and delicious this breakfast is. Today’s pancake was even better, but we will get to that in a later post. Also, the Bombshell Spell was consumed and I am just loving how that makes me feel. I can’t get over it. Everyone start making them! Don’t fear the apple cider vinegar.

For my mid-morning snack, I didn’t snap a picture because I was in the library, but it was an apple and some of the Mary’s Gone Crackers I blogged about yesterday. Those darn crackers are sooooo good! Everyone go find them! They are so clean and healthy. Now these didn’t make me bloat and they were gluten free. I am wondering if gluten makes me bloat… It doesn’t make me sick or anything, so I don’t have an intolerance I’m just wondering if it’s the bloating culprit. If it is, there are a ton of gluten free clean breads and wraps around I can switch to for a while. Not worried.

For lunch I had a turkey, spinach, and dijon mustard whole wheat wrap and some grape tomatoes on the side. My gosh did that wrap attack my stomach. I have been eating so clean lately that anything that isn’t clean is like waging war on my body. Hence why this was the only non-clean thing I ate all day. I threw them away once I found out they had sucralose in them and a ton of random garbage. I clearly wasn’t paying attention when I bought them. In case you were wondering the brand, they were Cedar’s. Don’t get them! Yuck!

I ended up skipping my afternoon snack because I was at the gym running 2.5 miles on my Couch to 5k (week 3, day 2) app. So when I got home I decided I should just eat dinner since it was 6 pm. I made a chicken teriyaki quinoa plate with steamed broccoli. It was delicious to say the least. I was a huge fan! I used the same teriyaki sauce from the lunches I have been having. Love that stuff!

After dinner I had my favorite Crack Berry Smoothie Froyo (made super thick with xanthan gum!) and realized I think I might actually like it better than ice cream. I know, whacko. But seriously, I’m so focused on results and eating clean that this basically is cheating for me. I have no cravings for anything unhealthy anymore. I hope it stays this way for the next eight weeks.

I think that posting most of my food is helping me stay accountable, so be prepared to see a lot more of that on here for the next eight weeks. Also, if you are wondering about some of the nutritional stats I am consuming I can start including those. Yesterday was a really low calorie day, because I wasn’t raging in hunger and I ate a ton of protein and fiber keeping me full. Plus, I didn’t weight lift. So my hunger tends to get curbed when I am just running.

Overall though, I consumed 1476 calories with 26g of healthy fats, 213g of carbs, 43g of fiber, 115g of protein. Pretty sweet, right? I have a leg workout going on today so I promise there will be a higher caloric intake today. πŸ˜‰ Nothing like a leg workout to increase my appetite!

Stay tuned tomorrow for that post and look back in a couple hours for my supplement vlog! Love you guys, have an amazing thirsty Thursday!

Drink up that water… Pina colada… or beer. πŸ˜‰ Hey, it’s almost summer right?!

Mary’s Gone Crackers Review

Okay so I am super excited to do this review. But before I start I just want to make sure that everyone knows that I saw these in the grocery store and bought them haha. I have never spoken to the company, they did not tell me to do this review, and I used my own money. So all the thoughts are my own and I just wanted to share them with you because I thought most of my readers would love them too! Maybe one day I can do a giveaway with the company. If this blog ever actually takes off. πŸ˜‰

Mary’s Gone Crackers Review

I have only tried the original on these bad boys, but they are amazing. They are super crunchy and have a really nutty taste to them. They would probably be epic with your favorite flavor of hummus or any dip. They are really sturdy crackers so you won’t have to worry about losing part of your chip in those hefty dips. πŸ˜‰

Let’s talk nutrition, since that is my favorite part about these crackers. They are made with all superfood grains that are good for you body. πŸ™‚ The ingredient list includes: Organic Short Grain Brown Rice, Organic Whole Quinoa, Organic Brown Flax Seeds, Organic Brown Sesame Seeds, Filtered Water, Sea Salt, Organic Wheat-Free Tamari (Water, Whole Organic Soybeans, Salt, Organic Alcohol). That’s it! All clean, good for you ingredients. Nothing funky. They are:

  • Organic
  • non-GMO
  • Vegan
  • Dairy Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Whole Grain
  • Kosher
  • No hydrogenated oils
  • No trans-fats

Also, the best part is yet to come besides the taste. They contain 450 mg. of omega-3 fatty acids per 1oz serving.The serving size is 13 crackers for 140 calories, 5g of fat (all being good for you fats even though that sounds high don’t fear the fat!), 160 mg of potassium, 190 mg of sodium (super low for a cracker!), 21g of carbohydrates (0g from sugar! and 3g of fiber!), you also get 3g of protein. There is nothing bad about these chips, guys! I have found the holy grail.

They come in other flavors too! Herb, black pepper, caraway, and onion. I know this was a super random post, but I am always interested in finding new snacks that are good for you and your body. Plus, I love me a good cracker. So let me know if you guys find these or try these. I will go email the company and see if they want to do a giveaway… Unless no one comments on this post. Then I will assume no one read my ceaseless rambling and then it would just be silly to email them haha. πŸ™‚

Love you guys!

WIAW #7 and a Vlog!

Happy Humps Day!!! I am super excited this morning because I filmed a vlog for all of you about my 5 day slim down results! The video will be at the bottom of this post for those of you who just want to see my WIAW post. πŸ™‚ Basically this WIAW is what I did on the slim down. You guys get to see what a typical day was for me, then if you’re curious you can watch the video and see the results. Spoiler: I feel amazing!

Breakfast

For breakfast I had a slim down protein pancake topped with raspberries. Loved the addition of the raspberries. Normally I do blueberries or strawberries, but let me tell you those babies tasted amazing. I had another pancake this morning. I am now stuck in a protein pancake habit. Hope you all don’t mind. πŸ˜‰ I also have a bombshell spell every morning to kick up my metabolism and help my tummy digest better!

Mid-Morning Munch

I had an apple plus a chocolate Zico. I did manage to take a picture of the Zico haha. By the way, these are amazing! They have great nutritional stats and this one tastes like chocolate milk. I hate every other Zico flavor, but this one satisfies my chocolate craving and helps hydrate me after a sweat fest. I love LOVE it. It has like 680 mg of potassium, which is more than a banana. It has electrolytes to refuel after your workout. Simple carbs from the chocolate, so it’s awesome when paired with a protein after a workout to drive the protein into the muscles and is only 110 calories. Chump change for people who workout. πŸ™‚ I highly recommend it. It will definitely be with me through my half marathon training and during that actual half itself to keep me hydrated. Hydration is super important every single day! So drink up!

Lunch

Every day on the slim down I had chicken teriyaki collard wraps. I am obsessed with these. They taste soooooooo amazing and they are super awesome for you! They have a nice little vegetable kicker and a protein punch. What more could you ask for in a lunch?!

Afternoon Smoothie

The same smoothie recipe I posted the other day. My crack berry smoothie wonder. I am doing a vlog soon reviewing some of the protein powders and supplements I use if you guys are curious. I’ll talk about why I chose them and the taste. I hope that’s helpful, because sometimes I get questions on Twitter.

Dinner

For dinner I alternated between chicken with pineapple salsa and garlic shrimp! You guys get to see the garlic shrimp today, since it was my favorite. It was seriously so good! I put it over some quinoa to round out my meal with more protein! πŸ™‚ Starches are super limited on the slim down to help cut you down and feel less bloated so that’s why most of these meals are protein based. I didn’t even miss the starches to be honest. But I do have a review coming up in a few minutes on a new clean cracker I found with amazing nutritional stats. πŸ™‚

Late Night Snack

I had a bowl of blueberries and blackberries a couple hours after dinner when I got hungry. Sorry there was no picture, the lighting was awful!

Here’s my vlog on the results of my slim down! Let me know what you think! Or if you try it. My roommate and I are starting a group in a couple weeks of girls who are doing it again if you want to join let me know! πŸ™‚