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If you are one of my friends on FB, you may have seen this complaint from me the other day about early mornings:
I am an early riser most days because I’m a busy gal. Well what happens when your Dad is kind enough to keep your kids overnight? You may forgo the early rising thing every great once in awhile (I’ll admit, it was nice). But that didn’t mean I had any less work to get done the next morning, so sometimes a quick breakfast is equally as nice.
And let me tell you, I’m a firm believer in breakfast. I can’t imagine skipping it, it’s my favorite meal of the day (hello Brinner!), but sometimes schedules aren’t so cooperative. When this opportunity arose, I thought it would be cool to give my busy friends a good quick a yummy breakfast suggestion.
This was my first time trying the crunchy belVita biscuits. I picked up the golden oat flavor, although my friends have mentioned the blueberry are really tasty, so I’ll have to try those next too (They are also available in: cinnamon brown sugar, chocolate, and apple cinnamon). I like the crunch of these, and that they weren’t overly sweet. As they were sitting on my desk this morning next to my coffee – I couldn’t help but dunk those suckers in there a few times. Good choice I might add.
19 grams of delicious whole-grain, 3 grams of fiber, and B vitamins. Nutritious sustained energy to fuel you all morning long.
And while the belVita (cookies – let’s call em what they are), were a new to me product, Oikos Greek Yogurt certainly isn’t! If I buy a flavored greek yogurt, this is the one I personally prefer. I made the switch to only purchasing greek yogurt a few years ago when I realized it contains twice as much protein compare to regular lowfat yogurt. I love the key lime flavor, and my new favorite has been:
Stamos. I mean pineappple. Clearly pineapple. Really though, great yogurt the flavor selection is good, and they are readily found at any grocery store.
While even I the overplanner, and notetaker, have one of those rushed and overslept days from time to time, Laura Stack (aka The Productivity Pro) reminds us of a few ways to get the most out of our mornings:
- Do as much as you can the night before. Leave as little preparation as possible until the last minute.
- Spend 20 minutes at the end of each day planning your to-do list. When you download the next day’s activities beforehand, you can devote your morning to enjoyment rather than stress.
- Be sure to start your morning with a delicious balanced breakfast. Together, the nutritious steady energy of belVita and 12 grams of protein in Dannon Oikos Greek nonfat yogurt will help you get more out of your mornings.
And, seriously just try to get this commercial out of your head. I dare you. It’s been stuck in my head for days. That’d be a true #morningwin.
Have you jumped on the greek yogurt bandwagon?
What’s your favorite yogurt brand? Have you tried either of these products?
Stamos just gets better looking with age doesn’t he?!
Disclaimer: Although I was compensated for my time on this campaign, all thoughts, comments, and Stamos photoshopping remain my own.
Disclaimer: The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok. All thoughts are my own and are not in any way influenced by this.
Something pink and pretty showed up the other week. Literally a present that had my name on it!
I have to say, recieving these Reebok Skyscape shoes to test out the last few weeks was pretty timely. Around this time of year (spring where I’m at) means the start of running my two separate boys on two separate baseball teams, to two separate practices and games.
Yes, that’s a lot of seperates, practices, and a whole heck of running around. I’m one busy Momma!
The first thing I noticed about these shoes where just how lightweight they are. They only weigh 5 ounces! – seriously, the pretty pink box they were delivered in weighed more than the shoes themselves. They are so lightweight because they use the same molding technology (and materials!) used in creating lingerie. Think of the light padding us small chested girls are fans of.
Other than being incredibly lightweight, some other Skyscape features include:
- Seamless design for minimized rubbing and irritation during wear
- Designed to support the foot while being lightweight and comfortable
- Low cut for ease of movement
And yep, they’re comfortable. I’ve been wearing them off and on since I got them. I tested them out walking a few miles down the to the kids baseball practice and they were incredibly comfy. Just a great everyday running around shoe for an active gal like myself. That’s all fantastic, but my favorite part has to be that these shoes are machine washable! Yeah! So I can get them dirty at the kids practices/games and not have to worry about them.
1. Reebok One Running Wind Jacket ($80) I’m in love with the colors in this jacket! As well as thumb holes – I’m nuts for tops with thumb holes.
2. Reebok Sport Essential Water Bottle ($10) I mean come on, if you can match your water bottle to your outfit, why wouldn’t you?!
3. Reebok One Leggings – Foggy Grey ($60) Since there’s so much party going on in that top, these solid grey leggings would be great choice.
4. Reebok Skyscape Runaround – Purple: ($65) I probably would’ve chosen black or pink for myself, but I kinda like the purple more than I thought I would. Again, these are machine washable.
5. Reebok Yoga Medium Duffle ($40) I like that this bag has a separate compartment for wet/dirty items, and a place for a yoga mat.
While these are great active shoes, I think they are turning out to be a great living shoes as well. You can check out here where 5 fashion bloggers styled their Skyscapes with street wear. Gives you a good idea of the versatility of the this shoe.
Would you be interested in a machine washable shoe?
What’s your current favorite shoe?
Are you a colored shoe person or do you stick to neutrals?
Disclaimer: The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of JAVAPRO. All thoughts are my own and are not in any way influenced by this.
I find it pretty appropriate that as I’m typing up this post I’m sipping on some coffee at my desk. This is common practice in my house – on repeat several times a day. So yes, JAVAPRO had me at hello so to speak.
What is JAVAPRO
Simply put, JAVAPRO is a whey protein powder made with real coffee. Protein + Coffee = winning. I’ve been known to make my own protein coffee creamers, as well as put instant coffee in my protein shakes. Did I mention I like coffee? And Protein? Best. Idea. Ever.
JAVAPRO is made my Nature’s Best, a company most well known for their Iso-Pure line of Protein Powders. The JAVAPRO line is note for:
- 20g Whey Protein Complex
- 80 mg Caffeine per serving made with real coffee
- 110 Calories per serving
I was sent the Mocha flavor to test, but it’s also available in the following flavors: Espresso, French Vanilla, Latte, Caramel, and Hazelnut.
- 2 Scoops JAVAPRO Protein - Mocha
- 3 Tbsp. Water
- 1/4 C. Wild Friends Almond Espresso Butter
- 1 Tbsp. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 4-5 Tbsp. Oats
- Mix all your ingredients starting with 3 Tbsp of oats - and 1-2 Tbsp more as mixture needs.
- Roll into small balls and store in the fridge in a covered container.
- My recipe yielded 9 balls.
- You may add another Tbsp or water or Almond butter if they feel too dry. Not a perfect science here.
You can substitute oat flour, but I would start with 3 Tbsp. and go from there. Also remember that oats and or oat will will absorb moisture, so don't over add them or your balls will be dry after sitting.
You can substitute regular almond butter for the "Wild Friends" if you don't have it. Use only 1 scoop of protein and use a Tbsp more almond butter, a Tbsp more oats, and Tbsp more cocoa powder instead. You may also want to sweeten the mix if you choose this option. OR Instead of 2 scoops of JAVAPRO, use 1 and use 1 scoop of your choice of vanilla whey.
Be warned, these little bites have a kick. So if you’re not a strong coffee lover, you may consider reading the “substitutions” in the recipe for ideas to make it a little less “coffee-fied”.
But really, who’d wanna do that anyway? These are a little sticky in the teeth because they are mainly protein (whey tends to be sticky) – but tasty and perhaps something tasty to wash them down afterwards may help. Oh I dunno, coffee maybe? Or is that overkill? Some days my answer may be “bring on the caffeine“. Spring break is approaching after all.
The only odd thing I found was that the serving size isn’t the normal 1 scoop, or even 2 scoops as some proteins tend to be. It is labeled as 1 1/2 scoops. A little strange, but just something I noticed.
The taste is phenomenal. Besides the recipe above, my favorite way to ingest this delight is blended with a mix of almond milk, ice, and water. It reminds me of these coffee blended drinks my brother and I use to get from Baskin Robbins (that were terrible for us obviously). I suggest any coffee lover whom is looking to kick up their protein intake to give this a try.
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Are you a coffee drinker?
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Disclaimer: This post contains products that were sent to me from the company to test. This in no way reflects my thoughts within the post.
Recently my Vitacost friendies asked if I would like to try some Next Organics products. Chocolate? no, please don’t send me any of that ……. I’m totally here joking of course. Please feel free to send me all your chocolate. Any time
I might insert some lengthy ingredient list here – but the great thing about these is that there really isn’t much to them!
Organic dried fruits, nuts, ginger and coconut, coated with organic dark chocolate … just the way it was meant to be! True ingredients, true dark chocolate, no additives and no preservatives. All delivered to you in 100% eco-friendly packaging.
Next Organics offers the following dark chocolate covered treats: Almonds, Apricots, Bananas, Brazil Nuts, Cashews, Cherries, Coconut, Ginger, Pretzels, and Walnuts. I like the addition of the cashews and walnuts, I feel like that’s something you don’t find as often as say a chocolate covered peanut or almond.
I got to try the cherries, bananas, almonds and ginger. I’ve actually had the bananas before! I believe I found them at my local Home Goods store. They always have great little foodie finds there. My husband is loving the chocolate covered cherries – but my personal favorite has definitely been:
Dark Chocolate Covered Ginger
Hello! I’m a ginger fiend. I love a good spiced item, and crystallized ginger is one of my favorite treats. Slap some dark chocolate on it and I’m one happy gal. Let me also say that the chocolate coating is very generous on these! No skimping here – and the fruit pieces are nice sizes as well, so you just need a couple to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Thanks to the Next Organics folks for letting me giveaway this awesome prize! The lucky winner will receive a box of mixed goodies – 10 bags in all! (you’ll receive one of each bag shown above minus the goji berries as those were discontinued)
a Rafflecopter giveaway
PS: You can buy Next Organics at Vitacost. If you’ve never shopped at Vitacost – do yourself a favor and go here first and sign up. You’ll receive $10 off of $30 – and you can also extend this offer to your friends later!
Have you ever tried any of these goodies? Do you like ginger like me?