Belated RSS: A Day in the Life of Me… with a SWEET SURPRISE!

The events of today may seem insignificant to some, however I found them note worthy enough to give you the full run down!

Gluten Free Cupcakes

  • 1 am: Get home from a super fun wedding! (Yes on a Monday! It was Cinco de Mayo themed and totally gluten free!)
  • 1:30 am: Share a late night snack of left over salad, chopped apple and granola with my love. (lol yes thats what a vegetarian does when they are hungry in the middle of the night and out of ice cream!)
  • 2 am: Finally crawl into bed with alarm set for the days adventures with my best friend!
  • 9:30 am – 11:30 am: Get up and jump in the shower, do the laundry, feed Buddha, have a quick smoothie (keep this in mind for my afternoon!! ;)), kiss my handsome boyfriend and jump in the car with Allyson.
  • 12 pm: Have a yummy salad at Picasso’s in #Jacksonville.
  • 1 pm: Excitedly arrive at Whole Foods with my #coupons for Mamma Chia (I am newly OBSESSED with their Green Magic Vitality Squeeze), Enjoy Life (did someone say #glutenfree S’MORES!?!), and Beyond Meat (I finally found the Beef Crumbles!)

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  • 1-2 pm: Wander around the sea of heavenly #healthy products that exist in Whole Foods while trying to not spend my entire bank account on all the amazing gluten free products at my finger tips and eagerly sampling as many items as possible, including:
    • Tiramisu Gelato!
    • Brown Rice and Quinoa California Roll!
    • Watermelon!
    • Adora Dark Chocolate Gluten Free Calcium Supplements! (yes you read that right! I swear it tasted like a Dove Chocolate!)
    • Tangerine!
    • Seriously a store that has all those things to sample is a winner in my book no matter how expensive it is!

    Mamma Chia

  • 2 pm: Left with so many yummy goodies including lots of Mamma Chia and a delicious #dairyfree latte made with almond milk!
  • 2:15 pm: Find a “big red barn on the side of the road” haha that’s what Allyson told me to look for while we were trying to find our next destination. Well she wasn’t kidding! In that barn, aka Freshfields Farm, was what every grocery store should be. Well I would scratch the meat aspect, but for carnivores this place would be heaven as well… and it was nice to be able to get my boyfriend all natural, local and organic “cow” lol yes that is what I told him I got him. I had to have the butcher help me pick something out because I was TOTALLY lost! I have been a vegetarian since long before I was doing my own grocery shopping. I know ZILCH about buying meat! The things we do for love ;)!
  • 2:15-3:00 pm: Drool over admire the beautiful colors of all the fresh, local and organic fruits & veggies! Not only did  everything look delicious it was also soooo AFFORDABLE! I could not believe how much I got for less than $20, including organic:Freshfields Farm
    • Golden Beets!
    • Ginger!
    • Mango!
    • Kale!
    • Portobello Mushrooms!
    • Grape Tomatoes!
    • Cilantro!
    • london broil?… ribeye?… cow
  • 3:30 pm: Get home and show my man all my awesome goodies! I can’t wait to go again so I can share the awesomeness with him and do a more thorough shopping trip! We are going to be crazy busy the next two week so I didn’t want to get too many fresh things. Next time I go though… GAME ON!!
  • 4 pm: Share my goodies on Twitter and Facebook for all you guys to check out while enjoying my first Mamma Chia as a pre-#bikram pick me up! 🙂
  • 5 pm: Just minutes before walking into class at Bikram Yoga St. Augustine I check my email to discover this!

Brothers All Natural Smoothie Contest Winner

  • Teeki Leggings5:30-7 pm: I had an AMAZING kick ass butt yoga class and bought some adorable new Teeki leggings to celebrate! They are so freaking adorable and I can’t wait to wear them tomorrow!
  • 8 pm: After a long hot shower and a few phone calls to share my excitement about winning the Smoothie Contest I finally sit down with a giant plate of veggies from my shopping adventures to continue sharing my excitement on Twitter and Facebook.
  • 1:18am: Finally finishing the masterpiece, that is this post, to share with you guys! About to climb in bed for an early morning bikram class, a few hours of work at the studio and then coming home to get ready to see PRESTON POHL sing the National Anthem before the JAKE OWEN Military Appreciation Night at THE PLAYERS Championship!!!!
  • GOOD NIGHT!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Hope this glimpse of my day gave you as much joy and happiness as it gave me!
HOW WAS YOUR DAY?!

Real Scoop Sundae: Shakedown on Shakeology

If you missed part 1 of my Shakeology review last Sunday, be sure to check it out now!

shakeology vs other foods

In my pre-review last week I filled you all know in on my past exposure to Shakeology, as well as my opinion of most other protein powders on the market. This week I anxiously awaited the arrival of my Chocolate, Strawberry and Vanilla Shakeology samples from an awesome Beachbody coach that was willing to part ways with a few of hers. Thank you Juli! Thursday I received an awesome little package in the mail with my samples (how freaking adorable is the bow!?) and a super sweet note. I was so excited to wake up Friday morning to get my shake on!

Get your own taste sampler!

Shakeology Samples Shakeology Samples

And then this happened…

Shakeology Spill

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you know that instead of crying over spilt milk I slurped it up! That’s right. I drank half of my first Shakeology shake straight off my desk. As Juli said… “it’s liquid gold!” I couldn’t waste a drop especially after tasting it and knowing how delicious it was! I used my Magic Bullet to mix up a delicious concoction of Vanilla Shakeology, banana, strawberries, blueberries and unsweetened almond milk! Before adding all this deliciousness to the blender I tried about 1/6 of the mix in about 2oz of water and blended them together to make it thick and creamy. It wasn’t half bad! Personally, I preferred it spruced up with fruits and almond milk but would definitely drink it with just water or almond milk in a pinch!
NOTE: Someday I will own a Vitamix but until then my Magic Bullet does the trick! I use it for everything!

Magic Bullet Vitamix

Things I look for in a smoothie or shake are thickness (needs to at least stick to the spoon… best way to achieve this is frozen fruits), creaminess (I prefer some sort of milk in mine versus juice or water), nutritional value (I try to have lots of protein in my first meal of the day… and I do prefer to keep it under 400 calories so I can have room for two more meals and snacks throughout my day) and of course flavor (I actually love the taste of health foods… adding spinach, flax, chia and other supplements are part of my daily routine. As my boyfriend would say… “earthy flavors” lol). This shake hit all four qualifications for a good shake right on the head!

Vanilla ShakeologyI was able to easily get a spoonful of this shake without worrying about it dripping on the way to my mouth but was thin enough to drink through a straw. I used unsweetened almond milk and frozen bananas to add the perfect level of creaminess. This shake contained 1 serving of Vanilla Shakeology, 3/4 a frozen banana, 1 cup frozen strawberries, 1/4 cup fresh blueberries and 1 cup unsweetened almond milk. The nutritional value is as follows: 318 calories, 6 grams fat, 10 grams fiber, 388 grams potassium ANDD most importantly 18 grams protein! I don’t know too many vegetarian breakfast foods out there that can make that kind of nutrition into such a low calorie meal! (I know eggs and bacon and many other meats can get you that much protein but guess what… they are also loaded with cholesterol!)

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Chocolate ShakeologyMy second and third Shakeology were made with the Chocolate flavor. OMG! They have a slogan: “Hate eating veggies? Acts like a salad, tastes like a dessert!” Well it is true! I really thought I would like the Vanilla best, but I was way wrong. The chocolate was the perfect combo of milk and dark chocolate when I tried it with just water. Creamy like the vanilla but not to sweet or too tart and tasted like a chocolate milk shake! I mentioned above that I like my smoothies to be thick enough to eat with a spoon, but thin enough to drink with a straw. The picture to the left is an attempt to capture that in my chocolate, banana, strawberry smoothie this morning. Not sure if you can tell, but the spoon had to be tipped a fair amount before it would spill. And I had no problem slurping every last drop with a straw.

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So I know lots of you are wondering about the value of this product. Yes, it is more expensive than most other protein powders on the market. But check out this comparison chart of Shakeology versus other breakfast and lunch options. Turns out the regular price is cheaper than almost every other option in this comparison… and if you get the club or coach price… it is WAY cheaper! Saving even a dollar a day adds up! Ask me how to get a discounted price!!

Shakeology NutritionPossibly more important than anything (to me at least!) is the nutritional value of these shakes. I took a picture of the Vanilla sample package to share the ingredients with you, which can also be found on their website. These shakes pack an amazing punch into each and every scoop of the product! Each scoop contains a blend of: protein, antioxidant superfoods, adaptogen herbs, pre- and probiotics, a fiber & enzyme blend and last, but not least, phytonutrient super-greens!

I know that sounds like a lot of big words but here are a few you might know: high nutrient fruits & veggies, flax, chia, quinoa, green tea, ginkgo biloba and antioxidants… ALL IN ONE GLASS!!

Shakeology Has It All!

And don’t forget that you are in charge! You can not only choose your Shakeology flavor (they even have VEGAN!), you can also mix it up everyday with your own add ins. So far I haven’t ventured too far from my standards but I did test out adding greens, I added spinach, to see if the mix covered the flavor. As you may or may not know, spinach is a pretty mild green, but the chocolate completely masked the flavor! Which is great to know if you have picky eaters at home, especially little ones that need the extra nutrition and are hesitant to eat the greens on their plates. This is the perfect way to sneak in extra nutrients in a delicious “dessert”.

Green Chocolate Shakeology Green Chocolate Shakeology

So are you ready to reduce your cravings for processed, nutrient deficient foods and stave off hunger? Shakeology will help satisfy your appetite! Do you want to protect your body from damaging free radicals? The essential Amino Acids found in Shakeology can improve your immunity and assist in reducing inflammation. Could you benefit from a product that can aid in repairing your stressed, worn tissues with the Antioxidants and Phytonutrients? Shakeology can help with that too!

And with all those benefits… wanna know the best part for a crazy saver like me?!

shakeology guarantee

Here is the BeachBody Guarantee, right from the website:

Enjoy healthy nutrition RISK FREE for 30 days with our Bottom-of-the-Bag Guarantee

  • If you don’t feel healthier, more energized, and simply amazing, you won’t pay. You can return Shakeology for any reason and get your money back (less s&h)—even if the bag is empty!
  • To return, simply make a short call to our friendly Customer Service team, rated “A” by the better Business Bureau®.

So on that note… what is there to lose? Other than those extra pounds… I mean if you have them 😉Shakedown on Shakeology

Real Scoop Sundae: Do You Shakeology?

Shakeology

If you told me you haven’t heard of Shakeology I don’t know if I would believe you.  It feels like every morning my Facebook news feed is full of status updates about my friends starting their day with their daily Shakeology.  My Instagram is full of photos of their delicious looking smoothies and my Twitter even has recipes using this apparently amazing powder.  I am actually kinda surprised with myself that this product has been around for 5 years now and I have yet to try it. I admit I have been intrigued for a while but have done absolutely no research on it… until now!

After hearing all the rav reviews on social media outlets from what I would consider fairly good sources (I may or may not be friends with lots of health nuts and fitness gurus and people that actually give a crap abut their bodies. Just sayin!) I decided I should probably check it out for myself. I am anxiously awaiting a few samples of Shakeology (in multiple flavors I believe!) to try and report back with next week in my Real Scoop Sundae review.

Until then I wanted to share a little bit about the product that I found from my research, as well as some pretty amazing statistics about how much people love Shakeology from the companies latest customer survey of over 3,000 daily users! In my opinion that is a pretty large number of people to survey to get this many positive reviews. There must be something to this product beyond what may or may not seem like a gimmick to you.

I can’t lie. In general, I am very skeptical of anything claiming to have SO many positive impacts on your body with just a few small changes. Meal substitutes and protein powders and even vitamin supplements are often times full of a bunch of junk! They tend to be high in calories, additives, chemicals and sometimes even full of sugar! CRAZY RIGHT?!
I swear to you that I was at the grocery store the other day and saw a protein powder advertising body buildingesc muscle results… ONE SERVING HAD 570 CALORIES! I think my jaw hit the floor. That was just for the powder. I was so in shock I couldn’t even read the ingredients and nutrition facts but I am wishing I had now just so I could tell you about them!

Anyways, back to the point of this PRE-review post. Below is the “evidence” Shakeology provided on their blog about what they claim to “truly be the Healthiest Meal of the Day®”.

Shakeology Benefits Survey

Here’s the proof:*

  • 93% feel healthier since drinking Shakeology
  • 72% say Shakeology helped them lose weight
  • 86% report increased energy levels
  • 81% feel it helped them reduce their cravings for junk food
  • 81% say Shakeology keeps them full until their next meal
  • 82% report improved digestion**

*Based on a survey of 2,769 Shakeology users who drank Shakeology 5 or more times per week and exercised 3 times per week.

**Based on a survey of 874 Shakeology users with digestion concerns who drank Shakeology 5 or more times per week and exercised 3 times per week.

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

“And there’s more good news where that came from. A lot more, actually.The new survey also shows that most Shakeology drinkers experience improved regularity and digestion, feel more alert and focused throughout the day, have fewer mood swings, and even have healthier looking skin, hair, and nails.”

SUPERFOOD FOR THOUGHT

“The benefits go on and on and on. So if you aren’t drinking Shakeology every single day, now you have 15 fantastic reasons why you should… In other words, this is one shake with some serious street cred. So if you’re looking for an incredibly healthy and delicious shake, look no further than Shakeology. Real Shakeology customers have spoken. We hope you listened. And are swayed to start drinking—Shakeology that is.”

So that is what the people over at Shakeology have to say based on the responses they received users that consumed the product 5+ time a week (as you saw in the notes above). In my opinion, other people opinions truly count. I am an online shopper that regularly spends hours reading customers reviews. I am almost always hesitant to purchase a product with negative or limited reviews. Thankfully searches upon searches turn up positive reviews of this product!

What’s in Shakeology and What Does it Help With?

“Shakeology is so incredibly healthy, there’s no other single food item out there that can supply you with all the nutrients, vitamins, proteins, and minerals in the amounts you need the way one delicious shake can. … It can help support a healthy intestinal tract, aid in digestion, promote regularity, increase the absorption of nutrients and shed toxins built up from years of eating processed foods.”

So until next week I will leave you with this fairly basic PRE-review post to wet your feet into the world of Shakeology in case you have been under a rock for 5 years! Check out more about the product here AND pretty please leave me a comment letting me know any and all experience you have with this product! I would love to incorporate your feedback in my official Real Scoop Sundae review next week. Give it all to me baby! The good, the bad and the ugly (if there is any!) A review is only a good review if it is honest and fair!

save money shakeology

Last, but definitely not least, Shakeology claims you can actually SAVE MONEY with their product! Now that is something I am interested to learn more about! I will definitely be putting in my two-cents (haha get it!? ok bad joke) next week!

“A World of Superfood Nutrition In Every Glass of Shakeology®”

PS. HAPPY EASTER!! You thought I forgot huh?! 😉

Real Scoop Sundae: We Are Yoga

We Are YogaThis Sunday’s Real Scoop Sundae review is brought to you by an amazing LOCAL company: We Are Yoga! For the last five years, this company has been working to connect us all through Yoga in so much more than just the physical practice on our mats. They remind us that “Working together, mind & body, heart & lungs, person to person, group to group We Are Yoga.”

We Are Yoga believes in Yoga and supports yoga schools, federations, and organizations worldwide. To help spread the word of Yoga, they created the WAYmat: “Designed with Yoga in mind.”

“The beauty of WAYmat is that you do not need to know anything about yoga to enjoy it. The name alone gives you belief. The ability to relax anywhere, bust out a stretch, lay out in the sun, or play with your baby in comfort and safety are just a couple ways to go!” … “If  hot yoga is your jam this mat will withstand the sweatiest yoga sessions while not soaking through to the floor or losing its shape.”

Standing Head to KneeI am here to tell you: THEY ARE AWESOME!

Not only are the owners incredibly sweet, their product is incredible! With over 150 hot sweaty Bikram classes under my belt since October, I have tried all sorts of solutions to the mass quantity of sweat that drips from my body for 90 minutes every class.

I tried saving a buck on a cheap bath towel and yoga mat… I tried spending a few more bucks on a yoga towel designed to soak up lots of sweat… it worked… sort of. The towel and mat bunch. Not a huge deal, but distracting when you are dripping wet and balancing on one foot with your other foot in your hands and your head on your knee.

Despite nightly spray downs with rubbing alcohol (I’ve tried straight vinegar too, or mixing in tea tree oil.. they work, but not for long… and yes I hang it to dry every night) to my mat and daily washings of my towel (which regularly weighs 3+lbs after a class! I wasn’t kidding when I said dripping sweat!)… eventually a stench starts. And way too soon to rationalize saving a few dollars, because before I knew it I was throwing my mat and towel out and starting over!

So I rented a WAYmat at my studio the other day… I wanted to dislike it. Honestly, I wanted to stick with my already purchased stinky mat and towel. Well guess what? I LOVED IT! I have rented one three times since then. Not only is it 3-6 inches wider and 5-15 inches longer than the standard yoga mat aka more room to put your sweaty body, it also 1.5-3.5lbs lighter, stays in place the whole class, and is super absorbent but it also cradles your hot, tired body through the whole floor series perfectly! I wanted to curl up and take a nap on it!

WAYmat SpecsWAYmat Template

The only reason I don’t own one yet is because I cant decide which of the awesome colors to get! Check out all the awesome color combos in their online shop. HELP ME DECIDE WHICH COLOR TO BUY!! (these are my favs… I think?!)

WAYmat WAYmat teal and magenta

Have you ever seen them at your studio? This is where they are currently available. If you have never heard of them before you should definitely check them out and maybe let your studio owner know you are interested!! Who knows where they will decide to bring their product next! Maybe to a studio near you! 🙂

WAYmat stickersSo while you are deciding on what color you want… (because I know and YOU KNOW you want one!) you should sign up for their newsletter!

They are offering one of their awesome free stickers right now! And why in the world wouldn’t you want to stay up to date with this company!? This other sport company once said: JUST DO IT!

Learn more about the benefits Bikram from my post the other day.

Reader Response:

  • What is you favorite yoga practice?
  • Have you heard of We Are Yoga?
  • What color mat should I buy!?
  • What product should I review next week?

Real Scoop Sundaes: New Gluten Free, Meat Free Product (part 1)

BeyondMeat at Publix

So thanks to the awesome Ibotta app I discovered an amazing new product by BeyondMeat!

As a vegetarian I struggle to get enough protein (I know there are tons of ways to get protein as a vegetarian, but I rarely meet the daily suggested minimum despite these great ideas). This company has a mission I can get behind!

“We believe there is a better way to feed theplanet. Our mission is to create mass-market solutions that perfectly replace animal protein with plant protein. We are dedicated to improving human health, positively impacting climate change, conserving natural resources and respecting animal welfare. At Beyond Meat, we want to make the world a better place and we’re starting one delicious meal at a time.”

And this is why I liked them before I even found their product!!

BeyondMeat Tweets
Publix Tweets

^^^^And this is why I love Publix!!^^^^

Per my usual couponing routine, before I go shopping I check out the coupon blogs I follow, as well as the deals available on Ibotta (it’s free, fun and so easy to use! Click Here to download it to your smartphone!) and Cartwheel (if I am going to Target, also super easy to use).

Ibotta“The best part about Ibotta is that you earn real money, not points or other made-up currencies. What you see is what you get. 100% of your earnings can be transferred to PayPal or Venmo as soon as you’ve earned $5. If you’d like a gift card instead, you can start cashing out as soon as you’ve earned $2.”

These are the products I found (available until 4/4/14 at 1:59am exclusive to Publix!)

BeyondMeat Beef Free Crumbles BeyondMeat Chicken Free Strips

This week I was so excited when I saw a brand new product with a $1.00 rebate available! Not only was it vegetarian friendly, but also gluten free! I used to add Boca Ground Crumbles to all my salads and stirfrys for an easy source of protein, but unforuntately, like almost every other meat substitute on the market, (UNTIL NOW) Boca products all have wheat/gluten in them. When I gave up gluten last September (for health reasons), I ended up giving up a huge portion of the protein in my diet. I consider myself a VERY healthy eater, sometimes to a fault, but I know this is one thing I need to work on.
BeyondMeatWell work on it I shall! Part 2 of this review will be available as soon as I try out these chicken strips (within the next two days I promise)!! I went to Publix tonight with the mister (I kinda sorta love going grocery shopping together… is that weird? There is something so adorable and cozy about it to me. Yea, I’m a dork. Deal with it!)and picked up two bags of the them, the Southwest Style and the Lightly Seasoned. And I got the $1.00 rebate on Ibotta.
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YAY!! I had already had dinner so I wasn’t able to try them tonight but I will figure out a fun recipe to try them in soon.

Publix Logo plus BeyondMeat Logo
= AWESOME!!!!

The review will also include nutrition facts for their products and more details about the company! I am hoping to find their Beef Free Crumbles soon. Unfortunately my Publix did not carry them but there are FIVE other Publix in a ten mile radius from my house so fear not, I will find them!

Reader Response:

  • What meat substitutes do you use?
  • Have you ever tried Ibotta?
  • Publix is my favorite place to shop… what’s yours?
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