Healthy Swaps for 2014

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Designer Whey.

I am definitely a proponent for people partaking in the indulgences that surround the holidays, I don’t believe the holidays should be all about abstaining and calorie counting. I personally love to have the deserts that are only around during the holiday season, and I don’t feel guilty about that.

However, it can be very hard to get back on track after the holiday season. One of the easiest and tastiest ways for me to keep on track is by using Designer Whey in smoothies and different snacks. I had mentioned that I had fallen off the healthy eating path a little bit lately, and I know that getting back on is necessary, I feel like garbage when I eat garbage. For 2014 I will make strides to get my eating back in check. How am I going to do that? By making sure I have plenty of items in my fridge and pantry that are healthy, instead of reaching for some toast or a cookie, I can reach for a bar, smoothie or another protein packed treat!

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Designer Whey has a plethora of protein powder flavors, I haven’t met one that I didn’t like! Most recipes will use the protein powder. My favorite smoothie is my Chocolate Peanut Butter & Jelly smoothie, which uses the Chocolate Velvet Sustained Energy powder. It really tastes like a pb&j, but it is all healthy, it also has some spinach to ensure I get a lot of veggies during the day. Linz also has a ton of wonderful smoothie ideas for every flavor pallet!

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My favorite bites to make are Lindsay’s Tropical Orange healthy bites, for these I used the French Vanilla powder. I love these because they are easy to make, and I can grab a couple and stash them in the car so that I have something to eat immediately after I leave the gym, because let’s be honest when I get home and B is awake my first priorities are his breakfast and I end up waiting way to long to eat something.

One of the most common ways I use the powder is in my oatmeal, my favorite is to use 1 scoop of the White Chocolate powder and a tablespoon of peanut butter, it tastes like a cookie to me. Linz also has a great sunflower seed vanilla oatmeal that I love making on the weekends as a special treat!

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I have to say, I am really great at making sure I have a bag full of snacks for B whenever we go anywhere. Lots of veggies and fruits and snacks that will keep him full, and ones that aren’t packed with sugar is a must. I used to be terrible at doing the same for myself. I finally realized that if I don’t want to become a bear, either due to hunger or the fact that I am sugar crashing, then I need to keep something for myself in that snack bag. I love having a bar because they are easiest to eat. I love the designer whey bars are perfect for this. They have a few different flavors and you don’t get that cardboard taste that some bars have. There are also recipes on the Designer Whey website where you can make your own bars!

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The last product that I use a lot are the shakes. They come in two flavors, gourmet chocolate and french vanilla. They are 100 calories, 18g of protein, and only 2g of sugar. I prefer to drink them cold, so I bring them to the gym and stash them in the gym fridge, or I leave it at home and drink it as soon as I get in the house while I am getting B’s breakfast ready. My favorite is the chocolate because it tastes just like chocolate milk, which is one of my favorite post-workout drinks!

What all these things have in common is being prepared, when I first started on my eating healthy and weight loss journey, planning was something I didn’t really do, and it was a slow start. Once I started planning, by keeping bars in my bag or putting my shakes in the fridge. Even just portioning out my smoothie components the night before, that way I could just put all the items in my blender and mix.

If you aren’t sure about Designer Whey products, you can also try out a sampler pack. For $20.13 you receive 1 can of powder, three protein bars, three drink mixes, and a water bottle!

Prepped and Ready for 2014, are you!?

Prepped and Ready for 2014, are you!?

What are some of your favorite healthy habits? Share with us so we can all start 2014 on the right foot!

Designer Whey: Two NEW Smoothie Recipes!

By now you all probably know that I love my Designer Whey products. So whenever a box of products shows up on my doorstep, I get really excited! Through my relationship with FitFluential, I was provided these products for free. All thoughts and opinions, as usual, are my own.

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Vanilla Almond & Luscious Strawberry Protein Powders, two of each of the bars they carry, a box of each flavor of Protein 2Go, and one vanilla and one chocolate protein shake.

Designer Whey has partnered with Smári yogurt, so Designer Whey also graciously included coupons so I could check out the Icelandic yogurt.

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Smári is available in four flavors: pure, vanilla, blueberry, and strawberry. My favorite is the vanilla! Icelandic yogurt is similar to Greek yogurt, however it is thicker and has more protein.

Smári is made in Wisconsin with organic milk from grass-fed cows that are from small family farms. Their fruit comes from Oregon and has zero preservatives and the little sugar they use is organic cane sugar. This is an ingredient list I can get behind.

I tend to not eat a ton of yogurt because the amount of sugar is usually ridiculously high, and then if you add something else in the mix, your healthy snack becomes a sugar bomb. Smári has 20 grams of protein and 6 grams of sugar. Smári may not have a gazillion flavors like other yogurt companies, but the ingredient list, protein and sugar content make this yogurt a #1 pick for my household.

Of course with the new Designer Whey products I had to make a few smoothies to share with you all.

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1 Smári Vanilla Yogurt
1 scoop of Designer Whey Vanilla Almond Protein Powder
1 banana
1 scoop of natural peanut butter
A splash of milk
1 handful of spinach
1 handful of ice

Blend until smooth.

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Put in your favorite racing pint glass and enjoy! I loved the thickness that the yogurt gave the smoothie, and next time I wouldn’t even add the milk.

My second recipe is a more tropical one, because who doesn’t want to be on the beach when the weather starts getting colder?

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1 Smári Pure Yogurt
1 scoop of Designer Whey Luscious Strawberry Protein Powder
1 Banana
2-3 oz of orange juice
1 handful of ice

Blend until smooth and enjoy!

Pin It Party #2

Before we get to anything today, I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your heartfelt comments, emails, texts, phone calls and messages on yesterday’s post. They mean so much to my family and I.

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Lindsay is once again hosting a PIN IT PARTY, I joined in on the fun for the second one and I can’t wait to join the second. A pin it party is where we write a post with five posts (of our own) that we’d love to see pinned on pinterest. Then link up on Lindsay’s blog and see some other posts!

Without further ado, here are my 5 posts:

Designer Whey Chocolate PB & Jelly Protein Smoothie

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I still think this is my favorite smoothie!

Sweet Potato Bread

The best picture I ever got, sorry! I guess I will just have to make it again.

The best picture I ever got, sorry! I guess I will just have to make it again.

 

Joy the Baker’s Perfect Cup of Hot Chocolate

The perfect cup.

The perfect cup.

Flour’s Oatmeal Maple Scone

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I’ve never made the glaze, but it is still wonderful!

Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Not pretty, but very tasty.

Not pretty, but very tasty.

Did any of these recipes strike your fancy? I can’t wait to see what you all linked up!

WIAW: Designer Whey’s Sustained Energy

Back in May I was given the opportunity to try a handful of Designer Whey’s products, I had a great experience. So when I found out I would be able to try the new product line of products, through my relationship with FitFluential, I jumped at the chance.

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Designer Whey has created a new blend of protein powders, in Chocolate Velvet and Vanilla Bean. This is DW’s Sustained Energy line. This product is a blended powder, it has whey, soy and casein. The whey digest quickly to fill you up and the soy and caseins absorb slowly, which helps you stat energized for hours. Each scoop is 100 calories, has 5 grams of fiber, and 16 grams of protein. So how did these products fare in my kitchen?

I’d say that Designer Whey knocked it out of the park again.

The first smoothie I made was one of my favorites

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1 cup unsweetened Almond Milk
1 handful of Spinach
1 scoop of Designer Whey Sustained Energy: Chocolate Velvet
1 Tablespoon of Natural Peanut Butter
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen raspberries

I absolutely loved the chocolate flavor, it gave the smoothie a nice smooth and creamy consistency! So far so good.

Next up was the everyday oatmeal test. I always use some sort of vanilla flavor in my oatmeal and the Vanilla Bean was my choice.

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I am so glad I had this. The flavor was great with the oatmeal and really thickened up my daily oatmeal. The day I tried this I then proceeded to lock myself out of the house with B. I had to wait until Nick could get a break at work to come home and let me back in the house. Of course all of this was during this ridiculous heat wave we have been having.

Normally, I would be ready to eat my arm at this point and feeling really low, but surprisingly I was feeling good. A+ Designer Whey.

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With the powders, I received a copy of the June issue of Shape Magazine. Inside the magazine was a recipe for a Tropical Tone Up Smoothie.

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1/2 cup skim milk (I swapped out for unsweetened Almond)
1 scoop Designer Whey Sustained Energy Vanilla Bean
1/2 banana
1/2 cup pineapple (I used frozen)
pinch of cinnamon
1 cup of ice (I substituted with 1/2 cup frozen peaches)

It was so good even B wanted some (I made his without protein powder though)

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I love the new products from Designer Whey, its official. I have had some really bad protein powders, and Designer Whey keeps me happy with every powder they have.

Now onto the rest of WIAW!


I haven’t been eating just oatmeal, smoothies, and cake!

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This salad has been a staple around here. I love summer mostly because I gorge on tomatoes and watermelon.

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My go-to lunch has also been grilled chicken and roasted veggies!

Have you tried the new Designer Whey products? What are your summer staples?

Get Your Protein On: Designer Whey Review

It’s no secret that I travel a lot. Actually, the first few months after we moved into our new house we stayed put for a few months, but B and I were constantly on the go during the week, and now that the warmer weather is here we are starting to have more plans during the weekends that involve travel.

The hardest part of me sticking to my new normal is traveling. I don’t always have my foods on hand. I needed to find a way to get calories in, and not at the hands of something involving a drive thru.

Enter, Designer Whey, I haven’t always been a fan of protein powder. Mostly because I was getting the wrong kind. Powders that tasted chalky and gross, bars that were rock hard, you get the picture.

My friend, Caitlin introduced me to ARIA, a protein powder that’s 50% whey and 50% soy from Designer Whey and I was hooked. I added it to my oatmeal, smoothies, used it in protein muffins and bites. I wanted to try other flavors, but I was afraid I wouldn’t like the way they tasted. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that awhile back I bought a canister of Designer Whey Vanilla Almond, I was in love with it from the first smoothie I made. I knew that I needed to try the rest of the flavors.

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Luckily, I was provided with the above products by Designer Whey , free of charge, through my Ambassadorship with Fitfluential. I was not compensated and as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own!

Not only did they send me a box packed full of all of their products, but the box itself was awesome. Each sidebar had a QR code, so you could access the recipe for that Mango Madness smoothie, get info on the Savage Race, etc… I like a company that really thinks about its customer, and shows you ways you can use the product.

In the box was a canister of the White Chocolate and French Vanilla Protein Powders. Two bars of each protein bar flavor (Peanut Butter Crunch, Chocolate Crunch, and Caramel Chocolate Crunch), One box of each Protein 2Go flavor (Lemonade, Mixed Berry, and Tropical Orange), and one of each Protein Shake (Gourmet Chocolate and French Vanilla).

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I tweeted Designer Whey and asked if I should put the protein shake in the fridge prior to using it or if wasn’t necessary. They said it was fine either way, I decided to go for it. I put it in the fridge before bed and brought it to the gym with me the following morning. I loved the flavor, it tasted similar to chocolate milk, but wasn’t as sweet, which I prefer. I also loved that there was no chalky after taste, but I can’t drink a lot right after a hard workout, so I only had half and saved the rest for the next day. I kept forgetting to bring the French Vanilla with me to the gym, and one Instagram user suggested using it as a creamer. I definitely tried this the next morning and it was delicious. The Gourmet Chocolate has 100 calories, 18g of protein and 3g of sugar.

I tried the first Protein Bar (Triple Chocolate) when I was out running errands and I was crashing since I forgot to pack a snack for myself. It wasn’t rock hard, a huge plus, and the flavor was spot on, again no chalkiness. The bar has 160 calories and 10 g of protein, my issue is the 13g of sugar, I know other bars have much more than that (some have double), and in a moment of needing to eat, it’s not a terrible option, but it wouldn’t be my first suggestion. That being said, I did try the Chocolate Caramel and Peanut Butter Crunch, both had great flavor, and out of all three the Peanut Butter was my favorite.

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One day a week I go to the gym, come home inhale a bowl of oatmeal (with a scoop of protein powder and peanut butter mixed in), then I grab B and we head to swim lessons. I love swimming with B, but he is still very dependent on me so I end up doing quite a bit of work. That being said I am famished afterwards and I usually get home ASAP, give B lunch and put him to bed, and shower so I end up eating 30-45 minutes after we leave the pool.

This past week I gave the protein 2Go pouches a try. Mix one packet into a bottle of 16-20 oz of water. I tried the lemonade flavor first, and I really struggled at getting the entire packet to mix. I still ended up with chunks of protein which threw me off. I liked the lemonade flavor, but I haven’t tried the others yet since I was afraid of the chunking thing happening again. Hopefully, I can try it after swim tomorrow and will have more success!

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My two favorite ways to enjoy protein powder is in my oatmeal and smoothies. I am always experimenting with new flavors and powders, and yesterday I had my favorite smoothie, ever.

The Mocha Protein Smoothie
1 frozen banana
1 scoop White Chocolate Designer Whey Protein Powder
1/2 cup crushed ice
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 packet of Starbucks Via (or any instant coffee)

Blend until smooth

DELICIOUS. This was the afternoon pick-me-up I so desperately needed. I think it would be even better if I replaces the cocoa powder and protein powder with a Chocolate protein powder.

Unfortunately, my blender broke while I was blending this so I ended up with some ice chunks still in my smoothie. I am really upset because in order to have any more these treats I need a new blender!

I now know that if I see any flavors that I haven’t tried (any of the chocolates or vanilla praline) I will be buying them immediately and testing them out for you all.

Have you ever had Designer Whey? What is your favorite creation to make with protein powder?

Make sure you check out Jenn’s blog for more treats and recipes for WIAW!


How I’ve upped my game

As I mentioned before, I worked with Amanda for 2 months (more detailed post to come) on my nutrition

For this weeks WIAW, I thought I would share with you a little bit of what I have been eating.

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I work out in the morning, so I try to get my post-workout carbs from Oatmeal. I mix it with almond milk, 1 scoop of Aria protein powder, and 1 spoonful of peanut butter & co (my favorite flavors are smooth, bee’s knees, and might maple)

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My snacks are either Amanda’s protein muffin (with a scoop of pb) or a smoothie. This smoothie is 1 frozen banana, a handful of frozen peach slices, a handful of frozen mango chunks, 1 scoop of Aria protein powder and a handful of spinach.

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Lots of salads. I ALWAYS have a salad with dinner, for dressing just balsamic vinegar and oil (straight from Greece holla). Usually leafy greens, tomatoes, green peppers, and cucumber, if I leftover roasted veggies I will throw that on top.

For some reason I have zero pictures of my lunches, really I think it is because once B goes down for a nap it’s a mad dash to the kitchen to get lunch made so that I can eat and get whatever chores I need to get done before he wakes up.

My lunch is usually an omelet with 1 egg, 2 egg whites, spinach, roasted turkey and 1/2 slice of cheddar (except on wednesdays and fridays for Orthodox Lent). I top it with two tablespoons of peach mango salsa and 1/2 an avocado. Yum!

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B enjoying yesterdays smoothie. He had frozen banana, raspberries, whole milk, and a handful of frozen mango. I made to much so some of it went down the drain, unfortunately.

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My smoothie yesterday, not the prettiest, I will admit, but one of the best I have made thus far. Literally tasted like pb&j. It had frozen banana, frozen raspberries, 1 scoop Aria protein powder, 1 tablespoon peanut butter, a handful of spinach, and almond milk. It is amazing that I have never put peanut butter in a smoothie before, but this was the perfect post-workout treat. (I worked out twice that day ha)

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Last nights dinner. Chicken sausage with sautéed spinach, roasted peppers and asparagus, and avocado.

Our dinners consist of salad, protein (salmon, chicken sausage, shredded chicken, hamburgers, etc…) and roasted veggies. My favorite veggies are brussels, yum!

What are your go-to clean eats?

Check out more meals at Jenn’s link up for WIAW!


I posted the last Cadbury Creme Cupcake recipe yesterday as well!