Things I’m Loving Lately – Food and Fitness Edition!

I love trying new fitness related items and healthy food ideas I see on other blogger’s websites or Instagram pictures, so thought I would share with you a few of my new favorite things. Feel free to share some of your favorite things lately below!

Yasso frozen yogurt bars

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After seeing these pictured on many food and fitness blogger’s Instagram accounts, I was so excited when I finally found these in the store last week! At just 100 calories and 5 grams of protein each, these frozen Greek yogurt bars are the perfect thing to choose to satisfy a sweet tooth without adding in tons of extra calories.  I chose the coffee chocolate chip flavor to try first and loved them! They also make a mint chocolate chip flavor as well.

Triple Zero Yogurt

I’m always looking for new ways to add more protein into my diet each day, so when I saw Oikos’s newest kind of yogurt featuring 15 grams of protein, I had to try them out! I have tried the vanilla, strawberry, and banana flavors and loved them all. I typically read the nutrition labels on things before trying them in the store, and find that lots of yogurt has a high amount of sugar, or is sweetened artificially. I like that Dannon’s Triple Zero yogurt has 0 grams of fat, and no artificial sweeteners or added sugars.

I clearly can’t buy just one of anything.

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HIIT Cardio

I have been incorporating 2-3 HIIT Cardio sessions into my workouts each week. Clearly they’re working as my hair looks like I just jumped in a pool. And now we’re all a little closer since I just shared this sweaty post-run picture of myself!

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HIIT cardio seems to be the latest craze in runner’s magazines and fitness tips, so I finally decided to jump on the bandwagon and try it out. I can tell that it’s making a difference in my overall running pace during regular runs, and I’m able to run faster. If you haven’t tried it out, I highly recommend it! Typically when I include HIIT cardio in a run, I run for 1 minute at a 6:35 pace, which is a 9.0 speed on a treadmill setting. Then I will back down the speed to 6.5, which is an 8:57 pace. My goal is to alternate between the two 10 times, for a total of 20 minutes. Right now I’m able to do 6 intervals back and forth, but I’ll get there eventually! I would also like to gradually increase my second speed, where I back it down so it’s not as slow. It’s all about progress, not perfection!

Hint Flavored Water

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In my lifelong effort to drink more water, I picked up several bottles of Hint unsweetened flavored water recently. It’s usually easier for me to drink water if it has some kind of flavor to it. The ingredient list on this kind reads, “purified water, blackberry and other natural flavors from non-GMO plants.” Zero sugars, artificial sweeteners, or added preservatives makes this water 100% natural – you can’t go wrong with that! I have tried the crisp apple and blackberry flavors and loved them both.

Nuts ‘N More Peanut Butter

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Yes, more peanut butter. If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I am clearly addicted to any and all types of peanut butter! Typically most peanut butters, almond butters, and nuts are high in fat. Though they are the “good” kind of fat, that doesn’t mean you want to eat an excessive amount still. I like the Nuts ‘N More peanut butter because the fat content is much lower than regular peanut butters, and it is also higher in protein. I picked up the Chocolate Peanut Butter at GNC last week, and YOU GUYS, it is like heaven on a spoon. I’ve only found it at GNC so far, or seen it online. I also tried the regular peanut butter flavor, which was equally as amazing. Who knew you could get so excited about peanut butter?!

Under Armour Shorts

I found these shorts for only $10 at the Under Armour outlet a few weeks ago. Tiny pinholes combine with a mesh material to create a lightweight short that’s comfortable and easy to move in during workouts. These shorts are so comfortable and lightweight that I’ve been wearing them nonstop. And for only $10, you can’t go wrong! Since I picked these up at an outlet, they were slightly cheaper than the ones online. I have a black pair and a light green/yellow pair, but they have a couple of other colors online, featured here: Great Escape UA Shorts.

What are you loving lately??

Vanilla & Coffee Protein Shake

What should you do when you buy protein powder the size of your face?

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Make protein shakes! Of course.

As soon as I tasted this combination, I knew it was going to be my new favorite thing. (I mean, combine anything with coffee and it would be my new favorite thing!)

Today’s protein shake features Cellulor whipped vanilla protein powder, instant coffee, unsweetened Silk vanilla almond milk, and a frozen banana.

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I picked up these instant coffee packets at Target this week because they were only $1. At this rate, I’ll be on Extreme Couponing in no time.

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Sidenote: When I’m making smoothies or protein shakes, I always use frozen bananas. They make it taste a million times better and results in a much creamier texture – it tastes like dessert! Just remember to peel the bananas before putting them in the freezer. Otherwise, you’ll be digging at the side of them like a crazy person because you need to use this frozen banana right now, trying to scrape the peel off while your hand goes numb from holding a frozen banana. No, I’m not speaking from personal experience. Why do you ask?

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This protein shake is quickly becoming my go-to way to refuel after a run or workout session. Perfect for a post-workout treat or an on-the-go snack, this shake is effortless to make and tastes delicious! So grab your blender and let’s get going!
Ingredients:

  • 1 scoop Cellulor whipped vanilla protein powder
  • 1 packet instant coffee (I used Folgers but any brand will work!)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened Silk vanilla almond milk
  • 5-6 ice cubes

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth. Add more almond milk as necessary to reach your desired consistency. Serve and enjoy! I like my smoothies/shakes to be thick (so thick you pretty much need to use a spoon to eat them) so I add in plenty of ice, too!

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 I just got this bottle last week and am loving it! It’s perfect for mixing pre-workout in before the gym, or taking a protein shake to go.

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And here on the counter we can see my current Quest Bar/ Cellulor Protein addiction!

I was off school yesterday for our spring break, but it was back to business today. After a day of teaching, I headed to the gym for a HIIT cardio session and run, then wrapped things up with a short chest and back workout. I took advantage of the gorgeous weather yesterday and went for a run outside then, too. I love starting the week off on an active note! I just started teaching a Nutrition class once a week for the after school academy program at my school, so I’m off to finish some last-minute planning.

Have a great night!!

Let’s Chat!

  • What is your favorite kind of smoothie/ protein shake?
  • Did you workout today?