Showing posts from May, 2012

How often do you eat?

There are a lot of opinions about how often you should eat. 
I prefer to eat frequently throughout the day. I like to eat small meals every 3 or so hours. I can't help it, I get hungry a lot! 
When I was student teaching, I was STARVING all day long because teachers don't get a long lunch break. Our 30 minutes is spent taking the kids to and from the lunchroom, so we really only get about 20 minutes to eat. I don't like to scarf down a bunch of food too fast. 
This is what a day of eating for me looks like.
Breakfast: Yogurt Mess Post Workout: Some type of protein or granola bar or fruit. Lunch: Turkey wrap with an apple and carrots Snack: Cereal  Dinner: Chicken with a sweet potato Snack: Oat-Gurt (Oatmeal mixed with yogurt and kept in fridge for a few hours...SO GOOD! It's like dessert!) 
Now that it's summer, I can eat whenever, but while I am teaching, I have to bulk up my breakfast and post-workout snack because I can't eat as frequently during the day. J…

New Uber Larabars

I was recently sent the new Uber Larabars!

These bars are GREAT! 
I love larabars already, but these just kick it up a notch!
They have four flavors: Apple Turnover Bananas Foster Cherry Cobbler Roasted Nut Roll
They were all DELICIOUS, but I think my favorite was the Bananas Foster! I loved the sweetness that the honey gave to the bar! YUM YUM!!
Check them out at their website for yourself!

Yasso Giveaway Winner!!!

Congrats Meredith!
Please email me your address info so I can send the coupons to you asap!
Don't forget to check out my Caesar's Pasta Giveaway if you haven't yet!

Sweet Summertimeeeeeee!!!!

I finally have a few minutes to catch you all up on my AWESOME summer that I've had so far...and it's JUST getting started!!!  :-)
First week, I went to Florida with my girlfriends!! It was an absolute BLAST!!!

The next week, I visited my boyfriend and his family. We have too much fun together! I LOVE his family! I fit right in and they treat me like part of the family! :-) 

We spent some time at the golf course (of course!) and we did a hardcore workout with Jared's trainer! LOVED IT! Tough strength training and cardio bursts! We always refuel with a stop at Smoothie King. I loveeeeeeeed the combo I got this time... THE GLADIATOR (with 45 grams of protein and only 180 calories!) I picked strawberry smoothie with strawberries and pomegranates added in! YUM YUM YUM!!!!

We had a super fancy date night, which was awesome! We ate OUTSIDE at a nice Italian restaurant that was RIGHT on the river! While the sun was was beautiful!!!

I have gone to a few of my brother…

Casear's Pasta Review and Giveaway!!!

Caesar's Pasta sent me a TON of yummy food to try and review on my blog!!!
AND... host a GIVEAWAY for one lucky winner!!

Here is a little info about Caesar's from their website: Always 100% consistent and natural, all Caesars pasta products are made from the highest quality ingredients. Only the purest and most natural ingredients are used to create the finest and freshest pasta products which are frozen I.Q.F. at their peak of freshness. Caesar's products are available in a unique variety of sizes and fillings. With over 200 varieties to choose from, view the portfolio of items we manufacture, including...USDA certified organic pasta, All Natural Gluten Free and Wheat Free Pasta, EntrĂ©e's, Traditional Italian Favorites such as ravioli, stuffed shells, manicotti, eggplant and meatballs. Most of our items are pre-cooked for your convenience. A global food company, manufacturing in the United States with national sales and distribution in Europe, Canada, Mexico and the Mi…

Busy beaver!!

I'm sorry I haven't been able to blog as much lately... I've been SUPER busy!
But, stay tuned because I have a yummy review and GIVEAWAY coming up from Caesar's Pasta!!!

Sencha Naturals Review and Upcoming Giveaway!

Sencha Naturals was kind enough to send some of their mints to try and review!
Here's some info from their website: We think green tea is pretty cool (and hot!), and here at our Sencha Naturals headquarters we actually have a huge collection of green tea in every imaginable form and flavor. Our CEO David kindly steeps a pot for us every morning and treats us to fun green tea concoctions before company meetings. Sencha helps us focus and mellows us out, and sharing a warm teapot has a unique way of bringing us together unlike any coffee ever could. What in the EGCG are you talking about?   Most people know green tea is synonymous with ‘antioxidants’— beneficial molecules found in certain foods that can promote health by preventing cell damage. EGCG is a specific antioxidant found only in green tea. Just 3 SEN CHA Green Tea Mints contain the antioxidant equivalent of one cup of green tea, without the caffeine. The research community has shown that green tea and EGCG benefits your bod…

Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt Review and Giveaway!!

Yasso sent me a coupon to try and review their bars!

Here is a little info from their website:
Yasso® has recently introduced a new line of smoothies to sell alongside its line of novelty bars. Yasso® Smoothies are available in Strawberry Banana, Mango Pineapple, and Mixed Berry. When blended with one cup of skim milk, each 8 oz. serving is fat-free, low in sugar and boasts 8 grams of protein as well as 4 grams of fiber. Currently, only Strawberry Banana smoothies are for sale at Costco in the Midwest and at BJ’s Wholesale. More locations coming soon! Yasso® novelty bars can be found in retail packs, which include 4 bars of one flavor; club packs including 5 bars of strawberry and blueberry; and single serve bags for all 3 flavors. For distribution information, please visit the Where to Buy section of our website. *******************************************************
Now, for the yummy review: We LOVED these bars!!! 10/10! We tried the raspberry flavor. It was fabulous! We really e…

Graduation and big news!!!

So, I have been super busy that I haven't been able to post about graduation until now! 
I graduated MAGNA CUM LAUDE on May 4, 2012 

I couldn't have asked for a better day! It was wonderful. I got to introduce Jared to a lot of my family and they love him! 
Right after graduation, I took a girl's trip down to Destin, Florida!
My aunt did a photoshoot with us one day, so I will share those when she gets them edited! 
We had an absolute BLAST!! 
I should be back to regular blogging now, but I do have a busy and exciting summer planned out, so please bare with me!
now, for the BIG NEWS...
I GOT A REAL JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!! (remember my new year goals from back in January???)
Well, I can officially cross that off my list, because I was hired as a FIRST GRADE TEACHER!!!!!!!

Fiber Gourmet Review

Fiber Gourmet sent me some of their products to try and review!
Here's some info about the company from their website: FiberGourmet is a food technology company. We’re dedicated to creating reduced-calorie, high-fiber products that taste good and are good for you. Our unique FiberGourmet technology allows us to manufacture pasta, crackers and cakes which taste the same as conventional versions but have 10 times more fiber. We even have more fiber than whole wheat! (See comparison chart to the right for details). And because we use insoluble fiber, which has no calories, we are able to literally cut the calories in half.

Crackers: 10/10! These tasted fabulous and I can't complain that they were HALF as many calorie as regular crackers! I enjoyed the Everything and Original flavors that was included in the package! :-)

Light Penne Pasta: 9/10! It tasted just like normal pasta! I loved the nutrition facts! 

(I didn't try…

Do you workout on Vacation?!?

I am officially on vacation!!!!!!!  I'm having a fun girl's trip! :-)
I just wanted to share a really awesome workout that I did this morning. Yes, I got up early to workout before we headed to the beach! I am a true FITFLUENTIAL ambassador! I JUST LOVE WORKING OUT! 
I did a hardcore strength/cardio circuit. 
I used 20 pound weights and did this:  10 reps of bicep curls jump rope 100 times 10 reps of overhead presses jump rope 100 times 10 reps of  chest presses jump rope 100 times 20 reps of oblique twists jump rope 100 times (repeat 2 more times)
Leg jumps on risor Shoulder shrugs Arm pulls while doing super squats (I don't know the technical name! haha Jared showed them to me)
Then, I went on a lovely walk outside around the condo. It was PERFECT.
Tomorrow is just my cardio day, so I am going to take advantage of the beach and walk in the sand!
So, do YOU workout on vacation or take a complete break?

Enjoy Life Foods - Plentils

Enjoy Life Foods sent me some more yummy products to try and review on my blog!

This time they sent Plentils! :-)
Here's some info about Plentils from their website: What makes this great-tasting snack so unique? From ancient times to the present, the lentil has proven to be one of the best sources of plant-based protein. This legume is a staple in diets throughout the world, but leave it to Enjoy Life to capture the essence of its all-natural goodness. This chip's unique recipe results in a protein-packed, crunchy experience, bursting with flavor as you savor a great-tasting "better-for-you" chip.
**************************************************************************  Now, for my review:
First of all, I have to say this... I HATE LENTILS. So, I was a little nervous about trying these chips. That nervousness didn't last long at all though... From first bite, I fell in love! These chips are SO STINKIN' tasty! They are not only delicious, but they …

Kardea Nutrition Bars Review

Kardea Nutrition sent me some bars to review on my blog!   Info from their website: Mark Twain said, "The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want and drink what you don't like." As someone who had high cholesterol, spent a career in food, and celebrates my daily passion for delicious meals, I started Kardea Nutrition to prove Twain wrong. Healthy eating can be incredibly delicious! Kardea takes you well beyond simply cutting back eggs, red meat and butter. We provide you with the products, the recipes and the information you need to significantly improve your heart health, sharply lower your cholesterol and your blood pressure, reduce inflammation and improve your blood sugar metabolism.  Our products, including our gourmet nutrition bars, make the nutritional health recommendations of organizations like the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health easier to achieve.   Take a Healthy Bite Out of Life,  Rob Leighton, …

Workout in the Park

I LOVE MUSIC. I listen to it ALL the time. I listen to it while I am on my computer, I always jam when I'm driving in my car, and I definitely blast it during my workouts!!! Lauren from Self Magazine sent me some really cool information about an awesome event! 
Check it out:
Get amped for the return of summer weather (and swimsuits) by getting back on the grind and sculpting a sexy beach body!  And what better way to do so than to the beat of some sizzling tunes?  Here to help you get your finest figure back in shape is the SELF Magazine Fitness Team – who have put together their top tracks perfect for any workout! 
Check them out below, pre-load them on your player, and gear up for SELF Magazine’s Workout in the Park taking place this spring in New York, San Francisco and Chicago!  The outdoor fitness festival will be hosted by Dolvett Quince (trainer on The Biggest Loser) and Louis Van Amstel (dance coach on Dancing with the Stars) will make an appearance in New York and San …

Bengay Giveaway Winners!!!

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!  Please email me your address info as soon as possible!  :-)