Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Blake's All Natural Foods Review

Blake's All Natural Foods sent me coupons to try three of their products! 

Here is a little info about Blakes:
When you work with your family for four generations in a farmhouse that was built in the 1700s, it keeps you grounded. It makes you appreciate the basics in life - like the simple pleasure of getting together with family over a healthy and hearty meal. We make it to enjoy such simple pleasures. Blake’s Organic and All-Natural Meals make a great excuse to get together with the people you love and eat food that appeals to your appetite, your conscience and your soul.

Every Blake’s meal is made completely from scratch in small batches using the finest organic and natural ingredients. So leave the cooking to us and enjoy some time with the ones you love.
Organic products are certified Organic by NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets and Food

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I chose the Mac & Cheese with Veggies,  Farmhouse Mac & Cheese, and Chicken Pot Pie to review.

First, I must say that I thought these were really small and wouldn't fill me up, but surprisingly, they did! I ate some carrots along side one meal for lunch and I was fine until my usual snack time around 3 :) 


The Mac & Cheese with Veggies was my FAVORITE!
The cheese was great and the added veggies just gave it OOMPH! 
10/10


Farmhouse Mac & Cheese
8/10.
I didn't like this one as much as the Mac & Cheese with Veggies, but it was still good. I wasn't a fan of the breadcrumbs on top. I think it was a texture thing for me, so if you like breadcrumbs on top, I'm sure you will LOVE this too!

Chicken Pot Pie
9/10.
I LOVED the crust on this pot pie! So flaky and tasty! YUM! The filling inside was very tasty as well! 


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Conscious Box Giveaway

 CONSCIOUS BOX has offered to host a GIVEAWAY here on The Secret Life of Kelsey! 
:-)
Remember, a while ago, when I reviewed Conscious Box? 
Well, they want to share a box with one of YOU! 
Here's a little refresher about Conscious Box:
*The box contains a unique variety of pure and natural ingredients every month!
* From organic food to vegan beauty products 
* Daily living tips, monthly themes, and ways to reuse the box!

If you'd like to win a Conscious Box for yourself, leave me a comment telling me your FAVORITE  part about this summer so far!
:-)
If you'd like an extra chance to win, Tweet about the giveaway and leave me a comment telling me you've done so. Make sure you include @Christianqt07 and @ConsciousBox in the tweet somehow! 
That's it! So easy!
I'll choose a winner next Tuesday, July 2.
GOOD LUCK!
In the meantime, LIKE their Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/consciousbox

Monday, June 25, 2012

Easy Mexican Omelette and teaching news..

 I tried something new and had to share it with you! It's SO easy, healthy, and mighty tasty!!

Mexican Omelette!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup egg substitute
1/4 cup Mexican Four Cheese
Salsa (as much as you desire)
Non-stick Cooking Spray



Directions:
Spray skillet with non-stick cooking spray.
Pour egg substitute into skillet.
Heat on level 7/8 until it is almost cooked.
Sprinkle cheese on one side.
Fold omelette in half.
Let the cheese melt.
Put on plate and pour desired salsa over omelette.
EAT! 

Easy peasy lemon squeezy!!!

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Teaching News:
I got my official Mac, carrying bag (with my name on it!), and my first official COUGAR t-shirt!
I'm so excited! 

This past Saturday, I went to my room and did a little rearranging. (I didn't really have to do much because everything that I need is already there! I was VERY BLESSED to have a TON of stuff from the previous teacher. She retired and left everything!!!) 


Random snap shot of me devouring some OatGurt! 
(look at those crazy eyes! haha)
OatGurt is the perfect summer treat! MMM!!



My friend, Krissy, and I went to Which Wich for the first time last Friday night! It was such a neat place! You pick what type of sandwich you want and then write in marker everything that you want on the bag! They have a TON of different options!
I got the chicken cordon bleu with caramelized onions, mushrooms, and tomatoes! 
IT WAS DELISH!



Have you ever been to Which Wich? What did you think of it? 


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Super SEVEN Surprise Giveaway!!!

Before I talk about the giveaway, I just wanted to share what I've been up to lately...


I was in a FLASH MOB!!!!

It was SO much fun! My DANCE IT OUT class at the YMCA participated in it. We danced in the middle of the "Taste of Country Festival". The songs we danced to were "Sexy and I Know It" and "Cricket on a Line". 



That has always been on my bucket list, and I can finally scratch it off! If the opportunity comes up again, I will DEFINITELY participate!!! It was a blast!!!


I watched Myrtle play in her little golf tournament and SHE WON her division!!! SO proud of her!

Jared and I were originally not supposed to see each other for another two weeks due to his golf schedule, but we just couldn't make it that long... I made a mini-trip to see him for a few days and I got to meet his buddy, Chris! He was super nice and it was great hanging out with him too! We went to ORANGE LEAF for fro-yo one night and it was the bomb! White Chocolate Strawberry is my NEW FAVORITE!!! MMM!!!

I got to see Jared's sweet niece, nephew, and sister for one meal on my mini trip! Love hanging out with his family! They are wonderful! Charlotte is my little buddy! :) Love his whole family!!

I also got to have another workout session with COREY TAYLOR'S SPORTS PERFORMANCE!!! I love working out with Jared's trainer because he pushes me and makes me work hard! This time, I did stuff that I've ALWAYS wanted to do!!!

1. FLIPPED TIRES
2. Pushed weighted sleds
3. Ran sprints with sandbags tied to a rope
We also did traditional planks and pushups, etc...

I am STILL feeling the burn and LOVE it!!! 


Now, for the SUPER SEVEN SURPRISE GIVEAWAY...

Y'all know I am obsessed with the number SEVEN, so when I noticed that I was getting close to seven hundred twitter followers, I thought, I should have a giveaway when I reach 707!!!! Well, I finally did, so it's time for the giveaway!

Naturally, I thought it would be fitting to giveaway SEVEN things!
;)


I'm only showing you four of the things and leaving the other three as a SURPRISE!!! :)

1. Karina Smirnoff Dance Workout Video
2. Power Yoga DVD
3. Sencha's green tea mints
4. Rev Honey Energy Gel


Now, how do you enter to win???

Mandatory Entry:
1. Leave me a comment telling me what you would like to see more of on my blog!

Additional Entries:
2. Follow me on Twitter: @Christianqt07 and leave me a comment telling me you've done so.
3. Tweet about my giveaway, "@Christianqt07 is having a SUPER SEVEN SURPRISE #GIVEAWAY!  http://fitnessfanatic007.blogspot.com/2012/06/super-seven-surprise-giveaway.html" Leave me a comment telling me you've done so.
4. Follow/subscribe to my blog and leave me a comment telling me you've done so.

Giveaway Ends Next Sunday Night, July 1st!
GOOD LUCK!!!
:-)


Friday, June 22, 2012

Jay Robb Protein Review


Jay Robb Protein sent me some products to review! 

Here's some info about the company from their website:
Jay Robb uses the highest grade of whey protein possible when creating the best-tasting whey protein powder. This unique process also yields a whey protein isolate that is much higher in protein than a whey protein concentrate and is also rich in immunoglobulins, alpha-lactalbumin, and beta-lactoalbumin and other immune boosting factors. Jay Robb's Whey Protein is made from the finest natural ingredients available and delivers 25 grams of first class protein, 0-fat, 0-cholesterol, 0-sugars, and only 1 gram of carbohydrate per 30 gram serving. Only cold-processed cross-flow microfiltered whey protein isolate is used as the protein source and this material comes from farm-raised, pasture-grazed, grass-fed cows not treated with the synthetic bovine growth hormone rBGH. 

Jay Robb Egg White Protein powder is unique and famous for its natural flavor systems. The egg white protein raw material is derived from chickens not treated with growth hormones. The protein is flash pasteurized for safety, with no additional heating used during the final processing. One taste of our easy-to-mix delicious Vanilla Egg White Protein, and you’ll be a fan for life! 

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My Review:

First of all, I just have to say, "WOAH! THIS STUFF IS CRAZY GOOD!" 

11/10!

I loved that there were so many unique flavors that you don't normally find in a protein powder... 

This is my order of my favorites:
Pina Colada
Tropical Dreamsicle
Strawberry
Vanilla

Jared used the chocolate in his smoothies and he liked it!


The texture of the protein powder was AWESOME. It was very smooth and didn't leave clumps like some of the other powders I've used before...



I used the blender ball bottle that they sent me to mix up the powder with water after my workouts!

SO GOOD!

:-)

They also have AMAZINGLY tasty bars!
They were full of deliciousness and PROTEIN!!! 



Please visit their website and try some for yourself!





Talk to me... What flavor sounds best to you?

What are YOUR favorite protein powders?


Van's Natural Foods GIVEAWAY WINNER!!!


CONGRATS!!!

Please send me your address info so I can send out the coupons ASAP!
:-)


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Bulu Box Review

Bulu Box sent me a box to review!


Bulu Box is a monthly subscription to all the latest vitamins and supplements! Check out this video to find out all about it!


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My Review: 10/10!

This was such a great way to get a little taste of some of the new stuff out on the market! I enjoyed sampling the things before buying a big container of them and not knowing if I would actually like them or not!

My favorite thing was probably the RevHoney - I've never seen anything like it before. It's freeze dried fruit and honey - perfect fuel for workouts without making you feel stuffed! 

Other things in this month's box were Life Equals Omega-3, Pure Matters, Night Food, and Cellucor Super HD. 

Check out their website at:



Monday, June 18, 2012

Nutrilite Meal Bar Giveaway Winner!!!


Congrats Brittany!!!

Please email me your address info so I can give it to Kim & Gerald ASAP!

:-)

Happy Monday everyone!!!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Hard Work = Results!

So, I already did a post awhile ago about how STRONG IS THE NEW SKINNY...


 I cannot stress enough how much better it feels to be STRONG instead of just skin and bones. 



But, today, I wanted to show you the results of HARD WORK and proper nutrition. 

Thanks to my wonderful boyfriend, I have not only switched up my strength training routine, but I have also eaten more protein than I ever have before! and let me tell you, it feels SO GOOD!!! 

I added more shoulder, back, and leg exercises to my routine.


Being FIT feels great! I don't EVER want to go back to being skin and bones! 


I also mentioned that I have been eating MORE and I haven't gained weight. I've just added lean muscle! 

Jared recommends that I eat a good amount of protein within 45 minutes of my workout so that my muscles are fed the proper nutrients, and let me tell ya, he is SO RIGHT! 

Here is an example of what I eat around my workout:

Before Workout: Yogurt Mess (cereal, fruit and yogurt mixed together! SO TASTY!)
Immediately following workout: Protein Shake or Protein Bar (try to get at least 20 grams of protein)

I am also constantly looking for extra protein in things that I buy at the store now and it's paid off! 

:-)


Talk to me... what do you eat for protein?
Do you eat within 45 minutes of your workout?


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Van's Natural Foods Review and GIVEAWAY!!!

Van's Natural Foods sent me some coupons to try their products and review on my blog. They've also offered to host a GIVEAWAY for my readers!!
:-)






Van's is proud of it's ingredients, and makes its foods with the recipe list you'd use at home. Their products are packed with natural ingredients! 

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My Review: 10/10!
All of the products I tried were wonderful! Jared and I had breakfast for dinner one night and sampled a  little of everything. If we had to choose a favorite, we would pick the French Toast Sticks! They were SUPER TASTY! 

We loved that all of the products had some protein in them! That is critical for working out and fueling your body properly! 

Now, for the GIVEAWAY!!!

One lucky winner will receive a FREE coupon for 1 choice of waffle, pancake, or french toast sticks and 1 choice of english muffins! I've also thrown in some $2 off coupons as well! 

Mandatory Entry:
1. Visit their website and leave me a comment telling me which Van's Product you want to try the most! 

Additional Entry:
2. Follow @Christianqt07 and tweet the following, "@Christianqt07 is giving away Van's Natural Waffles/English Muffins! Enter yourself by clicking here: http://fitnessfanatic007.blogspot.com/2012/06/vans-natural-foods-review-and-giveaway.html"

Leave me a comment telling me you've done so.


Giveaway Ends on June 21! 
GOOD LUCK! 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

EAS - Chocolate Mint Bars Review


Here's some info about EAS from their website:


We're here to show you what's possible.
Whether you're an elite athlete or an occasional gym-goer, our goal is to help you discover just how much more you can do. We're a team of scientists, researchers, and all-around fitness fanatics passionate about getting the most out of the human body. Our daily focus is on finding new ways to provide you with the caliber of sports nutrition that uniquely supports your goals.
We work hard to make sure all our products are safe and impactful. So you can keep pushing yourself to the next level. We're the first major brand to achieve 100% certification for banned-substance testing on our products, by two leading independent agencies.
We're changing the game. This is just the beginning.
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Since I don't like chocolate, Jared had the honor of reviewing these bars!
Here's what he thought:
10/10 - the taste is great. Love the mint and chocolate blend. The crispy bar has great texture. The product does what it says. It gives you energy and fills you up enough. A great bar for a snack or post workout. Highly recommended. 

:-)

Visit EAS website at:

Monday, June 11, 2012

Nutrilite Meal Bars Review and GIVEAWAY!


As I mentioned earlier, I am working with Kim and Gerald Hazley and Nutrilite to bring you some reviews and giveaways!!!
:-)

First review is the Meal Bars!




First of all, I love that these bars were dense and kept me full! I loved the coating on the outside of the bars. It added a tasty touch! 

I loved all of these bars and give each of them a 10/10!

If I had to choose an order of my favorites, it would look like this:
Lemon Twist (tasted like lemon pie! SO GOOD!) 
Cherry Almond (Definitely sweet and savory, great flavor!)
Blueberry Crunch (Sweet and delicious!)

I definitely LICKED the wrappers on all of these bars! YES, they are THAT good! 
YUM!!! 

If you would like to purchase some of these awesome bars, please contact:
Kimberley Hazley 
(614) 260-8707
thehazleyshop@gmail.com

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GIVEAWAY ALERT!!!!!!!

Mandatory Entry:
Visit thehazleyshop.com and leave me a comment telling me which product intrigues you the most and how you would incorporate it into your daily life.

Additional Entries:
1. Follow @Christianqt07 and @TheHazleyShop on Twitter and leave me a comment telling me you've done so.

2. Tweet the following link, "@Christianqt07 and @TheHazleyShop are having a @NutriliteHealth meal bar GIVEAWAY! http://fitnessfanatic007.blogspot.com/2012/06/nutrilite-meal-bars-review-and-giveaway.html" 
Leave a comment telling me you've done so.

Giveaway ends on June 18th!
GOOD LUCK!
:-) 



Sunday, June 10, 2012

Life Lately - Picture Edition


Been loving reviewing lots of yummy products! Stay tuned for the reviews! 
AND GIVEAWAYS!
:-) 

Jared and I went on our first road trip together last week. We went to Georgia and had a fun few days with his parents! He got new golf clubs, we had a day on the boat, his mom and I had girl time while Jared and his dad golfed. It was pure enjoyment! 


We had some fun on the road for sure! haha


GOOD TIMES! 




I got the next book in my FAVORITE series by Karen Kingsbury! So excited to be reading it! I've been dying to find out what happens to Bailey and Brandon and Cody and their love triangle! 


I finally got to wear my new GOLF CLOTHES! :) Jared and I played 9 holes at the public course here in town. We didn't keep score since I haven't played an ACTUAL game of golf since I was like 10 or 12 years old. I didn't do tooooo bad, but it definitely wasn't good either! haha 



Talk to me... what have you been up to???
How's your summer going?


Saturday, June 9, 2012

KlutchClub Review

KLUTCHCLUB sent me their April box to review. 

Here's some info about KlutchClub:

Indulge in $50 worth of expert-curated health, wellness, and fitness products, delivered right to your door. You'll get healthy food and drinks, workouts and apparel, skincare products, supplements, and more!

We’ll help navigate the clutter, and show you new products & holistic ways to stay well. Try new brands and cult favorites you won’t find just anywhere…

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10/10! 

I think this is a great way to not only try healthy snacks, but also a fun way to enjoy new workout ideas and tools! They included Kristin McGee's Power Yoga DVD, along with a $25 gift card for Yoga Hyde's all natural organic clothes and outfits! 


You should definitely visit their website at:




Friday, June 8, 2012

Healthy Surprise Box Review


Healthy Surprise is an awesome way to check out new healthy snacks available! 

Each month, Healthy Surprise collects a fine selection of the most delicious and healthy snacks available. The snackologists carefully pair different snacks together, providing an unexpected blend of savory, spicy, and sweet snacks.

Science has proven you eat the foods that are around you. Use our snack delivery system to surround you and your family with the best food possible. 


Q & A with Joe Winke, Founder & Chief Snackologist


Q    -   Do you taste all the snacks that are offered in your packages?
A    -   Yes, as the Chief Snackologist, I taste everything. My COO and fellow snackologist, Tiffany Paralta also tries everything. We work out of a coworking space in Santa Monica, the Coloft and many of the members are clients. We let many of them try things as well and get a general sense of whether the snack will have appeal and as a perk to them. We rate all of the snacks and take notes on them, and then put them up on in our snack library where we keep all of our snack wrappers :)






Q    -   Do you have any advice about healthy eating?
A    -   I like to think of eating healthy as a muscle. Its really hard to just 'switch over' to eating 'all healthy'. You have to work your way towards a cleaner diet and get your discipline and palate stronger. Tastes actually change and people come to crave healthier foods and dislike unhealthier foods. I like to tell people who ask that the first step is to just start eating "food". Only eat things where you can name everything in your meal, and you can mentally visualize each ingredient. If you do that, you're ahead of 95% of the people in this country. Counting calories and carbohydrates are a distraction. Its a way of getting people to think its OK to eat processed garbage, as long as they use a certain system for meting out how much garbage they are allowed to eat.


Q    -   Short bio about the company
A    -   I came up with the idea when a friend of mine sent me a box of healthy foods with a card in it for my birthday a couple years ago. When Startup Weekend LA came around last August, I thought that Healthy Surprise was a business concept I could execute in a weekend. My goals were to a) accept online payments b) find a customer c) deliver a product.
We started coding at 8pm and at 11:03am the next morning, Cameron Webb was our first client. I then proceeded to source healthy snacks over the weekend and made an assortment of boxes. We even made custom stencils and spray painted them to make them unique.
At the end of the event, on Sunday, during and after my presentation i sold over $700 in subscriptions, totally selling out all of the product I had.
I maintained it as a side project until about three weeks later. I'm able to chat with visitors to my site with a little widget I installed. It gives me basic information about who's on my site, including what browser they are using and a rough location. I saw: United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi). I started the chat with "Why is someone from Abu Dhabi on Healthy Surprise!?" - I couldn't believe it. Turns out it was a natural internet lead - she had read a blog, where she clicked on a link which took her to a site which lead her to Healthy Surprise. As we were chatting, she signed up for a $99/month Large Surprise Box. This was literally as far away on the planet you could be and someone signed up for a Large Surprise! I knew I was on to something when this happend, and the next day found a warehouse. I placed a call to Tiffany and hired her on the spot! We've been going ever since!


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I thought this was such a neat idea! What could be better than receiving healthy snacks at your doorstep every month?

My favorite snack in this month's box was definitely the Hail Merry Orange and Rosemary Pecans! It was  such a unique flavor! DELICIOUS! 

I highly encourage you to check out the Healthy Surprise Box for yourself! 

I even have a special promo code for you to use so you can get an unlimited $5 off in EVERY Healthy Surprise Purchase!
FITNESSFANATIC

Check out their website at http://healthysurprise.com/

Happy Snacking!

:)


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Easy Pizza Quesadillas

If you're anything like me, you like to make meals that are quick and easy. Well, these pizza quesadillas are quick and easy and super tasty!!!

I found the recipe on one of my favorite blogs by Rachel. Her blog is called, "This Italian Family". Go check it out! 

We changed a few things to create a pizza quesadilla to fit my tastebud preferences.
:-) 

Pizza Quesadillas

Ingredients:
Ragu Pizza Sauce
1 whole wheat tortilla
small handful mozzarella cheese
Deli Ham cut into small pieces
Grilled chicken
 turkey pepperoni slices

Directions:
1. Heat nonstick pan over medium heat. Fold tortilla in half and spoon sauce onto one side. Layer with cheese and toppings. Close. Microwave for 45 seconds or until cheese has melted.
2. Toss quesadilla in pan for approximately 1-3 minutes or until crispy and slightly brown in color, flip for approximately 1 minute. Slice into pieces and enjoy!
You can choose whatever toppings you would like! 
I made mine with Ham and mozzarella cheese with EXTRA sauce.
Jared made his with turkey pepperoni, grilled chicken, and ham!
You can be creative and do whatever you like!
ENJOY! 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Healthy Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

 Jared and I love to eat healthy and we enjoy cooking together, so we decided to whip up a healthy version of Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas!

:-)

We found this recipe on MyRecipes.com , but changed a few things. 
Here is what we did: 


  • Ingredients
  • 3 pre-made grilled chicken breast filets (chopped up into tiny pieces)
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) preshredded reduced-fat 4-cheese Mexican blend cheese
  • 1 2/3 cups plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup salsa
  • (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed reduced-fat, reduced-sodium cream of chicken soup (such as Healthy Request), undiluted
  • whole wheat tortillas
  • Cooking spray

  1. Preparation
  2. 1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  3. 2. Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl. Remove 1 cup chicken mixture; set mixture aside.

  4. 3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Working with 1 tortilla at a time, brush oil over both sides of tortilla. Add tortilla to pan; cook 5 seconds on each side or until toasted and soft. Remove from pan; arrange 1/2 cup chicken mixture down center of tortilla. Roll jelly-roll style; place filled tortilla, seam side down, in a 13 x 9–inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Repeat procedure with remaining 5 tortillas, remaining oil, and remaining chicken mixture. Spread reserved 1 cup chicken mixture evenly over enchiladas. Cover and bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Uncover; Add salsa to your liking on top of enchiladas. Bake for an additional 5 minutes. 

Final Step:
EAT!!!

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