Monday, February 27, 2017

Vacations and Working Out? How to work it out!

So you're going to the beach for a quick getaway, yay! Right?

What about your workout routine? You've been so consistent; you don't want to just throw that all away! Rest assured, a short vacation will not undo all your progress! You will not "lose gains" overnight or even over two nights? And to be quite frank, if you did, so what? It's perfectly okay to take some time off!

What about those of you who are worried about gaining weight from lack of exercise? Simple answer: Be active! Often times, when I go on vacation, my step count is way higher than normal! This is considered NEAT (non exercise activity thermogenesis), basically energy used through daily activity versus an exercise program. NEAT can be very effective at burning some calories!


That's my step count from a recent beach trip; The day before was even higher. 


You can also enjoy activities like swimming, riding bikes, hiking, playing ball, etc. Living a fit lifestyle does not need to be a chore, especially when you're on vacation!

If you really want to do a quick workout, there's plenty of body weight exercises you could try, all you need is Google! But remember to enjoy the little things and the relaxing time with family and friends!


Monday, February 6, 2017

Oh Yeah One Peanut Butter Pie Protein Bar Review

Peanut Butter Pie and just one gram of sugar? Oh Yeah! But how does it hold up in terms of taste, texture and nutrition?


 Macros: 220calories 8f/23c/22p

As you can see, this bar is very high in protein and relatively normal for fat and carbs. It is sweetened with sucralose, non GMO and gluten free. Some people aren't a fan of sucralose but I'm honestly a bit ignorant on the subject and still consume it occasionally.

The flavor was ehhh. It was peanut butter-esque but not straight up peanut butter. The texture was dense and chewy which I enjoy. It has some sort of smooth coating which I also like. The flavor also seemed to have a bit of an aftertaste to me. This was most definitely NOT my favorite Oh Yeah! One bar. I really enjoyed the Birthday Cake, and Almond Bliss. I look forward to trying their new flavor, maple glazed donut!

Overall, I'd rate this 6/10.

Texture Shot

Have you tried this bar? What did you think?


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Game Day Recipes and Tips!

Game  Day is upon us! If you're like me, you may not be super excited about the actual Superbowl, but maybe you're having a party or having friends over anyway! So that means, snacks are important!

But don't fret, you don't have to dive headfirst into a bowl of nachos to satisfy your game day munchies. First of all, here are a few basic tips to stay on track with your nutrition goals for any party type scenario:


  • Eat your veggies! Many gatherings have a vegetable tray so hit up the veggies so you're not starving for other things that may not be quite so healthy. 
  • Hydrate! Staying hydrated is always important but it can curb cravings and is also important if you're going to be drinking alcohol. 
  • Be mindful! Many times, people graze mindlessly from a buffet throughout the night. Try to be mindful of what you're consuming. 
  • Focus on spending time with friends! That's what it's really all about, right?
  • When you choose to enjoy something, do so in moderation. If you're being mindful, you'll find you're much more satisfied with one serving versus mindlessly chowing down!
Now if you're in charge of the snack situation, here are two fun recipes I tried and I think would be great for a Superbowl party!

Sriracha Sweet Potato Tots

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sweet potato, mashed
  • 3/4 cup oat or almond flour
  • 1/4 cup crushed Enlightened Sriracha roasted broad beans
  • 1 egg
  • red pepper and salt to taste
  • Carrington Farms sriracha coconut oil

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. 
2. Combine the flour, crushed roasted broad beans, spices, sweet potato, and egg in a bowl or blender. You can blend it or use a hand mixer to blend. I used a hand mixer. 
3. Form into tots and drop on lined pan. Drizzle the sriracha oil over the top and maybe a sprinkle more spice. 
4. Bake for 20-25 minutes and enjoy!





Peanut Butter Maple Bacon Cake Balls


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Kodiak cakes protein pancake mix
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • Devotion Nutrition maple bacon flex flavor
  • Additional sweetener to taste
  • 1/2 cup powdered peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 2 tsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 strip of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • Additional syrup to taste

Directions:

1. Preheat your cake pop maker and spray with cooking spray. 
2. Whisk together the pancake mix, water, egg white, flex flavor, sweetner (I used just a small bit of Nunaturals simple syrup) and baking soda. 
3. Drop by spoonfuls into the cake pop maker and cook per the instructions for your cake pop maker. 
4. Allow the balls to cool, maybe even pop them in the fridge. 
5. Combine the liquefied coconut oil, powdered peanut butter and maple syrup. 
6. Use toothpicks to dunk you balls into the peanut butter sauce. Sprinkle bacon bits on top and store in the fridge to harden the peanut butter coating. 
7. Remove from fridge and drizzle with additional syrup to enjoy!

Do you have any super bowl traditions or favorite recipes? Let me know!