running here, there, and everywhere and an Amazing Grass Protein Review

Can’t stop won’t stop over here.  I literally have been non-stop the past couple of days.  Friday, I headed back home to Chicago to attend my cousin’s wedding, which was amazing. Pre-wedding, I decided to test my speed a little and do a fartlek run on the treadmill.  4 miles of random speeds later and I felt good.  Like really good.  I feel like I’m making strides (literally) and it’s a good feeling.

Sunday was a rest day because, let’s be honest, you couldn’t pay me to workout after that wedding.  But, thanks to the rise of the Pokemon Go app, I easily hit my 10,000 steps haha.  My boyfriend and I went on multiple aimless walks.  Gotta catch em all, obviously.

Today was a 5k.  I still am taking little breaks every now and then to reassess and check my ankle, but I’m getting there.  To be completely frank, it doesn’t always feel awesome.  There are times when I get a little nervous, but I know I’m ready and I’ve got to keep pushing to get there.  I have to say though my new supplement routine seems to helping with my progress.

I’m still on the hunt for the perfect protein powder.  After talking about supplements and all those fun extras a couple of posts back, I’ve been working to try and incorporate them into my meals a little more regularly.  I received a container of Amazing Grass Protein Superfood through my association with FitApproach.  All opinions are my own.

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Amazing Grass Protein is a blend of pea, hemp, chia, and quinoa, delivering 20g of protein per serving.  But that’s not all.  In each serving, you get 7 alkalizing organic greens and two-full servings of wholesome fruits and vegetables. No shame in getting a little extra goodness along with my protein.  Definitely not complaining.

When I first opened the canister, I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t ready for the smell.  It’s unlike regular protein powders. The initial shock of the smell didn’t dissuade me though and I decided to use it in some shakes and try baking with it.  It’s a super convenient way to get the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables, that’s for sure.

So, I used some in a shake and I was shocked.  I expected it to be an overwhelming flavor that I wasn’t going to enjoy, but this was not the case at ALL.  I think the best part about the Amazing Grass Protein Superfood powder is that it’s more than just protein powder and that makes me want to use it as much as I can.  I started putting a little bit in my morning oatmeal, sprinkling it into some of my baked goods, and putting it in shakes.  I even gave it to my uber picky boyfriend and he loved it.  Seriously, I’m not just saying that.  It gave the shakes a green tea taste almost like matcha.  If you like matcha, you will honestly love this stuff.  It blends really well too because the powder is super fine.  Amazing Grass knows what’s up.

Best part.  Macros.  It’s super hard to find a low carb, vegan protein powder but each serving of this stuff only has 4g of carbs.  Yep.  4.  Kthanksbye.  20g of protein too.

Overall, really glad I gave this stuff a try and will be incorporating it into my rotation for sure.  It’s some of the most refreshing protein powder I’ve tried and tastes great in a simple shake of just bananas and almond milk.  Count me in.

-sj

 

daylight savings time getting the best of me? better recover with delicious morning muffins.

What an awesome weekend.  I was super lucky to get to spend some time with my girl friends in Philly this weekend doing an awesome workout for the #MyCityMoves campaign, which left me oh so sore, but oh so satisfied.  Is there anything better than a new, challenging workout?  Plus we didn’t look to bad afterwards if I do say so myself.

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Daylight savings time came in full force on Sunday though and I wasn’t ready for it.  I had some how convinced myself that 6 am would feel like 7 am and that the mornings would be bright and cheery.  Spoiler alert: this is not the case.  In fact, it is the exact opposite.  I woke up on Sunday feeling sleepy as all get out an confused about why it was so dark outside when my watch blinked 6:45.  I got up and got my butt to the gym anyway.

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Good thing I was the only one there.

I’m not kidding when I say it was me and one other person.  That’s it.  But that made for an awesome workout because I could play around with any and all machines I wanted and not bother anyone.

I ended up putting together a quick circuit workout after a leisurely 4 mile run.

Complete all three circuits with a 60 sec rest between each and repeat the whole thing 2 more times.

Circuit 1: 10 weighted lunges, 10 squats, and 10 burpees

Circuit 2: 10 squat jumps, 10 straight leg deadlifts, fast half mile run

Circuit 3: 10 ice skaters, 10 squat to row, 10 lateral lunges

Throwing some running in there kept my heart rate through the roof and made me feel like a powerhouse.  I got up to 10.2 on the treadmill and kept telling myself “Don’t fall, don’t fall, don’t fall” for the entirety of my sprint (also I didn’t run the whole half mile at this pace, don’t worry).

The hardest part about waking up these past couple of days has been motivating myself to do so, so when my boyfriend asked me to make delicious muffins to wake up to, I had to oblige.  These bran muffins may not be the healthiest thing out there, but dang if they’re not delicious.

Bran Muffins 

Ingredients

-1 1/2 cups bran cereal (I used Fiber One Bran Cereal)

-1 cup buttermilk (if you don’t have this, you can use milk and vinegar)

-1/3 cup melted coconut oil

-1 egg

-2/3 cup of brown sugar

-1 cup all-purpose flour

-1 tsp vanilla extract

-1 tsp baking powder

-1 tsp baking soda

-pinch of salt

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Steps:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and lightly spray a muffin pan with nonstick spray
  • in a medium bowl, soak bran cereal (I like to crunch it up a bit first) in the buttermilk for 10-15 minutes
  • Add in melted coconut oil, brown sugar, vanilla, flour, egg, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and stir it all together.  The mixture will be thick, but delicious
  • Divide the batter evenly into the muffin tins (mine made about 15 muffins, but it easily could have been compacted to 12)
  • Bake in the oven for about 13-15 minutes or until a poker comes out clean.

These muffins are everything.  Super easy to make and 1000% delicious.  I’ve probably eaten about 30 thus far (I made multiple batches, don’t you worry) and I have no shame about it.

Also, please look at this.  Sloths or chocolate croissants?  I was dying.

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  • How are you doing with Daylight Savings Time?
  • What’s your go to breakfast these days?

-sj