Simple Steps to Feel Amazing Every Day this Summer

Summertime is the official spokes-season (see what I did there?) of relaxation, vitality and pure amazingness. In fact, my personal mantra during these gloriously sun-drenched months is to Feel Amazing Every Day through self-care rituals, alfresco explorations, fitness commitments and superfood sustenance.

 And in that spirit of epic expectations, lemme divulge my Top 4 no-fail wellness pointers, along with statistical snapshots on why you should care. Then, we can ALL proceed to make this summer one for the history books!

feel amazing every day

1.  Start Each Day with a Yoga Flow.

  • Stimulates physical energy
  • Alleviates emotional stress
  • Cultivates breath awareness
  • Forges a mind–body connection
  • Promotes full-body movement
upward dog

upward dog, anyone? ignore the…err…unflattering angle!

2.  Say “Hell Yeah” to Whole Foods.

  • Gives the body nutrient–dense fuel
  • Satiates hunger for extended periods
  • Curbs refined sugar cravings over time
  • Encourages a mindful eating practice
  • Replaces “artificial” with all–natural
amazing grass pancakes

protein pancakes topped with almond butter drizzle

3.  Spend Quality Time Outdoors.

  • Improves respiration & circulation
  • Reduces stress for mental clarity
  • Offers the benefits of Vitamin D
  • Motivates cardiovascular activity
  • Fosters appreciation for nature
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RayBan shades and 95–degree Florida humidity…optional

4.  Slurp on Amazing Grass Smoothies.

  • Contains 20g of plant-based protein
  • Yields 2 servings of fruit & veggies
  • Includes 7 alkalizing leafy greens
  • Supports lean muscle development
  • Regulates optimal digestive health
  • Provides these wellness benefits:
    • USDA-certified organic ingredients
    • non-GMO & gluten-free verified
    • no added sugars or preservatives
    • vegan, kosher & pareve compliant
amazing grass smoothie 3

organic pea, hemp, chia and quinoa…OH MY!

Psssst…wanna experience all that AMAZINGNESS for yourself this summer? Then, don’t forget to enter my Amazing Grass Protein Superfood Giveaway! Check out the details below and indicate which flavor you’d prefer: Original, Vanilla or Chocolate–Peanut Butter.

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***Open U.S.–based entries only.  Winner selected at midnight July 9.***

 

Mighty Nut: the Protein Powder of Champions + Giveaway

I first discovered Peanut Butter & Co back in college when surviving on PB&J sammies was an occupational hazard of dorm life. The creamy texture, finger licking flavors and all-natural ingredients powered me through everything from finals cram sessions (thanks for the 4.0, PB & Co!) to weekend Netflix binges (damn, I miss college sometimes!).

So, when I recently discovered PB & Co’s Mighty Nut protein powder, I just couldn’t resist. Not only does this product deliver all the smooth, silky lusciousness of traditional peanut butter, the finely ground consistency lends itself to baking, blending, sprinkling and more!

From smoothies to oatmeal, Mighty Nut is a convenient — and indulgent — way to meet your daily protein quota.

mighty nut powdered peanut butter

Here’s what you’ll find in each (2 tbsp.) serving:

  • 85% less fat calories than regular peanut butter
  • vegan, gluten-free and non-GMO certified
  • 5-6 grams of protein
  • 1-2 grams of fiber
  • only 1-2 grams of sugar
  • only 1-1.5 grams of fat

Plus, it’s available in 4 delightful varieties:

  • Original
  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate
  • Flax & Chia

I’ve specifically been playing around with the Flax & Chia flavor, so behold my latest creation — Vegan Pumpkin & Peanut Butter Muffins. Because, any excuse for fall yummies, right?!

Pumpkin Muffins

Ingredients:

1 cup Unsweetened Pumpkin Purée

3/4 cup Whole Wheat Flour*

1/2 cup Unsweetened Cashew Milk

1/4 cup Mighty Nut Peanut Butter Powder

1 tbsp. All-Natural Almond Butter

1 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice

1/2 tsp. Baking Soda

1/4 tsp. Cinnamon

Organic Stevia (to-taste)

*Make this recipe gluten-free by substituting any of these alternatives.

Pumpkin Muffin Ingredients

Preparation:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees and spray a muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray or use baking liners.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl until the batter is smooth and thoroughly combined.
  3. Pour the batter into each individual muffin cup (you should have enough batter to fill about 6 cups).
  4. Bake the muffins for approximately 20 minutes, or until they are completely cooked through (test with a toothpick to make sure).
  5. Allow the muffins to cool slightly for approximately 5 minutes, then give into the temptation — it’s guiltless, I swear!

Pumpkin Muffins Batter

Pumpkin Muffins Finished Product

Wanna score your own jar of Mighty Nut amazingness? Just enter my Giveaway through the following channels:

Open to U.S. residents only. Deadline to enter is October 25, midnight EST. One prize per person. If you have already won a Mighty Nut giveaway from another blog, please disclose this, so I can choose another winner. 

 

#LoveBulu ‘Cause Bulu Loves You Back!

Confession: health and wellness goodies are my weakness.

Yeah, alright…I recognize the irony. In the broader scope of every possible obsession a person might succumb to, I could do much worse!

But, while my body appreciates the benefits of a wholesome diet, sometimes my wallet wishes I wasn’t so selective. There’s no denying that health often comes with dollar signs attached, resulting in everyone’s favorite “Cost vs. Quality” debate.

Why can’t they just get along? Why can’t we nourish ourselves properly without breaking our budgets? Well…turns out, we can!

Say “hello” to Bulu Box — where nutritious eating meets bargain hunting. Each month, Bulu Box subscribers receive 4-5 snack, vitamin and supplement samples from top-rated wellness brands.

BuluBox

A little orange box of happiness…Who can resist those motivational mantras?!

This customized package is conveniently shipped straight to your doorstep, and Bulu Box offers several subscription plans for every price range. Choose from Month-to-Month ($10 per box), 3 Months ($30 fee),     6 Months ($60 fee) and 12 Months ($110 fee). Free shipping comes standard, and Rewards Points make saving money even easier.

Now, for the fun part — what’s inside a Bulu Box? Pure yumminess, that’s what! Guilt-free food finds galore. Take a peek:

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Protein powder, energy bars, performance supplements…OH MY!!!

Quest Protein Powder

Quest Protein Powder

  • The Breakdown: 23 grams of protein per serving; less than 1 gram of sugar per serving, 110 calories per serving (high protein-to-calories ratio); soy- and gluten-free; essential nutrients including Potassium, Fiber, Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium and Iron
  • The Taste Test: I’ve never uttered a negative word about peanut butter flavored anything, and this protein powder is no exception.
  • The Verdict: When blended into liquid form, Quest adds a creamy quality that smoothie fans will love. Moreover, the protein content is ideal for both pre-workout energy and recovery fuel.

Mediterra Nutritional Bar

Mediterra Savory Bar

  • The Breakdown: 6 grams of protein per serving; 6 grams of fiber per serving; 4 grams of sugar per serving; 160 calories per serving; non-GMO verified; gluten-free, all-natural ingredients; essential nutrients including Vitamin C, Calcium and Iron
  • The Taste Test: With a crisp, crunchy texture and just the right amount of saltiness, this rich and tangy snack condenses an entire Margherita pizza into one bite-sized bar.
  • The Verdict: The tomato and basil combo takes “satisfying pick-me-up” to another level. Mediterranean Diet devotees will appreciate this savory grain and veggie pairing, packaged for on-the-go ease.

Movit Energy Gummies

MoveIt Energy Gummies

  • The Breakdown: 60 calories per serving; scientifically formulated Coenzyme Q10 supplement; Guarana caffeine; essential nutrients including Folic Acid, Niacin, Vitamin C and Vitamin B12
  • The Taste Test: Although I have trouble stomaching gummies, these little guys defied my initial skepticism. The citrus aftertaste is sweet but not cloying, and the consistency is chewy but not gelatinous.
  • The Verdict: These smiling gummies are hard to resist, and their compact size makes smart snacking effortless. Plus, Movit’s natural energy supports a variety of athletic activities.

Yerba Prima Fiber Plus Powder

Yerba Prima

  • The Breakdown: 9 grams of fiber per serving; 0 grams of sugar per serving; 15 calories per serving; bentonite detoxification; herbal cleansing; milk thistle extract (liver health); Ginko leaf extract (mental function); essential nutrients including Potassium and Calcium
  • The Taste Test: Mix this apple spice infused formula with water, and you’re basically drinking cider. Fall in a glass. Enough said.
  • The Verdict: Yerba Prima offers digestive regularity without skimping on flavor. The purifying herb complex will gently detox your system for fast-acting gastrointestinal relief — a win-win in my book.

So, there you go, folks. That’s why I #LoveBulu. Wanna feel the love as well? Order your own box and use the promo code SWEATPINK at check-out to score 50% off a 3-month subscription!

Special thanks to Fit Approach and Bulu Box for giving me the opportunity to sample these products. 

A Non-Beachbody Coach’s Take on Shakeology

Shakeology Flavors

I initially heard about Shakeology 6 months ago. Those first 3 months were spent in a perpetual state of skepticism. The next 3 months were spent in limbo between piqued interest and hesitation to fork over cash for a product I wasn’t sure would deliver.

Finally though, intrigue won out over financial responsibility, and 1 week later, my Super Sampler arrived in the mail. There I was — committed to trying this so-called “superfood supplement” I’d been resisting since December. No turning back now.

So, I took the plunge. Ripped open a packet. Poured some powder into the blender. Added a few ingredients lying around my fridge…

Then, I drank.

The first sip told me everything I needed to know. My eating habits would never be the same. In those .5 seconds it took to gulp down that smoothie, I became a bona fide Shakeology believer.

Since then, my mornings don’t even begin until this smoothie addict gets her Shakeology fix, which provides numerous essential nutrients in one wholesome, appetite-curbing (not to mention, ah-mazing!) meal.

In fact, according to the website, here’s what you’ll find in a single Shakeology serving:

  • Protein & Fiber: to naturally reduce hunger and unhealthy food cravings
  • Antioxidants, Phytonutrients, Vitamins & Minerals: to fight free-radical damage and support a strong immune system
  • Adaptogen Herbs: to help your body adapt and respond to the effects of stress
  • Prebiotics, Probiotics & Digestive Enzymes: to aid in nutrient absorption and promote digestive regularity

I’m not a paid distributor or Beachbody Coach. Nor is this a sponsored review that’ll earn me some sweet commission. Nope. I’m just personally attesting to the product’s incredible taste and positive results.

What can I say? It’s L-O-V-E. Love.

And logic. Because, damn, does this stuff work!

Shakeology turned my dubious trial run into a permanent lifestyle staple. That’s one “told ya so” this former skeptic will drink to anytime!

But, for all you other skeptics still at-large: maybe these RECIPES will change your mind…Go ahead: the indulgence comes completely guilt-free!

Chocolate Shakeology Smoothie:

Vegan Chocolate Shakeology Recipe

1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology Powder (or, make it Vegan)

1 tsp. Sweetener (e.g. Raw Agave Nectar, Raw Honey, Organic Stevia)

1 c. Unsweetened Cashew Milk

1/2 c. Fresh or Frozen Blackberries

1/4 c. Whole Grain Rolled Oats

1 tbsp. All-Natural Almond Butter

Strawberry Shakeology Smoothie:

Strawberry Shakeology Recipe

1 scoop Strawberry Shakeology Powder (or, make it Vegan)

1 tsp. Sweetener (e.g. Raw Agave Nectar, Raw Honey, Organic Stevia)

1 c. Unsweetened Cashew Milk

1/2 c. Fresh or Frozen Strawberries

1/2 c. Chopped Spinach Leaves

1/4 c. Whole Grain Rolled Oats

1 tbsp. All-Natural Almond Butter

Greenberry Shakeology Smoothie:

Greenberry Shakeology Recipe

1 scoop Greenberry Shakeology Powder

1 tsp. Sweetener (e.g. Raw Agave Nectar, Raw Honey, Organic Stevia)

1 c. Unsweetened Cashew Milk

1/2 c. Chopped Granny Smith Apple

1/2 c. Chopped Avocados

1/4 c. Whole Grain Rolled Oats

1 tbsp. All-Natural Almond Butter

Vanilla Shakeology Smoothie:

Vanilla Shakeology Recipe

1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology Powder

1 tsp. Sweetener (e.g. Raw Agave Nectar, Raw Honey, Organic Stevia)

1 c. Unsweetened Cashew Milk

1/2 c. Chopped Fresh or Frozen Mango

1/4 c. Whole Grain Rolled Oats

1 tbsp. All-Natural Almond Butter

And…Protein Pancakes Too!

Chocolate Shakeology Pancakes

2 scoops Chocolate Shakeology Powder

1/2 c. Almond Flour (grind 1 c. Raw Almonds in a blender or food processor)

1 Egg Yolk (or Vegan substitution)

1/2 c. Water or Unsweetened Nondairy Milk

1/4 c. Whole Grain Rolled Oats

1 tbsp. Organic Stevia Powder

Combine these ingredients in a mixing bowl. Coat a skillet with cooking spray and pre-heat on a medium stovetop setting. Ladle the pancake batter onto the skillet in approximately 1/4 c. increments and cook about 3 minutes on each side. Top the pancakes with fresh fruit and nut butter.