Pushing Myself and Improving With the Help of Vega Sport

Hi Friends! How was your Monday? Hopefully your week started off wonderful! Remember that time I used to blog regularly? Ya, sorry that hasn’t been happening lately. On the plus side, I am making some major progress on my school classroom! I am teaching fifth grade math this year, so if you have any tips/suggestions/ideas, send them my way! :)

I have really been pushing myself in my workouts lately, and I think it’s helping me get stronger. You might have remembered me mentioning HERE that Ryan and I both have a personal trainer we will meet with for five weeks. This was our second week, and I am really enjoying it. My trainer is helping me push myself, and last night he had me lifting a bunch of weights, which is what I need. I told him my fitness goals are to get stronger and faster, so the workouts he is providing me with are perfect for that! As I was working out he told me to make sure to take my protein shake after my workout because my muscles would definitely need it in order to recover as quickly as possible.

Luckily for me, I have got to sample some of the Vega Sport Performance Protein, and this has been perfect for a post workout meal!

IMG_7198 I was able to sample this product through my SweatPink Ambassadorship, and I was thrilled to come home to the above box after our vacation to Colorado! I received twelve servings of the vanilla performance protein, and I fell in love with the first smoothie I made!

IMG_7223 In the above smoothie I put in about one cup of almond milk, a banana, some strawberries, blueberries, spinach, chia seeds, ice, and almond butter! This was breakfast one morning for me, so I made it pretty filling. I drank this after I did a T25 workout, and a 30 minute cardio/strength workout at the gym. After a good hour of working out, a shake like this not only tasted delicious, but it was exactly what my body needed in order to properly recover.

IMG_7252 I went for a run this past weekend, and as you can tell from the picture above I got a little dirty. It didn’t help that it was extremely hot, so my legs were super sweaty, which made all of the dirt stay on my legs. I know, it’s gross. No need to thank me for sharing this lovely picture with you. ;) But after a sweaty, dirty run like this, a Vega Sport performance protein smoothie hit the spot! I love making a cold, refreshing drink to recharge and repair my muscles.

I love that all of the Vega Sport products are plant based and completely natural. I have to stay away from gluten and dairy, which makes finding a good, natural protein powder hard to find. However, Vega Sport products are totally natural and gluten and dairy free. The performance protein is made to improve strength and exercise performance, repair and build muscles, and reduce recovery time between training. I don’t know about you, but all of those things sound awesome to me!

Like I said, I tried the vanilla flavor of protein powder, and every time I used it I made a shake with almond milk, some type of fruit, and ice. One time I tried to make a shake with just almond milk, ice, and the powder, and I didn’t like it very much, so I recommend adding fruit to your shake. With fruit added to the shake, Ryan and I both love it after our workouts. Oh, I also recommend adding spinach to your shakes/smoothies because some extra greens are always a good thing! :)

I highly recommend heading over HERE to see how you can use the Vega Sport products to Fuel Your Better. You can see what certain products are used for, and what product would be best for your certain needs. These products are a little pricey in my opinion, but I think this is just because the products are all natural and totally plant based. If this is in your budget, or if you can splurge a little bit, I think the Vega Sport products are definitely worth it!

Questions:

1. Have you tried any of the Vega Sport products? What did you think of it?

2. If you haven’t tried any of their products, which product would you be interested in trying? 

3. What do you like to use to refuel after your workouts? Do you have a certain protein powder you like? 

4. Totally random question, but do you know any healthy breakfast recipes that are good to make for guests?

 

 

 

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The ENERGYbits Winner Is…

Happy Friday friends! Today I am dropping in to announce the winner of the ENERGYbits giveaway!

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Congratulations McKayla Parks! McKayla, I have already emailed you. :)

Thank you so much to all of you who participated. To those of you who are still interested in trying some of the bits, ENERGYbits are only available at ENERGYbits.com. Jonathan (their Community Manager) has shared with me that he’d be happy to connect anyone with a current ambassador to share a discount on a bag of bits, or more info on their sample program. You can email him at jlevitt@energybits.com.

Before I go, I just want to apologize for my inconsistency this summer with my blog. I absolutely love writing here, but things have gotten so busy, and this week has been pretty stressful for me. Honestly, things will be pretty busy and stressful until school starts (probably more like until the first few weeks of school are over) because I have so much to do as far as preparing my classroom. So I hope I will be able to post here more often, but I know I will just have to see how things go. No one can do everything, and you have to prioritize things in your life. :)

Everyone have a great weekend! :)

Questions:

1. Do you have any awesome weekend plans?

2. Any teachers out there that have any advice for me as far as setting up my classroom? 

3. Have you ever tried ENERGYbits? What did you thing of them? 

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Energy Bits Review and Giveaway!

Hello friends! I hope you all had a great week last week! We had such a great time in Colorado, and we didn’t get back until after 10:00 p.m. Sunday night. Monday was spent doing laundry, grocery shopping, unpacking, and trying to get our house back to normal after being gone. I spent Tuesday in my classroom organizing things and then Ryan and I went to see our personal trainers for our first official workout last night! I will eventually share about our Colorado vacation, but for now I want to share an awesome product with y’all.

A while back energy bits  reached out to me about trying their product. I had heard great things about it, so I was very excited to try this natural energy source out!

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ENERGYbits is a Boston based sports nutrition company, and  the bits have the highest concentration of protein in the world. Plus, they deliver a steady stream of energy, and it’s all natural, which means no sugar, caffeine, chemicals or stomach distress. The bits contain natural antioxidants and Omega 3 which reduce muscle inflammation, iron which prevents fatigue, chlorophyll which builds the immune system and electrolytes which replenish mineral imbalances.Plus each tab is only one calorie!

I would use the bits to help fuel my runs and T25 workouts!

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One of the things I like best about ENERGYbits is that they are all natural because it is actually food, not a supplement. The only ingredient in these bits are 100% organically grown spirulina algae. Algae  has actually been used by Olympic athletes for over 50 years, but it is not well known in the United States and Canada.

I would also use the ENERGYbits to help fuel for my hour long body pump class!

IMG_6981 Since each tab is only one calorie, I did learn that for me at first I wasn’t having enough bits to fuel my body the way it needed. A serving size is 30 bits (only 30 calories!), but at first I would just take 10 or 15 bits, and that wasn’t enough. I would say 30 bits work best, which is probably why that is the suggested serving size. ;) I would just swallow the bits with water like they were pills.

Now if you aren’t sold on the major nutritional value in these bits, check out this graph that compares ENERGYbits to other types of fuel.

Energy Bits Nutritional Comparison Chart Impressed yet?  I hope so! :)

The only negative thing about ENERGYbits in my opinion is that they are a little pricey, but since it is all natural and organic, I understand why it is more expensive than other brands. But lucky for one of you ENERGYbits is giving away a sample to one of you so you can try it out without worrying about price! And if you don’t win the giveaway you can still receive a discount to buy the bits!

So you should all obviously enter right away to try to win some ENERGYbits! But I am super sorry to my international friends; this giveaway is only open to U.S. residents. :(
The giveaway will be open until Thursday night at midnight.
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Questions:

What have you all been up to lately? Catch me up since I’ve been gone a whole week!

 

 

 

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The Skoop Giveaway Winner Is…

Hi friends! The Skoop Giveaway ended this morning at midnight, so the winner has been randomly chosen.

Congratulations to Megan from the Lyons’ Share! She won by following Healthy Skoop on Twitter. Megan, I have already emailed you. :) If you can just email me back and let me know what flavor you want I can let Skoop know so that you can get your prize ASAP!

Thank you so much to everyone who took part in the giveaway. If you didn’t win and would still like to order Skoop feel free to check out my website HERE. If you have any questions about the product feel free to email me and shoot me any questions. :)

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Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all have a great weekend! And in case you missed my post yesterday, we are on vacation so you won’t be hearing from me for a while. I’ll be back soon. :)

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This Runner is At It Again

Well guys, I have some news to share with y’all. I have known this for about two weeks, I just haven’t shared it yet.

I will be doing my second marathon in January!

IMG_5925 I signed up with a group of people for the lottery for the Houston Marathon in January, and our group got in! My cousin is running the full and my aunt is doing the half (I signed up with them and their running group), so I am glad they will be running it too. I am super excited about this race because I definitely think I can improve from my first marathon, especially since I ran with some injuries in that race.

I am currently looking for a good marathon training plan, so if you have any suggestions please let me know. I have looked into the Run the Edge Ultimate training plan and some of the Hal Higdon training plans. I want a plan that will add in speed work in order for me to get faster and cross training so that I can get stronger and reduce my chance for injury. If you know of other plans besides the ones I mentioned I would be open to those too!

Also, Ryan and I are leaving this afternoon to go to his parents’ house because we are all leaving to go to Colorado this weekend! We are so excited! His family goes to Colorado every summer, and we couldn’t make it last summer, so we are really ready to go this year. We will get to his parents’ house late tonight, drive half way to Colorado tomorrow night, stay the night somewhere Friday and then get up and drive the rest of the way to Colorado Saturday! We will be there a whole week, and I can’t wait for all of the fun, relaxing times ahead!

kayaking in Colorado This is Ryan and I kayaking two years ago in Colorado. :) We will be doing some more of this!

Since we will be on vacation, I probably won’t be posting. I will make sure to catch y’all  up on everything when I get back though. But you can follow me on Instagram and keep up with a little of our trip since I’m sure I will be posting pictures.

Don’t worry, I will still have a quick post tomorrow morning to say who won the Skoop Giveaway! The giveaway closes at midnight tonight, so you still have time to enter if you haven’t!

Now it’s time for me to go shower and get ready for my dentist appointment and finish packing! I’m praying I don’t have cavities like last time!

Questions:

1. What are your plans this weekend?

2. Have you ever been to Colorado? If so, what did you do there?

3. If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go? I have always wanted to go to Greece!

 

 

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