Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Vega Bars

     I have received this product for my review. All opinions are my own. 

For the entire month of April I have been trying out being Vegan (more on that later), so I was really excited to be picked by Vega to try out their new line of bars! But, I was a bit nervous to try out the products for a few reasons: 1. I generally don't care for protein bars of any sort and 2. Most packaged vegan stuff is lacking a little flavor. Vega is a company that focuses on plant based diet and nutrition. They have everything from protein powder to supplements!

I tried 4 different products in eight different flavors:

  • Snack Bars - They were by far my favorite! The bars are great for on the go snacking or when I was in the middle of work and needed something fast. The bars were mostly nuts and really yummy! They are gluten free, non GMO, and packed with super foods!
  • Meal Replacement Bars - These bars were ok, they were extremely filling and satisfied me while I was at a baseball game. Since they are meal replacement bars they do have almost 300 calories. My favorite flavor was Chocolate Peanut Butter!
  • Energy Bars - I used these bars for my morning runs. I am guilty of never eating before I run, so these bars were the perfect amount of food to get me going. The taste was good too! 
  • Protein Bars - Posible one of the best protein bars I have ever had! They are a little high in sugar, but the taste is well work it. I ate these bars after a hard workout at the gym, they have 15 grams of protein and are chocolate! It was like having a treat for my workout. 
Overall, I was impressed by the bars and will be ordering some more! I even saved 2 for my upcoming spartan race this weekend! You don't have to be vegan to eat these. They have great flavor, but can be a bit high in sugar. They are great for on the go and really easy to carry with you. They are all natural and totally worth the price!
How I enjoyed my Vega Bars!

What is your favorite protein bar?

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Chia Berry Lemonade

Happy Earth Day! Summer is just around the corner and I have been getting into the summer spirit with the most refreshing drink, a chia berry lemonade! It is so easy to make and is great anytime of the day.

To make the Lemonade you will need the following:

  • 2 Lemons
  • 1/2 Cup of Berries, I used raspberries and strawberries
  • 1 Cup of Coconut Water
  • 2 Teaspoons of Chia Seeds
  • 1 Teaspoon of honey
Mix all of the ingredients into a cup, chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour, then enjoy!

This drink is even better because, chia seeds will expand when they are added to a liquid, so you feel fuller longer. Chia has been linked to help you fight belly fat! Not only are they gluten/grain free naturally, but one tablespoon of Chia Seeds has more calcium than a glass of milk, more Omega-3s than Salmon, and more antioxidants than blueberries.

Do you have a favorite summer drink?
Do you use chia seeds? If so, what do you add them too?

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Motivational Monday - #strongereveryrun

Today, thousands of runners will come together and run the Boston Marathon proving how amazing the running community is. As a runner, my heart went out to all of the people affected by the Boston Marathon bombing last year. I sat there in shock as I watched the news reports of what was going on. It saddens me to think that people have the ability to make a joyful, fun event turn into a nightmare so quickly. But on the other hand, it makes me so proud to be apart of an amazing community that is able to rally together and stand up.

For the most part, running is a solo sport. But if you have ever been to a race, you would quickly see the sense of community. Runners will cheer you on, help you get the the finish line, and support you all of the way. You don't have to be a professional to fit in or even run that fast. Even though horrible things happened I am so happy to see the continued coverage of all of the stories of people that are choosing to continue to live their lives to the fullest. 

Yesterday while I was on my way to work, I was talking to my sister Stevee , who works for Converse, a Nike Company, and she told me about a social media event that Nike was running today, April 21st, for Boston. 

Today, Nike will donate 1 dollar for every mile you run! All you have to do is download the Nike+ running app, run your run, and add the hashtag "#strongereveryrun" in the notes section on the Nike+ running app  and they will donate to the Challenged Athletes Foundation and donations will go directly to providing opportunities and support to survivors of the Boston tragedy. Click Here are the full details.

I have the app and have been using it for awhile. It is by far one of my favorites. It is easy to use, stores useful data, and it's free!

So join me today and Stand Up for Boston...Run for Boston... Run for You!

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