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Fresh Express Salad + A Giveaway

As a Mom’s Meet blogger, I was recently given the opportunity to try out Fresh Express salads. I am a big salad eater, so I really looked forward to seeing what Fresh Express had to offer.

A few facts about Fresh Express:

  • Fresh Express salads are prewashed, rinsed, and dried and then sealed in a patented “Keep Crisp” breathable bag to keep their freshness, with preservatives.
  • Fresh Express offers a large variety of products, including ready-to-eat kits and refreshing mixes. Fresh Express also has a special USDA- Certified Organic line.
  • Fresh Express salads typically cost between $2-$4 and can be found at Target as well as other grocers.

I was excited to take my coupons to the store and pick out some Fresh Express salads!

I loved was that they had such a wide variety of salads to choose from.

I also love the ease of the ready-to-eat kits. Dinner time is usually quite busy in my house, so being able to make a healthy salad in a manner of minutes is always a plus.

My son, Jacob, only recently started eating salad…and he’ll only eat it if there’s bacon on it. Luckily, Fresh Express has a Bacon Caesar salad kit that my whole family loves, and it’s easy to just leave the bacon off my salad.

I also love all the different types of lettuce that Fresh Express offers – I picked up a bag of the Italian and I love how fresh and crisp it tasted.

30 Day Salad Swap

Fresh Express recently launched a program called the 30 Day Salad Swap. The goal of the salad swap is to let you swap out your favorite not-so-healthy food for a salad that creates that foods flavors but with fewer calories.

So, maybe you’re craving pizza. Why not make a pizza salad?! Add some turkey pepperoni and some mozzarella cheese to a salad instead!

You can join the Fresh Express 30 Day Salad Swap at www.30daysaladswap.com. You’ll get instant access to the Salad Swap app, compatible with any computer, tablet, or smart phone.

The salad swap app offers tons of great features including:

  • great salad recipes with the same flavors as your favorite foods
  • access to the complete Fresh Express recipes library – over 150 recipes
  • track your meals, calories, exercise, and more
  • insightful tips, recommendations, and encouragement
  • money saving coupons with the more salads you swap

You can also go to the Mom’s Meet website to get a coupon for .55 cents off you next Fresh Express salad!

Giveaway

I was sent some extra Fresh Express coupons for free salad, so I figured what better way to share them than with you guys! I will be doing a giveaway for a free Fresh Express salad coupon for two readers. I will be mailing these coupons out myself, so it’s only open to U.S. residents since the coupons expire soon. Enter below.
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Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Mom’s Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Mom’s Meet blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.  

 

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes

Question: What is better than chocolate and peanut butter?

Answer: Nothing. Nothing is better than chocolate and peanut butter. It’s pretty much the best food combination ever invented. Ever.
I realize that protein pancakes have been around forever and I am a little late jumping on the protein pancake bandwagon, but it seems like I’m that way with many things. The important thing is that I have finally discovered the goodness that is protein pancakes.

I was always worried that they would taste too “eggy”, but they don’t. I have made them with oats and without oats and neither version tastes too eggy, although I prefer the version with oats.

I decided to experiment a bit in the kitchen this morning and came up with a delicious chocolate peanut butter protein pancake recipe.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes     Serves: 1

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cups oats (I used Quaker Oats Perfect Portions)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 egg whites
  • approx. 1/2 scoop of chocolate protein powder (I used one packet of Cellucor chocolate protein powder)
  • 2 tbsp. PB2

Directions:

  1. Mix oats and water in a bowl. Microwave approx. 1 minute.
  2. Whisk in egg whites, protein powder, and PB2.
  3. Cook on a hot pan for approx. 2-3 minutes per side.
  4. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Calories (without toppings): 229 calories     Protein: 30 grams

I topped my pancakes with organic blue agave maple syrup and blueberries.

Today’s Workout

  • Women on Weights Class – 45 minutes (core and legs)

I pretty sure my legs are dead. After doing BodyPump two days in a row and working on legs in women on weights class today, I can no longer move my legs.

Post workout, I had my last cookies and cream Quest bar.

I have to stop by GNC and pick some more of these up. I also want to get a few of the cookie dough flavor, but last time I was there, they weren’t in stock.

Lunch

Yesterday for lunch, I used up some tilapia taco mix that I had from Whole Foods.

It was so delicious that I was still thinking about tacos today. Luckily, I had the ingredients at home to whip up my own fish tacos.

I used Mahi Mahi, red and green pepper, red onions, and Mrs. Dash salt free taco seasoning. I topped the tacos with mango salsa from Whole Foods. The salsa is really good, but so spicy. I try to pick around the hot peppers.

Mexican food is my all time favorite. I could eat it every single day.

Have a great afternoon!

  • What food could you eat every day and not get sick of it? I could eat tacos and chocolate :)
  • Favorite food combo? Mine is chocolate and pb and bagelwiches with jelly.

 

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BodyPump X2

wGood afternoon!

Yesterday’s Workout

  • Arc trainer – 20 minutes
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

Yesterday’s time change really messed me up. I was up late on Saturday night and I was up really early on Sunday morning. BodyPump starts at 9:30 am on Sundays and I kept thinking that even though it was 9:30, it would feel 8:30. Somehow, I got it stuck in my head that BodyPump was at 8:30 am.

So, yesterday morning, I showed up at the gym at 8am for the 9:30 am BodyPump class. It was too late to go back home, so I just spent a little time on the arc trainer and chatted with a few other gym-goers for awhile. I got very little sleep the night before so I was really out of it all day.

I kept falling asleep at random times and places during the day – on the couch for a half hour, in Jaden’s bed for 20 minutes. It was a really weird day. Even though the time change is only an hour, it messes my body up for a couple of days. I am glad that it’s staying lighter outside later now though!

Breakfast

I had more protein pancakes for breakfast today – these things are so good!

I used vanilla Cellucor protein powder this time and they came out a little bit thinner. I am going to play around with adding PB2 and using more egg whites instead of protein powder. There is so many options when it comes to protein pancakes!

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump – 60 minutes
  • Arc Trainer – 12 minutes

I usually don’t take BodyPump two days in a row, but the instructors at my gym are teaching the new release, which I am still trying to learn. (I got it later than the other instructors, so I am late learning it). It helps me to take the class with someone else teaching it. This new release has a lot of different timing which I am trying to learn.

After BodyPump, I spent a little time on the Arc trainer while waiting for my brother to meet me at the gym so I could take my niece. I passed the time on the arc trainer by watching Saved by the Bell.

I used to watch that show everyday when I was growing up.

Post workout, I had a Power Core strawberry banana protein drink before going to Old Navy with my niece.

Have a great afternoon!

  •  Did you workout today?
  • What shows did you love growing up?

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Blueberry Protein Pancakes

Happy Friday!!

This morning, I taught BodyPump at the gym and then I worked for awhile.

When I was leaving the gym, I checked my email and saw that I had a new update for my nutrition plan from Sara. One of my new breakfast items is protein pancakes. I decided that I couldn’t wait for breakfast tomorrow to have them so I made them for lunch instead – that was the right choice :)

I stopped at the store and picked up the oatmeal that the recipes calls for:

Blueberry Protein Pancakes   Serves:1

(This is basically the recipe that Sara sent me)

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Quaker Oats Perfect Portions oatmeal (I used the maple flavor)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 scoop Designer Whey protein powder
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup bluberries
  • cinnamon to taste
  • optional: topping of you choice – syrup, peanut butter, fruit, jam, etc.

Directions:

  1. Put 1/4 cup oats in bowl. Add water and stir. Cook 55 seconds.
  2. Add protein powder, egg whites, and cinnamon to oats and whisk until combined.
  3. Stir in desired amount of blueberries (I used about 1/4 cup and added the rest to the top of the pancakes after they were done)
  4. Cook pancakes on the stove on a hot pan sprayed with cooking spray. Cook approx. 2-3 minutes on each side.
  5. Top with fruit and additional toppings of your choice.

I added 1/2 tablespoon of Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Blue Agave Maple to my pancakes.

Total Calories (with agave): 289 calories    Total Protein: 29.5 grams

These pancakes hit the spot and I can’t wait to start eating them for breakfast!

I rented the new Thor movie for Danny and the kids to watch tonight. I’m not really into Thor, so I’ll probably be on my phone or reading when they’re watching :)

Tomorrow, we have a nutrition fair at the gym where I’ll be working for awhile and then I’m going to try and make it out to Whole Foods.

Have a great weekend!

  • Do you have any plans this weekend?
  • What’s the last movie you watched?

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New Goals

Good afternoon!

Breakfast

Breakfast this morning was an egg white omelet with red and green pepper, red onion, spinach, green onion, and mozzarella cheese.

I also had a side of pineapple because I love pineapple – it’s one of my top five favorite fruits. Hmmm…now I’m thinking about delicious fruit. Here are my top five favorite fruit, in no particular order:

  • watermelon
  • pineapple
  • strawberries
  • mango
  • apples

After breakfast, I worked for awhile and then I worked out.

Today’s Workout:

  • Core workout – 20 minutes
  • HIIT workout on indoor track – 25 minutes
  • Stretching - 5 minutes

I started my workout with some core work. These are the exercises that did:

  • 30 knee crunches (knees at 90 degrees)
  • 20 leg raises
  • 25 flutter kicks
  • 60 sec plank
  • 30 cross crunches (foot on opposite knee, crunch toward opposite knee)
  • 20 bicycles
  • 20 heel touches
  • 20 supermans

I did each exercise back-to-back and then repeated the circuit one more time. I did skip the bicycles crunches the second time around because my abs couldn’t take anymore :)

After the core work, I did a HIIT workout on the indoor track. I started by walking one lap and then running one lap as fast as I could – I mean, all out sprinting.

I ran the running laps really fast – I can’t even remember the last time I ran that fast. It really got my heart rate up and I sweat more in those 25 minutes than I’ve sweat all week. I finished up with five minutes of stretching.

Post workout, I had half a Cellucor chocolate protein shake and a Larabar.

Yesterday, I went to Barnes and Noble and bought a book called The New Rules of Lifting for Life. I started reading it with my afternoon snack when I realized that it’s actually a book for middle age people that want to start weight lifting. I don’t feel like I am quiet middle age yet…so I decided to return it. How old is middle age? I don’t even know.

Since I had to work last night, Danny was nice enough to exchange the book at Barnes and Noble for me and get The New Rules of Lifting for Women.

Since I can’t really run as much as I used to, I am looking for a new fitness goal. I really want to work on building more muscle and this book has so much awesome information.

It gives you a whole six month weight lifting plan, discusses why long endurance cardio doesn’t always help build muscles, why weightlifting is more beneficial than cardio, and why eating the correct macronutrients are important.

I found lots of great information for building muscle in the book, but if you’re a long endurance athlete, this book might not be for you.

In delicious dessert news, I found these dark chocolate covered strawberries at the grocery store over the weekend.

Only 60 calories for four strawberries halves and they are delicious! These are the perfect after dinner treat if your craving something sweet. Yum!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Do you have any fitness goals that you’re currently working on?
  • Do you lift weights?
  • Favorite healthy dessert? Favorite not-so-healthy dessert?
  • What are your top five favorite fruits?

 

 

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Back and Biceps Workout

Good afternoon!

First up, the winner of the Lovely Candy Co. giveaway was Carrie M! I already sent you an email – enjoy your candy!!

Yesterday’s Workout

  • Butts and Guts Class – 60 minutes
  • Women on Weights Class – 45 minutes

I got a really good workout in yesterday! I started with the butts and guts class where we did a lot of leg work and then I took the women on weight class where we focused on abs, shoulders, and chest.

My legs were really sore this morning between running on Monday and butts and guts class yesterday.

Today’s Workout

  • Back and Biceps

Since my legs were still sore today, I focused on just strength training today. I did this back and biceps workout:

One of my favorite exercises is definitely the plank rows – it such a great exercise that works so many muscles including your middle back, shoulders, and abs.

After my workout, I had a brownie Questbar – very good! When I went to Target yesterday, they had Larabars and Lara Uber bars on sale for .62 cents so I stocked up on those!

I am not very loyal when it comes to bars. I love them all – quest bars, larabars, clif bars, thinkthin bars, builder bars, kind bars. They’re just all so good.

I finally got the new BodyPump release in the mail a couple of days ago, so I will spend some time this afternoon writing it out and practicing!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Is anyone else super sick of snow yet?!
  • What is your favorite exercise?
  • Favorite bar?

 

 

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Weekend Randomness

Good afternoon - I hope you all had a great weekend! Can you believe it’s March already?!

Saturday

On Saturday night, we went out to celebrate my dad and stepmom’s birthdays.

My dad got this awesome looking cake from a nearby bakery:

I will admit that I didn’t eat very well this weekend. I worked so hard for 12.5 days and then I just went a little overboard with the food during the weekend.

Honestly, it sucked and I was upset with myself last night. I ate so good for almost two weeks and was feeling really good about myself and then I threw all my hard work out the window over the course of the weekend.

Of course, there is a difference between enjoying yourself in moderation and going overboard. I went overboard. And when that happens, I recognize how it makes me feel physically and emotionally, and I remember that for the next time I’m reaching for that 15th cookie :)

Sometimes you fall off the horse and you just need to get right back on, and that’s what I am doing.

Sunday

On Sunday morning, I taught BodyPump at the gym. It was a smaller class due to the snow, but Danny took the class too, so that was fun.

Sunday afternoon, we had lunch at my in-laws house. I spent the afternoon playing Sonic on their old Sega.

My brother and I grew up playing that game and it reminded me of my childhood playing it again.

Today’s Workout

  • Ran three miles – indoor track
  • Abs and stretching

Last week, I was running two miles at a time. Today, I took it up to three miles. I am slowly increasing my mileage to see how my hip and quad feel.

When I am running, my hip aches, but it feels fine later in the day. My quad doesn’t hurt while I run usually, but it hurts afterwards. So much fun.

I feel pretty good running right now and am working up to 5 miles for the Shamrock Shuffle. After that I’ll probably stick to 5ks just so I don’t hurt my hip anymore.

Speaking of 5ks, I signed up for my first color run. It’ll also be Jaden’s first 5k – which means I’ll be walking most of it with him which I look forward to because he’s so happy about it.

Danny and Jacob are going to run it, and my dad and stepmom are going to walk it. Jaden is so excited to be doing his first 5k, and he’s really excited that it’s a color run.

I am back on track with my eating today. I have been hearing good things about Earth Balance peanut butter, so when I was at Whole Foods last week, I picked up a jar to try. I got the creamy natural peanut butter with flax seed.

They also have a coconut peanut butter that I’ve heard is really good, but I’m not a huge coconut fan. The regular peanut butter was really good and I would definitely buy it again.

Have a great afternoon!

  • Did you workout today?
  • What was your favorite game as a kid?
  • Favorite peanut butter? I usually just buy the Jif Natural peanut butter.

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PJ’s Organics Breakfast Burritos

PJ’s Organics

Breakfast was something a little bit different this morning – a PJ’s Organics breakfast burrito!

I was recently sent three of the PJ’s Organics breakfast burritos to try out. I was really excited that these products are organic and they offered a “skinny” breakfast burrito.

The three burritos I received:

  • Skinny Breakfast Burrito – organic egg white, feta cheese, spinach, and sun-dried tomato – 300 calories, 15 grams protein, 2 grams fiber
  • Surf’s Up Breakfast Burrito – organic eggs, ground beef, jalapenos, and cheddar cheese – 330 calories, 14 grams protein, 3 grams fiber
  • Denver Breakfast Burrito – organic eggs, cheddar cheese, red and green bell peppers – 340 calories, 14 grams protein, 2 grams of fiber

I don’t eat ground beef so I left the Surf’s Up burrito for Danny :)

Danny brought his to work this morning and texted me saying that he thought it was really good.

I was really excited about trying the skinny burrito. It’s basically all my favorite things rolled up in a tortilla. I’m all for a breakfast that is quick and easy!

The skinny burrito was delicious and very filling.

I also love that all three breakfast burritos have under 340 calories and contain a good amount of protein.

If you love Mexican food like me, be sure to check out PJ’s Organics regular burritos too!

Since the kids don’t have school today, I worked out at home. I practiced the BodyPump release that I will be teaching Sunday and then I did the Jillian Michaels abs DVD.

Since there’s no school and I don’t have to work, the kids and I are going to head to Whole Foods later. The closest Whole Foods is about 25 minutes away. I am almost glad that we don’t have one closer or I would always be broke :)

Have a great weekend!

  • What do you usually eat for breakfast?
  • What’s your favorite store?
  • Any plans for the weekend?

Disclaimer: I was sent the PJ’s Organics burritos to review at no charge. All opinions are my own.

 

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Biceps and Triceps Workout

Good afternoon!

I worked for awhile at the gym this morning, and then I completed a biceps and triceps workout.

(Instagram)

Here’s what my workout looked like:

I completed each exercise back-to-back, rested 2 minutes, and then repeated two more times.

Biceps:

Rest two minutes and repeat two more times.

Triceps:

  • Lying dumbbell triceps extensions x10
  • Triceps pushdown (cable machine) x12
  • Dumbbell triceps kickback x12

Rest two minutes and repeat two more times.

I finished my workout with a two mile run on the indoor track. It wasn’t the best run because I wore the wrong workout capris, sports bra, and shoes. I kept having to pull my pants up and readjust every minute. I still finished two miles :)

Post workout, I had half a Cellucor chocolate protein shake and the world’s best Kind bar flavor – peanut butter and dark chocolate.

I recently bought a Groupon for Cellucor whey protein powder. It was the protein powder that my health coach recommended so when I saw it on Groupon, I decided to try it out.

I bought ten 1/2 servings package in chocolate and ten in vanilla. I like chocolate and Danny likes vanilla.

Tea

I only recently started to like tea. I have been a coffee lover for years but tea is the new love in my life.

Yesterday, I found a Twinings peach iced tea bag in my cabinet that I got as a sample in the mail awhile ago.

I drank the iced tea even though the temperature is below freezing outside. It was soooo good. I loved it so much that I went to the grocery store last night to buy a whole package.

Unfortunately, the store I went to didn’t have them (I will find them by summer!), but I did buy two other teas to try out – Twinings Chai and Celestial Seasonings fruit tea sampler.

I had a cup of the hot peach tea yesterday and I really liked it. This afternoon, I tried the Chai tea while a splash of almond milk. It was good but not my favorite. I prefer the more fruity teas.

There’s no school tomorrow, so I switched teaching BodyPump with another instructor – I’ll be teaching Sunday instead.

Have a great afternoon!!

  •  Are you a tea drinker? What’s your favorite?
  • Do you ever buy Groupons?

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The Lovely Candy Company Giveaway

Candy is one of my favorite things. Candy that is certified gluten-free, non-GMO, certified Kosher, and contains no high fructose corn syrup is even better :)

Target is now carrying a candy line called The Lovely Candy Co. (Available at most Target stores). The candy from The Lovely Candy Co. doesn’t contain any artificial ingredients or colorings so you can fulfill your sweet tooth craving with something a little better for you.

I was recently sent three bags of The Lovely Candy Co. candy to try out:

  • Original Chewy Caramels
  • Chocolate Swirl Caramels
  • Superfruit Chews in Cranberry, Raspberry, and Blueberry

You can find them in Target’s new Choose Well section of its candy aisles, which is geared toward healthy consumers looking for something they can feel good about treating themselves to.

First, I love that these candies are individually wrapped. It just makes it easier to eat one at a time, throw some in your purse, or in the kids lunchboxes.

The Original Chewy Caramels have 160 calories for 4 pieces. That’s perfect for an after dinner treat, or it’s just 40 calories for one piece. Sometimes, I am craving something sweet after a meal, and one of these caramels would do the trick without breaking the calorie bank.

The Chocolate Swirl Caramels have 150 calories for 4 pieces, or approximately 37.5 calories a piece.

The Superfruit Chews have 160 calories for 7 pieces.

Of course, we all had to try these candies right away! I loved the caramels because they are the soft melt-in-you-mouth caramels. So good.

The chocolate caramel was something that I have never had before and I loved the combination of the chocolate and caramel together.

The fruit chews were perfectly chewy and delicious, not the kind that get stuck in your teeth while your trying to chew them!

Overall, these are candy that I would purchase for myself and my family.

Next time your at Target look for The Lovely Candy Co. candies or enter my giveaway below to win your own bags!

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One winner will receive three bags of candy from The Lovely Candy Co. U.S. residents only please.

Disclaimer: The Lovely Candy Co. sent me these products to try out at no charge. All opinions are my own.

 

 

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