Does anyone else have an internal monologue/argument when entering the nut butter section? Creamy or Crunchy? Crunchy...... or maybe Creamy? I usually end up with creamy, because if i'm going to grind nuts into nut butter why not go all the way?
When the ladies of NUTTZO let me know that their amazing cashew-brazil nut-almond-peanut-hazelnut-sunflower seed-flax seed-cult butter was now available in a Creamy variety of course I said, yes I would love to try. Creamy doesn't hit the shelf til June, but you'll get a chance to try it before launch below!
In case you didn't know NuttZo was founded by a Californian woman who adopted two boys from Romanian. When they made it home, they were quite malnourished. They loved peanut butter but she wanted to make it more nutritious, so threw in flax seeds and every nut in the house. Her resulting creation was a complete protein, with plenty of Omega-3s. As the business has grown, Danielle has created a non-profit to support orphanages around the country and a portion of all proceeds go to Project Left Behind. Show some love for you, your children and your mom with this organic, delicious nut butter!
This is a jar of peanut butter that is totally acceptable to eat out of the jar with a spoon. That would actually be an amazing gift (come on! i'm not the only person that would be joyful if someone gave me a jar of nutbutter as a present) Maybe even a present for your mother this Sunday?
there's nothing that refreshes and refuels are hardcoreness like a smoothie bowl. It nourishes the muscles, and the eyes. look at that color!
It's super easy to make. Just a smoothie with less water=sorbet texture=perfect for topping with granola. here's my killer summer breakfast:
Summer Smoothie Bowl
-1/2 cup almond milk, water or OJ -1 cup frozen raspberries and strawberries
-1 scoop Vega Performance Protein Vanilla
-Optional add-ins: 1 tsp matcha (for a caffeine kick) or 1 tsp tart cherry powder
Top with cereal of choice (lately i've been loving KIND hemp granola!)
There is nothing I love more than traveling to run somewhere. Not going to lie, many trips are planned around meals and runs. That's how I roll. But in order to stay sane you have to pack your bags well. And double-check them. Because leaving without running shoes is nightmare material.
Since you asked, here are the 10 things I can't leave without when going away for a race weekend
The entire Vega Sport line-ifell in love with it 4 years ago and never looked back. It's why I now work for Vega and love every second of it. Recovery Accelerator is a game-changer
Oatmeal-for the last carbohydrates before I start a race, about 3 hours before the starting gun goes off.
Red Ace Organic Beet Juice- not only is beet juice delicious, but it's loaded with antioxidants and helps your body to produce more nitric oxide--making your blood vessels dilate getting oxygen and nutrients in and waste out even faster. New-to-me drink that i've been loving before workouts.
Kiehl's Cross Terrain- UV protection + chafe protection all in one cream. For everything from sky-diving to skiing. and running obviously. (so what if it's in their "mens" collection. I love this stuff and Tara does too)
Sweet shoes- Saucony Kinvaras have carried me through 2 marathons, many halfs and more training runs. (not the same shoes silly, but the same line)
This past weekend I headed up to gorgeous Burlington VT with future dietitians Jen and Julia for eating, sight-seeing and a half marathon. It wasn't my best time, or my favorite race, but you can't always win right? I love Jessica Caouette's mantra of "Running is a Privledge" and that's what i kept in mind as a plodded along. Now I need plenty of yoga, before i hop right back on the running horse and get back to the speed i was 3 years ago (ouch).
my awesome running partners
This makes me all the more amped up for the Lululemon Seawheeze in August and whatever races I decided to run in-between!
What's in YOUR travel bag?
PS It's also International No Diet Day! Basically the best holiday. Please stop being like the girls behind me in yesterdays race, talking about the number of calories they have burned so far, and instead focus on how strong your body is, and treat it with the food you need. If you think you need a professionals help to stop the yo-yo dieting cycle you're on-shoot me an email!
Disclaimer: See those products in the bag above? Bought them. Used them. Loved them. No one is paying me to put their products in a list like this, though that would be pretty sweet. Have a question? Ask away!
Thank you to all that entered the Vita Coco Giveaway. HOpe you all can sip some coocnut water in the sun soon. The winner of one case of Vita Coco is..... Keyse! Look for an email in your inbox today!
Not to leave any one out, I'm pleased to share that we have a second giveaway in a row today! A May Day Giveaway. (wait, it's May?? what??)
I met dietitian Heather Bauer at Expo East this past year and loved hearing about her monthly box subscription service bestowed. These monthly boxes are all the rage--from beauty products to food samples everyone wants to give you a taste of what's new and hot! I loved that Heather uses bestowed to deliver healthy dietitian-approved snacks and foods into the hands of her subscribers.