Friday, October 24, 2014

Fat to Fit Radio: 10/24 Special Guest Ultrarunner Kelly Agnew...

Cindy and I had the opportunity to have an amazing guest on the Fat to Fit Radio show this morning. If you missed it we talked to the amazing ultrarunner Kelly Agnew of Slipping Slowly Into Pain.

Kelly just completed the White Rim Trail 100 miler UNASSISTED! Yeah with no help or aid along the course. This was what they call an FKT (Fastest Known Time) attempt. The previous record was 27 hours. Kelly finished it in 21:52, over 5 hours quicker than the record. AMAZING!

What makes Kelly's story so unique is that he wasn't always a runner. Cindy met him on vacation years ago and he then decided he was going to start running. Who knew he was going to become one of the best ultrarunners around. To read more on Kelly check out his blog at Slipping Slowly Into Pain.

Fat to Fit Radio has a lot of really awesome things happening soon, so stay tuned.
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A special night with my daughter, a swim with an old friend, and life...

Do you ever have those super busy weeks? I'm sure we all do. This week has been CRAZY! I only have been able to make one good workout. Yesterday my friend Holly and I went to the pool for a 90 minute "in the water" workout. Thank god she was good for whatever because I was in that "lets just get this over" mood. I will say Holly is an AMAZING swimmer. I wish I would have gotten some pics:( See you know my mind is busy when I don't take a single picture. #busybloggerfail!

Being so busy sometimes we forget to enjoy the things and people around us. Having 3 kids that also are very involved in their sports, my husband and I try to make individual time for each kid. So last night I had a special little night planned for my little girl. (Sorry its so blurry, it was so dark in there).
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95 KSJ, a local radio station and fellow Clear Channel radio show was having a great event called Stars with Guitars at Moe's Bar b que.. It was a fundraiser for St.Judes. I love going to these types of concerts because you know that all the money is going towards a great cause. The singers that came were RaeLynn (Cadence's favorite) Scotty McCreery, and Maddie and Tae.

Cadences second cousin Alyssa is an asst for one of the singers, Rae Lynn. So with the help of Alyssa, I was able to surprise Cadence by taking her to the concert. Let me tell you guys, I thought she was going to have a heart attack when I told her. Lol! She was super excited that her best friend Sarah was also going with us.
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We got to the venue about 6. Ate some delicious food. If you haven't been to a Moes Bar b que, you MUST go. Then the show started at 8. What I loved about the concert is that it was more like an intimate show. All 3 acts came out together and sat in stools with a couple guitars players and took turns singing.
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It was an amazing night. They raised a lot of money for St.Judes and my baby girl had a blast. And this is why God Made Girls. So in true RaeLynn fashion...
Just remember always take the time to live in the now. And spend quality time with the ones you love, especially your kids.

A special thanks to Raelynn and Alyssa for making such a special night happen for Cadence. 

Now I'm off for a bike ride while the kiddos are in school. Don't forget to enter my Puritan's Pride giveaway. You could win full size Puritan's Pride Vegan Protein Powder,  Carob powder, Simple Greens, and Barney Butter almond butter. ENTER HERE!
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Oh and one last thing, I had to brag on my husband who has perfected my bike to fit me better. Its great being married to an amazing steel worker. He can modify anything:) LOVE IT. Here he is testing it out...
(He was just in front of our house.Yes, we wear helmets for rides)
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Have a great weekend.

What have you done for someone special lately?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Puritan's Pride Seasonal Smoothie Challenge and Giveaway...

*This post is sponsored by Puritan’s Pride; opinions expressed are my own.

Hey guys, I hope you all had another great weekend. This weather down here in the South has been AMAZING the past couple days. Its finally starting to feel like fall which brings me to some awesome news I wanted to share with you all. This month, November, and December I am participating in the Seasonal Smoothie Challenge with Puritan's Pride on behalf of being a SweatPink Ambassador with Fit Approach.

What does all that mean to you guys?
I will be bringing you guys some of my favorite smoothie recipes for fall and winter. AND the best part is the ingredients I use in these smoothies, Puritans Pride is giving one of you guys the same products in an amazing Giveaway. So without further ado...
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A little about Puritan's Pride...

Puritan’s Pride® began over 40 years ago, with the mission of making the finest quality nutritional supplements available at the best value to their customers. Today, the company remains true to its original commitment and serves millions of loyal customers. Puritan’s Pride manufactures thousands of vitamins, minerals, herbs and other nutritional supplements in their state-of-the art facilities located throughout the U.S. As part of the company’s commitment to quality, Puritan’s Pride only uses ingredients from suppliers worldwide that meet their Quality Assurance Standards, as well as Good Manufacturing Practices food quality standards.

For October I chose Puritan's Pride All Natural Vegan Protein Chocolate with Quinoa and Oats. No, I am not Vegan but I really like trying new protein powders...

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Puritan’s Pride AllNatural All Natural Vegan Protein Chocolate with Quinoa and Oats
Made from Quinoa and Oats, this delicious chocolate flavored drink is dairy free and soy free, making it an ideal choice for those looking for a vegan protein option that is nutrient dense.
Each serving of this delicious protein powder delivers 17 grams of protein and 3 grams of dietary fiber to help fuel your body, aid in post workout recovery and help satisfy hunger.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

They also sent a couple add ins to make these smoothies even better...
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Food Science ofVermont Superior Greens (023299): Superior Greens™ is a combination of nutrient rich vegetables, fruits, herbs, herbal extracts, Chlorella, Soy Lecithin, Royal jelly, Bee Pollen, enzymes and non-dairy probiotic cultures designed to support your body's ability to cleanse.*

Now Foods CarobPowder (056578): NOW Real Food® Carob Powder is a flavorful and versatile substitute for chocolate. Use in place of cocoa powder in your favorite recipes for delicious natural chocolate flavor without the fat, caffeine or theobromine found in chocolate.

Barney Butter BareAlmond Butter Smooth (056913): Barney Butter is peanut free and made in an almond only facility! It contains no added salt or sugar with a traditional smooth and creamy texture.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Being that its October, you know pumpkin is going to be the main ingredient in my October Smoothies.

Pumpkin is a superfood because it is high in vitamin A, which supports healthy vision and helps support immunity. Also a good source of potassium, pumpkins can help your heart and muscles. Interesting pumpkin fact- pumpkin seeds are a good source of zinc, a nutrient important for immunity. 

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Smoothie #1: Green Pumpkin Power Smoothie... (100% vegan)
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1 scoop Puritan's Pride Vegan Protein Powder
1 scoop Superior Greens
1/4 cup 100% pumpkin
cinnamon to taste
1 tbsp pumpkin and kale or spinach leaf for garnish

Mix all ingredients in blender except garnish. Pour into glass, garnish, and ENJOY.

Smoothie 2: Chocolate Coconut Pumpkin Surprise (not vegan)
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1 scoop Puritan's Pride Vegan Protein Powder
1/4 cup 100% pumpkin
1 tbsp Carob Powder
1 tbsp Barney Butter Almond Butter
1 tbsp Vanilla Yogurt (I used Cabot Vanilla Bean)
Shredded unsweetened coconut
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Mix all ingredients in blender. Pour in glass, top with coconut and cinnamon, ENJOY!

Here are 2 more recipes for you to try from Brooke Alpert, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., of B Nutritious and author of The Sugar Detox, who works as a spokesperson for Puritan’s Pride.

KALE COCONUT SMOOTHIE: 1 cup kale, 1 cup pineapple, 1 sprig fresh mint, 1 can coconut milk- blend together and serve immediately.  To get a protein boost, add in a Puritan’s Pride protein powder of your choice to make your smoothie more substantial.

PUMPKIN PIE SMOOTHIE:  1 cup pumpkin puree (make sure no other ingredients other than pumpkin), 1 cup coconut milk or milk of choice, 1 banana, 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice, ¼ tsp vanilla extract. Blend all the ingredients; serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top!  Consider adding in a Puritan’s Pride flavored protein powder for an extra nutritional boost. 

Overall the Puritan's Pride Vegan Protein Powder was pretty good. It doesn't have a strong chocolate flavor, so adding in the Carob powder really helped make it super chocolaty. It wasn't the best at mixing well with the water, so I had to make sure that I mixed it well in my blender to get that powder taste gone. AND its #kidapproved YAYYYYYY!

I will def using it to fuel my Ironman NOLA training, stay tuned for more of that...
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Now for the fun stuff. Puritan's Pride and Fit Approach want to give you guys a chance to win your very own Vegan Protein Powder, Carob Powder, Simple Greens, and Barney Butter Almond Butter. All you have to do is enter below...

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway will run from 10/20/14 till midnight 10/26/14. Open to U.S. residents only! Good Luck!

I cant wait to read all of your favorite smoothie recipes...