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April Showers Bring….Product Reviews!

Posted Apr 14 2009 11:36pm

Happy Tuesday!

Down here in Tampa we are having some major April showers! Actually, we have been under tornado alerts all day and I had to move my 3 mile run inside to the treadmill (gag). More on that later though.

First it is time for a protein packed green monster!

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In this delightful and creamy green concoction, I used:

  • 1 organic apple, cored and sliced
  • 1 frozen banana
  • big handful of organic spinach
  • 1 heaping scoop Sun Warrior Brown Rice Protein
  • 2 cups cold water

I was going to add cinnamon but I forgot! Anyways , I was left with 32 ounces of delicious smoothie that kept me satisfied all morning long!! LOVE that additional 15 grams of brown rice protein, by the way. Scroll down to read the whole review.

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Everyone at work thinks I have gone off the deep end, but I LOVE these big smoothies. However they always end up making me freezing and I have to wear the communal Publix sweatshirt that the managers wear when they unpack the frozen food.

Breakfast was right at 8:00 and was….oats! Obviously.

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Ooheee were these ever filling! I used:

  • 1/2 cup oats with 1/2 cup almond milk + 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 scoop Sun Warrior
  • tons of cinnamon and a pinch of sea salt
  • HUGE scoop (probably more like two….) fresh ground pb
  • 1 ENTIRE CONTAINER of blackberries!!

I couldn’t even tell the protein powder was in these oats…they were SO delicious and cinnamon & vanilla packed! Have I mentioned how much I looooove fresh blackberries?!

After work I noshed on a Clif Bar on my way home from work and on route to the gym…

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BLEH! This was awful. I used to like this flavor but not anymore. It tasted like pure sugar to me and I almost gagged. I really wanted a Mint Chocolate one but I can’t find them anywhere :(

As I said before, I had to take my weekly 3 mile maintenance run inside for a change because of the foul weather! I went over to the Y, set the treadmill pace at 8:50 and ran, ran away. Ugh! It was awful! I HATE THE TREADMILL!!!!!! I really, really do. I feel like these shorter runs are sooo much harder than my long runs…the whole time today I was staring at the treadmill clock and just wishing either it was over or I was outside. I think Tuesday runs are also harder because I am running AFTER I have worked a full day on my feet and been up since 3 AM. On Saturday mornings I am running first thing outside after a nice 8 hours of sleep. Sigh.

Regardless, I made it the three miles and afterwards I rolled around on the foam roller for quite some time. OUCH it hurt! I have a love/hate relationship with that little foam cylinder…..meh. I also cranked out 20 pushups before leaving. I feel like my pushups have improved 100% since starting The 30 Day Shred. Seriously! I have only been “shredding” for 2 weeks but already feel sooo much stronger and can crank out 20 real-time manly pushups like it aint no thang. ;)

When I got home it was time for another snack….courtesy of MixMyGranola!

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I had one serving of my signature Eat,Live,Run granola with vanilla almond milk and it rocked! Check out review below as well. This was nutty, sweet and filling!

I iced for awhile….got caught up on some emails and then started off making dinner!

I used fresh, organic butter lettuce (my new obsession):

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And a whole deliciously crisp orange bell pepper along with a super ripe tomato

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To re-make Ani’s raw tacos from her book, Ani’s Raw Kitchen!

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I LOVE THESE!!!! I made them a few weeks back and they were so good I recreated them tonight. The recipe couldn’t be simpler, too, and they are very very satisfying. I feel like a million bucks after this meal! The raw taco meat is made from almonds, walnuts, olive oil and spices and is so incredibly flavorful that I could just eat that with a fork. I almost did and had to stop myself! And wrapping the taco meat in these soft butter lettuce wraps is perfect (and perfectly messy!)—

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All together now with juicy watermelon on the side—

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Another view because it was SO pretty!

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And then yet another raw coconut lemon bar (also from Ani’s Raw Kitchen ) for dessert—

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And now…. product review time!

Sun Warrior Vanilla Raw Vegan Protein Powder

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I wasn’t sure what to expect with this stuff, seeing as I have never tried a brown rice protein powder before. However, I was VERY VERY pleased with this product!!! It did not taste “gritty” in the slightest bit, as some have some brown rice proteins may taste. Instead, it was creamy with a delicious vanilla flavor. No weird aftertaste, no clumps….just greatness! I am so happy that I took the plunge and bought this off Amazon because it now is my new favorite protein powder. It turned a green smoothie into a yummy, creamy shake and gave my morning oatmeal a delicious vanilla flavor. The only negative thing I can find to say about Sun Warrior is that it IS messier than other protein powders. Once this powder gets on your hands, it will get everywhere so be careful! Unlike whey, it has an almost “chalky” consistency (but not taste at all!) and easily gets on your clothes. Overall, I was extremely pleased with this and it definitely helped to keep me full and satisfied all work-morning long!

MixMyGranola!

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I was SO excited when I was given the opportunity to create my own unique granola mix! Of course, being the foodie that I am, it took about 45 minutes for me to finally get the “perfect mix” because MixMyGranola has SO many awesome options!!! I chose low fat granola base, hemp seeds, chia seeds, amaranth, goji berries and dried bananas.It was delicious and high in protein because of the hemp seeds. By mixing your own granola, you can avoid all the stuff you DON’T want to see on the back of the cereal box, i.e. sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavorings and anything you cannot pronounce. I loved being in control over my granola and love eating it, knowing everything in it is pure and good for me! :)

Tomorrow is swimming Wednesday! Let’s hope the weather clears up…almost halfway through the week, yall!

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