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RawFit: The Real Deal

I’m sure you’ve seen RawFit on my Instagram over the last few weeks. This protein came highly recommended to my by my friend Zach. When I was in Nashville we went to Vitamin Shoppe and I picked up some Raw Protein in Vanilla, then later that week while in Chicago for BlogHer I was lucky enough to grab some sample packs of RawFit at the expo hall. I want you to know I’m not being asked to write this review or being paid to do so – I just honestly love this product and know the result are REAL. As I mentioned a few weeks ago I signed up for a diet bet to give myself a little kick in the pants and some monetary motivation, and I’ve been working hard to break thru the long plateau. I came back from our vacation and lost 1.5lbs while away, then last week I thought I’d test out the RawFit Jump Start program so I could share it with y’all. I was nervous I wouldn’t get enough calories in each day, however, when I did the math I was happy to see that depending on my choices I was coming in around 1700-1900 (which is what my trainer/health coach wants), while still reaping the benefits of the Jump Start!

RawFit, single serving packages.

RawFit, single serving packages.

I love the idea of using shakes for my meals as I don’t like to spend too much time cooking and I know shakes are a quick and easy way for me to get my nutrition in. Veggies are a struggle for me as I don’t enjoy a large variety of them so if I can include them in a shake that’s a bonus for me. So what did I eat last week while on the JumpStart?

Food Log: July 30

If you’d like to see my full 5 day food log you can check out my MyFitnessPal log. Personally I love this plan and I’m going to do it again this week. I often had to remind myself to snack as my breakfast shake kept me full for hours. While at the gym this week I needed fuel after a double workout so I ordered a shake and the lady suggested I try wheat grass powder. So naturally I went to the store and found it. It blends wonderfully with the RawFit and I actually like the flavor. So did I lose any weight? You bet I did! I lost 2.6lbs from Monday-Friday (weight was taken first thing Saturday morning). I kept my normal exercise schedule during the week Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri and stuck to the foods suggested in the plan and that my heath coach recommend. I’m going to continue this plan next week as well to see how it goes – be sure to check back next Monday for the results of week 2!

Free Of Everything!

Often in the fitness world we eventually fall into the “if I make it with protein powder it’s healthy” trap. I was beyond guilty of this. I have every kind of flavored whey there is. What I like best about this protein is that there is NO junk in it – NONE and I think that’s why I’m left satisfied after my shake and not looking for something else only a little while later. If you’re looking for something the will encourage healthy clean eating while helping you break a plateau I’d recommend checking out RawFit. Let me know if you try it and what kind of results you get!

Garden Of Life Organic Plant Protein Review

It’s no surprise that I’ve been a long time fan of Garden of Life products and I’ve been sharing them with you all for a while now. Recently they launched a few new items that I’m excited to share with you – Organic Plan Protein (Grain Free) and the RawFit in new flavours, Smooth Chocolate and Real Vanilla.

Garden Of Life Organic Plant Protein

 

The thing I enjoyed most was that it mixed well with just water – I don’t like to bulk up my shakes with any kind of hemp or almond milk. Naturally, I prefer the vanilla and it was delish. Several of my co-workers live on coffee so I brought them some samples of the coffee flavor to try and the LOVED IT!

My diet often includes lots of protein bars and shakes as I’m usually coming from or going to the gym. While those shakes are tasty and convenient they can often includes lots of extras like sodium and fillers – these Garden of Life proteins are simple, basic, and pure, and most importantly they taste great!

When I’m looking for more of a meal replacement shake that’s when I use the RawFit. I have been using the RawFit for quite sometime and had only tried the original – the Vanilla is AMAZING! If you’re looking for a weight loss jump start, they actually have a program called just that and it works along side the RawFit to help you get started on your weight loss path – it’s great even if you just need a little re-boot as well!

Check out my other reviews on Garden of Life Products as well, plus these favorites:

Perfect Food Real Apple

Baking with Marley Coffe RawFit

What’s For Breakfast: PerfectFood Raw Real Apple

If you follow me on Instagram you may notice I tend to eat the same foods over and over again. I do this simply because I enjoy those few foods and don’t have an overly adventerous palate. Garden of Life’s RawFit has been part of my breakfast routine for months now and I truly enjoy it and look forward to my shake every morning. When a HUGE box of goodies arrived last week from Garden of Life it was like Christmas morning – plus they sent some for me to GIVEAWAY!! Also in the box was some of the new Perfect Food® RAW Real Apple. At first I was hesitant to try it on its own – see the above point about a limited palate. However, for the sake of conducting a fair and honest review I took one for the team and mixed it as per the directions. I’m happy to report it’s absolutely delicious – you can see the video here.

Perfect Food Raw

Perfect Food Raw

Usually my breakfast consists of a shake with RawFit, blueberries, spinach and strawberries with hemp seeds or nut butter. Then I made my PerfectFood Raw Apple as a side. By the time I finish breakfast I’ve had almost half my water for the day. This morning I switched it up and tossed some PerfectFood Raw Apple & RawFit in the blender with some water, it blended well, smelled amazing and tasted great! If you’re looking for a way to get some extra greens into your diet this is a tasty way to do it. Here’s a few facts from their website:

What Goes Into Perfect Food RAW?

Young cereal grass juices such as Barley, Alfalfa, Oat, Wheat, and Kamut are some of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. The green juices in Perfect Food RAW are grown organically, harvested at their nutritional peak, immediately juiced and dried at low temperatures. The RAW, organic cereal grass juice powders contained in Perfect Food RAW are loaded with chlorophyll and trace minerals for energy and support of already healthy blood sugar levels.†1

Each serving of Perfect Food RAW contains over 17 nutrient-dense veggie juices that are freeze-dried using a gentle process that maintains nutrient potency and freshness.

Perfect food RAW also contains over a dozen organic raw sprouts. Sprouting is a term that refers to the process where you unlock the nutrient potential within a seed and is a great way to increase the digestibility of seeds, nuts and legumes while maintaining their raw nutrient density.

Finally, Perfect Food RAW contains a host of live probiotics and enzymes. Enzymes are present in all raw foods and enhance the body’s ability to digest and assimilate the nutrients our food contains while probiotics are key to the optimal function of our digestive system.

These have quickly become my go-to supplements for so many reasons – the quality ingredients & great taste are just a few reasons. I don’t get any compensation for sharing my thoughts with you so you can know this is a 100% honest review. They are super awesome and keep me stocked up – simply becasue I can’t find it around here. However, I have bought it with my own money in the past and if/when I find it on a store shelf you can be sure I’ll buy some!

Enjoy The Ride

This week has been full of teaching and it’s only Wednesday! I’m lucky to have found a job that I truly do love and an amazing gym to work at. Two-a-day’s aren’t new to me but teaching 2 classes in a day plus your own workout is something I’ll need to get used to! Thanks for sticking around while I figure out this new schedule and work blogging into it!

Loved my cute top from ActivewearOutlet.com

Loved my cute top from ActivewearOutlet.com

Last week ActivewearOutlet.com sent me this cute top from MPG. The color was awesome and it’s super soft. I made it thru my workout with out having to constantly adjust it. If you’re looking for a great deal on some new fitness gear check them out!

I didn’t sleep well last night so waking up for my training session & class I was teaching was tough this morning but I promised myself a nap when I got home. I made sure my work was done for the day and then I took some me time and passed out on the couch for a bit – totally blissful!

Recovery

Refuel & Recovery

I made my favorite shake using the Garden of Life RawFit and then curled up for a nap to try and get rid of my headache – I don’t think I ate enough yesterday – sill learning to fuel my body on a teaching schedule. I woke up to pick up the kids from school and had a request to cover a class for someone who was sick – so of course I was happy to take it – is there a honeymoon phase when you start teaching? If so, I think I’m in it.

Momma's Tired!

Momma’s Tired!

Back home to recover, enjoy some cuddles from the babies and have some tea. I thought I’d share one of my favorite playlists with you. All the songs can be found on iTunes or Rdio. Enjoy the ride!

  • Set Fire To The Rain – Adele
  • Good Feeling – FloRida
  • Roar – Katy Perry
  • Summer Time Sadness – Lana Del Ray
  • Wake Me Up – Avicii
  • I Need Your Love – Calvin Harris
  • Some Nights – Fun
  • Party Rock – LMFAO
  • Sandstorm – Daroot
  • Don’t Go – Yaz
  • Lucky Strike – Maroon 5
  • Thunderstruck – AC/DC
  • Royals – Lorde

 

Making Progress!

Just about a month ago I set some goals to reach before my 30th birthday – which happens to be this week so I thought I’d do a little update here. Originally I had set a pretty lofty goal of losing 20lbs in a little less than 30 days which we all know is kind of nuts if I planned on continuing to live life with 2 kids, a job, a house to keep tidy etc.. When I set my goals I like to have the bar set high – it keeps me on my toes even if I know there is a very small chance I’ll reach it I’m still always left with the “what if’s” so I keep pushing thru. life threw a lot at me this past month – one of the biggest things being my trainer moving on to a new career – he’s taught me well so my workouts & motivation haven’t suffered but it has left me with a schedule change – which is never easy for me to adjust to!

Whooo!

Whooo!

It’s not remotely close to the 170 I had set at my goal – however I FINALLY broke free of the 190’s that I could not escape and the scale seems to be dropping on a regular basis as long as I get my workouts in and keep the nutrition in check. By the weekend I’m hoping to be a little close to 180 and with all the teaching I’m doing this weekend getting in my cardio workouts won’t be a problem.

So what made the scale move this month? That’s a good question. Giving my body the food it needs and feeding it with QUALITY food when it’s hungry. I’ve been trying to do one day a week of smoothies for breakfast and lunch to give the digestive system a break and I really look forward to my smoothies. I use my Garden of Life RawFit, some berries, DIY hemp milk and some spinach. This week during the final push I think there may be more smoothies as this keeps me away from the hot sauce which unnecessary sodium (but oh so tasty!) and are easy to grab at the gym after a class.

I’ve also added n the FucoThin Green into my supplements and since I started adding that the pounds have started to come off more easily and I’ve noticed what feels like a boosted metabolism. Now y’all know I DO NOT believe there is a magic pill for weight loss – it boils down to hard work in the gym and discipline in the kitchen. That being said there are things that can help us along the way – Garden of Life produces quality natural supplements so I feel safe taking them. This is what their website had to say about it:

Help make your diet and exercise program more effective, naturally, with fücoTHIN® GREEN, the complementary power of clinically studied, clinical potency RAW Concentrated Fucoxanthin PLUS RAW Green Coffee Bean Extract.

  • Clinically Studied Ingredients and Potency
  • Naturally Boosts Metabolism – No Jitters
  • Powerfully Supports Healthy Blood Sugar Levels
    • Minimizes Fat Storage
    • Increases Lean Body Mass

fücoTHIN® GREEN is the first 100% natural, RAW, Whole Food supplement to combine the fat burning power and glucose support of two clinically studied, non-stimulant, natural thermogenics: Xanthigen® (RAW, Concentrated Fucoxanthin) and Svetol® (RAW, Naturally Decaffeinated Green Coffee Bean Extract).

Xanthigen® (RAW, Concentrated Fucoxanthin): Non-stimulant, natural fat burner, clinically studied to boost metabolism, minimizing fat storage and increasing lean body mass without causing jitters.

Svetol® (RAW, Naturally Decaffeinated Green Coffee Bean Extract): Clinically studied, non-stimulant, natural fat burner with 50% Chlorogenic Acid for powerful support of healthy blood sugar levels.

I believe it’s been helping but I’m no scientist! I get to giveaway my favorite Garden of Life products in my DietBet that’s coming up so join us and you might be the lucky winner of a gift package filled with my favorite product from Garden of Life!

Banana’s & Coffee { 2 Things I’ve Never Tried}

Yesterday was full of firsts for me – yes that title is correct – I have never tried a banana or coffee – and I tried both yesterday for the first time. Last week when my care package from Garden of Life arrived I was excited for a refill of my RawFit and when I saw the Marley Coffee raw Protein I was a little unsure of how it would taste so it sat in the cupboard for a week – I’m regretting that now! There’s a recipe waiting for you at the end of the post!

Marley Coffee Raw Protein by Garden of Life

Marley Coffee Raw Protein by Garden of Life

For my snack yesterday I wanted something with fewer calories but lots of protein. It was time to try the Marley Coffee protein. As you can see from the photo above this is a high quality protein, it’s verified Non-GMO, Organic, and Gluten/Dairy/Soy Free – How can you go wrong! If you’re going to supplement this is a must try. I’m a big fan of protein shakes and the like as I don’t seem to get enough protein in with out them.

The Facts.

The Facts.

I love that most of the ingredients are sprouted – how awesome it that. The Marley Coffee is exclusively for Whole Foods so on your next trip make aure you give this a shot. As for the flavor, it’s not a strong coffee taste which I loved and would be perfect if you make protein coffee lattes or whatnot. The smothie above was organic almond milk, spinach, blueberries, cashew butter and the Marley Coffee. Garden of Life is my #1 choice for protein – I’ve yet to find anything better and I doubt this kind of quality can be beat. If you’d like further endorsement, check out my pal Zach and what he has to sayabout it.

Okay, okay so you want the baking goodies! I made these last night and was sure I wouldn’t eat them because they have banana in them and I can’t stand banana. I was wrong. I ate 3. Rob (my trainer) is lucky his were wrapped up already otherwise I may have kept them!

Pumpkin Oat Protein Bars

This recipe is super simple and take only about 20 miutes total. It makes 16 servings (or however many you choose).

Mash all ingredients together and spread into a  metal baking dish. Spread it out level with a fork. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Let cool then cut into 16 slices. The work out to about 70cal and 3.5g of protein per piece. Try not to eat the entire batch!