Vega One Nutrition Bar Winners!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you everyone for entering my Vega One Nutrition Bar Giveaway!  I’ve picked three winners!

I AM HAVING ANOTHER AWESOME GIVEAWAY NEXT WEEK!

If you would like more information about these bars – visit the VEGA website!

 

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Vega One Nutrition Bar Giveaway!!!

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Vega sent me 3 different flavors of their new Vega One All-In-One Nutrition Bars to try!!  THEY ARE AWESOME!!

Here are some facts about these bars and how they are different than others…

  • Protein
    Vega One Bar contains 15 grams of complete plant-based protein sourced from sprouted whole grain brown rice protein and pea protein.
  • Fiber
    Each bar gives you 6 grams of fiber—meeting 24% of your daily intake.
  • Omega-3
    Together, SaviSeed (sacha inchi) oil and white chia seeds delivers 1.5 grams of plant-based Omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Additional Supplements  To redefine your average nutritional bar, we also added 25 vitamins and minerals, an antioxidant blend, a full serving of greens, and 1 billion dairy-free probiotics culture.
  • Gluten-free
    Vega One Bars are gluten free.
  • Ingredients (Chocolate Almond Flavor): complete protein blend (sprouted whole grain brown rice protein, pea protein), sorghum syrup, dark chocolate coating (evaporated can sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, sunflower lecithin, vanilla), inulin (from chicory root), roasted almonds, dates, almond butter, vega saviseed (sacha inchi) oil, white chia seeds, rice crisps, natural almond flavor, sea salt

Flavors:

  • Chocolate Almond (My FAVORITE! SO GOOD!)
  • Chocolate Cherry (Great, my least favorite because I’m not a huge cherry fan but I still really like them)
  • Double Chocolate (awesome for a chocolate lover like myself)

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Vega One Website

I was really excited to try these protein bars, because they were sent to me right before my BODYPUMP training weekend.  They were so perfect because I could eat them throughout the day and they taste delicious.  I love how there are 15 grams of protein in each bar and 6 grams of fiber.  I also like that probiotics and essential vitamins and minerals are in each bar.  When you bite into the bar, you can see the white chia seeds too!  I also love that these bars are DAIRY FREE (woo hoo!) and I can eat them without a stomach ache!  If there is any downside to these bars, it is that they are 240 calories per bar.  You can eat half and save the rest for later, but that can be tough because they taste so good! Another downside is the price, but lucky for me I got them for free :)

LUCKY FOR YOU… 3 WINNERS FOR THIS GIVEAWAY!

Each person will win a box of these bars! Each box is sold for $47.79 and a bar by itself is $3.99 on the Vega website.

TO BE ONE OF THREE WINNERS

  • Leave a comment on my blog!

  • EXTRA entry for tweeting this: I want to win the #VegaOneBar #giveaway from @PinkRunnerBlog and @VegaTeam http://wp.me/p1zXD2-Kd ! 

(Please leave a comment if you tweet as well! Thank you!)

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GOOD LUCK!! I’m off to exercise in our new home gym :)  :)  :)

WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED FRIDAY!

Preparing For My Big Les Mills Weekend!

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Tonight was my first time on stage teaching BodyPump!! My new gym (I love it there!) had a 6:30-7:30 BodyPump class tonight.  All of the instructors have told me I should try to teach my assigned tracks at a class before the training weekend.  I love knowing most of the instructors and everyone is so nice!

The instructor tonight had me shadow her tonight on stage and I taught my tricep and bicep tracks!  Everything went so well and the only weird thing was dealing with the microphone! I forgot that most of my tricep track has me laying down on the bench so I wasn’t used to dealing with the microphone.  I’m sure I will have lots and lots of practice this weekend!

I couldn’t believe how many calories I burned tonight!  This might have been my highest burn for just doing BodyPump.  Sometimes I burn more if I run before class, but I didn’t run tonight.  I think I was nervous and maybe my heart rate was a little higher than normal?

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Can you believe I got up to 185?!?! It was during lunges, of course!  Those jump squats are killer and always get me into the 170’s, but tonight I put both risers under the bench and it was extra high.  At the gym, I’ve been putting one riser under the bench and at home my bench is different and not as high.  I figured I might as well put both risers under the bench tonight because I’m sure I will have to do it that way all weekend!

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I ordered some new protein because I was almost finished my other Vega protein.  I’ve been trying to make a protein smoothie after tough BodyPump workouts.  I had the Vega Energizing Smoothie mix before in chocolate and I really liked that.  This time, I ordered their performance protein that is the third step in their nutrition program (recover).  I got this one because it had almost double the protein for the same amount of calories.  Since I don’t really eat meat (just seafood) I really need to watch my protein intake, especially with all this BodyPump training!  I tried this tonight after my big class and it was good!  I just had it with some Light Chocolate Silk Soy Milk and PB2 powder.  Yum :)

I’ll try to post this weekend, but I might be too tired Saturday night! Hopefully I will do a big review on my Les Mills BodyPump training Monday or Tuesday after I’ve recovered!

Making a Smoothie With an Old Blender

Don’t worry about me! Just because you might not hear from me everyday does not mean that I have fallen off the exercise train! I have been very good about getting to CXWORX/BodyPump classes on a regular basis at the gym.  I haven’t been running a lot lately because of those itchy legs and rashes I was getting from running outside.  I have been going for walks a lot and using the elliptical at the gym for a nice change.  As soon as the fall weather comes, I know I will really want to run outside. I’ve also been eating very healthy meals and I try to change up my breakfast each morning.  I usually rotate between smoothies, eggs and cereal.  Smoothies have by far been my favorite this summer and I don’t even have a good blender!

Even though I dream of the Vitamix, I use this VERY old and crappy blender for my smoothies and it might take a little longer, but it works.

 

A few weeks ago, the nice people at Zico sent me a bunch of their coconut water to try out.  I’ll be honest, for some reason I have been scared to try it! I don’t know why!! I like coconut stuff, but for some reason I didn’t think I would like it… but I do! I’ve been putting it in my tropical smoothies and it is great!  I’ve been using the My Fitness Pal iPhone app ever since I finished my spring marathon to get my eating back in shape, since I wasn’t going to be running 30-40 miles a week over the summer and didn’t need to eat a box of pasta everyday! I’m always low on potassium when I log my food, so coconut water is great to get extra in for the day.

Here were my supplies for my tropical smoothie this morning.  An 11.2 oz box of Zico coconut water, my awesome Vega tropical tango smoothie protein mix, chia seeds, 1/2 a banana (that bag has 2 in it… I like to freeze a bunch of them at a time), spinach and strawberries.  I promise you can’t taste the spinach at all.  Put it in your smoothies!  I know that is a weird “healthy living blogger” thing that everyone does, but it really has no taste.  I put at least a cup in my smoothies.

To get things started in this dinosaur of a blender, I rinse the spinach in my salad spinner and then put it in the blender first.  I cover it with whatever liquid I’m using.  Today was the coconut water, but I also use Silk’s Pure Almond Milk in Unsweetened Original  (30 calories).

 

 

Then I add my dry ingredients. Today was the Vega Tropical Smoothie mix and chia seeds.  I forgot about chia seeds for awhile and I’m trying to bring them back!

 

Then I add my frozen berries.  After trying different things out this summer, I realized I think frozen blueberries get kinda watery in smoothies, so I haven’t been using them as much.  I like frozen bananas and strawberries.  I just buy frozen strawberries in a huge bag at the grocery store.  For my bananas, I buy a bunch of 6 or so and cut them up and put two bananas in every ziplock bag and keep them in the freezer.  I hate to run out of bananas!

 

By then, everything is looking pretty gross because of the spinach (I promise you can’t taste it) and the smoothie is usually green.  I use crushed ice from my fridge – this blender can’t handle whole cubes… I’ve tried.  The ice definitely makes the smoothie bigger and a little thicker.  I put it in last, and have to take a spoon and mix it into the smoothie.  Then I get frustrated and have to keep stopping it and mixing it around with the spoon so it will all mix.

 

Then the smoothie is done! Today I had a lot so I put it in one of my large mason jars.  I really like how much smoothie this makes and it takes awhile to drink all of it!  This one is about 300 calories and really keeps me full.

 

Ugly color, good flavor!

Also…

My Mom and I went to look for a dress for her to wear to my wedding in October.  We ended up going to the shop where we got our bridesmaids dresses.  I tried on Colby’s sister’s dress because they just came in and was so happy! I love them! I love the scoop neck and how comfortable the chiffon is to wear.  We didn’t get to actually see this exact dress when we ordered it because the store had sold their last one off the rack.  The girls had tried on the strapless version of it and we just had to hope that it would work out!  Love it!  The purple dress hanging in the background is the dress my Mom picked out to wear!  We are going to have it shortened so it is about the same length as the bridesmaid dresses.

Woo hoo!  A little sneaky peak of my dress with my shoes! Ignore the green toenails please! I tried it on the other day too.  I ordered the one pair of Badgley Mischka shoes I had on my Pinterest wedding board and they are 5 inches tall!!!!!! I can do 4, but 5?  I’m just barely 5’5” so these shoes put me around 5’10”! I love feeling tall, I just hope I can walk! Good thing Colby is over 6’2”!  The shoes are so tall that the  dress doesn’t need hemmed and is at the perfect length!  :)