Thursday, July 31, 2014

It's Friday, I'm In Love: Swoob

Confession time.  I've stuffed my bra.  I've stuffed it MANY times with just about everything that you can think of.  Cell phone.  Keys.  Lip balm.  Cash.  Forms of ID.  My inhaler.  Gum.  Pepper spray.  Don't worry, this is a safe space.  You can admit it, too, if you've stuffed yours. I won't judge.  In fact, I want you to keep stuffing your bra right along there with me, because I've found the most incredibly perfect and comfortable sports bra that makes stuffing your bra easier!

I want you to meet Swoob.  Their focus is one that I completely love and support.  They want to empower women to be strong, fit, and confident.  Founded and operated in my own city, Salt Lake City, they design stylish, functional women's active wear for going further and faster with everything you need in tow.  With their apparel you can literally take everything you will need with you!

They got the idea for their company while climbing in Utah's Wasatch Mountains.  They noticed that most women would carry things in their bra while climbing.  While they didn't see me out there climbing, I've definitely stashed everything I can in my bra while trail running.  After talking to other active gals, they found many use their sports bras to store anything from energy pouches to keys and phones, and realized there was an opportunity.  With that, Swoob was born with a mission to support the active lifestyle of females.

I am personally a fan of their Luana Cross Strap Sports Bra and would live in in 24/7.  Seriously, within minutes of putting it on for the first time I felt more comfortable than I'd ever been in a sports bra.  They were either too snug in some places, straps would rub too much, or they were honestly too tight to get over my head and were just messy.  I usually have to readjust while running and am just flat out uncomfortable.  Not anymore.  The only times my hands fished around in my nightly run tonight were to change tracks on my iPod conveniently stored in the center, water-proof pocket (one of 3 pockets I might add).  Honestly, I don't think I've been this excited about a bra since my mom took me shopping for my first bra a gazillion years ago.

What's more exciting is their new launch of products just released to the public YESTERDAY.  If you hurry, now, you can snag some fresh Swoob gear in fun new colors and styles.  To make it even more awesome, use code "SWOOBON" at checkout for a special discount!!!  Take a quick sneak peek at some of the new products!!!


Let's keep spreading this passion that both Swoob and I have, to empower women to be strong, fit, and confident.  Like the tag on my bra reads, "I have the power to defy barriers; to love my life; to live my dreams.  I am Swoob fit."  Join me in becoming a Get After It Girl and spread the Swoob love!

Eat clean.  Live lean.  Live better.  Live longer.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

the fit beast feasts: protein pancakes with protein fluff

Sorry, I don't have a better picture.  I was too excited to eat these to take different shots and waste time editing.  Girl's gotta eat!!!!

I've spent way too much time exploring Pinterest and Google for recipes for protein pancakes and wasted way too many ingredients on bogus outcomes.  Finally, I've found something that tastes great, does NOT weigh as much as a hockey puck, and it so incredibly easy to make.

In a blender, combine:
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup low fat cottage cheese
1 cup egg whites OR 6 egg whites
1 scoop of your favorite protein powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

Personally, I'm all about the Cellucor Performance Whey line, so I made this batch with their Whipped Vanilla, but made some with Molten Chocolate Lava today. Let it blend together until smooth and then go to town on a hot griddle!

Mine made about eight 4" pancakes.

Here's the important stuff, the macros per pancake:  90 calories, 1 gram of fat, 9 grams of carbohydrates, and 10 grams of protein.  Per pancake.  10 grams of protein and only 1 gram of fat.  Holy guacamole!!!

Now for the fluff.  I mean, there are no words.  I've never really been a fan of butter and syrup on my pancakes.  Maybe it's because I grew up consuming sourdough pancakes and all they need is a little bit of butter to make them amazing.  Regardless, I don't buy into the Walden Farms sugar free syrup madness and needed something different than my regular ol' peanut butter to top them.  Inspiration hit me yesterday morning when I was thinking about this uber naughty whipped peanut butter frosting I used to make.  So here's my new favorite concoction:  Marshmallow and Peanut Butter Protein Fluff.

In a medium sized bowl, combine 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter and 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt.  Beat with a hand mixer until fluffy.  Hence the name.  Der.  Add 1 scoop of Cellucor's Peanut Butter Marshmallow Performance Whey and continue to whip until well mixed.

Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.  I limit myself to 1 tablespoon when I eat my 2 pancakes for breakfast, but here are the macros:  35 calories, 2 grams of fat, 1 gram of carbohydrates, and 8 grams of protein.

Killer, right?  Try it.  And if you need to get some Cellucor protein, use code "NORDMAN" when you check-out to get 20% off your order and FREE shipping!!!!!!!!!

Eat clean.  Live lean.  Live better.  Live longer.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Dori Knight's Inspirational Story of Transformation!



Hey, my trainer wrote that title, not me.  We shot a little testimonial/interview this last weekend to share with the world the benefits of working with a personal trainer but most importantly, the benefits of fitness and living a healthy life.

I hope you'll take a minute....okay, 4:32....and watch this.  Hopefully you'll find something deep in you that tells you that you're worth it, too.  I know you are.

Eat clean.  Live lean.  Live better.  Live longer.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Cake Batter Protein Energy Bars

To anyone who's been in my apartment, my love for my protein powder tubs is obvious.  I probably have 11 of them stacked above my kitchen cabinets and my new favorite brand, Cellucor, is leading the pack with the most containers.  Besides the amazing benefits of supplementing your diet with protein powders, another reason I love them is for the multiple recipe options!   Pancakes.  Waffles.  Bread.  Brownies.  Flavoring for my morning oats.  But here's my new favorite:  energy bars.

As a kid, I had one snack that I hardly ever made but often coveted:  peanut butter balls.  I remember they had powdered milk, peanut butter, and lots of sugar.  They were so good, especially if you put them in the freezer, for a summer snack.  Since I've lost my childhood metabolism and have gained an education and awareness of my own nutrition, I'm a fan of this alternative.

photo credits ::here::

In a small bowl, combine the following and mix well:
1 cup rice krispy cereal
1/4 cup oat flour (you can make your own by putting oats in your blender)
1/4 cup Cellucor Cor-Fetti Cake Batter Whey (read to the bottom of the post for a discount code)
1/4 teaspoon salt

In another bowl, combine and whisk together:
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 teaspoons agave or honey
3 tablespoons peanut butter or your favorite nut butter

Add your dry ingredients to the wet ingredient bowl, and mix well.  If it looks like your mixture is too wet, add some more cereal.

Line a flat bottomed baking pan or Tupperware container with plastic wrap or wax paper. You'll want to make sure you have enough to cover both the bottom and the top of the peanut butter mixture.  Put all of the mixture in the container, smooth out to create a flat surface, and cover with remaining plastic wrap or wax paper.  Use your hands to press down on the covered mixture to create a more compressed bar.

Let mixture chill and set in the refrigerator, covered, for an hour.  I like to cut mine into individual servings, wrap in plastic wrap, and leave in my produce drawer for easy access/munching.

If you're looking to expand your selection of protein powders, or other supplements for that matter, go over to cellucor.com and be sure to use code "NORDMAN" when you are checking out.  Not only will you get 20% off your order...that's right...20% off...but free shipping courtesy of my amazing fit chick friend Ashley Nordman.

Eat clean.  Live lean.  Live better.  Live longer.

rotten food scandal


Want another great reason to eat organic?  Want more proof as to why you should stay away from processed foods?  A U.S. owned meat processing plant in China just got busted for trying to reprocess old and discarded meat to extend its use-by date.  I just read this article on msn.com and was sickened to learn that workers were caught on tape picking up meat from the floor and putting it in processing machines.  I should mention that this processing plant supplied processed meat to fast food companies like KFC, Pizza Hut, and McDonald's.  The plant has now been suspended but I can't help but think about all the similar reports and unreported incidents that never make the news.

Processed and "fast-food" might be convenient, but isn't it worth it to fuel your body with fresh, healthy, quality, CLEAN foods?  Think about what you're putting in that body of yours!!

Eat clean.  Live lean.  Live better.  Live longer.