Happy Weekend my loves!

Truth be it, I have to work this Saturday, but our Saturday’s are only half days so it’s really not that bad.

Other than the whole getting up at 5:00am on a Saturday thing.

But I thought for a fun little weekend post, I would share some random things I am loving lately.

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One of the first things I want to share with you guys is actually not a food item.

I do not follow any specific diet. I try to eat healthy most of the time, but as I stated in my 80/20 post, I will never deprive myself of something I am craving.  I believe in listening to your body, giving it real foods, and eating foods that work best for you.

With that being said however, I have become obsessed with the Balanced Bites podcast.

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It’s hosted by Diane Sanfilippo who is a Certified Nutrition Consultant and Liz Wolfe who is a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner.

What I love about them is yes, they follow a paleo diet, which I do not, but they have a balanced approach on foods and health and they acknowledge that you do not need to follow a strict diet 100%, but that it’s about fueling your body with real foods, and about finding what foods work best for you. And they also just have general good health information.

I highly suggest you check them out.

In listening to these podcasts (Balanced Bites and other health/fitness podcasts) it has really motivated me on my fitness activities as well.  I have basically cut cardio out of my exercise regimen and have really started to focus only on strength training. I’m sure there is tons of research fighting both sides on the battle, but for where I am right now, I just think that strength training, getting stronger, building lean muscle is more important and productive for me.

I am really loving HIIT and Tabata style routines right now, you can check out my Pinterest board for some of my favorites. The Purely Twins also just wrote a post about the benefits of HIIT training, and they also provide some informative links on the topic. It’s definitely a post worth checking out.

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With that being said, I have also been focusing on making sure I fuel my body appropriately and I’ve been dabbling with some supplements as well. (I’m kind of borderline on supplements, I believe that you should and could get all of your nutritional needs from food, but I also like to experiment and at least give something a chance and see if it works for me personally)

We all know I am obsessed with protein powders, I love baking with it and have been putting protein frosting on basically everything and anything. With my little protein powder obsession, I have researched quite a few companies to find the best products.

I had seen a few other people  using MRM products, and after checking out their website there were some products that really intrigued me.

I was lucky enough to get to try some of them!

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I have never used Egg White Protein, but have been real curious about it.  I think it will be real good to bake with. I also have never even seen or heard of a Flax-N-Whey protein powder, so that intrigued me as well. And I have heard great things about using BCAA’s pre- and post- work out, so I was very excited to try that.

So what do I think so far?

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I have been  using my BCAA’s after my work outs. It’s suppose to help the body recover and promote lean muscle gain, so I’m curious to see if I notice a difference in my endurance and recovery as I continue to use it. I will keep you guys updated.

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Next I used the egg white protein in one of my recent dessert creations (which I made by complete accident and it was amazing. Funny how accidents in the kitchen are usually the most delicious)

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Ok, I know it’s not much to look at, kind of like mush, but it was delish.

I basically added a bunch of powders and flours (of course not measured), some pumpkin and almond milk and had intentions of making a protein mug cake, but after tasting the batter I decided just to pop it on the freezer for about 10 minutes and ate it raw and cold.

I can’t help it, I like almost everything better cold.

On to the Flax-N-Whey protein powder.

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It makes a pretty tasty protein plantain bread topping.

It’s not as thick as some of my protein powders (plant based powders are great for protein frosting as they mix a lot thicker – Plant Fusion is by far my favorite for making my frosting) but the vanilla nut flavor was really tasty!

I really wish I had gotten some of their casein as I love to add that to my late night snacks and again since its more thicker, I think it would have been great to bake with. But I am very happy so far with the products I received.

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Another foodie find that I am loving lately are Fruit Bliss all natural no sugar added dried fruit.

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I actually won these in a giveaway and have been loving them. I typically am not a fan of dried fruit, but to call these dried fruit is actually kind of a stretch. They are re-hydrated with water and are extremely juicy. And pretty much amazing.

They aren’t much to look at, but since I have been out of fresh fruit lately, I started adding them to my protein breakfast wraps. The figs are pretty amazing just plain, but even better when there is melty peanut butter involved.

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And just one more shameless plug of a product I am loving. This one is worth mentioning not only because I was surprised at how much I loved it, but it not only is super delicious, but it provides wonderful health benefits as well.

I have been wanting to start taking fish oil again, but hate the gel capsules. To the internet I went and when I came across Barleans Organic Oils, I was intrigued to say the least.

They offer more than just fish oils, but their oils come in pretty amazing flavors.

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The Essential Woman mix  is one of my favorites, not only because it had a great combination of essential oils, but the flavor is chocolate mint. Pretty much my favorite flavor of anything.

I have been adding this to basically everything. And honestly, I have been eating it straight out of the bottle. If you’re looking to add any oils into your diet, I highly suggest checking out what they have to offer.

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Well loves I think I bombarded you with enough product love, but I really only promote products and company’s I really think are worth mentioning and checking out, especially if you are in the market for any of the above type of products.

So if you’re doing some weekend shopping, browse around. And feel free to send me gifts. I like gifts.

Kidding.

Have a great weekend loves!

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Do you take any supplements?

Do you use anything pre- or post-workout?