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College Girl on a Budget: Summer Style :)

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Todays Purchases:

  • Crumbled Gorgonzola Cheese (click to see my latest salad creation this was used in!)
  • Organic Green Tea Lemonade
  • Raw Pecan Halves
  • A mango
  • A Pear
  • Mochi (all natural chocolate ice cream)
  • Organic puppy chews for my Yorkie Locket!
  • A beautiful batch of yellow daisies
  • Aria: protein powder for women (click to see my new review)
  • Organic baby spinach
  • Can of diced and fire roasted tomatoes

Grand Total = $43.02

Being a college girl on summer vacation, I purchased some items that I wouldn’t usually go for. Since I’m out of college for the summer, I have extra time on my hands. What better way to spend it then in the kitchen discovering new meals I can eat when I go back to college in the fall!

There are going to be some kick-butt salads, smoothies and soups that come out of this trip. Come back and see what my creative mind comes up with this weekend 🙂

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Aria: Protein powder specifically designed for women! Review :)

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LADIES: Protein powder is NOT just for body builders!

In my most recent shopping adventure to Trader Joes (one of my favorite health food stores), I decided to venture off from my regular protein powder and try out something new! I stumbled upon Aria in the vitamin section, and after hearing roaring reviews from the lady behind the counter passing out free samples (whom was also vegetarian), I decided to give it a try in my morning smoothies.

Usually Aria protein costs $16.99, but today it was ON SALE for $9.99. S-A-L-E happens to be my favorite 4 letter combination, so of course I was instantly $9.99 dollars more excited to buy it!

Taste

Honestly, in my experience with health blogging, I’ve found that protein drinks are really personal. No two people seem to agree on the same product. That being said, I really liked it! I’m not a professional athlete or even someone who works out at the gym everyday for 5 hours hours at a time, so I didn’t want all the added sugars that seem to come in other protein powders.

I simply added a scoop of Aria to my morning fruit smoothie as usual, and I was impressed because I could barely taste it in there. Not too sweet, not too chalky, just perfect for me. A bit of strawberries, some ice and a peach later, it was great.

Vegetarians

If you’re a vegetarian like me, you should absolutely be getting in some extra protein in your diets. I definitely recommend using protein powder in your day some how.

Instructions

The instructions on the can say you’re supposed to add a scoop it to milk or H2O, but protein flavored water sounded like a TERRIBLE idea. I think I’ll stick to my delicious fruit smoothies 🙂

Protein Ratio, Grams per scoop

It was a great way to kick start my morning, knowing that I had 14 grams of extra protein to pump up my metabolism. I really did feel a slight bit more energetic, kind of like when I buy a new pair of stilettos. Could be the thrill of trying something new, or maybe the 50/50 ratio of soy protein and whey gave me an energetic boost.

Either way, I loved it.

What protein powders do you guys use?

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We pet baby chicks, NOT eat them!

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At a lovely afternoon adventure at my Godmother’s house, we discovered her 15 new baby chicks! They were SO cute. Bryan and I named this one Pablo. After getting to spend some quality time with Pablo, it breaks my heart to think about all the baby chicks and chickens that are suffering so much at food mills. Kept in tiny cages with no room to fly around and be free. It’s little moments like today with Pablo that remind me why I’ve been a Vegetarian my whole life.

Choose free-range chicken eggs at the store, or even better; buy your food from local farmers markets.

Proud vegetarian for 24 years!!! Pablo power 🙂

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Calorie count for Fruits and Veggies- what are you eating?

Besides being low in calories, fruits and vegetables are rich in different types of vitamins, fibre and antioxidants.

Low Cal Fruit 1 Low Cal Veggies 2

Instead of filling yourself with over-processed foods that only makes your body THINK it’s full, fill yourself with low-calorie fruits and vegetables. You can eat WAY more, and they will keep your body full much longer.

Think before you eat!

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Best vitamins for growing nails!

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I am SO lucky that my nails seem to grow at the speed of light, and I absolutely contribute that to my healthy eating choices and the daily vitamins that I take!

Here are a simple list of vitamins that are know for helping nail growth:

Vitamin A
Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that is considered effective for growing nails. Apart from that, vitamin A is also required for increasing strength of bones, tissues and teeth. This vitamin is an antioxidant, which means that it helps in deterring free radicals from causing damage inside the body.
Vitamin C
Vitamin C is another vitamin that is considered beneficial in promoting growth of nails. This vitamin helps in growth and recovery inside the body, and exhibit strong anti-oxidant properties, which prevent harm to the human body, caused by free radicals.
Vitamin H (Biotin)
Biotin is a vitamin that is a part of the B vitamin family and is helpful in increasing nail growth. This vitamin is responsible for strengthening as well as promoting growth of hair, nails and skin. You can obtain biotin from food or supplements, to meet your daily requirements. Foods containing biotin include whole grains, mushrooms, cauliflower and bananas.
Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is another B vitamin that is considered beneficial in increasing nail growth. This vitamin plays a crucial role in keeping red blood cells healthy and prevents damage to nerve cells.

 

If your nails seem to be constantly breaking and brittle, up your fruits and veggies in your diet (I of course recommend starting your day with fruit smoothies) and look into picking up some vitamins at your local health food store!

Happy growing 🙂

(Thanks vitaminsestore.com)

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Eat like your ancestors!

Did you know, we consume 50% more meat then we did in 1950!!!!??

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Back in the day, there were no Cheetos, hot pockets or chicken nuggets. Families had their own gardens!

It’s time for our younger generation to take back our health, and learn from our grandma’s and grandpa’s.

All natural & organic is the way to go 🙂

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Appreciate your fruit- fun vintage fruit fact!

Did you know, back in the day in New York; an ORANGE was a traditional Christmas gift?

Groceries haven’t always been stocked with delicious fruits and veggies as they are now. Oranges were grown in Florida, so it was a really big deal to get one if you lived out of state.

I think we forget how blessed we are to have constant access to nutritious natural foods. That being said, mom if you’re reading this- you better not put an orange in my stocking this Christmas!

however, you can bet I’ll be thanking God for every blessed bite into a juicy piece of fruit.

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P.s On a side note- only 5 months till Christmas!!! (I’m a Christmas fanatic)