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Raspberry Waffle Protein Mini-Breakfast

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In a mad dash out the door this morning on the way to my hair appointment, I threw together this delicious waffle raspberry combo! I was so thankful that I made extra protein waffles last week and froze them!

Having some extra pre-prepared meals on hand definitely comes in handy with a busy schedule. If it wasn’t for my excess of protein waffles, I would have only had a fruit smoothie for breakfast.

My metabolism is too high to survive off of a fruit smoothie for more then a couple hours, so this protein waffle was really a life saver!

Protein Waffles IngMake

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3 Ingredient High-Protein Hazelnut Crepes!

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One of the reasons I LOVE these crepes, is because they’re PACKED with protein and only have 3 ingredients. I love knowing exactly what I’m putting into my body, so making my own breakfast is always a joy. No artificial sweeteners or preservatives in here, that’s for sure 🙂

Crepes Ing make

 

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Breathtaking flower fruit spinach salad!

This delicious mouthful of healthy Fitspiration will absolutely take your breath away. I brought this baby to a party this weekend and all my friends LOVED it!

It’s easy, healthy and BEAUTIFUL (if I do say so myself… and I do!)

Did I mention it was cheap too? My fridge is almost always filled with fruit (since I make fruit smoothies every morning), so I used all the left-over fruits I had in there, and created this flowerful beauty!

My boyfriend brought in some lovely flowers from my front garden, so I threw those in for some extra color too.

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Flower Salad Ingmake

I really love that this is such an impressive looking salad that took such little effort to throw together for a party. Keep it in mind for your next hang out!

P.s Oh my gosh you guys, aren’t my food-ography pictures getting so much better??!? I’ve been practicing with different lightning techniques with my camera and it’s been making SUCH a big difference.

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Watermelon Cucumber Pineapple protein shakes

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One of my favorite parts of summer is sweet sweet sweet watermelon!
I love putting it in smoothies, shakes and salads.
I used my new protein powder that I purchased yesterday, and made more of a shake than a smoothie.

Simple Ingredients:

  • Freshly cut sweet watermelon
  • Sliced cucumber
  • Pineapple
  • Guava juice
  • Watermelon juice
  • Ice
  • 3 scoops protein powder

Blend, add a cute garnish and enjoy!

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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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Almond Apple Strawberry Carrot Smoothies

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Since it’s Saturday today, I had a bit more time in the mornings then I usually do. I decided to get a bit more creative with my morning smoothies by mixing ingredients that I wouldn’t usually.

For a bit of added protein, I threw in a handful of almonds. They made the smoothie surprisingly smoother then usual, and the carrots blended together perfectly with the strawberries and apple slices.

This smoothie has an excellent variety of nutrition, and will make your taste buds smile for hours!

Ingredients:

  • Apples
  • Almonds
  • Carrots
  • Bananas
  • Strawberries
  • All-natural apple juice
  • Ice

Try it out and let me know what you think!

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Make goals- Plan ahead

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This was TOO awesome not to put on my health blog!

Take a second to sit down, turn your computer monitor off and silence your cell phone.

Write a list of 5 simple things that you can start implementing into your life RIGHT NOW that will make you proud a year from now. This is a great idea for beginners just getting started on their Fitspirational Journeys!

A few things on my list:

  1. Add ONE more serving of fruit to every day as a daily snack
  2. Complete 2-3 runs with my boyfriend by this time next year (Color Run CHECK!)
  3. Make 2-3 health blog posts every day
  4. Start going to bed earlier, ensuring at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night
  5. Make a “goal board” with 20 things I’d like to do in the next year. Cross things off as I do them!

Try it out 🙂 What’s on your list?

 

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Flower Edamame- a protein rich snack

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Vegetarians listen up:

Did you know just one cup of Edamame has 17 grams of protein???? That’s more then half of my daily amount of protein for my body size!

I wish I could take credit for these beautiful flower bowls and New York plates, but unfortunately they’re not mine. My boyfriend Bryan and I visited a family friend today, and the first thing I did was practically run to the table and snap a picture of Edamame for my health blog.

If you’ve never had Edamame before, turn your computer off right now and go find some.

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Dwight is right ladies- lifting won’t make you huge…

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As a huge fan of the office, I couldn’t go another minute without posting Dwight’s huge face on my health blog!

Lifting weights is NOT going to make you huge ladies. This is a common misconception that I get asked about quite often. If you’re on a bad diet, and you just can’t seem to keep your hands off Mr. Ben and Mr. Jerry (if you know what I mean *ehem ICECREAM ehem**.

If you balance out a healthy diet (with protein/fruits/veggies) with a solid workout plan, you’ll EARN your way to the body of your dreams! Lifting weights is NOT going to make you big, but lifting weights without training might. If you’re really worries about this, please message me and we’ll go over your exercise routine together. A good cardio mix with strengthening exercises and weights will actually lean you out.

Whats the worst that can happen? You might just end up with a fabulously it body. Oops 🙂