Monday, August 31, 2015

Bulu Box Review

So the wonderful people over at Bulu sent me a box of delicious and healthy goodies and products to try out. The Bulu box is a really neat concept. You sign up for a monthly subscription, and each month they send you a sample box of health and nutrition items. They offer subscriptions on a monthly, 3 month, 6 month or annual basis and of course the longer the subscription you pick they better price you get. What's even cooler about this is that once you try the sample boxes, you can order full sizes of the items that you really loved right from their site.

With my box, I got to try some really great items, but my absolute favorite out of the box was the lemon pepper chicken jerky. Bad thing was my family loved it as well, so I had to fight them for it :) I also really liked the movit energy gels, they tasted great and kept my energy up during my 8 mile run. While those were my favorite items out the box, all of the items were really awesome, and I will be looking into purchasing the other items as well.

So, I definitely am recommending Bulu boxes to my readers. It's a great way to try out new health and nutrition items monthly for a really reasonable price. The even better news is that they are letting me share a discount code with my readers. If you purchase a 3 month subscription, you can save 50% if you use the code SWEATPINK when you place your order over on their site.

This review and giveaway was made possible by #SweatPink and Bulu Box. A one month subscription to Bulu Box was sent for my time and effort on this campaign. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Tasteful Thursday - Crispy Oven Fried Chicken

Crispy Oven "Fried" Chicken
Now that families everywhere are getting back into a dinner routine, gather them around the table with this better-for-you version of "fried" chicken. No deep-fat fryer required.
Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 4
  • Four 4-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 teaspoon low-sodium Old Bay Seasoning
  • ¼ cup 1% low-fat milk
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 generous cups cornflakes, crushed
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spray a cooling rack generously with nonstick cooking spray and place in the prepared sheet.
  2. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Season generously with kosher salt and pepper and set aside. Prepare the breading by placing the flour, flaxseed, and Old Bay in a wide bowl or on a plate, and mix together with a fork.
  3. Place the milk, lemon juice, and mustard in a second wide bowl and whisk together until well combined. Place the cornflakes in a third wide bowl or plate.
  4. Dredge each chicken piece in the flour mixture until well coated; tap off excess flour. Coat each floured chicken piece in the milk mixture and then roll in the cornflake crumbs until very well coated.
  5. Arrange the chicken pieces on the rack and place in the oven. Cook for 10 minutes, lower the heat to 350°F and cook for another 10 to 15 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and the coating is crispy. (Adjust cook time accordingly if chicken breast halves are greater than 4 ounces each.)
You'll get 40% iron per chicken piece.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: (1 piece), Calories: 230, Fat: 3.5g, Saturated fat: 1g,Carbohydrates: 24g, Sodium: 340mg, Fiber: 1g, Protein: 26g

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Freekeh Foods Review and Giveaway

I know we all are searching for healthy alternatives to add to our everyday meals, and the folks over at Freekeh Foods have come up one, freekeh!. It's a healthy grain that is great for breakfast, side dishes and whole meals. They offer three different varieties, tamari, rosemary sage and original. For my review I chose original and tamari. Since I am not really original when it comes to cooking, matter of fact most call me cooking challenged, I used some of the awesome recipes that they post over on their recipe page.  The recipes were super easy to follow, and tasted delicious.

The first recipe I tried was the warm breakfast freekeh. I used the original flavor of the freekeh for this dish. It is a great alternative to oatmeal, and a great change up it you are bored with just eating eggs.

  • 1 8-ounce package cracked freekeh (approx 1 cup) (Original variety)
  • 2 1/2 cups water (for richer flavor, try cooking in almond milk, or coconut milk)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons Earth Balance® or butter
Pour freekeh and liquid into a saucepan and bring to a boil for about 1 minute. Add vanilla extract, cinnamon and Earth Balance® or butter. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for about 25 minutes. Serve with fresh sliced fruit and top with nuts.
Options: You can also add a dollop of yogurt for extra protein and creaminess.

I also tried a recipe for dinner, and used the tamari flavor . Like I said I'm cooking challenged, so I picked a really easy recipe. I chose the lemon chicken with dill. It was awesome, and my kids even tried it. They are super picky, but they admitted that it tasted pretty good. 

  • 1 8-ounce package cracked freekeh (approx. 1 1/3 cups)  (Original or Tamari Freekeh work well)
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2-3 cups carrots diced
  • 4-6 garlic cloves, diced
  • 4 tablespoons Earth Balance® or butter
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 3-4 chicken breasts, whole, skinless, boneless
  • 1 bunch fresh dill (about 1 cup), chopped
  • juice of 2 lemons or about 4 tablespoons
  • fresh cracked pepper and salt to taste
In a large skillet, heat up olive oil over medium heat. Toss in carrots, onions and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes or until the onions are translucent. Add Earth Balance® or butter to skillet and add in uncooked freekeh. Stir to coat freekeh. Add chicken broth. Place chicken in the liquid with the freekeh and vegetables. Top with the dill and the juice of one lemon. Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for an
additional 20-30 minutes or until the chicken is done. Add a little dill and cracked pepper, plus the rest of the lemon juice and serve.

I really liked both flavors of the freekeh that I tried, and will definitely be adding it to my staple of foods that I keep in the pantry. The prices is extremely reasonable, $14.40 for a case of 6 packages. That equals out to just $2.40 a package. Pretty comparable to all the other grains that are offered. You can order them directly from their site or see if there is a store near you that sells them here.  
Now I have some great news for my readers. Freekeh-foods is allowing me to give away a package of freekeh in the flavor of your choice to one of my awesome readers. (US Residents only though :( ) 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck to everyone, but if you don't win remember you can buy some in select stores or through their website.

This review and giveaway was made possible by #SweatPink and Freekeh Foods. 2 packages of Freekeh was sent for my time and effort on this campaign. 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Tasteful Thursday - Skinny Pork Tacos

Skinny Pork Tacos
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 5-8 hours
Yield: 4 servings
Serving size: 2 tacos
  • ½ cup water
  • 1½ pound pork tenderloin
  • 15-ounce jar tomato salsa
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon jalapeño peppers
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 package La Tortilla Factory® Smart & Delicious™ Low-Carb, High Fiber Whole Wheat Tortillas, Original Size
  • 2 cups purple cabbage, shredded
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • ½ cup reduced-fat, shredded Mexican cheese
  • Optional Toppings*:
  • reduced-fat sour cream
  • avocado slices
  • lime wedges
  • *Optional ingredients are not included in the nutritional calculations.
  1. Place water and the pork tenderloin in a slow cooker.
  2. In a medium size bowl, mix tomato salsa, chili powder, cumin, brown sugar, jalapeño peppers, cayenne pepper, salt and garlic and pour over pork tenderloin.
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 5 hours.
  4. Remove pork tenderloin from slow cooker and shred using a fork, pull against the grain of the meat. Return shredded pork tenderloin to slow cooker and cook for an additional 15 minutes.
  5. Serve ½ cup pork on warm tortillas with shredded lettuce, 2 tablespoons tomatoes, 1 tablespoon cheese on each tortilla.
Nutrition Information
Per Serving: 2 tacos
Calories: 417
Calories from fat: 110
Fat: 14g
Saturated Fat: 5g
Cholesterol: 123g
Sodium: 2150mg
Carbohydrates: 34g
Fiber: 16g
Sugar 10g
Protein: 51g
Calcium: 19g
Iron: 21g
WWP+: 11
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

SweetLeaf Water Enchancer Review

I know most of my readers drink a lot of water. It's important for a healthy diet, and to help keep us hydrated during our workouts. But, if you're like me, you probably get bored of the plain water after a while. I was extremely bored, but didn't have the time to always cut up fruit to add, and didn't want to use the flavor drops with all the artificial flavors and sweeteners in them.

Luckily, I was given the opportunity to try out SweetLeaf Water Drops. SweetLeaf has no artificial ingredients in it, and is sweetened by Stevia so it still has 0 calories. I got to try out 3 flavors: peach, lemon lime, strawberry kiwi and raspberry lemonade. I really like them all, but my favorite was peach. I love peach so much that it sits on my desk at work, so every time I refill my water bottle I can add it. My family is not a huge stevia fan, because they say it has an aftertaste, but my youngest loves Sweetleaf. He's always asking me if he can have some of my water drops.

Another plus for SweetLeaf is that it isn't too expensive. It sells for $4.99, which is right around what you can buy other water enhancers for. I definitely give SweetLeaf an A+

This review was made possible by MomsMeet. The thoughts and views are my own. I was given 4 water enhancers for my efforts on this campaign.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Tasteful Thursday - buffalo cauliflower

Buffalo Cauliflower Recipe

Makes 3 servings, one cup each
1.5 pounds cauliflower (about ½ large head or one small head)
2 egg whites
⅓ cup panko or other bread crumbs
3 tablespoons Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (optional)
Heat oven to 425 F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
Core cauliflower and cut into small florets. Beat egg whites with a fork until frothy. Mix egg whites and cauliflower in a bowl until the cauliflower is coated. Add panko and mix until cauliflower is coated with bread crumbs.
Bake for 20 minutes or until cauliflower is crispy. Drizzle on Frank’s Red Hot Sauce and serve.
120 calories, 0.9 g fat, 0.0 g saturated fat, 21.3 g carbohydrates, 6.3 g sugar, 8.5 g protein, 6.2 g fiber, 362 mg sodium, 3 Points+

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Tasteful Thursday - Caribbean Jerk Chicken with Mango Salsa

Recipe: Caribbean Jerk Chicken with Mango Salsa
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Serving size: 4 ounces chicken and ¼ cup prepared salsa
    Caribbean Jerk Chicken
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 Tbsp Caribbean Jerk seasoning
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Mango Salsa
  • 1 fresh ripe mango, peeled and diced
  • ½ cup red onion, diced
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • ¼ tsp salt
  1. Prepare the salsa: In a medium size bowl add all of the ingredients and stir to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. Prepare the chicken: Slice the chicken breasts in half lengthwise to make four, 4-ounce size chicken breasts. Place the chicken breasts in a large resealable bag and add the Jerk seasoning. Give the bag a few shakes to evenly coat the the chicken.
  3. In a large skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil. Once heated, add the chicken and cook for about 4 to 6 minutes on each side or until done.
  4. Serve warm with the prepared Mango Salsa.
Nutrition Information
Per Serving: (4 ounces chicken and ¼ cup prepared salsa)
Calories: 193
Calories from fat: 44
Fat: 5g
Saturated Fat: 1g
Cholesterol: 65mg
Sodium: 748mg
Carbohydrates: 16g
Fiber: 2g
Sugar 13g
Protein: 24g
WWP+: 5

Monday, August 3, 2015

1/2 Marathon Training - week 4

Happy Monday!!! I was battling a massive sinus headache towards the end of last week so I missed a workout and my short runs. I also shortened my long run by a mile :(

Here's the recap -

Monday - T25 Alpha Total Body Circuit
Tuesday - T25 Alpha Speed 1.0, bowling
Wednesday - T25 Alpha Lower Focus, bowling
Thursday - nada
Friday - T25 Alpha Ab Intervals, Bowling
Saturday - bowling
Sunday - 6 mile run, 1 hr swimming

Here's my plan for this week -

Monday - T25 Alpha Cardio
Tuesday - T25 Alpha Total Body Circuit, 2-3 mile run
Wednesday - T25 Alpha Lower Focus
Thursday - T25 Alpha Total Body Circuit, 2-3 mile run
Friday - T25 Alpha Ab Intervals
Saturday - rest
Sunday - 7 mile run

Is anyone else training for a race right now?