The past three days I’ve been going 100 MPH and haven’t put the breaks on until bed. Work has been busy and after work has been equally as busy with appointments, workouts, blog updates, class, making meals for my sick husband, caring for a needy puppy, and then ah… Sitting on the couch, catching my breath, and conking out. Phew!
foamy & frothy homemade Silk Vanilla cappuccino
All in all, life currently is busy… But I like it. I like being go-go-go and having a list of things to do – the hours speed by and I feel a sense of accomplishment when I check things off of my lists.
Something else I like? Blogging. Despite my sporadic posting schedule lately, my mind is full of thoughts. I try my best to remember to write things down as I think of them, but that doesn’t always happen. If I had tons of money I’d invest in some type of device that could transcribe my thoughts into a blog post… That’ll be the day, ha!
One of the reasons why I enjoy blogging is because it lets me share my thoughts with others – a recap, inspirational quotes, a blogger link-up, a product review, or a giveaway – they’re all fun in their own way.
Today I’m sharing a day of recent eats, 2 new-to-me product reviews, anddd a giveaway for one of you lucky ones to win!
it doesn’t get much easier than 2 ingredient Kodiak Cakes – measure, mix, pour, flip, & enjoy
Xylitol is a natural & sustainable sweetener made exclusively from North American hardwood trees
As seen on the Xylitol website: “Xylitol is a sweet-tasting sugar substitute that has been approved for use in more than 35 countries. Consumption of xylitol is associated with a significant reduction in tooth decay, resulting in fewer cavities and resolution of periodontal disease. Xylitol has been shown to contribute to increased bone density, weight loss, stabilization of blood sugar and lowering of insulin levels.”
Additional benefits include:
- Increases energy by enhancing ATP production
- Increases utilization of fat
- Replenishes glycogen
- Anabolic — keeps biosynthetic pathways open
- Anticatabolic —helps maintain lean muscle mass
- Antioxidant —generates NADPH, keeping glutathione in an active state
- Increases endurance
- Reduces free radical and oxidative damage
The verdict: a meh
I tried the watermelon candies and the peppermints, as well as the cinnamon and peppermint gum – they all had good flavor but the gum became too hard too quickly. I also tried the pure xylitol which I added to my coffee and mixed into pancake batter, but I didn’t care for it. The granules didn’t dissolve and tasted gritty. I still need to try baking with it, maybe I’ll have better luck?
almond butter & strawberry preserves is the second best combo to PB&J
cantaloupe is the bestaloupe
savory & sweet – eggs stuffed with goat cheese & topped with avocado + red pepper flakes
orange bell pepper + celery, a grapefruit, plain Chobani, & turkey wraps with TJ’s Chunky Greek Yogurt Guacamole + broccoli slaw
Quest Bars are low-carb, gluten free protein bars
As seen on the Quest Bar website, Quest Bars were designed for “anyone looking to get top quality protein while dropping some carbs from their diet. They’re as delicious and convenient as a candy bar, while maintaining all of the nutrition of a carefully prepared meal that’s packed with fiber to make you feel full and to help with digestion and weight loss.”
The verdict: they’re a yay
The texture of the bars reminds me of a jumbo Tootsie Roll – very different from any other protein bar that I’ve previously tried. With 20g of protein they’re great as a snack before or after a workout and keep me full for a long period of time. I really like some of the flavors, but steer clear of others because I think that they taste artificial. My favorite flavors include: PB&J, peanut butter supreme, chocolate chip cookie dough, coconut cashew, cinnamon roll, and apple pie.
first long run in over 2 weeks – super sweaty = sign of a successful workout
a blended iced passion tea [pssst Gina the baristas thought it I was crazy when I ordered it]
mushroom mountain salad topped with spicy chunky salsa
TJ’s Chicken Goyza Potstickers sprinkled with parm cheese
the new Carrot Cake VitaTop – it was tasty but I wish it had bits of walnuts
And now for what you’ve all been reading for…
The lovely folks over at Bestowed sent me one of their boxes last month! Every month, Bestowed mails their subscribers a box of at least 5 nutrition and lifestyle products that are hand picked by celebrity nutritionist and author Heather Bauer.
How it works:
- Select your membership type – $19 billed monthly [cancel at any time] or $209 billed annually [transfer at any time]
- The box ships and arrives on your doorstep by the 15th of every month [shipping is included in the price - they currently only ship within the US]
The bright orange box was full of goodies – Gnu Foods Hi-Fiber Minis, Nektar Honey Crystals, packets of pink lemonade EBOOST, a bag of Kind Healthy Grains Oats & Honey Clusters, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts, a sample of Oloves Hot Chilli Mama Olives, and a $25 iTrain gift card.
Want to come home to a bright orange box sitting on your doorstep? The giveaway is open until Tuesday, May 28th at 11:59PM EST and I’ll announce the winner on Wednesday. There are 6 ways to enter, please leave a separate comment for each entry. You can enter once, twice, or all six times – the more entries, the better your chances…
- Leave a comment answering: What’s the best new product you’ve tried recently? The worst?
- Tweet about this giveaway and tag @lifesabowl and @Bstowed
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I hope y’all have a wonderful 3-day weekend and safe travels if you’re going anywhere! I’ll be in class all day today, tomorrow Ryan and I are going to the Nats game with Molly and Tex, and Monday I’ve got my last long run before the ZOOMA Annapolis Half next Saturday
Disclaimer: I was provided free products from Xylitol, Quest Nutrition, and Bestowed for the purpose of this review, however I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own.