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One down, two to go…

Before I go any further, check out Meghann’s blog for a Glee Gum review + giveaway! I chew gum quite a bit and finding different kinds that don’t contain those nasty artificial ingredients is so cool. I think even if I don’t win, I will try to find this gum somewhere out there 🙂

This morning, I was up early, walking the dog and trying to decide if I wanted to stay home and study or hit the gym. I did some math in my head, as good as I could for 5 a.m., and decided that either way I’d get the same amount of reading/studying in, so I opted for the gym!

Before I left, I fueled up with a Chocolate-PB-banana smoothie made with Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl spirutein, 1% milk, a whole banana and ice…

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I love that I’m warm enough for smoothies again! 🙂

At the gym, I did a moderate-intensity elliptical workout for 30 minutes while reviewing my anatomy notes. I was glad I chose to get studying and the workout both in. I had to abandon my all-or-nothing attitude because I had been hoping to get in 45-60 minutes but ran out of time. I had to tell myself that 30 minutes on the elliptical was WAY BETTER than just staying home!

I’m on Day 2 of only drinking one cup of coffee again and I have to say, its not hard at all. All I have to do is make a conscious effort and its no big deal. I drank my one cup, reviewed some more notes, checked some work emails and then went off to take my final. I think I did pretty well as complicated as the information was. I feel pretty confident and definitely relieved to have one thing out of the way. Now I just have my Epidemiology final and paper and then I’m done!

Lunch and Snacks

For lunch today, I made a tuna wrap using this packet of seasoned tuna from Starkist:

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On a Flat Out wrap with spinach…

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With an apple and a new (to me) Stonyfield probiotic yogurt in French vanilla. I’m really excited to try this yogurt since I finally found it at Meijer. In comes in a 4-pack of either french vanilla or strawberry. Each container has 90 calories, so I thought it would make a good addition to lunches.

Thanks again to Kristina from Stonyfield for the awesome coupons!

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My snacks today are a pita with Naturally More PB (I’m so cheating on my other nut butters) and a Hot ‘n Healthy pure protein oatmeal bar. Sadly, I think this may be the last time I see this one for a while. I was out looking for these for a package I’m sending to someone and it seems the Chocolate Chip flavor is gone! As in, no tag on the shelf or anything. We’ll see, I really hope not 😦 I also still need to find the Cinnamon Roll flavor, I’m dying to try that one!

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Have a great Tuesday! Good luck to those of you who are wrapping up finals and projects like me, I totally sympathize 😉

Better mail those taxes

Tomorrow is April 15…have you mailed your taxes yet? We had to pay state this year, so I just mailed mine yesterday, bummer. I always remember tax day though because its my parents’ anniversary. They will be celebrating 35 years tomorrow, yay Mom and Dad 🙂

Breakfast this morning was oats (made with coconut milk and water), with flax & pumpkin (and some cinnamon-instead of pumpkin pie spice-trying something new) stirred in, and topped with nuts and PB. It was fabulous, a little lighter of a portion than usual so I wouldn’t get too full for the gym and could eat a mid-morning snack. If you’ve noticed, I’m trying to get back to my 6 small meals a day to try it out for a while. I’m one of those people that gets bored or burnt out on a routine easily, so its good to change things up every now and then.

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My workout was somewhat light today because I’m experiencing some soreness and pain in my hamstrings and glutes, the area right between them. And my inner left thigh. It hurts a little bit to walk, so I knew it would to run. I rode on the stationary bike for 20 minutes, which felt really good, then I did some ab work and upper body weight machines. I so plan on playing volleyball tonight, as long as my leg doesn’t feel as bad or worse by tonight.

Lunch and Snacks preview

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For lunch, I have a Boca vegan burger, wheat bread (one piece, trying to make it last!), brussels sprouts and an orange. I wish I had some cheese! I didn’t buy any this weekend because I’m still waiting for Kraft 2% slices to go on sale 😦

For snacks, I have a Chobani yogurt and a banana nut Pure Protein hot ‘n healthy oatmeal square that will most definitely be making a trip into the microwave.

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Happy Tuesday! I’m so glad Monday is over 😉

Review: Pure Protein Hot ‘n Healthy Oatmeal Squares

This is a product I have been looking for quite a while now. I happened to be at Meijer last week (which is now carrying some awesome Greek Yogurts!) and I found the Pure Protein Hot ‘n Healthy Oatmeal Squares in their vitamin/nutrition section.

I was so excited to try these because I had seen them on the blogs and they seemed to be like a healthier version of the Oatmeal to Go squares (which I used to love until I learned they contain partially hydrogenated oil and HFCS, come on Quaker!).

I tried two flavors of the Pure Protein squares…Chocolate Chip and Banana Nut.

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For more views, please refer to my post from February 20th because for some reason, I haven’t figured out why some pictures will not load on here if they are certain file types. Any pointers?

Here are some factoids from the Pure Protein website:

Introducing the next addition to the Pure Protein Brand, Hot ‘n Healthy™ Oatmeal Squares! These delicious Oatmeal Squares have 10 grams of protein, taste great hot or cold, and are a good source of fiber and Omega 3’s.

 

  • – 10 g protein
  • – Tastes great hot or cold
  • – Good source of fiber, protein, Omega-3

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My thoughts:

 

As far as taste goes, I definitely preferred the Chocolate Chip bar; I think the banana nut just tasted too fake to me, whether it was or not.

 

I really liked the overall consistency and chewiness of the bar but I could’ve done without the frosting on the top, especially on the chocolate chip one which was sweet enough thanks to the chocolate.

 

I used both of these bars as a snack and even though they contained protein and fiber, neither one held me for as long as I would’ve liked. Of course, it could’ve just been because I wasn’t eating well the rest of the time and completely unrelated to the product.

 

I ate the banana nut bar cold (well, room temperature) but I chose to use the heating option for the chocolate chip bar, which made it warm, soft and melted the chips a little bit (yum).

 

I do think I would buy these again but only every once in a while since they contain some sugar alcohols and have a somewhat lengthy ingredients list.

 

They were only $1 a piece.

 

I hope to find the Cinnamon Roll flavor, which I have a feeling would be my favorite if I could try it.