Product Review: Myfitnesspal App

myfitnesspal

Stars: 5/5

Cost:ย Free!

Pros: You can customize your own macro ratio plan (carbs, proteins, and fats) to achieve your goals! You can also create your own recipes and calculate the nutritional value by plugging in all the ingredients and dividing by the serving sizes. If you have a certain meal several times during the week, you can easily create a quick meal that will pull up all the ingredients for you in one click! Example: Mixed greens, 4 oz turkey, 1/4 cup cottage cheese, 1 tbsp almond slices – Turkey Salad. Love this app! My bikini prep would NOT be the same without it! Fat loss is a science, and this is a quick easy tool to help you. It’s free too! You can also calculate your calories burned through exercise, which in turn grants you more calories to eat ๐Ÿ™‚

Cons: The ONLY con would be the ‘Exercise’ feature which only estimates your calories burned, it’s not 100% accurate. Use a heart rate monitor to calculate your exact calories burned.

Enjoy!

~Jess

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Product Review: Quest Bars!

questbars

Stars:ย 5/5, do you even have to ask?!

Cost:ย $24.99 a box of 12 bars on iherb.com! Click on the link and use my code:ย DWV946 for $10 off your first order ๐Ÿ™‚

Pros: Delicious healthy wholesome ingredients you can pronounce, high fiber content to keep you fuller longer, 20 whopping grams of protein and amazing taste that is SINFULLY delicious ๐Ÿ™‚ You can also bake them into virtually ANYTHING! I give this one 10 stars! My favorite flavor is the new Cookies n’ Cream, makes a killer Mug Cake. Check out my recipes section to see how!

Cons: Only con is that they aren’t on my meal plan for my 8 weeks out bikini prep ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Enjoy!

~Jess

Product Review: Optimum Nutrition Amino Energy

aminoenergy

Stars: 5/5

Cost:ย Bodybuilding.com has a special! Buy two get one free for their 30 serving containers. Priced at $17.98 each. Great deal. I bought mine at the Vitamin Shoppe for $29.99, 65 servings on sale.

Pros: Amazing flavor! I bought Watermelon and it reminds me of a jolly rancher. I look forward to waking up in the morning to enjoy my Amino Energy drink at 4am before I head to the gym. Makes getting out of bed MUCH easier! Super clean, non-jittery energy. A definite pre-workout must have. Great for post workout muscle recovery as well.

Cons:ย None! I absolutely love this product! Definitely beats their ABB N.O drinks I was hooked on for years. I started having heart problems with those, became addicted.

Enjoy!

~Jess

Product Review: Optimum Nutrition Protein

optimumwhey

Stars:ย 4/5

Cost:ย 5lbs on Bodybuilding.com and Amazon.com costs $57.99.ย 

Pros:ย Really awesome price for how many servings you get! I ordered the French Vanilla Creme. Lasts forever!

Cons:ย Not a fan of the French Vanilla Creme flavor in comparison to the Cellucor flavors. When I received the tub in the mail, the seal was broken (not ripped off though). I’ve read past reviews where this has been an issue. Perhaps that’s the reason it doesn’t have the greatest flavor. I also don’t enjoy the ‘disintegrated’ texture when I add it to my oatmeal.

Enjoy!

~Jess

Product Review: Cellucor Whey Protein

cellucor

Stars: 5/5

Cost: Bodybuilding.com has a deal, but one get one 50% off! They are marked at $29.99, definitely beats the Cellucor website price of $39.99 each! PLUS, you get one half off. Deals ๐Ÿ™‚ I bought ‘Cinnamon Swirl’ and ‘Peanut Butter Marshmallow’.

Pros:ย ‘Cinnamon Swirl’ makes the best pancakes and ‘Peanut Butter Marshmallow’ makes the best smoothies. Excellent protein powders for baking! Dream protein for IIFYM followers.

Cons: Only con might be the original price on the Cellucor website, other than that I’ve been extremely happy with the flavor, freshness, and overall nutritional value!

Enjoy!

~Jess

Cellucor Cinnamon Swirl Almond Caramel Pancakes

I’ve got another recipe for you guys to try out! Super scrumptious, definitely my favorite breakfast creation thus far. I call it:

Cellucor Cinnamon Swirl Almond Caramel Pancakes!

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Ingredients:

-1/3 cup blended oats
-1/2 scoop Cellucor Cinnamon Swirl Whey Protein
-3 tablespoons liquid egg whites
-1 tablespoon almond milk
-1 teaspoon baking powder
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1 teaspoon cinnamon
-1 packet Truvia sweetener

Directions:

-Mix all ingredient in a bowl, melt coconut oil in a sauce pan on low heat.
-Once all the ingredients are mixed, turn the heat up to medium and pour half the batter into the pan. Cook both sides evenly.
-Make another one and spread Maranatha Almond Caramel spread alllll over it!

Enjoy!

~Jess

Happy Hump Day!

Hey guys, I dunno why, but I feel like I haven’t written in a reaaaaally long time, even though I posted a ‘sneak preview’ photo yesterday, and wrote quite the hefty post on Sunday night.

I guess I feel like I’ve been ‘mentally’ outta sorts these past few days. I’m not feeling well today, ill enough to call off at work and not gettin’ any better. I’ve also been extremely distracted, but what, I’m not sure. Some days I feel like I have a million thoughts flying through my brain, even writing about them is futile, they won’t slow down!

I’ve been killing my workouts, but I feel like my body needs another shock. I need to push myself HARDER, try something different! To be honest, I need to be stronger on my diet, some times that extra scoop of hummus sounds too tasty! I haven’t had a Quest Bar since Sunday, super proud of that ๐Ÿ™‚ Look at me, I sound like a recovering addict! Ha!

I’ve also been off of nut butter, for the most part. But I just HAD to go back to Grocery Outlet yesterday to stock up on Maranatha Caramel Almond Spread. Let me tell you something! Those 12 oz. jars at Grocery Outlet are $2.99 each, they retail at $13 a jar! I bought 10 jars for LESS than $30…. on Amazon a 3 pack costs $39.99, YIKES! Savin’ those dolla’ dolla’ billsssss!

Other great news, I received my pre-ordered Girl Scout cookies at work this week, super pumped! I had no idea that 11 boxes looked like so much. Turns out Derek bought Girl Scout cookies from a gal at his work too…. only he gets to eat them, and I have to watch. I was creepin’ around his stash and even went as far as opening a box to SMELL them, ewww I’m such a creep! Self torture! Thankfully I couldn’t smell them ๐Ÿ™‚

Lately I’ve been a wizard in the kitchen. I keep meaning to take pictures and post recipes, buuuuut I’m also very lazy, horrible at taking photos, and my food doesn’t look as bomb as ‘Food Porn’. Not fair…. Maybe tomorrow morning my pancakes won’t look like shit and I can post a new recipe! In the meantime, here’s a photo and smoothie recipe from Monday morning that I never posted, enjoy!

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Ingredients:

-1 cup Wawona Frozen Fruit
(Tropical: Mango, Strawberry, Pineapple)
-1/2 cup Almond Milk Vanilla Unsweetened
-1/4 cup Fage Fat-Free Plain Greek Yogurt
-1 Scoop Optimum Nutrition French Vanilla Whey
-1 packet Truvia sweetener
-1 tablespoon Nutiva Chia Seeds

Directions:

-Place frozen fruit in Magic Bullet and thaw in microwave for 30 seconds
-Add the yogurt, protein powder, chia seeds, and almond milk
-Blend and enjoy!

Hope you like it! It’s super yummmm!

I have been experimenting with new protein flavors. I just received my new Cellucor Cinnamon Swirl Whey Protein and Peanut Butter Marshmallow Whey Protein. The Cinnamon Swirl flavor makes bomb oatmeal pancakes and the Peanut Butter Marshmallow makes a KILLER smoothie ๐Ÿ™‚

Right now I’m working on some Chia Seed pudding, I’ll take a pic and post the recipe when it’s done chilling, IF it looks good ๐Ÿ˜‰

Welp goodnight folks, hope everyone is having a great week so far, stay tuned~

~Jess