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Fitness Fashion Friday 4/14 - Nike Lovin'

FitViews Fitness Fashion Friday 4/14 - Nike Lovin'

Hey guys, it's Fitness Fashion Friday again! I think it's becoming my favorite day of the week. Today we're talking crushworthy Nike gear.

Nike was my first fitness fashion love. I fell madly in love with Nike back when I first started running. I ran my first 5k in a white and pale pink pair of Nikes. I trained for and ran my first (and so far only) marathon in a pair of Nike Zoom Structure Triax 12's, 13's maybe, with the Nike+ system. Who remembers that? It hooked to your ipod and had a piece that went in your shoe. It was some cool tech in its time! My first favorite running socks were Nike. They had a R and an L on them, so cool ;) Ah, memories.

That was almost 10 years ago. While I love, use, and wear a lot of other brands now too, I think I'll always have a soft spot for Nike. I've always been happy with not just the style, but the quality as well. Currently I'm running most of the time in a pink pair of Nike Free 4.0 (that need retired pretty soon) and do most of my other workouts in my aqua Nike Flyknits. More than just shoes, Nike has some really cute gear. Tees, shorts, capris...What can I say, I just love me some Nike. And lately? They're just getting better!

Currently I'm crushing on:


OK, that's not it, but it's all that would fit in the collage, ha ha. Nike lovin' around here for sure.



How about you, are you feeling the Nike lovin'? 
What was your first running shoe?






FitGirl Cocktails: The Lemon Drop

FitGirl Cocktails: The Lemon Drop Gluten-Free, 0 sugar, 0 carbs

I'm starting a new series here on FitViews! FitGirl Cocktails. I love a good glass of red wine now and then, I mean it's practically a health food, right? ;) But sometimes I just want a cocktail. I'm all for moderation and having a drink now and then, but I'm just not down with the calorie, carb, and sugar counts of some of my favorites. Seriously, have you ever looked them up? Eek. So, I've set to work at converting my favorite cocktail recipes to be more fit girl (fit mom, fit guy, low-carber, calorie-counter...you get the point) friendly!

The first cocktail recipe I'm tackling is the lemon drop. I used to love these, but haven't had one in years because of the sugar in them. In my early twenties I had a friend who used to make them for me all the time. We would have a shaker full of these, a good dinner, and a chick flick on a weeknight, it was kind of bliss. Her recipe called for so. much. SUGAR though! Looking back I think she may have used a wee bit more sugar than most, but they were really good.


FitGirl Cocktails: The Lemon Drop Gluten-Free, 0 sugar, 0 carbs

I think my FitGirl-ized recipe comes pretty dang close to those delicious memories! It's really yummy, but only has about 130 calories, less than 1 gram of carbs, and no added sugar per serving! Yes. Please.

I know that a lot of lemon drop recipes call for an orange liqueur as well, but a 1.5-oz. shot of liqueur such as Triple Sec has about 188 calories. In contrast, the same size serving of Blood Orange Devotion Vodka has only 96 calories. So I say leave it out! Then, I can have two...


FitGirl Cocktails: The Lemon Drop Ingredients Gluten-Free, 0 sugar, 0 carbs

A huge thank you to Devotion and BiPro for providing ingredients for this recipe!

I love BiPro Protein Water for so many reasons. The Nutrition Facts are amazing: 0 g carbs, 0 sugars, and 20 g protein for a whole bottle! It's a super tasty way to help me hit my macros and it's so quick, easy, and completely portable. Love. BiPro Protein Water is also naturally flavored, stevia sweetened, gluten-free, and made in the USA. I love all of their flavors, but the Lemon Lift that I use in this recipe is definitely my favorite. I love using it to add great flavor and a little protein punch to this recipe! Check out BiPro on Instagram or Facebook.

Devotion Vodka is a great choice for a FitGirl cocktail. It's not only just 96 calories per serving, but it's gluten-free, sugar-free, and also American made! Definitely recommend. I use the Blood Orange here, but they have a ton of amazing flavors. Check them out on Instagram or Facebook.

FitGirl Cocktails: The Lemon Drop Gluten-Free, 0 sugar, 0 carbs

FitGirl Cocktails: The Lemon Drop

Ingredients


1 cup BiPro Lemon Lift Protein Water
Juice from 1/2 a lemon (yes, you can use bottled in a pinch, about a Tablespoon)
1 packet Truvia (more if you want to "sugar" the rim)
1.5 oz chilled Blood Orange Devotion Vodka (I can't find a shot glass to save my life since the move, this is 3 Tablespoons if you're shot glass challenged like me)
ice if desired


Directions


Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake. Pour and yum! If you don't have a cocktail shaker. Or misplaced your cocktail shaker in a move from Colorado to Idaho (just sayin'). You can just add the ingredients to your glass and stir (so not as much fun that way though).

To "sugar" the rim of your glass simply pour some Truvia onto a plate, wet the rim of your glass, and dip. Easy!

Notes


This is exactly how I like my lemon drop. However, if you like a less tart/sour lemon drop leave out the lemon juice. The Protein Water alone is super yummy. If you like a sweeter lemon drop add a little more Truvia. And of course if you serve this in a martini glass add a lemon peel twist ;)


FitGirl Cocktails: The Lemon Drop Gluten-Free, 0 sugar, 0 carbs


Let me know if you try it!











FitGirl Cocktails: The Lemon Drop Gluten-Free, 0 sugar, 0 carbs

Peaches and Cream Protein Smoothie

Peaches and Cream Frozen Protein Smoothie - Gluten Free, Clean, 30 grams of Protein

You might have noticed that I'm slightly smoothie obsessed around these parts lately. While I always love a good smoothie, especially in the warmer months, I'm mainly focused on protein smoothies right now. You see, the new program I'm currently doing has upped the amount of protein I'm eating every day. So, in order to hit my macro-nutrient percentages I'm adding more protein shakes and smoothies to my daily diet. I am definitely aiming for 30 grams of protein per serving these days. Protein smoothies are a quick, easy, and delicious way for me to hit my macros.

Peaches and Cream Frozen Protein Smoothie - Gluten Free, Clean, 30 grams of Protein

Especially this one, YUM. I'm definitely loving it post workout lately. 

If you're looking to up your protein too you're going to love this Peaches and Cream Protein Smoothie. This smoothie is so quick and easy. Only 3 ingredients, blend, DONE! It's completely creamy and delicious, but still clean, gluten-free, and packed with just over 30 grams of protein per serving. Plus, it definitely feels like a treat. Total win.

Peaches and Cream Frozen Protein Smoothie - Gluten Free, Clean, 30 grams of Protein

Peaches and Cream Protein Smoothie

Ingredients


1 cup Dole Sliced Frozen Peaches
Huge thanks to Wild Foods for sending me the protein powder I used for this recipe!

Directions


Add all ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth. So easy, right?


Peaches and Cream Frozen Protein Smoothie - Gluten Free, Clean, 30 grams of Protein



Let me know if you try it!









Apple Cinnamon Snickerdoodle Smoothie Bowl


Apple Cinnamon Snickerdoodle Smoothie Bowl * Gluten-Free * Protein-Packed

Smoothie bowls are my go to breakfast lately. They're just such a quick and easy way to get some protein, fruit, veggies, and even superfoods (think matcha green tea, beets, berries, greens...) into my mornings. As the weather continues to warm up they will pretty much be a staple for me. 

I like to keep my breakfasts simple, quick, and easy. No 20 ingredient smoothie bowls for this girl! I mean, I applaud folks that are awake enough for that in the morning, but that isn't happening over here. Most of my smoothie bowls are 5 ingredients or less. I try to focus on maximum nutrition with minimum ingredients.

Eating the same simple things every day doesn't have to be the SAME THING every day though! There's so much you can do with a smoothie bowl. Start with a "milk" of choice (I usually do So Delicious Unsweetened Vanilla Coconut Milk, So Delicious Unsweetened Vanilla Cashew Milk, or Milkadamia Unsweetened Macadamia Milk), then add whatever frozen fruits, veggies and/or greens you have on hand. Top with things like coconut flakes, cacao nibs, chia seeds, diced fruit, dried fruit, chopped nuts, goji berries, or even some gluten-free cookies for a treat! YUM.

Apple Cinnamon Snickerdoodle Smoothie Bowl - Gluten Free + Protein Packed

There are infinite combinations to try! Plus, healthy can feel a little indulgent too...

Like this Apple Cinnamon Snickerdoodle Smoothie Bowl! It's kind of like having dessert for breakfast, but it's gluten-free and packed with fruit and protein. This smoothie bowl recipe is a really great breakfast option when you want something a little sweet, but don't exactly want to break out the chocolate cake.

Apple Cinnamon Snickerdoodle Smoothie Bowl Ingredients

A huge thank you to Wild Foods for providing protein powder for this recipe!

Apple Cinnamon Snickerdoodle Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients

1 cup frozen apples
Chopped apple pieces for topping (optional)


Apple Cinnamon Snickerdoodle Smoothie Bowl - Gluten Free + Protein Packed

Directions


Add coconut milk, protein powder, and frozen apples to your blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a bowl and crumble cookies on top. Add the diced apple.

Notes


I used to be able to find frozen apples at the grocery store when I lived in Colorado. They were such a time saver! However, I haven't been able to find them here in Idaho yet; so I slice, peel, and freeze Pink Lady apples ahead for this recipe.

Go crazy with the toppings here! Whatever you like. Chopped nuts (organic walnuts or raw pecans are pretty yummy with this), coconut flakes, cashew butter, cacao nibs...

Apple Cinnamon Snickerdoodle Smoothie Bowl - Gluten Free + Protein Packed


Let me know if you try it!








Fitness Fashion Friday - 4/7 Adidas by Stella McCartney

FitViews Fitness Fashion Friday 4/7 - Adidas by Stella McCartney


Hey guys! It's Fitness Fashion Friday Again!

Are you all as ready for summer as I am? I am enjoying taking more workouts outside, but spring has been on the chilly side here so far. I am seriously ready for some SUNSHINE. I may be a little too into bright sunny colors as a result, hard to tell. ;) I'm definitely drooling over fitness fashion in black and white with pops of bright fun color. 

Have you seen the Adidas by Stella McCartney line? I've seen it here and there, but not paid much attention. Silly me. Look at this gorgeousness...



What do you think? Crushworthy?






Mango Peach Protein Smoothie

Mango Peach Protein Smoothie Recipe

I have a confession to make. I had never had a mango before I was 25...26 maybe? Growing up I guess my family just wasn't too adventurous in our fruit consumption? Not sure, but somehow I had never tasted anything mango before I married my husband. 

I also wasn't very into nutrition then either. Lots of junk food was consumed. Lots. I had a vague concept of healthy, but tended toward the unhealthy for sure. Then, at some point shortly after I married my husband I began to become fascinated with all things nutrition. I devoured books and blogs and began to expand my narrow comfort zone of food choices. 

Mango Peach Protein Smoothie Recipe

Around that time, I latched on to the idea of variety being a good thing when it comes to good nutrition and really embraced fruits and veggies for the first time. When my kids got a little older we started making it a habit of trying new fruits and veggies at the grocery store (we still do this when we see something different). We've found many new favorites this way.

Like mangoes!

We love fresh mango, but it's not always in season of course. I resort to buying frozen fruit a lot and was thrilled when I found frozen mango! I was excited to be able to start playing with mango smoothie recipes. Something I hadn't done before. Let's face it, it wasn't likely I was going to peel, dice, and freeze mangoes on my own for smoothie recipes. My kids would totally have eaten them before they made it to the freezer!

Mango Peach Protein Smoothie Recipe

I have many varieties of mango smoothie recipes now. They're soooo good! Mango is delicious plain in a smoothie, as the standout flavor, but this Mango Peach Protein Smoothie is definitely a favorite. The peaches and vanilla protein powder are really yummy with the Mango. This smoothie is definitely making getting more protein in my diet a treat. It's totally clean, but feels completely indulgent. It tastes like a dessert!


Mango Peach Protein Smoothie

Ingredients


1/2 cup So Delicious Dairy Free Cashew Milk, Unsweetened Vanilla
1/2 cup frozen peaches
1/2 cup frozen mango
2 scoops Creamy Vanilla Wild Whey, Grass-Fed Whey Protein Powder



Mango Peach Protein Smoothie Recipe Ingredients
Thank you to Wild Foods for providing the protein powder for this recipe!


Directions


Add all ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth. If your blender isn't great (like mine, boo), you may need to add the cashew milk, protein powder, and mango and blend. Then, add the peaches one at a time.

Makes one x-large smoothie or two medium size.


Mango Peach Protein Smoothie Recipe


Yum! Let me know if you try it.


Do you love mango? Tried it in smoothies yet?





Mango Peach Protein Smoothie. Delicious and feels completely indulgent, but gluten-free and completely clean.