Update

 

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To keep everyone in the loop I want to mention my previous blog – jaimecudmore.blogger.com. All the pervious posts on this site are from my old Blogger site. So many times I have gotten super motivated and then dropped that blog, which I originally started in June 2014. I decided once and for all that I am going to keep up with my new WordPress one. I switched from Blogger to WordPress because I liked the layout way better. To me it is much more organized, and having very little background in computers, that is important to me.

So, all the posts after this one will be brand new! I have a lot of ideas and posts coming, but feel free to let me know if there is anything specific you want to see, I am totally open to any new ideas!

xoxo,

J

Six Star Whey Protein Gel Review

Today I was in Rite Aid picking up a couple things. The Rite Aid by my school happens to have a GNC inside of it, so of course I had to peruse the aisles. I came across Six Start Pro Nutrition’s  “Protein Gel” and was immediately intrigued. For 80 calories, you get 20 grams of protein, with 0 g carbs or fat! I knew I had to get it and do a review, and wow I think I am sparing the rest of the world (or just whoever even reads my blog) of this ! First of all, the only flavor they had was fruit punch. The consistency is so weird – definitely “gel-y” but very thick .. just overall weird on your taste buds. The flavor isn’t horrible, I would give it a 4/10 but I couldn’t even finish the whole packet and most certainly will not be purchasing again! 

Optimum Alpha Aminos

For anyone who doesn’t know or use supplements in the gym –  Alpha Amino’s, sometimes referred to as BCAA’s stand for Branched Chain Amino Acids. BCAA’s, if drank during a workout essentially make you less tired and aid in recovery. Although I am not big on supplements, I used to be loyal to Cellucor’s Alpha Amino’s (Watermelon – DELICIOUS). Not only did it taste amazing, but I felt great going through my workouts. 

     I was set on buying more today when I walked into GNC, but the employee told me to check out Optimum Nutrition’s Amino Energy. He noticed I was also looking at FitMiss’s Ignite (a pre workout), and told me that ON’s Aminos would not only give me the BCAA’s, but also the energy similar to a pre workout. I definitely liked the idea of this so I bought the Green Apple and tested it out tonight (sidetone: it’s only $24 with a GNC member card which I feel is totally not a bad deal).

 

     Immediately I noticed a change in my workout. I had more energy, my heart rate was higher throughout my workout which in turn burned more kcals (I have a Polar watch to monitor all of this). I would absolutely recommend this to anyone looking to get a little more out of there workout without being too intense. 

Summer Motivation

     During the summer months, it is SO easy to slip out of your normal routine. If you’re in college like me, you may have moved home for the summer and are caught up in home friends, work, and getting your best tan, which doesn’t leave much room for working out unless you want to wake up wicked early and duh it’s summer who wants that ?!

     Don’t let the spontaneity and excitement of being home again keep you from a workout. Make a plan for the week and schedule in the gym. Have 45 minutes after work before those dinner plans? Boom – half hour workout. Don’t need to be at work until 11am one day? Wake up at 9:30, head to the gym and go!

     Your gym excursions don’t need to be hours on end, and IMO people who go to the gym for fun – need to chill. To get the most out of your workout, combine cardio and weights. A quick 20 minute stair master session will have you sweating your a$$ off, then add in some exercises with weights at the end! Aim for 3 or 4 sessions a week, and alternate between upper body and lower body days. You’ll be amazed how quickly you fall into a routine and stay on track!

Behold: Cinnamon Apple Rings

I used whole wheat flour, so it counts as healthy right ??! (one thousand percent sarcasm)

These were amazing !! I found the recipe on Pinterest, and with a few tweaks, I must say I nailed it.

I subbed whole wheat flour for AP flour, a greek yogurt/milk combo for buttermilk, and baking soda for baking powder (which I’m pretty sure you’re not supposed to do – but oh well)  

The recipe can be found here: 

Happy baking!! Stay warm !! 

Protein Bar Review

On my way out of the city today after a long weekend of work, I was STARVING. I stopped at CVS in hopes of finding something quick and high protein. I bought one Simply Protein Peanut Butter Chocolate bar and one the Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin protein bar

 

I was drawn to this bar because it seemed like one of the few “higher” protein, less processed protein bars CVS has to offer. For 150 kcal’s, it has 15g of protein, 17g of carbs, and only 5g of fat (and only 8 ingredients!). The texture wasn’t what I was expecting, it was more like a rice krispy rather than your standard protein bar. 

Keep in mind: this is a soy protein based bar.  

 

I was very impressed with this bar! These bars are gluten free, vegan, soy and dairy free, and GMO free! The oatmeal raisin has 220 kcal, 12g protein, 29g carbs, and 7g fat (and only 10 ingredients!) I would give the taste an 8/10, it wasn’t bad but wasn’t “ohmygoshIwanttenoftheseinmymouthrightnow”. (Yes, that’s how I judge food). 

I’m glad I found these two, especially at CVS. If you’re unprepared and on the go (and hate spending too much money on food – as I tend to be) these options are perfect!

Marketing: 1, Jaime: 0

I’m sad to say I was fooled by a great marketing tactic. I went into Vitamin Shoppe to return and buy a new protein powder (another subject entirely). I had a couple bucks left over so I decided to use it and perused all the protein bar/cookie options. I saw Lenny & Larry’s “The Complete Cookie: Chocolate Chip”. 

It looked great: 16g of protein, 6g of fiber.  Bought it, opened it, ate it. Delish. 

But when looking at the nutrition info on the back, I realized the serving size was a half a cookie! Sad I had been fooled, but I guess you could call it a good (380 cal) "snack". 

Also, much much more ingredients than I would have liked or even normally eat. However, every now and then it will not kill you. 

 

I have many more blog post ideas coming soon so keep checking back !!