My Spin Workouts + Recent Eats

Happy Friday everybody! I love Fridays….

Yesterday, I had a greatttt spin workout. I do my spin workouts on my own, not in a class. The reason for this is because I really don’t feel like paying for something that I could easily do by myself. Plus, I could use that extra money elsewhere, such as marathons or triathlons ๐Ÿ™‚

no thanks...i'll do my spin class solo (and hello to the man looking straight at the camera)

What I do is make a playlist of about 1 hour long of songs. I choose my songs with a fast chorus/part. Here is a list of the songs currently on my spinning playlist:

Moves Like Jagger by: Maroon 5

All I Do Is Win by: DJ Khaled

Back Around by: Demi Lovato

Check Yes Juliet by: We the Kings

Control by: Metro Station

Dirt Road Anthem by: Jason Aldean

The Edge of Glory by: Lady Gaga

Fly With Me by: Jonas Brothers (yes…i still listen to Jonas Brothers)

Get Back by: Demi Lovato

Here It Goes Again by: Ok Go

I Do Not Hook Up by: Kelly Clarkson

I’m Only Me When I’m With You by: Taylor Swift

The Middle by: Demi Lovato

Must Have Done Something Right by: Relient K

Set Fire to the Rain by: ADELE

Should’ve Said No by: Taylor Swift

Stereo Hearts by: Gym Class Hero

We Found Love by: Rihanna

Sleep All Day, Party All Night by: Sean Kingston

So once you have your 1 hour of songs, you basically just head on over to the spin room and do whatever feels right when the song comes on. For example, in the Moves Like Jagger, I would spin, sitting down at gear 10ish. Then once the chorus comes, I kick up the gear to 15 and stand, like I’m biking up a hill.

When the fast part of the song comes on, you can climb, sit, kick up the gear, go super fast. Basically whatever you want and whatever feels right. The best part about this workout is the way you are able to push yourself. It has worked for me and I end up in a total sweat (so bring a towel!).

If you guys want an actual, set-up workout, then check out Matt’s spin workout from the Athlete’s Plate. I haven’t tried it out yet but this guy knows how to work it out!

______________________________________

Then once you do that spin workout, you eat! But before we get to the food, I have some very exciting news…

my new love

My Garmin Forerunner 305 came in the mail yesterday!!! %#%#&*!&*!*&#*(&#)!!!! It’s amazing guys. If you like running, then I totally suggest investing in one of these. I took mine out for it’s first run and completed 11.19 miles. That’s a new PDR (while running by myself). The half was a PDR but that’s different when running in a race. You know what I mean? Okay good ๐Ÿ˜‰

Now…onto the food!

it was mexican at the caf so i had a salad with shredded carrots, kidney beans, mushrooms, cucumbers, salsa, guacamole, a squeeze of lime, and some chicken with bbq sauce

raw oats, blueberry chobani, greek yogurt, a splash of almond milk, ground flax seeds, and chia seeds with an orange on the side. doesn't look appetizing. but trust me...it was

coffee, skim milk, almond milk, and stevia. some like to add milk to their coffee. i like to add coffee to my milk

Apparently yesterday was National Coffee day. I decided to celebrate today instead. Better late than never, right?

anybody else love the instagram app?

Have a great Friday everybody! Be safe and have fun ๐Ÿ™‚

Advertisements

UliMana Truffles Review + how to take full advantage of the school dining hall

I recently received some truffles from a great company based out of North Carolina: UliMana. They specialize in organic, raw, vegan truffles, and cocoa spreads. Their packages also say they are dairy free, gluten free, and agave sweetened. The company was gracious enough to send me 4 kinds of their truffles: coconut, coconut nectar, peppermint, and goji cherry.

First up: Coconut Truffles

ingredients: organic cocoa powder, organic cocoa butter, organic agave, organic coconut, organic vanilla beans, and celtic sea salt

Let’s be honest here. I love coconut. It’s no lie that I could eat it in my oatmeal, on my fro yo, in my cookie, etc. So when I saw what the flavor was, I jumped right into the pack. The outer layer of coconut flakes was the perfect balance for the chocolate. The chocolate is so rich and creamy! Like seriously….if you want to turn your family/friends into health freak, then this is the treat to give them.

Next: Coconut Nectar Truffles

ingredients: organic cocoa powder, organic cocoa powder, coconut nectar, organic vanilla beans, and celtic sea salt

The difference between these truffles and the Coconut ones is that this one contains coconut nectar. That adds an extra punch of coconut in the middle. I had never had coconut nectar before but I now want to try it in more things. The flavor of coconut was not too overwhelming. Basically just the right amount once again.

And now: Peppermintingredients: organic cocoa powder, organic cocoa butter, organic agave, organic vanilla beans, celtic sea salt, and peppermint essential oil

Oh. My. Truffle. This stuff is no joke. Just imagine a health freak’s version of a New York Peppermint Patty. That’s right folks. These were uhhhmazing. I got a hit of the peppermint right off the bat and then there was the smoothness from the chocolate. Yeah…I’m in love.

Lastly: Goji Cherry

ingredients: organic cocoa powder, organic cocoa butter, organic agave, organic bing cherries, organic goji berries, organic cocoa nibs, organic vanilla beans, and celtic sea salt

This was my first experience with goji berries and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Well you guys…I loved them! There was a nice balance between the fruitiness and chocolateness. There was also a nice crunch with the cocoa nibs in there. I will be using goji berries more often now ๐Ÿ™‚

My thoughts? So so soooo good! The chocolate in every single truffle flavor was so creamy and decadent. My favorite would have to be the peppermint but the goji cherry came into close second. If you guys want to learn more about this product, order some online, or just drool over the pictures, then head on over to UliMana’s website. I just want to say thank you so much to UliMana for sending me the samples! I loved each and every one ๐Ÿ™‚

Note: UliMana sent me these samples to review. They did not pay me to say any of this. Each and every piece of opinion is solely mine.

Continue reading

wiaw #1!

happy wiaw!! thanks to jen over at peas and crayons for putting on such a great thing every single week! for this week, i thought it would be fun to share my eats and a day in the life of the health freak college girl. sound like a plan? lezzz go

9:45 am – wake up (i got to sleep in because my 8 am english class got canceled. yipeee!). speed walk to the cafeteria in my pj’s (taylor swift shirt and all) because it closes at 10 am. i wasn’t feeling the caf for breakfast so i just got lots of fruit to go and saved it for later

10 am – make it back to the dorm and fix myself a delicious breakfast. also watch some teen mom with the roomie

2 rice cakes with almond butter and apricot jelly, an orange, and blueberry chobani mixed with greek yogurt and topped with chia seeds (the addition of greek yogurt is to add an extra punch of protein. bam!)

10:45 am – head to computer science lecture/get ready for some excitement

11:00 am – begin lecture

obviously it was a very interesting lecture

12:50 pm – out of lecture and head on over to the study abroad fair that is going on. after talking to the people at this fair, i want to study abroad soooo badly! i picked up my fair share of pamphlets ๐Ÿ˜‰

take me away!

1:30 pm – grab some lunch from the caf and head back to my dorm

1:45 pm – time to chow down! (lunch was very similar toย last night’s dinner)

salad with black beans, kidney beans, cucumber, carrots, a hardboiled egg white, and hummus

2:15 pm – check emails, call momma, stalkย catch up withย people on facebook. you know…the usual. ooh ooh and i picked up a package! what could it be?? stay tuned!

2:45 pm – drag my butt to philosophy class

3:00 pm – beginnnnn class…oh joy

3:30 pm – get this pic from my sister…and begin to drool

so. much. kombucha.

4:50 pm – out of class and done for the day! holla!

5:00 pm – back in the dorm and have a quick snack of erewhon brown rice cereal, bananas, and almond milk

yes i ate it out of a measuring cup. all my other bowls were dirty from oatmeal. don't judge

5:10 pm – totally go ‘awwww’ over the picture on bing today

awwww! i want one!

5:15 pm – finally ordered a good running watch! it will be here on thursday and i am already counting down the moments until it is in my hands

Garmin Forerunner 305....so. exciteddd.

5:30 pm – head out on the run from hell. yeah…it didn’t go well. in fact, if you follow me on daily mileย (you really should follow me by the way), you would have read:
5ย miย 00:45ย 08:54 pace

that run sucked. i had cramps, i had to go to the bathroom, it smelled like horse manure, and every other sucky thing a person could think of

i know…not fun stuff

6:30 pm – get dinner to go from the caf and save it for later

7:00 pm – triathlon club meeting! i love this club. everyone is so supportive and happy to be there. and guess what we’re going to do! a triathlon camp! i’m so excited! it’s gonna be legend..wait for it…ary. (who can name that show??)

8:00 pm – dinner time! i had something besides just salad tonight (gasp).

steamed broccoli/cauliflower. salad with carrots, kidney beans, cucumbers, and red wine vinegar. vegan polenta with mushroom tomato sauce (it's hiding under the pile of broccoli)

followed by:

strawberry chobani mixed with fage greek yogurt and topped with chia seeds

8:45 pm – shower and get ready for some shut eye

9:15 pm – watch the lying game. anybody else totally love this show?? not gonna lie, my heart still totally goes out to pretty little liars. but the lying game is still really good ๐Ÿ™‚

ย 10:15 – go to bed. i had a workout with the triathlon club at 6:30 am so i needed to go to bed early!

there you have it folks! a day in my life. i know, i know. it’s so exciting you can hardly contain yourself but hold it in!

i hope that everyone has a great wiaw!!

Question: How was everybody’s wiaw?

Anybody else watch the lying game?

kitchen gadgets i want/need + lollihop

i love kitchen stuff. it’s no lie that i could spend hours in william-sonoma, sur la table, or bed bath and beyond. if i was rich (and i will be one day…just wait) i would have so many kitchen gadgets that i would need a whole new room to store them in. here are some cool kitchen gadgets that i want and if there is any super cool people out there reading this, i gladly take donations ๐Ÿ˜‰

ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย ย 

i love popcorn. i just don’t love all the butter and salt that companies add to the microwave bag kinds. this would be great because you just add popcorn, microwave, and pop! then you got some healthy popcorn ๐Ÿ™‚

spice and nut grinder

this would be uhhmazing to make some nut butters in! that way, i wouldn’t have to kill my food processor every time i attempt to make almond butter

herb saver

how many times do you guys buy some basil, sage, parsley, or cilantro, just for it to go bad a few days later? this is the story of my life. but with this…you can keep the herbs fresh for much longer!

lab tools cookie cutters

any other science fans out there? just me? that works. anywaysss these things are just too cute! maybe you could even get some extra credit if you make you science teacher some cookies in these shapes ๐Ÿ˜‰

mini cupcake maker

this one needs no explanation…

salt and pepper birdy shaker

i love salt and pepper shakers. when i get my own place, i will have the cutest salt and pepper shakers. just wait! it will come true

ninja cookie cutters

so you know how i said i wanted those lab cookie cutters earlier? well i lied..i want these…or both

vegetarian dish towels

these towels are too cute!

i can’t wait til i’m rich because i am going to be buying all of these things plus a lottttt more!

____________________________________________________

has anybody ever heard of lollihop before? the company sends the most nutritious, tasty snacks to your doorstep every month.

some of the products in the box could include justins nut butter, pro bars, terra chips, kaia foods, go macro, kind bars, larabars, and so so sooo much more. it changes depending on your lifestyle. the company works super hard in helping people eat the best food for them as possible. i totally recommend going and checking them out!! there are three different plans you can do (12-month, 6-month, and monthly). if you decide to sign up, make sure to use my referral code: Haley-health freak ๐Ÿ™‚ you will love this company…trust me!

_______________________________________________

my night last night was spent catching up on jersey shore and enjoying dinner after a long run ๐Ÿ™‚ it was the first long run i have done since being sick and boy did it feel good! it ended up being 10.5 miles. it’s runs like that which make me realize just how much i love the sport and why i continue to do it day after day

salad with 2 hardboiled egg whites, carrots, kidney beans, black beans, tomatoes, and hummus. and then a sweet potato with bbq sauce

let’s just say it was a good night ๐Ÿ˜‰ fist pumpin! yeeeahhhh buddy

Question: Any cool kitchen gadgets out there you like?

Who’s a Jersey Shore fan??

essentials for the health freak college dorm

happy monday! yes it’s a happy monday because if you look at it any other way, then it will be a longgg week.

today i wanted to talk to you guys about essentials that every college kid should have when they’re a health freak. your roommates may think you’re weird (not that they didn’t think that before or anything), but you just might be able to change them to your ways! so here we go….

Drinks

almond milk - great on milk, in coffee, and in smoothies

tea - no explanation needed

Grains

oatmeal – great for a meal, snack, or anything in between

rice cakes - yes, some people call these 'diet foods' but they're not when you slather them with pb&j! mmm so good

CEREAL! - this wil become your best friend in college. my favorites are cheerios, puffins, kashi, and annie's honey bunnie o's

Dairy

greek yogurt - i like to sweeten mine with agave and vanilla extract

Protein

protein powder (whey, soy, pea, etc) - great to add into oatmeal and smoothies or yogurt for an extra punch of protein

organic fully cooked chicken strips

Nuts, Nut Butters, and Seeds

all natural peanut butter - i have justin's on hand because i stocked up when it was a smokin' deal

almond butter - like the pb, there are a bunch of different kinds

ground flaxeed - good in oatmeal and on cereal and yogurt

chia seeds - like the flaxeeds, they're good in oatmeal and on cereal and yogurt

trail mix - great for on the go snacks

Randoms

hummus - this is great to dip veggies in or if you have a salad, it's a great alternative to dressing

jelly - can't go wrong with pb&j!

sweetener of choice (honey, agave, stevia, etc) - this stuff is good to sweeten up greek yogurt or to add to oatmeal

vanilla extract - great to add to greek yogurt, oatmeal, or coffee drinks

emergen-c - my fav is pink lemonade

i hope this helped anybody going into college or currently in college. a lot of it is learning to adapt to your new home. so far i think i’ve done good ๐Ÿ™‚

in other news, i got an internship! it’s a really small position, but a position nonetheless. it’s called the HEAL program (Healthy Eating Active Living). what i will be doing is working with kids at the local YMCA and teaching them about the importance of eating healthy and physical activity. i have a meeting with the head lady today and i am so excited! there is nothing better than doing something you love ๐Ÿ™‚

i hope everyone has a great rest of the day!

I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful.ย  ~Author Unknown

Question: Any ideas for what a college kid should get?

 

costco trip and how to become coupon savvy

happy saturday everybody! the weather here is nothern california is turning into my favorite. i’m sure you’re all thinking sunshine. well nope! cloudy! i love love loveee cloudy weather. there’s just something about it that makes me feel so at ease and comfortable. there’s nothing better than snuggling up on the couch, watching tv, and drinking some tea ๐Ÿ™‚ plus this means that i can run at any time of the day! i don’t have to wake up super early or wait super late because now it is cool all day. they’re even predicting rain for tomorrow! eeeep!

enough about the weather. today i went to costco with the roomies. they needed to pick up the usual college stuff (cup of noodles, chips, popcorn, etc). i, on the other hand, picked up some great stuff (for those of you in the bay area, i am SO jealous of your costcos! they sell so many local, organic products)

frozen organic berries and fresh blueberries

organic pre-cooked chicken

organic individual hummus packets

chobani yogurt in peach, strawberry, and blueberry flavors

almond butter

crispy brown rice cereal

there you have it folks! a health freak’s costco trip ๐Ÿ™‚

by the way…notice anything missing?? that’s right! almond milk! i only bought one carton yesterday at whole foods to hold me over until today but costco wasn’t carrying it ๐Ÿ˜ฆ booooo

______________________________________________

i got a few questions yesterday about couponing so i figured it would be a good time to share my secrets ๐Ÿ˜‰ (click on the pic to go to the site)

i get a lot of my coupons from the whole foods websites/the monthly book they have in stores

of course, the whole foods ones are only allowed to be used at whole foods. that’s why i have other sites i like to go to in order to be able to use coupons at other stores i shop at

healthy life deals sends out daily emails with great coupons that can be found

organic deals is very similar to the one above because they also send out daily emails

mambo sprouts sends out periodic emails with their coupons. they also have a monthly booklet full of coupons that can be found at some health food store

all these sites have been lifesavers to my wallet and have helped me continue to eat the foods my body deserves

there are also many companies that have coupons when you sign up to get their emails. a few of them include:

Udi’s Gluten Free

Chobani

Pure Bars

Kashi

i really hope this helped you guys! i want everybody to realize that healthy food does not have to be expensive. you can still do it without breaking the bank!

i hope you all have a beautiful rest of the weekend! i know i will with this weather ๐Ÿ˜‰

Question: What’s your favorite weather?

Any good couponing tips?

whole foods trip and other random happenings

hey guys! like that totally random hummus recipe yesterday? yeah, me too. i’ve been meaning to write about it and i had some down time so bam! there you go!

guess what i did today…went to whole foods! i was out of cereal and all those shenanigans so i went today to pick up all the goods. here’s the loot:

peanut butter puffins and island vanilla kashi

i have had this kashi cereal before and i liked it a lot. plus it was on sale for $3.50 and i had a $2 off coupon, coming to $1.50 for a box of kashi cereal. #winning

my ย newest obsession is restored : puffinssss

unsweetened vanilla almond milk

on sale for $2 plus i had a $1.25 off coupon, coming out to $.75. i needed some to hold me over until i go to costco and restock

fage 0% greek yogurt x 2

these bad boys were on sale for $2.99 each plus a $2 off coupon. that comes to a total of $1.99 each

justin's chocolate peanut butter

this is a new to me product so i hope it’s good! but i mean…how can you go wrong with chocolate + peanut butter + justin’s? that’s right..you can’t ๐Ÿ™‚ this jar of goodness was on sale for $4.99 plus i had a $1 off coupon, coming to $3.99 for the jar

sweet potatoes x 2

i have been cravinggg some sweet potatoes lately! and the caf only has them in fried form so i took it upon myself to tame my craving. all i need to do is poke it with a fork a few times, wrap it in a damp paper towel and microwave for a few minutes. mmm…. i think it know what’s for dinner tonight

trail mix

at the whole foods i went to, there was a trail mix bar! so i loaded up…and ate someย all of it ๐Ÿ™‚ in the mix, i had almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, dark chocolate pieces, date pieces, and toffee coconut peanuts (yes…they’re as good as they sound)

______________________________________________

i love owls! i feel like janetha with my love of them. i was at tj maxx returning some running shorts so i just had to look around. you know how it is… when i laid my eyes on this little guys, i knew i had to have it. $10 later and he was all mine! he’s actually bigger than he looks in the pic. probably the size of my head

yeahhhh buddy!

my sister’s birthday is coming up soon (the big 21) so i had to get her a nice little gift to welcome her to the party. when i was at a party store today, i knew this was the thing to get! $1.75 later and she is going to be ready to partyyyy

_________________________________________

on the fitness aspects of things, i am super stoked because i am finally starting to feel better! i’m even going to go on a run later today ๐Ÿ™‚ let’s hope that i survive…especially in this heat

Question: Have you found anything good at Whole Foods or any store lately?

How’s your fitness going?