Time to go Back to School

After a short summer track break for Diego, he's now officially a 4th grader!  School started back up on Monday and he wasn't too excited about it.  He barely let me take a picture of him.  Once he got to school though and saw some of his friends, he was fine!  I'm super proud of him and I just know he's going to do great this year too!  

This was also Elysse's first day of kindergarten.  Here in Nevada, kinder is only half day and we chose afternoons for her (none of my kids have been early risers!).  All morning s he kept asking if it was time to leave and how many more hours until she went to school.  To say she was excited, is an understatement!  Finally, it was time to go and I don't think she was a bit nervous about it.  I remember Diego was so cautious and a little scared on his first day.  Not Ely!  As soon as she heard the bell ring, she ran to her classroom without even saying goodbye!  I just love her independent spirit, but of course, I walked after her and went into the classroom to say goodbye.  I thought I'd shed a tear sending my baby girl off to school, but nope, no tears.  She was just so excited and ready to be in school, I couldn't feel sad.  Plus, it's only half day kinder, maybe the tears will come next year....  

Did you send your little ones off to school this week?  How was it?  

Skoop Protein Powder Review

As most of you know, I try to lead a Paleo lifestyle about 80% of the time.  This means I don't have wheat, dairy, or legumes on a regular basis.  This being said, I do enjoy having protein shakes after my workouts every so often, so when the folks over at Skoop contacted me about trying out their product I was all over it, especially since their protein powder is plant-based and not whey or soy.  Their products are made with real whole-foods and not a bunch of chemicals with names I can't pronounce!  

Skoop offers 3 products: A Game, B Strong and B Lovely.  I was given samples of A Game and B Strong to sample and review.  First off, I am a huge fan of nice packaging and I really love the simple and clean graphics found on their packaging, marketing, and website.  Also, for every serving of Skoop sold, they donate one serving of fresh fruits and veggies to a school lunch program in America and that is really something I can stand behind!  But, now on to the actual review:

Let's start with A Game.  A game is packed with 10 servings of fruits and vegetables!  You can read all about the amazing benefits it offers HERE!  Sadly, I didn't love the taste.  I tried it in oatmeal and I just couldn't eat it.  I then mixed it with a B Strong smoothie although I didn't love that one either, I was able to finish it.  I think for people who do not eat enough fruits and veggies in their diet, it may be worth a shot, though.  It's packed with probiotics, fiber, antioxidants, and micronutrients and has so many nutritional benefits, that I'm still not ready to say no to it!  I have 2 packets left that I intend on trying in another smoothie or mixed with fruit and yogurt.

As for B Strong, this I loved!! Here are some key things to know about this awesome powder:

  • B Strong contains 160 calories, 16 g of protein, and 6 g of fiber.  It can be a snack, post-workout treat, or meal replacement.  My favorite way to have it has been as a post-workout treat :)
  • B Strong is a plant-based protein powder that promotes a three-stage process to help your body absorb nutrients, build muscle and recover quickly.  
  • B Strong contains prebiotics that promote a happy belly and help the gut absorb macro & phytonutrients throughout your day. 
  • It has a complete profile of amino acids that promote the growth of lean muscle tissue.

I've mostly been using it in post-workout smoothies with a cup of almond milk, half a banana, and mixed berries.  One day I ran out of almond milk so I made my drink with a cup of water, a banana, and a tablespoon of sunflower seed butter.  This was bomb!  I was surprised it was so good without the almond milk!  Plus, I can honestly say, that I have noticed the aid in recovery after a tough workout!  I'm hooked.  I can't wait to try out some of the recipes they have on Pinterest, such as chocolate chia pudding and grain free coconut vanilla latte bites!

Bottom line:  If you are looking for a super healthy protein powder made from plant based real whole food, then you gotta try Skoop!  

Be sure to check out more from Skoop on their website and social media sites:

Website: www.healthyskoop.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/healthyskoop

Instagram: www.instagram.com/healthyskoop

Blog: www.thedailyskoop.tumblr.com



Virtual 10K and Spartan Trifecta Training Update

Just 17 more days until we head to Temecula, CA and I take on the Spartan Beast & Spartan Sprint!  I'm still really nervous about, not only getting my butt kicked during the 12+ mile Beast course, but doing it again during the Sprint.  I keep reminding myself that my hubby will running along with me during the Sprint and he'll be a huge help for me over walls and such! Plus, after 12+ miles, the 5K Sprint shouldn't be so bad right? 

Either way, I have amped up my training and have been really focusing on endurance & upper body strength training.  This past weekend, I put my training to the test.  I ran the Moms Run This Town Summer Safari virtual 10K with some other amazing ladies Saturday morning.  We started at 6am, knowing that it was going to be a pretty hot day.  We met at a local park with a nice paved running trail.  The run was great and totally non competitive.  We ran together at a nice pace, chatting it up!  I forgot how much I enjoy running with a group.  I'm so used to running alone that it was definitely a nice change and I really need to remember do it more often.  This was also race 11 of 14 for 2014!

After the 10K, I went over to an LVAC gym nearby for a nice stretch, shower, and snack before meeting up with 2 other amazing ladies from my facebook running group and we headed up to Mount Charleston for Camp Rhino's Elevation/Spartan training at 11am.  This was an awesome 2 hour workout that really pushed me.  It was tough and brutal at times, but so rewarding!  Getting to the top of that ski slope after carrying up a sandbag and then pulling a tire up the slope felt unbelievable.  Literally ever muscle in my body was being used.  My legs and arms were burning and sweat was just dripping off of me.  Once at the top of the slope, we could take the ski lift down or walk/run back down the very steep slope.  Let's just say, I conquered my fear of heights this day and got on that chair.  I was scared and nervous, but the view and rest were totally worth it!  

Once I got home, I had my Skoop recovery protein shake (review on that coming up tomorrow!). I stretched and took a nice warm epsom salts bath.  Surprisingly, I didn't feel too tired or sore.  I figured it was the adrenaline still running through me, but when I woke up on Sunday morning, I really wasn't as sore as I thought I would be and I made it to Sunday morning's 90 minute Camp Rhino boot camp!  I'm glad I survived this weekend!  I figured it would be a good test on where I was physically and endurance wise.  I think I did pretty good and even doubled up on boot camp classes on Monday!  Putting my body through these tests is definitely helping build up my strength, but also my confidence.  Whatever happens during my crazy Spartan weekend, I'll know that I trained hard and gave it my best.