Kooee! Jerky Trail Mix Review

I love running trails and hiking and exploring new places.  Right now the weather is perfect in Las Vegas for long hikes around Red Rock Canyon and Mount Charleston.  When we take the kiddos with us for hikes we definitely take our time out there and let them explore and play around.  We always pack some snacks for us and it we usually include foods like apples, jerky, trail mix, granola bars, and such! 

Recently, I was mailed some samples to try out from the awesome folks at Kooee Snacks! Kooee Snacks was founded in 2013 by Shaun Malligan because he was tired of the limited healthy and high protein snack options found at his work.  Him and his team produce a high protein paleo-friendly, gluten-free, and soy-free jerky trail mix.  KOOEE! was founded Their jerky is made with 100% grass-fed beef!  Every pack of KOOEE! allows you to trace the beef used in every pack to its source.  Yea, you know I was excited to try this stuff out!  It also includes naturally dried fruit, raw nuts and seeds, and nutrient rich superfoods!  

So, how does it taste?  One word: Delicious!  I love their unique RIP>PEEL>MIX pouches too! They are easy to open for people on the go and allow you to combine the ingredients together when you open it, which means fresher ingredients.  

They've launched 2 initial flavors.  The Smoked Chipotle with Apple has a great spicy flavor to it that's balanced nicely with the apples and nuts.  My favorite has been the Lime Pepper with Mango.  It also has a nice spicy flavor but it's tangy and sweet!  With the funds from their Kickstarter Campaign they will release a new flavor that sounds amazing too, Chilli Cherry and Berries.  I can't wait to try that one out too!  Go on and check out their kickstarter and if you're so inclined to try out their healthy trail mix, back them up with a pledge!  I promise, you won't be disappointed ;)   

Friday Five | Things I'm Loving Right Now

I'm really looking forward to this weekend!  Tonight I have book club with my girls and it's our 2 year anniversary!  I can't believe we've lasted this long but I'm so glad for it because it is something I look forward to each month.  It's just a fun time to indulge a little in yummy food, wine, and especially good company!  You can read more about why I love book club and how to start one of your own book clubs HERE!  So, number one on my list of 5 things I am really loving right now is gonna be my book club!  

Two more thing I'm really loving right now are my new facial cleanser and moisturizer.  I've always just bought facial cleansers and moisturizers at CVS or Target.  Nothing fancy.  However, as I'm getting older I thought it would be a good idea to invest a little more in my face, being it's the first thing people see, right?  I went to Sephora a few weeks ago and although I felt quite overwhelmed, I ended up purchasing the Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser.  I normally would buy cleansers with some sort of exfoliation because I felt they got a better clean, but like I said, I'm getting older and I thought something a little more gentle on my skin would be best.  I really love that it's a one-step cleanser.  It is great at removing makeup and it's gentle enough to use everyday after my workouts.  The best thing is that my skin doesn't feel dry or tight after using it, like other cleansers I've tried.  I stuck to  Philosophy and also purchased their Hope in a Jar moisturizer.  So far, I'm really liking it too!  It's light and airy and hasn't made me break out! YAY :) I purchased the original, but I'll be sure to get the one with SPF next time.  

Another thing I can't get enough of lately is Vita Coco Cafe.  This stuff is so refreshing. It's made with coconut water so it's packed with electrolytes.  Add a shot of espresso and a splash of milk and it makes for a great pick-me-up!  I like to have one before/after a long run or well, just because they are delicious!  If you haven't tried it, you must!  

Lastly, I'm really diggin' my Garmin Forerunner 15 with hear rate monitor!  It was an anniversary gift from my mom & sister in August and it totally rocks.  It gives me all the stats I need for my runs and workouts (when used in Indoor mode) and also serves as a step counter during the day.  I promise to give a full review soon!  

So, there ya have it!  What kinds of things are you loving right now?  Sharing is caring :) 

Tuesday Ramblings & Updates

I have a few things to update and share so I figured why not do it all in one hodgepodge sort of blog post!  It's been awhile since I've done that ;) 

First of all, I'm happy to say I'm feeling great and back on track.  After the Spartan Sprint fiasco, I had a hard time finding the motivation to get back on track with my eating and workouts.  I got back to my 5-6 day workouts pretty quickly, but the eating part is a different story.  I kept allowing myself to make bad choices or over-indulge in sweets for a couple of weeks (YIKES!) Well, I finally woke up and said enough!  We've been so busy this past month that we didn't even have time to go food shopping properly.  We would grab a few things we needed at a time or we'd go out to eat, which you all know is just setting yourself up for failure!  Eating out and eating healthy are two very difficult things for me to do simultaneously.  Anyhow, we finally hit the grocery store and stoked up on food, so no more excuses ;) 

I know a big thing that got me back on track is also the fact that my hubby and I signed up for a 12K trail run, Trails of Glory by Desert Dash!  The race is Nov. 22 and will be my 13th race of the year.  This past Sunday was my first trail run since September's Spartan Beast in Temecula.  I'm not gonna lie, it was a rough uphill start, but I managed and really enjoyed the downhill. Plus, I also have Spartan coming up in January.  Not only am I running the Spartan Sprint that was canceled in September, I'm also signed up for the Spartan Beast.  Turns out we didn't run the full 12 mile course, only 11 miles, so I'm automatically signed up for the Beast too.  Yup, this means I'll be getting back to some major workouts soon, as well as another month at Camp Rhino!  I really love that place :)

What else has been going on? Oh!! I am beyond excited for my friend, Evelin, who'll be running World's Toughest Mudder on November 15th.  I have the privilege of being part of her pit crew and cannot wait to be out there supporting her and her team, which just so happens to be making history as the first all female team in World's Toughest Mudder.  No pressure!  I'll definitely be doing  a recap blog of the event and of course sharing pics on Instagram!  

Regarding non-fitness related events, we've been busy photographing some pretty awesome weddings this month.  You can check them out on my photography blog, The Emerics (shameless plug!)

I'm also really looking forward to this weekend.  I've got book club on Friday and it's our 2nd year anniversary and some additional fun stuff is being planned.  We're also going to dinner and a Wine Walk on Saturday with friends!

So, now that we're all caught up on what's been going on in my corner of the world, feel free to share a bit of news from your life! xo