MIMM #44: Starbucks Lover.

Breakfast… with the cold weather upon us, a marvelous cup of coffee is just the thing in the morning. Plus a delicious bowl of oats and some nuts and thangs on top has been a-mazing.And we’ve been wearing marvelous polka-dotty warm and cozy Carter’s wear.Starbucks has been my go to as of late to get work done. She tends to be very calm (sometimes even sleeps) in the Starbucks environment. Definitely my child. 😀I redeemed a free reward this week and tried this chicken flatbread post-pregnancy. It was not so marvelous! I remembered loving it before. Guess my taste buds have changed back to [mostly] norm.I’ve also been feeling pretty marvelous about how my post-baby body progress is going. After all, I do workout for a living! My tummy is tightening back up and I am seeing the quad definition come back in my legs. This is 15 weeks versus 3 weeks post-partum, not to shabby. I have a 4-week bootcamp program beginning in January. Program is designed for woman who are trying to get back to pre-baby body, lose weight or just get back on track from the holidays.

You can EVEN purchase a program for you and/ or a friend! The more the merrier.Email me at NutritiouslySweet@gmail.com.I’m linking up with Katie for Marvelous In My Monday. Hope everyone enjoys their week and happy early Thanksgiving. 🙂

Question: Any Thanksgiving plans?

Traveling this week?

Where to!?

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MIMM #18: Marvelous Eats & Treats

Happy, happy Monday.We are almost halfway done with March, can you believe it?

It also means I am almost halfway there til we meet baby Samantha! To “celebrate,” I did a marvelous post this past Saturday recapping my health and fitness from pre-pregnancy up until now and bought her these cute items last week.Marvelous is steel cut oatsAnd lots o’ fruit! I am seriously loving these steel cut oats from Quaker, along with these other items for breakfasts.Kathleen’s Quick Oats saved me during my long-ass Saturday. I was up at 6:00am. I don’t remember the last time I woke up that early for work. Maybe January?On my late work day this week, I came home to a little Quest surprise from Patrick. He gets me 😉On one of the sunny day’s last week, I took a little walk through my neighborhood. The sound of the water, the sun and the birds chirping, means Spring is coming soon.I replenished after with some Skoop aka my new favorite “supplement” addition to my diet.And that was my week ❤ It was busy but really nice with the sunny weather. Hope everyone has a wonderful week, Happy St. Patrick’s Day and of course, thanks Katie for hosting Marvelous in My Monday 🙂

Question: What’s your current go-to breakfast? Have you tried Kathleen’s Quick Oats?

The Journey In Between: Day #15

On August 15th, I “restarted” my health journey. And guess what? Today is day 15! Kinda cool right? *Excusesmynerdness*

Where are we at now? Leg progress is on point!

One of the key things I was trying to focus on was building my quads. I have pretty good shoulders and abs, well that area is always a work in progress.But my lower body and back have been my main focus this year and I am happy that surgery didn’t take away too much of my progress. I am back to pre-surgery weight and body. Now it’s a matter of building again. I started a little bit of my body building program this week but I didn’t spin twice this week like I wanted to (only did one session).Picked up some of protein staples for my meals. I also eat/ have ground turkey, protein powder, brown rice, quinoa, oats, peanut butter chia seeds, and veggies just to name a few extras not shown. Lots o’ snacks too. And when I can splurge? Quest bars.Breakfasts are usually a protein bar and berries or oats. Depending on my workout for that day, I will eat more carbs if it’s back or leg day.

For other days I stick to mostly protein sources for breakfast. I find that this works for me on my more intense strength training workout days (which just happen to be back and legs) I make sure to eat extra fuel. If I know I am going to attend a spin session later, I will have a nice bowl of oats for breakfast and maybe some extra brown rice with my lunch.

Lunches and dinners pretty much consist of a protein and veggie, sometimes good carb sometimes none (again, depending on my training day). I am feeling good and learning to take every training day one at a time. If my body isn’t up for it, I won’t train.

I use to think it was the end of the world if I didn’t workout but I learned that in order to be healthy for what life throws at you, you must be able take care of yourself first. Hope everyone has a happy and healthy Labor Day weekend. Any plans? I’ll be hanging out in Rockport tomorrow with the manfriend!

Giveaway: Chocolate, Coconut and Things!

*Updated to announce that I have added THREE of my top favorite Quest bars to the giveaway, oh yeah. Cookies n’ Cream, White Chocolate Raspberry and Double Chocolate Chunk!*

Whoohooo!

In honor of my birthday coming up, I am going to do a giveaway for you guys of my some of my favorite things; which of course includes chocolate and coconut for summer. All you have to do is comment to this post telling me your favorite summer treat and you will be entered. Open to all U.S Residents only!

For addition entries;

  1. Like the Nutritiously Sweet Facebook Page
  2. Follow on Instagram (nutritiouslysweet)
  3. Follow the blog!

Be sure to leave a comment here that you did one of those three or it won’t count. That’s 4 total entries you can have. So what’s in it (note not all is pictured)?

Well we have a few of my favorite snacks (all the bars are gluten-free!): Brownie Crunch thinkThin bars, Dark Chocolate Coconut thinkThin Divine bar, a couple of  dark Rainforest Alliance Balance Bars (Dark Chocolate Crunch and Dark Chocolate Coconut), Uber Larabar in Coconut Macaroon, Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter and Chocolate Hazelnut Butter, Maxwell House Hazelnut Iced Coffee Packets. I also included a few goodies from that food conference I went to like fibered up hot chocolate and mocha mix, antioxidant instant coffee and raspberry infused cranberries from OceanSpray. Be sure to enter and as always thank you guys for all your support! To celebrate myself I bought this It’s a 10 miracle leave in that does wonders for my hair; makes it soft, shiny and bouncy. Definitely check it out.I also got a foam rollar to take care of my hip and back issues.This post is about to get random but I’ve been craving some things. It’s been hotter and my taste buds tend to change, like the more coconut but also been craving sausage and protein pancakes.And Salads.And Starbucks lattes again. May they be the death of my wallet.More spin sessions!Even cravings for baking. I made these “healthier” oreo cakesters the other night and I just need to tweak them a bit more before I share. I promise, it will be worth the wait… it was delicious!Hope everyone is having a great week. I won’t be doing a WIAW this week, but can’t wait to see yours.

And in case you forgot, do enter the giveaway, which will close on June 12th at 11:59pm EST. That’s when I will pick a winner and announce it that weekend!

WIAW #93: Banana-Mocha Protein “Ice Cream”

Happy [early] WIAW everyone!

This week I show you some goodies and a few products I tried this past week. And also, yep you guessed it; a recipe! Thanks Jen for hosting this awesome food party, enjoy!

Celsius; Have you ever heard of them? “Celsius, burn more.” I wanted to see what the hype was about with this drink and surprisingly, it did nothing for me (even with 200mg of caffeine). But I do like that it has some vitamins plus tastes pretty good. I had one before my a.m yoga and it was a nice “pick me up” but nothing more.Post yoga, I had yogurt goodness; plain Greek with vanilla protein powder, chia, pumpkin and sunflower seeds. I also had an orange and some almonds on the side.Since I was super eager to try them out, I ended up having two of the new Luna [GF] protein bars in one day. Whoops! First up is the lemon vanilla. Now my favorite is the cherry almond. I have to say it was pretty good as I didn’t think I was going to like the “white coating” but it had a nice lemon flavor with a hint of vanilla.But of the two, the chocolate coconut almond was my favorite. It reminded me of the Balance dark chocolate coconut bar and I would definitely buy it again. The reason I like the Luna’s is because they have a good source of B12 and iron. I need all the iron I can get!Onto an actual meal, my brother and I went to Friendly’s last Friday. They actually revamped their menu and I ended up getting their burger salad minus the cheese and bacon. I enjoyed it, but wished the burger was bigger. Then we ended at Orange Leaf for some froyo goodness; I had peanut butter, pistachio and classic tart with raspberries, granola, walnuts and a peanut butter drizzle. Mmmm!I had my one double last week and got to meal prepping; oats with vanilla protein and chia seeds, chicken with broccoli and green beans, Chobani’s simply 100 vanilla (my fav!), apples, almonds, protein mocha and my vitamins.Now, it’s a been a minute since my last recipe, but I was craving ice cream and thought I’d shared my craving with y’all! I wanted coffee, chocolate and ice cream all a the same time. I decided to just combine it all and see where it took me.

And here is where I landed; A banana and mocha infused protein “ice cream.” Yep, that is where I went and it was so good. No I didn’t have time for pictures because well, I was busy devouring it! So here is a little snap shot of it but I am sure if you blend the following together you will get the same delicious result.Banana-Mocha Protein “Ice Cream”  Ingredients (Serves One):

  • 1 Medium Banana, Chopped and Frozen
  • 1/4 cup Non-Dairy Milk
  • 2 Tbsps Chocolate Protein Powder
  • Dash of Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Coffee (I used Green Mountain Chocolate Cappuccino)
  • 1 tsp Maple Syrup (*optional)
  • 1 tsp Maple Almond Butter (*optional)

Simply mix everything into a blender and blend away. Top with chia seeds, some nuts and extra Greek yogurt or eat as is!

My serving had about 10g of protein. It depends on what you use for your protein and milk but I used Top Nutrition’s Chocolate Ice Cream protein, unsweetened soy for the milk and added the almond butter.

Question: Have you tried any of the new Luna bars or the Celsius energy drinks? Are a banana “ice cream” fan?

Recipe: Is There Such Thing As Too Much Coffee?

Seriously?

I think I have a love affair when it comes to coffee and protein truffles, which by the way are perfect for Valentine’s Day, which is today in case you were unaware.One of my favorite things to do is to drink me some protein mocha (using decaf Nescafe or Green Mountain Coffee) and doing my homework.

Sabrina’s Protein Mocha Coffee (Serves 1)

1 Cup [Hot or Cold] Coffee (6oz usually for me)

1/4 Cup of Vanilla Soymilk (or your choice)

1-2 Tbsps Sun Warrior Chocolate (or any) Protein Powder

2 tsps Cocoa Powder (or no sugar added hot cocoa mix)

1 Packet Stevia

Mix and drink!

Or maybe drinking some as a pre-workout.Maybe even having some post workout too? #CoffeeAddict.Or making sure I have some ready to go for work.Maybe even stopping at Starbucks after work and getting a free coffee?Even though it was crazy snowing. #NoExcuses when it comes to coffee.No worries, I still buy other things, but mostly coffee! Again, don’t worry I only drink 1-2 cups a day. I’m not that crazy… okay maybe I am just a smidge anyway.Question: Do you ever had your protein powder in a “non-shake” way? I guess a protein mocha is still a shake, but it’s mostly for my coffee fix.I also love to make protein truffles, but y’all already know that.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Xo.

Double Shots!

Oh, so in case y’all didn’t know, I had my first day at my new job!

I did a double shift and a double shot of espresso was in order for that morning/ night. I am working at a premier health club and it has everything; pool, weights, cardio, classes, boxing area, spa… everything. The people are great and I am enjoying it so far. I decided to keep a couple of overnights for the time being. It’s grown on me and I kinda like being a night owl. Anywho, me being busier means more grocery shopping and meal prepping! #NoExcuses.Plus a new mason jar for my morning coffee.And also quick on the go snacks!Of course copious amounts of dark chocolate for my cheat days. Thanks mom!Question: How do you prep for a busy week? Are you a meal prepper or planner?