Travel Foods – Premier Protein Costco Promotion & Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Premier Protein. All opinions as always are for better or worse my own. 

Hola los chicos!

How’s it going? I’ve been off the grid a bit beyond Instagram (are we friends on it yet? Why  not!).

Winter isn’t coming to me yet, so I went to find winter instead. While traveling, glaciers don’t generally come stacked with a buffet. Luckily, I’ve been well stacked with a good satisfying snack.

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Active adults should consume almost 30 grams of protein a meal so Premier Protein 30 gram bars make a perfect complement when you are out and about with not really a place or time for a healthy real food lunch. They are have protein shakes (vanilla one is the best) and traditional protein  powder,  but I find the bars the easiest to travel with.

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The Premier Protein 30 gram bars are inexpensive for the protein they have and can be purchased in most places, including amazon. The Premier Protein’s 30g bar variety pack will be available in Costco stores nationwide throughout the month of September.

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Additionally, if you love extra savings, Costco will be offering $5.00 off the retail price of the 30g variety pack from September 3rd through September 27th. Each variety pack will include a combination of Premier Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Mint 30g bars. Each gluten free bar is packed with 30g of protein, is a good source of fiber (3g) and a good source of calcium.

And if the savings from Costco just aren’t enough. Enter my giveaway below! Ways to enter are shown below. (Sorry, but open to U.S. only).

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Core Power Fitness Kit Giveaway

And within a blink of an eye it’s Sunday night! I haven’t gotten my cell phone back, nor a replacement yet but to be honest, I’ve enjoyed my disconnected weekend a little bit. I went on two long runs this weekend. One in complete silence and one with an old ipod. It was old school, but I survived back then and I’ll survived the next few weeks.

I also got some fun mail this weekend! A fitness kit from Core Power just in time to start making those 2014 fitness goals. I’ve been asked to be an ambassador for Core Power and of course accepted it.  Core Power has been named the “Official Protein drink of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic .” If it’s good enough for Olympic elite athletes, it’s good enough for me!

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What exactly is Core Power? A Chicago based protein drink that launched nationally in Jul 2013. Core Power is a real milk protein drink made from fresh, lowfat, lactose-free milk and real honey. It’s optimum protein to carb ratio and nutrient-rich profile make for the perfect last stage of every workout. From endurance sports and bodybuilding to running, yoga and cross-fit, Core Power helps you recover faster, build lean muscle and stay at the top of your game. No matter which game you happen to play whether you’re an Olympian or just trail the back of the pack.

Core Power® is available in two varieties: the CORE version has 26 grams of protein and 240 calories, and the LIGHT version has 20 grams of protein and 150 calories. Core Power® CORE is available in vanilla, chocolate and banana while Core Power® LIGHT is available in chocolate and strawberry banana.

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Our household favorite flavor is Vanilla. It tastes just like melted down vanilla ice cream. In fact, at first we couldn’t figure out how they got all that protein in there! It tasted so creamy and delicious that I forgot I was drinking protein! We couldn’t believe how it turned out to be so delicious, so I asked!

NO powdered protein added – Yup it all comes from fresh milk!

80% Casein 20% Whey – The same combo that’s naturally found in milk

Lactose Free – Most lactose is reduced through a filtration system and the rest converted to sugar through enzyme process

Real Cane Sugar – As far as I could tell, no HFC, or corn sugar or whatever they call it nowadays

Combined, it makes for a lovely treat after 3 hours of running! So while I may never compete in the Olympics, I can sure train like one with my new kit!

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Included in the kit is a Camelbak insulated water bottle, workout towel, stability ball, really awesome duffle bag with enough compartments for even a triathlete, and yoga mat.

Also, for the entire month of January you can get $5 off a case of Core Power on Amazon

And be sure to check out their blog for some great recipes and a New Year workout.

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A weekend of salad making

On Saturday, Tony and I had our first party at the new house, our house. B We were celebrating his Dad’s 75th birthday. B We debated how to go best about serving food and in the end decided to make it ourselves. B Tony made two types of humus (from chickpeas andB black beans), as well asB ItalianB roasted fries, buffalo chicken, turkey and hamburgers. B I on the other hand stuck to what I know, produce.

I stopped by the farmer’s market on Friday atB CopleyB and brought those cool rainbow carrots, chives, and cucumbers which I forgot to use! B My first task was to cut up some veggies for the humus. B I pickedB celery, yellow pepper,B zucchini, those yellowB SunkistB tomatoes.

Next came the salads

Baby Spinach, Red Onion, Orange and Red Pepper, Sunkist Tomatoes,B CeleryB & Dill dressed in an Olive Oil VinegarB mix

Then I got busy on my current summer addiction!

Baby Spinach, Orange & Red Peppers, Tomatoes, Red Onion, Dill, Chickpeas, Goat Cheese drizzled with a little bit of Olive Oil

And ended with my favorite Russian Salad! B I’ll share the recipe but for now all I’ll say is that it involves pickles!

I wish I had pictures from the party but once the guests came I was too busy making sure things were up and running to be aB paparazzi!

I think I got a plan and the best microwave meal ever

I’m starting to enjoy tapering. B For example I took a6 mile run on incline 2 with no pace goal other than feeling comfortable. B It ending up being only slightly slower than my tempo run speed.

However with the lack of mileage and fear of trying anything new (I don’t want to be sore for Boston) I tried to adjust my diet accordingly. B I tried to eat like my co-workers with calories and control in mind. B I tried, but I failed.

I substitutedB my muffin + 3 cups of peanut buttered oatmeal for this:

Ignore that giant ball of cream cheese, it’s there for calcium

Lunch I tried again to be normal

Grilled Vegetables Mediterranean with Rice! B Although not nearly enough food, I have to admit this was my favorite microwave meal for under $4. B It’s under 250 calories, but that doesn’t mean much if you consume an equal amount of 250 calories bag of trail mix. B I liked how the sauce was cooked separately in that steamer thing leaving my food not that least bit soggy.

The plan for the rest of the week is

Wednesday 10 miles

Thursday 6 miles

Friday rest/cross training

Sunday easy 4

This should leave me for a total of 25 miles for the week and then the marathon!

Any suggestions for healthy lunches? B I’m bored of salads and I’m not eating to run this week. B Therefore, I will be trying to keep my apetite in check to the limited level of activity.

Entry attempt #2

About four score or possibly four months ago I tried to make a blog entry…. What happened? B Its still sitting incomplete and unpublished since the only thing worse than fear is making an introduction post. B Instead I’ll write about my love for Walnuts.

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First the ugly…

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But what is an ounce? B An ounce seems plenty! B Until you realize 8 ounces is a cup of coffee and you’re pretty sure thatB sandwichB sizeB ZiplocB bag of walnuts might have a been a bit bigger than that..

Lets skip over the lack of portion size preception on my part and go the benefits! B The half full portion of this more than one ounce glass.

Some healthy facts

  • The nuts are rich source of energy and contain many health benefiting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for optimum health.
  • They are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids (about 72%) like oleic acid and an excellent source of all importantB omega-3B essential fatty acids likeB linoleic acid, alpha linolenic acid (ALA) and arachidonic acids.
    • Regular intake of walnuts in the diet help to lower total as well as LDL or bbad cholesterolb and increase HDL or bgood cholesterolb levels in the blood.
  • Eating just as much as 25 g each day provides about 90% of recommended daily intake of omega-3 fatty acids.
    • Research studies have suggested that Omega-3 fatty acids by their virtue of anti-inflammatory action helps to lower the risk of blood pressure, coronary artery disease, strokes and breast, colon and prostate cancers.B Plus being a runner, itbs always nice to find non advil methods of lowering any inflamation
  • They are rich source of many phyto-chemical substances that may contribute to their overall anti-oxidant activity, includingB melatonin, ellagic acid, vitamin E, carotenoids, and poly-phenolic compounds. These compounds have potential health effects against cancer, aging, inflammation, and neurological diseases.
  • The form of vitamin E found in walnuts is somewhat unusual, and particularly beneficial. Instead of having most of its vitamin E present in the alpha-tocopherol form, walnuts provide an unusually high level of vitamin E in the form of gamma-tocopherol. Particularly in studies on the cardiovascular health of men, this gamma-tocopherol form of vitamin E has been found to provide significant protection from heart problems.
  • Scientists at University of Scranton, Pennsylvania have recently discovered that walnuts have highest levels of popyphenolic antioxidants than any other common edible nuts. 100 g of walnuts contain13541 B5mol TEB (Trolex equivalents) ofB oxidant radical absorbance capacityB (ORAC). Eating as few as six to seven average sizedB nuts a day could help scavange disease causing free radicals from the body.
  • In addition, they are also excellent source ofB vitamin E, especially rich inB gamma-tocopherol; contain about 21 g per 100 g (about 140% of daily-required levels). Vitamin E is a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant, required for maintaining the integrity of cell membrane of mucus membranes and skin by protecting it from harmful oxygen free radicals.
  • These nuts are packed with many important B-complex groups of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folates.
  • They also very are rich source of minerals likeB manganese, copper, potassium, calcium,B iron,magnesium, zinc, and selenium. Copper is a cofactor for many vital enzymes, including cytochrome c-oxidase and superoxide dismutase (other minerals function as co-factors for this enzyme are manganese and zinc). Zinc is a co-factor in many enzymes that regulate growth and development, sperm generation, digestion and nucleic acid synthesis. Selenium is an important micronutrient, which functions as co-factor for anti-oxidant enzymes such asB glutathione peroxidases.
  • Walnuts oil has flavorful nutty aroma and has an excellent astringent properties; helps to keep skin well protected from dryness. It has also been used in cooking, and as bcarrier or base oilb in traditional medicines in massage therapy, aromatherapy, in pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry.

Some interesting facts where I can spell and pronounce each word written below

  • Walnuts are the oldest known tree food b they date back to 10,000 BC
  • There are more than 30 varieties of commercially produced walnuts!
  • The three most popular verities grown for commercial purpose are theB EnglishB orB Persian walnutB (Juglans regia),B the Black walnut (Juglans nigra), and theB White or butternut walnutB (Juglans cinerea).
  • The Greeks called walnutsB karyon, meaning bhead,b because the shell resembles a human skull and the walnut kernel itself looks like a brain!
  • English walnuts (also known as Persian walnuts) originate in Central Asia and were introduced to California in the 1700s.
  • Commercially, the nuts are being cultivated in the United States of America, Romania, France, Turkey, and China.
  • Today China is the number 1 world supplier while US is number 2
  • 99% of the commercial U.S. supply and 3/4 of the world trade of walnuts now come from California.
  • After plantation, the plant takes approximately four years until it produces its first major crop.
  • Walnuts are only harvested once a year, between September and November.
  • Walnuts have always been considered important for their medicinal properties, including curing bad breath, reducing inflammation, and healing wounds.
  • Like today, a common culinary use of walnuts in the 17th-19th centuries was in salads

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So enjoy, possible over indulge, knowing full well that at least you’re overdosing on benefits (and possibly some fat)

And no, I’m not a nut expert, so all facts have been acquired through the powers of the interwebs.

How do you like your walnuts?

I like mine plain and already cracked open so I can enjoy the full creamy nut flavor withB minimumB amount of work!