Amazing Grass Protein Superfood

Amazing grass and FitApproach sponsored this post. All opinions are my own.

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If you follow me on social media… {SNAP: Jhiggs787} and {IG:Myhealthypassion} YOU KNOW…I have been LOVING a very specific protein powder.  Like seriously LOVING! I can’t stop talking about it.

but before I get to that…let’s talk about why I normally do not eat protein powders.

  1. I don’t like the “chalky” taste it leaves.
  2. I don’t care for the 800 million ingredients.
  3. Lots of artificial sweeteners.
  4. They simply do not taste good.

Now….I was super stoked when I received an amazing package from AMAZING GRASS. It was the best care package EVER.  I am all about on the go breakfast and I want so badly to love shakes…but never did.  But I wasn’t sure how I felt about the powder.  Because, I normally do not like them, remember all of the above statements.

I started to look at the ingredients, and I’ll be honest, I was super impressed. I LOVED that it was plant based.  Amazing Grass Protein SuperFood contains a unique blend of USDA Organic pea, hemp, chia and quinoa, delivering 20g of complete plant-based protein per serving plus 7 alkalizing organic greens and two-full servings of wholesome fruits and vegetables. Each flavor is also grain-free, paleo friendly, and can be enjoyed alone with water, added to a smoothie or almond, cashew or coconut milk. The line’s unique pea protein is the only available source that is 100 percent grown, harvested and processed in the USA, providing one of the smoothest, best tasting plant-based proteins on the market. I mean, I was excited to try it.

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Then my friends…I tasted it.  I LOVED it.  I threw into my blender a scoop of vanilla powder, strawberries, ice, water, and a heaping spoonful of peanut butter.  (I also tried the chocolate peanut butter and AMAZING) I LOVED IT! This powder has turned me into a smoothie machine.

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I never like powders, but this one is different.  I want to shout from the roof tops how much I love it.  Take my word for it, try it. You will NOT be disappointed!

Let me know if you do…you will LOVE it!!!

Are you a protein powder fan, this one has made me a believer!

What’s on the Menu this Week?!

Monday, we meet again! What a fast weekend, aren’t they all?!

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So what is everyone cooking this week.  Fill me in, I need new ideas/recipes! Keep reading to find out what I’m making.  But first, how was your weekend?

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This weekend was a good one, Nick and I crossed a lot off a lot on our “to do” list for our house! We finally sold our couch! Yay!! We loooooved our sectional couch when we bought 3 years ago, but we were def over it! So I had the genius idea to sell it! And Craigslist came in handy! So now  I just want to decorate and switch things up in our living room.  We enjoyed a date night at home on Friday with sushi & wine! Yum! Saturday, we went out in the AM to a new Farmers Market, it was a good one!  Saturday evening, my mom invited us over for dinner and nick mulched her yard.  Ya know…while I relaxed on the deck with a drink in hand.  And yesterday, I had a quick meeting with Brittany, a friend I found on IG (social media is awesome) all about essential oils! Then I was off to buy and plant a ton of flowers, clean a bit! Then we were off to a graduation party.  And here we are now….!

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And now…what do I plan on eating this week.  That’s really why your reading this post, right?! Lets get to it!

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So here is what’s on the menu this week.  Lots of weight watcher friendly choices and high protein.  Do you have a fabulous summer recipe, please pass it my way. I need some new ideas! Also, I am doing a summer recipe swap, stay tuned!

Pesto Marinated Shrimp with zoodles, peppers, olives and artichokes

Turkey Burgers on a lettuce wrap & roasted sweet potatoes

Marinated salmon on top of Kale salad

Mexican Fiesta Chicken bowls

I’ll give you all recipes next week! Stay tuned….Whats on your menu this week?! Have a FANTASTIC week everyone!

 

See ya Later May, Helllllllllo June!

Almost halfway through 2016…say whaaaaat!?!

I didn’t post too much in May, but I am getting better. Its one of my June goals…read on to find out my other plans in June.   Here is what happened in May! Just in case you missed it, and want a quick catch up!

I saw my best friends in Ohio, threw my friend Amanda a wine themed shower!  Oh, And I RAN 4 miles in the Pittsburgh Marathon Relay!

I cooked up some amazing buffalo chicken spaghetti squash casserole! Mmmm, you guys have to try it!

I chit chatted about how to eat clean and what exactly that means.

I told you all some random things…like how I LOVEEEEE snap chat (follow me: jhiggs787), the new workout pants i’m loving, and some new makeup!

Lastly, I told you all about my dream office! How I want to decorate and where my inspiration comes from!

Wow, only five posts in May, I hope to double that for y’all in June…so cheers goodbye to may and hello to June!

JUNE GOALS! I am putting it all out there, because if I don’t, who knows if any of it will ever happen…and I’ll have to answer to all of you! 🙂

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  1. Yoga, twice a week! Yep, I’m going to try.  I have NEVER done yoga more than say… twice a month, not even. So I have no reaped long term benefits. But, I am having some back pain and a little anxiety in general.  And I think Yoga is just what I need.  I personally love hot yoga, so that is what I will be doing & incorporating into my workouts. If I cannot make it to a class, I will do something at home.  I am actually excited to see if I notice a difference in my body, mind, and my back! I’ll keep you all posted.
  2. Continue Orangetheory.  I love it.  I will continue going.  Just make it more consistent.  Just once a week, that’s my goal! I don’t think I would like doing it more, but maybe!
  3. Blog, blog, blog! I love this little piece of the web, I can call it my own.  I love saying what is on my mind, sharing, connecting, and yeah…I love it.  So I plan on doubling my posts for the month of June.  So just ten, that’s a walk in the park! Anything you’d like to hear more about?! Let me know!
  4. Ramping up my business! My essential oil & wellness coaching business is really blossoming, and I truly love it.  I have turned it from a hobby to a money making business.  I have had so much personal development and have connected with so many amazing people, I just want to keep going.  If you like to learn more, shoot me an email… myhealthypassion1@gmail.com
  5. Limit dairy and White flour/processed foods.  Honestly, I have to.  Simply because I feel 100% better and healthier when I do not eat dairy.  Now, the white flour and processed foods…they are not normally in my diet, however, I have became a little bit too relaxed with these items.  So especially on the weekdays….I will be trying to really limit dairy and white flour!

Okay, I have rambled on long enough…now tell me, what are your goals for June?! 

Natural Deodorant, Say What?!

This post is not sponsored, just my honest opinion! All thoughts/opinions are my own.  

Okay everyone, we are talking deodorant! Natural deodorant!  Have you ever tried it? Does it work or do you stink to high heaven after your workout? Ever since I was in my late teens, I have always heard how horrible deodorant is for you, they are all loaded with chemicals. (Check out this post to find out more about the chemicals in our personal hygiene products!) Did you know that there is a direct link of deodorant and breast cancers? But, I have still use my dove or secret here and there because realistically, the natural deodorants just didn’t work! So in the past three or so years, I have tried just about all natural deodorants and have a few you may really like….because they actually WORK!!!!

Check out my thoughts below!

First up…Primal Pit Paste.  (I love the name!)

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This worked really great.  I loved the smell of the lavender and they have other essential oil scents.  I had to reapply prior to a workout, but all in all, this stuff is AWESOME! Super easy to use and lasts a long time! All you need is a pea size amount.

Next up…PiperWai

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Ladies, this stuff ROCKS! It was actually on sharktank, the TV show! It works SO SO SO well, I was shocked.  It has an added ingredient compared to primal pit paste, Charcoal! It is the same texture and consistency of Primal pit paste, again, only using about a pea size.  Smells great…but most importantly, IT WORKS! Love it! It even works for workouts with no reapply!

Lastly, Doterra Natural Deodorant!

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This stuff is also great!!! I use this when I am just running around, day to day stuff! Its fantastic for everyday use! I like the other two for working up or really feel protected when working up a sweat! I love the convenience of the stick, like other typical deodorants! And bonus, you get all the benefits of the essential oils such as melaleuca!

So there you have it…my personal review on natural deodorants! Let me know if you give any of them a try!

Whats your favorite deodorant? Have you tried a natural version? 

 

How to Get Celebrity Arms!

Looking for an arm workout that will leave you looking amazing?! Check out this workout for a complete arm workout that will leave you tight and toned!

I am in a few weddings this year and have lots to attend. And call me crazy…but I want to look good & more importantly feel good! 🙂  I went bridesmaid dress shopping last night and realized I need to work on my arms, and some other areas!

I have been switching up my workouts a bit that will target my arms a little bit more than usual.  I have been trying to focus on toning and strengthening! I want to be strong yet looking good in all these bridesmaid dresses. I came across a workout a few years ago that Madonna would do with her trainer.  I took that workout and added to it! Switched it up a bit.

I do it myself and with my clients….everyone loves it! It concentrates heavily on biceps & Triceps!

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If you have any questions on any of the moves, comment below and I can help you out!

As a side note…I am currently doing SkinnyMeg’s Spring challenge! Its EXACTLY the motivation I have been looking for! I had to take before pics….O.M.G, talk about awkward!! I highly suggest you try! I can’t wait to see my hard work pay off! I will keep you all posted on how it goes, we are on our second week.

Well have a FANTASTIC Wednesday!

What is your favorite arm workout to do?!