I was so very excited to make a trip to my favorite local nutrition store, Complete Nutrition, yesterday to stock up on my regular purchases!
(excuse my messy counter)
-S’mores V-core Vantage protein powder
-a box of cookies and crème Quest bars
-a box of PB&J Quest bars
-cherry pomegranate Prime Energy Boost
I seriously don’t know what I would do without these products (especially the Quest bars, they’re so addicting and DELICIOUS). The staff is super friendly and they always send a letter after you visit to check up and see how you like the products. Can you say excellent customer service, or what? Any-who, I totally recommend making a trip if you have one nearby it’s totally worth it.
Wow, so the past two weeks I’ve been so off-schedule that I don’t know what to do with myself. We took a school trip to New York which was AMAZING but it threw me off big time. Now that things have settled down (for now) I’ll try to be more consistent, but now here’s some pictures from my trip! Locations include the MET, the MOMA, skylines, and all sorts of touristy-type-things.
View from Top of the Rock(efeller Center)
Monet’s Water Lilies
Me and a Lamassu
A Raisin in the Sun feat. Denzel Washington (Obama was at this play too, trippy I know)
An absolutely precious little girl blowing bubbles in Chinatown (no I did NOT buy a purse; just some earrings)
I enjoyed squid pasta while in Little Italy (it was hella good let me tell you..)
And then, obviously, a cannoli from Ferrara.
Van Gogh’s Starry Night
Me and friend lookin’ cute for Pippin
The new World Trade building. The memorial was so moving even though it was unfinished.
And finally, we walked half of the Brooklyn Bridge on our last day.
It’s a lot of pictures, I know, but the trip was so awesome I had to share!
I squeezed in a 4.5 mile run yesterday morning, and I’m glad I did because the weather was PERFECT. Overcast with a cool breeze and an occasional glimpse of sunlight. Absolutely wonderful. Now that it’s officially spring, the trees and flowers are budding out and it makes for a lovely morning run.
For my pre-run breakfast I had a White Chocolate Raspberry Quest Bar, a Fuji apple, and about two tablespoons of White Chocolate Wonderful Peanut Butter & Co. Peanut Butter! (recurring theme, can you tell?) This is my go-to breakfast before a run because it’s sustainable, but not too heavy.
My protein drink to refuel from my run was about a cup of Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almondmilk, 1/3 a scoop Milk Chocolate V-Core Vantage protein powder, and a splash of Archer Farms black coffee! If you’re used to the taste of almondmilk, I highly recommend this drink! It tasted almost exactly like an iced mocha from Starbucks, but it’s a whole heck of a lot better for you with 80 calories, ~8.5g protein, ~2.5g fat (~1g Saturated fat), ~3g carbohydrates!
I didn’t get a picture of my post-run lunch, but it was some leftover vegan zucchini alfredo, pan cooked shrimp, a Wasa crisp with 1/4 of an avocado and salt & pepper, and some blueberries!
I did manage to keep myself busy for the rest of the day running errands and such, but I definitely am more productive in the mornings.
Until Quest Bars, I was pretty skeptical about the whole protein bar thing. From what I had heard they were chocked full of nasty ingredients, added sugar, and artificial flavors and preservatives all of which I didn’t want going into my body. Quest Bars changed everything.
(photo from Quest website)
With only natural, pronounceable ingredients and no added sugar, Quest Bars are a high quality protein bar that actually tastes fabulous, and there are literally endless ways you can prepare them. My personal favorite is to lay some foil on a baking sheet, spray it with non-stick spray, bake the Quest Bar at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 5 minutes and the broil it until golden and beautiful. However, I don’t always have the time to bake them, so I just pop them on a plate sprayed with non-stick spray for 20 seconds or until they get nice and gooey. You wouldn’t think that you could bake a protein bar and anything good happen, but Quest Bars end up with a cookie-like texture with is to. die. for. There are also hundreds of Instagram accounts and websites dedicated to really cool ways to prepare Quest bars like making cinnamon rolls, wrapping them in low carb tortillas, or the classic Quest with any sort of nut butter (personal favorite).
And here’s a picture from my Instagram of a Quest Bar and PB2 poptart that I made one time! (it was gone in like .5 seconds)
I think what I love the most about the Quest community is that they are so motivational and they want everyone to be successful at no matter what level they are at. I’ll put the link to their website below so that everyone can go buy one of the 16 amazing flavors of Quest Bars all with at least 20g of protein!