Monday, August 14, 2017

Mocha Protein Freezer Pops

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If you are a chocolate lover like I am, you might think that there is no better treat on a hot Summer day than a fudge-flavored freezer pop.  And I would have agreed with you until I got this latest batch of samples from Nuzest, that contained a couple of pouches of REAL COFFEE flavored protein powder.

Chocolate and Coffee Protein Powders

I knew immediately that MOCHA freezer pops were on my Summer must try list. I love the flavors of coffee and chocolate blended together... and with the added benefit of low carb vegan protein, and no added sugars, what could be more perfect?  So I whipped them up this morning, and they are fabulous!

Mocha Protein Freezer Pops by @eatrunsail

I have a few different freezer pop molds, and this particular set is a favorite. I won it in a giveaway a few years ago from Kristina who writes the plant-based recipe blog spabetti, (and if you haven't checked her out, you must) and have used it a lot since then.  It is a good quality plastic and the handles/sticks fit securely into the molds, which sit snugly and firmly in the base. No worry about spills in the freezer. Nice bonus.  And it makes good sized treats.

The first thing you will want to do is find out how much volume your freezer pops hold. I know from experience that mine hold 3 cups.  So, I used a packet each of Nuzest Rich Chocolate and Real Coffee protein powders, 2-1/2 cups of unsweetend almond milk and 1/2 cup of leftover cold coffee.   You can vary your liquid ingredients according to your own freezer pop measurements, and if you have some leftovers, drink up and enjoy!

Now I know that not everyone is an almond milk fan.  If you prefer, use another nut milk, or even cow's milk if you drink it.

After assembling my freezer pops, I blended the ingredients together in a large measuring cup and then carefully poured it out evenly into each mold.  If you haven't made quite enough you can top them off with more almond milk or more coffee... just make sure to leave a small space at the top of each so they will not overflow when you set the stick into the liquid.

Then insert the sticks...

Secure the Sticks

Secure the Sticks

and put them in your freezer for a few hours until they are firmly set.

In the Freezer

The hard part is waiting for them to freeze solid... but once they have, you will know it was worth it!

These make not only a delicious and healthy treat on a hot day, they are also a good quickie pre-workout/run treat for those of us who like to get it done first thing in the morning.  They have just over 7g of protein each and only 43 calories.  And if you use regular coffee, there will also be a wee bit of caffeine too... which is nice pre-workout as well.

If you want to order CLEAN LEAN PROTEIN, or any of the other terrific new products from Nuzest you can get 15% off your order with my discount code eatrunsail and don't forget that shipping to the U.S. or Canada is free with an order of at least $50.

So, are you a freezer pop fan too? 

And what about flavors? Chocolate or Mocha?

Monday, August 7, 2017

Just Another Sunday Run Day

This Summer running has become a Sunday morning pastime. I am playing tennis a couple of times a week now, as well as golfing and walking/hiking as much as I can fit in.  These legs will just not run more than once a week right now.  But that is okay with me.

On Sundays I like to get up and drink a fruit and protein shake before heading out to run a 4km loop around my neighborhood.  And it is generally pretty slow and quite enjoyable. It has been very warm and dry here for the last 6 weeks so the earlier I can get out, the better.

Then when I come in, I stretch leisurely and sip a nuun drink before having another small snack and eventually, a shower.

I really enjoy this start to my week. Not only do I like the running, it makes me feel like I am doing something good for my body and my mind. I usually run with my husband and we chatter about the upcoming week or things we see along the way.  He is a much faster runner than I am but always paces himself to stay alongside me and it is nice to have the company.

I usually wear compression socks when I run.  I have some by Tiux that are fairly easy to get on, but because my fingernails are cut quite short right now for golf, I decided to wear a pair by SLS3 that are quite tight and much more difficult to get on. They are such a lovely blue color.  But, WOW! I had such a tough time with them that I couldn't even really get them straight.  I took a picture with the sun shining in the window that makes the color look a bit odd... You may have seen my post on Instagram about them.

I cannot imagine being able to get them larger... the feet are a too long already and the socks are quite long too... my legs are not heavy so I wonder why they are so tight?  The ProCompression socks I have are pretty much the same.  And I also have some dressier compression socks by Tommie Copper that are a more relaxed fit as well.

Do you have any trouble getting on your compression socks? 

What is your favorite brand? Please take this opportunity to show them some love!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Facing Forward

July started out with such hope and promise... a new food plan, a few pounds lost.... some running, tennis and golf... and then out of the blue, the devastating news that my older and only Sister had passed away suddenly in Calgary.  We scrambled to put together travel plans and flew home to be with family and honor her at a lovely memorial ceremony, and visit and share memories with friends and extended family at a reception afterwards... it is all a bit of a blur as you can imagine.

It took me a good couple of weeks after that to shake the mental fog and realize that my wonderful husband was having a birthday during the last week of the month. I know I am still in denial somewhat, but a birthday was just what I needed to give me a change of focus and a reason to smile again.  We had several fun outings and visited new restaurants every day of the week... and on the last day of July we had a coffee date with a cousin I had recently reconnected with after many many years of not having seen her.  It was really quite qnice and we have made plans to get together again in a few weeks. She lives in Calgary but has a home here on the Island and travels back and forth fairly often.

All in all a very emotional month... am I glad it is over?  You bet, and I am looking forward to August and getting back into a groove.

I have joined a 7 day challenge to clean up my diet... for me that means concentrating on eating whole, real foods... staying away from alcohol and the processed stuff as much as possible.  I do feel so much better when I eat this way and my weight is naturally easier to maintain too. Even at that, a lot of the freggies I eat are conveniently packaged and or frozen unless I make an effort to visit a farmer's market... hmmm... must put that on my August list...

Running seems to have become a Sunday morning activity.  And for now that is all right. I am playing tennis on Tuesdays and sometimes Thursdays, golfing on Wednesdays, and walking and hiking as much as I can throughout the week as well.  I am missing my strength training and so have added yoga to the mix... all the downward facing dog poses at least keep my upper body working and the stretching feels amazing.  I do love to stretch!

So... we are somewhat caught up... it is my natural tendency to retreat when faced with unpleasant situations so this has been a tough post for me to write and I am looking forward to having happier things to talk about!

Tell me, what are you looking forward to in August?  I would love to hear your plans.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

July Nuzest Giveaway and a Delicious Frapp Recipe

I did not want to let July slip by without bringing your attention to this month's fabulous Nuzest Giveaway.  You know that Nuzest has my favorite Clean Lean Protein made with golden pea protein and this giveaway will give you a chance to sample their flavors along with the tasty new Good Green Snack bars... check it out.

 Nuzest July Giveaway

Click on the picture to enter

And while you are on the site, check out some of the tasty recipes they have there... this one looks particularly delicious to me right now!

 Vanilla Pumpkin Spics Frap

Click on the picture to find the recipe

And if you are shopping, you can use my affiliate code EATRUNSAIL at checkout to receive a 15% discount on your order and I will get a small reward.   Don't forget you can get free shipping on orders totalling $50 or more. 

I will be back in a few days with an update, promise.

What is in your favorite Summer smoothie? I have been particularly loving frozen spinach and banans with chocolate protein powder and unsweetened almond milk.  

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Protein Hummus and June Nuzest Giveaway Reminder

Couldn't let the week go by without bringing this great looking hummus recipe to your attention!

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links.

I know that many of you have started to use Clean Lean Protein by Nuzest... and I hope that you are getting some good ideas for various ways to enjoy it from their web site and from others of us who use and promote the products.

This hummus is a mixture of cauliflower, chickpeas and natural Clean Lean Protein... easy and quick in  your blender or food processor.


And don't forget about the June giveaway... be one of 5 winners who will receive Good Green Snack bars and Clean Lean Protein.  You can read about them and enter the giveaway on my last blog post.

If you ever decide you do want to order, use code EATRUNSAIL to get a 15% discount off your order, and remember... orders that reach the $50 mark are shipped free to Canada and the U.S.

Do you make your own hummus?