Thursday, June 22, 2017

Good Green Snack Bars and Nuzest June Giveaway

Yes. They really are  GREEN!

Good Green Snack bar unwrapped


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I was quite excited when Nuzest sent me a few of their new Good Green Snack bars to sample.  This new bar is not just another energy bar or even a protein bar. Nope. Good Green Snack bars are multivitamin bars that contain a potent blend of carefully selected greens, fruits, vegetables and berries; plus, apoptogenic herbs, pre and probiotics, digestive enzymes and a full range of essential vitamins and minerals for optimum health and vitality.

They contain none of the stuff that you do not want... no fillers, no added sugars, nothing artificial. No ingredients are used containing gluten, dairy, eggs, soy or corn;  all ingredients are GMO free. There are no nasty chemicals, preservatives or artificial flavors; just concentrated, real-food ingredients with a multivitamin boost.  They do contain nuts and are produced on equipment that also processes food containing gluten.

Yes.  You can feel confident sharing the Good Green Snack bar with everyone in the family.



Now that we have all of that out of the way... how do they taste?  They are really quite delicious. There is a slight nutty flavor, and they are slightly sweet... the texture is sorta soft and sorta chewy.

You will likely notice the taste of dates, ginger, apricots, sunflower seeds and cashews.  The Captain loved them too... his first comment up seeing it... "It is green".  And, trusting me, he then he bit into it and declared it really good!

These bars are suitable for snacks, and to supplement your athletic endeavours and also help to provide some nutitional insurance to ensure you are getting what your body needs.  They contain only 150 calories and at 6g total fat, 20g carbs and 5g of protein, with very little sodium, they are a good bang for your nutrition buck!

Check out the product details on the Nuzest site... and then use this link to enter the June Giveaway... you just may win a few boxes of Good Green Snack Bars and some Clean Lean Protein for yourself.

June Giveaway

If you ever decide you want to purchase from the Nuzest site, please feel free to use the code EATRUNSAIL in order to receive a 15% discount on your purchase, and don't forget that you qualify for free shipping in Canada and the U.S. if your order hits the $50 mark.

What is your favorite energy snack?

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Summer Sizzle... 5 Ways to Beat the Heat

I live in a part of the World where we rarely have very hot Summer temperatures... it is often referred to as a Mediterranean climate... the Winters are very mild and the Summers are quite moderate and comfortable. We are on a peninsula and surrounded by sea water on 3 sides so that is a large factor in the weather.

But sometimes, just sometimes, we do have some sizzling hot and steamy days.  Not enough of them for my liking, but when we have them I do enjoy them.  And I make sure to take extra precautions for staying safe when out in the sunshine.

5 Ways to Beat the Heat by @eatrunsail


I am always a bit envious when I see some of you posting pictures of your long and sweaty runs in the California desert, or along the Chicago lakeshore... hot and dry or hot and humid...yes, I will take either.

But wherever Summer finds you, here are some things I hope you will think about while you are having fun in the sun with your friends and family:


Hydration

Of course we all know that we need more water when the temperatures get warmer. So, how do you make sure to stay hydrated?  I carry a water bottle with me when I go out at any time of the year. A bottle with a handle is easier to pack along.  I have several favorites in my cupboard... metal, glass and also BPA-free plastic.  And I do make sure to clean them between uses. I just tossed out two favorite metal bottles because they were getting a hard-water build up in them that I could not remove.

My city has a few cold water stations situated in some popular areas where you can safely refill your bottle with clean purified cold water.  Great for people and for pets.

And if you are finding that you sweat a lot, do make sure to replace some of the minerals your body is losing buy using some kind of electrolyte powder or drink. I like nuun, and have become an ambassador so I can purchase it at a discount.  I sometimes make nuun freezie pops.  And I know that some people make nuun ice-cubes too. If you are cramping up,  you may be dehydrated, and you may need electrolytes or even just salt.

There are also lots of recipes around for homemade electrolyte replacements as well.  Find one you like and make sure to use it.  And if you have a good, one, please leave a link to it  or just tell me how you make it, in the comments below this post.  Thanks!



Sunglasses

Since my eye surgery a few years ago, I find that my eyes are a lot more light-sensitive, even on duller days.  I have several pairs of sun glasses and keep a pair stashed in my day pack too. I have a tendency to lose them and hate to have to purchase a pair on the fly.  I never leave home without sun glasses. If I strain my eyes, the little blood vessels pop and I end up with bloodshot eyes for days on end. Not pretty!

I also find that sun glasses help protect my eyes against wind and pollen in the air.




Sunscreen

I know that there have been some conflicting reports in recent years about the safety of various sunscreens.  I have very fair skin and find that if I do not use a sunscreen I will burn fairly quickly.  I use SPF15 on my face even in Winter.  In the sunnier months, I use SPF30 for day to day wear, but if going outside for any length of time I use SPF45 or even 60.

I ususally use a creamy sunscreen with SPF30 or SPF45 on my chest, upper back, arms and legs too.

And I always use a balm with SPF30 or higher on my lips.  If my lips get too much sun exposure I will end up with a sun blister and no one wants that!  I carry a balm in my pocket and re-apply it often.



Sun Hats

I started wearing sun hats when I first began golfing many years ago because large brimmed golf hats were quite fashionable back in the day.  When we first moved onto the sailboat in the Summer of 2002, I began wearing a wide brimmed floppy sun hat or a cowboy hat to help keep my face from getting so tanned when out on the water.

Now I have a few sun hats in my closet and do wear one when I head up to the rooftop to lounge and read.  I picked up one that is made from a special fabric to take on our Hawaiian cruise a couple of years ago and find that it helps keep my hair from getting sun-damaged too.



Other Tips

  • If you are running or playing sports outdoors, try to do it in the cooler parts of the day... mornings or evenings.
  • Choose running routes and tennis courts that have some shade where possible.
  • Frequent places you can refill your water bottle.
  • Pack your phone with you,
  • Carry a change of socks in your pocket if you are going to be on your feet for any length of time. Clean socks feel amazing when your feet are hot and sweaty!
  • Pay attention to your body and watch for signs of overheating... clammy hands, too fast heart beat, nausea, dizziness. 
  • Do not overdo.  Take more frequent breaks. Sit down occasionally.

And please do not forget about your animal friends... they need water and shade just as much as people do on hot Summer days and their paws can burn on hot pavement!

Do you have any hot weather tips to share? 




Thursday, June 8, 2017

It's Strawberry Season... Let's Get Creative!

A few of my friends have mentioned that they love their protein smoothies and shakes but would like some ideas as to other ways to use the protein powders they are purchasing. I love using my protein powders in a variety of ways so I have decided to do a few posts to share some ideas with you.

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All of the fresh strawberries in my local markets have inspired me this week!  I do love strawberry season and am really enjoying the local berries I am finding in my favorite markets.

And, what better way to to enjoy those fresh juicy strawberries than in a Strawberry Smoothie Bowl or a Strawberry Protein Parfait?  Choose your favorite way to layer these delicious ingredients and you are sure to have a lovely breakfast or perhaps an afternoon snack.


Strawberry Smoothie Bowl
Strawberry Smoothie Bowl

Strawberry Protein Parfait
Strawberry Protein Parfait

I like to have all of my ingredients assembled before I start so that I can put them together fairly quickly after I have created my smoothie base.

To make the base, place one scoop or one packet of your strawberry protein powder with a frozen banana and two strawberries into your blender or food processor. Puree for a few minutes until you have a fluffy pink nice cream.

Food Processor mixture


Put that lovely thick pink mixture into the bottom of your parfait glass, or in your bowl. Or, if you are sharing, place in 2 glasses or bowls.

Strawberry nice cream

Now you have a lovely Strawberry Nice Cream that you could eat just as is... but it is more fun to dress it up a little.

To make my Strawberry Protein Parfait, I layered a few spoonfuls of yogurt and some sliced strawberries.  I topped it with hemp seeds.

The Strawberry Smoothie Bowl has some of The Captain's favorite cereal and sliced strawberries with a bit of yogurt.

The list of possible ingredients is limited only by your own imagination... granola, oats, qunino, almonds, walnuts, slices of bananas or other berries, nut butters, coconut shreds, chocolate chips, or chia seeds.  If you like it, toss it on top!

I used a single packet of my favorite Wild STRAWBERRY Clean Lean Protein from Nuzest along with a frozen banana and 2 medium strawberries to make both the Strawberry Smoothie Bowl and the Strawberry Protein Parfait.  The Captain and I enjoyed them as an afternoon snack.  You might certainly eat the whole mixture yourself if you are making it for your breakfast, or you could use only half the ingredients too if you prefer.

I am a big fan of Nuzest Wild STRAWBERRY Clean Lean Protein.  It is a vegan powder, made from Eurpean Golden Peas in a chemical free process.  It contains no GMOs, no gluten, no soy, no dairy, no nuts, no eggs, and contains only a few carbs and fat as well.  It also has no artificial colors or flavors.

Nuzest Packets

You can find out more information on the Nuzest web site, and if you do decide to go ahead and order, make sure to use the code EATRUNSAIL to get a 15% discount at checkout.  Nuzest ships to both Canada and the U.S. and offers free shipping on orders over $50.

Strawberry fan?  How do you enjoy them?

Monday, June 5, 2017

May in Pictures

If you follow me on Instagram you likely saw some of my #MayIsMyMonth posts. I had a significant birthday in May and decided to celebrate the whole month long with something special to me each and every day... from visits to new restaurants, new foods, new activities and adventures.. and it all culminated in a week long getaway where I experiences a first-ever full body massage, a whale watching boat tour, a black bear watching boat tour and many beach walks, and a rainforest... it was a lot of fun and I want to share just a few pics with you...














Really looking forward to June... and now I am off to the golf course.  Catch you soon!

What was your favorite thing in May?