Friday, March 24, 2017

nuun Discount For Friends and Family

The best part about being a 2017 nuun ambassador is being able to purchase nuun hydration tablets at a discount.  For the remainder of March, nuun has authorized ambassadors to share a special savings with friends and family.

Spring is almost here and as the weather warms up, hydration is more important than ever. Stay hydrated with this nuuntastic discount code! 

The promo code - hydratewithus17 - is good through the end of the month and will provide 20% off your purchase. 

It will work for both orders in the USA ( and for orders in Canada (

Wednesday, March 15, 2017


Now, you all know I love me some protein powder... all kinds of protein powders actually, so I was very pleased to be chosen to take part in a New Year's Challenge sponsored by PlantFusion. You may recall that I reviewed/gave away some PlantFusion protein powder a few months ago... and really came to love the taste and nutritional profile of these all-vegan powders.

So, when I was offered a chance to try their new LEAN powder, I eagerly accepted.

PlantFusion LEAN is a protein powder that has been formulated to curb hunger, boost energy, and manage blood sugar to support us through our workouts and busy days.  It is gluten-free, and that is always my first consideration.

I was asked to use the product for 8 weeks and invited to take part in a private Facebook support group. I was not asked for a review or any specific social media shares.  I chose my own challenge goals and found they are quite compatable with, and along the lines of, those of the other members.

PlantFusion is an American company, and it did take a bit of extra time for the Canadian participants to get their product shipments.  The larger group had already completed 2 weeks of the challenge by the time my first package arrived.

PlantFusion LEAN
2 tubs of LEAN, one Vanilla Bean and the other, Chocolate Brownie, a shaker bottle, and a cute green tee... softest fabric you can imagine!

When they realized the delay, they sent the second shipment almost immediately, and it arrived today!

PlantFusion LEAN
2 tubs of LEAN, Vanilla Bean and Chocolate Brownie, and a fabulous metal water bottle that is insulated... for hot or cold drinks.  Don't you love love love the color?

For the first 2 weeks of my challenge, I used the LEAN as prescribed by PlantFusion.  I made a shake with the powder and about 10 ounces of tap water.  I drank one shake before my morning workouts and the other as an afternoon snack a couple of hours before I ate my dinner.  I love the taste of both flavors... and I was really pleased that PlantFusion Vanilla Bean is as tasty as the other other PlantFusion Vanilla Bean powders.  It really is the BEST vanilla flavor of any powders I have tried.

I also found the LEAN to be very filling and it certainly did keep me satisfied for a few hours after drinking it.

PlantFusion LEAN
Chocolate Brownie LEAN

PlantFusion LEAN
Vanilla Bean LEAN

By week 3 I was honestly getting kind of tired of having a shake for my afternoon snack every day so started making my cookie dough mixtures with the LEAN... and ate it greedily!  I also mixed it with Greek yogurt for a change of pace.

One serving of LEAN is larger than most of the other powders I use so I made sure to weigh it on my scale each time to ensure I got the whole 42g.

PlantFusion LEAN

I have not had much experience actually baking with a vegan powder but I did use the Chocolate Brownie LEAN in a mug cake... this was my breakfast today... a cake with a bit of yogurt and some berries on top... YUM!

PlantFusion LEAN

I am sure this will easily see me through my mid-morning run.  Off I go!

If you are looking for a protein powder to support  your weight loss or muscle building efforts, I would certainly recommend you try this PlantFusion LEAN.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Here is something fabulous I want to share with you today....

Nuzest has a terrific giveaway going on till the end of February.  Nuzest is a vegan protein powder that tastes great and mixes well with any liquid you choose.  You can also bake with it!

Check this out!


What is your favorite way to use protein powder in your food plan?

Monday, February 20, 2017

In a Word... Spring!

Yes, there are finally, and definitely, signs of Spring in my neighborhood!

This Winter was a harsh one, relatively speaking. Most years we get a few nights of frost at most, and the odd year, we get some actual snowfall.  This year was really odd, as we had snow on the ground three different times.

Now, for those of you who live where there is real, cold, snowy Winter on a regular basis, that will not mean anything to you.  But here, where most people don't live with snow, they never learn how to drive in it, they don't know how to dress for it, and they don't shovel their sidewalks.  It can be very dangerous to be out and about, and often kind of amusing.

But it is finally gone. No more snow or cold days in the forecast and I am very thankful... our walks are getting longer again and the warmer, sunnier days are luring me outdoors more often.  One day recently we spent some time hunting down signs of Spring in the neighborhood... Normally by the first week of February my city is blanketed in a spectacular show of pink blossoms... we have thousands of flowering plum and cherry trees here... but this year they are just getting started! But we did find some pretty flowers and some sun-bathing ducks.

Hope to see a lot more of these days soon!

How is Spring shaping up in your neighborhood, or are  you still blanketed in snow?

What are you most looking forward to in the Spring?

Sunday, January 22, 2017

A Book Review.... SUPERLIFE by Darin Olien

I am a voracious reader of anything and everything nutrition or fitness related. When I was given the opportunity to receive a free copy of Darin Olien's book, Superlife, I eagerly accepted.   It has been a most interesting read, I can assure you.

Darin Olien holds a BA in exercise physiology and nutrition, and an MA in psychology.  One of his more notable accomplishments was partnering with Beachbody to formulate the popular whole-food supplement called Shakeology, and the comprehensive plant-based Ultimate Reset 21-day detox program.  Just to make it clear, that I have no Beachbody affiliation and did not know this when I opted to read and review the book.

So... what does Darin have to say about a Superlife?

He puts forth the theory that we can maximize our body's natural potential by focusing on five simple forces... Quality Nutrition, Hydration, Detoxification, Oxygenation, and Alkalization... that determine whether we will be fit, healthy, and free of illness.

Having travelled the world, doing research and exploring the health properties of various foods that have sustained indigenous cultures for centuries, he explains in an easy-to-read manner how to use these foods and practices to maintain healthy weight, prevent serious illnesses, and feel great.

The book is full of simple ideas and easy-to-follow to-do lists and guides to putting his ideas into everyday practice.  He explains each of the five forces... what it is and why it is important, and then tells us how to go about applying it to our own lives on a daily basis.

And, finally, he gives advice about how to purge and re-stock our pantries and kitchens, and offers a simple eating plan with some recipes, and finally, daily tips to help along the way.

It is a terrific read for anyone interested in nutrition and healthy living. It is packed with useful information and tips that are practical and easy to apply.  I have already put some new ideas into place in my own household.

You can purchase a copy for yourself at Harper Collins online.  And you can learn more about the author, Darin Olien on his website.

Although I was given a copy of this book for review purposed, all opinons are my own.

What about you?  Do you like to read about nutrition and healthy living?