Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Premier Protein Bars

When I was given the opportunity to try these gluten-free PREMIER PROTEIN bars through my association with FitFluential I eagerly jumped at the chance.

I have been a longtime fan of PREMIER PROTEIN and whenever they begin marketing a new product in Canada I am on board. These new high protein bars are now available at Costco stores throughout the country.  I was really excited when I got my hands on this box last week.


When I opened the box I was happily surprised to find good sized, hefty bars inside.  They weigh about 72g (2-1/2 ounces) each, and at 280 - 290 calories, they are definitely not a snack bar!

These PREMIER PROTEIN bars are meant to be eaten when you have missed a meal, or want a great high-protein refuel after a workout, or need something substantial to tide you over till your next meal.  

Each bar contains 30g of healthy protein and 3 g of fibre and they are also a pretty good source of calcium. And I must repeat... they are gluten-free.  They are also relatively low in fat and carbs.  I am all about the protein these days and I know many of you are as well.

My biggest dilemma was which one to try first... just look at these terrific flavors!


Dark Chocolate Mint

Chocolate Peanut Butter

Yogurt Peanut Crunch

Eventually I chose the Dark Mint Chocolate to try first... and I shared it with The Captain after a recent morning run. We came in and stretched, then drank some water and we both felt like we needed a little something to eat, so I unwrapped a bar and split it in half and we shared it.


I loved this bar! It is a nice, dark chocolate with a light mint flavor. Not too sweet. And I really like the crunch.  Made me feel like I was eating something substantial... and even with sharing it I was still getting in 15g of protein.

The next bar I tasted was the Yogurt Peanut Crunch.  The Captain and I hit a local mall to do some shopping late one morning so I tossed a bar into my purse  before we left home as I know The Captain's penchant for mall Chinese food at lunchtime... me not so much.  The Yogurt Peanut Crunch bar made a good filling lunch for me, and I thoroughly enjoyed nibbling it,  along with a cup of steaming hot chai tea.  I had something slightly sweet and crunchy to enjoy and was not the least tempted by any of the mall fast food outlets.  


The Yogurt Peanut Cruch bar has a white yogurty coating and a very light peanut flavor.  Nice. And it kept me satisfied for several hours, too.  That is important.

So, that left the Chocolate Peanut Butter bar... did I leave the best for last?  Mmmm.  Yup, I think so! We like to walk to the beach, and from our place, we can go three different directions and be on a lovely beach in about 20 minutes so it is one of our favorite activities on a nice day.  I tucked a bar into my pocket before we left on our walk... it made a lovely snack to share as we sat on a log and relaxed in the sunshine while soaking up the fresh salt air.  Mmmm.


Definitely a good combination of chocolate and peanut butter - if that is your jam, then THIS is your bar!

I have since discovered that these PREMIER PROTEIN bars also work for me very nicely when I want a little taste of something sweet... I just cut a bar into 4 pieces and nibble on one of them, putting the rest away for another time.  I get to enjoy a crunchy and delicious treat, knowing that I am giving myself something that is not packed full of fat or sugar, and has lots of protein to keep me satisfied... no sugar rush and ensuing crash!

So, whether having a bar as a meal replacement, or an after-workout refuelling snack, or even as a bit of sweet-tasting treat, these PREMIER PROTEIN bars do fit into my lifestyle very easily.

Remember, if you are in Canada, you can now purchase these PREMIER PROTEIN bars at Costco locations across the country.

Which of the three flavors sounds the yummiest to you?

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Nanami Green Tea #7daydrinkgreen Challenge

I was recently given an opportunity to sample Nanami  Green Tea through my association with FitFluential.  These are organic geen teas from the Kyoto region in Japan.

I was given the Nanami Zen Set, made up of 4 different organic green teas, along with a tea brewing guide, and asked to take part in a #7daydrinkgreen challenge.  This challenge involves giving up soda and sugary drinks in favor of water and the Nanami Green Teas for 7 days.  I eagerly accepted.  I never drink sugary drinks anyway and knew I could easily forego soda in favor of green tea for at least the required 7 days.


My experience with green tea is very limited.  I do occasionally enjoy Matcha powder and have done a bit of experimenting with it.  But I admit... most of the green tea I have drunk has come in the form of a tea bag, so all of these exotic looking tea leaves seemed a bit intimidating.

I started the #7daydrinkgreen challenge on Sunday, April 9th.  The first thing I did was to read throught the brewing guide from start to finish, and learned about the 4 different teas in the Nanami Zen Set and when and how to brew and enjoy them.

The first tea I decided to try is called SENCHA.  Nanami Green Tea says that it is high in caffeine with a fesh, lively flavor.  They suggest you use it for pre/post workouts because it provides an energy burst.  I chose to have it mid-morning when I might normally go for a cup of coffee.  I was quite surprised at the lovely bright green color of the leaves.


And the taste? It is very refreshing... and it tastes and smells green, too.

I chose to try the MATCHA for my second tea sampling. I am familiar with Matcha tea so I decided to make a Matcha Latte to enjoy in the afternoon as a snack.


I put just less than a teaspoonful of the Matcha tea powder into a mug, and added about an ounce of very hot water and stirred it to make a paste.  Then I added about a cup of  unsweetened almond milk that I had heated to steaming in the microwave oven... a bit of stevia and it was done.

This is definitely going to become an afternoon favorite and The Captain really liked it too. There is more caffein in this variety.  It is a versatile powder that can be added to smoothies or nice cream or even just stirred into yogurt. And I understand that some people like to stir Matcha tea powder into sauces and baked goods, too.  And it is high in antioxidants.

Apparently this is also good as an iced, cold drink... I have yet to try it but will be doing that soon.

The GENMAICHA tea leaves are blended with roasted organic brown rice.


Nanami Green Tea suggests that the Genmaicha tea can be drunk before meals in order to suppress one's appetite. I admit to enjoying it any time of the day.   It is low in caffeine and so we can also enjoy it in the evening without any concerns about sleep interruption.

And the HOJICHA has become my favorite. 


It is somewhat nutty tasting.  I love that it is lower in caffeine and it brews up into a beautiful carmel color... actually has a slight carmel taste, too.


I have been brewing the Hojicha tea in my French Press so that I can enjoy the color... what I really need, is a set of clear glass tea cups... I think the visual appeal of these teas really adds to the enjoyment of the tea experience.  This tea is lower in caffeine too.

And so my #7daydrinkgreen challenge has come to an end... but not my enjoyment of these Nanami Green Teas.  I plan to keep using them and broaden my green tea horizons and knowledge.

The Nanami Zen Set included four types of organic green designed to power up and support your daily activity.  Organic certified.  Calorie-free.  Sugar-free.  All natural. From Uji Kyoto, Japan.

If you are interested in learning more, and trying Nanami Green Tea yourself, do follow this link to their web site.  And use coupon code EATRUNSAIL15 for a 15% discount on any purchases you make.  This code has been provided by Nanami Green Tea for readers of my blog only. I will not profit in any way from your use of the code.

Are you a tea fan, too? What is your favorite?

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Wimp Goes Running... Really!

I admit to being a real wimp when it comes to damp, cool weather.   I really dislike running when it is cold or when it is raining.

Now, I can be cajoled into putting on a fleece jacket under my rain coat, and pulling on some boots, and gloves and an earband, and then heading out for a walk... but run, rarely.  I am pretty sure know this is what keeps me for signing up for a Spring race. I do not want to train in wet and cool weather... and what would I do if it actually rained on race day? Likely Certainly forfeit and stay home.  Just being honest here.

The one Spring half marathon I did actually train for from January to May was took place on a lovely warm May morning, and I was lucky to have trained for it during a particularly mild and dry Winter. Since then, that same race has been rain-soaked every year and I have never been tempted to do it again.  Heck, I don't even go out and spectate!

But this morning I woke up really wanting to run.  It is cool out there, and gloomy, and about 99% humidity - on the VERGE of rain - you can smell it in the air... and I almost talked myself out of it. But I really felt like running... or maybe I just wanted to sample my new nuun flavor...


So I put on a long sleeved Tommie Copper running shirt, and a light hoodie, and a vest, and some gloves, and some full length Tommie Copper tights and off I went.  YAY for me!  I love that my Tommie Copper gear next to my skin makes me feel so toasty and protected.

The Captain opted to come along... I know that the tv will be tuned to the Masters Golf Tournament for the next 4 days so I was quite surprised that he said he wanted to come along. But maybe he felt like getting out there too, so after sharing the nuun, off we went.

It was slow. Slow enough that I did not take any walk breaks. And it was fairly short. But it felt just great to be outside. I love seeing how the neighborhood changes with the weather... flowering fruit trees in full pink and white splendor, bright daffodils in all shades of yellow, and the camelias and azaleas are glorious. That certainly brightens up a gloomy day.  Spring has been very late in coming this year and I am savoring every blossom.

We did a short walk after our run to cool down, and then came inside for a nice long stretch and drank more nuun. Turned out the Citrus Fruit nuun was pretty tasty.  Good thing as I picked up an 8-pack on sale from their site last week.

As a reward for coming along with me today, I selected one of the PREMIER PROTEIN bars that I just received as part of a FitFluential campaign, and cut it in half to share with The Captain. We both really liked the light minty flavor... and the crunch too.  Yum.


I am heading to the shower... quite pleased with my day so far!

Did you run or work out today?

Are you a weather wimp like me or do you just forge ahead and do it anyway?

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?

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Patience... Yeah I am Finally Claiming That Virtue!

I did not make any New Year's resolutions for 2017.  I am always open to new challenges as they present themselves and like to follow up on new ideas and fitness/food trends to see how they fit me so I don't like to lock myself into long-term resolutions.

I was planning to start the 12-week Metabolic Prime workouts again on January 9th along with The Captain. We have been through the program once, and really liked it so thought we would start again, with a large group in a challenge organized by founder Jade Teta... but it was not to be.

A couple of days before the end of the year, I was hit hard by a nasty virus that seems to be going around my city right now.  It has been mostly a head cold, with a non-stop runny nose and a bit of coughing... but more than that, for about 8 or 9 days it left me as weak as a kitten and I could barely sit up for more than a few minutes at a time.  Of course The Captain caught it from me and has been a couple of days behind me in getting over it... some symptoms linger even now.

So, the theme for the month of January has been PATIENCE... never my strong suit. Nope, not me. I have never been one to call this one of my virtues. As a matter of fact, I always like to say that my older sister got it all and there was none left for me.  She has it in abundance... to the point of being annoying at times.

But I am quite pleased to report that it is something that I have learned... through no choice of my own... these past few weeks.

In the past, on the very rare occasions when I have been ill, I have always just chomped at the bit to get back to my normal activities and pushed myself to my physical limits at times, to get back to running, to working out, to get on with my daily activities.  But not this time.  I allowed myself to rest, to sleep, to watch endless hours of Downton Abbey on the television... and to sleep some more.

And I think it has been really good for me to take the time I needed both physically and mentally to get over the illness.

I have been paying attention to the signals my body is sending and being really mindful of how I am feeling and reacting.

When I started to feel better, I began reading some nutrition books by a Canadian trainer named Harley Pasternak, and found that his food and exercise philosophy suits me quite well.  It is mostly common sense I think.   I have been making sure to give my body the proper nutrition and fuel it requires.

And I began very slowly with my exercise again... from having no stamina to doing some short outdoor walks when it has been warm enough.... some more vigorous indoor walking and stretching and lower body work with just body weight so far on colder days.

And I am ready to begin the Metabolic Prime workouts again.. or will be by Monday... so only a week behind the group.  And I will approach it gently but with enthusiasm.

What kind of start has your new year had?

Any new lessons learned so far?