Hi, friends! I hope you’ve been having a great week! It’s about that time to share a few favorites that have been making me happy lately, and there’s a giveaway in here for you too, for one of my favorite plant-based protein powders. Let’s get right to it …
Vega Protein & Greens Giveaway
I didn’t really drink many protein shakes or use protein powder while pregnant, because I was totally averse to the thought of it — something about powder made me want to gag. So I’m glad to say that I’m loving the occasional protein shake after a tough resistance workout these days.
Right now, I’m all over the Vega line of products, which are entirely vegan and plant-based and made from whole foods. Vega was created by an ultra-athlete who wanted something healthier and more natural to fuel his serious fitness endeavors, and that’s a mission I can get behind.
My current favorite is the Protein & Greens, because it not only has 20 grams of pea protein per serving, but it also has a ton of leafy green vegetables to help you fit another serving of the good stuff in when you drink it. I also love the Vega Sport protein powder too, which has a lot more performance-based additions, and we’ll talk about that one soon.
One lucky winner will get a tub of the Protein & Greens in your preferred flavor. Chocolate is the best, if you ask me!
To enter: Leave a comment on this blog post. I’ll choose a winner randomly from the comments. And your email will not be shared publicly, but you have to enter it into the fields in order for your comment to show. You can access the comments at the bottom of this post, but you must click on the actual post name to get to the bottom; you can’t see the comments when you are only on the home page of aladygoeswest.com., in case you are confused.
Rules: The winner needs to reside in the U.S., and the giveaway will close on Wednesday, March 28. You must also be following A Lady Goes West on Facebook and/or Instagram to win, so make sure you’re following there.
By the way, I’m also giving away a tub over on Instagram, so you have two chances to win if you head there too. Thanks to the Vega team for providing the product for the giveaways and to me!
Delicious and colorful lunches and snacks
You guys know that I usually eat the same lunch most weekdays, then switch it up the following week. Well, this week, I was the queen of variety.
Cauliflower crust pizza from Trader Joe’s
Cauliflower crust pizza topped with basil, red sauce and turmeric was back in my life one of the days, and I paired it with sauerkraut and eggs, and somehow that combo worked.
The cauliflower crust is from Trader Joe’s, and it’s pretty good, but you need to cook it way longer than the package says in order for it to crisp up properly.
Broccoli and hummus from Lantana
I also ate a lot of greens and downed this lunch of broccoli, sauerkraut, eggs and a new-to-me hummus from Lantana Foods that was sent to me (you can find it at most major groceries). This red pepper hummus is made from edamame and beans, and it was so good! It was the perfect dipping addition to my plate.
So oftentimes, I’ll get my lunch all ready to eat and then Brady will need something, so the lunch just sits there waiting for me. I actually don’t mind eating cold food at all, because I’m so used to it by now. Well, then there’s cold broccoli …
As much as I love broccoli, it is NOT enjoyable cold, so I probably will not be cooking a lot of it in the near future, just in case, while Brady is still a needy little man (who also happens to be very cute and snuggly).
Walnut chorizo salad from Project Juice
And I even got out of the house.
The following lunch was enjoyed away from home, when I took Brady on a little date to Berkeley to hit up Project Juice. I got the chance to try some items from the new grab-and-go spring menu, and I am a big fan of the walnut chorizo salad shown here.
The chopped-up walnuts made the perfect crunch, and it was full of plant-based protein with quinoa too — I enjoyed it with a green kombucha, of course. Thanks to the folks at Project Juice, who were kind enough to host me to try out the new items.
Seed & bean medley from Trader Joe’s
When it comes to snacks, I’ve also been switching things up.
Last week, I made an impulse purchase at Trader Joe’s and was so glad I did. This seed and bean medley is totally fabulous. While it doesn’t sound very appetizing in the name, the mixture of salted and roasted pumpkin seeds, corn, chickpeas, edamame and fava beans is addicting.
I’m embarrassed to say that I finished the bag in two days. But there, I said it. So good! I’ll be getting it again, and I’ll try to make the next bag last a little longer.
Yay for food! I had a ton of healthy meals every day this week, with peanut butter and banana topped sprouted toast for breakfast each morning, but I also had room for some treats as well. No pictures of the treats are shown, but you can believe they were there. I hope you had some too!
Weekly workout recap at 23 weeks postpartum
We’re changing things up, and I’ve got a weekly workout recap for you from last week.
- Monday: 1-hour stroller boot camp, 9:15 a.m.
- Tuesday: Took 1-hour barre class, 2 p.m.
- Wednesday: 30 minutes of CXWORX at home, 12 p.m.
- Thursday: 1-hour walk, 10 a.m. (active rest day)
- Friday: 30 minutes of BODYPUMP at home, 11 a.m.
- Saturday: Taught 1-hour Bootybarre class, 11 a.m.
- Sunday: 25-minute full-body weights workout, 1 p.m.
It was a full one, and a good one, with three sessions of weights, which is always my goal.
My favorite workout of the week was attending a stroller boot camp in a park in Danville on Monday morning. We used resistance bands and the park’s environment to work the whole body with strength moves and cardio, and of course, we had our strollers/babies in tow. It’s so nice to get in a good sweat session away from home with Brady by my side. And my second favorite workout was teaching my own class on Saturday, of course. 🙂
Birthday photo-shoot fun
I just had to share this one, although it is unrelated to fitness and to food.
Yesterday was my older brother’s birthday, and so I figured I’d send him a birthday greeting card from Brady. Well, Brady had other plans. In fact, our simple photo-shoot turned into about 15 outtakes, which then became a collage. He wanted to eat the sign …
Good times were had by all.
Best reads from around the web …
I don’t have as much time to read other blogs or sites these days, that’s for sure, but here are a few stand-outs from the week …
- Snacks: You guys know I’m all about tahini, and these tahini-filled bites sound great.
- Products: I’ve mentioned my love of The Skinny Confidential Him & Her podcast in my round-up of my favorite podcasts, and a recent episode featured all of Lauryn’s favorite things, and it’s also a blog post with links. There are some winners on this product list that I want to buy, like the time cube and the foundation.
- Pregnancy: I enjoyed this post from a yoga instructor and mom-to-be about prenatal yoga. I loved doing prenatal yoga at home and did it religiously my third trimester.
- Nutrition: This is a long article, but it’s a good one with super straightforward answers on all things food.
And here’s why I don’t have as much time to read alllllllll the articles, like I used to …
So tiny, but not very helpful when it comes to blogging.
Favorite A Lady Goes West archives
Some older posts on the blog that may be worth a second look, if you’re aiming to kill some time …
- This one from earlier in the week was a fun one to write, as I took a walk down memory lane … “Five health, fitness and food-related things I never do anymore.“
- Power-walking is the new running. Not really, but power-walking can be tough. Here’s an Orangetheory-inspired routine to try if you’re in need of some cardio … “25-minute power-walking treadmill workout.“
- Wondering what Bootybarre is like? … “Class review: The Bootybarre workout.“
That’ll do it for today, my friends!
This weekend is going to be another simple one. I’ll be teaching Bootybarre and soaking up some time with the boys, as Dave will be gone next weekend. Have a great couple of days, and I’ll see you on Instagram until we meet back here again. 🙂Favorites, healthy lunches and a protein powder giveaway on A Lady Goes West ... Click To Tweet
Questions of the day
What are you up to this weekend?
What’s a favorite thing that you’re loving lately?
What flavor of protein powder would you like to try?
P.S. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway by commenting!