Swoob and SWEAT!

Do you ever come across a product and think to yourself “DARN they beat me to it?!”? Like you had a really great idea for an invention and then come to find out it’s already been created! Well that is exactly what happened to me when Swoob reached out about trying one of their sports bras out!

Swoob is a company dedicated to empowering women and providing them with functional, fashionable fitness gear that not only works well but feels good on your body! They specialize in making sports bras that allow you to bring everything you need for your workout right along with you!

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For years I’ve been putting my phone in my sports bra to hold it in place while I go on runs so I can listen to music and podcasts. This works well up to a certain point, but as soon as I start sweating the phone starts to shift, bounce around , and basically fall out of my shirt. Not something you want to be worried about when you’re trying to mentally get into a run!

But Swoob totally remedies that problem with their awesome sports bras that have BUILT IN pockets specially sized for your phone or iPod! Pretty cool right?

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swoob1The pocket perfectly fit my iPhone (it was just big enough to stretch around it and just small enough to remain tight and snug so the phone didn’t move around). Another thing I really like about the bra was how thick the fabric was! Definitely high quality material and the band around my chest so durable and sturdy! It provided extra support to manage the added weight of my phone!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe bra is also really soft and comfortable! No weird rubbing or itching whatsoever! I really appreciated this because certain fabrics really irritate my skin, especially when I start sweating in them. Plus, I LOVE THE COLOR!

As one final test of my new Swoob bra, I knew I wanted to try a really high energy workout to see if the phone would stay in place throughout! So I designed this cardio and strength circuit to test it out! Lots of jumping and movement to really experiment with the bra’s holding capabilities!

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The result? The bra worked great! My phone stayed in place which allowed me to listen to a podcast during the whole workout. So definitely giving Swoob two thumbs up for use during running and strength/cardio workouts!

Big thanks to Swoob for sending me one of their products to review! I guess I’ll forgive you for stealing my idea ;)

Let me know if you try the circuit workout out! It’s a good one!

[Edited to add: IF YOU WANT 10% off a purchase of your own Swoob bra...use the code KAILA at checkout!!!]

And now I’ll leave you with some miscellaneous pictures from the past week….

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Have a happy weekend, friends!

Do you listen to anything when you workout?

Where do you usually put your phone/iPod?

Do you own any exercise gear with hidden pockets in it?

Kaila

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WIAW: Everyday Lunch Soup

Happy Hump day from my best girl!

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Three fun foodie things to share before we jump into this week’s WIAW eats round up!

First up some new products from two of my favorite companies!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAmazing Grass recently added two new flavors to both their green superfood line and their greens and protein line! I am a big fan of both as it is (chocolate superfood and the seasonal pumpkin spice and chocolate peppermint flavors are my favorite!), so I was excited to try the new additions!

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Watermelon Energy: I was worried I wouldn’t like this flavor as I am not a huge fan of fresh watermelon, but I was proven wrong! This reminded me of watermelon candy or gum. So fruity and not very ‘green’ tasting at all! It was delicious mixed into one of my green smoothies for a new flavor. I paired it with banana and frozen peaches for a very summery-tasting drink! Plus, I loved that this variety is infused with yerba-mate for a natural energy boost! No coffee needed for me. :)

Tangerine Immunity: LOVED THIS. I am a huge orange fan and I often make orange flavored green smoothies with fresh oranges. Well this powder took it too a whole new level of deliciousness! Not only was the tangerine flavor sweet and citrusy, but very tangy as well! I loved it paired with some rich cocoa powder as a great compliment to the sweetness. Orange and chocolate will always be a match made in heaven in my eyes. Another cool feature about this variety is that it’s made with a blend of mushrooms that boosts immunity and have a TON of antioxidants….but don’t worry, no funny, mushroom taste at all!

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Raw Reserve Chocolate: This reminded me a lot of my favorite Chocolate Superfood powder, so you know I loved it! Except this was actually more chocolatey, and less green tasting than the original Chocolate Superfood. Plus, with the addition of protein, the powder is smoother and more creamy when mixed into liquids! I think the next flavor Amazing Grass needs to attempt is Chocolate Peanut Butter….because they certainly have perfected their chocolate flavored products!

Raw Reserve Vanilla Chai: This tasted like a chai-tea latte! Delicious! I loved all the different spice flavors that come from the chai mixture and they were balanced perfectly with the sweetness of the vanilla. Perfect for mixing with a warm glass of almond milk and making your own at-home, healthy, hot beverage!

Thanks Amazing Grass!

fiberloveMy friends at Fiber Love recently debuted to new flavors of their amazing, soft baked fiber bars! Coconut Macaroon and Apple Pie! I was so excited to get my hands on these as I am big fan of every single one of their other bars….especially Blueberry Cobbler, Carrot Cake, and Orange Cranberry! I like eating them straight out of the freezer…kind of defeating the purpose of them being ‘soft baked’, but it really makes their flavor POP! I knew the two new flavors wouldn’t disappoint.

Apple Pie: Truly tasted like apple pie filling. In fact, crumbling this bar up and putting it on top of an apple pie before baking would probably be INSANELY delicious. You could really taste the cinnamon in this bar and the sweet apple flavor went so well with the nuttiness and heartiness of the grains. I spread this bar with peanut butter and was transported to taste bud heaven.

Coconut Macaroon: Can you believe I’ve never actually had a coconut macaroon? Well, I can tell you with certainty that I’d love them if they taste anything remotely similar to this bar! The coconut flavor was so fresh and tropical tasting and has the perfect amount of sweetness from the other fruits used in the bar.

Thanks Fiber Love! Quality, delicious products as always!

And now for a response to a reader question….

I get questions all the time about my lunches! A while back I addressed how I make my lunch salads, and revealed that my lunches are always pretty standard: salad with protein and veggies, some sort of sandwich/carby component, and a nice bowl of soup on the side! Well a few people have asked me about the soup I eat everyday! It’s no big secret and I actually don’t really follow a recipe….just a simple, ‘throw everything in a pot’ lentil soup that I make a batch of each week to add more staying power to my mid-day meal! Here’s what it usually looks like….

-one bag of red lentils

-1 carton of vegetable broth

-2 28 oz cans of tomato puree

-carrots, celery, onions, garlic, and a bag of frozen collard greens

-lemon juice

-lots of basil and red chili flakes

Easy as that! I mix it all up in a big soup pot, bring to a boil, cook until everything is soft, and then puree the whole thing using my immersion blender! I looooove pureed soups. Especially lentil!

I have a bowl of that everyday, along with my other lunch components! I usually don’t take a picture though because a bowl of brown and red pureed soups is FAR from photogenic. :)

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And now onto some other eats from the past week….

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAcheesy italian crab stuffed mushrooms//roasted broccoli, cauliflower, and parsnips

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAcauliflower-tofu crust pizza with feta and roasted veggies//roasted kabocha

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAhaddock fillet with italian sauteed veggies//homemade tortilla//garnet yam

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAchopped turkey salad//tortilla with banana and peanut butter

SONY DSCtuna salad on crackers//garnet yam

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAthai peanut salmon rice noodles//toast with feta and tomato//roasted veggies

IMG_4996sprouted lentil-cabbage-kale salad//black rice tortilla with laughing cow and pumpkin butter

IMG_4997japanese sweet potato with laughing cow//power bowl with Cafe Mocha Amazing Grass

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAtoasted plain bagel//spaghetti squash with marinara-veggie sauce and a chopped turkey burger

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAsalmon salad//corn tortilla with humus and cucumber

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERApower bowl//matzah with cream cheese and cucumber

IMG_5053japanese sweet potato//laughing cow//toasted scuffin//cucumber with thai peanut dip

Lots of potato loving this week apparently!! They’ve been extra delicious lately! :) Other than that…I have just been just eating much of the same for the past few weeks (sorry for the boring WIAWs)…although it all tastes delicious, I can’t wait till this semester is over and I have some time to dedicate to being more creative with my meals. But for now, convenience and cravings are winning out!

Have you ever tried Amazing Grass or Fiber Love products?

What’s your favorite type of soup?

Is there a certain meal that’s pretty much the same for you everyday? Or at least the same basic components?

Kaila

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