August Fit Snack Box Unboxing

 

Hi Femme Fitale Family – it’s that time again – I am sharing an unboxing of the August Fit Snack Box.  This box did not disappoint and I have more healthy snacks to share with family and co-workers.

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August Fit Snack Box

 

As I’ve posted in my previous unboxing posts, these boxes are a monthly subscription with enough goodies to share with many people so don’t be greedy and keep everything to yourself.  Also, Fit Snack donates a portion of their proceeds to Feeding America.  That is really cool and I love to support companies that give back.

You can set up your subscription to receive snacks month-to-month, 3 months, 6 months or 12 months.  If you subscribe for 12 months you get an extra box free. With any of these subscriptions you also get a FREE gym bag with your initial order.  I think that is very cool.

August Fit Snack Box Aerial view

 


It took me a minute to open this box because I wanted to make sure either my family was out of the house or asleep.  Ya know why?  Because they will start grabbing things out of the box before I know it and you guys will be short with seeing all the contents in the box.  LOL.

If at any time you want more information about any of these snacks simply click on the photo or the name of the snack to get more details.

Core Awakening Yoga Flow

They always share a workout of the month and August was no different.  This month they share a yoga flow to awaken our core.  I haven’t tried it yet but I definitely plan to.

Fit Snack Information Sheet

As always you can always find all that came in the box on the opposite side of the card.  It also often contains discount codes and specials too.  I love that.

Blueberry Granola Crisp Recipe

Check this out, they also included this delicious looking blueberry granola crisp recipe in the box by one of the featured brands – Purely Elizabeth.  This is definitely on my “do try” list.

Now let’s dig into this box.


 

 

 

YummySnacks

 

YummySnacks Cheddar flavored protein chips were a delicious filling snack as I sat and watched movies on Saturday  night.  The taste really kept me coming back.  If you are cheese lover you will enjoy these.

Veggie Elite Performance Protein

Veggie Elite Performance Protein is one to try.  It works with plain water or almond milk so I plan to try this before a run to see how well it fuels.

 

Purely Elizabeth Granola

Purely Elizabeth Granola – Pumpkin Fig is an organic brand of granola made with ancient grains like quinoa, amaranth, and chia.  It can be challenging to find delicious granola not packed with a bunch of sugar but this brand does a pretty good job of limiting the sugar content.

 

Runa Clean Energy Drink

Runa Clean Energy – Orange Passion drink has no sugar added and is powered by Guayusa.  It is supposed to be a perfect balance between sweet, citrus and tart so I am looking forward to trying this, especially when it only contains 10 calories.

 

Trophy Farms

Trophy Farms – Almonds are a perfect snack especially when you start feeling the mid-afternoon slumps.  Last month this box had the peanuts so I love the way they are keeping it going showing off the other nuts Trophy Farms offers.

 

Morning Sunshine Cookie

Morning Sunshine Cookie is a high protein, high fiber cookie that is heavy and thick too.  Since this cookie is made of clean ingredients with high nutritional value, this takes the guilt out of eating cookies.  I can’t wait to try it as it seems perfect for breakfast.

 

 

Love Grown Foods

Love Grown Foods – Power O’s is a cereal made with beans vs. wheat or corn.  It has all types of beans in it too like navy as well as lentils.  I served it to my son for breakfast and he could taste the difference.  He wasn’t that thrilled but then again he is a majorly picky eater.  If you have wheat intolerances, this could be the right alternative for you.

 

 

Kutoa

Kutoa Nutritional Bar is on a serious mission to empower change via health.  This bar is gluten and soy free, vegan and non-GMO and for every bar you purchase, they feed a hungry child.  Great mission and purpose.

 

Don't Go Nuts Chocolate Soybean Dip

Don’t Go Nuts Dips is made from soybeans so they are dairy free, gluten free, nut-free, non-GMO and a delicious dip for pretzels, crackers or sliced apples.  My daughter is going to love this.

 

Balance Bare Nutritional Energy Bar

Balance Bare Bar is a perfect snack for bar lovers who want naturally energizing ingredients like real fruit, whole foods and nuts.  If you need a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack, this nutrition energy bar should do the trick.

And those are the goodies that came in the August Fit Snack Box.  Ready to get your own box?  Then click  the JOIN TODAY button below and let me know what you think of it when you get it by tagging me on Instagram @FemmeFitaleFitClub as well as @FitSnack.

Have you ever tried any of these snacks before?

If so what did you think?

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Meal Mondays: Shrimp Zoodles Pesto

Shrimp Zoodles Pesto

Hey Femme Fitale Family!!!  I am super duper excited about sharing this recipe with you all.  I was inspired to make this recipe when I found a one-pot zucchini pasta recipe on the “Making Thyme For Health” blog site.  It looked so good and I had some ideas of how to make it my own so I did.  I shared it on Instagram and Facebook and the crowd went wild asking for the recipe so here it is and I hope you enjoy it.  If you make it hit me up on Instagram by tagging me @FemmeFitaleFitClub

I won a Paderno Spiralizer in a giveaway by Urban Naturale.  To date it is THE best prize I ever won in a giveway.  Check her out at http://urbannaturale.com/ as she always hosts fun giveaways.

The Shrimp Zoodles Pesto recipe is easy, quick, gluten-free and no carb.

Ingredients

  • 2 zucchini spiralized
  • 2 TB olive oil
  • 1 pound shrimp deveined and shelled
  • 4 garlic cloves diced (I love garlic)
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 1 red onion sliced
  • 2 ears of corn with kernels cut from the cob
  • Knorr Pesto seasoning
  • Salt to taste
  • Red pepper flakes to taste
  • Black pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Spiralize your zucchini and set aside

Spiralized zucchini

  1. Gather your spices
  2. Follow packet instructions to make the pesto sauce and set aside
  3. Pour 1 TB of olive oil in pan and heat
  4. Saute your onion, garlic, corn and tomatoes until heated through and fragrant remove from pan and set aside

Pan with 1TB olive oil, onions, corn, red onion and garlic

  • Add another 1 TB of olive oil to pan and saute your shrimp until opaque and pink and remove from pan

Sauteed shrimp

  • Add zoodles to pan and saute for about 5 minutes

Zucchini noodles

  • Add all ingredients to the pan including pesto sauce and cook until well heated through

Shrimp Zoodles Pesto cooking in the pot

  • Plate, serve and enjoy!

Final plate - Shrimp Zoodles Pesto

Bon Appetite

Have you ever made zoodles before?  

Which vegetable do you use most?

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No Sugar In September Challenge

No Sugar In September challenge

Hey Fitness Family!!

Can you believe the Summer is ending and the kids are either back in school or headed back in another week or so?  It’s all good because we can all get excited about the Fall season and all of the amazingness that comes with it like:

  • Pumpkin picking
  • Trick or Treating
  • Thanksgiving Feast
  • Beautiful Fall colors

And for many of you FOOTBALL!

While all of that is going on we will also be FALLING BACK ON TRACK with the new September challenge called “No Sugar In September” Challenge (#NSIS).

This is YOUR time and this challenge is all about YOU!  Added sugar is everywhere and added to everything so we all have to be vigilant about reading labels and recognizing the fancy smancy words that really scream “SUGAR”!

That’s where this challenge is going to help you.  We are saying challenging you and ourselves to do away with ADDED and ARTIFICIAL sugar and saying yes to whole foods, naturally sweetened with natural occurring sugar.

This challenge won’t be easy and you may want to STOP early on or in the middle but stick with it.  Trust me it will be worth it.

Here are the general rules:

  • On 8/30 or 8/31 measure your chest, waist and hips and record the measurements
  • On 8/30 or 8/31 go through your pantry and refrigerator and haul away any and all processed foods with an overload of sugar
  • On 9/1 the challenge begins so follow your daily prompts on your #NSIS calendar (below)
  • Print off your list of sweeteners that are and are not allowed (below)
  • Print off your daily #NSIS prompt calendar and post somewhere highly visible by you (bathroom mirror, refrigerator door) (below)
  • Keep forgetting what is on the DO NOT eat list – check back here frequently for the rules
  • Stay consistent and mindful of food you are eating and its sugar content
  • Aim to consume no more than 20 grams to 25 grams of sugar daily
  • Showcase your food choices on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with hashtag #NSIS so we can find and encourage you
  • On 9/30 measure your chest, waist and hips and record the measurements
  • On 9/30 YOU DID IT and CELEBRATE by treating yourself to something special like a massage, facial, pedicure, shopping (because you will need a smaller dress size) or a weekend family trip.

Suggestions for success:

  • Join our Femme Fitale Fit Club online accountability PRIVATE Facebook group to help you stay on track.
  • Get your family involved and encourage the entire family to consume less sugar-ladened food
  • Purchase organic, non-GMO and healthy snacks for the family such as salt-free popcorn (or pop your own), apple slices, nut butter, dried fruit (in moderation), fresh cut fruit or fruit salad, vegetable sticks.
  • Order your own Snack Sack subscription box and use promo code FEMME10 to get 10% off
  • Order your own Farmivore Juice & Blending Box and use promo code FEMFREE to get 50% off your first box

What you can expect during and after this challenge:

  • Motivating words and coaching from moi (make sure you join our private group because that is where most of this magic will happen)
  • Clearer skin
  • Decreased sugar cravings
  • Inches lost around your chest, waist and hips

No Sugar In September Challenge Rules

Download the official rules here ——->No Sugar In September Challenge

 

No Sugar In September Challenge Accountability Calendar

Grab your #NSIS calendar here ——-> No Sugar In September Challenge Accountability Calendar

They say it takes 21 days to to start a new habit and this new habit right here may be just what the doctor ordered especially right before the craziness and plethora of sweet treats at Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

This is the BEST time to set such a goal and challenge yourself.  You will get a HEAD start on everyone else.  :-)

Join our challenge and encourage your family, friends, acquaintances and co-workers to join too because the more the merrier!!

Bookmark this post for easy reference.  Can’t wait to see the slimmer, trimmer challengers at the end of this challenge.  WE CAN DO IT!  Let’s GO.

Which part of this challenge do you think will be the biggest hurdle for you?

How do you plan to overcome it?

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August Snack Sack Box Unboxing

Snack Sack Subscription Box cover

 

Disclaimer: I was sent a complimentary Snack Sack Box to write an honest review. As always, all opinions, thoughts, suggestions, and recommendations are my very own. In other words, I’m going to keep it real regardless.  :-)

Hey Fitness Family!  You guessed it, I unboxed the August Snack Sack box and I am really excited about it.  It was HEAVY!!!!  The snacks were amazing and I don’t want to hold you up any longer, check out what came in the box.

About the company

Snack Sack is a subscription box delivery service based in Colorado.  They scour the Earth to find nutrient dense, fair trade, non-GMO, organic and gluten-free snacks for its customers.  Each box has enough snacks and goodies in it to either keep for yourself or share with a crowd such as in your office, amateur sports league or movie night at the house.

Check them out on FACEBOOK @SnackSack, TWITTER @GetSnackSack, or INSTAGRAM @GetSnackSack.

Real Quick – How the service works

As with many subscription box services there are several plans to select from for delivery.  You can go month-to-month OR choose to subsribe for several months and have snacks delivered several times within that month.  I have not seen that before and if you have greedy gremlins at home or in the office, getting a snack box multiple times a month for 3 or more months may just be right for you.  You can read more about their plans HERE.

Snack Sack Information Card

 


 

That's It Bar

That’s It Bar – Apple Pineapple

 

Tasty Organic Fruit Snack

Tasty Organic Fruit Snack

 

SolSimple Organic Mango

Sol Simple Organic Mangos

Mediterranean Snacks Veggie Straws

Mediterranean Snacks – Veggie Medley Straws

 

 

Keenwah Quinoa Puffs

Keenwah Quinoa Puffs – Aged Cheddar

 

Health Warrior Chia Bar

Health Warrior Chia Bar – Chocolate Peanut Butter

Chinook Seedery Sunflower Seeds

Chinook Seedery – Hatch Green Chile flavor

Cabo Chips Mango Lime

Cabo Chips – Mango Chili Lime

 

Barnnana

Barnana Chewy Organic Banana Bites – Organic Apple Cinnamon flavor

 

Veggie Gos Tropikale

Tropikale Veggie Go’s

 

YummySnack

Yummy Health Snacks – Pizza Flavor

 

This Bar Saves Lives

This Bar Saves Lives – Wild Blueberry Pistachio

August Snack Sack Information Card

 


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The amazing team at Snack Sack would love for you to try their snack box so for a limited time they are offering a 10% discount off the first box to my readers with promo code FEMME10.  I think that’s a pretty neat deal so head on over and try it.  I do not think you will be disappointed.

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Which snack would you want to try first from the August box?

 

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Workout Wednesday – How Many Times

There’s the age old question, how many times do you workout a week.  I say workout as much as you have the energy for but in all seriousness, make sure your activity level changes from day to day.  You can’t go 200% EVERY day – your body needs time to recover and heal.  With that said….I’m sharing my main weights workout this week.

I’m also sharing my playlist (WARNING the lyrics will have you amped but they are a little ratchet) but I think you will enjoy it.  This music gets me especially amped for outdoor runs.

Fear Stops You

 

Check out my special playlist (no judgement please).  :-)

Now on to this harcore workout.  You only need hand weights, rowing machine and DETERMINATION!

Equipment needed:

  • Rowing machine
  • Hand weights
  • Towel
  • Water

How Many Times Workout

 

Print Here —>How Many Times Workout

Disclaimer:  This workout was created for me and my fitness level by my certified personal trainer.  Participate at your own risk and Femme Fitale Fit Club is not responsible for injury, loss of limb or life due to your participation.

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Featured Fitale Jessica Ouimet

 

Jessica Ouimet - Girls Journey to Healthy Divahood

FFFC:  Please introduce yourself to our readers (i.e. your name, occupation, hobbies, etc.).

JO:  My name is Jessica, I am 34 years old and just recently was able to become a stay at home mom and wife.  We have a 7 year old girl who I now get to do lots of activities with because I stay home.  A lot of my hobbies are things my daughter participates in as I am active in her activities.  Girl Scouts, I volunteer with her troop the girls just bridged to Brownies at the beginning of summer, I am a soccer mom now, and my daughter just started martial arts.  This is something I may try myself! I also am starting up a blog of my own to go along with my Facebook page.

FFFC:  What sparked your weight-loss transformation journey?

JO:  Well I had two separate weight loss journeys.  The first one was a lot different from this one now. When I was 21 years old I weighed 506 lbs. and had horrible health.  I had high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and severe edema (swelling).  So I had gastric bypass surgery, but gained it all back after losing 250 lbs. in two years.  I was not taught how to use that surgery as a tool.

Now my second journey started around 2012, and I was mom to an active 3 year old and I feared taking her to the park alone because if she ran off I would not be able to catch her.  I also wanted to set a good example for her.

FFFC:  What was your beginning and current weight or measurements?

JO:  My beginning weight in 2012 was 471 lbs.

Jessica Ouimet - Girls Journey to Healthy Divahood

FFFC:  How long did it take for your weight-loss transformation from beginning to end?

So far we are at 3 years, this was with a lot of starting and stopping and even regaining 30 lbs. in between.

FFFC:  What physical activities did you participate in during your journey?

JO:  I have tried out a few different things, I did a boot camp with 24 hour fitness a few times, and that was fun! I tried my hand at Zumba, I enjoy it if it is the right instructor but not something I do often.  I even did my first and maybe my last 5K.  I got a huge blister on my foot that put me out of commission for like 2 weeks after! I don’t love walking that much.  Haha I love going to the gym, never in a million years would I have ever thought I would say that.  At the gym though I do cardio with the elliptical and then hit the weights.  Lastly this summer I got a lot of swimming in with my Best Friend and my daughter.

Jessica Ouimet - Girls Journey to Healthy Divahood

FFFC:  How did your eating habits change? 

JO:  They have changed a lot! Fast food is a rare occasion, as well as pizza.  We rarely have pastas for side dishes, and we eat off smaller plates.  It was something I liked doing when I first started off to trick my mind into thinking I had a lot more food than I really did.  All in all though my portion sizes have come back to normal and I recognize when I want to eat emotionally.

FFFC:  What do you typically eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

JO:  Eggs! Oh if I could have eggs for breakfast, lunch, and dinner…I would.  Haha!  Really though I tend to have a banana and almonds before I go to the gym, then eggs for post workout, it could be eggs on toast, or hard boiled eggs, or eggs scramble with fire roasted onions and peppers, etc.  I usually call this my lunch because it’s around 11 that I eat it, so then in between I have snack, usually a fruit or veggie, sometimes popcorn or cheese stick, then dinner; this varies but dinner is something that is harder for me because I have to make 3 people happy, myself, hubby, and daughter.  Hubby is easy, he eats whatever I make, and daughter is a lot harder! LOL It can be chicken tenderloins and veggies or a chicken teriyaki over rice, tacos, spaghetti, we tend to cook with chicken tenderloins and ground turkey for meats.  So really it varies.

FFFC:  What is your favorite fitness activity?

JO:  I love the elliptical, and I would normally say swimming is my favorite, but I don’t sweat when I swim or I cannot tell I am, so the elliptical gives me that major sweat that makes me feel fan-freaking-tastic!

Jessica Ouimet - Girls Journey to Healthy Divahood

FFFC:  What do you do now to maintain your physique?

JO:  Currently I am not trying to maintain it I am trying to change it, but I just try to work out 5 days a week doing both cardio and strength training and eating healthier.  You cannot out exercise a bad diet.

FFFC:  How did you develop and sustain the willpower to avoid the bad stuff (i.e. junk food, bad drinks, lack of activity, etc.)?

JO:  I don’t deprive myself.  If I want it I have it, but I have to count it into my fat/carbs/calories.  I have to stay honest with myself. In regards to the bad drinks (diet coke was mine) I replaced it with water and found out that the aspartame in the soda was giving me headaches.

FFFC:  What advice do you have for someone starting out on their weight-loss journey but unsure of how to begin?

JO:  Start out slow!  Do not think you have to do it all at once, pick either food or exercise to start with and once you feel you have a handle on that start introducing the other.  Also do not expect results right away, and take photos and measurements! The number on the scale does not always tell the whole truth! Don’t compare yourself to others, we are all different. Lastly, ENJOY your journey, if you’re not enjoying it you won’t be able to maintain it.

Jessica Ouimet - Girls Journey to Healthy Divahood

FFFC:  What do you think is the biggest misconception about this journey?

JO:  I think that biggest misconception about this journey is that it will take no time at all.  You see people on television lose 200 lbs. in a year, while that can happen most people do not have 6-8 hours a day working out and a lot of people cannot afford personal training.  Rome wasn’t built in a day it takes time and everyone is different.

FFFC:  Do you have any fitness inspirations?  Who are they?

JO:  Yes I do.  I follow a lot of pages on Facebook and one of the people I admire is Ronnie Brower, he has lost over 400 lbs. with just diet and exercise.

I also admire the trainers at my 24 hour fitness.  They are all so kind and nice, while I cannot afford training they have offered help and advice while I am there.  One person in particular has rooted me on and that is Jackie, I was able to do a couple training sessions with her and she helps anyone and everyone that wants the help.  I want to help people like she does.

FFFC:  How can readers learn more about your transformation and journey online (i.e. Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, etc.)?

JO:  Yes, I have my journey on Facebook and the page is called Fat Girls Journey to Healthy Divahood and I am just starting a blog that I will post about on my Facebook page once it is up and running.

Instagram is a new thing for me, but it is @healthydivahood for those who prefer Instagram!

Jessica Ouimet - Girls Journey to Healthy Divahood

 

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