Fit Snack Box Giveaway

It is with GREAT pleasure that Fit Snack and I bring to you a giveaway of a

Fit Snack Box Giveaway

one month Fit Snack Box!!!!

If you have been hanging around this blog for a minute then you know I have been talking about this amazing healthy snack subscription box for a few months.  You can check out my previous reviews HERE and HERE.  You can also read a FULL description about how this healthy & delicious subscription box works HERE.   I am ALSO an affiliate and very proud to be one.

As a special THANK YOU to my awesome readers and supporters, Fit Snack has agreed to host this giveaway with Femme Fitale Fit Club.  To enter is easy, simply complete as many entries in the form below as you can to increase your chances of winning.

 

Fit Snack Contest

 

Here are additional details:  This giveaway starts Friday, March 22, 2015, 3 am ET to Friday, June 6, 2015, 3 am ET.  Must be 18+ and live in the United States or Canada.

Fit Snack Giveaway – by Femme Fitale

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Disclaimer:  Femme Fitale Fit Club is not responsible for fulfillment of prize.  Fit Snack will mail the Fit Snack box to the designated winner.  Giveaway void where prohibited.

 

 



Reebok Memorial Day Sale

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links

Reebok’s Memorial Day Sale is here! When you use code SUMMER25 at checkout between 5/21 and 5/25 you can save 25% site-wide on 2 or more items at Reebok.com. Take note that this offer does not apply to certain items, such as Nano shoes, custom shoes, and work shoes.

Offer: Save 25% on 2 or More Items with Reebok.com’s Memorial Day Sale
Valid: 5/21 – 5/25
Code: SUMMER25
Exclusions: Nano shoes, custom shoes, work shoes

  


Workout Wednesday Link Up #80

I am super excited today.  Not just because it is another week we all get to share our favorite and best content from our blogs, but because I have been working on a few projects and they are now being fully realized.  Thanks to a lot of support from all of you I have launched my own Infusion Water Bottles with Drink Tracker!!!  I am running an Early Bird Special as a way to say “Thank You” to those who are supporting me early on.  I really DO appreciate it.  You can read all about the Infusion Water Bottles with Drink Tracker HERE.

Infusion Water Bottles with Drink Tracker

Infusion Water Bottles with Drink Tracker

On the same note, since I am on a mission to make everyone everyone is fully hydrated throughout the day and night to function optimally – I also came up with these “got water?” t-shirts to remind folks to drink that water.  This is Hydration Nation baby!!!  You can learn more about the shirts HERE.  They are simple but they say alot.

got water? t-shirt

And with these big announcements, it’s time to LINK UP!!!


 Workout Wednesday Link Up

Welcome to this week’s Workout Wednesday (WOW) Link Up!

Brought to you by your hostesses 

Diatta Harris | Femme Fitale Fit Club and Sheila Simmons | The Frugal Exerciser

 

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Meal Monday: Blue Apron Review

Blue Apron Product ReviewPIN ME!

 

Hey fitness fans!  I’m at it again with a new product review of a premium meal subscription box called Blue Apron.  Before I get too deep into the review let me say Blue Apron was gracious enough to send me a complimentary box to try for the purposes of this review and all opinions and comments are my very own.

First let me say I first heard of this box from a co-worker who raved about it.  He spoke of how delicious the food was and how it made dinner time more predictable after a busy day so I just had to try this out myself.  I went to their website http://blueapron.com to place my order and it was very easy to walk through.

  1. You simply go to their website
  2. click JOIN NOW
  3. choose bewteen a 2 – person plan for $9.95/person or 4 – person plan for $8.74/person
  4. choose whether you are vegetarian or not and uncheck the foods you don’t eat
  5. enter your address and select your delivery date
  6. and POOF…just like that your delicious meal box is on it’s way

Doesn’t get any more convenient than that.

What Is Blue Apron

If you haven’t figured it out yet, Blue Apron delivers chef-inspired recipes directly to your door with the actual ingredients needed to prepare them so you don’t have to worry about rushing out the grocery store to buy the food.  They are available nationwide shipping to over 80% of the country.  They offer 2 plans, either 2-person or 4-person family plan.  The 2-person plan ships once a week and the family plan can ship either once or twice a week.  You choose.  The dishes and ingredients you find in their boxes are rather unique and aren’t typically found in your average grocery store.  They named themselves Blue Apron because apprentice chefs in France wore blue aprons and it symbolizes a lifelong journey of learning new recipes and food preparations.

Here’s a Blue Apron unboxing video I put together sharing what came in my box last week.

 

Now let’s dig in to what you are probably wondering – what recipes did you make and how did it taste?

My box contained three restaurant-quality meals including:

1.  Laotian Larb Gai with sticky rice, peanuts and mint

2.  Dukkah-Spiced Salmon with spring vegetable and oyster mushroom ragout

3.  Sirloin Tip Steaks with new potato, asparagus and radish hash

Everything had meat in it and surprisingly the Laotian Larb Gai was made with ground chicken not lamb.  Not sure why I thought lamb was in it.

Dukkah-Spiced Salmon with spring vegetable and oyster mushroom ragout

The first dish I prepared was the Dukkah-Spiced Salmon.  I pulled out all of the ingredients including the knick-knack pack (which includes additional spices to properly season your meal) and went to town prepping.

Dukkah Spiced Salmon

As previously mentioned, everything needed to prepare this meal came in its own pack which was very easy and convenient.  The recipe cards were also very clear and easy to follow.

Blue Apron Recipes

I followed the instructions to a tee and dinner was served.  They give you the full cooking time on the recipe card and this dish was estimated to take 35 to 45 minutes from prep to plate and I was pretty much on point with that.  I will say, after being at work all day and running the kids around I was hoping to put in a little less effort when preparing food for the family.

Also, the flavors were bit too exotic for the kids so hubby and I chowed down and I ended up making them something else.  No problem MORE FOR US.  My husband gave this dish 2 thumbs up and so do I.

Sirloin Tip Steaks with new potato asparagus and radish hash

The next day I made the Sirloin Tip Steak with new potato, asparagus and radish hash.  Again this was started as soon as I got home from work and took me about 45 minutes from prep to plate.  Again, a little lengthy for me because I was extremely tired on this day.  I couldn’t wait to bite into the steak though because it looks so tender and juicy.  I also was curious about how the hash was going to turn out because I have never made this flavor combination before.

New potato, asparagus and radish hash cooking
This dish was plated and I served it up to the hubster.  Again, the kids were like “what’s that?” so I bypassed them and gave them something separate.  I also made my plate and this was heaven in my mouth.  I give this 4 thumbs up!!!  Hubby agreed.  Said it was definitely restaurant quality and something he never tasted before.  We enjoyed this dish tremendously.

Laotian Larb Gai with sticky rice peanuts and mint

The last dish I prepared was the Laotian Larb Gai with sticky rice, peanuts and mint.  My son is allergic to peanuts so I knew he wasn’t going to eat this and I was very surprised this dish was made with ground chicken.  For some reason I thought it was made with lamb – go figure.

This dish was the quickest dish to prepare with an estimated prep to plate time of 15 to 25 minutes but it still took me about 35 minutes total.  Again, too long for me.  I need dishes I can prepare in 30 minutes or less.  This dish was amazingly delicious.  I strayed a little from the beaten path and recipe by lightly steaming the cabbage.  My husband never tried this dish because he had to travel out of town but I certainly gobbled all of this up in no time.  I give this 2 thumbs up.

Rating

The Blue Apron box was a hit with my husband and I as far as the taste.  All of these dishes tasted excellent and like something you would eat in a restaurant.  Some of the ingredients looked strange like the celeriac but once you prep them according to the recipe – magic!  Because of the lengthy prep time (I needed a sous chef for real) I give this box an 8 out of 10 which is very good.   I think this box would be perfect for couples without children or singles looking to impress a date.  If they make the meals quicker to prepare I would recommend this for families.  Either way you can’t go wrong with this meal box.  The value is definitely worth it.

Pros:

  • Restaurant-quality recipes
  • Variety of dishes and ingredients
  • Comes in a well-packaged refrigerated pouch to keep all the food fresh
  • All ingredients are provided for you including spices and condiments
  • Affordable considering the quality of the ingredients and food

Cons:

  • Takes too long to prepare the food

I hope you enjoyed this review.  Now tell me, are you going to try the Blue Apron box?  If you are still on the fence let me give you a little motivation.  Blue Apron is giving my first 100 readers who sign up a 30% discount on their first order.  Just go Blue Apron to sign up.

Which dish would you like to try the most?


Fit Fashion Friday 2

It’s round 2 of Fit Fashion Friday and I am very excited about this week’s selections.  I have been on Instagram and folks have been sharing some HOT activewear.  Apparently one of the trends is mesh fabric so the body can breathe while the temperature rises.  Another awesome trend I am finding is beautiful tops with unique and creative backs.  

Tops are strappy, easy, allows you to move and not boxy or stodgy.  I am liking that trend.  Some of the items I am featuring today are either on my fit fashion wish list or I’m waiting for them to be delivered because I already placed my order.  I hope you like this week’s selections as much as I do.  Also, I found a new brand this week.  They may not be new to you but they are new to me – Koral Activewear.

All of these brands have pushed the boundaries of traditional athletic gear for women.  Under Armour Women actually came out with a brand of athletic tops that help block the harmful rays of the sun.  Check it out and don’t be afraid to put some of these items on your wish or order list.  :-)  Disclaimer:  This post contains affiliate links.

Fit Fashion Friday 2

This post has been linked up at Fit & Fashionable Friday hosted by Fitful Focus (how appropriate right?)   Head on over and check it out.

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Get Fit with a Fit Snack Box

I wasn’t much of a snacker in the past and then I started spending more time on conference calls or watching my children play sports and snacks became more appealing.  Considering I am a fitness mom I didn’t want the extra calories, salt or sugar traditional snacking offered so I was very pleased when I learned about a new heathy snack subscription box called Fit Snack Box.  Disclaimer:  This post contains affiliate links which means I earn a small commission if you click and subscribe to this service.  All comments and opinions are very honest and very much my own.

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The subscription box is a super great deal.  Each month you receive a box delivered directly to your door filled with healthy snacks and goodies.  Many of the snack items are organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, low in sugar (or no added sugar) and low in sodium.  They are serious about offering healthy snacks.

You can set up your subscription for monthly, 3 month plan, 6 month plan or 12 month plan.  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.

Fit Snack Contest

They also have a contest going RIGHT NOW on their site where you can possibly win a FREE Fit Snack box and try it for yourself.  Simply click HERE to enter.  I hope you win and when you do, let me know what you think of the box.  I am sure you will really like it.

I’ve shared in previous posts what came in the March and April Fit Snack boxes and as you know my family and I LOVE THEM.  It’s never a fight or tug-o-war what they are having as snacks now because I just direct them to the box.

Do you already subscribe?  Then Fit Snack wants to check you out so take a pic with your box, post on social media and tag them on social media @Fitsnack on Twitter and Instagram and you may be featured on the inside of their next Fit Snack box as well as on their website under REVIEWS.

Lastly, one of the unique things about this box, besides the fact that EACH box comes with a major workout, is that they offer FREE music you can download from their site to listen to while you workout.  These playlists are created by a DJ who cranks up the beats.  I do not know of any other subscription box service that offers those types of additional bonuses.  Check out their latest playlist by clicking the image below.

 

Who’s excited about trying the Fit Snack box?  You can easily sign up by simply clicking the JOIN TODAY button below.  It’s that easy.

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Workout Wednesday Link Up #79

 

Workout Wednesday Link Up

Welcome to this week’s Workout Wednesday (WOW) Link Up!

Brought to you by your hostesses 

Diatta Harris | Femme Fitale Fit Club and Sheila Simmons | The Frugal Exerciser

 

Workout Wednesday Link Up co-hostesses

Diatta Harris (Femme Fitale Fit Club)| Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

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Disclosure:  Post your link on either one of our blogs and it will display on both of our blogs.


Meet Maria an amazing blogger at Island Living Midwest.    She’s in the spotlight this week so head on over to her blog, show her some extra special love and leave a comment if so inclined.  Also follow her on social media.  Let’s WOW her!!!

island living midwest

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Meal Mondays: Panera Bread Green Passion Power Smoothie Review

 

Panera Bread Green Passion Power Smoothie Review

I had a day off and didn’t feel like cooking breakfast so after dropping the kids off at school I decided to catch some breakfast at Panera Bread.  I know they tend to have fairly healthy breakfast choices such as their steel cut oatmeal with blueberries and granola (sounds yum right) and such so I stopped on in.

My initial reaction was to purchase the 4-cheese egg souffle with cafe mocha BUT knowing how many calories that combination had, I decided to go in the green smoothie direction.  See, Panera Bread has this uncanny ability to showcase its new menu items on a standing billboard directly in front of its doors which usually  makes me stop, stare and read.  I saw this delicious looking green smoothie proudly displayed on the sign so when I stepped to the counter I ordered that.

Cost:  approx. $5.00 for the Green Passion Power Smoothie 

Green Passion Power Smoothie  Ingredients: Peach and mango purees and white grape and passionfruit juice concentrates blended with fresh spinach and ice.

Nutritional value:

  • 200 Calories
  • 0g Total Fat
  • 30mg Sodium
  • 51g Total Carb
  • 2g Fiber
  • 2g Protein

Seeing what’s in the smoothie, I can relate because I went an entire year using the Peach, Mango and Orange juice as the base for my green smoothies but then I learned how to make a healthy green smoothie.  I had tried to take a peek at all the young lady behind the counter was putting in there but all I could make of it was baby spinach leaves and some ice in what looked like a Blendtec blender.  I know – got all distracted.  LOL.

Review:   

You know me, I first took a picture of the green smoothie when I got in the car.

Panera Bread Green Passion Power Smoothie

It was a gorgeous day outside and this smoothie was going to hit the spot since I planned to do some additional running around.  I took the first sip from the humongously wide straw and the flavor was a welcomed taste to my mouth.  You couldn’t taste the spinach but you could definitely taste the slight twang from the passion fruit juice and the other juice they put in there (which I later found out was white grape juice).  I drove all the way home taking my little sips that didn’t disappoint.

It felt good not to have to clean up my own blender from making my own green smoothies.  :-)  It’s amazing the little things that can make your day.

 

As previous shown before, the smoothie is 200 calories.  That isn’t too bad for a 16 oz smoothie, especially if you try and use it as a meal replacement or snack.  The flavors were popping and after drinking it, I felt satisfied.

BUT….and this is a big but….a WHOPPIPNG 47 grams of the carbs come from sugar.  That is more than many soft drinks!  Sugar is the number one cause of chronic disease and can be as addicting as cocaine according to the movie “Fed Up“.

Panera Bread Green Passion Power Smoothie Nutritional Information

Source: Panera Bread Website

 

Panera Bread Green Passion Power Smoothie Nutrition Information

Source: Panera Bread website

 

It is something we American consume too much of and is in too many foods.  Now I do understand the sugar may primarily be naturally occurring in the juice but that’s the other problem – fruit naturally has sugar but it also contains fiber to counterbalance the effects.  If you remove the fiber from the juice….you have a higher concentrate of sugar.

And just like the sharks on the show “Shark Tank” I’m out.

Pros:

  • Convenient
  • Contains spinach
  • Contains fruit
  • Tastes good
  • Fairly affordable at $5 (with tax)

Cons:

  • Too much sugar – do I really need to say anything else?

Rating:

I would rate this a 5 out of 10 stars.  While the taste was out of this world, it comes with a major cost and let down, a bunch of SUGAR so much so that I can’t even recommend this to my mom or aunt who are diabetics.  I make green smoothies often and use nut milk or water as a base and they still taste just as good so I do not think it needs to have so much sugar.  I really hope Panera Bread rethinks their recipe for this and other smoothies they offer on their menu.

I did tweet out what I was drinking and Panera Bread tweeted back.  Cool right?

What have you eaten at Panera Bread lately?  

Have you tried any of their green smoothies?  

What do you think?


Happy Mother’s Day

To all of the amazing women who wiped our tears, nurtured us, cleaned our boo boo’s, rocked us to sleep, read us a bedtime story, played with us, let us crawl in their beds at night when we had bad dreams, fixed our favorite meals, sacrificed their wants for our needs, cheered us on, and supported us – we honor all of you today.  Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother's Day wish 2015


Fit Fashion Friday

Lately I have been wanting to improve my fitness wardrobe.   Back in the day I would roll out of bed and put on anything and then go out for my workout.  Matching was not a criteria and I didn’t think much about it.  Now I see so many cute and gorgeous fitness outfits and brands out there, they are really upping their game.

Fit Fashion Friday

Brands like Victoria’s Secret and Old Navy, just to name a few have really stepped it up.  Other more well-known fitness brands like Adidas and Reebok are also taking things to the next level and improving the style and function of their activewear.  I figured with all of these fit fashions that I’ve been oogling I might as well share with you all because sharing is caring right?

Some of the clothes that will be featured in this new fit fashion segment will include pieces I already own (I might even model a few for you too) as well as items I want to add to my clothes collection.  Also, this post does contain affiliate links so if you click and make a purchase I will make a few coins.  ENJOY!

This week I am featuring SoybuLululemonOld NavyTarget, and Victoria’s Secret.

LULULEMON

I am loving this brand.  They are always coming out with some creative designs and I want to fill my closet with them.  This tank is their All-Support tank which includes a built-in bra and these shorts are made with 4-way stretch practice cotton.  Perfect for some OM time on the mat.

SOYBU

Soybu is one of those new brands that I recently discovered as I  perused The Fit Foodie Mama’s blog.  She rocks the brand really well and I even made a few purchases of my own.

Soybu

This is the Kyra Top and the Lona Capris – LOVE!!!

OLD NAVY

Old Navy surprised me this past week.  I saw some CUTE workout gear and they have made my list.  Let me know what you think of these selections.  I think they really upped their game.

VICTORIA’S SECRET

I am very excited that Victoria’s Secret decided to jump into the fitness pond because I think they would come up with some very innovative fashion designs to keep us comfortable while working out.  Don’t you agree?  Here are the featured fashions for this week.

TARGET

Target remains my tried and true place to purchase sportswear.  I have capris in my closet that are 3 to 4 years old and they are in GREAT shape.  No knit balls or holes.  Plus they are comfortable as all get out.  I wear their sports bras solely and while I would like to try other brands, I always come back to theirs.  Check out my latest picks.

There you have it.  My fashion finds for this week.  Take your time to shop  and stay fly while working on your fitness.  :-)  Have a great weekend.

This post has been shared on the Fit n Fashionable Friday link up at Fitfulfocus.


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