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My Oatmeal Review

Through my association with the Sweat Pink Ambassadors I recently got the opportunity to try a free sample of customized oatmeal from My Oatmeal! My Oatmeal is an awesome online company that allows you to customize rolled oats, steel-cut oats, or a blend of the two with tons of flavors, nuts, dried fruit, and other add-ins. Although this is something I could totally do myself at home (like my Banana Bread Oatmeal), it was so much fun to look through the ideas on the site and come up with my own blends :-). I ended up making two 1 pound bags – one with regular rolled oats and one with steel-cut oats which I’ve been meaning to try! In order to keep myself on some kind of path with the myriad of ingredients offered I tried to re-create some flavors I already knew. I used my rolled oats batch to make a “Blueberry Muffin” blend with dried blueberries, chia seeds, ground flax, and sliced almonds. For the steel-cut oats, I made an “Oatmeal Raisin Cookie” blend using dark raisins, walnuts, ground flax, and coconut chips.

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I love the way the site works – as you add ingredients to your blend, the price for your chosen size automatically updates, and a Nutritional Facts label updates with all the pertinent facts for your blend – it helped me keep an eye on calories and protein, as well as how much I was spending! It helped reign me in when I started to get carried away! The Nutritional Facts label is also on the bags when you get them, along with all your ingredients 🙂

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I chose to leave any sweeteners out of my mix, since I rarely eat sweet things I tend to be sensitive to sugar so I wanted to add my own later own – but the site has a great selection of natural sweeteners you can add, and they are slowly increasing their organic options! 🙂

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I cooked up both types of oatmeal as mid-morning snacks this week and loved them both! They are so hearty and filling that I ended up eating lunch really late one day since the oatmeal was really carrying me over. The steel-cut oats take much longer to cook, about 20 minutes on the stove, but the bag gives a great microwave option where you soak the oats overnight and then microwave them the next day. I tried this method (and the stove method) and it worked great for me! I am so happy with My Oatmeal’s products and I’ll definitely be making more blends in the future!

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Check out this deliciousness!

Full disclosure: I received a free sample of My Oatmeal in exchange for my fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own 🙂

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Race Ragz Review and Giveaway!

Merry (almost) Christmas to you all! 🙂 And I hope you’re happy, healthy and having fun wherever you are – and whatever holiday you may or may not celebrate. The most important thing is that everyone is enjoying time with family and friends.

And I would like to give a gift to you all!

Recently, I got the opportunity to try out My Race Ragz.com. This website allows to customize your own Dri-fit t shirts, tank tops, and long sleeve tees. They have over 700 designs already uploaded that you can use – or you can upload anything of your own! As I’m not running as much anymore, I decided to go with a more generic work-out tee (which I designed myself) and I am really happy with the results!

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I’ve been wanting a t-shirt that said “Beast Mode” for a while now – to really power me through those tough workouts! 🙂 I tried it out for the first time the other day while doing the 30 Day Shred DVD with Jillian Michaels and I was super happy with the fit and the wicking fabric. This shirt is made of quality stuff!

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Now it’s time for your Christmas present – a free customized Race Ragz shirt of your own! The winner of this giveaway will receive a coupon code good for one free Race Ragz customized shirt of your choice – so you can make something completely your own! 🙂

To enter the giveaway – leave a blog comment with what you’d most like to put on your customized shirt. The giveaway closes on Sunday, January 5th at midnight. A winner will be chosen and announced on Monday, January 6th. Good luck! 🙂 And Happy Holidays!

Disclaimer: I received a free Race Ragz shirt to try out for this review. I received no other compensation for this post, and all opinions are my own.

June Recap & Giveaway Reminder

Happy July everyone! And “rabbit rabbit”!

It’s funny the things that stick in your head. I vaguely remember hearing on Nickelodeon as a child that it was good luck to say “rabbit rabbit” on the first of a new month, and it’s always stuck with me. I find myself whispering “rabbit rabbit” to myself on the first of most months – after all, what can it hurt? 🙂

The month of June went by so fast. The summer months always seem to go by fast to me despite the longer days. I think it’s because summer is always so jam-packed with concerts, movies and vacations.

So how did I do with my June goals? Well my first goal was to eat more non-fruit snacks and I think I at least made a conscious effort to include more vegetables, nuts and seeds into my diet. It also helped that I found that I’m only eating a morning snack at work, and then having a second snack not in the afternoon – but later on, after my workout. Most of my favorite post-workout snacks don’t include fruit (sometimes a banana) so that has definitely helped.

My second goal was to make yoga a priority and between classes at my gym and my new yoga DVD I have been very successful.

Finally, I set myself the lofty goal of running 2 whole miles without stopping. I think this may have been a little ambitious as I did not achieve this goal. However, on my run this past Friday, which was ”powered by bits”, I ran two miles while only stopping for two 1/10th mile breaks. I’m definitely getting closer! Maybe it was those protein-packed ENERGYbits that helped me out! Speaking of, the giveaway I’m hosting for a free sample of ENERGYbits is still open through midnight tonight, so click here to read my review and enter to win!

ENERGYbits Review and Giveaway!

I was so thankful this week to be able to get back into my normal routine of working out, cooking for myself, and of course being in my own house! 🙂 I went to Body Pump on Tuesday night and I’m still feeling the soreness a few days later. I guess that’s what happens when you stop working out for a week! But I’m happy to be sore because it means that I worked hard, and that I’m making a change. The one unfortunate side-effect is that I have very little motivation to go running on these sore legs of mine. On Wednesday I did my at home yoga DVD instead. Come Thursday, I knew I had to bite the bullet and get a run in, especially since I just signed up for my first 10k in November.

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Luckily, I had a sample of ENERGYbits to try. ENERGYbits are from a new Boston-based sports nutrition company. They call the product “bits” because it isn’t a supplement – but little “bits” of real food. The bits (which to me look like little green aspirin tabs) are made from 100% organically grown spirulina algae. I love seeing a short ingredient list on a product! 🙂 I’d heard of spirulina before, mostly as an ingredient in smoothies or green juices, but I hadn’t tried it yet so I was happy to be given the opportunity! Spirulina algae (according to the company site) has:

· “the highest concentration of protein in the world and delivers a steady stream of energy, all naturally and all without sugar, caffeine, chemicals, or stomach distress,
· natural antioxidants and Omega 3s which reduce muscle inflammation,
· iron to prevent fatigue,
· chlorophyll to build the immune system,
· electrolytes to replenish mineral imbalances,
· and only one calorie per tab”

The company says the tabs (it’s recommended to take about 30 at a time) can be chewed, but that the taste can take a little getting used to, so they can also be swallowed whole. I went with the swallow-whole route. I took the tabs in groups of about 6 at a time with a swallow of water. They were pretty easy to get down. I did this right when I got home to give myself the recommended 10-15 minutes to start digesting them while I got dressed and ready to go running.

I really wanted to run outside but DC weather had other plans. I settled for running on the treadmill, but of course about an hour after my run the weather was absolutely perfect. Murphy’s Law I guess. The bits provided a steady stream of energy, and they were a convenient pre-run snack. I hate it when I have to eat a quick snack right before a run and I end up tasting peanut butter or banana for my whole run. The bits gave me energy, without leaving any taste in my mouth. I also tend to be starving the minute I end my workout, and this time I wasn’t thanks to the boost of protein pre-run. It was definitely a good thing since I finished my run around 5:00 and I didn’t have dinner with my friends planned until 7:00!

ENERGYbits come in a bag of 1,000 tabs for $115. Assuming the 30 tab serving size suggested by the company, it comes out to $3.45 per serving. I’d say that’s about on par with other high-quality sports nutrition products, but it certainly isn’t cheap. I also wish the bits came in smaller quantities, and therefore cheaper options. Shelling out $115 for a new product to try is a big commitment in my eyes. But I do find the product to be a worthwhile one, if it’s something you’re interested in.

Want to try ENERGYbits for yourself? The company has generously offered to provide a free sample to one Foxy Whole Foodie reader! Just visit the ENERGYbits website and leave a comment on this post to say one thing you find interesting or exciting about the company or product. I will select one comment using a random number generator to determine the winner! 🙂

To earn up to two extra entries in this giveaway, follow Foxy Whole Foodie on Twitter and leave a comment on this post stating that you did so. And/or, follow Foxy Whole Foodie on Facebook and leave another comment on this post stating that you did so.

This giveaway ends on Monday, July 1st, 2013 at 12:00 (midnight), EST. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013.

Also, please check out and follow ENERGYbits on Twitter and Facebook to learn more about their products!