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PowerLunch

14 Jul

I devoured this too quickly to even think about taking a photo, so text will have to suffice.

What to buy:
1lb of pasta (I use Barilla Plus varieties)
1lb of lean ground turkey
5 boxes of Green Giant Health Blend frozen vegetables
Whatever other veggies you like (I just grabbed mushrooms)

Now, if you haven’t heard of the Green Giant Health Blends… go find them now. They’re awesome. There are six different varieties, each targeted towards a different health focus; immunity, digestion, vision, weight, etc. Each blend is different and comes in a light herbed sauce of either butter or extra virgin olive oil. The packets are 7oz and contain two servings, but I like my veggies so I eat the whole package.

On Sunday night, boil up the pasta and sautee up 6oz of the ground turkey. freeze the other 10oz and cook it on Tuesday night (or switch it up; cook 9oz on Sunday and leave the other 7 oz for Wednesday night). Put however much cooked pasta you want into your lunch container. I pack about a cup or so. Throw on 3oz of the ground turkey. Save the rest for the next day or two (this is why you freeze half, you don’t want to cook it all and eat five-day-old meat. Yuck). Sautee/steam/bake/whatever any other vegetables and toss those in. Put it in the fridge and forget about it until the next morning.

While you make your breakfast the next morning, throw a packet of Health Blends into the microwave for 3 1/2 minutes. Toss ’em on top of everything else in your lunch container. There’s already sauce and seasonings on the veggies, which should be enough for the whole meal. If not, drizzle a little extra olive oil and seasonings. Pack up, heat at lunch, eat, and you’ll be set until dinnertime.

I’m almost always hungry for a snack around 3pm. After two days of having this for lunch, I don’t get those afternoon cravings anymore. I’m not a huge breakfast eater during the week (which I’m trying to change), so lunch is one of my bigger meals. And this lunch is amazing. It covers the bases of carbs, protein, healthy fats, and lots of veggies. And it takes practically no time to put it together once the Sunday and Tuesday/Wednesday prep work is done (which takes all of 10 minutes). The variety of veggie packs mixes things up throughout the week so it doesn’t get boring. Switching out the pasta for rice or another grain, or the turkey for chicken, tofu, or any other protein also adds to the possibilities.

If you try this out, tell me what combo you made and what you think!

YouBar Review and Giveaway!

17 Feb

The Review

I am SO EXCITED to tell you guys about this company. I first discovered YouBars through the site Groupon. I purchased a gift certificate worth $25 for $12, and I’m so happy to have found them.

Most of you guys have heard of Lärabars, right? These are like Lärabars, but totally customized! YouBar makes custom nutrition bars, trail mix, protein shake mix, cookies, and cereal. It’s an incredibly simple process, too. You simply choose which type of product you want to make, then check off all the items you want to include in there. You choose a base, protein powder, nuts/seeds, fruit/berries, sweeteners, seasonings, grains, and infusions, as well as the strength of each ingredient. It even calculates nutrition information as you go. Once you’re done creating your bar, you even get to name it :)

I made a box of nutrition bars using my coupon, and it took me a while to order since I couldn’t choose what I wanted in there! I finally decided on an autumn-inspired bar:

  • YouBar Base (almond butter and organic dates)
  • whey protein
  • organic pumpkin seeds
  • organic flax seeds
  • organic apples
  • organic black mission figs
  • organic brown rice syrup
  • cinnamon
  • organic ginger
  • crunchy rice cereal
  • all-one vitamin infusion

IT IS DELICIOUS. The flax seeds add this wonderful toasty, nutty flavor to it, and the pumpkin seeds give it a bit of pop. The almond butter and date base holds the bar together well, but it isn’t as dense as a Lärabar (I always found them too dense to finish). The crunchy rice cereal isn’t very apparent, but there’s still a hint of crunch. I think I like the crunch level for this type of bar; any crunchier and it’d be chunky.

And of course I named it…

Running Fuel! I eat one before my training sessions and it fills me up for quite a while.

The Giveaway

I emailed the folks at YouBar and they have kindly agreed to give away a YouBar Starter Box to one lucky reader! The Starter Box includes:

  • a $15 gift certificate towards any YouBar product
  • two pre-made nutrition bars
  • two pre-made protein shake mixes
  • two pre-made bags of trail mix

Yum yum yum!

The contest ends at 11:59pm on February 24th, and you have four chances to win:

  1. Go to YouBars.com, check out the products, and leave me a comment with which product you’d like to create, and which flavor combo appeals to you.
  2. Add my blog to your RSS feed and let me know in another comment.
  3. Link to this post from your blog (1 entry), or Twitter/Facebook/Whatever (another entry)  and let me know in another comment.

Love what you see on YouBar, but don’t want to wait for the end of the contest? Just use coupon code runkerarun to get 5% off your order!