September – What’s in Season

Whether shopping at the grocery store or farmer’s market, it pays to shop what’s in season. You’ll get the most bang for your buck and nutritional value when the produce you seek was just harvested out of the field.

Here’s what’s in season during September in the United States.

What is your favorite dish to make with what’s in season this month?

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August – What’s in Season

Whether shopping at the grocery store or farmer’s market, it pays to shop what’s in season. You’ll get the most bang for your buck and nutritional value when the produce you seek was just harvested out of the field.

Here’s what’s in season during August in the United States.

What is your favorite dish to make with what’s in season this month?

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Shred10 Favorite Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks & Dinner

Contemplating your first Shred10 or just tired of the same foods every month? This post is all about my favorite Shred10 friendly meals. New to Shred10? Check out this page – Shred10. 

During Shred10, we are trying to follow these guidelines:

Shred10 Guidelines

Breakfast

Juice Plus+ Complete shakesJuice Plus+ Complete

My typical breakfast is a Complete shake or two. With 13g of plant-based protein and 8g of fiber per serving, it makes for a complete meal to start the day. Mixed with unsweetened almond milk, I always add chia seeds to my shakes for even more fiber and omega-3. Of course, you can always blend with even more fruits and vegetables; like banana, strawberry, kale and spinach.

Juice Plus+ Complete

Vegan French toastVegan french toast

When looking for an egg-less french toast recipe recently, I happened upon a recipe from The Minimalist Baker for vegan french toast. We also use the gluten-free bread from Aldi to make this work for our family.

Vegan french toast

Sausage & Eggs

When I start my day with protein, it helps me stay full longer, so sausage and eggs are another favorite breakfast of mine. Sometimes I’ll even make an omelet with mushrooms and spinach as well.

Snacks

Fruits & Vegetables

Apples, bananas, berries, snap peas, bell peppers, really any fruit or vegetable. You can dip in no sugar added peanut butter or hummus for added protein.

Juice Plus+ Complete barsJuice Plus+ Complete Bars

Juice Plus+ Complete bars are great for a mid-afternoon snack or post workout. Low-glycemic, gluten free, non- dairy and vegetarian with 5 or 10g of protein and 5g of fiber. My favorite is Tart Cherry + Honey, but if you crave some chocolate, the Dark Chocolate + Fig may be right up your alley.

Juice Plus+ Complete Bars

Lunch & Dinner

Stir-fries with protein, rice & veggies

Our go-to, in a rush dinner is to stir fry some chicken or beef with veggies (broccoli, carrots, peppers, bok choy) and serve over rice or quinoa. In an even bigger rush, the veggie steamer bags are great.

Burrito BowlsBurrito Bowl

My son’s current favorite meal is to make Qdoba-style burrito bowls. We even make the ingredients ahead of time and pack for his lunch. We use brown rice, blacks beans, chicken, avocado, and various salsas.

Sunbasket

One of the best solutions for my family has been to subscribe to meal prep boxes, Sunbasket being my favorite! You can read more about my experience with meal prep boxes here – Meal Delivery Services. One reason I love Sunbasket is they offer 18 different meal options each week and clearly identify meals that are gluten-free and dairy free. They are also very easy to prepare with most ingredients ready to go.

Sunbasket

Additional Resources

Healthy Living Revolution & Shred10

Shred10 | 5 Steps to Prep

Taste of the Shred & A Shred10 Potluck

Shred10 Day #1 & How Did I Do?

Shred10 Day #2

Shred10 Day #3 & Recap

Shred10 Day #4 | I’ve Made It This Far

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Sproutbrite TOTAL GARDEN Starter Kits Giveaway ~ 1 Winner ~ Ends 8/17

Sproutbrite TOTAL GARDEN Starter Kits Giveaway ~ 1 Winner ~ Ends 8/17 @sproutbrite @SMGurusNetwork

Welcome to The Sproutbrite TOTAL GARDEN Starter Kits Giveaway!

1 winner will receive a 2 Sproutbrite TOTAL GARDEN Starter Kits Of Winners Choice!

Growing your own food and teaching your children where food comes from, is just the start to a powerful education. This giveaway is part of our Back To School Gift Guide – Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products.

This contest is hosted by the Social Media Gurus Network!

Host that put together this giveaway is:

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My co-hosts for this giveaway are:

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Below is a list of all the bloggers involved in the gift guide giveaways.

1 winner will receive a 2 Sproutbrite TOTAL GARDEN Starter Kits Of Winners Choice!

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This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. This Giveaway is valid in the United States Only and Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 8/17/18. The winner will have 48 hours to email their information back to mcushing7 at hotmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. If you would like to be a sponsor in a giveaway like this please email Melissa Cushing at mcushing7 (at)hotmail (dot) com. If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

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Enter below and Good Luck!

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Back to School Cash Giveaway Ends 8/15 Worldwide

Welcome to the Back To School Cash Giveaway!

Everyone needs cash at Back To School time and some Bloggers have gotten together to giveaway LOTS of cash to 1 WINNER! Who needs new shoes, laptop, backpack or pens? Use this cash however you like.

We would love it if you could follow our blogs to help support future giveaways!

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If an entry is taken you must continue to follow etc., until the end of the giveaway to be valid, entries will be validated!

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Back to School with Juice Plus+

Back to School with Juice Plus+

Whether sending your child to college for the first time or getting ready for kindergarten, get ready for the shock to the immune system that comes with new surroundings. New kids, new germs, new stress. And for those going away from home from the first time, you as a parent won’t be there to make sure they eat as they should. Studies show that 95% of college students don’t eat the amount of fruits and vegetables they need!  That’s where Juice Plus+ comes in for all your back to school nutritional peace of mind.

Though not just for kids, Juice Plus+ Chewables deliver added whole food based nutrition from up to 30 different fruits, vegetables, and grains in a tasty, soft chewable form. The appealing taste comes from two all-natural sweeteners – tapioca syrup and organic cane syrup – with absolutely no high fructose corn syrup. It contains no artificial flavors or artificial colors and is 100% vegetarian; the ‘chewiness’ comes from fruit pectins, not gelatin.

When you sign up for the Juice Plus+ Family Health Study, you can receive Juice Plus+ capsules or chewables for your child – free of charge – for up to four years as a study participant. Your child must be between the ages of 4 and 18 or a full-time undergraduate college student in a four-year degree program. With more than 1.5 million participating families and backed by 20 years of results, the Family Health Study helps you document the lasting, positive effects of the changes you and your family make. All it takes is 1 participating adult with their own capsules or chewables order.

 

Next Steps

  1. Learn more about the Family Health Study – here
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  3. Order Juice Plus+ products individually

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Orangetheory Fitness – My First Time & A Review

Orangetheory fitness logo

After talking to several friends and co-workers about Orangetheory Fitness, I finally took the plunge and booked my first session this last Saturday. Even though it’s just treadmills, rowing and weights, everyone raved about how upbeat the classes were and how they couldn’t wait to go back. So, what is Orangetheory?

Orangetheory Description

Taken from Orangetheory’s website:

Orangetheory’s hour-long gym sessions are held in an upbeat group setting which is divided into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training that uses treadmills, indoor rowers, weight training blocks, and floor exercises.

During your session, heart-rate monitors are worn where the data is displayed live on a video monitor for your trainer to see your progress, and to help keep you accountable during your workout. When your heart-rate stays within a specific range, your metabolism is stimulated, your energy increases, and you experience the Orange Effect—additional energy and calorie burn for up to a day and a half after your initial workout!

Our experienced personal gym trainers will give you the right motivation to get you on your way toward your fitness goals. Whether you have a performance based goal such as increasing power, speed, or strength, or simply have a desire to lose weight and tone up in a fun way, Orangetheory Fitness is the perfect place to get you there.

My OrangetheoryExperience

There is an option to request your first class online, but I called into my chosen location to reserve a time. They asked that I come in 30 minutes before my first class to fill out paperwork and get a tour of the facility. They also recommended that I bring a water bottle and sweat towel.

When I arrived, there was a class going on and I could see how positive the trainer was. The reception area was separate from the workout room, separated by a full glass window. The receptionist was very friendly and asked about my fitness goals and how I had heart about Orangetheory. Upon completing the paperwork, she set me up with a heart rate monitor. It was the traditional chest strap model that would be used to monitor my results during class. There were lockers and locker rooms available for use, but I did not check the locker room out. The lockers had keys provided and were large enough to put a small handbag in or extra clothes during the winter, but not large enough for a full backpack. There were also hooks on the wall, if you just wanted to hang up your keys during class.

The receptionist then explained the monitor that was on display in the workout room. It displayed everyone in the class, along with your heart rate and other workout stats. When walking in you moved from gray to blue, then green, to orange, and finally red. Orange is where you were aiming to be. For every minute in orange and red, you would get a splat point. The goal was to get at least 12 splat points during class. This would encourage your body to continue burning calories for the next 36 hours. She also explained the 3 treadmill paces used – base, push, and all out.

When the first class ended, the receptionist introduced me to the trainer Timothy. As it was my first time, he ensured throughout the class that I knew what was going on and how to set up my rower and other equipment. I started the class on Rower 1. Others entering the class could choose to start on either the rowers, treadmills or weight room. Even in the weight room, there were numbered stations, so when you moved throughout class, you stuck with your number, so I moved to weight station 1, then treadmill 1.

The Workout

Every workout is different, but here’s a rundown of some of mine. The first section of the rowing workout consisted of rowing 200m, then performing 2 different squat exercises with a weighted ball, then back to rowing adding 200m. You continued this pattern until time was up. The second section consisted of rowing 200m, then jump squats. Starting with 8 squats the first time, adding 4 each time with 200m of rowing in between.

I next moved to the weight room (really, just a side section of the room next to the rowers, which were behind the treadmills). The weight section of the workout was broken into 2 blocks. The first block included goblet squats, single arm dumbbell snatch, and upright rows. You continued doing these exercises until time was up. The second block was all about abs, using an ab roller.

And the last section for me was the treadmill. Attendees have complete control of their treadmills, with guidance from the trainer. Starting with a few minute of warm up, we next moved into Base Pace for 3 minutes. For a jogger, the recommended Base Pace was 4.5-5.5mph. We then completed 1 minute of Push Pace, which should be about 1 mph faster than your Base. We alternated intervals of Base and Push, with a couple of All Outs included, which should be at least 1mp faster than Push.

Conclusion

OrangeTheory could be my new favorite work out! I signed up for their 4 sessions a month membership. While memberships and pricing may vary by location, the 4 sessions a month started at $59/month. There were also options for 8 sessions a month and unlimited. You do have to purchase your own heart rate monitor to wear to class. One bonus of the heart rate monitor and membership, if it gives you access to a private app where you can wear your monitor for workouts outside of the studio and work towards your orange rate as well. I haven’t tried this out yet, but look forward to it. You can also schedule all your workouts in the studio on the app or online.

I loved the enthusiasm of the trainer and he really pushed you to do your best. While in the weight room, he encouraged me to increase my weight and corrected my form. Given that it was my first class, and I’ve learned from previous workouts to not go all out in the first session, I felt like I could have given more, but still got a great workout. Ended up with 6 splat points. So here’s to earning 12 next time!

Sign up today – your first class is free! Orangetheory’s website

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Blogger Opp FabFitFun 2018 Summer Box Giveaway

Blogger Opp FabFitFun Summer Box Giveaway

Blogger Opp FabFitFun 2018 Summer Box Giveaway!

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