CLICK Protein Espresso Giveaway!

If you’re close with me, one thing you know about me is that I’m a coffee fiend. Iced coffee with soy milk, to be exact. It’s an every day necessity for me and it’s become less about the caffeine effect (let’s be honest, after years of drinking coffee it doesn’t exactly work like the first time 😉 and more about the amazing taste. When I heard about CLICK, the protein powder that actually contains espresso, I died a little. It had to be too good to be true right? I had seen it all over Skinny Runner’s blog and figured she wouldn’t lie about such a thing (girl likes her coffee too, and I trust her cause she ain’t afraid to use some artificially flavored creamer in hers! haha)  Luckily the great people at CLICK sent me some to try myself. I picked out a container of the mocha flavor, and they sent along a shaker bottle and a packet each of vanilla latte and mocha decaf.

I dug into the vanilla latte packet on my way to see the Jillian Michaels tour and mixed it with some unsweetened vanilla almond milk, about 1.25 cups worth.

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Tasted awfully naughty, like it would have a whole ton of sugar and not a lot of protein. Turns out the packet (equivalent to 2 scoops out of the full size container) has 120 calories, 6 grams of sugar, and 15 grams of protein! Depending on what kind of milk you use you can have a great post-workout drink that could have 20+ grams of protein plus the pick-me-up delivered from caffeine!

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See? Me with coffee = happy! Even in gross Long Island Rail Road bathrooms.

The mocha is delicious and definitely tastes like a sinful drink you’d get at the Bux! Fortunately for you you can save a lot of calories and sugar by using CLICK, not to mention money. One of my favorite ways to use the mocha flavor is actually not in the form of a drink! I introduce to you, mocha banana oatmeal.

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This is my usual oat base (1/3 cup old fashioned oats, 1/2 tbsp chia seeds, 1/4 cup wheat bran, banana) with 1 scoop of the mocha CLICK. SO AMAZING! With melty cherry chocolate peanut butter on top? Dessert for breakfast ya’ll!

Last but not least, I tried the packet of decaf mocha as an afternoon snack. I don’t drink coffee after noon-ish anymore because it tends to give me a killer headache, so I love that decaf is an option when you want the protein and espresso taste without the caffeine boost. Tasted just like the regular mocha!

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In the spirit of keeping it real let me add this: if you are a super “clean” eater, you probably won’t like that CLICK has a lot of ingredients in it. I don’t mind because everything else I eat tends to be pretty clean, and I do what I wanna do yo!

And because I love ya’ll and want you to experience the yummy-ness that is CLICK, I will be picking a winner to receive their own choice of flavor and a shaker bottle!

To enter, leave me a comment telling me what your favorite way to drink coffee is!

For additional entries:  

Go to Facebook and “like” CLICK’s page and leave a comment on their page telling them you are entering my giveaway (Artificially Balanced blog) and leave me a comment telling me you did! http://www.facebook.com/drinkclick

Follow CLICK on twitter: https://twitter.com/drinkclick and tweet about my giveaway! Come back and leave another comment telling me you did!

Also be sure to visit CLICK’s webpage. They have a great sample kit so you can try the flavors before committing to a full canister!

Contest will close Thursday May 23rd at 11:00 AM.

NOTE: You do not have to be a blogger yourself to comment and win! I appreciate and love all feedback so if you’re a reader and not a blogger, I’d love to see your comments on my posts! 🙂 

So Sick, So Sick Of Being Tired. And Oh So Tired Of Being Sick.

Please tell me you remember and love that my title today is from an old school Taking Back Sunday song? God, I miss being 15 and a punk rock/emo band lover. I will never stop loving them!
But on the real, I am so sick right now. I woke up Saturday morning with a pretty bad sore throat, knowing what was in store. My colds are pretty predictable and since I only get sick about twice a year these days, I’ll accept that they only last about 3 days. I worked all day Saturday and felt pretty crappy, so what better way to feel better than to eat a very large amount of pizza. I’ll go on the defensive and say the slices were about 1/3 the size of a normal piece of pizza and I got it with almost no cheese, just mostly sauce and then dumped lots of crushed red pepper, garlic powder, hot sauce and blue cheese all over it. I ate it in hopes that I would be still healthy enough on Sunday for a long run. My throat was still sore, but I set out for an incredible 10 miles, making it my longest run ever and first double digit run. It was one of the most beautiful days for a run, and I ran right along the West Side Highway running path on the water.

Hey West Side Highway, I finally found you!
Hey runners and bikers. I love you.

 

Midtown
Amazing city I live in.

 

After stretching at the 14th Street subway stop because my train takes forever on the weekends, I made it home to foam roll, stretch, and strap on my compression sleeves for the rest of the day. I refueled with a ridiculously amazing bowl of pumpkin egg white oatmeal, with every topping I had in my kitchen pretty much.

 

Toppings: sugar free syrup, sprinkle of sea salt, raspberry preserves, coconut butter, coconut oil peanut butter, vanilla almond butter, cinnamon.

Eventually I forced myself out of bed and went to Central Park with Brenda, Dante and some other friends to relax and eat a whole bunch of junk. Chocolate covered raisins, pumpkin chips (AMAZING), guacamole chips, and all sorts of food that doesn’t create a real meal. It was awesome.

Once we parted ways, I had to get groceries but walked around for a few miles first. I ended up at 16 Handles all alone (it’s usually me and Brenda’s sunday ritual) and had a little date with myself. I busted out this Better’n Peanut Butter that I haven’t bought in forever. I don’t buy it as a sub for peanut butter because healthy fats do NOT scare this girl, but this stuff is amazing in it’s own way. Even more amazing on a cup of salted caramel froyo with crushed butterfinger and cinnamon toast crunch.

I won’t lie that some people in the room were probably judging that I was adding my own topping.

Good thing I don’t care. 🙂

I literally didn’t eat a real meal all day sunday besides that bowl of oatmeal. Sometimes it’s just fun to not care!

My cold was awful by yesterday and I just barely managed to finish the day out at work. Colds make me starrrrrving and coupled with the day after a long run, I knew I needed something large to eat. Enter: pumpkin protein cookie cake with banana “ice cream” for dinner.

Let’s get into the goodness of the pumpkin protein cookie cake first.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup pumpkin
  • 1.5 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon protein powder (i used cookies n cream flavor)
  • 1/8 cup oats
  • 1 egg white
  • 2-3 tablespoons non-dairy milk (i used vanilla soymilk)
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • cinnamon, splenda, pumpkin pie spice

Mix all together and microwave for 4-5 minutes. It will be more like a cake I guess rather than a cookie, but more dense than a cake. For the banana soft serve, I threw the following in my Ninja:

  • About 1.5 bananas worth of frozen banana chunks
  • 2-3 ice cubes
  • Splashes of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 packet Splenda
  • Xantham Gum (for added thickness- this is optional)

I didn’t measure the almond milk because this was my first time making this. I probably added about 1/4 cup at first and started to blend, then kept adding a little bit more to get the desired consistency. It will take a few times of blending, lifting the lid and spooning a little around (and tasting 🙂 ) to figure out how you want it to be. But the outcome was amazing. It tasted just like banana ice cream/froyo but knowing that it was literally just made of bananas and a little bit of almond milk made it that much better. In a big bowl with my pumpkin protein cookie cake, topped with some Kashi cereal for crunch and a big scoop of Better’n Peanut Butter. Oh and a little bit of vanilla almond butter. I sneezed my way through eating this, but it was totally worth it.

I cannot stop reading old posts from one of my newest favorite blogs, STUFT Mama! I’ve been Instagram-ing when I make her pumpkin protein cookie dough, and that sparked my desire to turn it into a cookie cake last night. Her recipes and food in general are exactly what I love to eat, so her blog is a must read. She makes me want to have cute little babies just to make them delicious, fun and healthy food and take them running in a stroller! Okay, we won’t get ahead of ourselves here, but her blog is amazing. She is hilarious and real, so go read it 🙂

I will spend the rest of my day off sick and in bed, and bummed that I haven’t been able to work out since Sunday. It’s only Tuesday, I know, and I know I could have pushed it and tried to spin last night, but I think rest is more important while sick. I mean getting sick is a sign that our bodies need rest and to be taken care of better, right? I will keep telling myself that while I cough and sneeze all over my laptop. Beautiful.

Do you workout when you are sick?

P28 Protein Bread Review

Last week I came home to one of the best packages I’ve ever received.

Yes, high protein bread & bagels are my idea of the best package ever.

The awesome, brilliant guys over at P28 were kind enough to send me a VERY generous box of their high protein bread and bagels to devour and review for you all. I have wanted to try their products out for awhile now after reading about it in the blogging world. I enjoy bread and bagels occasionally, but don’t eat much of it because I don’t eat a very carb-heavy diet (kinda shocking for a runner). Too many carbs make me sluggish and make me crave more, feeling unsatisfied which is due mostly to a lack of protein in most forms of carbs. P28 has created a DELICIOUS bread (and bagel!!) that is absolutely packed full of protein and CLEAN, natural ingredients! Ingredients include whole wheat flour, whey protein, raisin juice, sunflower seeds, and sea salt.

Within 2 minutes of the package arriving, I cut open a bagel and toasted up 1/2 with PB2 and cinnamon. I went on to have that snack before bed at least 3 times last week. I also made savory versions on some of the bagels and the bread. Let the pictures make you drool:

p28 bagel w/ egg whites & avocado for lunch
1/2 P28 bagel w/ PB2, banana & cinnamon
Pre-workout snack of 1 slice P28 bread w/ PB2 & cinnamon
1 slice P28 bread with avocado & runny egg

The bread and bagels have an amazing sweet smell to them, and taste great both with sweeter toppings and savory. The texture is one of my favorite parts of their products. They are slightly chewy, but fluffy and just all around better than any bread or bagel I’ve had! The stats for 1 slice of bread are 130 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 12 grams of carbs, 3 grams of sugar, and 14 grams of protein! A full bagel is 260 calories, 7 grams of fat, 25 grams of carbs, and 28 grams of protein. A.K.A., these babies will keep you full!

P28’s headquarters are located in Syracuse, NY which of course holds a special place in my heart being an upstate NYer! For my upstate readers, you can buy their products in Wegman’s! You can also order from them directly on their website, http://www.highproteinbread.com. They offer a trial pack of either 2 slices of bread or 1 bagel with free shipping so you can sample before you buy a whole loaf. They are great to freeze and pull out when you want one, and last in the freezer for up to 6 months! Read this link to their page that lists their ingredients and the benefits of each one! https://www.highproteinbread.com/baked-goods/p28-trial-pack.

I found that by eating these bagels and breads throughout the week, not only was I satisfied and kept full for longer, but that my carb cravings actually went away! Bagels and bread no longer felt like something I had to wait for cheat day to have. I urge you to start with a sample pack of these and feed those muscles the protein they need! 🙂

*P28 sent me samples to review, but all opinions are my own.