Hi! I hope you had an awesome weekend and are easing back into the workweek effortlessly. I’m trying…
I thought it would be a fun change of pace on this Monday morning to do a post highlighting a few of my favorite things lately. Some of these are newer discoveries and some are things that I’ve been using for a while and have recently resurfaced. It’s a mix of both food and workout stuff, all of which is helping me to lose these last few pounds and continue with a healthy lifestyle. Enjoy!
1. SO Delicious Coconut Milk Creamer (0 pts+)
This is my new favorite coffee creamer that I discovered because it was on sale at Whole Foods for $2! I went with the Original Flavor, and a serving is 1 tbsp. There are only 10 calories and 0 fat per tablespoon, and even 2 tablespoons has 0 pts+ on Weight Watchers. Besides it being super healthy, its also delicious, with just a faint coconut taste, but it looks like half and half in your coffee because it lightens it up so much. It is soy, dairy, and gluten free, plus totally vegan – so fits into any healthy lifestyle.
2. My Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor
This one can’t surprise you if you’ve visited my blog anytime lately, but I couldn’t write a post about my favorite things and not have this near the top. The model I have is the FT7, and it is literally my favorite piece of workout equipment. I think this is the first time I’ve ever put this in writing… but I’m pretty sure I love it more than my Garmin 305. :-O I wrote a full review of the FT7 that you can find here, but basically, its amazing. I love that it tells me the number of calories I burn while I go, and it syncs up with every treadmill/elliptical I’ve been on to date. I’m sure I’ll find one that isn’t Polar equipped at some point, but so far I haven’t had any issues and I LOVE this.
3. Bananas (0 pts+)
These are a brand new product found in the produce section of your local grocery store. Juuuuust kidding. But really, bananas are amazing. They are more filling and substantial to me than other fruit, and are so great any time of day. I usually stir them into my oatmeal, but also love them in smoothies, with peanut butter, or mashed up on toast. So versatile, and so good for you. I also love that now that Weight Watchers has changed fruit to 0 pts, I can just munch on a banana while I’m figuring out dinner and not think twice.
4. Frozen Spinach (0 pts+)
Would you believe me if I told you I’ve only used frozen spinach for the first time a few weeks ago for that spinach dip I made for my sister’s shower? Only then did I start to discover the awesomeness that is frozen spinach. It has a really long shelf (freezer shelf?) life, and is super easy to defrost and use. My favorite discovery so far has been using it in green monsters! It makes you need less ice, and if you don’t have any frozen bananas, it doesn’t matter because you have the frozen spinach! It’s also awesome scrambled with eggs, in spinach dip, and in soups.
5. Lululemon Headband
Ever since I chopped off my hair, I can’t get it all to stay in a pony tail. This thing has been a lifesaver. It’s lightweight enough that it doesn’t make me overheat, but its warm enough that it keeps my ears from freezing if I run outdoors. I need to pick up a few more of these because I only have one and LOVE it. Plus, its only $12, which is pretty cheap for Lululemon…
6. Laughing Cow Babybel Light (1 pts+)
Love. The babies are just 1 pt+ a piece, and are so tasty. They are also so portable, and have just 50 calories, 6 grams of protein, and 3 grams of fat each. Nothing majorly new here, just something I recently picked up and have been loving lately.
7. Peanut Flour
I’ve been over this one before, but my love for it has not wavered. In fact, I went to Trader Joe’s and picked up two extra packages of it today just in case I start running low. 1/4 a cup has 3 pts+, 2 tbsp has 2pts+ (the portion I normally use), and 1 tbsp has 1 pt+. It is the perfect addition to oatmeal to make it stick to your ribs for 4-5 hours, and is awesome mashed up with banana on toast for a quick and healthy breakfast. I also love adding a little bit to smoothies for extra staying power. I can’t wait to keep experimenting with it and discover even more ways to use it.
9. The Shred
Another thing I’ve mentioned on the blog many times, but this is the only workout video I use. I normally get too bored to follow DVDs all the way through, but this one has 3 different 20 minute workouts on it, and they are all super challenging and condensed. Each workout is set up in 3 circuits, and each circuit consists of 3 minutes strength, 2 minutes cardio, and 1 minute abs. Within the strength training, it’s 30 seconds of a power move, 1 minute of a compound move, and then repeat. With the cardio, its 30 seconds of two different moves, then repeat. And the minute of abs is usually 2 different moves about 30 seconds each. There’s literally no time to get bored, and I am ALWAYS sore the next day. If you’re looking for a quick workout you can squeeze into your busy day, this is it. All you need is hand weights (I use 3 lbs), and a mat. That’s it!
So what about you? What are you loving lately? Are any of these things near the top of your list?
PS: Anyone in the San Diego area and want to do dinner/drinks this week?