Thursday, February 22, 2018

{Naked Nutrition Review}

Hello cupcakes!

Today I want to share an honest review of Naked Nutrition. I will be reviewing 2 products: Naked Pea Protein & Naked BCAAs.

"Naked BCAAs are the highest pharmaceutical grade, fastest dissolving, and rapidly absorbed Branch Chain Amino Acids available. Studies have shown that BCAA supplementation improves strength and muscle development, speeds recovery, and increases endurance for men and women at all fitness levels.**"~ Taken from Naked Nutrition's website

Here are some details about the BCAAs-
-There are no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or colors
-Vegan, soy free, gluten free, and GMO free
-Includes L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, & L-Valine (3 branch chain amino acids or BCAAs)

Other ingredients: 
Natural flavors, sugar, sea salt, citric acid, sunflower lecithin, and fruit & vegetable juice (for color)

L-Leucine 2500 mg
L-Isoleucine 1250 mg
L-Valine 250 mg

35 calories, 0 g fat, 6 g carbs, & 5 g protein

Price: $34.99
Servings per container: 50
Affordability: 8.5/10
Taste: 9/10
Stir ability: 9/10

My thoughts-
I actually am loving this product. I have a 40 oz travel tumbler and I fill it up every morning for my 1 hour drive to work. I will add 1 scoop of the Naked BCAA's and a few drops of water flavoring. I drink the whole 40 oz during that hour. Once I get to work, I eat my breakfast. I feel like the Naked BCAAs help hydrate me and fuel my muscles since I wait to eat until I get to work. The flavor also helps me drink more water. This is why I gave the flavor a 9/10 & it does not taste artificial like some brands I have tried in the past. The powder stirs into my water very well. I am a little hesitant with the serving size per container. I use the scoop that came with the powder, and I don't know if there are truly 100 servings. I think I should measure the 5 grams out of the powder instead of using the scoop if I want to get the most servings out of the container. If you truly get 50 servings for $35 that's only 69 cents per serving which I feel is a good deal. I would totally buy these in the future if my budget allows. I want to mention here, supplements are just that! They are supplemental to your diet and fitness. They are not needed, but can help aid in your progress/recovery. 

"Yellow pea protein powder is an excellent source of dietary protein for vegetarians and vegans that cannot use animal / milk based proteins."~ taken from Naked Nutrition's website

Here are some details about the Pea Protein-
-Gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and soy free
-No artificial sweeteners, flavors, or colors
-27 grams of protein per serving
-only ingredient is yellow pea protein 

Price: $54.99
Servings per container: 76
Affordability: 9/10
Taste by itself: 5/10
Stir ability: 7/10
Texture: 7/10
Adaptability for recipes, etc: 8/10

My thoughts-
I am not a huge fan of the flavor or texture of the pea protein. I have found that if I create recipes with it, then I can consume it. For example, this past weekend I made a pizza crust using pea protein and it was actually really good! Naked Nutrition also have a gluten free pizza crust recipe. Personally, I would not buy this protein to consume as a shake, but rather to bake with or make smoothies with because it covers up the natural flavor of the peas. I do appreciate that it is dairy-free and easy to digest. I also appreciate that there are no added fillers or sweeteners for people who do not want to consume those things. The price per serving is only 72 cents. 

Overall thoughts-
I love the idea of "Naked" supplements because many supplements on the market are not worried about the fillers and chemicals in their products. Props to you Naked Nutrition! The company advertises that they offer free shipping on all orders, so that is also a plus! I absolutely love their BCAA's and I am hoping to try more of their products soon. 

Later Taters

"It's a beautiful day, don't let it get away." 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Week 1 Avatar Nutrition Meal Plan + Avatar Nutrition App Review

Hello cupcakes,

I have officially started Avatar Nutrition back up!

I have started a slow fat loss stage and these are my current macros: 120 g protein, 136 g carbs, 49 g fat. My goal is to do a slow/moderate cut for 12-16 weeks or until I feel comfortable switching to a slow reverse. 

***Everyone has different macro needs, so please do not use mine. This is just to give you an example and show you my personal progress. I highly recommend signing up for Avatar Nutrition yourself so that it will be tailored to your specific needs. Read more about my Avatar Nutrition experience here. ***

My previous experience with my cut:

You can read this story/process here

I like to add my foods to MyFitness Pal to plan for the upcoming week. I tried using the Avatar Nutrition App and I ended up switching back to MyFitness Pal. Here are the pros and cons of the Avatar Nutrition App-

-Links directly to the Avatar Nutrition site so it has your personalized macro targets
-It has a subtraction system when you enter foods so you know how much fat, protein, carbs you have left for the day
-visually appealing
-Scan ability
-Can enter your own food macros easily
-Can create favorites
-Can search for foods based on common foods or brands

-I couldn't copy the previous day's meals
-I couldn't look at the previous day's food entries
-Harder for me to navigate since I have used Myfitness Pal

Overall, I think I would use the Avatar Nutrition App over Myfitness Pal if I were able to copy the previous day's meals and look back on past day's entries.

I will be weighing in with Avatar Nutrition on every Saturday. I also took before photos that I will share after this fat loss stage.

Here is what I have laid out for the coming week:

Breakfast: 1/2 c. oats, 1 T almond butter, 1 psyllium husk pancake (140 g egg whites, 5 g psyllium husk powder, 10 g coconut flour, 4-8 drops stevia, 1/2 tsp baking powder), & 1 tsp coconut oil

Lunch: 150 g zucchini, 120 g. Trader Joes cruciferous crunch mix, liquid aminos, 45 g jasmine rice (dry & I will cook it), 4 oz chicken breast, with dressing of mustard, liquid aminos, and stevia

Dinner: 200 g spaghetti squash, 8 pepperonis, 2 T tomato paste, 4 oz chicken breast, 1 T almond meal, 1 cup arugula, 1 T primal kitchen salad dressing

Snacks: 1 tomato basil rice cake, 1 dove dark chocolate, 8 oz homemade kombucha

Snack 2: 1 scoop protein powder, 8 oz unsweetened almond milk

TOTALS:120 g protein, 130 g carbs, 48g fat

P.S. I prep all of my food on Saturday/Sunday and will be eating basically the same meals every day of the week. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

{Instapot Almond Milk Yogurt}

Hello cupcakes!

I've tried made Instapot Coconut Yogurt, so I thought it would be fun to make Almond Milk yogurt. Here's how to do it-

In an Instapot, add homemade almond milk. I used about 4-6 cups. Place the Instapot on Saute. Stir the almond milk until it reaches 180 degrees. Remove the liner of the Instapot so it can cool. Add 2 T of honey or sweetener of choice & 1/2- 1 scoop of Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin. Stir until the ingredients are combined. Wait for the milk to cool to 100 degrees. Once cooled, stir in the powder of 2 probiotics (I used this brand) & 1 small container of plain almond milk yogurt (this is optional, you don't have to add it as long as you have the probiotics). Stir until combined. Add the top to the Instapot and place the Instapot on the Yogurt setting. I programmed mine for 9 hours. 

Once the 9 hours are over, add the yogurt to a container and refrigerate overnight or until the yogurt is set. 

For this yogurt bowl, I used homemade almond milk yogurt & 1 scoop of Quest Cinnamon Crunch protein powder. I stirred these together and topped it with pumpkin seeds, Anthony's Goods chia seeds, blueberries, and raspberries. 

I love adding my protein powder to my homemade yogurt because it keeps me full longer, adds more protein, and flavors the yogurt. 


Later Taters

"It's a beautiful day, don't let it get away." 

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