Live Well Now- The “Goo-d” Life With GNC

 

Hello!

I’m so excited to announce that this fall we’ll be partnering with our favorite company GNC.

It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with GNC egg white protein powder and have been creating different versions of GNC inspired chocolate pumpkin protein goo as of late.

I’ve always been a fan of GNC and their approach to healthy living. Yes, even in high school I would shop at the local GNC (conveniently located in the nearby mall) for vitamins. To say that I’m thrilled about this partnership through FitFluential would be a bit of an understatement.

For the remainder of the year I’ll be featuring GNC inspired recipes, product reviews and workouts. (Yeah, so pretty much the rest of this year is going to be AWESOME.)

Back in July we were sent a wonderful package of GNC goodies and have gone through them pretty darn quickly.

The thing I’m missing the most is this bad boy.

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I thought it would be difficult to survive without it, but I’ve been making up for it with the GNC chocolate soy protein powder instead. Phew.

To kick things off I thought I’d share my newest protein goo (or protein cookie dough) obsession in one easy recipe. I know you’ve seen it before as I’ve been making different versions of it on a daily basis, but I thought I would give you just a basic recipe to tweak any way you’d like. It’s easy, delicious and packed with good for you protein.

 

 

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That’s it friends. I usually just throw together the three main ingredients. I’ve found that the GNC line of protein powders have enough flavor to hold their own without any additional flavors or sweeteners.

 

This goo can be used in a wrap

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as a dip (with some low calorie peanut butter frosting)

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and/or with some Flatout cinnamon crisps and peanut butter

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or eaten with a spoon (not pictured) in a Flatout cinnamon crisp bowl.

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The possibilities are endless.

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I like to change it up every day depending on my mood. Ha ha.

Lately my mood has been leading me to add some coconut cookie dough crumble on top along with some PB2.

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Oh man, must be my new Vitapak vitamins.

 

Speaking of vitamins, let’s talk supplements next. I’ve always been big on taking multivitamins every day. For the past five years or so I’ve been taking a multi-vitamin and fish oil every morning.

 

I recently received these GNC Women’s Ultra Mega™ Wellness Vitapak® vitamins.

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It took me awhile to choose the Vitapak that I thought would be the right fit for my lifestyle. They have a lot of different options (you can see them all here). I went with the wellness one because of the digestive enzymes, extra calcium and vitamin D, fish oil and mood support (goodness knows I need that these days- ha). I wanted to make sure I got one that had the extra calcium because of the amount of training I do and since I’ve been limiting dairy in my diet.

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They come in a convenient little package which makes it easy to remember to take each morning. I really like that GNC has taken the work out of it for me to make sure I’m getting all the different supplements I need in one daily pack. The less thinking on my part the better.

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Now I don’t have to get my whole week of vitamins ready in my pill box anymore. One less thing to do.

I just started taking these Monday, so I’ll be sure to check in over the next month on how I’m doing with them, but so far I’m loving them.

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Since we all “Live Well”  as a family, the boys take their Yummi Bears multi-vitamins everyday also.

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They’re currently taking the Wholefood and Antioxidants ones. I try to get them to take the fish oil, but to be honest some days I’m not as successful as others.

Something else new this week-

STUFT Daddy and I both trying out probiotics for the first time. I’ve been wanting to incorporate them into our diet for awhile. I’ve heard so many great things about the benefits and GNC has a new line of all different varieties of probiotics.

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Here are the two we’re starting with for our new probiotic venture.

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I put STUFT Daddy on the Ultra 75 and I’m taking the Ultra 50. We’ll see if we notice any changes. I asked the wonderful people over at GNC if there was a better time of day to take probiotics. They informed me that there wasn’t any research that suggests a better time of day to take them so we’re taking them at night. They also informed me that probiotics are awesome for immune protection. I didn’t know that, but sure am excited.

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Okay, so now onto the first workout of our fall #livewellnow GNC series. Try to hold back your excitement. Ha ha.

Here’s how we set up for our big debut.

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Someday hopefully we’ll have a better set up. Ha.

This is a great 8 minute high intensity body weight training workout. These type of workouts are my favorite to squeeze into a hectic day because they get your heart rate up quickly. You get the cardiovascular benefits and the lower body toning at the same time with the body weight training. It’s better to do these workouts for a longer period of time, so feel free to go through the circuit a good two or three times.

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Here’s the full workout for you to do with us. Yes, us. The boys help out as usual and might I just add that Joaquin does the touch down jacks pretty darn well. I can’t help but laugh when I watch him.

You don’t need any equipment. Just 10 minutes or so and desire to watch some toddlers run around while you’re legs are burning a little and you’re sucking wind. (Just kidding.)

Video notes:

Joaquin has some moves.

We only had one mine technical difficulty.

I make it almost the whole workout before I get sprayed with a squirt bottle.

I really should stop wearing short shorts when I make these videos.

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Our first #livewellnow GNC fall series workout video.

 

Here is a printable version of the workout just in case you’d rather do it on your own instead of with us. I understand completely. Ha.

 

 

Okay friends, thanks so much for letting me blab on and on about my new partnership. (I guess my blabbing is pretty much the norm though.) I’m just so excited about this campaign.

We’re off. I hope to catch up with all of you in the next few days! I’m a little behind on emails and comments.

We’ve got a busy day today and we even have a wedding rehearsal dinner tonight. I need to try to look halfway decent for it and I’m guessing I can’t pull off my “I’m sweaty and wearing workout clothes because I just taught a class” excuse. Ha ha.

I’ll be back soon with some STUFT nonsense, running talk, a pizza recipe and a really great giveaway! Woo hoo!

*As with any exercise program, consult your physician before starting a new workout routine.

*FitFluential LLC compensated me for this Campaign. All opinions are my own.

 

Questions:

Do you take vitamins or probiotics?

Do you prefer chocolate or vanilla protein powder?

What workout video should we do next?

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Comments

  1. 1
    Katie H. says:

    I have always meant to try your protein goo (although I think I prefer “cookie dough”). This post reminded me–I even have all the ingredients right now!

    I stick with gummi vitamins, personally. My stomach is very sensitive when it comes to swallowing pills. As for protein powder, I am LOVING the versatility of vanilla right now. I’ve been making blueberry muffin shakes, cake batter, PB & banana. Yum!

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    Kathy says:

    I am glad you are getting compensated for your opinions and posts…you deserve it and they are so helpful!

    I like vanilla protein powder then I can add whatever to it and mix up the flavor. ;-)

    I need/want to try the CHIA seeds…I guess I better make a trip to the local GNC store…that will be a first for me.

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    Sophie says:

    I was wondering if you had tried incorporating sugar-free pudding into your desserts. The snack pack puddings have a lot of flavor and I think you would like them!!!

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      STUFT Mama says:

      I have a bunch of recipes that use pudding mixes in the dessert section Sophie. :) I don’t incorporate them as much anymore because I’ve been staying away from dairy. :) Good idea though with the snack packs. :)

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    Lisa says:

    I think I’ll have to do this workout tomorrow, looks like a fun one!!
    Vanilla is always my favourite flavour. I only like the dark chocolate super intense chocolate stuff.
    Yum to pumpkin “goo” Love mixing pumpkin and protein powder for a little snack!
    And coconut flour is simply the best.

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    Susan says:

    Hey there, love your site..my daughter (2) and i take vitamins every day..we both use chewable ones, adult ones for me toddler ones for her..( i just cant seem to swallow huge pills) .. We also use fish oil..i get ours from barleans…that would be a great way for your kids to get it…it tastes WONDERFUL! The one i get for her is lemon flavored and it really tastes like dessert. http://www.barleans.com/omega-kids.asp . I also use protein powders mainly in my smoothies..right now i have orange cream, and chocolate from jay robb.

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    Sarah says:

    Wow – that’s a great workout!! Definitely want to start incorporating that into my week.
    I like both chocolate and vanilla protein powder – loooove making smoothies with vanilla, banana, pb and adding a generous dose of cinnamon. But, I think chocolate tastes better on it’s own. :)

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    Oooo cool you got some probiotics too! A must have!

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    I do take probiotics and I take vitamins sometimes, mostly calcium since I can’t have dairy. I normally use vanilla protein powder since I can add cocoa powder to it to make it chocolate. I LOVE this workout! I’m thinking I will do this one tabata style tomorrow for 8 rounds. As you can see, I really want to blast my booty!

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    I take tons of vitamins and probiotics, starting about two months ago. I can really tell a difference. My stomach doesn’t hurt as bad, my allergies are more tolerable, and overall I feel closer to “normal” than I have felt in awhile. TIP FOR THE PROBIOTICS: I take the GNC brand too! My naturopathic nurse recommended that I take them at night. That way you are resting and the probiotics will work through your stomach more efficiently. So far it’s worked for me!

    I prefer vanilla protein powder just because it is more adaptable, but I love whey chocolate the best. Sadly I’m now allergic to both eggs and milk so none of those for me! Now I use Jarrow’s brown rice protein powder… Which leads me to a question: Have you ever tried any vegan protein powders before? Which ones who you recommend? Jarrow is currently out of stock and the one I have right now is really chalky :(

    Love the recipe for the protein goo! I am definitely going to make that when I get home :)

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      STUFT Mama says:

      Thanks for the probiotic tip. I’ve been taking them at night so yay!!! I’m sorry you’re allergic to eggs and milk right now., Bleh. I like Vega as a a substitute and my favorite actually besides GNC is Spiru-tein. LOVE all their flavors. :)

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    Joy says:

    I just got home from work and I’m like ‘let me do this quick (thinking easy) workout stuftmama posted.’

    Holy cow! You just kicked my butt. In a good way. Thank you for posting the video. Keep them coming! I love ‘em.

    And congratulations on your partnership with GNC!!

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    Fun!!!! Congrats on the partnership with GNC!

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    I am reading this sitting in class and it’s making me SO HUNGRY. I want to go buy canned pumpkin right now! It doesn’t help that the class is Food & Drug Law…

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    Honestly, goo is so easy, but so delicious! Love it :D I also love your flat out cinnamon crisps. You’re awesome. Probiotics are my best friend ha ha

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    Lesa says:

    Oh You will absolutly LOVE the Probiotics!!! They are really wounderful for you all around health. I work at GNC in Michigan and use those too. I also love love love the welness vitapak…but also look into the all greens vegitarian vitapak cause that includes some good digestive enzymes in it also. But with the protien i do love my vanilla….but only because if i want choc. then ill add some of that deeee-lish hersheys Dark choc. cocoa powder or natural kind. But with vanilla you can really do wounders with!! :) Oh but also for the kid-o’s at GNC try the omega orange chews….very tasty….we offer samples of them most of the time so you could more than likely ask the sales person if they have any to sample befor purchasing :) cause i know kid-o’s and taste buds ;)

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    Kathy says:

    just did your video workout…frog burpees…ugh!

    “twins comment ” made me laugh…needed that second break to focus again…ha!

    thanks…now on to round two….

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    I actually like unflavored protein powder so I can add whatever flavor my little heart desires. ;) Totally going to try this tomorrow or next week. I have some delicious cinnamon bread that I could top this with! Happy Friday! :)

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    Linda says:

    Congrats on the partnership with GNC! You know, I’ve never been there. So, I’m in Orange County for the weekend and it turned out the Lorna Jane in Huntington Beach got pushed back another week or so. City Council issues! I am so bummed! If only I could manage seeing family and sneaking off to Santa Monica…..

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    Samantha says:

    Good morning! My vitamin use has definitely increased and I do use more herbs now. Probiotics usually only when I am sick.

    I am so glad you got this partnership!

    PS. Loved the photo of you two all dressed up. You looked wonderful together. :)

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    Your video assistants are the cutest things ever. And they both have moves!! I am so excited for your Kristin and this partnership with GNC. I can’t wait to see what’s in store this fall. I too love the GNC vanilla egg protein powder. Sadly, I’m coming to the end of my stash and will have to get some more soon! I’d love to see an upper body or core workout :-)

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    Krystle says:

    Nice! I just picked up Women’s Active Vitapak and I’m wondering when I should take them. I usually take my vitamins before I go to bed, but this pack has vitamins such as Energy Enhancer, L-Carnitine and CLA 1000. These sound like post or pre workout supplements? When do you suggest I take them?

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