Happy Saturday friends!
It’s week three of the challenge, but it’s still not too late to join. It’s a free 12 week diet and lifestyle change program that also includes a meal plan and a workout regimen. Pretty cool. Not to mention there are also weekly prizes and giveaways. It’s just awesome friends.
So, first of all for week three of the Total Lean Challenge, I’m here to give you the surprise Saturday workout. Woo hoo!
You can see the entire workout plan for the week here. Today’s workout is a pretty simple one and can be tailored to any fitness level.
I also wanted to focus a little today on some healthy condiments to add flavor to meals. Sometimes people think you have to sacrifice taste when you’re trying to cut back and well, that’s just not the case. You just need to experiment a little bit.
You all know I’m a huge fan of spicy stuff. I love adding spices and seasoning to just about anything without adding a ton of calories.
Here’s my top two tips on using healthy condiments and doctoring meals up a healthy way.
1. This one is just my personal opinion, but I’m convinced you can pretty much make anything delicious with the addition of Cholula, crushed red pepper and nutritional yeast. Ha ha.
To make it a little more generic, add some flavoring to food with a little sauce (hot sauce, salsa, mustard, low calorie barbeque sauce, flavored vinegar, etc.) and some spices (Trader Joe’s Everyday Seasoning, garlic powder, garlic salt, Slap Ya Mama, Italian Seasoning, dried oregano, smoked seat salt, crushed red pepper, parmesan cheese, nutritional yeast, etc.). I use a lot of these on a daily basis on chicken, salad and/or vegetables that I roast (or burn) in the oven. A couple of easy ideas are here: roasted broccoli slaw, broccoli slaw BBQ bake, nondairy kale chips, roasted zucchini, roasted brussel sprouts, roasted cabbage and roasted cauliflower.
2. Make your own salad dressings. I have yet to find a low calories dressing that I really love and if I do happen to find one that tastes pretty good, that 2 tablespoon serving seems pretty darn small on top of a big salad. I stick to making my own dressings at home. My favorites are ACVM dressing, Berry Hot dressing, easy sweet hot salad dressing and yum hum dressing.
Since we’re talking GNC and all today, in addition to making this protein frosting pretty much every single day (and lately putting it on some roasted kabocha squash), I’ve obviously been doing some serious experimenting with their Total Lean Shakes. I thought I’d share all my fun uses of this one as of late because, well, it’s just rocking my world.
I’ve been using it as a little coffee creamer and making a pretty mean protein vanilla latte with it.
I think I actually like the same drink a little better when it’s cold. Here’s my
Iced GNC Total Lean Protein Vanilla Latte.
All you need is some brewed espresso (or an instant coffee packet prepared with just 1/4 cup hot water), 3/4-1 cup of Total Lean Shake Vanilla and ice. I frothed the shake before adding it in the glass just to be cool. And yes, you can totally froth this shake cold.
This creation just takes the cake.
Actually, it takes the cake batter. Ha ha. This is one heck of a delicious cake batter protein shake that was created earlier this week.
Oh my goodness. I’ve had a form of this every single day this past week. We’ve got some serious Total Lean greatness in this house.
Before I go I just have to show you my cute new way I’m storing my Vitapak vitamins.
Check out the challenge here
Woo hoo! Have a great day!
*FitFluential LLC compensated me for this campaign. All opinions are my own.