Sustaining My Energy + Giveaway

Forced rest is tiring.

This may be the understatement of the year.

Energy begets energy… sitting around does just the opposite.  Come 4 o’clock, my eyes have been glazing over and I am ready to be done working.  Since that’s not an option, I’ve been enjoying a new pick-me-up.

Designer Whey – the makers of my favorite whey protein powder – came out with a new Sustained Energy Protein Powder.  Thanks to Designer Whey and FitFluential, I received this package to try:

Designer Whey Sustained Energy

How is the different from the regular whey?

  • Each scoop has 16g of protein, 5g of fiber, 1g of sugar and 100 calories
  • The Endurance Blend™ is formulated to provide stimulant-free, sustained energy
  • Added fiber helps control hunger
  • High in vitamins A, C and E to aid in workout recovery, and in calcium and vitamin D for yer bones
  • 19 essential vitamins and minerals, including the B vitamins that energize your metabolism
  • Flavors are Vanilla Bean and Chocolate Velvet

I 100% love the taste of both the chocolate and vanilla.  I didn’t notice a sky-rocket effect on energy, but I did wake up after eating my smoothie bowl.  At 4p, this was a great snack to curb hunger and tide me until dinnertime.

Unable to simply mix powder with liquid and drink it, I created a Cardamom Cheesecake Protein Bowl for my afternoon snack.  With spinach… because isn’t everything better green?!  The cardamom and ginger made for a fun, refreshing flavor on a hot Atlanta afternoon!  (Recipe at the bottom)

Cardamom Ginger Protein Smoothie

Of even more interest to you…

Designer Whey is offering a giveaway!

SIX (6!!!) of you will have the chance to win your own Sustained Energy protein powder in either the Chocolate Velvet or Vanilla Bean.

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***Giveaway OVER***


New tasty protein powders and giveaways are obviously marvelous… so is the fact that Marvelous diva Katie, welcomed a new baby this weekend!  Congratulations, Katie!!!

Marvelous Monday

A few other Marvelous things:

I went to the Monday Night Brewery on Friday night.  They were the location Gather‘s launch party.  It was awesome.  Lots of good food, good beer… and beer rests in the bathroom.

Monday Night Brewing

Saturday I took shots.  Juice shots, that is.  This is called the “Grand Slam” at Arden’s Garden.  It’s shots of wheatgrass, ginger, lemon, and cranberry.  That ginger is intense.  They also gave me a little smoothie sample to chase it with.

Arden's Garden Grand Slam

Lastly, this girl’s recap of her visit to Atlanta and absolutely made my day.  I miss her already.  #bloggercrush 


Cardamom Cheesecake Protein Bowl

Cardamom Cheesecake Protein Bowl

  • 1 scoop Designer Whey Sustained Energy (or other protein powder)
  • 1 C fresh spinach (optional)
  • 1/2 C no-salt cottage cheese
  • 1/2 in piece fresh ginger (or /14 tsp grated)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp fresh cardamom
  • Ice, to taste

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.  Add additional ice to achieve thicker, ice cream-like consistency.



This morning I have my follow-up with the surgeon.  He better clear me to workout!!!

What marvelous things did you do this weekend?

What do you do when you need a mid-afternoon pick me up?


  1. says

    When I need a pick me up, I normally eat almonds. Most of the time anyways because I am at my desk and unable to make something like this at work :-/

    It looks awesome though! I really need to work on trying to work from home. I think I could definitely make that work 😉

  2. says

    i love anything and everything cheesecake so your cardamom cheesecake protein bowl sounds so good!! i’ve been loving my designer whey vanilla bean protein powder!

  3. says

    Hope you get cleared to crush some steel!

    After all the Italian and Portuguese food I ate this weekend, I am going to need that Vanilla Designer Whey :)

  4. says

    Couldn’t possibly agree more that energy begets energy! It’s amazing how different my energy levels are when working out vs. not. I love the vanilla Designer Whey, but just can’t get into cardamom! There are very few flavors that I don’t like, but that’s sadly one of them!

  5. Tamra says

    I would totally love to try the Vanilla flavour. I already use the Vega Sport Vanilla protein powder and am obsessed with it… this seems like it would be a delicious bit of variety!

  6. Danielle Johnson says

    um i love chocolate everything, but vanilla goes so much better in smoothies, you can mix it with ANYTHING! i have so been wanting to try this one too!

  7. morgan says

    this weekend I checked another thing off my bucket list: a 27 mile canoe adventure during which I (almost!) got eaten alive by bugs 😛 my favorite my afternoon pick me up is cold water with a packet of EmergenC & a single serve packet of lemon crystal light- its like a vitamin infused fizzy lemon burst of goodness!

    • Laura says

      A canoe adventure sounds like SO much fun! I got to do it during my adventrue race a few months ago – wish we have a place close by for it!

  8. Aubrey says

    Chocolate of course! Vanilla is always a yummy flavor but if chocolate enters the picture, there’s no competition! 😉

  9. Jordan D says

    Vanilla, allows for more creativity and would pair so well with summer fruits. I’m thinking peach protein ice cream…

  10. Haley Lash says

    I would absolutely love to try the Vanilla Bean! I’m getting pretty low on my only Vanilla soy protein

  11. says

    Hi!:) I just LOVE Designer Whey but haven’t had the chance to try this new formula!:) I am sure it is just as tasty as their regular whey:) I would love to win some and hands down, I think I’d have to go with vanilla, even though I’m pretty obsessed with chocolate EVERYTHING. Something about vanilla protein powder just really thrills me to no end. I know..I’m odd:) Heck, either one would be great:) Just enter me!

  12. Nicole says

    I’d like to try the vanilla! I love vanilla powders because they make a great base to add goodies to!


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