Jul 01

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.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

A winner will be chosen on Thursday, July 4th, 2013.  Open U.S. to residents only.



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?



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  1. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    Where the heck is DESIGNER PEA PROTEIN! Common now! ;)

  2. lucie@swissfitchick

    I never tried Whey, but I would certainly whip up your recipe if I had some.
    Good luck with your appointment, cross fingers!!
    I love that Beer Rest. Such a fab idea.

  3. mollie k


  4. Miz

    I had SUUUCH a marvelous weekend at FITBLOGGIN
    could you feel us chatting about how MARVELOUS YOU ARE??

    1. Laura

      Whaaaat?! That’s just crazy talk. ;)

  5. Alex @ therunwithin

    I have never tried either flavor but both sound amazing.

  6. RavieNomNoms

    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 ;-)

    1. Laura

      Working from home is the greatest thing ever! So much easier to eat fun foods. :)

  7. Niki T.

    Vanilla Bean

  8. Lee

    Good luck at the surgeon! Let me know about the Peachtree.

  9. Linz @ Itz Linz

    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!

  10. Alex @ Brain, Body, Because

    I would love to try the chocolate.

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway, Laura :)

  11. Nikki

    Vanilla for sure! So versatile!

  12. Heather (Where's the Beach)

    I’m a vanilla girl!

  13. The Girl in the Orange

    I would love to try the chocolate powder! (Is this even a question?..)

    1. Laura

      Haha – my thoughts exactly!

  14. Meredith B.

    I’d like to try the chocolate!

  15. Jody - Fit at 55

    You have so much fun! Saw all the Insatgram pics! :) I like this protein powder but have to be careful with soy so I don’t use as much – it does keep me full! :)

  16. Lauren

    I most want to try the chocolate velvet. Yum. I have such a sweet tooth!

  17. Kim

    Oh – I hope you get cleared to start working out again!! You’re right, forced resting is very exhausting!!!

    1. Laura

      Not only was I cleared, but I ran a 10K! ;)

  18. Emily

    Yayyyy for getting cleared to workout! I would want to try the chocolate protein!

  19. keira

    vanilla bean sounds yummy:)

  20. Christina

    Vanilla bean, for sure!

  21. Lawrence

    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 :)

    1. Laura

      Portuguese food sounds SO good!

  22. Holly

    I’d try vanilla, since I can always add fruit and/or chocolate flavoring to it!

  23. Megan (The Lyons' Share)

    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!

    1. Laura

      It’s definitely a different taste – I can see it being a love it or hate it thing.

  24. Amanda

    I’d like to try the vanilla bean.

  25. Tamra

    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!

  26. Danielle Johnson

    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!

  27. morgan

    this weekend I checked another thing off my bucket list: a 27 mile canoe adventure during which I (almost!) got eaten alive by bugs :P 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!

    1. Laura

      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!

  28. Renata

    Vanilla Bean sounds delicious!

  29. Ashley

    Vanilla bean sounds delish!

  30. Aubrey

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

  31. Betsy

    Vanilla Bean sounds super yummy!

  32. Jordan D

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

    1. Laura

      I love peach ice cream! Peach ginger is my favorite. :)

  33. Katie

    Mmmm great giveaway! I would say vanilla, and mix it with dark cocoa powder :)

    1. Laura

      I love doing that too. :)

  34. Ashley @ Freckles & Spice

    i’m always judging my powders by how good the vanilla is – so vanilla bean!

    I usually do some fruit and nut butter or a smoothie or some healthy bites for a pm pick me up.

    1. Laura

      Mmmmm… Healthy Bites…

  35. Haley Lash

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

  36. Heather Williams

    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!

  37. Alina Borchardt

    I want to try chocolate velvet of course!!! Haven’t come upon that flavor anywhere else and who doesn’t love chocolate?! NOM

  38. Kelly G


  39. Anna B.

    I would love to try the Chocolate Velvet flavor! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  40. Danielle @ It's A Harleyyy Life

    chocolate please! (:

  41. Mandy

    The chocolate!!

  42. Emily @SinfulNutrition

    I’m all about the choco! Hope you are recovering well and thank you and designer whey for the giveaway!!

  43. Ashley W

    I would want to try the vanilla bean flavor!

  44. Joyce

    Mmm vanilla bean.

  45. Amy C.

    I would love to try the chocolate one since chocolate is my fave!

  46. Ray S

    Vanilla would be great!

  47. Megan

    I would love to try either, but Vanilla is always a good base for smoothies!

  48. Ellyn

    Ooo they both sound good but I would choose vanilla!

  49. Jennifer @ LiveLearnLoveRun

    I would soooo love to try the chocolate!!!

  50. Georgiana

    Vanilla sounds wonderful!

  51. Naomi

    I’d love to try the vanilla bean!

  52. Angelee

    I’m a chocolate girl through and through!!

  53. Jamie

    Chocolate! The answer will always be chocolate :)

    1. Laura

      Agreed! :)

  54. Nicole

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

  55. Christine

    vanilla bean

  56. virginia

    i would wan to try the chocolate flavor

  57. Melissa

    Yummy chocolate!

  58. Maria

    Yummy chocolate sounds like it would make an amazing shake with banana and almond milk!

  59. Jennifer

    Hey, girl. I am soo having this after my comp. It looks yummo

    1. Laura

      I’ll bring you some! Good luck this weekend!!!!

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