Revisiting Strange But Good

Normalcy* has returned.

*I use that term loosely.

Vegas and I made it back from Vegas leaving the 115 degree temps behind. ¬†The sun is out again in San Diego and it’s a balmy 75 degrees.

I feel like I'm on fire (ball). Thank you Las Vegas. ūüĒ•

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Resetting My Diet + WIAW

All good things must come to an end.

Until I figure out a way to live in Europe.

I’m a firm believer in balance and enjoying life. ¬†Enjoying is just what we did in Greece. ¬†There were tons of good eats, alllll the drinks, and a nice break from the gym (though we walked a LOT). ¬†Vegas and I had a blast and soaked up every moment. ¬†Coming off of that I have no regrets, but feel ready to get back to a healthier diet.

diet… 

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Spring into Strange (But Good)

I always look forward to spring.

Except the pollen.  Who knew San Diego had pollen?!

Spring food is the best. ¬†Don’t get me wrong, I love a roasted winter squash and the orange glow that comes with it. ¬†The lighter, fresh spring fare has my heart though.

Today’s #strangebutgood is a round up of some of my favorite spring recipes. ¬†Some stranger than others. ¬†All good. ¬†In my not-so-humble opinion.

Berry Chia Pudding

Berry Chia Pudding… 

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Cookies & Cream Zero Carb Protein Smoothie

I love me some protein.

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I also love cookies. ¬†If you can combine protein and cookies, you¬†have a winner. ¬†When Isopure sent over their cookies & cream zero carb powder with 50 grams¬†of 100% pure whey protein isolate I couldn’t try it fast enough. ¬†It was perfectly timed too – after being on he road for a week I was ready to get back in the gym!

Workout… 

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It’s About Time You Try Protein Powder 3 Ways

Peanut Butter Yogurt Bowl. Mocha Concrete Protein Shake. Pumpkin Cake Pancakes.

That’s my kind of¬†m√©nage √† trois!

If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time, you know I’m a protein powder enthusiast. ¬†When About Time sent over a dream team of protein powders for me to try, I jumped at the chance. ¬†Birthday cake, peanut butter, cinnamon swirl… I was like a kid in a candy shop.

About Time Protein Review… 

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Red Velvet Protein Shake [Recipe] + Santa Speedo Run

I ran down the street in my underwear this weekend.

It was Christmas underwear…. which makes it totally acceptable…

Atlanta holds a Santa Speedo Run every year. ¬†I’ve always been curious and had friends who’ve run… but this year curiosity killed the cat. ¬†I paid money to run down Peachtree Street in my undies. ¬†Thankfully, it was a pretty warm day and the “race” was only 1.5 miles. ¬†And it was for charity! ¬†It was a fun way to stay active and¬†donate to a good cause on the holidays!

ATL Santa Speedo Run… 

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Pumpkin Pie Protein Ice Cream + WIAW

Winning is my favorite thing.

Really… everything is a competition.

I saw this sign walking to a meeting yesterday and literally laughed out loud.

I was wrong

Sometimes being wrong isn’t SO bad. ¬†I’d decided never to date again. ¬†Vegas has ruined me. ¬†So… I admit it. ¬†I was wrong.

But I am still never, ever having babies.  Take that, Universe.

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This¬†WIAW¬†I ate¬†a whole lot¬†random food after getting stranded an extra day out West. ¬†First time in my life I missed a flight! ¬†Didn’t feel like a mistake after I made it though. ūüėČ

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Read on for my eats, and then check out¬†Jenn’s blog¬†for everyone else’s delicious creations!… 

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Blueberry Cheesecake Protein Shake + WIAW

Water makes me pee.

As it should.

I drink a TON of water. ¬†In addition to it being a standard part of any competitor’s diets, I live in the South and it’s August. ¬†Cold water is like gold. ¬†There are many benefits of drinking a lot of water – I did a post on it.

5 Benefits to Drinking Water

Someone commented on last Wednesday’s post asking how many times I got to the bathroom with all the water I drink. ¬†I’m sure she was kidding… but I took the opportunity to count.

Yesterday I peed 15 times…. 

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Blend Your [Growing Naturals] Protein

My Blends are Strange.

But oh-so-good.

Today I am in Utah for the annual Blend Retreat! ¬†I look forward to this retreat all year… and I feel especially lucky because I¬†get to represent Growing Naturals again this year. ¬†I wish I could share them with everyone (but scroll on down for a sweet freebie offer). ¬†You should all come to Blend next year!¬† If you can‚Äôt be there this year, be sure to follow along on¬†Twitter¬†and¬†Instagram¬†for the live¬†action.

Last year they were a huge hit with the other bloggin’ ladies, but here are a few reasons I personally love them:

Reasons I love Growing Naturals:

  1. Not chalky
  2. Great flavor (not fake-tasting)
  3. Super-clean (vegan, soy-free, and gluten-free!)
  4. Low in sodium, sugar, and carbs
  5. Their staff rocks – they are passionate about their product and committed to health!

Growing Naturals truly is my favorite protein to use. I love to use it in all the things! ¬†It’s fantastic¬†raw in¬†smoothies like my favorite¬†Mocha Beet Frapp¬†and Carrot Cake Batter Shake, or baked into¬†Plantain Ginger Bread.

Plantain Ginger Protein Bread

Rather than one of my own #strangebutgood creations this week, I wanted to feature some favorites from my Blends who use Growing Naturals!

My “original” Blend, Sarah, is the first blogger I met in real life. ¬†We will miss her this year, but will celebrate her strangeness today with her¬†Strawberry Pineapple Cilantro Smoothie:

Strawberry Pineapple Cilantro Smoothie

Strange creation #2 comes from a Blend who I basically invited myself to visit… having never met her… in Switzerland!

Lucie is one amazing woman. ¬†I wish she could make it to Blend, but I guess coming from Europe would be a little pricey. ¬†Instead, we should all make¬†her Green Protein Pancakes in her honor! ūüėČ

Green Protein Pancakes

Last (but certainly not least) is a Blend I will get to see tonight!  My brother from another mother, Lindsay!

This lady¬†knows more about fueling with food¬†and gut health than anyone I know. ¬†I’m so glad she’s agree to share 3 strange but healthy recipes today!

Grain-Free Superfruit Bread

Superfruit Bread

Orange Dream Machine Smoothie

Orange Dream Machine Smoothie

Mexican Chocolate & Walnut Healthy Balls… errr… Bites

I have made these, only I subbed sunflower seeds for the walnuts.  They rocked my balls off.

Mexican Chocolate & Walnut Healthy Bites

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How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week? The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends! Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.

If you’re not a blogger, you can still share your recipes on Instagram with the #strangebutgood hashtag.

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Remember to use #strangebutgood in any Tweets and Instagrams of your creations. :)



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What is your favorite protein powder recipe?  

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