All posts by sweetblondesfitlife

What it is like to run in the Adidas Ultraboost X?

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Adidas UltraBoost X shoes to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!
 
I love shoes and I love to run, so when I was asked to test out the Adidas UltraBoost X, to say I was excited is an understatement. You may have noticed that Adidas has been getting a lot of attention lately. They have lots of great shoe styles, both new and classic out on the market right now. They have been making running shoes for some time, but the Adidas UltraBoost X is a new & revolutionary running shoe that is also extremely stylish. If you are in the market for new shoes, check these out. 

the product

You may be wondering how the UltraBoost X is different than the UltraBoost. The X version is made specifically for women! There are a few aesthetic differences between the shoes as well. However, the main difference is in the design. Women naturally have narrower feet and need support in different areas, so the UltraBoost X is for us!
I love the sock like design of the shoe and how it hugs your foot. It really takes comfort to the next level.  This is thanks to the ultra cushion boost that responds to each movement of your foot. It is almost like these shoes propel you off the ground and give you a really light and comfortable run. 
The UltraBoost X also feature a floating arch, which not only looks cool, but the extra support is also extremely comfortable.

how I use it

The Adidas UltraBoost X are designed for running, and while I wore them mostly on runs, I also used them for some cross training. They are extremely comfortable, I will try to explain the feel to you in words, but it is something you really have to experience. 
 
I only ran up to 6 miles in these shoes and they were great. While I am running shorter distances right now, some of the other pros ran much longer distances in these shoes and really liked them. I personally recommend the shoes for shorter runs, cross training and every day wear.

What I think

LOVE. These shoes are so comfortable, so stylish and so versatile. If you have cute running shoes, you are gonna wanna run more often, am I right?! 
Honestly, when I put these on for the first time, it was like magic. You  don’t want to take them off. Like I said I really enjoyed them for running and general wear. Don’t make me take these off! They come in lots of fun colors too 🙂

Where to buy

You can find these Ultra Boost X at Dick’s Sporting Goods. Get more info, specs and sizing HERE

Why You Must Try the NEW Quest Hero Bar

Everyone needs a hero…bar!! Quest just dropped a new brand new kind of bar called the Hero Bar and it’s so unique and different. The Quest Hero Bar comes in 3 flavors: chocolate caramel pecan,  blueberry cobbler, and vanilla caramel. I got my hands on a chocolate caramel pecan bar, and I filmed my first taste. I had no idea what to expect!

Quest Hero Bar – What is it??

The hero bars look kind of like a candy bar with a creamy and crunchy center coated in chocolate. It’s unlike any other protein bar! Watch the short video below to see my reaction (it’s kinda funny) and for more info on the bars. Don’t feel like watching the video? Keep reading!

How Does the Bar Taste?

Since filming the video, which was only a few days ago, Quest sent me the other flavors of the hero bar to try. My favorite out of the three, as a predicted in the video, is blueberry cobbler. SO FREAKING GOOD. The bars have a slight crunch and taste so yummy. It’s almost comparable to the texture of a snickers bar. 

What are the Macros?

These are the approximate macros for the bars, they vary 1-2 grams per flavor. 

Calories: 200
Fat: 11g
Net Carbs: 4
Protein: 15g

NOT BAD. Especially after you taste it and it’s like the most amazing thing ever. These macros are DOPE.

Where can I Buy it?

Best place is either QuestNutrition.com or GNC. At GNC you can buy one of each flavor so you can try them all and see which one you like best. Click here to shop online!!

How to Make Healthy Carnitas Tacos in Less Than 30 Minutes

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork. The opinions and text are all mine.

Summer is almost here and I cannot wait! It is my favorite time of the year: the sunshine, the long days and summer nights, the lighter meals and fun seasonal flavors and produce, I love it all! Today I am sharing a quick and easy recipe with you that is perfect for summer. It takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and doesn’t require the oven; it’s very summer friendly. With this recipe you’ll get real flavor, real fast!

When the weather is nice, I don’t want to be holed up in the kitchen cooking dinner. I want to be outside, spending time with my family or friends, soaking up rays and enjoying the breeze. This recipe allows you to do that, while still enjoying a delicious and healthy dinner. No need to go out to eat because you didn’t want to spend hours inside cooking. By using a slow cooker and Smithfield Boneless Pork Shoulder Seasoned Carnitas, the meat is cooked perfectly while you are out having fun. Another bonus, you don’t have to use the oven and heat up the house!

I don’t know about you, but in the summer I really crave Mexican inspired food. Nothing hits the spot like some guac on a summer day. These Smithfield Carnitas are already marinated and seasoned, all you have to do is cook it. I found it in the fresh meat section at my local Safeway. Literally all you have to do is cut open the package, cook, and you get delicious meat that is full of flavor! I also love that there are no crazy additives, just meat and seasonings in the marinade. It is also gluten-free, which means I can eat it! I used it to make healthy tacos, but the possibilities are endless. Today I am using the Smithfield pork for a stand-alone meal, but it also works great for your weekly healthy meal prep.

In less than 30 minutes, we are going to have some delicious tacos, guac and a healthy margarita ready to enjoy. That is definitely real flavor, real fast! Save this recipe for the night you are hosting Taco Tuesday or having friends over to enjoy a summer evening and I guarantee it will be a huge hit!

Healthy Carnitas Tacos with Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork

Serves 4
Slower Cooker Time: 4 hours
Prep/Assembly time: 15 minutes

 Ingredients:
1 package Smithfield Boneless Pork Shoulder Seasoned Carnitas (available at some Safeway locations)
1/2 cup water
1 package small corn tortillas
1 lime
Cilantro
Guacamole
Salsa

Instructions:

 Pork:
1. Place Smithfield Boneless Pork Shoulder Seasoned Carnitas in the slow cooker. Add 1/2 cup water. Turn slow cooker on to ‘high.’ Cook for 4 hours. (option to cook on ‘low’ for 7-8 hours)
2. Once cooked, it will be very tender. Remove from slow cooker and use two forks to pull meat apart into shreds.

Tacos:
1. Place skillet on stove, medium to high heat. Place 2-4 tortillas in skillet, depending on size. Warm for 30 seconds, then flip to the other side. Warm another 30 seconds and remove. Tortilla should be warm enough that it is flexible but not burnt.
2. Top warm tortilla with shredded Smithfield Boneless Pork Shoulder Seasoned Carnitas.
3. Garnish with guacamole, green salsa, cilantro and lime.
4. ENJOY!!
Makes about 20 tacos total depending on portion size of meat and size of tortilla.

optional: want to make this recipe grain free or include more veggies? instead of tortillas, cook up some cauliflower rice (only takes 5 minutes) and use as a base for a taco bowl, OR use a bed of lettuce and make a salad.

Grab the recipes for the 5 Minute Guacamole & a Healthy Margarita and in 10 minutes you have delicious homemade guac and a marg!


Are you creative in the kitchen? Smithfield is challenging you to see what you can do with Marinated Fresh Pork to get a flavorful meal ready in 30 minutes with their “What Can You Do With 30?” contest. For more 30-minute meal preparation ideas, and to submit your original recipe for a chance to win great prizes, head to www.SmithfieldRealFlavorRealFast.com

Pin the image to save the recipe for later!

5 Steps to Succeed at A Weekly Plan

One of my goals this year is getting better at spending my time doing things that align with my priorities. Sounds so normal, but it’s easier said than done, right? I am the kind of person who likes to do a lot of different things and always wants to say yes to fun. I don’t think that’s a bad quality to have, but it is when it takes away from or distracts you from working your big goals. Thru a lot of trial and error, I have gotten much better at choosing my big goals over fun. One of the ways I have been able to do this is thru planning out my week. Today I’m sharing 5 steps to help you succeed at making a weekly plan too! 

Continue reading 5 Steps to Succeed at A Weekly Plan

Mango Rice with Maple Balsamic Tempeh [Gluten Free]

I used to think I didn’t like tempeh. I wouldn’t even consider it as an option for a plant based protein, tofu was go-to. Now, times have changed. I have become a HUGE tempeh fan, I would even say I like it better than tofu!  What happened?! Well, I realized the brand and kind of tempeh you are eating actually matters AND how you cook it!  In today’s post, I am going to share the solution to both those issues. Get a taste of summer and some comfort too with my favorite brand of tempeh and a delicious way to prepare it.  Continue reading Mango Rice with Maple Balsamic Tempeh [Gluten Free]

My Favorite Spring Race: Blooms to Brews [Race Recap]

Disclaimer: I received an entry to Blooms to Brews as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!
 
The Blooms to Brews marathon, half marathon and 10K is my favorite spring race. I ran the half marathon last year, and this year I was back for the 10K. This is a race that you must add to your bucket list. Blooms, brews, beautiful course, flat… what more could you ask for!?

Continue reading My Favorite Spring Race: Blooms to Brews [Race Recap]