Posted by: saramcglothlin | October 21, 2012

A 5K, Football, and Saturday Night

Hi! I hope everyone has had a great weekend…I myself had a very busy day yesterday.

It started with a 5K in Williamsburg, VA, where my boss Shane is from.  The “Capolfest 5K” occurs every year in his hometown as a tribute to his best friend who died 3 years ago of esophageal cancer (the only one of his friends who never smoked a cigarette); I definitely jumped on board to show my support.  Plus, I love running 5Ks, especially when they are for a good cause!

The run was held on the beautiful campus of William & Mary.  The weather could not have been better

I finished the 3.1 miles in 26:35, my fastest run ever!  Usually with “races” I just try and pace myself, throwing the competition part out the window, but given as though this was a smaller, community race, everyone was actually trying to win.  I felt as though my lungs were on fire for a good portion, but I ended up beating my boss AND the Griffin

I immediately drove to Charlottesville, VA after the race as I had tickets to the UVA football game that afternoon.  I love the drive to C’ville, especially in the fall

I snacked on a greek yogurt and baby carrots on my way up.

Distracted driving at its best…please don’t do as I do

Before making my way to my friend Lindsay’s house, I had an important errand to run beforehand:

The Great Harvest Bread Co. is the bakery owned by Katheats!  I have been reading her blog for about 3 years…she was one of the first “healthy living” blogs I discovered.  After reading how she needs snack bars in the middle of the night to fuel her through late feedings, I thought Health Warrior Chia Bars would be perfect for her.  I hand-delivered a box myself before making it over to the game.  Unfortunately she wasn’t there, but it was worth the stop.  I was in awe of everything!

Nut butters galore!

Given that it was lunch time, I didn’t leave empty-handed.  I ordered the Curry Tuna Salad sandwich on 9-grain bread.

I had to break into it immediately

It. Was. Amazing.

I then headed to Lindsay’s house where she and her new puppy Rugby were awaiting me

I love puppies.

I also love football!

But I don’t love losing…which we did…again…Oh well, it’s the experience that counts, right?

You would think by this time (given my grandmother ways) that I would call it a day, go home to a quiet night, fix dinner, and go to bed.  Nope, not this time.

I met some of my best friends at Hardywood Brewery for some beers

after which we grabbed some dinner at The Hill Cafe

After an app of some Fried Green Tomatoes, I order two small plates for my meal:

Pan Seared Scallops with applewood smoked bacon buerre blanc

Hummus Duo: Classic garlic and roasted red pepper hummus with crudité and warm pita points

 

It was a fun day but bedtime came early for me around 9:30 PM.  I guess my grandmother ways are still around.

Hope you had a great weekend as well!

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Posted by: saramcglothlin | October 19, 2012

New and Improved

Happy Friday!  That never gets old.  Although I love my job, I always look forward to Fridays and some R&R without having to worry about the workday ahead.  Sometimes I have a hard time thinking about how to fill my Saturday (another day in the life of a single 20-something I guess), but tomorrow is jam packed…stay tuned!

Workout

It was warm outside this morning, a temperature that was begging for an outdoor run in October, but it was drizzling (that misty drizzle that turns me into a cat in a bathtub…I hate the feeling on my skin!), so I headed to the gym.

  • 30 minutes on the stair-stepper while reading the latest issue of Shape during which, I came across this article:

 

Told y’all!  Eat Chia.  The nutritionist who is cited (Ashley Koff) has already approved Health Warrior products on her AKA list.  Check it out!

  • 20 minutes of treadmill work

Breakfast

Some very voluminous pumpkin oats

 

which I covered with topped with almond butter, raw cashews, sliced banana, and cinnamon

 

Breakfast of Health Warriors.

It was an exciting day at work today.  In fact, we have been waiting impatiently for this day to come.

I did the honors

 

Health Warrior got a face lift!  Our new and improved packaging has finally arrived.  In fact, it was recently voted among the top 15 “prettiest packaging” at Expo East.

 

It’s almost like our new child.  Look at Austin’s face!  So proud.

 

Our CEO Shane admiring for the first time.

 

 

But what’s even better is that with our new packaging comes our new Chocolate Peanut Butter recipe.  Previously, this was our driest bar as the peanut flour and cocoa powder are very dry substances to work with.  But now it tastes like a Tagalong Girl Scout cookie.  That makes 2/3 of our bars comparable to Girl Scout cookies.  SO good!  I broke into it immediately

Oh yeah.

Then it was demo time.  With new packaging in…that means old packaging must go out

 

We caught the lunch rush at Whole Foods Short Pump.  My favorite moment was seeing one mother’s face light up when I told her the bars were dairy-free and soy-free; her daughter is severely allergic to both and can never find nutrition bars that fit the bill.  I swear she almost hugged me.  If only I could take credit!

Lunch featured another shmorgasboard from Whole Foods’ salad bar.  I paired it with a greek yogurt for an extra protein punch

Spinach, tofu, chickpeas, purple cabbage, beet & carrot salad, sweet potato slices, walnuts, red peppers 

 

My Friday night was calling for beer and pizza, so I hit up Ellwood’s on the way home and picked up the fix’ins

  • lavash flat bread
  • pesto
  • spinach
  • mozzarella
  • 1 tomato

I followed this recipe for the perfect pizza

 

Topped with lots of greens of course

 

Before

 

After

And what’s pizza without beer?

 

Anything exciting happen to you today??

Posted by: saramcglothlin | October 18, 2012

Wine & Design

Has anyone else ever heard of Wine and Design??  The concept is quite simple: it’s a 2-hour class where you can go drink wine and paint.  Keep in mind, that on a scale of 1-10, my artistic ability is about a – 5, but doesn’t it sound like something you would want to do?  It’s definitely different.  Therefore, when a deal was offered over Amazon Daily Deals, my office manager at the time (Anne) and I decided to go for it.  You then look at the class calendar, decide which image you want to paint (we picked martini glasses-typical) and sign up.  Supposedly, locations are all around the country, so if you have one near you, I would highly recommend it!

Studio

First thing’s first

What the finished product is supposed to look like

I ordered the hummus veggie wrap with feta; it came with a side of chips and a pickle

The perfect pair

Ta-da!

 

 

 

It was so fun and so soothing after a day at work.  As you can see, I have no artistic talent, but it’s great to try new things!  Hope you had a good Thursday!

Have you heard of Wine and Design?  Would it be something you’d want to try?

Posted by: saramcglothlin | October 17, 2012

WIAW: $26.20

Do I have a treat for you!  But you’ll have to wait a little bit…first, thank you Jenn for hosting another week of WIAW!

Breakfast/Workout

I was scheduled to demo today in Bethesda, Maryland from 11 AM – 2 PM; it’s normally a little over a 2-hour drive from Richmond, but with traffic around Washington D.C., I tagged on another hour to be safe.  Because I had to leave so early, I saw before 5AM for the first time in a few weeks and went on a 4 mile run.  All I wanted when I got back from my workout was some pumpkin oats

which I topped with some almond butter and cashews

and a sliced banana with cinnamon

It was such a nice morning to take a drive, and since I love driving anyway, I didn’t mind the morning road trip

I pulled up to the Whole Foods Bethesda around 10:30 AM, just in time to set up

They put me right in front of our “competitor” Fruit Chia.  I put this in quotes as I don’t think the two compare…I may be biased, but after reading the nutrition labels between the two, I have a point.  For example, one Raspberry Blast Bar has 23 grams of sugar vs. Health Warrior’s 5 g.  Just sayin’.

It was a very successful demo today!  Not only did I sell through all my “car stock,” but given the high demand for future purchases from customers, the “bar buyer” bought some boxes from me immediately to stock the shelves, instead of waiting for the shipment to arrive from the distributor.  Woo!

Demoing really is so much fun.  After hearing the spiel from my boss a couple of times, I think I’ve got it down and am no longer nervous.  A typical  customer encounter goes something like this:

  • Me: Hi!  Would you like to try a Health Warrior Chia Bar?
  • Customer: Oh sure, why not?
  • Me: Are you aware of chia seeds?
  • Customer: A little bit; I hear they are really good for you.
  • Me: Yes, they are very good for you.  In fact, they are what we like to call ‘the greatest superfood unknown to mankind.  Chia has more: protein than tofu, fiber than oatmeal, omega-3s than salmon, antioxidants than blueberries, magnesium than broccoli, and calcium than milk.  They are literally one of the best foods you can eat.
  • Customer: Oh really??

By this time, they are highly intrigued.  Sometimes, they even have me stop talking as “they are in a rush,” say they are “sold,” grab some bars and go.  They’ve tried them by this point, and are amazed that something so good for you can taste good too.  If not, the conversation ensues:

  • Me: Yes, really!  The company is co-owned by three friends, all D-1 athletes in college, who read the book Born to Run about the Tarahumara Indians-or barefoot runners as they are referred-who would run ultra-marathons (~100 miles).  They ate chia seeds for energy.  Dan, Nick, and Shane wanted to come up with a real food bar, using chia seeds as the #1 ingredient.
  • Customer: Go on…
  • Me: so they created these chia bars.  They come in 3 different flavors, are about 100 calories, contain 16% of your daily fiber, 1000 milligrams of Omega-3s, 3-4 grams of protein, antioxidants, and only 4-5 grams of sugar, which comes from a little bit of organic brown rice syrup and organic agave nectar.

And that’s all folks.  Please know that I’m no car salesmen.  I care about my customers (and their health) and everything I tell is the truth.

Now if you, yourself are sold, Health Warrior has a deal going on right now in honor of the NYC Marathon on Nov. 4th.  You can get 2 boxes of Health Warrior Chia Bars for $26.20.  Normally, 1 box retails for $23.50, so this is an AMAZING deal!  Just visit healthwarrior.com, fill your cart, and enter “CHIASALE” where it asks for the Promo Code.

Would you try Health Warrior Chia Bars?

Lunch

After packing up, I headed straight to the salad bar for some lunch.  It had been 7 hours since I had eaten breakfast, but I made sure to fuel myself every couple of hours with yogurt, baby carrots, and an Acai Berry chia bar.  It did the trick.

By the time I got home, I was starving.  I snacked on some red wine Kashi crackers and hummus while making dinner

Dr. Praeger’s veggie burger on a whole wheat sandwich thin, egg, avocado, mustard; Amy’s vegetable soup

I’m beat…goodnight!

Posted by: saramcglothlin | October 15, 2012

(Another) Banana Bread Recipe

I did a lot of baking yesterday…please excuse the fact that this includes No-Bake Chocolate Protein Balls.  Maybe I should say I was in the kitchen for a good portion of the afternoon.  It soothes me.

Banana bread was definitely on my list of things to make as I had been letting these babies ripen all last week

I also had it in mind to make a chia version (duh) so after googling around, I came across this recipe.  I had no intention of making a vegan banana bread, but I’m pretty sure that’s what happened thanks to the use of a chia egg.

Ingredients (tweaked from FussFreeCooking)

  • 1 tbsp chia seeds + 3 tbsps water (mix together and let sit for at least 5-10 mins)
  • 2 overripe bananas, peeled
  • 2 tbsp organic maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/3 c chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl, mash together bananas and maple syrup.  Add chia egg.

Add coconut, flour, and baking powder and start mixing together while slowly adding the almond milk.  Fold in walnuts once batter is formed.  Spray a loaf pan with EVOO cooking spray, and evenly distribute batter.  Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until tester comes out clean.

The original recipe called for sugar, but I wanted this bread to be as low in sugar as possible.  After trying it this morning, it didn’t need it.  The coconut and maple sugar were enough!

It made for an awesome breakfast…especially following a spin class that kicked my butt.

I cut 3 “finger-like” slices and topped them with a thin spread of almond butter

I also had a small bowl of greek yogurt with 1/2 T of HW chia and some blueberries (which cost an arm at the grocery store now…ugh…worth it).

The good thing about this breakfast, is that it was very quick to throw together this morning.  The other good thing about this breakfast, is that I wasn’t hungry again until lunch. #rarelyhappens

Lunch

Green salad topped with a black bean patty, 1/2 avocado and a sweet potato on the side

 

I then hit the road for D.C.  I was demoing at the Whole Foods Foggy Bottom location and like always, it was so much fun.  On the drive up there, I snacked on an apple (not pictured) and an hour later finally tried the No-Bake Chocolate Protein Balls I made yesterday:

 

LOVED it!  I was honestly blown away by how good this tasted.  I will tell you that I am someone who doesn’t mind when things taste “healthy;” in fact, the health-nuttier the better in my opinion, but this tasted bad for you…good thing it’s not!

4 hours and a million conversations about Health Warrior chia later, I took advantage of what Whole Foods had to offer…

Dinner.

 

I got a cup of minestrone soup with an arugula salad topped with artichokes, feta, grape tomatoes, black olives, chick peas, and tahini tofu.

I’m hitting the hay…demoing is fun but tiring too.  Goodnight!

Have you ever tried chocolate protein powder?  Have you ever made something healthy but tastes naughty?

Posted by: saramcglothlin | October 14, 2012

No-Bake Chocolate Protein Balls & the Muir Glen Giveaway Winners

OK so someone apparently hacked into my blog, so my appologies to anyone who read the “I’m Getting Paid” post.  If this has happened to anyone before and you know of a solution, please let me know!

On to the recipes…

A package from Koren Barwis and the team at Pure Matters arrived for me on Friday.  I had been emailing with Koren after reading an article in last months Real Simple magazine.  Titled “The New Diet Trends Worth Trying,” Koren is referenced in conjunction with chia seeds, their nutritional benefits, and the reasons why people should be eating them.  I got in touch with her to send her some free Health Warrior Chia Bars, and she kindly offered to send me some of Pure Matters’ products as well!

It included their Chocolate Pea Protein Powder and Vanilla Pea Protein Powder.  I’m good on protein powder for a while!

I got to tweeting with @purematters, thanking them for my gift (which was about the 3rd time I’ve tweeted) and they told me to make their recipe for No-Bake Chocolate Protein Balls.  After picking up some maple syrup at the store today, I had all the ingredients on hand.

Instead of rolling them in sprinkles as featured on their page, I decided to garnesh mine with some more shredded coconut.  I can’t wait to try one.  I’m allowing them to refrigerate for a while first.  They smell amazing!

**Muir Glen Giveaway Winners

1. Kristen

I’d make baked ziti with lots of tomatoes and cheese.

2. Laura Lea

Oh my gosh these are the BEST tomatoes! I’d definitely use them making homemade tomato sauce for spaghetti and meatballs :) . Not very creative but always delicious!

3. Julie

I would use them in my goulash thanks

4. Katherine D

I use fire-roasted diced tomatoes to make chili all the time!

5. Mary

I would make cioppino with seafood ;)

Congrats guys!  Email me your full names, shipping address and phone numbers by tomorrow at 5 PM to claim your prize!

Posted by: saramcglothlin | October 12, 2012

Now I REALLY Want a Vitamix

Happy Friday to you!

I spent the large part of my Friday afternoon in Whole Foods demoing Health Warrior chia bars!  I say that with exclamation because it is fun; being out and about talking to real people about real food beats sitting at a desk any day.  I love my job.

Leading up to it, it was pretty much a normal day.  My boss let me sleep in a little later this morning (I love my boss) because we were demoing in Charlottesville yesterday, and I didn’t get home until about 8:30 PM.  Granted sleeping in for me is 6:30 AM as I was still going to treat it like a work day, but it was still an extra hour.  I went on a walk/run as the sun was rising…what a way to start a day.

I came home and fixed some “oatless”oats for breakfast and enjoyed them (at a leisurely pace nonetheless) with some coffee.

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 c almond milk
  • 1 really ripe banana
  • 1.5 T flax seed
  • 1 T HW chia
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • blackberries

Four hours and a mid-morning snack later, I had lunch, which entailed a green salad with goat cheese & pear

and a bowl of pumpkin tempeh chili

Today’s demo was different from yesterday’s in that it was a lot slower.  I think the Richmond Folk Festival that’s going on all weekend had something to do with it.  We still sold some bars though!

Right next to us, there was a guy demoing a Vitamix which is a coincidence since I just posted about it.  Now I really want one!

I tried flirting my way to a free Vitamix, but apparently that’s only successful with alcohol and drunk guys in bars.  Damn.  I did score some green juice though!

Ok fine, so did everyone else, but he did give me 2…ha!  See, I still got it.

Please remember to check out my Muir Glen Giveaway!  Free stuff!  You have until Sunday.

I’m off to go chill out in front of a movie.  Goodnight!

Do you have a Vitamix?  If not, would you ever get one?

Posted by: saramcglothlin | October 11, 2012

Pumpkin Chia Pudding

Do you know the feeling that when you see or hear about something for the first time, you then see it or hear about it over and over again?  This is happening to me right now with chia pudding.  My boss told me about it a few weeks ago…said it was all the “rave”…now it’s popping up all over, and I can’t get enough of it.

Especially when chia pudding and pumpkin combine.

Pumpkin Chia Pudding

  • 3/4 c unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 c HW chia
  • 1/2 scoop brown rice protein powder
  • 1/2 c pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • dash of pumpkin pie spice

Mix everything together and refrigerate for at least 10 mins, or preferably overnight.

 

I topped mine with almond butter, a banana and cinnamon

 

Kept me full for 4.5 hours.  Just sayin’

Have you heard of chia pudding?  If so, have you tried it?  What would you make yours with?

Please remember to go check out the Muir Glen Giveaway (ends Sunday) and get ready for “chili” weather ahead.  There is a very good chance you’ll win!

Posted by: saramcglothlin | October 10, 2012

WIAW: Barre Demo

Happy WIAW folks!  Thanks again Jenn for hosting yet another week.

I had a busy day ahead of me, so after pounding out a 5 mile run this morning, I refueled on a favorite:

Blackberry-Banana Protein Pancake

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 scoop brown rice protein powder
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 T flax seed
  • topped with almond butter, 1/2 sliced banana, 1 T HW chia

Thanks to Ashley at Richmondbarre, I was able to combine efforts and demo our delicious chia bars for those “barre-bies” coming to class.  It was very fun and a beautiful day to sit outside to tell our tale.  The bars were a huge success!

Setting up.

To taste after toning!

In between classes, I needed to swing by Target to pick up a few things for future demos.  Yesterday, I booked quite a few at Whole Foods locations around Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina, so I’ll be traveling a lot in the next few weeks.  Of course I stopped in the kitchen section and picked out a few things for my Christmas list

really want a Vitamix, but I didn’t see one.  They are a little pricey for my liking at the moment…one day.

On the way back to the demo site, I snacked on some baby carrots

Lunch

Before heading back into the office, I grabbed some lunch.  I pulled out a pre-made green salad and topped it wth 1/2 avocado and a baked sweet potato.  I cooked the sweet potato last night and just took it out of the fridge, sliced it up, and voila.  I didn’t reheat it because I got so hot standing out in the sun, but it worked out for the better.  It was delicious!  I also had a greek yogurt on the side

A few hours later, my hunger crept back.  I had been saving one of my cashew sarabar squares for a friend, but it was an emergency and the only snack I had handy at the office (sorry Pols).  This most recent batch is the tastiest yet, so I will save the last one just for her.  Kindness?  No.  I just want her to tell me how good they are.  Sorry I’m not sorry.

Although I was exhausted after work today and would have normally gone straight home to my PJ’s, I made an exception for the new guy in my life.  We grabbed dinner at The Continental where I ordered the “Truman” pizza:

the veggie pie with organic black kale, broccolini, roasted red pepper, onions, tomatoes, mozzarella

It was definitely a beer & pizza kind of night!

Please don’t forget to check out my Muir Glen Giveaway!!  You have until Sunday to enter and the chances of winning are in your favor!

Posted by: saramcglothlin | October 9, 2012

Muir Glen Giveaway

Hi there!

To piggy-back off my recipe post from yesterday, I want to help you get chili-ready as well.  My friends at Muir Glen are being oh-so-kind as to help me, help you win an awesome reserve kit.  There will be 5 (yes, 5!) winners!

 

The kit contains:

  • One 14.5 oz can Reserve Harvest Sunset Organic Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes
  • One 14.5 oz can Reserve Harvest Sunset Organic Diced Tomatoes
  • One 14.5 oz can Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies
  • One 14.5 oz can Muir Glen Organic No-Salt Added Diced Tomatoes
  • A recipe booklet featuring a variety of recipes created by award-winning chefs from around the country made with the 2011 Reserve Tomatoes
  • Retail Value:  $10 excluding shipping

For more information on Muir Glen, visit their website!

**To win:

Leave a comment on this post explaining how you have used in the past OR would use the diced tomatoes.  Easy!  I will announce the winners at 5 PM this coming Sunday, October 14th.  Good luck!

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