Friday 5

Yippee!!  It’s Friday!!  It’s kind been a long week.  Not a bad week but on Wednesday I thought it was Thursday!  Does that ever happen to anyone?

1)  I leave for California tomorrow morning!  So excited for some awesome weather and time with my new niece and sister and brother-in-law!!  Woo hoo!!  We are going to one of the largest farmers markets ever on Saturday morning right after I get off the plane!

 

2) Have you ever heard of Matcha Green Tea Powder?  I was intrigued when I received a bag of it in the mail and gave it a go.

I was also sent a recipe book to use the Matcha but I have been keeping it simple and mixing 1 teaspoon of matcha with boiling water (about a cup) and a 1/4 cup of homemade almond milk and dash of cinnamon!  It’s delicious!

Kissmeorganics Green Tea

What I noticed was that I had no late morning caffeine crash and that I felt alert and focused all day!  The taste was great!  I wasn’t sure what to expect but as a tea lover I was hooked!  I’ve been drinking my matcha green tea lattes a few times a week instead of coffee and it’s a great change!  Have you heard of matcha powder?  Ever use it?

3) I learned about Neat last weekend when I was watching the news.  Have you heard about them?

Neat is derived from nuts and other natural ingredients!  It comes in a powder form which I was a bit skeptical about it when I got it the other day. The ingredient list is pretty amazing!

Pecans, garbanzo beans, gluten gluten free whole grain oats, organic gluten free whole grain cornmeal, sea salt and spices!

Simple enough.. right??

You take the contents of the bag which is 4 servings and add 2 tablespoons of water and 2 eggs or egg substitutes.

So, I put it to the test the other night  and whipped up a taco bowl with the Mexican Mix

Neat, Mexican Mix packaging

After cooking Neat for about 7-8 minutes it took on the consistency of meat crumbles.  I wasn’t sure that this would happen when I first started but it totally did.  I then added a can of organic pinto beans, chopped tomatoes, and more chili powder.  The result was a really tasty dinner that the hubs TOTALLY approved of!!!

DipticNeat is available on Amazon if you can’t find it at a store near you!  It makes for an awesome very last minute and fast meal!!!  I’m going to use the italian mix next!!!

4) I’m changing gears right now to tell you about some recent struggles that I have been having.  Sugar… yep.. sugar and snacking.  It’s gotta a bit out of control and so I need to take charge and get things under control.  Last week at The Dailey Method my studio announced that beginning May 5 there would be a partnership with The 30 Clean and that they were looking for individuals that were up for the challenge.  I went back and forth about this especially since I have 2 1/2 marathons coming up during the challenge but after exchanging some emails with the CEO herself I decided to sign up!

I’ll get more into the challenge and the NO’s and YES’s next week but I am excited and looking forward to it!  Has anyone ever done The 30 Clean?

5) Did you catch my giveaways this week?  If not hop over here to catch up on Sweet Riot and Lazy Lizards.  I might even come back tomorrow morning for another one!

That’s it folks!  I’m off to get my long run in this morning since I won’t be able to get it done tomorrow.  What do you have planned this weekend?

Disclaimer:  I received some of these products in exchange for reviews.  It was my choice to review and all opinions are my own. 

 

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13 Responses to Friday 5

  1. Ooh, fun finds! I haven’t seen NEAT before. As for sugar, good for you for taking some action! We’re on day 5 of the spring reset (no sugar this week) and I feel so much better. It’s so hard to do it on my own, but the group support is awesome!

    • Laura says:

      Thanks Laura! Yes I think the support group will be the best part and I’m doing it with my studio at The Dailey Method so lots of recipe shares!
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  2. I’ve never heard of NEAT – looks very interesting and like something I’d be interested in trying! Also intrigued by the Matcha powder … I’ve been looking for ways to include Matcha due to its awesome health benefits! Thanks for sharing!
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  3. I’m a huge fan of Matcha! I love it in a latte but also added to a green smoothie for a little extra caffeine kick. While Starbuck’s powder tastes sweeter (pretty sure it has a sweetener of some sort added – I need to look into that), you can get matcha green tea for super-cheap there (compared to their other drinks) when away from home. Just ask for ‘hot water, add x scoops of matcha’, and you have a tasty Starbucks drink for less than $1 🙂
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  4. I’ve never heard of neat. I will definitely be checking that out. I’m always looking for more veggie based protein. Thanks for sharing.
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  5. getfitchick says:

    I love Matcha tea! Have a great trip and loads of fun!
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  6. Monique says:

    I am also drinking matcha green tea almost every day and I gave up coffee for a long time now!
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  7. Hope you have a fabulous time in California with your family!
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  8. jill conyers says:

    I”m so intrigued by the Neat. I’m definitely going to check it out. Looking forward to hearing more about the 30. Oh, and Macha? The taste takes getting used to and can be so overpowering.
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