Happppyyyy HUMPDAY! I’m in rare form today. I just have a lot to be happy about + I’m running on 4 hours of sleep last night. 7 years ago, that was the norm for me, and I could take it. I mean, I would still act crazy and delirious from no sleep. But I would stay up studying for a final, take a 2 hour nap, wake up, go for a long run at 5 am in the dark, and then go take that final. Pretty much hell. I would assume. 

But these days, Im just a 30 year old staying out too late at acoustic set concerts with friends, and waking up at 4 am to go coach. But I feel great about it for 3 reasons: 1. Concert was ammmazzzzzing. I’ve never seen NEEDTOBREATHE live, and the acoustic vibe exceeded my expectations  2. I LOVE coaching- even that early AND 3. Daniel was getting up at the same time as me this morning to go catch a plane to NYC for work. AND I’LL BE THERE TOMORROWWWW. I’ve already got allllll the JayZ, Alicia Keys, T SWIFT, and Frank Sinatra on repeat in my head. 

Anyway, enough of that. Here is your giveaway for Day 2. It’s a protein shake. Hopefully you love them as much as I do. Once you get your food somewhat on track and clean up the eating, supplements are one of the next options for you to consider if you’re looking to up your performance in the gym and build lean muscle (aka make your body a machine that burns fat for you even while you are sitting on the couch watching Christmas movies).

This shake is a vanilla base. I drink SFH Pure every single day that I workout (so, 6 days a week). I like SFH because they don’t add a bunch of crap to their protein powder. There’s not a lot of sugar in there either. In fact, there is only 1 gram of sugar/per serving of the vanilla I use. SFH derives their whey from free-range, grass-fed cow herds, so if you live by (or try to live by) the whole “You are what you eat eats” motto, then I think you would do well with this. You can buy it off Amazon, from the SFH website directly, at Whole Foods if you’re out an about in Greenville, and some gyms carry it as well. I’m glad CFEC does because I can pick up a bag as soon as I run out. 

Unfortunately, sometimes I put my shake in the freezer to get frosty before I coach, and then I forget about it until after class, and it’s a big ole ice cube. So, then I have to wait forreeevvver for it to thaw back out, which isn’t ideal, I know. But when I do get the shake in soon after a workout, it’s like a milkshake to me. I love it. Can’t you tell??? I just mix it with water usually, and it still tastes like birthday cake. 

If you’re looking for a good protein supplement, you should check out SFH. <<PS, People aren’t paying me to say these things. I’m 100% confident SFH is doing pretty fine without me, and probably don’t even know that I’m posting this >> But I do want you to be informed on all the good stuff out there. 

I also drink their Recovery shake after a workout when I’m working out hard. I quit drinking these a few months ago after I had surgery because I didn’t feel like I needed it right now, but as I start to lift more, I’ll definitely be adding the Recovery (also, Whey protein) back in as well. 

And last, but not least, I also just started taking their (newish” fish oil (Omega 3) capsules. But I won’t get into that now because you’ll be hearing all about that tomorrow!

Here is the recipe to spice up your protein shake this Christmas season. 

Gingerbread Eggnog Protein Shake

Serves 1

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup almond nog (This is a way better alternative than regular eggnog. I am loving the Trader Joe’s version right now. You can check it out in the picture below. Also, sorry, but there’s no rum, or other alcohol in this 🙂

  • 3/4 cup ice cubes (about 8 regular sized ones) – (Feel free to experiment with this. You may need more or less depending on how frothy you want it). 

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used SFH – Vanilla Recovery). 

  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 

  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg

  • 1 tsp ginger 

Instructions: 

  • Throw all ingredients in a nutri bullet or blender. 

  • Blend it up until pureed and smooth.  

  • Top with extra cinnamon, as desired. 

Macro breakdown: 21gC, 4gF, 26gP. Calories: 220

**This recipe calls for 2 servings of almond nog. If you go with 0.5 cup(1 serving) instead of 1 cup, your new macro breakdown would be 12gC, 2.5 g F, 25gP. This may be a better option for some people 🙂

 

That’s it for today! Over the remaining 12 days, I want to give you a few giveaways, recipes, workouts, and other little tidbits. The purpose is to keep your mind somewhat focused on your health, fitness, and goals in the midst of this fun Christmas season we are in right now! Because you can celebrate Christmas, have a great time with the people around ya, AND keep fitness on your mind too!

Have a great day!