June 3, 2014 § Leave a comment
Ever since I got my NutraBullet around the holidays I have become obsessed with making smoothies! I started reading about different types of additives to make my smoothies more filling and healthier, like chia and flax seeds, and then I read about matcha (or maccha) powder. I’ve been hearing about the benefits of green tea for years-it’s an energy and metabolism booster and cancer fighter on top of being tasty–and when I learned it came in a powder form, I was intrigued.
Matcha powder is made by grinding the entire green tea leaf which makes it more potent and therefore more beneficial than simply drinking the water that had the leaves in it. This prep also allows you to take in fiber, which is always a bonus! According to various online sources, you would need to drink ten cups of green tea to match the benefits you get from drinking one serving of matcha powder. There seems to be a lot of internet arguing going on as to the type of matcha powder one should consume but I think it’s safe to infer the most organic one with the least amount of additives would be the best one to try (your best bet would be to order it online).
I wasn’t able to find the powder at my usual grocery store stops (Giant or Safeway didn’t carry it and Trader Joe’s was out of their version) but I did happen to see the above delicious-looking ginger smoothie version at the new World Market at Bed, Bath & Beyond in Chinatown the other day. At $7.99 I decided it was worth a try since there are ten servings and it has ginger in it which is great for keeping your stomach calm. I was a little nervous the powder would be too strong for me because sometimes green tea makes me feel sick but it wasn’t at all! I mixed it with part almond milk, water and about five ice cubes in my NutraBullet and I had an amazing, light smoothie for breakfast! Next time I head to TJ’s I am going to check out their brand, especially since it’s $3.99 for 12 servings! I have felt very focused and satisfied today, so I’m curious to see how I will feel after a week of drinking these lattes!
Have you ever tried matcha? What do you think about this little green gem?
As always, thanks for reading and I hope you have an awesome, energetic day! XOXO Jen
May 28, 2014 § Leave a comment
Hey all! Happy hump day! After all the delicious food I had this weekend I thought I should post something about some of the new workout gear I’ve fallen for. It is almost summer after all and it’s important to keep a healthy balance in life! Whenever I go clothes shopping and don’t like the way something fits me, I opt to buy new workout gear to motivate me to work harder! There’s been a lot of that going on lately…haha!
Two years ago I bought a pair of running tights from Old Navy that fit like a glove, were thick and had a higher waist so they were also very flattering. They were around $30 or $40 which is a great deal compared to most brands and prices. I’m an hourglass or pear shape–meaning my waist is small and I have hips–so I look best in clothes that cinch my waist a bit to play up my better qualities. However I haven’t been able to find a pair of running tights I like as much or ones that have a higher waist until I came across the Sculpt line at the Nike store.
If you’re like me, you’ll understand why a high waist is important. First of all, if you have that little pooch many of us women have (especially after the winter months), it keeps it all feeling tight so when you’re working out you won’t feel self-conscious. For me, I love exercising but when I’m not in as great of shape as I like I want to make sure I look and feel good so I don’t rush through my workout because I feel “fat.” Women have so many body issues, myself included, and there’s no shame in wearing something to make you feel better about yourself. So, yes, these Nike pants are $100 but until I can start my own line or Old Navy makes more of their high-waisted running tights for less, I am going to have to just go for it and put the money out. The end result for me will be a longer, harder workout and I think that’s worth it! Another bonus to these pants, too, is that there are no unattractive rolls when you are doing your sit-ups! Get it, girls!
I have however, found some fun tops at Old Navy that are in my new rotation at the gym. My favorite tanks are the semi-fitted because I don’t like to feel like I’m being suffocated by my clothing while I’m working out. Their Knotted Tanks are awesome–they are incredibly light, long and hang just below the hip, are slightly see-through and dry fast. I despise tanks that are too short because, again, it just doesn’t work with my shape! These tops are only $16.94/each and are such a great deal! I’d also like to point out that Old Navy is the same company as Gap, Banana Republic and Athleta and the quality is just as good–don’t get sucked in by marketing and feel like you’re getting a less-superior product because it’s cheaper than some other brands! BTW–if you use the code ONSAVENOW you can save an additional 15-25% off!
Another top I like from Old Navy is the Bubble Tank ($14.94/each). It’s 100% polyester but it’s so soft and I like the tie on the side–it gives it a little bit of flair! Again, I love the price on this tank and I feel good wearing it!
I was at the Under Armour store the other day and picked up two of the women’s UA Achieve T-Back Tanks. They are slightly more than the ON racerback tanks but they have a lot of colors available and they were on sale so I went for it. They are $24.99/each regularly. These tanks are long enough to hit slightly past my hips (I’m 5’8 btw in case you were wondering) and are extremely light and cool. I will prob wear these when I’m not working out, too!
Last but not least–my new fav sports bra! This purchase came about because of a sale, like most of my purchases, but now I’m in love and I’m not sure if I can ever go back to my old brand. The Incredible by Victoria’s Secret has it all–style, more than 20 different colors and patterns, full support, shaping (eh, hem all you athletic girls know what I’m talking about), wicking, racerback design, and is completely flattering. I don’t even mind that it’s visible from some of my semi-see through tanks I’ve purchased because it just adds to the whole look! These bras are a little pricey at $49-$59/each but you know how Vicki’s is–when they have a sale, it’s amazing! I would recommend going out and grabbing one of these as soon as possible! You will feel amazing while working out and the girls won’t give you any problems!
As always, thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed today’s post! XOXO Jen
November 19, 2013 § 1 Comment
So my friend Anna has a wonderful health and fitness blog called The Blondissima: Fit and Fabulous with Anna and I helped her film a video one night where she made a pumpkin pie smoothie with vanilla Shakeology (you can check out the post here). Well, after filming I asked her if I could try it and wow–it was just so amazing! This week I decided that I would be having smaller dinners and supplementing them with protein shakes in preparation for the big Thanksgiving feast so I thought I definitely had to make my own version of this!
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (150 calories)
1 cup of skim milk (83 calories)
1/2 cup of pumpkin puree (40 calories)
1/2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon
6 ice cubes
Put all ingredients in blender, blend and enjoy! Tip: I like to make it really frothy by using the ice crusher setting–it seems to aerate it more and makes it seem fuller.
Total Calories: 273
This really is one of the most delicious shakes I have ever had! BTW I have considered this all one serving as far as calories go but it really makes almost two full glasses. I didn’t share mine–I drank it all–but if you want to have a snack and save the rest for later or share this is also an option!
I just started a Pinterest board where I will be keeping all of my protein shake recipes so if you are on there come on over and say hello–you can find me @afreshcoat. I have some really tasty recipes in the works for the rest of the week! I’m so excited about this and I hope you will come check it out.
As always, thanks for stopping by to read A Fresh Coat! XOXO Jen
September 8, 2013 § Leave a comment
Hey everyone! Last night my friends and I did the Electric Run 5K out at National Harbor and it was a blast! If it rolls into your town I would highly recommend it. It felt so amazing to jog at night by the water with the cool breeze–made me want to run outside more often. The run was good because there were all types of participants from hardcore runners to kids and it had a real party atmosphere. The number of glow sticks and tutus that were out and about last night was unreal! The entire course had fun, bright neon decorations and the music was loud and pumping for most of of the course. Hope you enjoy the pics below! I’m excited for my next 5k!
March 17, 2013 § Leave a comment
Hey DC people! Come out to the NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo today at the Washington Convention Center! It’s free and fun for the whole family. I’m working at the photo booth #1401 and I will be here all day! You can get your BMI and blood pressure checked from Kaiser Permanente, too! Hope to see you here and stay fit 🙂
February 25, 2012 § 2 Comments
Happy Saturday, WordPress readers! Thanks for coming back and visiting the blog and I hope we’ll be seeing a lot more of one another! Today marks my 20th day straight of exercise on my own personal 30 day challenge I’ve decided to do. I’ve had a lot more time on my hands this past month to focus on myself and one of the ways I’ve been doing that is through exercise. It’s amazing what can happen when you finally find that motivation you knew was hiding somewhere deep down in your soul! The holidays helped to conceal it from me but I finally grabbed it and pulled it out so, now you get to hear a little bit about it. I’ve revisited some classes I used to love to take like Zumba, kick-boxing, and step and have even begun using 15lb dumbbells for my arms (doesn’t sound that heavy but try doing 20 bicep curls and then tell me how you feel lol). But all of the exercise in the world wouldn’t help me get healthy and lose weight if I hadn’t looked at my diet and tried to make some changes.
I hardly ate any vegetables other than the broccoli that came with my chinese food. That was a huge problem and after watching an amazing documentary called “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” I decided it was time to make veggies a priority in my life. I won’t go into too much detail about the documentary in this post because I’d like to share some juicing recipes with you later, but I will say I was introduced to this amazing vegetable called kale during this process.
Most of you probably already know what kale is but I had no clue that green veggie was hiding in between the spinach and chard in the produce isle at the grocery store (in fact, I thought it was all spinach!). In the film, Joe Cross (filmmaker), uses kale in a lot of his juices. I found it to be very bitter in my juice and could only use a few leaves before I thought it ruined the taste. However, a friend of mine told me about kale chips and my ears instantly perked up! How could these two words be associated? Surely it must taste like a crispy bite of indigestion with a bad aftertaste (kale doesn’t always leave you feeling fresh after you consume it…sort of like after you eat something spicy that makes you burp). I did a little research about the health benefits and it made me want to try out the chips and I fell in love! Now there are a staple side dish for my dinners, which sometimes include baked veggies and kale chips only (yum!). I’ve posted the recipe (adapted from one I found on Allrecipes.com)–if you try them, let me know what you think!
As always, thanks for reading and have a wonderful weekend! XO
- 1 bunch kale
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a non insulated cookie sheet with parchment paper or non-stick baking foil.
- With a knife or kitchen shears carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.
- Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, 10 to 15 minutes.
December 30, 2011 § 1 Comment
So, like most of the population the new year means new resolutions. Many of us are starting to think about all of those extra calories we’ve been eating since Thanksgiving and maybe have even started to notice the extra weight we’ve put on, too. The good news is that most people gain only about 1 pound between Thanksgiving and Christmas, as reported by the NY Times here, but the bad news is that they rarely lose it. Me, I’ve gained about 4 lbs since Thanksgiving and I would like to lose every last one of those lbs! So, I started a week early and have been hitting the gym every night as well as keeping below 1,250 calories per day. But I also wanted to make another New Year’s resolution: to start looking like I care at the gym! That’s right–I am very guilty of wearing faded black pants, old T-shirts and even black-on-black that hasn’t matched for about 30 wash cycles! You, too?! OK, I know I’m not alone–believe me, I see you there too! So here at A Fresh Coat, we’ve scoured for some hot gym clothes that you won’t be embarrassed to rock in 2012!
1. The Ruby Tank from Zobha has a built-in shelf bra with removable cups. My favorite part is the stripe under the bust–it has a slimming quality and the overall style is super-hot!
2. Color! I love the aqua-marine blue color of this tank and the fact that it isn’t screaming Nike. It has a built-in bra, a reflective stripe on the back and a pocket on the lower back. My favorite part? It’s LONG! Don’t be afraid to take a yoga class in this top, ladies! Also, if you order online from Sports Authority, you can save 20% until tomorrow night.
3. Purple pops and the pattern is perfect! It has a Moroccan-flare to it that I love and I can see myself taking a Masala Bhangra class in this baby!
4. And since not everyone wants to spend $40 + on their workout gear, Target has a great selection of Champion C9, long workout tanks for $15.
5. If you want a thicker top by Champion, but still on the lower side of the price totem pole, the Double Dry tank does the trick for $26. The pink pattern is awesome, too (I like patterns because when you sweat it isn’t so obvious!)
If you’re looking for some extra motivation for working out, check out Lose It. If you have a smartphone, you can download the app for free (the website is free, too, so don’t fret)!
With this tool you can enter your physical information and then set a weight-loss goal. It will tell you how many calories you should eat if you want to lose, say 2lbs per week. From there you can log your meals and workouts, as well as search for food items from their database. If you have an iPhone you can even scan the barcode of whatever item you’re about to indulge in and it will log all of the nutritional content from that item (sodium, fat, etc.). My favorite part about the app is that when you exercise, it will help you determine how many calories you’ve burned and will then subtract that amount from your daily calorie allotment. You can also add “friends” to help motivate you, as they will be able to see your progress and calories consumed/worked out. If you’re interested in being my “friend” shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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One more thing–I’d like to wish my wonderful sister Chrissy a very happy BIRTHDAY today! Love you sis! XOXO