Guess what!? Yesterday was the last full day of summer. And here in the Annapolis Valley it was flipping hot. So hot that while I was out running some errands and really wanted to get a Chai Latte, it was too darn hot in the afternoon sun to actually get one.
So instead, I came home and whipped myself up an Iced Vanilla Chai Latte Protein Chill!
What a Chill you ask? I don’t know, I just made it up, haha. It’s not thick enough to be considered a smoothie or a frappe, so I decided to go with “chill”. 😀
It was really easy to make, and was quite refreshing and pretty darn tasty. While it would be easy enough to make a traditional Iced Vanilla Chai Latte, I wanted to add the Vega One because an all-in-one nutritional shake is something I’ve become quite use to having on a daily basis. Not only does it have 20g of protein, only 160 calories/serving, it also includes vibrant green blend, vitamins and mineral from real-plant based ingredients, and basically, it is like my nutritional insurance policy. And while I love me some regular dairy milk, I enjoy Silk on a regular basis too as that’s what my husband uses. Because I’m a carb cycling gal, Silk Almond milk is perfect for days when I’m consuming fewer carbs because it has absolutely no added sugar (added sugar = added carbs, and I like to eat my carbs!), and I can enjoy the same foods and drinks I’d normally have with dairy milk. Not only that but it also has the same amount of calcium as dairy milk and has no artificial flavours or colours or nonsense. 😉
- 1 cup chai tea
- ½ cup almond milk (I used original unsweetend Silk, but unsweetened vanilla would be great too)
- ½ scoop Vanilla Vega One
- 1-2 handfuls of ice
- Add all ingredients into blender.
- Blend until ice is finely chopped.
- Pour into glass.
A couple things I would do differently next time:
- I would let my chai tea steep longer, I only left mine for a minute or two (mostly because I was hot and impatient), but leaving it sit longer will allow for a stronger chai taste.
- I was all out, but Vanilla Chai Vega One would be PERFECT for this recipe. Vanilla Chai is tied with Coconut Almond for my favourite Vega One flavour, and is a definite must for any fellow Chai addicts (especially with the fall and winter season almost upon us!).
- The last thing I would do is blend my ice for a shorter period. I started with 1 handful of ice but over blended and had to add more in order to have any “icy” quality to the drink. I think my Ninja is still more powerful than I expect!
This recipe is a definite keeper for me – and I can’t wait to try it using the Vanilla Chai Vega One next time I buy some, yummmmmm. I didn’t really notice the taste of the protein powder in my drink (aside from the added vanilla flavour in my drink as a whole) which was really great. And I know it looks a bit like swamp water, part of me wishes I had added some vanilla matcha to make it really green. It’s that in between colour which makes it look a bit “odd” haha.
Disclosure: I was provided with both the Vega One and Silk Almond milk in order to help me #BuildABetterSmoothie, however I buy both on a regular basis as they are staples in our diet anyway.
Remember back in the olden days of 2015 when I made videos? Sure I’ve made a few this year but they’ve been few and far between. Well, I think that needs to change. Why? Because I miss making them, and because I sure as heck am not going to pay for creative cloud if I’m not using premiere pro so it’s time to get moving!
Eventually I’d like to get a dedicated vlogging camera, but for now I need to prove to myself that I deserve one, haha, so I’ll be using my DSLR and my iPhone.
I hope you enjoy my mish mash of footage (but there are kittens involved so really how can you not?) and as I get back into the swing of video creation I expect to have more of an organized method to my madness. 🙂
But until then…. enjoy!
It’s been a long time since I published a Friday Faves post, and I’m hoping to bring it back at least on a semi-regular basis. If this is where I share some of my current favourite things/discoveries from the past week or so, anything that was given to me as a pr sample will be clearly indicated as such.
Now let’s get started!
My first fave for this week should need no explanation.
These “Kitty Smarts” BOB by Sketchers shoes were just too much. Nerdy kitty shoes? I couldn’t help myself. And it’s nice that these are part of their BOB’s for Dogs partnership, so for every pair they sell they make a donation to the Best Friends Animal Society to help save dogs’ and cats’ lives. So really, it was mostly a charitable donation 😉
Next up is Coco Rinse Coconut Oil Pulling Kit from kis.met which they sent me to try.
I’ve tried oil pulling in the past and liked it but stopped because it was inconvenient. I had to do it when I was home and near the coconut oil jar, and then at the time I was always trying to pull for 30 minutes which is quite frankly exhausting.
Oil pulling is used to whiten teeth, healthier gums, improved digestion and many, many more things.
The reason I really like coco rinse is two fold. They come pre-packaged so I can take them with me anywhere and could even do it in the car if I wanted, and because they added the mint flavouring to the oil. While standard oil pulling certainly leaves your mouth feeling more fresh, adding the mint really helps take it up a notch.
I haven’t use it enough to say that my teeth appear whiter, but as always, the morning after I pull, I wake up with a much fresher feeling mouth, which tells me that the anti-bacterial properties of the oil are doing their job!
A couple things to keep in mind if you are using this or any other oil pulling kit, when you spit out the used oil, spit in the garbage, compost or on the ground – don’t spit in your skink or toilet as coconut oil is a solid at room temperature and you don’t want it to solidify and clog your drains! And secondly, after you spit, rinse your mouth once or twice with water to remove and residual coconut oil, etc.
You can purchase coco rinse directly from the kismet essentials website. The kit sells for $29.99 or you can subscribe and save to get one kit delivered to you each month.
Now let’s talk about coffee shall we? In the summer I mostly stick to iced coffee but with the seasons changing I’m back to brewing my own at home and picked up this Silk Almond Milk for Coffee in Hazelnut flavour last week.
You guys. So good. So. So. So. Good. Oh my gosh, for realz, if you like flavoured coffee go pick up one of these. They have a few different flavours but I haven’t made it past Hazelnut…
Last week was every girls favourite week – period week (insert eye roll here). I’ve talked about this off and on over the years but I’ve been trying to move more to natural products when I can, I still use lots of things that are full of chemicals but am cutting back where I can, and one of those places is with pantyliners and such. I’ve used a few different brands over the years, and they have all worked decently, but this month Veeda sent me some of their pantyliners to try and they are fabulous!
Aside from the fact that all their products are made with cotton, have no chemical, synthetics or dyes they actually STICK. So many off the liners I’ve tried have the saddest little adhesive strip and stay in place for approximately 5 seconds. These have been great and haven’t moved around at all! Veeda makes tampons, liners, pads, the whole works and are just getting ready to expand into Canada. As of October 1st they will be available for purchase in London Drugs and are coming soon to Well.ca, Sobeys, and Overwaite.
Y.u can check out their entire product line, and learn more about their commitment to making high-quality, natural feminine hygiene products on their website: https://veedanatural.ca.
And since it’s Friday and I’m getting ready to party (and by party I mean I’m going out for nachos…) I wanted to finish off with the product that makes you feel like you’re at a party every time you use it!
Optimum Nutrition Birthday Cake protein powder!! This year is Optimum Nutrition’s 30th birthday, and they are celebrating (rightfully so) with cake! To mark the occasion of its thirtieth year, ON is giving some its fans a commemorative edition of Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey, in Birthday Cake flavour and I was lucky enough to be one of those fans!
First of all, in case you can’t tell in the photo above it totally has SPRINKLES in it. And everyone knows that sprinkles make everything better.
Sprinkles aside it smells and tastes just like funfetti cake! I’ve never been one to use protein powder in baking, but I think I’m going to give it a whirl with birthday cake! I’m visioning mug cakes. Protein mug cakes that is. I’ll keep you in the loop and if I create a stellar recipe you all will be the first to know.
In the meantime, help them celebrate by watching their video celebrating 30 years!
And here are a few things I stumbled upon this past week that looked worthy of sharing:
And possibly the most important – this video of a puppy waking up from a nap.
Have a wonderful weekend friends!
We already knew I was a crazy cat lady, so I decided to REALLY solidify that by taking some 5 month old kitten photos. And since I’d gone that far, I decided to add their current likes and dislikes to the photos like parents of human children often do.
Because why not.
They’re so cute. My goodness.
I’d like to say I’ll be posting updated photos and likes/dislikes each month until they are a year old, but I’m not going to make any promises. I’m a bit of a scatterbrain when it comes to things like this 😉 but that’s my hope anyway!
I know it’s hard to tell without seeing them in person, but Rose looks so much like a “teen” kitten, while Clara still is a little baby. It’ll be interesting to see if she catches up in size or stays small! 🙂
Welcome back to reality folks. At least that rings true for me, and based on all of the Facebook posts I’ve seen in the past few days about people heading back to work after vacations, my school teacher friends getting their classrooms set up, parents getting ready to get their kids back to school, and I think many of you are feeling the same “it’s time to get back on a regular schedule,” feeling.
I’m always a bit nostalgic about September, even after being out of school for so many years. It always feels just as much of a new beginning as January first does, and that makes it a great time to refocus or get back on track after a few months of summer fun. Normally the summers don’t throw me off much, it’s pretty much the same ole, same ole, all year around but this summer in particular has really thrown me off my game. After losing both my kitties, and later on adopting two kittens, plus travelling and visiting and whatnot, I’ve been off. Completely. But summer is over for me, and starting today I’m working back up to my full class schedule (I’ll be back teaching 10 classes/week next week, this week it’s only 7), so I need to get back on track!
new (academic) year = new day planner and goals journal
There are a few different ways I’m getting back on track, but today I’m talking particularly about my eating and breakfast in particular. It’s really important to me to eat a really nutritious breakfast because that way, regardless of what else the day holds I know I at least did one thing that will support my body. For me that means having a protein smoothie.
I don’t always use the same kind of protein powder, different times of day and different nutrient needs can call for different products, but I’m all about the all-in-one products at breakfast (and before bed if I’m having one then).
Lately I’ve been trying a new (to me) product: Leanfit All-In-One Complete Nutritional Protein Shake. I am really a big fan of all-in-one products that combine protein with a lot of other nutrition because it really makes eating healthfully easy even when you are rushed or don’t have access to your normal foods/meals (like when you are travelling).
So what does all-in-one really mean? Well, instead of only being a protein powder, all-in-one products like this one include a lot of the nutrition your body needs each day in an easy to use product. Think of it sort of like a drinkable vitamin – but better! One scoop of Leanfit All-in-One contains:
- 20g protein (plant protein and grass-fed whey)
- 9 different fruits and vegetables
- 24 vitamins and minerals
- 8g fibre (from oats & ancient grains) <– that’s 1/3 of your minimum daily fibre intake right there!
- 2g Omegas
- Green, Organic Superfoods and Antioxidants
For my gluten-free friends, you’ll be happy to know that the All-in-One is gluten free, it is also GMO free and hormone free, and as a Canadian it always makes me happy to point out that they are a Canadian company!
Because I normally have a smoothie for breakfast, and another one in the evening, I normally use a half of a scoop of protein powder. Partly because I don’t want to depend too highly on getting my protein in powder form, but also because I’m a bit precious and don’t care for the taste/texture of drinks or smoothies with a full scoop 😉 It’s a texture or taste or combination thing for me. But I know lots of my friends can mix a full scoop with plain water and be happy. I’m just not that person.
But when mixed into a smoothie – I’m a happy girl!
Smoothies for breakfast are particularly great because you can make them the night before and grab it out of the fridge on your way out the door. They are super portable so you can have breakfast while on the go in the car, subway or bus – or even at your desk when you arrive at work. And because of the fibre and protein, you will feel fuller longer and will have a more stable blood sugar so you will be less likely to be searching for that 10am sugary snack to get your through to lunch.
What really stands out about this Leanfit All-In-One product for me is the flavour. It is a NATURAL vanilla, not french vanilla. It’s always been a bit of a sore point with me that every other protein product I’ve ever used had had french vanilla, and not natural vanilla flavouring. I love the taste of natural vanilla, and don’t dislike french vanilla, but given the choice I will always choose natural. There is just something about french vanilla that doesn’t do it for me. I was so excited when the package arrived and I saw that this was a natural vanilla flavour! I know what you’re wondering – can you taste the difference? I certainly can. Maybe not everyone would but it’s like the difference between vanilla ice cream and french vanilla ice cream. If you didn’t even know there were different kinds of vanilla, then you probably won’t care, but if you – like me – prefer natural vanilla you are going to love Leanfit! Anyway, I’m particularly enjoying the Leanfit in my plain smoothies with greek yogurt and milk (that’s how I roll), whereas with the french vanilla varieties I always add a little fruit in there to cover up the taste a bit more. Natural vanilla just feels like an even more blank slate so you can take your smoothie anywhere you like as far as the flavour profile, or keep it simple with the plain vanilla.
Where to Buy:
Leanfit Products are available on Amazon*, at Costco both online and some in store (I just saw the Vanilla Whey Protein at the Dartmouth Costco last week!) and select grocery stores. Visit leanfit.com to find a local retailer near you.
Edited to add: It’s now available in select test Costco locations and on Costco.ca in a new Costco-exclusive size!
In addition to the Leanfit All-in-One they also have Whey Protein, Whey Isolate and a completegreen Protein. That means there is a LeanFit product for a wide variety of lifestyles and nutritional needs.
The folks at Leanfit were kind enough to send me a bunch of samples of their all-in-one protein, so if you attend my fitness classes, leave me a comment below and I’ll randomly select a handful of people to receive a sample or two!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Leanfit All-in-One, however I truly like this product and am dedicated to sharing only products I think my readers would like and/or benefit from. All opinions expressed are entirely my own. This post also includes affiliate links (identified by an *), if you make a purchase through one of these links you will be supporting this site – thank you.