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Adding Protein to My Day: “Caramel Sundae” Yogurt Parfait Recipe

As I wrap-up the 3rd month of my fitness transformation, the weight, body fat and inches keep melting away. I’ve lost track of how many days I’ve been working out & how many pounds & inches I’ve lost. Excessive tracking isn’t necessary because exercise and healthy eating are now part of my daily life. While I do indulge in “cheat” meals every now and then, I am pretty much sticking to a balanced diet high in protein, good carbs and good fats. That being said, I am always looking for new ways to add more protein to my diet. A gal can only eat so much chicken, fish, eggs! That’s why I was excited when I was contacted to try Nature Valley™ Protein Granola. Super tasty and conveniently packaged, ½ cup Nature Valley™ Protein Granola provides 10 grams of protein and 22-26 grams of whole grain, at least 48 grams of whole grain recommended daily.

Everyone at home eagerly scooped handfuls of the Nature Valley™ Protein Granola into their mouths & cereal, and sprinkled it onto their fruit. I was excited to finally be able to make my own yogurt parfaits! I am not interested in the expensive, high-sugar options I see at the grocery store. I especially hate having to dig my spoon into the bottom of any container in search of fruit and flavor. So I created a fun, healthy and delicious high-protein yogurt parfait recipe using 3 simple ingredients in addition to my Nature Valley™ Protein Granola. Then I dressed it up to look like a caramel sundae. The result? A healthy snack nobody could resist!

“Caramel Sundae” Yogurt Parfait

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Nature Valley™ Protein Granola

5 oz non-fat, plain Greek yogurt

5 small strawberries, thinly sliced (1 whole strawberry for garnish)

Honey (small amount to drizzle on top)

Optional: Ice Cream Sundae glass

Directions:

Beginning with the Nature Valley™ Protein Granola, layer all ingredients inside your dish to create a balance that results in great flavor every bite. (I layered granola, yogurt, strawberries, granola, yogurt, etc.) Add the largest dollop of yogurt at the top, sprinkle generously with the remaining Nature Valley™ Protein Granola and lightly drizzle with honey for an extra touch of sweetness and to finish the “caramel sundae” look. Dip your spoon in and enjoy!

If you are looking for ways to add more protein to your diet, I recommend adding Nature Valley™ Protein Granola to your pantry. There are so many ways to incorporate it into your daily snacks and meals. I carried it with me to a race a last month and had an awesome post-race snack waiting for me in the car. The balance of carbs and protein per serving make it a great snack all on its own for runners or anyone on the run.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Nature Valley™ through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Nature Valley™ Protein Granola, all opinions are my own.

The Perfect Anytime Protein Scramble

I love eggs. Since starting the 21 Day Fix, scrambled and hard boiled eggs have been my favorite quick and easy protein sources. Even though I've since moved on to PiYo and T25, I'm still keeping my eating habits clean and consistent.

In playing with macros, I decided I wanted to bump up my protein intake, and this recipe really packs a punch in the protein department, while incorporating 2 power greens: kale and spinach.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Organic Free Range Eggs
  • 1/4 cup (combined) of chopped kale and spinach 
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped red onion
  • 2 ounces (about 6 lean slices) chicken breast deli meat (turkey can be substituted)
  • Cracked pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Coat pan with non-stick spray, turn on heat to med-low
  • In a bowl, crack 2 eggs and beat, aerate well
  • Add onions & chicken breast to eggs and beat to combine
  • Add contents of bowl to pan
  • Add kale and spinach to pan about a minute later
  • Add pepper
  • Scramble gently over med-low heat until done

Serve in a bowl and enjoy! 

This delicious, satisfying, anytime meal packs a whopping 24.1 grams of protein. I am trying to keep my macros at 40% protein / 30% Fats / 30% Carbs, and this meal allows me to fee full without the carbs I'd rather have at dinner. The fat grams come mostly from the eggs, which can always be substituted with egg whites. However, I prefer both the whites and yolks in my scrambles and don't mind the higher fat % of this particular meal since only 3g are actually saturated fat, and the other fats I eat are all healthy: peanut butter, olive oil, hummus, sunflower seeds, avocado, salmon.

This is a great base recipe, you can add or remove healthy items as you see fit. Let me know what recipes you have created!

¡Buen provecho!

REM-Fit Total Sleep Recovery System Review

Fact: I never get enough sleep. Work, exercise, stress, life and the ever-growing to-do list make it so that I typically sleep 4-5 hours per night. That is why I was intrigued by the REM-Fit Total Sleep Recovery System, a Protect-A-Bed product developed specifically for consumers with an active, healthy lifestyle. Thanks to FitFluential, I was given the opportunity to test and review the following products to see if they would help with my sleep issues:

  1. REM-Fit Rest Adjustable Pillow.
  2. REM-Fit Energize Smooth Mattress Protector
  3. REM-Fit Energize Smooth Pillow Protector

What is the REM-Fit Total Sleep Recovery System? REM-Fit is a lifestyle, which stands for "Rest, Energize and Motivate", and the Sleep Recovery System is designed to help those of us with active lifestyles by providing a rejuvenating sleep environment. 

We are all aware that exercise is necessary for mental and physical balance, and is a key component of a healthy lifestyle. But what about rest? Rest and sleep are extremely important, and essential to help energize our bodies. A restful night’s sleep helps the body recover, and adequate sleep is necessary for healthy functioning. Sleep helps with our weight and energy levels, and energy is something I can really use since I work and work out everyday.

The REM-Fit pillow and bedding and pillow protection products include features like Tencel®, which aids in thermo-regulation, wicks away moisture, is hypoallergenic, has antibacterial properties and provides a soft, silky-smooth sleep zone for those with sensitive skin. Another feature is Miracle Membrane®, which maintains mattress hygiene for more restful sleep. 

Additional benefits of the REM-Fit Total Sleep Recovery System

Additional benefits of the REM-Fit Total Sleep Recovery System

I was eager to test the products, hoping for an uninterrupted night's sleep in our very, very warm bedroom. I used the pillow, pillow case & mattress cover. When I unboxed the items, I noted right away that the texture of the materials was very light and silky. Being a runner, I could tell that these were quality moisture wicking materials. Once the bed was made, I rested my head on the pillow and liked the way it felt. It was not super soft, but also not extremely firm. As Goldilocks would say, it was just right.

When I was awakened by my alarm a few hours later, I didn't want to get out of bed. The pillow had remained lush, full and comfy, under my head. I slept throughout the entire night without waking up and would have loved very much to stay in bed with my new pillow all morning! Typically, because our room is so hot in the summer, I wake up sweating in the middle of the night. I also tend to struggle with finding the perfect "sweet spot" for my head with my old pillow. After using the REM-Fit system for a couple of weeks now, I find myself going to bed earlier and enjoying a longer, more restful, night of sleep.

If you are curious about the products, visit their website to learn more. I would recommend starting with the pillow, which I adore! By using the “remfitlife” coupon code, you can save 40% off on all products available at www.rem-fit.com! Give them a try. Your body needs the sleep.

Disclosure: As stated in the first paragraph, I received the REM-Fit Total Sleep Recovery System at no cost to test and review. All reviews and opinions are my own.