It’s been a Lana Del Rey kind of morning.
I’ve loved a few of her bigger hits (Ultraviolence, Video Games, Young and Beautiful) and always dug her vibe but I haven’t really explored her other stuff until recently. Thanks to the Lana Del Rey YouTube mix I now have a constant stream of beautiful chill while I work :)
#BIKINISERIES – Killin It
Okay, I know it’s only 4 days into the challenge but I’m feeling fantastic so far during this year’s Bikini Series. I’m not craving anything, my workouts and eating have been on point, and I have motivation coming out the wazoo.
Morning workouts aka bootycalls FTW
Turkey chilli with avocado. Best recipe of the week (in the TIU nutrition plan).
I’ve got a decent routine down each night so I can make sure everything is ready to go for the next day. Tuesday night/Wednesday morning was the only rough day for me since I worked my serving job from 6 until midnight. So much coffee was needed that Wednesday morning when I had to get up from my big girl job.
But I still had a lean, green, and clean eating day thanks to the enormous Sunday meal prep. Seriously, meal prep is so key!
Speaking of meal prep, I’ve had a few questions about what protein powder I use. There are a lot of people new to Tone It Up this year that purchased the nutrition plan and bundles that came with Perfect Fit protein…and that stuff is alright (IMO). I did order it about 2 years ago when it first came out and it was fine but I found the stevia taste very overwhelming and the texture was pretty chalky when trying to mix it into smoothies and raw recipes. The only application I found it worked well in for me was baking. Maybe they’ve tweaked the formula since then but I’m not about to pay $60 for another order to find out ;)
I’ve tried a bunch of protein powders over the past few years and North Coast Naturals (aka NCN) is absolutely my favourite
Full disclosure: they did send me a few products for free to test out about a year ago but I have purchased the protein powder over and over again on my own because I love it.
A few reasons it’s my jam:
-Fantastic taste and blendability: I have the vanilla and chocolate flavours and they’re both delicious in everything – baking, smoothies, mixed with almond milk/water, raw recipes…you name it.
-100% natural, no artificial sweeteners, and no stevia! I can’t handle the taste of stevia at all. It is way too overpowering for my taste. NCN sweetens their protein powder with low-glycemic fructose and it’s just right – not too sweet.
-Very easy to digest for a whey protein. My body isn’t able to handle dairy like it has been in the past. THANKS AGEING. I tend to try and stay away from dairy products or take them in small amounts. NCN does derive the whey from cheese but it is formulated with added lactase which makes it easy to digest for us with lactose issues. I’ve never had any discomfort using this protein #yay
-Canadian and available locally! NCN is a Canadian company and their products are available at local stores (for me at least). My local Bulk Barn carries their products in their health section so no need to panic when I run out! I just ran out of my second tub of vanilla this past weekend so I need to swing by Bulk Barn soon….
This protein is available in chocolate, vanilla, and unflavoured. I have yet to try the unflavoured since I like to use the vanilla for my more “plain” uses like fruit smoothies and yummy raw treats like:
Do you have a favourite protein powder? Leave it in the comments!
Have a beautiful rest of the day!
PS: A glorious night mantra for ya