Amazing Meal

I kept seeing Amazing Grass Amazing Meal protein powder on blogs right and left.  So I decided I should probably try it too.  I ordered a sampler from their website for $3.99 which came with 3 packets of Amazing Meal Protein Powder.  1 Original blend, 1 Pomegranate Mango Infusion and 1 Chocolate Infusion flavor.

I got this a few weeks ago and wasn’t really sure what to do with it.  So I decided to put in a smoothie.  Unfortunately, I was not a fan of the original blend flavor and couldn’t even drink my smoothie mostly because of the grittiness of the protein powder, not necessarily the flavor.

So today, Monica at Run, Eat, Repeat suggested I try it in juice.  I don’t normally drink juice so I tried the next best thing… a green monster! I decided to try to dissolve the Pomegranate Mango Amazing Meal in water first to see if that would reduce the grittiness,

then I added half a frozen banana, 4 frozen strawberries and a handful of spinach.  I put it all in the blender with some ice to yield an Amazing Grass GM…

Honestly, I’m not that big of a fan.  This one was far better than the Original Blend I tried a few weeks ago, but I’m still not completely sold on this product.  I like the idea behind it and the nutrients in it but  I think I like my regular green monster without Amazing Meal more.

I think the main problem I have with it is the fact that it’s protein powder.  Texture not taste.  I would definitely suggest everyone try it because you just might like it.

As for me, I think I’ll stick to regular green monsters and getting protein from other sources. That being said, I did drink it and I’m feeling pretty full right now 🙂

Off to class!  Have a great afternoon!

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Frustrating Work Out

Warning:  Rant Ahead!

Spinning this morning was really frustrating.  The class was a 2×20 today, meaning you did a warm up for 10 minutes, two intense intervals of 20 minutes each with a 5 minute breather in between those two intervals.

Sounds great, right?

Well, my problem is the instructor.  Her music is NOT upbeat and the whole time she tells us to concentrate on the road and our mental strength without any direction whatsoever.  I understand that people need to be centered mentally, but why is she getting paid to tell me to essentially ride for 60 minutes on my own?

I can go in a room, get on a spin bike on my own whenever I please, the purpose of a class is to motivate you to work harder!

Maybe I’m mistaken but shouldn’t spin instructors be motivating us to maintain a certain intensity by telling us when to switch up the resistance and cadence?

Frustrating classes like this (and I should say really great ones too) make me want to become a spin instructor.  I wish certification didn’t cost so much money!

End Rant.

Today will be a great day despite the frustrating start!

Bottom of the Barrel Muffins

I bake a lot.  Most of the time I don’t follow recipes because that sort of frustrates me.

I had some coconut milk left over from my Coconut Curry and an part of a can of pumpkin I had opened last week.  So naturally, I made muffins with all these leftovers.

My “recipe” for Bottom of the Barrel Muffins

1/4 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 egg
2/3 cup sugar (little less than)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin spice
1 tsp baking soda
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup all purpose flour
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/4-1/2 cup of water/milk/juice/chai tea (I used a bit of my roommate’s chai haha) if batter is too thick

Combine all the wet ingredients then add dry in all the dry ingredients.  Combine.  Line or grease muffin pan.  Fill about 3/4 of the way full.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes depending on the strength of your oven.

Overall pretty healthy, they could probably be made a little healthier by using Agave Nectar, although I’ve never tried (I plan on buying some at Trader Joe’s over Thanksgiving break).

Have a great night!  I’m off to work on my statistics project!