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August 2015 BuluBox Review with #Sweatpink & Discount Code!

The goods! :)

I love getting things in the mail! Even bills make me happy, which I know is weird. I just love having something to open when I get home after a long day at work which is why the ever-famous subscription boxes make a regular appearance on my porch! This month, I’m all about the BuluBox, which I got a chance to try out as a #Sweatpink Ambassador! BuluBox is the newest health, fitness, and weight loss themed box designed to help you meet your goals with new, innovative products. Each custom box comes filled with a new mix of 4 to 5 premium samples from top brands to try! All of my readers can check it out by using the discount code SWEATPINK for 50% off a 3-month subscription–which is a steal!

The goods! :)
The goods! 🙂

My box came with 5 different samples to check out. I really loved the bright packaging and the card that gave me info about all of the products. Most boxes come with some type of card, but this one was easy to read and provided me with ingredient lists, and clear information. Of course, the Bulu brands were featured with their contact info so you can visit their websites and/or social media pages to learn more about each product. 

Let’s start with my FAVORITE product from this box, Earth’s Care Anti-Itch Cream. I not only got eaten alive the past few nights, but I also somehow got poison ivy while playing with the dog all over my feet. Earth’s Care has no fake colors, fragrances, and contains no petroleum or other nasties. It also had no scent, which makes me a happy camper. Within about 5 minutes, the itching was gone. This brand is also CRUELTY FREE people! No need to slather yourself in awful chemicals!

Next up, Mediterra’s Sundried Tomato and Basil bar! Usually bars are sweet, but for me, I adore savory flavors. This flavor was delicious. It had a nice mix of EVOO and Italian style seasonings and DAYUM, did this thing keep me full. It’s packed with pea protein and cashews which made it a nice source for my healthy fats (that I’m not always so awesome at getting in). They also offer flavors like Olive & Walnuts, and the standby sweet flavors. 

The Movit Energy Gummies were something I never thought to try before. I am usually a PM coffee girl, and by the end of my workday I need a small java to get myself running and ready for the gym, dinner, and any other obligations we have for the night. The gummies were tasty and sweet, they kind of reminded me of my vitamins I take, but didn’t do much more for me than having a cup of coffee. If you’re trying to cut calories, this would be a great alternative to the afternoon drink or snack to perk you up. 

I’m always looking for new ways to stay satisfied, and fiber is something that I definitely don’t lack as a vegetarian. However, the Yerba Prima Fiber sample was gentle and seemed effective. Because I eat a lot of packed greens and don’t always drink a ton of water, the cleansing formula of the Prima was like hitting the reset button after a weekend of partying. I also like that it’s sweetened with Stevia and gently gets things moving. Psyllium husk certainly does the trick!

Last but not least, was Quest Peanut Butter Protein Powder. This is the one product that I was kind of “blah” about. Protein powder isn’t really something I use on the daily. I’m a fan of getting my protein from whole foods. If you’re someone who drinks a lot of smoothies or needs a post-workout snack, this would probably do it for you. Quest does mention baking with this powder, so you might try and make protein pancakes or cookies. Either way, protein is protein when it’s in powder form (at least for me). 

I enjoyed most of the things in my BuluBox, so now it’s your turn to #LoveBulu! Use the discount code SWEATPINK for 50% off a 3-month subscription and tell me and @bulubox how you #LoveBulu. 

Editor’s note: The products mentioned in this post were provided to me by a representative of the company. I have not been compensated in any way, and all aforementioned opinions are honest and my own. 

Weight Watchers Blueberry Buttermilk Cake

Since realizing that I’m a more friendly person when I bake on a regular basis, I’ve made the time to make some delicious treats for my family, friends, and colleagues. However, I think we can ALL admit that we like trying out our own treats to see how they come out. At least, I do! Since I also happen to be a lifetime Weight Watchers member, I try to keep most of my baked goods in a somewhat reasonable points friendly range. Enter stage right, the Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake from Alexandra’s Kitchen. It’s a delicious recipe I found on Pinterest and filed away. It’s also 11 points plus for one serving. So my snow day project was to lighten up a delicious recipe for all to enjoy and I succeeded (and only changed three ingredients!) Below, enjoy Alexandra’s recipe altered to a much more Weight Watcher friendly (and super rich!) 5 points plus.

Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake (makes 6-8 servings in a 9×9 pan)

It's all about the work space.
It’s all about the work space.

1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce (replaces butter)
2 tsp. lemon zest
3/4 c. plus 1 tsp. sugar
2 egg whites
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour (set aside 1/4 for the blueberries to be tossed into)
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 c. buttermilk (make your own with fat free milk and 1 tbsp white vinegar)

Preheat your oven to 350. Cream applesauce, lemon zest, and 3/4 c. sugar until fluffy and light. Add the egg, vanilla, and beat until combined. Meanwhile, toss your blueberries with 1/4 cup of flour in a separate bowl. In a third bowl, whisk remaining flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the batter a little at a time alternating with buttermilk. Gently fold in the berries.

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Grease a 9×9 square baking pan with Pam or non-stick spray. Spread batter into pan and sprinkle with the remaining tbsp of sugar. Bake for 35 minutes and test with a toothpick. Let cool for 15 minutes before serving.

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And there you have it. I only changed the whole egg for egg whites, the butter for applesauce, and I simply made my own fat free buttermilk variation and shaved a whole 6 points (non-ww folk: that’s like a meal!) off of a serving of cake. I’ll be enjoying this 5 point wonder with some green tea and a banana. Yum!

Let me know what you think and I’ll continue to post more lightened up recipes as I find success with them!

 

 

Delicious Carrot Smoothie

Lately, I’ve been experimenting with some amazing smoothie recipes. Sometimes I’ll use them as a meal replacement, and sometimes I’ll use them as a type of detox for my body after a holiday, and sometimes I just like to have them as an accompaniment to a meal. It all depends on what types of ingredients you’re placing in the blender. I’ve posted a few of my smoothies on my fitblr, but I’m going to start posting them here as well. Let me introduce my latest creation: The Carrot-Melon Smoothie. Yes, there are vegetables in this, but you wouldn’t know! It’s also vegan. Here’s what you need:

Wow, how bright and colorful, no??
Wow, how bright and colorful, no??

1/2 c. no sugar added apple juice
1 medium carrot chopped into rounds
1 ripe banana
2 oz. cantaloupe
1 shimmy shake of ground cinnamon

In your blender, pour apple juice and place chopped carrots in with the juice. Blend on high chop setting for about 30 seconds or until smooth. It should border on a watery consistency. Next, place your chopped banana, cantaloupe, and cinnamon in the blender. Blend on chop for another 20 seconds, and slow down to a low mix for 10 seconds. Pour into a glass, drink, and be merry. It tastes like apple cinnamon goodness.

 

For those who also follow Weight Watchers, this recipe counts as 2 points plus, and it packs a punch of beta carotene. To quote the most interesting man in the world, “Stay thirsty,” and tell me what you think!