Road Tripping with Zone Perfect Bars
Road Tripping with Zone Perfect Bars

Due to a move and getting settled in, we’ve been traveling a lot. Often times, I find myself hungry at odd hours, so it’s been important to have snacks on the go. I like ZonePerfect Bars because you can find them at Dollar General, which has been easy to do while moving across the country.

Our days, schedules, and lives have been anything but routine. That seems like the theme of this year, though. Since many people have opted for traveling via car this year, I thought I would share a few tips I use for staying healthy on a road trip. This isn’t limited to healthy eating, but overall wellness when on the open road too. Wherever you are in your fitness and nutrition journey, ZonePerfect Bars can fit in.

Why ZonePerfect Bars?

You can find ZonePerfect Bars at Dollars Generals around the country. Moving from East to West, there have been plenty of Dollar General stores along the road.

ZonePerfect Bars have up to 15g of protein and taste great.

They sit well in the stomach. I’ve been able to eat one and be running within minutes with no stomach aches or cramps.

Plus, ZonePerfect guarantees you will love the taste of their bars. If you don’t, they’ll give you your money back!

There are two categories of ZonePerfect Bars:

ZonePerfect Macros Bars: All ZonePerfect Macros Bars have 15g protein, 1-2g sugar and 18 vitamins and minerals. They have a balanced blend of macros. While I don’t count macros, many people do, so that is reassuring!

ZonePerfect Classic Bars: ZonePerfect Classic Bars have up to 15g protein, up to 19 vitamins and minerals and no artificial sweeteners.

At Dollar General, ZonePerfect Bars are also on Sale:

ZonePerfect Macros Bar buy 2 for $3

ZonePerfect Classic Bar buy 2 for $2

A Few More Tips to Staying Healthy While on a Road Trip:

Don’t Text/Social Media and Drive. Don’t do it now or ever. There is no excuse.

Wear Sunscreen. You can burn in your car! Typically you’re more likely to get burned on your left.

Pack Snacks: If you pack snacks like ZonePerfect Bars, you’re less likely to stop. We saved both time and money by already having packed snacks.

Pack Water: We travel with a gallon of water in our car to save time and money while traveling.

Make Sure to Stop: This year it is daunting to travel during a pandemic. Stop at gas stations and rest stops when necessary. But to stretch the legs, find a nice park or outdoor spot to stop. This ensures you stay safe.

Keep a First Aid Kit: You never know when you’ll need it.

Take a Break When Tired: There is no shame in stopping and taking a break or crashing at a hotel early. In college, I once needed to stop 90 minutes from my house because I became an unsafe driver. It’s okay, and remember to choose the safer option.

Thank you to ZonePerfect Bars for sponsoring this post. Whether you are trying to stay healthy while on a road trip or just want a healthy snack, ZonePerfect bars are a great option. Plus, ZonePerfect Bars are accessible and on sale at Dollar General stores across the country.

Questions for you:

How do you stay healthy while on a road trip?

Have you tried ZonePerfect Bars?

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Meal Ideas with CAULIPOWER Cauliflower Tortilla Wraps

Recently, I was given to the opportunity to try CAULIPOWER Cauliflower Tortilla Wraps. I’ve tried CAULIPOWER pizza crust before but neer the wraps. In case you wondered, the brand CAULIPOWER is all capitalized.

CAULIPOWER tortilla wraps can be found in the refrigerator or freezer aisle of most grocery stores if you are local Wegmans and Sprouts both have CAULIPOWER tortilla wraps.

This post is sponsored by CAULIPOWER Cauliflower Tortilla but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

 

 

I do believe that cauliflower can be an excellent addition to any diet, but your body still needs carbohydrates too. Life is full of balance. Balance is the key for anyone, runner or not.

CAULIPOWER wrap
You can find a coupon for $2 off CAULIPOWER Tortilla Wraps here

A few things about CAULIPOWER Cauliflower Tortilla Wraps:

  • Vegan and dairy-free
  • Available in Original and Grain Free
  • Naturally gluten, wheat, and preservative-free
  • Cauliflower is the first ingredient
  • Ready in minutes, using your microwave or skillet

So what did I want to make? As someone who is out of the house for long hours more often, I thought easy wraps would be a good idea. I could make CAULIPOWER Tortilla Wraps and pack them for lunch.

Keep in mind; my “Recipes” are basic and fast. Am I a foodie? No. Do I like to eat well during the day? Of course, who doesn’t? I don’t enjoy spending hours in the kitchen waiting for my meal to cook.

I made a couple of different CAUIPOWER Tortilla Wraps.

Wrap 1: Cheesy Beef Wrap

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 slices provolone
  • Greens (I like arugula)
  • 4 CAULIPOWER Wraps

CAULIPOWER wrap

Directions:

  • Preheat skillet on medium to high heat.
  • Cook beef 8-10 minutes until there is no pink. Add cheese on top
  • Transfer into a bowl and add greens.
  • Place on wrap.

CAULIPOWER wrap

You can store these in a Tupperware and eat them for on the go for lunches. They are a great way to meal prep.

Wrap 2: Chick Pea Wrap

  • 12 ounces salsa
  • 15 ounces chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Red or White onion
  • 4 CAULIPOWER Wraps

CAULIPOWER wrap

Directions:

  • Preheat skillet on medium to high heat.
  • Combine chickpeas and salsa in a medium saucepan.
  • Cook and occasionally stir until all of the liquid has absorbed and the chickpeas have turned reddish.  This takes about 8 minutes.
  • Add to wraps.

The Chick Pea Wraps keep better, so it’s easier (less messy) to have them later in the week.

CAULIPOWER wrap

Thank you to CAULIPOWER for sponsoring this post. Plus, right now, you can save $2 with this coupon.

Questions for you:

Hae you tried using CAULIPOWER Cauliflower Tortilla Wraps?

Hae you tried cooking with Cauliflower?

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Saving Time Shopping for Essentials

As I’ve mentioned, the last couple of months have been busy.  That’s another reason I’m taking a short break from running.  Between anxiety and being busy taking this week off makes sense. One way I save both time and money is by doing most of my food, pantry, and hygiene shopping with Amazon.  This post is sponsored by Scott by all thoughts and opinions are my own.

What many people don’t know, is I’m someone who doesn’t like grocery shopping or spending excess time shopping. If I could get all food items delivered to my door, I would. Heck, if I could get food items delivered and cooked, that would be a dream.

Scott is one of the brands we buy on Amazon instead of making a trip or ten to the grocery store. Scott makes a variety of products including paper towels, toilet paper, flushable wipes, and even shop towels (that we use on our vehicles).

scott towels

Why do Grocery and Essential Shopping on Amazon?

First, it’s easier and faster.  I can put whatever I want in a cart, order, and it comes in a couple of days.

Second, it saves money because I don’t buy impulse purchases that I didn’t need.  I just choose what I need, get it delivered, and move on with my day.

What most people don’t realize is that you can also use coupon codes when shopping on Amazon Pantry too.  So it’s easier and cheaper.  Amazon also offers ‘Subscribe & Save” which makes it even easier to save money on products we always need, like shampoo and hygiene items like toilet paper.

Scott has a new product available: The Scott ComfortPlus!  With the new launch of the ComfortPlus, they have plenty of deals right now.

Scott Comfortplus

For instance, one such deal for the Scott ComfortPlus you will save $1.50 plus 15% and free shipping when you use the Amazon Subscribe and Save.  I personally appreciate you can buy in bulk and not have to worry about running out later on. 

When we are out hiking, we try and have a biodiagrable sanitizing wipe with us.  You never know what can happen while hiking.  Scott is another brand that is safe for sensitive skin as well as fragrance-free, alcohol-free, free of dyes, and hypoallergenic.

scott towels

Most people know of Scott as a toilet paper and wipes brand, but we also use it for cleaning up vehicles and automotive tasks.

The Scott Shop Towels are perfect for automotive and workshop tasks. They are absorbent and strong but also great for wiping hands and tools.  We don’t have kids or pets, but do like cars.  Many people might remember last year when we took a trip down to the Winston-Salem to pick up a new to us car 2 series manual, because it was the closest one to NJ!

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As most people know, we are fixing up a 1987 Porche and recently fixed and sold a 1989 BMW E30 so keeping the car clean is essential.

scott towels

The Scott shop towels are designed for cleaning up grease, liquids, oils, and spills with car maintenance.  A few uses for them are changing oil, refilling fluids and general automotive maintenance.  The towels are ultra-strong and durable.  We find ourselves using less than a typical towel or even rag.  Plus, they also work well even when wet.

scott towels

Speaking of cars, Scott is celebrating their NEW product, Scott Comfort Plus. They are doing a giveaway for an all expenses paid trip to a Nascar Race of your choice in 2018-2019! You could choose anywhere.  I’m not sure which race I would choose if I won, I feel like Talladega or Sonoma are top contenders.

This post is sponsored by Scott Brand, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Questions for you:
Do you like Grocery Shopping or Would you prefer to have it delivered?
How do you keep your Car clean?

What I Pack in my Hiking Bag
What I Pack in my Hiking Bag

Over the past two years, my husband and I have gotten more into hiking.  While it’s not “running,” hiking is a tough workout.  When we first started, I used to try and squeeze runs in before and get my “running miles.”  I quickly realized I became more fatigued on hikes and it’s just unsustainable.  Now, hiking provides a great workout without running down the road (or whatever).  We choose to do day hikes because those are more of our style.

If you want to read about any of the hikes we’ve done around the country you can click here.

When going out for a day hike, it’s much different than packing a Nalgene and coming back.  I’ve gotten a few questions about what we pack.  First and foremost, it depends on the season and location.  The climate is very different in NJ versus Arizona.

Here are a Few Things I Pack Each Hike:

Good Shoes:

I used to hike in old running shoes but now hike in a pair of Brooks Cascadia trail shoes.  The trail shoes have more support to climb up or down terrain.  If you are going any distance, then shoes with support are essential.

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Extra Water, Food, and Snacks:

After getting lost on Bear Mountain a few years ago (and yes we really took an Uber back to our car around the mountain), I realized the importance of having enough food and water.  Don’t expect the worst, but always prepare for the worst.  You never know where your hike might lead you and I cannot stress how important it is to be more prepared.  While not the only food I eat, I do like eating diner cookies on the bike.  Other things I’ve packed include trail mix, nuts, snack bars, and fruit.  I always anticipate getting lost and being out much longer.

Bear Mountain Hiking

Map, Compass, and GPS:

A map and compass is an important piece of any hiking.  Not only that, but it’s important to know how to use them!  I took backpacking in college, but before then I had no idea.  Cell phones have GPS built in, but like a Garmin GPS, not always helpful.

Extra Battery for Cell Phone:

If it’s cold, you get lost, or for whatever reason, your phone dies, having that extra battery is extremely helpful.  We have used the extra battery life about half of the time we are out!

Emergency Kit:

This includes everything for first aid, as well as a way to make fire.  Not only do they keep you warm but fires are also a great way to signal for help.  Another essential item for your kit is a flashlight or headlamp.  If you’re out past dark, you’ll need something.

Knife:

A knife is one of the most essential tools you’ll bring.  You never know what situation you’ll need to cut bandages, trees,

Full Set of Clothing:

It goes without saying, but remember to pack an extra set of clothing including extra underwear and socks. On most 5+ mile hikes, I’ve changed socks at least once!

Kleenex Wipes:

You never know what sort of issues you might encounter, and I like Kleenex Wet Wipes from Walgreens for both my hands and face. Personally, I like how the wipes dry quickly and don’t leave any residue.  There are no harsh chemicals, so they are safe enough for your hands and face.  As someone with sensitive skin, this is important for me.

kleenix wet wipes

Pack to Keep Everything in:

My favorite is from Northface.  It’s comfortable, fits everything, and doesn’t put unwanted pressure on your back.  Having a comfortable pack is important to carry everything.  This one has worked well for both my husband and I.  It’s lightweight, durable, and versatile.

Ramapo State Forest hike

So there you have it!  That is what I keep in my day hiking pack.  Thank you for Kleenex Wet Wipes for sponsoring this post.

Questions for you:
Do you like hiking?  What do you keep in your hiking pack?

Meal Planning for Two

Recently, my husband came home from another deployment.  Since living in New Jersey, it is either 6 or 7, but I can’t remember.  Homecomings are always great, and since then we’ve had an incredible time together.

Getting back into a routine (for both of us),  takes a couple of weeks.  It’s a bit of challenge going from one person to two again in the house.  Things like making dinner for two or meal ideas change.  With my husband’s short but frequent deployments, I never quite get into a routine of making dinner for one or two.  We’ve learned to cook more together and you can see more from culinary lab.

Recently, I discovered Frelii which is a monthly subscription service that provides a customized exercise and dietary plan based on your personal needs.  This post is sponsored by Frelii, but all thoughts, and opinions are my own.

What is Frelii?

Frelii is a preventative medicine is designed to give the best options for a healthier lifestyle.  Preventative means it’s not meant to diagnose a health condition or concern.  It does not take the place of a doctor or medical professional.

Like with running shoes, every person is unique and different from one another. Frelii aims to provide people with the knowledge, recipes, and even products to leave healthier lives.

For many people that is losing weight or even gaining weight.  For my husband and I, it was to prepare meals that were best fitted to our needs both physically and mentally but not as a dieting program!  Frelii helps each person differently.

After filling out a short questionnaire, each Frelii member is made aware of any potential health hazards and risk factors in their life.

They tailor meal plans, foods, and the entire program to what will help lead to a more balanced life. There is even an option to purchase vitamins and supplements that help your specific needs.  As a public health major in college, I appreciate Frelii recommends people get their blood work done before buying vitamins/supplements.  It never supports anything in the place of a doctor.

It took about 20 minutes to the complete the survey but when I finished it listed one of my health hazards as mood and depression.  It was spot on, as I’ve talked openly about having both anxiety and college through college.

Just as they provide meal plans, Frelii also recommends exercise plans for those who want it.  Personally, I have stuck with the meal and recipe side because I do prefer that for running but it’s nice to know it’s out there!

The Meals:

By far my favorite component of Frelii is the meal plans and new recipes they provide.  There are a lot of new and fun recipes that I would have never thought twice to try but once they recommended them…I figured might as well!

Another thing, I appreciate about Frelii is how quick meals can be made.  I don’t like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen and will also choose healthy, fast options, over the top dinners that take an hour or two to cook.  They are simple, easy, and affordable.  We could make time to spend an hour or two in the kitchen, we would instead make time for other things.

Here are a few meals we chose to make:

We’ve made several more and Frelii has a database of hundreds so there is something for everyone.

Peanut Pancakes Using Almond flour and Eggs:

Spinach, Kale, and Farmers Quiche

Roasted Cauliflower and Beets.

Before cooking cauliflower, I had one bad experience and never tried cooking it again.

roasted cauliflower and beets

Sausage and Spinach Pasta with Mozzarella

We’ve made several more and it’s been a fun and unique experience.  Thank you Frelii for sponsoring this post!

Questions for you:
How long on average do you spend to cook dinner?
If you or your spouse travels or is gone, do you find it difficult to get back into a routine?

 

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