Friday Favorites! – (12/19/14)

by Her Happy Balance on December 19, 2014

Good morning, friends and happy Friday! I am happy to say that finals for school are now finished and I’m starting to slowly get my life back…I’ve even had enough time to blog twice this week. That has to be a Friday favorite in and of itself! Because I missed posting last Friday, this week I have tons of favorites to share with you. Let’s just jump right in, shall we? 

Friday Faves 12-19-14

 

Favorite #1

Over the last couple of years, I’ve developed quite an extensive collection of cookbooks. I love to look at them for inspiration. I try to buy mostly health-conscious recipe books because they can be really helpful in teaching me new techniques to create {mostly} healthy dishes. Now, don’t get me wrong, I still love my Paula Deen books. But having a stash of cookbooks with tasty dishes that will have my body feeling as happy as my tastebuds is my general intention. This week I added The Wellness Kitchen by Paulette Lambert to my library. Lambert is the R.D. and nutrition expert on Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition. I can’t wait to try her Salmon Wellington recipe – looks impressive! I probably couldn’t go wrong with the crab enchiladas either…

Favorite #2

To enhance my winter bulking workouts, I’ve been trying to recover from sweat sessions by immediately drinking protein shakes after. I tried two new powders from Cellucor this week: Cor-fetti Cake Batter and Red Velvet proteins. Um, yes. I was intrigued by the novelty of the flavors – the cake batter one even has rainbow sprinkles in it! The taste was pretty spot on, but it took a little extra shaking to get them to dissolve. I liked that they were relatively high in protein {25g} and relatively low in calories {130}.

Favorite #3

I tried G.H.Cretors organic simply salted popcorn this week. I have a popcorn maker and I usually try to pop my own, but this is perfect for when I’m feeling lazy…which has been more than I’d like to admit recently. There aren’t any funky chemical preservativs in it and the corn and oil are both organic. I need to find a store that sells the cheese flavor…

Favorite #4

Next up is CLn body wash and facial cleanser. So, being a fitness fiend has introduced me to many lovely things – gym shower stalls and the need for body glide being a couple of them. While training for the RnR Half Marathon, and practically living in sweaty sports gear, I ran into a bit of a skin problem. All I’m going to say is sweaty sports bras are not your body’s friend. That’s all I have to say about that. This body wash is formulated for athletes to help deter sport-induced acne and skin infections. Since I started to use this cleanser, my skin has been happy. I don’t use it everyday, but I keep it in my shower for after those especially sweaty workouts. TMI? Just keepin’ it real on HHB today…

Favorite #5

I recently discovered the brand Usana when I was searching for a snack to take with me to my classes. Because I have class at night, I don’t usually have time to eat dinner before I go, so I’ve been relying on granola and protein bars more than usual. I like this bar, particularly the Berry Nutty flavor because it’s made with lots of whole almonds and cherries. I just think almond with cherry is an awesome flavor combo, plus the fruit pieces keep the bars moist and chewy. It’s an added bonus that all ingredients are non-GMO. 

  UA coldgear striped leggings

And a bonus favorite this week is new running tights! Since losing some weight, my old pairs of running tights no longer fit. It’s a good problem to have, but buying a new activewear and regular wardrobe has been kind of spendy. I’ve been holding out to buy a new pair of running leggings until I could hit up the outlets. I had to return a pair of pants to the J.Crew outlet this weekend and decided it was the time for a sporting wear upgrade! It’s been cold as heck in PA and having ill-fitting pants didn’t really help to keep me warm on runs. I ended up scoring a pair of coldgear tights that were usually $60 for half price. Plus I think the stripes detail on the back of the calves is so fun! Blogger secret – I almost fell over taking that awkward leg photo above. Anyway, I can’t find the exact pair I bought online, but these and these are similar.

Hope you all have a wonderful and festive weekend! Santa Claus is coming to town soon, so don’t forget to be nice ;)

This week I’m linking up with Clare, Katie, and Heather.

Thoughts??
Tell me one of your favorites!
Please tell me that I’m not the only fitness fanatic whose had a sweaty skin debacle?
Favorite protein powder flavor?

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