Flatout ProteinUP: A vehicle for anything and everything

Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 9.55.52 PM Remember that time when I decided to go raw? Or gluten-free? Or paleo? Oh, the many mistakes I’ve made! I love carbs. I love carbs so much that I’m willing to drive an hour or more to get some good bread. I’ve tried Flatout before and was excited to see their new line, ProteinUP.

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My aunt made my cousin pizza. My co-worker is trying to get healthier and has made some simple wraps. I use it as a vehicle for anything and everything in my fridge: bacon, lettuce, hummus, and cheese.

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I don’t eat beans but do eat lots of bean products (hummus, for example). I couldn’t even guess all the beans in the bean naming contest at the fair this summer. ProteinUP comes in three fancy flavors: Core 12 and Red Pepper Hummus, made from chickpeas, and Sea Salt & Crushed Black Pepper, made from navy beans – um, what are those? At the LA Fit Expo, Flatout reached out to us FitFluential bloggers with a breakfast.

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They served the Red Pepper Hummus ProteinUP with cream cheese, nut butter, granola, and dried blueberries.

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In true form, I had to recreate it with my pantry items: Greek yogurt, almond butter, granola, and golden raisins and cranberries.

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They explained why they chose beans, a natural source of protein and complex carbs, rather than whey protein. Plus, beans have fiber and antioxidants that are part of healthy diets around the world. They also introduced us to the Foldit ProteinUP, which is thicker and heartier. I was a huge fan and can’t wait to try them!

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If you’re inclined, here are some of the gorgeous protein-packed recipes Flatout created. I’ve never seen one meal with 51 grams of protein!

If you’re in the SoCal area, try out their other lines while you wait!

Have you tried Flatout before? Do you eat beans regularly?

*I’m linking up with Peas & Crayons for WIAW this week.

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Flatout.

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This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Flatout.

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MIMM & Motivation Monday: Favorite Fitness YouTube Channels

Last July, I let my gym membership expire. That doesn’t mean I stopped working out though – I just started to workout at home.

For Marvleous in My Monday & Motivation Monday, I thought I’d share some of my favorite YouTube channels:

Fitness Blender The couple is awesome and they update often. They combine quick interval training, strength, and stretch. There are even kettlebell workouts.

POPSUGAR Fitness I’m actually surprised by their workouts. They have many more medium-level cardio or lighter weight workouts.

Yoga with Adriene She updates continuously and she’s hilarious. Right now, she’s holding 30 Day of Yoga with practices leading from 15-30 minutes. I love these to give me a boost when I have little time or energy. I just found out that she teaches in Austin – I’ll be going!

BeFit These are a hit or miss. Scott Herman’s workouts are usually a hit. I learned about Flight from them.

SweatyBetty They’re a clothing brand, but their channel works with trainers from studios like Barry’s Bootcamp.

Ones you are probably more familiar with:

Tone It Up These girls have good workouts and loveable personalities.

blogilates I have to be honest, I find her annoying.

Some days, I find some local fitness events.

This weekend, I went to a Yelp fitness event at Precision Fitness. We were paired up and stationed to do 1 minute intervals, alternating with our partner. It was a lot of fun since everyone was there to test out the workout and I chatted with my new workout buddies. Oh yeah, my abs hurt everytime I laugh, cough or sneeze.

Here’s me hating/failing at Bosu ball mountain climbers (and my partner on the battle ropes).

Today, I’m heading to Santa Monica to practice yoga with Dice Iida-Klein, an instructor I admire from his YogaGlo videos.

What are your favorite at-home resources?

Thinking Out Loud Thursday: Yoga in the Club (Flight)

I love tackling new things, especially workouts. I’ve done everything from hot yoga and barre to CrossFit and BodyPump. A few weeks ago, I tried OrangeTheory. I love it all except running for more than 5K and spin – I tried it 2xs/week for a month and still don’t like it but I do like bicycling outside.

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This weekend, I drove up to LA on a rainy day and went to a nightclub… at 11 A.M. There was even a DJ and I was there to move my body, but this was for Flight, a fitness event led by Sydney Benner.

I can only describe Flight as “yoga in the club.” It’s a combination of dance, sculpt, and flow.

We brought our yoga mats but wore shoes. There is cardio intervals, sun salutations and finally, abs before savasana. I was definitely sweaty by the end.

At the end, we tried Urban Remedy juices in these teeny plastic martini glasses.

Sydney had fantastic enthusiasm and I cannot wait to go to more events and even try this at home without the loud music.

Thanks Gina the Trainer for informing about the event!

What new workouts are you trying this year?