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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Thinking Out Loud Thursday: Heroes

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Every month, we have a theme at work (school). Last month it was “gratitude.” This month, it’s “heroes.”

I love this post from Carly. Her posts are always GEMS. I especially love the ones on body image and this last one wouldn’t have stuck out to me except for today.

I don’t treat others how I treat myself. I treat them better.

  • I wrote several cards to give thanks to my co-workers.
  • I told an English teacher that my kids who have her worked super hard and performed well on their writing tests.
  • I told another teacher that I heard that the kids who have her also did great on their writing tests.

I generally smile at people, greet them, and ask them how they’re doing or what they’re doing for the holidays.

I will talk to anyone. I’m definitely an extrovert.

The good thing though is that in general my co-workers treat me kindly, support me, and send me e-mails like the one above.

So today, make sure to compliment someone, thank someone, and do the same to yourself because you’re trying your best. I know I am.

P.S. I’m taking naps after school and don’t feel bad about it. Nap, workout, eat.