Here’s Your Protein Challenge, Where To Start?

Here’s Your <b>Protein</b> Challenge, <i>Where To Start?</i>

It’s no secret, I like my protein powder and I live on smoothies as a breakfast supplement. It’s a quick, filling, and healthy option.

When I share this with others, their first assumption is that it’s a difficult thing to do and it’s probably really expensive. You know, eating healthy has this reputation of having to be organic, expensive, and something you can only do if you’re shopping at Whole Foods. This of course isn’t exactly true.

I recently accepted a challenge, this challenge will clarify a bit.

Kura, the grass-fed dairy protein that is also GMO free and full of probiotics (same protein I talked about a few weeks ago) recently made it to the shelves of 3000+ CVS stores…. yes, CVS. Let’s clarify, Kura offers all the benefits of natural ingredients without the added sugar.

Back to the challenge. I accepted the challenge of visiting a local CVS (few blocks away from my Los Angeles residence), to create a recipe using all CVS ingredients.

Here’s how it went…

CVS - Kura 1

I first made it a point to find the Kura protein. I found this on the nutrition aisle by all the health supplements and vitamins. There were a few options as far as flavor goes, I initially went with the vanilla and ended up taking the chocolate. How much was the Kura? $20.99 for a big bag of protein, enough to last me weeks… see, affordable.

What was next? The ingredients needed for my smoothie. I walked on over to the aisle where the cereal and nutrition bars usually are to scope out my options and SCORE! I found chia seeds and oats.

CVS - Kura 2

Because I wanted to make this smoothie different, a bit more sweet, I decided to go with some almond milk and break my water only rule. The last thing that would finalize my smoothie was berries, my CVS didn’t have any (don’t go in on a Sunday), but they usually do. Luckily, I had some chilling in my fridge. A blender and shaker was also available at the store, but thankfully, I have my own. I was done, so I made my way home.

My every day smoothies consist of two to three ingredients; this smoothie is sweeter than my usual but is perfect for an afternoon snack or a pick-me-up drink. Want to challenge yourself by trying my oh so sweet recipe? Here you go:

Oh So Sweet, So So Healthy Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup of oats (more or less, your choice)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 & 1/2 cups of almond milk
  • 1 scoop of Kura protein powder (flavor of your choice)
  • 3 frozen strawberries
  • 3 cubes of ice

Steps:

  1. Pour all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Make sure your smoothie is sweet but not too sweet for your taste, add more or less of preferred ingredients.
  3. Enjoy your smoothie and feel amazing!

Kura and Jo

P.S. For all those of you eager to try, here’s a coupon to help you save some $$$. This is a print only coupon, make sure to adjust it to actual size when printing.

KURA PROTEIN COUPON – JOANNA

As always, feel free to shoot me a tweet if you have any comments/questions. Much love!

Pescatarian for Four Years, This Is How I Get My Protein

<b>Pescatarian</b> for Four Years, This Is How I Get <i>My Protein</i>

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Kura and Latina Bloggers Connect; all opinions expressed are my own. 

February of 2016, I reached my four years as a pescatarian. This basically means that I’ve followed a meat-less diet for the past few years, excluding fish (I occasionally eat fish). A latina, I think my family’s biggest worry about me changing my diet to what it is, was that I’d either get sick or starve myself daily. In all honesty, I am healthier now and I feel better than I did in my earlier 20s, all thanks to my fitness routine and diet.

Now, if you follow me on Snapchat (ladyjo), you have a pretty good idea as to how I start my day and what routine looks like. Every morning, I introduce my 5am snap (at times, 6am) followed by a workout recap, “Spinning was amazing!”. Within the next 30-40 minutes, I get my dose of protein to replenish my body and get me energized. This is super important to me; if I don’t eat right or enough after a workout, it will affect my body and mind for the remainder of the day.

My alternative? When I don’t have a chance to dedicate 20+ minutes to making myself a well-balanced breakfast and sit for another 15+ minutes to enjoy it; I have a protein shake. I’ve developed a recipe that works for me; it’s quick enough, healthy, and adds a little extra boost of energy to get my day going. I call it the “Jo on-the-go protein shake recipe,” and below I share the ingredients you will need and the time it will take you to make.

Ingredients - Recipe

What you will need:

  • 3 (or 4) strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of ice
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • 1 sachet (or 2 scoops) of Kura chocolate smoothie powder

How much time will it take you?

  • 5-7 minutes

Preparation:

  • Place ingredients into a blender. Based on preference, feel free to add more ice or strawberries to your smoothie. Blend until creamy. Enjoy!

I choose to add water instead of milk (eliminates calories and I prefer the taste). I also add chia seeds to add extra protein; chia seeds are rich in fiber and antioxidants, as well as essential minerals like calcium and iron. Kura is my go-to for protein because it’s GMO and gluten-free, it is full of 4B probiotics, 26 vitamins and minerals, omega 3s, and antioxidants. Also, a major plus for me is that it’s grass-fed dairy protein.

Now, in honor of me reaching my four years as a pescatarian, I invite you to try the “Jo on-the-go recipe” and give Kura protein a shot. Here’s a code (KURAKURA) to get you $5 off your first purchase on Amazon; deal valid until 4/30. If you have any other questions or stories to share, I’d love hear them! Shoot me a tweet or comment below.

XOXO, Jo

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kura. The opinions and text are all mine.

I Don’t Know How to Cook, Let’s Cozymeal

I Don’t Know How to Cook, Let’s <i>Cozymeal</i>

Alright, so I do know how to cook a bit… more like, basic stuff. Salads, sandwiches, quinoa, spaghetti, fish tacos, I got you!

What I don’t know how to cook is… pretty much everything else.

I’m not brave enough to cook for anyone else, especially not my boyfriend who is actually the biggest foodie I know. So, instead of embarrassing myself trying to impress him with my yummy avocado sandwich or my quinoa salad, I decided to surprise him with a Cozymeal date. This way, he and I could learn to cook a few dishes together (phew, not so embarrassing anymore).

I set the date, picked the course and chef, and mentioned that a surprise was in store for him. Although a surprise was also in store for me (nervous).

The date came and it was time for us to head over to our Classic French Dinner cooking class with Chef Alejandra. 

Before I mention what we actually did, can I just add that Cozymeal was the easiest and most modern way of scheduling a  cooking class. You basically visit their site, check out reviews, browse through dozens of courses and chefs (in your area), and book. If you’re a vegetarian or a pescatarian (like me), you can let the chef know ahead of time.

Back to the class. We arrived at our destination where three other couples joined us in what felt like “Paris” (w/French accent).

I think it’s safe to say that my boyfriend led us in the cooking aspect of the class. I led in drinking wine and taking pictures.

Cozymeal 5

Now, what exactly was on the menu?

Appetizer

French onion soup

Entrée

Roasted ling cod, ratatouille, provençal tomatoes

Dessert

Bourbon vanilla crème brûlée

Valentine’s Day is coming up and although classes might already be booked for those dates, a Cozymeal gift is always an option.

Bon appétit!

Pictures of our experience below. ❤️❤️❤️

French onion soup
French onion soup
Roasted ling cod, ratatouille, provençal tomatoes
Roasted ling cod, ratatouille, provençal tomatoes
Bourbon vanilla crème brûlée
Bourbon vanilla crème brûlée
Us.
Us.