protein sources

Talking Protein


Protein is a staple in my diet, as it should be for everyone, but I pay particular attention to how much protein i'm eating because I notice a huge difference - I'm not as hungry, I feel stronger during my runs and my body feels healthier. Getting enough protein can be an issue - but not anymore thanks to Designer Whey! I love their products and will happily tell anyone and everyone to use their products.

This past month I received a Designer Whey package of goodies - from their protein powder to their awesome protein bars to their Protein2Go packets (which i take with me everywhere) and coupons for a new brand of yogurt called Smari.  I love their protein bars because they taste good and they don't have that gross protein after taste that so many bars have. Kudos to Designer Whey for getting that right!

Smari is organic yogurt from Iceland. It has 20 grams of protein and 0 grams of fat per serving. It's thicker and creamier than yogurt because they strain off the water and leave just the yogurt. Plus, it takes 4 cups of milk to make one cup of Smari yogurt! Apparently the Viking's lived off this stuff and they were pretty tough dudes, right? :)

I tried blueberry, vanilla and plain. I mixed it in with my smoothies (using Designer Whey protein, of course!) and noticed that I felt fuller for longer. I made a Pumpkin Vanilla Smoothie in honor of Halloween and fall. Enjoy!



Here is the recipe:

  • 1 container vanilla Smari yogurt
  • 1 scoop Designer Whey vanilla almond protein powder
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 of a ripe banana
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • Pumpkin pie spice to taste
  • 3-4 ice cubes

Disclaimer: I received Designer Whey products and coupons to try Smari yogurt free of charge through my partnership with FitFluential. All thoughts and opinions, as always, are my own.

Cait's Plate: Tacos with a Twist

Every other week, Caitlin Grams of  Caitlin Lives Well, is bringing us delicious recipes inspired from her New Year's Resolution "to make one new recipe a week".  Our mouth is watering just reading this week's recipe. Enjoy!


Fish Tacos

A 60 degree day in the middle of winter calls for a lighter meal, especially after a tough workout. Often when I'm in training I'm looking for dinners that are going to provide as much nutritional value as possible while still being quick,easy and having few ingredients.  Tilapia is a good choice because it is a great source of protein but low in calories and fat (not to mention it has low levels of mercury). This meal comes together super fast and the flavor is awesome.

Fish Tacos (serves 2)

Main Ingredients:
3 filets of tilapia
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 corn tortillas
1 package coleslaw mix or shredded cabbage

For the Marinade:

2 limes, juiced
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon Chipotle Tabasco 
3 cloves garlic, pressed
1 tablespoon honey
salt and pepper to taste

Lime Sour Cream:
1/2 cup sour cream (I use light sour cream)
1 lime, juiced plus zest

Optional toppings:
Salsa verde
Pepperjack cheese, shredded

Combine the ingredients for the marinade and marinate the tilapia for at least 30 minutes. Heat olive oil in pan over medium high heat and add tilapia with marinade. Cook covered for 5-10 minutes, removing the lid for the last few minutes to reduce the sauce until the fish is firm and flaky - no need to flip. Mix ingredients for lime sour cream. Warm corn tortillas in pan for 1 minute on each side. Add half a filet to each tortilla and cover with a handful of cabbage. Add toppings of your choice and enjoy!