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powered by plant fusion [protein powder review].

6 Feb

A few weeks ago, Plant Fusion sent me some products to check out.  I wanted to try them all before posting a review (I have a couple left), but I realized I hadn’t blogged in forever and a day and I wanted to pop back into everyone’s lives for a second.

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Plant Fusion is a line of 100% plant-based protein shakes and meal shakes. That means they’re:

  • Dairy Free
  • Soy Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Allergen Free

I was intrigued by all of the different flavors.  Plant Fusion sent me 5 protein shake packets:  Vanilla Bean,  Chocolate Raspberry, Chocolate,  Cookies n Creme, and Unflavored, and two meal replacement shakes: Vanilla and Chocolate Caramel.

I used the protein powders as I normally would — in smoothies and in a new recipe I tried — a Protein Powder Pancake.

Overall, I thought the protein powder had a nice taste and blended well.  I preferred the flavors I use ordinarily (chocolate and vanilla).  I didn’t love the chocolate raspberry, but that’s because I probably mixed it with weird things.  I don’t have a dairy intolerance or anything like that so I normally use whey protein, but it was nice to find a tasty alternative.

Here’s a few ways I used it:

Green Monster smoothie (aka the best recovery drink, ever)

photo 4 (3)Throw the following into your blender:

  • 5 ice cubes
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 banana (frozen, if you have it on hand, otherwise fresh banana works fine)
  • 1 large handful spinach (or kale)
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter (or other nut butter)
  • 1 package of chocolate or vanilla Plant Fusion protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

Chocolate-Strawberry-Banana Smoothie

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Combine:

  • 5 ice cubes
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 5-10 fresh strawberries
  • 1 package Chocolate Raspberry Protein Powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

Plant Fusion Protein Pancake 

photo 3 (3)This was surprisingly good.  I’ve tried two-ingredient pancakes before (just egg and banana) and didn’t love it — but I recently learned that you can use protein powder as a flour substitute.  This created a more hearty pancake that was flippable.  I loved experimenting with different toppings.

Recipe (adapted from Tone It Up)

In a bowl, combine:

  • 1 package chocolate Plant Fusion (that’s my favorite, but others will work!)
  • 1/2 of a large banana (mash with fork)
  • 1 egg white
  • splash of almond milk
  • small sprinkle of cinnamon

Spray a non-stick pan with cooking spray, and then cook like you would a normal pancake.  I waited until the edges browned a little and the middle started bubbling, and then tried to flip it.  Once it was cooked all the way through, I topped my pancake with fresh fruit and organic maple syrup.  Peanut butter also made for a tasty topping!

Have you tried Plant Fusion?  What’s your go-to protein powder, if you use one? 

Favorite smoothie recipe? Link me! 

beat blue monday. [clif bar giveaway!]

17 Jan

So one thing I don’t like about the holiday season is how every day between Thanksgiving and Christmas seems to have some sort of cutesy, hashtag-friendly name. Think I’m wrong? This year I heard about the usual Black Friday and Cyber Monday — but also Small Business Saturday,  Giving Tuesday, and of course the once-in-a-lifetime “Thanksgivingukkah” and the please-never-use-again “Friendsgiving.”

But these terms have trickled into 2014…

Did you know that apparently “Blue Monday” is a thing?  Some people refer to the last Monday in January as “Blue Monday.”  It makes sense — the holidays are a distant memory,  some New Years resolutions have fallen by the wayside, and credit card statements from the holidays are popping up, so this can be a depressing time.

While the term itself might be a little bit annoying, I’m all about getting people outside and active, so I was so excited when one of my favorite fitness-friendly brands reached out with a giveaway to help combat Blue Monday.  Clif Bar is offering five That’s G readers a Clif Bar gift pack to fuel them to beat Blue Monday — or the winter blues in general — by getting outside and getting active.

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I love Clif Bar — their products are really delicious and half a bar is one of my go-to pre-run snacks. (Peanut Toffee Buzz, please!)

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So on January 20th, try to take your workout outdoors for a little new motivation. Studies show that stress relief is faster in natural environments than urban ones. Getting outdoors also helps concentration and productivity plus it releases endorphins to boost your mood. This isn’t so daunting for me in LA — where the high today is 85 degrees! But in the rest of the country, even indoor exercise will boost your mood and lift your spirits.

On Monday,  I’m substituting an early-am spin class so I’ll be inside (lame).  Some of my favorite outdoor activities are running (duh), hiking, stand-up paddle-boarding (SUP), and cycling.

collecting endorphins.

collecting endorphins.

teaching my roommate how to SUP.

teaching my roommate how to SUP.

christmas day bike ride with the fam in Oxnard. (aka a reminder I need to get a bike).

christmas day bike ride with the fam in Oxnard. (aka a reminder I need to get a bike).

To enter:  

Leave a comment below with your plan to beat the Winter Blues — running outside?  Yoga as often as possible? Let me know! 

Extra entries:

(1)  Tweet about the giveaway and leave a comment here telling me you did!

(2) Like That’s G on Facebook and leave a comment saying that you did!

The contest will run until 11:59 PM on Wednesday, January 22nd and winners will be contacted via e-mail and announced here on Friday January 24th.  Good luck!

Disclaimer:  I am not being compensated for this giveaway (except in the form of a few Clif Bars).  Although Clif Bar reached out about running the giveaway,  all thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own. 

#elf4health week 4 in review.

22 Dec

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This was the last week of #Elf4Health — which is sad!  This is probably the most fun I’ve ever had doing any sort of online challenge.  I met some cool new people and challenged myself a little bit along the way.

Here’s how this week went down:

Monday’s task was to meditate.  I am not a big meditator — but I tried a new-to-me spin instructor at my gym and he played a song where we were encouraged to close our eyes and relax.  I took some deep breaths and tried to tune everything out.  Not totally meditative, but about as close as I get.

Tuesday’s wall sit came after a body pump class — so my quads were shaaaaaky.  I hung in there for 2 minutes.

On Wednesday, I linked up with Samalee to share our respective areas of expertise.  I posted about how to become a spin instructor, and I published her post all about de-coding your cholesterol numbers.

On Thursday, our challenge was to eat at least 3 food groups at every meal.  Breakfast included: toast with butter (carbs + fat), 3 eggs (protein/dairy) and a bunch of veggies (kale, spinach, and red pepper).   photo 1 (5)

I picked up lunch at a local sandwich place — that checked off a few criteria: bread (carbs), mozzarella (dairy), prosciutto (meat/protein), tomato (vegetable), and a side of a banana (fruit).

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Dinner was consumed post yoga and spin — and although I had worked out hard, I wasn’t really all that hungry. I went with my old faithful — the Green Monster. (Spinach – vegetable,  Peanut Butter – Fat, Banana – Fruit).  Later a beer and some french fries were consumed at Villains Tavern.

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On Friday I jotted down 6 things I love about myself — 3 physical and 3 non-physical. Woot.

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Saturday’s new fitness goals are three-fold:

(1) Do yoga 50 times in 2014. (More on this later)

(2) PR at the LA Marathon

(3) Actually foam roll.

My friend Angela and I at YogaHop last week.

My friend Angela and me at YogaHop last week.

Finally, on the last day of #Elf4Health I made a donation.   I dropped off the bags of clothes from last week’s closet clean-out at Goodwill.  I also made a couple of small monetary donations to charities that are important to my brother for part of his Christmas gift. (Direct quote: “Don’t get me anything for Christmas. Just donate to charity”…so we’ll see how this actually goes over).

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I had a great #Elf4Health and will look forward to participating in it next year!  I especially loved finding new blogs/tweeps/fitness freaks.

Elves — what was your favorite part of #Elf4Health?

I really enjoyed the variety of the tasks as well as reading everyone’s different ways they completed the challenges on social media.

goings on.

10 Oct

The last week has been filled to the brim with Dodger excitement, a couple of good runs, and some even better eats.  I’ve also been busy with school stuff — but that’s not nearly as fun to read about.

On Thursday, I watched NLDS (National League Division Series) Game #1 at Yardhouse and sipped a couple of IPAs. Dodgers beat the Braves — the series was off to an exciting and good start for the Boys in Blue in the ATL!

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The next game was the following day.  Armita, Aviva, and I started off watching the game at Big Wangs and I had my first “beergarita.” I didn’t like it, but Armita insisted this one was not very good. When PS 612 finally opened at 4 we transitioned over there where I had some gift cards to cash in. (They sent me $40 after I wrote this Yelp review).

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But anyway, I digress.  We had some delicious apps and zerts at PS 612, kicked it with some law school friends, and sadly watched the Braves defeat the Doyers.

On Sunday, I went to NLDS Game #3 at home.  This game was insane — the rally towels, the post-season vibe, the #MockTheChop.  The Dodgers won 13-6 and the Dodgers were truly playing like the Dodgers.  This Bill Plaschke column said it best: Yasiel Puig was Yasiel Puiging.

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Also —  a quick note about my own fandom to clear up any bandwagon speculation: I grew up a Dodger fan and grew up going to games, but I have never really made the decision to “follow” any sport at all.  Early this summer, however, I started getting more into following the team.  This can partially be explained by my living 3 miles from Dodger Stadium, and partially by witnessing Puig’s MLB Debut on June 3.  From that point forward I have followed the ups and downs of the team this season — and will continue to do so when this season ends.  Also, for the record, when I became  a more serious fan the Dodgers were in last place in the NL West, and 5 games out of first. (It got wayyyy worse before it got better).

On Monday, I ditched one of my classes to see the Dodgers clinch the NLDS.  The game started at 6:37, but my Dad wanted to ensure we had no LA Traffic problems.  We were at the stadium before the gates opened at 3:30.  Needless to say, we had plenty of time to walk around and chow down on Dodger dogs and beer before the game got going. 

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Our seats were in the Top Deck which I actually like — it’s less crowded than some of the lower sections. Also, the Elysian Park Grill on the Top Deck serves Point the Way IPA. They don’t do that at Anaheim. [Inside joke for my Dad. Really they don’t serve IPAs in just about any other food stand in all of Dodger stadium]. IMG_4773

The game was incredible. Morale was low for a little while there — and it looked like we were going to lose 3-2 to the Braves, despite two home runs by Carl Crawford.  Finally, after Puig puig’d his way to a double, Uribe knocked out a homer and the Dodgers clinched it, 4-3.

I found a shot of my family from this cool feature on MLB.com:

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nervousssss.

Making this even sweeter was the fact that the W gets attributed to relief pitcher and former orange-and-black wearing Brian Wilson (Juan Uribe is also a former Giant).  Seeing them win was awesome — there was an excitement that is hard to describe, and a general buzz in LA about the Dodgers that is unlike anything I have seen in my lifetime. IMG_4781

Looking forward to seeing how the Dodgers fare against the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS. GO DODGERS.

I also went on a couple of great runs this week.  On Saturday, I met up for a bright and early 8 miler down through DTLA and Chinatown and back across the hidden pedestrian path along the 110 freeway.

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Tuesday’s run featured a speedy jaunt up to Vista Hermosa Park, down through Echo Park Lake, and back along Sunset and then Grand Ave.  We raged afterward with some brews (IPA, duh) and some tacos. These people are fun to run with + have made me faster, no doubt.

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Despite all the dodger dogs, I’ve had a couple of good eats and new drinks lately as well.

On Saturday, September 28th, I joined my BFF Whitney at Septemberfest for some beer in the Indian Summer sunshine. These are our “omg we are trying PEANUT BUTTER beer” faces.  [Belching Beaver Peanut Butter Milk Stout, Vista, CA].

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Last Saturday,  Whitney came to Gold’s to take my spin class.  Afterward, we hit up Tiara Cafe for brunch. Whitney and I agreed the Breakfast Pizette nearly changed our lives.  The “bearded” french toast was tasty, but it needed an extra kick. IMG_4750

This afternoon, I got my fall fix with a Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie. I used this recipe from Julie over at Peanut Butter Fingers, and modified it slightly.

Combine the following in your blender (or other smoothie making device?)

1/3 c. canned pumpkin

10 ice cubes

1 scoop of vanilla protein powder

1 banana

3/4 cup almond milk

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

photo 1This hit the spot LIKE WHOA.  It gets a full-fledged #endorse.  I will be making this again — especially when I get a pumpkin or PSL craving. (Also, I had a PSL the other day and it was OVERLY sweet to the point where I thought “you need to remember you don’t actually like this and never order it again”… so I’ll be making this instead.)

If you made it this far — answer one of the following please:

(1) Is your baseball team still in the playoffs? Who is your team?

Yes they are. Dodgers, duh!

(2) Do you have any races coming up?

I’m running the Long Beach 13.1 on Sunday! Then the Rock n Roll LA Half on 10/27, and Santa to the Sea on 12/8.  I told you fall racing season hit me HARD.

(3) Favorite Pumpkin recipe/treat?

This smoothie will be up there, but nothing tops my mom’s pumpkin bread.

now obsessing over…

24 Aug

I was going to make this one very long Facebook status, but figured it merited a blog post once I realized I had a lot to say about each thing.  Here are my current obsessions – in no particular order.

1.  Lyft. If you haven’t heard about Lyft, it is a ride-sharing app that functions like a taxi.  You request a “lyft” using the app, and a driver appears within minutes, in his or her own car (but you recognize it as a lyft because it has a mustache on the outside of the car).  The person is paid through the company – not by the passengers, so there is no transfer of funds to the individual driving, you pay through the app once you get out of the car.  I had been a passenger in a lyft before and marveled at how nice, friendly, and normal the drivers are, but I used the app for the first time myself last night.  It is WAY cheaper than a cab, more comfortable/less awkward, and faster. I am all about it, but unfortunately relatively late to the party.

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2. Forty Days of Dating

This “experiment” by long term friends reads more like a soap opera – and I am hooked.  Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman set out to date each other for 40 days and documented the experience, one day at a time, on their blog.  The experiment is over, but there are 5 or so days left of the experiment.  Posts will resume again on their website on September 3rd, and the pair has recently signed with CAA.  You can say you knew them (online) when…

Sometimes they do things like pour glue on themselves. You know, artist stuff.

3. This song, currently rocking my spin classes.  HUGE shoutout to my friend Ryan for forwarding this to me. Ob-freaking-sessed. Why doesn’t love a little Miley?

4. The Lemon Ricotta Pancakes at Bottega Louie.  Wowie.

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What app, blog, song, or food item are your currently obsessing over? 

running is all mental.

22 Aug

On Tuesday, I had one of those running realizations.

You know – that it’s ALL mental.

On Tuesday morning, I wasn’t sure I would be able to make it to my running group’s scheduled run later that night, so I set out on a short mid-morning run before I headed to school for a little bit.  I only ran about 3.5-4 miles, and it wasn’t fun, nor was it easy.  I was hot, bored, disinterested…not a good combo.

Later that evening, it turned out I was able to make it to the DTLA Running group (it really needs a catchier name).  I ended up doing over 5 miles – FAST – with the group.  I may have been partially motivated by the fact that we were going to do a happy hour after, but I think the fact I was running with people did the trick.

I didn’t set out to go out fast, but being around people who are about my speed made me push myself.  I felt great, too – way better than I did in the morning.  I told one member of the group, Ernesto, that I think I’ve lost my “running mojo” when I am not running with other people, but this run definitely showed me that I still have some sort of running mojo when I run with other people!

We had a great run through Koreatown (down Olympic to Vermont, up Vermont to Wilshire, and back to our starting point) and then we enjoyed the oddly named “Tijuana Tuesday” at a local bar.  I managed to knock over someone else’s (empty) beer glass, causing it to shatter and generally causing a huge scene.  At least I’m consistently klutzy?

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Do you run with a group? How do your re-gain your running mojo? 

but seriously, this was the #bestweekever

8 Jun

This was one of those weeks where I repeatedly exclaimed obnoxious statements like “WHAT IS MY LIFE?!” and “My life is a JOKE” because…well, sometimes it is.

Here’s why:

On Sunday, I ran my first full marathon.  Sure, parts of it made me curse my life, but at the end of the day, it was still pretty awesome.

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boom.

On Monday, I rallied past the intense soreness and limping and randomly went to a Dodger game with a friend who was in town from back east…who I randomly met in a hostel in Portugal over 4 years ago. #life. It happened to be an awesome game…and Yasiel Puig’s first MLB at-bat.

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On Tuesday, I realized SkinnyRunner mentioned me in her recap of Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego. So so so cool.

On Wednesday, the firm I am working for this summer put on amazing event. The six Summer Associates met up with a few of the partners and associates at the firm to attend a taping of Jimmy Kimmel Live.

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Through one person’s connections, we ended up hanging out in the green room for the taping.  Before the show started, one of the guests, Will Smith, came by and met everyone who was hanging out in the green room. I shook his hand, but there was someone in between us so we sort of did this awkward head bob where I went right and he went right and then I went left and he went left.  Only I would find a way to be awkward around Will Smith. Whatever.  I’ve had less exciting Wednesdays, that’s for sure!  He was friendly and insanely animated.

oh hey bud.

oh hey bud.

Seth Rogan came by too, but just to grab a beer.  No socializing for him!  We watched the show from the green room, and then headed to the stage to see The Lonely Island (!) perform with Alanis Morisette.  Their song “Semicolon” was hilarious.  Also gotta love the Oxnard reference.

After the show, we had an incredible dinner at the Public Kitchen at The Roosevelt Hotel.  It was a late night – we didn’t get back to our cars at the office until after midnight!

Other highlights from the week included: fun lunches with the firm at McCormick and Schmick’s, Taipan, Wurstkuche, and CPK.  I also attended a fun happy hour Friday night put on by the first year associate’s at Nick and Stef’s.  It is so refreshing to hear them stress out about their jobs and whether or not they’re doing things right because that’s how all of us are as summers.

You might say I’m a little tired from too much fun. It kind of reminds me of this:

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This was such a great week – and it’s not even over! On today’s agenda? A yoga class (my first workout post-26.2) and another Dodger game – this time with my law school posse!

Happy Saturday everyone! What was the highlight of your week?