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Jay Robb Protein Review

The nice folks over at sent me a package of their products to review..I'm going to share some of that swag with one lucky reader, but first, a little about their products.

First my favorite, Jay Robb Whey Protein
About Jay Robb's Whey Protein Isolate  
Made With 100% rBGH-Free
Whey Protein Isolate as The Protein Source
  • From Grass Fed Cows Not Treated With rBGH (Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone)
  • Now with 25 Grams Protein Per Serving!
  • Mixes with a blender or  Shaker Bottle
  • No Fat, No Cholesterol
  • No Sugar
  • No Aspartame
  • No Artificial Sweeteners or Colors
  • Made With Stevia
  • No Casein
  • No MSG
  • No Gluten
You can read more here.

I love their whey protein. It is what I will be using from now on, that's how much I love it! Jay Robb Whey Protein is everything I was looking for in a whey protein and more. I love that it's 25 grams of protein per serving and contains stevia, then add to that the fact it comes from grass fed cows not treated with rBGH and I'm a happy blogger! 

I've always been a vanilla whey protein kinda girl, but fell in love with their strawberry, yum and yum. I was impressed at the variety they offer in flavors. They have: Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Pina Colada, and Tropical Dreamsicle. All the flavors were delicious.

I always feel my best when my protein intake is high. That isn't always an easy task to accomplish as a busy homeschooling/blogging/life livin' mom. I love that whey protein is so versatile. I enjoyed Jay Robb whey protein in my smoothie recipes. You can also add it to your oatmeal or use it in protein pancakes. I've even dabbled in adding it to my baking. Seriously, the possibilities are endless.

I also tried their protein bars. Again from
I've raised the bar on bars and created the JayBAR—a great tasting high protein bar made with organic ingredients.  JayBars are formulated without sugar, corn syrup, casein, artificial sweeteners, maltitol, acesulfame-K, evaporated cane juice, aspartame, or sucralose.

I liked these, I could see myself packing them for long runs if I train for a marathon again. I appreciate that these contain agave nectar. I think it's awesome they're making a protein bar without all the scary stuff you find in many others.

The next product I tried was Jay Robb egg white protein. From their site:
About Jay Robb Egg Protein

Outrageously Delicious
From chickens not treated
with hormones
  • 24 Grams Of Protein Per Serving
  • Lactose Free
  • No Fat
  • No Cholesterol
  • No MSG
  • No Aspartame
  • No Acesulfame-K
  • No Sucralose
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Sweeteners
  • No Artificial Colors
I have been dabbling at the Paleo Diet and more so Primal Blueprint. This would be a good fit for these diets. I liked it, it's a little different than the whey protein I'm used to. Tastes great though and I love that it comes from chickens not treated with hormones. 

The last product I got to try was their shaker bottle. One word: awesome. This was my second favorite product. It really is a great shaker, not like some of the cheapy ones I've tried before.

Overall I am thrilled with all the Jay Robb products I tried and will continue using them myself. Two things I appreciate most about Jay Robb:
  1. I appreciate that this company has gone above and beyond with their products in keeping out many of the junk ingredients I avoid like sucralose and corn syrup.
  2. I love that they have gone a step further to use only animal sources that haven't been subjected to things like rBGH. Check out their site for more info.
You can receive 15% off at by using:
You can also sign up for Jay’s new eNewsletter, JayTalk, a weekly, one-page newsletter that offers discounts on Jay Robb products and features recipes using Jay Robb Protein.

Now for the swag sharing lucky blog reader will win a Jay Robb shoppers tote filled with: a Jay Robb tank top, one of their awesome shaker bottles and an assortment of Jay Robb Protein Bars and Egg White Protein packets. 

Must be a US resident and simply leave me a comment below on what you are most excited to try from Jay Robb to be entered. You may earn extra entries for tweeting about this giveaway with a link and commenting below that you did so. Enter by Friday September 3, 2010 4 pm mountain time. Good luck!

Disclaimer: provided me with samples to review and with the samples I will be giving away. As always the opinions I express on my blog are 100% my own and cannot be bought.

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KETO Hot Cocoa Pancakes

OK, I know I've been on quite the low carb pancake tangent lately, but THESE! Seriously, these are yummtastic. Yummazing? Ya, they're really good. They just might be my favorite recipe I've ever done. Ever. OK, that might be my paleo apple crisp recipe, but that's not low, I wonder if I could tweak that low carb...

That would be brilliant!

You know, bloggers area always talking seo this and seo that (seo stands for search engine optimization if you're not a blogger) and I'm just over here yammering. I'm pretty sure when google's spider crawlers (anyone shiver at that word picture? eesh) get to FitViews they just think, "Yeesh, move along. Nothing to see here." Ha ha ha!

Anyway, pancakes. KETO Hot Cocoa Low Carb Pancakes no less. So good. 

As I've mentioned before I'm back to low carb (keto actually) and developing new recipes to make it easier to stick with. I find I just plain feel great when I eat ketogenic, and I definitely h…

KETO Cocktails: The Lemon Drop

I'm starting a new series here on FitViews! FitGirl Cocktails. I love a good glass of red wine now and then, I mean it's practically a health food, right? ;) But sometimes I just want a cocktail. I'm all for moderation and having a drink now and then, but I'm just not down with the calorie, carb, and sugar counts of some of my favorites. Seriously, have you ever looked them up? Eek. So, I've set to work at converting my favorite cocktail recipes to be more keto diet friendly!

The first cocktail recipe I'm tackling is the lemon drop. I used to love these, but haven't had one in years because of the sugar in them. In my early twenties I had a friend who used to make them for me all the time. We would have a shaker full of these, a good dinner, and a chick flick on a weeknight, it was kind of bliss. Her recipe called for so. much. SUGAR though! Looking back I think she may have used a wee bit more sugar than most, but they were really good.

I think my keto-ized …

30 Easy Prep and Pack Whole30 Lunch Recipes

The Whole30Program is amazing. I highly recommend it. Every time I've done a Whole 30 I have felt AMAZING by the end. It's a very empowering experience. It is not however an easy one. Mostly because the food prep can take much more time if you're used to grab and go options. A little planning ahead and you can definitely make it through the 30 days.

When it comes to Whole30 lunches, 3 things worked best for me:

Quick and easy salads.Prepping food on Sunday.Cooking too much at dinner and eating leftovers for lunch the next day.
I thought I'd share 30 of the awesome Whole30 lunch recipes I've found from my favorite bloggers (and a few from me!). I've included all three options I listed above. Some quick and easy salads, some to prep an entire recipe on the weekend and then portion them for lunches that week, and some to be cooked for dinner and the leftovers packed for lunch the next day. Play around and see what works best for you.

This list of 30 Whole30 Lunch Reci…

KETO Sweet Cinnamon Pancakes

I'm completely obsessed with keto pancakes lately. Oh, you've caught on to that? Well, these Sweet Cinnamon Low Carb Pancakes are a seriously tasty addition. They're a quick and super easy breakfast option.  Whether you're getting bored on your egg fast or just a low carb or keto style eater these are for you! With only 4 grams of carbs for the ENTIRE RECIPE, they'll fit nicely into your plan.

This recipe makes 3 or 4 decent sized pancakes and comes in at 340 calories according to my tracking in My Fitness Pal. I generally eat the whole thing and double the batch if hubby wants some too. It easily doubles or triples or feed however many you'd like. I love to make a giant batch on Sunday and have them ready for the week. Just reheat in the microwave and go.

Low Carb Sweet Cinnamon PancakesFor this recipe you'll need:
A mixing bowl (I like to use a large glass measuring cup to easily pour the batter in the skillet), a hand mixermeasuring spoons

Paleo Smoky Grilled Pineapple Burgers

Since going Paleo my family has fallen even more in love with our grill. Paleo and grilling just work well together. The past couple of years I've even been stepping outside my grilling comfort zone more and more. Grilling things I'd never thought to have grilled before and trying new flavor combinations. I have to say I'm pretty thrilled with the results of most of my flavor experiments. 

In the past I'd never have thought to grill fruit, but it's amazing. Grilling fruit and adding it to traditionally savory dishes? Brilliant.

Oh yes, and? New rule: every burger recipe for the rest of forever must contain grilled pineapple. OK, maybe more of a guideline. It's a seriously delicious combination though.

This Smoky Grilled Pineapple Burger is always a crowd-pleaser at my house. It's not only Paleo, but Whole30, glutenfree, lower carb, and clean eating friendly. I promise you won't miss the bun! 

Smoky Grilled Pineapple Burger Recipe Ingredients
2 lbs Lean Grass-…

Jillian Michaels BodyShred Full Review

I have to say my two months of BodyShred flew by! It seems like I just started yesterday. Ah, time flies while you're having fun. Right? OK, in this full review post, I hope to give you a good overview of exactly what the BodyShred program is as well as my thoughts and opinions on the program. So, is Jillian Michaels BodyShred hype or help? Let's chat...

Jillian Michaels BODYSHRED is Jillian's latest total-package fitness program. This set includes:

What's in the box:BodyShred Fitness Guide
BodyShred Meal Plan
BodyShred Rotational Calendar
BodyShred "Let Them See You Sweat" Workout Towel
     8 - Shred Style Circuit Workouts
       1. Launch
       2. Rise
       3. Amplify
       4. Escalate
       5. Conquer
       6. Triumph 
       7. Zenith
       8. Apex
     2 - Straight Cardio Workouts
       1. Fire Up
       2. Ignite
    Plus, bonus workout Opus and a disc on the cast and teaching the moves. So, a total of 12 DVDs are included in this set.

The BodyShred Workouts

Easy Paleo Mashed Sweet Potatoes

This Easy Paleo Mashed Sweet Potatoes recipe was sponsored by Puritan's Pride.
Growing up the only encounter I had with sweet potatoes was at Thanksgiving dinner. I hesitate to even call them sweet potatoes though. They were more like sugar coated sugar, with a side of sugar. Seriously!
The recipe was to coat a baking dish in margarine, add diced sweet potatoes, top with more margarine and a healthy heaping of brown sugar. Bake. And then? At the end you top the whole thing with a bag of marshmallows and bake again.
Blech! Needless to say I was never fond of sweet potatoes.
When I first went paleo I decided to reacquaint myself with sweet potatoes. They’re a great paleo-friendly carb source. I must confess the thought made me shudder, but I persevered. I tried them simple. Baked. I was so shocked. They're so good!
Now, I love sweet potatoes. They’re a go-to side dish for family dinners. Not only are they delicious, but they’re good for us and easy to make. The funny thing about sweet…

Keto Paleo Friendly Coffee Creamer Recipe

Going keto paleo has me missing one thing: the organic grass-fed half-and-half I'd been having in my coffee. Since going paleo over a year ago I've searched and searched and just never found anything else I love in my coffee. I'd just about given up on a keto paleo-friendly coffee creamer!

I was almost to resign myself to black coffee forever, but then I decided to resort again to trying to make my own. This version is simple and quite delicious. Not only is it keto paleo, but Whole30 and 21 Day Sugar Detox friendly as well.

Keto Paleo Cinnamon Vanilla Coffee Creamer
1 can Organic Canned Coconut Milk(the kind in the carton just won't do it)
1 teaspoon Cinnamon Vietnamese Organic
1 teaspoon Organic Pure Vanilla for 100% Whole30 compliant swap for vanilla powder
2 teaspoons raw local honey or Organic Maple Syrup (optional, leave out for KETO, Whole30, or 21DSD)

Blend all ingredients well in your blender. Store in the refrigerator (the cinnamon tends to set…

Paleo Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer Recipe

It's just not the holidays for me without a Starbucks peppermint mocha (or white chocolate peppermint mocha, mmm). I generally splurge once or twice during the holiday season with the real thing. Since going keto, however, I'm not sure if I will. Sometimes the sugar just isn't worth it!

Problem is I like them, miss them, and would really enjoy them all season long!
So..... I decided I wanted to tackle the peppermint mocha and come up with a KETO Paleo-friendly version. With this simple recipe, I can have a peppermint mocha anytime.

Not only is this recipe Keto Paleo, but it's also Whole30, gluten-free, vegan, primal, and 100% junk-free.

KETO Paleo Peppermint Mocha RecipeIngredients:
1 can Organic Canned Coconut Milk(Regular, NOT light. Seriously, ew.)
1/3 cup Organic Cocoa Powder
2 to 3 Tablespoons Organic Grade B Maple Syrup (Optional, leave out for keto or Whole30.)
1/2 to 1 teaspoon Organic Peppermint Extract(Depending how pepperminty you like it. I do 1/2 teaspoon)
1 teaspo…

Paleo Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

Have you ever blown up a spaghetti squash in the microwave? I have. Multiple times. I don't recommend it. It's quite the mess to clean up. And the noise? Will likely make you jump.
I kept seeing people say to just cook the whole spaghetti squash in the microwave. Don't bother cutting it, they said, it's so quick and easy, they raved. 
Ya, no. I blow it up.
So. You've been warned. If you do dare to put the thing whole in your microwave, at least make sure you have the camera set up...
Oh, and maybe poke a "vent" hole in it very carefully with a knife.
Paleo (Whole30) Spaghetti with Meat Sauce:

Ingredients1 spaghetti squash
2 lbs lean grass-fed ground beef
1- medium yellow onion, chopped
1- 14.5 oz can organic fire-roasted diced tomatoes
1- 6 oz can organic tomato paste
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoons Celtic sea salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons organic basil
2 teaspoons organic oregano
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon organic granulated garlic