NOW Foods For Your Summer Cookouts, Garlic Shrimp Orzo Salad, and Giveaway!

Rob and I have had grilled corn about five times in the last two weeks. And it has been absolutely delicious: a sign that summer is out in full force.

A perfect pairing to those summer nights, when you want dinners to be easy and food to taste light is NOW Foods.

NOW Foods‘ goal is to create the highest quality health foods and supplements at an affordable cost. They are a family owned company that works hard to produce non-GMO items. The company is much more than just food. They have supplements, personal care products, sports nutrition items, and food. It’s like a one-stop-shop for everything you could need!

NOW Foods- Prize Pack

The company sent me one or two items from each of their categories to try. Admittedly, I haven’t tried everything, but I am pretty geeked about the things I have scoped out.

NOW Foods- Favorites

The Avocado Oil has been delicious as a quick marinade on grilled chicken and light but flavorful over a big salad.

The Coconut Infusion – Garlic had the perfect level of garlic on some sautéed shrimp I made the other night (recipe below). Since I struggle to get through a whole thing of garlic with it just been two of us, I was pretty pumped about this product. Not overpowering, still using coconut oil, and very light tasting.

The Raw Energy Nut Mix has worked as a grab-a-handful-and-go snack, as well as in a bowl for a small bite before dinner. It has all my favorite things with pecans and walnuts included.

NOW Foods- Raw Energy Nut Mix

A non-food item, the Vitamin D-3 moisturizing cream, smells lemony, and not at all chemically. It goes on thick and takes an extra few minutes to totally absorb, but then it’s smooth sailing.

I’m excited to try the Flax Meal in an overnight oats recipe that some of personal training clients recommended, and the Toasted Hemp Seeds into these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (because I have a husband who loves baked goods), and these No Bake Chocolate Almond Hemp and Flaxseed Bars (for me).

I will definitely let you know how it goes when I delve into the other items as they have sparked my cooking inspiration. Until then, this Garlic Shrimp Orzo Salad using the Coconut Oil infused with Garlic is summery, easy, and tasty.

Garlic Shrimp Orzo Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Red Onion, chopped
  • 2 cups Shrimp, pre-cooked, tails off
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan
  • 3 tablespoons NOW Foods Coconut Oil Infused with Garlic
  • 1 1/2 cup Orzo
  • 4 quarts Water
  • Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook Orzo according to package directions
  2. Heat Coconut oil to medium-high in a sauté pan
  3. Add shrimp to sauté pan and cook 1-2 minutes
  4. Add onion, bell peppers, and pepper to sauté pan with shrimp
  5. Cook until shrimp is warmed and onion and peppers are slightly softened
  6. In last minute, add parmesan to sauté pan
  7. Top Orzo with shrimp sauce and enjoy!
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Garlic Shrimp Orzo Salad

Now for the most amazing giveaway. NOW Foods is offering to send one reader the same package that I received! That means you will get all of the following:

To enter the giveaway, just use the rafflecopter below! Entries close Thursday, July 2!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*Disclaimer: I was provided NOW Foods products in exchange for my honest feedback. All opinions are my own. 

RQ: Which item from the list above are you most excited to try and why?

“I Don’t Work Out; That Must Make You Mad”

A few weeks ago, I mentioned to you how a friend of mine said she would never be happy with her body and how utterly sad I was, and still am, for her. Well, after discussing my personal training services with a few other friends who asked me about it, one of them said to me: “I don’t work out; that must make you mad.”

And then she stood there and waited for my reaction. As if I was supposed to explode in an angry tirade on her, confirming her assumption of my emotions.

Now, yes, while I did, and do, have many emotions on this comment, anger is not one of them. Rather, I feel:

Sad that you’ll never know how far you can truly push yourself. How fast and strong your body can be and how completely liberating and empowering those two things can feel.

Frustrated that you can make such a matter-of-fact statement with so little thought for how it will impact you and more thought on it impacts me.

Worried that your health will decline faster than you would hope. That you’ll develop osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension if you don’t move more.

Scared that you’ll learn the mental, physical, and emotional benefits of exercise late in life, when it is possibly too late, or when you’ll possibly regret not having tried it earlier.

Disappointed that your idea of what a workout is seems to be daunting when a “workout” can be as simple as fast walking for 10 minutes or dancing it out to a short playlist.

Hopeful that you’ll find a way to move that makes you happy, keeps you healthy, and makes you feel good.

Happy that you’re thinking about how your actions might affect others and maybe those others (kids, spouses, friends) will show you the importance of being as healthy as possible and spark you to make a change.

But you see, anger is not on this list. Do your body good, my friends, workout. Whatever that means to you. Find what you enjoy and get up and do it. Your body, mind, and soul will thank you for it.

RQ: What’s your favorite way to move?

Summer Burn!

It is officially summer, which means shorts, swimsuits, barbeques, and tons of outdoor time! To make sure you can keep up with all the summer activities, and feel confident doing it, it’s time for the Summer Burn!

Summer Burn

If already know you want to sign up, click here! If you already know you want to sign up with the virtual 5k/10k add on, click here!

This workout plan is 4 weeks of full body conditioning. The Summer Burn will feature all new workouts!

Why is this Burn something I should do?

  • To help you get/stay fit through the summer.
  • To improve/maintain your overall fitness through full body strength and conditioning.
  • If you have your sights set on completing a 5k or 10k.
  • There is a max of 6 moves in each workout, so you won’t feel overwhelmed by learning new moves.
  • Each workout takes about 30-45 minutes tops!
  • If you need a change in, or some fresh air put into, your workouts.

What will I get during this 4-week Burn?

  • 5 days a week of full body workouts
  • 5k and 10k Run Plan Add On. This is optional and includes 3 days of running each week.
  • Optional entry to a virtual 5k/10k at the end of the 4 weeks with some sweet prizes.
  • Quick and easy health tips to help you make small changes that lead to big differences
  • Reflections and Progressions Journal with daily questions to help you reflect on, and progress, your habits. (New questions!)
  • Picture sheets of all workouts
  • Membership into a secret Facebook group for tips, motivation, encouragement, and accountability from me as well as other members of the Burn
  • Beginner modifications and advanced progressions for every workout to make it more manageable and more challenging depending on what you need
  • Daily bonus workout challenges
  • Tracking sheet to monitor your progress
  • Six days a week of motivation, encouragement, and accountability from me (via Facebook)
  • Access to your very own personal trainer (me!)
  • Varied levels of support throughout the 4-weeks

Items you will need:

  • timer/stopwatch
  • free weights
  • deck of cards
  • space to move, jump, twist, and lay down
  • mat, or soft place for floor moves
  • cardio machine, or a place to walk/run

What is this virtual 5k and 10k  you mentioned?

The virtual 5k/10k will take place at the end of the Burn as a way to culminate all your hard work, especially if you participate in the 5k/10k run plan add on. As a participant, you will have to send in some sort of check in picture to show that you completed the 5k or 10k by midnight on August 9, 2015.  Then, your name will be entered into a raffle!

Entrance to the raffle is based on participation, not speed. So you can walk, crawl, or skip the 5k/10k and still be entered to win! Prizes include:

  • 1 winner will receive a BOX of Quest bars in the flavor of their choice
  • 1 winner will receive a FREE 2015 Burn of their choice
  • 1 winner will receive a $25 Target OR Amazon gift card (winner’s choice)

Registration for the 5k or 10k is only $5! You can still participate in the 5k/10k even if you don’t participate in the Burn as a whole.

What are the dates of the Spring Burn?

The Spring Burn runs from July 13 – August 8, 2015. The price of all three levels will move up on Wednesday, July 8! Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email from me. The official welcome email will be sent on Saturday, July 11.

What are the varied levels of support you mentioned and how do I register?

Registration is simple. Just click the links to be taken to Paypal. Please feel free to email me with any questions, or if you would like to see a sample week from a past Burn, at wreckingroutine@gmail.com.

Summer Burn Virtual 5k/10k Only – $5

Level 1: Summer Burn Program Only$25 $20

This level gets you a weekly email with the workouts, food tips, and Reflections/Progressions Journal. This option is great for those who don’t want to check in with someone, but prefer to just take a program and work through it on their own.

Add the virtual 5k/10k to this level for only $5 more! Summer Burn Program Only with Virtual 5k/10k$30 $25

Level 2: Summer Burn with Facebook Group$40 $35

This is your standard Burn. You will receive everything mentioned above, including access to the secret Facebook group for daily accountability and motivation. This option is great for those who enjoy having a group behind them and a trainer available for any questions.

Add the virtual 5k/10k to this level for only $5 more! Summer Burn with Facebook Group and Virtual 5k/10k$45 $40

Level 3: Summer Burn with twice weekly personalized email check ins$55 $50

This level gets you access to everything mentioned above including the secret Facebook group. In addition, you and I will work more closely together through two personal emails per week for more individualized focus on your goals, needs, questions, progress, and setbacks. This option is perfect for those who need to be held accountable in a more in-your-face type of way.

Add the virtual 5k/10k to this level for only $5 more! Summer Burn with twice weekly emails and Virtual 5k/10k$60 $55

Can I give the Summer Burn as a gift?

Yes! You absolutely can! If you are gifting these 4 weeks of fitness to a friend, please put her name and email address in the notes section. If you need me to keep it a secret (i.e. hold off on their confirmation) until a specific date, please also put the date it’s ok to tell in the notes section, or email me with all that information!

Please email me with any questions or concerns you may have at wreckingroutine@gmail.com. If you are interested in online personal training, but this program doesn’t fit your needs, check my Training Services page for other options. I would love to work with you!

You can also read testimonials about training with Wrecking Routine here.

**I am a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Women’s Fitness Specialist, but am not a Registered Dietician. Please consult your physician before starting any new exercise routine or diet.**

RQ: Are you in?