Yum! Luvo Meals Review

Disclaimer: I received a Luvo Bundle to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I really want to be that person who is great at meal prepping on the weekend.  I am so impressed by people who put up Instagram posts on Sundays showing the lunches they have made and packed for the week.

I am very much not that person.  Sure, sometimes I manage to make some soup or a casserole and portion it out into single serving portions and toss them in the freezer.  But most of the time, I eat frozen meals (since I try to avoid going out to lunch, both to save money and calories).

Enter Luvo.  A lot of the frozen meals I have found are either unsatisfying or not the healthiest option.  What I love about Luvo meals is that they’re not only delicious, but they’re filled with protein, whole grains, and at least one serving of vegetables.  That means they’re good for me, but more importantly, they’re filling.  I don’t end up hungry right after I eat.

For this review, I tried Luvo’s Hint of Spice Sampler.  This sampler included two each of the following meals:

  • Mighty Masala and Greens
  • Great Karma Coconut Curry
  • Chana Masala
  • Thai-Style Green Curry Chicken

Yes, that is my keyboard in the background.

“Hint” of spice is definitely a good descriptor for these meals.  I love spicy foods, and definitely appreciated the spice in these meals.  They were so incredibly flavorful.  I didn’t want the meals to end – but I certainly wasn’t hungry after finishing either.  If you’re not into spicy foods, they might not be for you, but don’t worry, Luvo has other good options as well.

I’m not sure which of the meals was my favorite.  It’s probably a tie between the Great Karma Coconut Curry and the Chana Masala.  While eating the Coconut Curry, my boss actually walked into my office and said “That smells amazing.  What is it?”  If that’s not a ringing endorsement, I don’t know what is.

Yes, I would also like to be that person who puts their microwave meal into a fancy bowl before eating, but ain’t nobody got time for that.

These Luvo meals were all super easy to heat.  You know how some microwave meals have all sorts of weird instructions?  Poke three equidistant holes, microwave at 72% power for 3 minutes and then 45% power for 2 minutes?  None of that here.  Pop the meal in, microwave for the set amount of time at full power, and boom, you have lunch.

I have a crazy week coming up and will likely be eating Luvo meals for lunch every day.  It’s so nice to know that I don’t have to worry about meal planning and will have something tasty and healthy available to me.  And I will probably be stocking up on additional meals as well.

You can find Luvo meals in your local stores (use the store finder here) or purchase online.  From now through October 23, use the code BRPFREESHIP for free shipping.

 

Protect Yourself with Nuun Immunity

Disclaimer: I received two tubes of Nuun Immunity to review as part of being a BibRave Pro.  Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews!

I have been a fan of Nuun for years.  I’m one of those people who sweats like a fiend during workouts (and sometimes not during workouts – I’m gross like that), and so I like being able to add electrolytes to my water without adding a bunch of calories.  So when the chance to try out Nuun Immunity popped up, I jumped on the opportunity.

Like traditional Nuun Hydration, Nuun Immunity comes in a tube of tablets that you add to water.  Nuun Immunity is described as

a propriety mix of botanicals and electrolytes to aid in the protection of your immune system, with a balance of anti-inflammatories (including turmeric & ginger) and free-radical fighting antioxidants (such as elderberry & echinacea).

It comes in two flavors – orange citrus and blueberry tangerine.  I had the opportunity to try both, and I honestly can’t tell you which one I prefer.  Both are pretty tasty.  I think blueberry tangerine might have a slight edge, but it’s really hard to say.  One of my fellow Bibrave Pros even suggested using a 32 ounce bottle and mixing two tablets together.  I haven’t tried that yet.

I started drinking Nuun Immunity first thing in the morning with my coffee and breakfast.  I liked it so much that I ended up buying four more tubes (two of each flavor).  I always started my day with a big glass of water, and I’ve found it even easier to drink down a big glass of Nuun Immunity.

Because it contains turmeric, the color is a bit… interesting.  It’s a very bright yellowy orange.  If you’ve used turmeric in cooking or supplements, this won’t surprise you at all.  I was expecting blueberry tangerine to be more blue and it’s still pretty darn orange.

Now, what does it do for me?  Well, that’s obviously hard to predict, but I can say that my entire office has been down with some sort of upper respiratory ailment.  Lots of coughing and sniffles, and most of the team has been out sick at least one day.  They seem to be recovering and I seem to have made it through without catching it (knock on wood).

Honestly, I thought I would get sick after my race last weekend, since it’s not uncommon for me to come down with a cold virus after racing.  But one week out and I’m still feeling good.  Is it entirely due to the Nuun Immunity?  I can’t say, but I’m sure it has helped!

You can take up to six servings a day, so if I did start to feel under the weather, I would certainly be upping my servings to help protect my immune system.  I know a lot of people use various vitamin C supplements during cold and flu season, and Nuun Immunity provides you with the vitamin C you need, plus other immune boosting ingredients.

While I got to try it for free, I’m definitely a believer and will be keeping Nuun Immunity as part of my diet at least through cold and flu season.

A single tube costs $7.00 and contains 10 tablets (note – traditional Nuun has 12 tablets per tube, so these are a bit larger), and you can use the code HYDRATEBIBPRO for 20% off through the end of October.

 

New ENELL color and a discount!

Today, the newest ENELL color was announced, and it’s SO pretty!  Welcome to the family, Rock It Red!

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As a member of their ambassador team, I got mine earlier this week and am super excited to share it with you.

Other than the fabulous color, what’s so great about ENELL?  The SUPPORT!  Seriously, this bra is every larger busted lady’s best friend.  It clasps up the front, so no getting tangled in a wet sports bra.  It has wide straps and a wide band so weight is distributed incredibly evenly.  Most importantly, no bounce!

I wear mine under my tri kits and have no issues with the material not drying.  It gets as dry as any part of my kit does (which is to say, not super dry – I sweat a lot and pour water on myself during the run).  It does show under a racer back kit, but who cares!  It’s cute!

If you want to know more, I did a full review here.  But trust me – this bra is worth every penny.  And speaking of pennies…

Between now and September 12th, you can get 10% off and free shipping with the code Rockit10.  Don’t miss out on this deal!  I know I’ll be making a purchase or two… three…

MealEnders Review and Giveaway

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Disclosure: I was provided MealEnders to try for this review, but all comments are my own.

Through SweatPink, I was given the opportunity to try MealEnders Signaling Lozenges.  These aren’t actually new to me – I have tried them before and I think they’re a very cool product, so I’m excited to get to share them.

What are MealEnders?  Well, to put it simply, they’re a sweet treat made of two components – an rich outer layer surrounding a tingly inner core of hard candy.  This is designed to provide you with a sweet reward before the inner core engages the trigeminal nerve (the nerve that senses “taste”) with long-lasting cooling/tingling sensations that cleanse the palate.

I suppose it’s somewhat like putting a piece of minty gum in your mouth after a meal, but often, the motion of chewing just reminds you of eating.   A MealEnder takes about twenty minutes to dissolve, allowing your stomach to catch up and tell you that yes, you are full and no, you don’t need any more to eat.

I know, it sounds crazy.  But these things are great.  I’m a huge sugar fiend and I’m often finding myself craving something sweet after a meal.  MealEnders have helped me kick that craving.

A cinnamon MealEnder

A cinnamon MealEnder lozenge

I have talked here about how I’ve been trying to cut back on sugar.  So it doesn’t seem to make sense to eat a piece of candy after a meal.  But MealEnders only have 2 grams of sugar and 15 calories.  I’m counting every gram of added sugar, but when I can’t convince my brain to shut up with the cravings, these really hit the spot.

I know, I should be able to just stop eating and wait twenty minutes.  But if that were easy, I wouldn’t be trying to lose weight right now.

I’m looking forward to having MealEnders on hand as my holiday travels and meals start up.  It’s so easy to overeat, especially with all of the delicious foods around.

And you can have them around too!  MealEnders will give one of my readers 4 packs of MealEnders, one in each of the flavors (Cinnamon, Mocha, Chocolate Mint, and Citrus).  And if you don’t win, you can save 20% on your order by using the code FitHolidays20.

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Giveaway restrictions:

  • U.S. only
  • One prize per person. If you win this giveaway, and have already won another prize from MealEnders through another blog, please disclose that you have already won so I can choose another winner.  Doesn’t mean you can’t enter multiple giveaways!  You just can’t win them all.

 

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Christmas Gifts from SwimOutlet.com

Disclosure – This is a sponsored post from SwimOutlet.com but all content and bad jokes are my own.

Hey guys.  Guess what?  CHRISTMAS IS COMING!  Have you finished your shopping?  I haven’t.  Unfortunately, most of the gifts I need to buy are not for swimmers or triathletes.  But that doesn’t mean I didn’t have a great time browsing the holiday gift guide from SwimOutlet.com.  They have a great array of gift suggestions in a number of categories and price ranges.

Need some suggestions?  Well, here are my personal favorites.  First off, for the wacky swimmer or triathlete who spends way too many early mornings at the pool.

Be the most fashionable lady at the pool.

Be the most fashionable lady at the pool.

When I first started swimming for fitness, I bought a black bathing suit.  I did not want to draw attention to myself.  I figured I did enough of that with my splashing and flailing.  Thankfully, I’ve gotten over myself and this winter, will be sporting this fabulous suit at the pool.  I love fun Christmas sweaters and this suit is FABULOUS.  And encompasses my love of snow.  Plus it can be worn well into the new year.  (Of course, if you prefer something Christmas specific, there’s also a suit styled after a Santa suit.)  And who can resist pairing it with a silly swim cap.  We all know that training sucks up our social lives.

(Hey, maybe I can meet a fellow over-scheduled triathlete at the pool thanks to this cute suit.)

Okay, okay.  So you want to go more practical but don’t want to spend a ton of money.

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How about some fins or other training accessories and a pair of goggles?  Every swimmer I know has at least three pairs of goggles in their swim bag and still manages to forget them when they go to the pool.  As an aside, I really like Sporti brand swim accessories.  I have a kickboard from them as well and it’s incredibly sturdy and buying it didn’t break the bank.

And though I purchased swim-related items from SwimOutlet, they aren’t just swim focused.  They know that a number of their customers are triathletes, so they have clothing and gear for running and triathlon as well. Check out their holiday gift guide and pick up a few gifts for your friends or maybe something for yourself.

See you at the pool!