Conquering the Kitchen
APPLIANCES + TOOLS
Blender Bottle - (w/ multiple attachments) For transporting & mixing protein shakes on the go - FANTASTIC for travelling. Before this, I packed individual servings of protein powder in snack size bags (which I still do on occasion).
Blendtec - For literally anything you want to blend, chop or make (smoothies, almond flour, banana bread, etc.). I was hesitant at first because it's a little pricy, but it's one of the best investments I've made.
Crock-pot - For quick, practical meal planning. Find a recipe that takes 30 minutes or less to prep, toss it in, let it cook and distribute into containers when it's done.
Magic Bullet - For quick, easy protein shakes - mix & drink in the same container to minimize mess. I use mine daily.
Pinterest - For finding & storing new recipes.
Red Copper Pan - Hands down THE BEST pan I've ever used. My Grandma and I decided we would only use the one advertised by Cathy Mitchell on tv after a second one failed us. This pan does everything it says it will - cooks great, doesn't scratch and NOTHING sticks, which makes it super easy to serve food and clean. Make sure you follow the instructions to season it first!
Red Copper 10 Piece Set - I couldn't find any 100% sure options on Amazon for the pan alone (there's a lot of copy-cat's). But if you want the 10 piece set, you can get it with Amazon Prime.
Yelp - For finding great new restaurants. I always go for high stars and lots of reviews.
(you can order most of it online - how awesome is that!?)
Almond Butter - Truth be told, I alternate between almond butter and peanut butter. I think almond butter is better for you, but I usually prefer the taste of peanut butter.
Boxed Soup - My favorite brand because they taste great and don't have weird ingredients.
Canned Chicken - Simple Truth is the best brand. The only ingredients: chicken, water, salt. Great for quick lunches! HOWEVER, I have literally scoured the internet and haven't been able to find it online. Please let me know if you can. When you're at the grocery store, look at the ingredients and try to find one with the fewest ingredients.
Canned Peaches - Great for cheap & on the go. These are the best because they're in juice, not syrup.
Cottage Cheese - A go to snack with protein :)
Dove Dark Chocolate - A must for dark chocolate lovers! Plus, they have fun messages inside the wrappers.
Freshly - Fully cooked meals shipped right to your doorstep so you can "meal prep" without prepping. Use this link to get a discount on your first order.
Frozen Blueberries - For my post-workout protein shakes (protein, frozen blueberries, water - I like to keep it simple). This is a BIG amount of blueberries - 4.5 lbs, so it should last you a couple of months. Why THESE blueberries stand out? They're organic, individually frozen (to prevent clumping in the bag), and the only ingredients: raw frozen blueberries. No additives, just the way I like it.
Frozen Veggies - These are about $1 each, you pop them in the microwave and have 2 large servings of veggies in about 5 minutes. (If you're anti-microwave, you can cook them on the stovetop.) Plus, if you have a store nearby, you can get them delivered in an hour!
Fruit Leathers - Go-to snack when you're craving something sweet. These are also a must when I travel.
*Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Chips - For snack-size chocolate that's cheaper than truffles!
*Godiva Dark Chocolate - Truffles for your deep dark chocolate cravings!
Lara Bars - One of the only bars I've found without a bunch weird ingredients. It's date based and more like a granola bar than protein bar. "Cashew Cookie" is my go-to flavor. I've never found them for less than $1 in stores, so this is also a great price! (They usually range from $1-$2.50 per bar in stores).
Oatmeal - Great source of whole grain and a go to on slow mornings. These are my two favorite flavors.
Peanut Butter - I'm all about non-processed or minimally processed. Hint: If you store the jar upside-down, it doesn't require as much stirring.
Protein Powder - For post-workout recovery & muscle building. This is my fave because it's high in protein and low in calories and carbs. I usually only use one scoop. This is another alternative with similar ingredients and nutrition facts (when comparing serving sizes). This is an organic, plant-based protein powder that I also use. (Costco has one that's protein + veggies, which I love - but fair warning - not everyone loves +veggies the taste.)
See's Dark Chocolate - Because my chocolate addiction is real. I love all the dark's without nuts or fruit.
Specialty Peanut Butter - North Shore Goodies makes AMAZING tasting specialty peanut butter (and other yummy treats) with no preservatives and it comes straight from Hawaii. This is a great sampler of a ton of their products. My favorite flavors are White Chocolate/Raspberry Peanut Butter (it's like a dessert - think PB&J in a single jar, but even better!) and Macadamia Nut Coconut Honey Peanut Butter. It's a little pricy, but SO worth it!
Unsweetened Applesauce - Super easy snack on the go - and healthier when you don't have the added sugar. If you're like me and travel a lot, the applesauce pouches can also come in handy. They're not just for kids.
Gluten Free Food & Resources
Please note - EVERYTHING on this page is gluten free whether it's in this section or not. I can't eat gluten. However, the items below are specific "gluten-free" foods/substitutes. The *items are the only ones I've found that may be cross contaminated. Always check your labels and/or contact the companies to be 100% sure!
Baked Crackers - Super similar to pita chips and everyone in my family loves them. You can also grab them from Costco!
Breton's Crackers - I find that normal brands that offer gluten free options usually taste the best. These are my faves.
Find Me Gluten Free - An app for finding gluten free restaurants. The database isn't anywhere near Yelp's, so I usually use both.
Graham Cracker Crumbs - For homemade gluten free crust for your favorite pies or cheesecake.
Granola - Add milk and it's a great source of whole grain and a healthier "cereal" option in the morning.
Oatmeal - A great source of whole grain, without additives or gluten and it tastes great. Read the label - it's simple and that's why I love it.
Pasta - Non "gluten free" brands are my fave. This pasta tastes pretty normal and has a good consistency.
Pretzels - My favorite are their dark chocolate covered pretzels (surprise, surprise!).. but those are currently out of stock. The plain ones are still good and you can always dip them yourself.
Soy Sauce - La Choy is a "normal" brand, it happens to be lower in sodium, it tastes great and isn't over priced. Their most recent packaging also says "gluten free as always."
Being a boss at the gym
Gloves - I know - you don't want to be that person at the gym who has to wear gloves to lift weights. I really wear these because I don't want calluses. I bring them to the gym, put them on when I'm lifting and take them off when I'm done. Personally, I don't keep them on my whole workout and I don't always remember them :D.
Jackets - Old Navy is my go to for lightweight jackets to wear to and from the gym. (Which are also a must as a protective layer between your smelly workout clothes and your nice winter coat.)
Leggings - Fabletics is legging heaven! They're long, thick and have great designs.
Shoes - My fave workout shoes are these Nikes.
Socks - These are my all time FAVORITE socks and I was STOKED to find them on Amazon! They're thick but breathable, they always stay up and have added arch support.
Sports Bras - Hands down the best sports bra is from Victoria's Secret and it's the only one I buy now. BONUS: they've recently decreased their prices!
Tanks- I get most of my tank tops from Forever 21.
BEATS Earbuds - When my workouts include jumping, laying down (bench, sit-ups, etc.), I prefer earbuds rather than headphones. These have great bass. Whenever I venture out and buy nice, wireless earbuds, it'll be these.
FitBit - For monitoring your steps, sleep, activity, etc. I opt for the one I can hide under clothing and you can sync it with MyFitnessPal.
Foam Roller (long) - great to roll out your muscles as part of your stretching routine pre and/or post workout.
Foam Roller (short) - Again great for sore/tight muscles, but more compact and easier to store.
Foam Roller Stick - Ok, this isn't actually a foam roller, but it's the same idea and a lot easier to use if you need to hold it and use it at the same time as opposed to rolling on top of it.
Jump Rope - Fantastic way to get in cardio wherever you are and it's extremely easy to pack when you're traveling.
Large Gym Bag - The one I use isn't available anymore, but this one is similar and is probably the one I'll buy next. It's great when you're getting ready at the gym or changing after work, plus it has its own compartment for stinky clothes and/or gym shoes.
MPOW Wireless Headphones - These are affordable, hold a long charge and are comfortable no matter what you’re doing.
Nike Gym Bag - I opt for this smaller bag in the winter and anytime I don't want to tote a big bag around. Mine is super old, but this is basically a newer version of mine.
Pandora - For your workout music. My fave station is "Pop and hip hop power workout."
Resistance Bands - A great substitute for weights when you're traveling. This set is great because you can use them alone, or anchor them to a door, use the ankle strap, etc.
Water Bottle - I used to use metal, but this light-weight, BPA free water bottle is now my go-to.
Wireless Earbuds - These are cheap, have pretty decent sound and are great for workouts when you just don't want to hold your phone.
Yoga Mat (thick) - For Yoga & Pilates if you have bad knees or joints (this is what I usually use).
Yoga Mat (thin) - For Yoga & Pilates when you have good joints or as you're advancing.
Yoga Towel - Because if you like Hot Yoga or Pilates like me, you'll need something to catch your sweat.
Evernote - For writing down and tracking your workouts. Both the desktop version and app are great and very user friendly.
HASfit - My go-to for workouts in hotel rooms or at home.
Pinterest - For brainstorming new exercises & helping to put together new workouts.
Zumba - My favorite class for getting in cardio. Since you can't all workout with me in Orem, UT, here are some DVD's with the same instructor I sweat with!