DISCLOSURE: This blog post is sponsored by Naked Nutrition. Products featured in this post were provided complimentary. All opinions are my own.
Protein powder can be a great pantry-staple along with your canned goods, dried grains, and the like. Why are protein powders a good option to stock up on? For the same reason you make many other food choices in your life – convenience!
Now, selecting an ideal protein powder can cause your head to spin if you’re unsure of what to look out for, but Naked Nutrition products make it super easy. They’re products are made with minimal ingredients (most contain 3 ingredients or less!) so YOU are more in control of what you want when using a Naked Nutrition supplement. For example, their vegan Pea Protein Powder has just ONE ingredient – yellow pea protein. That’s it! No added sugar or artificial sweeteners. Just simple, straightforward ingredients that you can use to make a more well-balanced meal or snack. (Remember, protein is not only an essential nutrient, it’s also a nutrient that can help us feel full and satisfied throughout our day.)
Don’t know what to do with protein powder? The Naked Nutrition team provided me with these two tasty recipes (that include some of my very favorite flavors – matcha and coffee!) that I think you’ll love too…
Matcha Green Power Balls
Recipe by Ashley Sobel**
Servings: ~18 balls
These vegetarian Matcha Green Power Balls are easy enough to make ahead of time to have during your busy week as a pre-workout snack or for when you want something slightly sweet.
Vanilla Latte Smoothie
Recipe by Ashley Sobel**
This vegan Vanilla Latte Smoothie comes together quick (especially if you already have all your ingredients measured out) and could even be enjoyed as an on-the-go breakfast!
I hope you give these recipes a taste test and be sure to head on over to Naked Nutrition to check out all their premium ingredient products!
**About the Recipe Author: Ashley Sobel is a Registered Dietitian based in New York City who is passionate about nutrition, science, and the power of food. She helps her clients navigate the tricky world of nutrition to help them reach their goals. She specializes in eating disorders, disordered eating, and digestive health.
I took a 48 hour girl’s trip 🚗 to SYLVA, NORTH CAROLINA (~4.5 hour drive from Nashville, Tennessee) in the early fall and here’s a quick recap of where we ate:
🍕 Pie Times Pizza Company (414 West Main Street, Sylva NC 28779) — Grab a delicious wood-fired pizza while you also sip on something from Innovation Brewing next door! I thoroughly enjoyed my “Spicy Italian” pie made with house-made Italian sausage, pickled peppers, Porter caramelized onions and mozzarella.
☕️ White Moon (545 Mill Street, Sylva NC 28779) — This cozy coffee shop was so good we had to visit twice during our 2-day road trip! Their menu changes frequently, but I would 100% re-order the “Morning Sammy” or “Garden Bagel” I selected. Pst — across the street you’ll find the. “Greeting from Sylva” mural to commemorate your visit!
🍝 ILDA (470 West Main, Sylva NC 28779) — Treat yo’ self to the upscale and intimate dining experience at ILDA. Their menu is also very seasonal and our 5-person group split two Fried Burrata appetizers and I inhaled my Rigatoni With Nasturtium :P
Other travel insights about Sylva, NC from my quick trip:
The holidays are here friends! It really is wild to think about how quickly 2020 has flown by, but not without some "bumps" along the way. Everyone -- every single body and business -- is shifting to make things work despite what's going on in our world. For me, it definitely makes celebrating and showing my loved ones just how much I care (no matter how small the gesture!) that much more meaningful and special.
This 2020 holiday season, I *really* hope you'll consider buying local for your holiday shopping list. Keep scrolling for some of my personal picks for #ShopSmallSaturday that won't break the bank because everything listed is $25 or under!
You know that friend (or family member) that's all about their self-care? This book from Karman Meyer, RD, LDN is an awesome add to their routine. Sleep is so very very essential -- according to the CDC, 1/3 of American adults are walking around without enough sleep each day -- so sleep really is the perfect thing to perfect in 2021 :)
#2: Tiramisu Paperie Being Productive AF Mousepad Notepad ($12.00)
Who doesn't need a little more organization in their life? This tear-away notepad can be for anyone in your immediate family or even your work family! I personally really like using them for meal planning :)
#3: CityFit Live Monthly Membership ($10.00)
There are lots of options to stay healthy even while at home, but my very favorite comes from my CityFit family! With this virtual fitness membership you get unlimited access to 25+ weekly classes (including nutrition talks from yours truly :)) that are geared towards giving YOU the freedom to fit wellness into your week. (Pst... there's also the option to purchase a 6-month membership for $50, making each month less than $8.50!)
#4: Three-Piece BeeKeepers Mixed Set ($20.00)
With so much cooking at home, having a fail-safe way to keep leftovers fresh is essential! These adorable reusable food wraps can appeal to any personality you need to gift as they come in several designs and size sets (most $20 and under).
#5: Nashville Community Education Gift Certificate ($10.00-125.00)
We *almost* had to say goodbye to Nashville Community Education this past year, but you can help support this invaluable organization that provides adult learning to Middle TN by purchasing a gift certificate for the loved one who loves to learn in your life! Classes are diverse AND affordable and NCE has everything from sewing and social media, to Spanish and meal planning (*hint hint*) ;) Best part, most classes are being offered virtually so you don't even have to be located in Nashville, TN.
#6: Nashville City Saver* ($25.00)
We have been LOVING using our Nashville City Saver around town so I feel it's a wonderful gift for a foodie friend or family member. It comes with access to their FREE mobile app which gives you even more savings + all your book discounts at local Nashville restaurants like Daddy's Dogs, Greko Greek Street Food, Sunflower Cafe and so many more! (*NOTE: This link is an affiliate link - meaning at no extra charge to you, I will receive a small payment for visit to this website.)
Who are you shopping for this holiday season? Tell me in the comments below!