Okay. So, I have one, wait no, two very important thing to say. Thing #1 – the word “skeleton” is like the hardest word for me to spell. Almost worse than spelling Wednesday (or “peeking”), but not quite as dramatic. Thing #2 is that I started writing parts of this post last night while imbibing in a lil’ wine, so I relieve myself of any official responsibility to make sense here forth. Just go with it. It was my first glass of wine in weeks, as a “reward” for kicking ass at living like a health nut, and well let’s face it. When do I ever really make sense anyway?
Anywho – you will probably notice some new things happenin’ on my cushy lil’ piece of the blog-o-verse…i.e. Advertising! Seriously, I hope you take advantage of the discount available from my first offish Sponsor, Anatomy Naturals. 15% percent off is a good chunk of change for kick-ass natural beauty products (and it expires on 9-15, so um..yeah). Besides advertising, I have lots of new things I’d like to start bringin’ to the table, and part of that is showcasing insanely fabulous blogs like Undressed Skeleton.
I won’t lie. I’ve been virtually man-handling this site for a couple of weeks now and I just love everything about it – mostly, the food. This fancy lil’ 20-something is A-maze-ing. No really, she is. Just read her inspirational story here. She’s so talented at mixing ingredients for healthful dishes and I have to say, I haven’t found anyone yet that makes living healthy so exciting and , gasp, fun!
I actually made what will likely be the first of many of her tasty recipes this week (this yummy vegan granola, pictured right) and it rocked this household’s world. She has a bazillion nutritiously funky recipes up her sleeve, from Better Breakfasts, Snack Snackities and Little Lunches to Doing Desserts, Striking Salads, and Exciting Entrees. Do it. Go there. Eat your face off. This chick’s for realz.
As if it couldn’t get any better than food, she also has some really fantab tips to keep exercise exciting – like, “Work Out Rip Offs“, which I TOTALLY ripped off (pun intended). I used her version as an inspiration to make my own and it’s workin’ like a charm. Although some mornings I feel like psychotically “ripping” it to shreds, it really does make me accountable and gives me options, which is what I need to stay on track (read a bunch more of Taralynn’s Fitness tips: here).
The moral of this story: I love Taralynn McNitt. There. I said it. Given our age difference, I sorta feel like a Grandma peeking into the crib of a newborn who is like, way smarter than I’ll ever be. But, C’est la vie (like, I’m french or something). Taralynn McNitt, I heart you. If you ever want to get best friend necklaces or something, just let me know.
This is getting obnoxious. Ha ha. I don’t think I’ve ever posted this much in one day ever. What can I say. I’ve got the feva. If you’ve been keeping up, I just posted about my June box (with your chance to win one of your own!). I also posted about my July box and now, I’m going to share my last bragging sesh of the day, sweet baby August. Click here for the full skinny on KLUTCHclub. In the meantime, feast your eyes on this awesomeness:
GoNola Wild Blueberry Wave Granola: I got a cute lil’ 140 cal snackity pack of 100% whole grain oat, pure honey and fiber goodness.
Tieks by Gavrieli foldable flats: Not sure if you’ve ever seen these cuties, but they are, in fact, super-cute (and awesome if you live in a city like me). But, if you’ve seen them I’m sure you’ve also seen the 9 million dollar price tag (just kidding, like $165 or so). Thanks to KLUTCH I got a $50 buck gift certificate and now I don’t have to sell a baby to own a pair.
Popcorners: AKA best ever all-natch, gluten-free pop snack on the planet. I’m basically going to eat my weight in these. You might not wanna watch. It’s gonna be so wrong.
Go Sport ID: These are actually REALLY cool for athletes or really anyone off doing somethin’ where you can’t bring your purse or wallet (like hiking and such). I got a $10 gift card, making these babies just under $10 bucks for me.
Twistband luxury hair tie: Yeah baby! These hair ties rock my world. So stoked to have another to add to the collection.
Biopharma NanoLean & NanoGreens: Um. Yeah. Sorry but the “apple” flavored NanoGreens I tasted the other day were disgusting. I realize that it’s packed with a thousand pounds of fruits and veggies, but yeah. It was nasty. Sorry Biopharma! Hopefully the NanoLeans taste much betta. I love the concept of this so if anyone out there has tried a Biopharma supplement that isn’t too yuck, let me know because I have a coupon for $25 bucks off my order of $50 or more!
Japanese Delight’s Seaweed Salad: This spicy number is only 90 caleries per cup with no MSG or trans fats (yey!). I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ll let ya know what I think.
iBodyFit 1-year online premium membership: Here’s another thing I love about KLUTCH that works well for a girl like me. In order to stay interested I REQUIRE variety in my workouts. I’m stoked to try this membership out (valued at $155 buckaroonis). Awesome.
Alo drink: Aloe is known for being hydrating & healing. Although I could stomach this drink, it wasn’t my fave. Man, my taste buds are total snobs.
Aaaaand, that’s all I have to say about that. Can’t wait to get my September Box (which includes a lil’ somethin’ special from my girl Kelly over at Anatomy Naturals). Be on the lookout for more on that tomorrow.
Until then. Adios. Check ya later. High-five to KLUTCHclub for being so awesome. Don’t forget to enter for your chance to win the June KLUTCHclub box here! (ends September 1, 2012). And, click here to check out what else I’m givin’ away!
You didn’t think I was just gonna post June’s box and leave ya’ hangin’ did-ja? Nope. Not me. I’m on a roll these days. The July box was filled with everything a girl (or boy) needs to stay on the healthy track while hosting (or attending) all those summer events that make you eat your face off. Everything you need to know about KLUTCHclub can be found here and here. Here we go:
Nia a movement practice that draws from martial arts, dance arts, and healing arts: I’ve never done Nia before but it looks pretty awesome and way more intense then one might think. KLUTCHclub members received a humungo coupon pack that included: 30 days of FREE online classes, 40% off select lifestyle products (including workout duds,tunes, dvd workouts & telecourses), and $500 bucks off Nia White Belt Training. Whoa. Time to harness my inner Karate Kid, so I can drop kick some hot dogs and hamburgers.
Cascal fermented soda: This stuff was sorta tasty, but not anything I’d ever hunt for on my own, but that’s my weird taste buds talkin’. If you like fizzy drinks like Fresca, you’ll probably like this stuff. Bonus? It has no sugars other than those from natural fruit juice, it’s caffeine & gluten free and it’s only 60-80 cals per can. Seems legit.
Zoye soybean oil: This Vitamin E, Omega 3 & 6 rich oil is low in saturated fat and perfect for all that summer grilling. Although I don’t use soybean oil in my cooking, I put these lil’ guys in the lazy susan for a rainy day.
Mineral Hygienics mineral makeup: This 4-ingredient mineral make up boasts longer lasting and better coverage. My box included a $15 buck gift certificate to pick anything I want from the website completely FREE. Or, I could use a “Super Coupon” to get the “Mini Starter Kit” for only $15 dollas (from $75). The verdicts not out on these guys yet, but I’ll keep ya posted.
1st Step Pro-Wellness liquid vitamin B-12: I’m not gonna lie. This tasted like cough syrup and was pretty jocie gross-y. BUT, if you can stomach its “great taste” (as per the bottle) you can benefit from it’s amazers health benefits (including “regulating metabolic pathways, combating fatigue, and maintaining your central nervous system”), and that seems pretty worth it.
Truvia low cal sweetener: If you don’t know what Truvia is in this day an age, you probably haven’t woken up from your sugar coma yet. Thanks to the Stevia leaf, we can now enjoy a zero-cal sweetener on any ol’ thing our sweet tooth desires.
Mighty Leaf Tea calypso mango iced tea: If you’re a subscription box junkoid like me you’ve probably been getting lots of samples of this fabalicious tea (along with a nifty lil’ coupon offer). This tea is super-fancy and tastes like a dream. Do it.
Molecule-r gastronomy: I thought this was a super cool addition to the box (an intro to Molecular Gastronomy & a squeezy tool dropper thingy) since I’ve blogged about it before (here). My scientist hub LOVED this lil’ extra and is stoked to turn our kitchen into a full on culinary lab-or-a-tory. As long as I get to wear some goggles and a lab coat, I’m in.
Awe yeah. It’s finally time to chat about (and give away) a new subscription box I’m rockin’ – it’s the one, the only… KLUTCHclub. You might remember when I mentioned them 7,000 years ago (here) – Well, the time has come for me to brag about em’ for reals. As usual, I’m several months behind, but as they say “betta’ late then neva”. P.S. I have no clue who “they” are, but since “they” said it, it must be legit. Fellow healthy nuts and fitness junkies, hold on to your butts it’s:
WHAT’S IN THE BOX:
“…a hand-picked and “themed” box of holistic health, fitness and wellness products – organic protein bars, workout wear, skincare products, teas, etc.” (don’t forget to get on the list for the KLUTCHmen box, coming soon!)
WHAT’S IT GONNA COST:
If you hook yourself with a full year subscription you get the box for $16 bucks a month
If you sign up for 3 months you get the box for $17 bucks a month
- You can also order month by month for $18 bucks a month
Access to exclusive promotions, gift cards, KLUTCHdollars & discounts. And, when you help em’ out by providing feedback and surveys, they pay it forward BIG TIME. Keep on readin’ for your chance to win the June Box (which I received for FREE to giveaway to a 5-style reader, as a “Thank You” for providing feedback in their June Box Survey).
ADDITIONAL SPECIAL OFFER FOR ALL OF US: Enter KLUTCHfriend when you sign up to get 10% off any KLUTCHclub Membership. Then, email me at 5stylehigh at gmail dot com (please put KLUTCH OFFER in the subject line of the email) and let me know which email address you used to sign up for your membership. Why? KLUTCHclub is so awesome that in addition to the killer discount they will give you with the above coupon code, they will give me a free box for any new member I send their way. And, guess what I plan on doing with those? Giving them away to lucky 5-style readers like Y-O-U. Yey!
mybarre3 where ballet barre meet yoga and pilates: This is pretty cool. mybarre3 offers online workout programs that give you the same “dynamic and innovative classes” you can get in the studio. The box included one (1) month free ($15 value). I haven’t tried this out yet, but I’m gonna totally do it soon, so I can black swan someone’s ass.
OG Sack Yoga / Sport Bags & Grocery / Around Town Bags with Washable Liners: KLUTCHclub boxes have some CRAZY discounts and offers. This box included a coupon code for KLUTCH members to get $30 bucks off any OG Sack. Sorry. I’d tell you the code, but I’d have to kill you. Join, KLUTCH to get into the circle of trust.
Journey Bar Coconut Curry: I won’t lie. This was my FAVE of the box, probably because I could stick it in my belly. But seriously, so good. I loved that it was a savory nutrition bar, with just the right amount of sweetness. It’s also “naturally lower in sugar than other leading nutrition bars”, so that’s a bonus. Totally stalk-worthy in my book.
Body Language Sportswear: These guys are super famous with the celebs, providing fashionable fitness wear, so you can look awesome while you are sweating your face off. I actually really like their stuff and was stoked to get a $25 Gift Certificate in my box.
Savvy Boheme African Black Soap: I haven’t had the chance to try this lil’ guy out yet, but it was made in Ghana, and probably endorsed by a Zebra or something’ so I’m willing to give this unique face and bod soap a shot.
Yu-Be skin cream: Those who know me, know that I don’t dabble much with new skin creams, since my face hates me and only responds to one kind. But, this stuff is supposed to be the “#1 selling medicated, vitamin-rich skin care cream in Japan” so it must be awesome. Let me know how it works for ya!
Crum Creek Soy Nut Mix: Although I’m tryin’ to limit my soy intake these days, I did try this snack mix and thought it was quite tasty. Along with the sample, I got a $5 coupon on my order of $10 or more and since Crum Creek seems to have a bunch of other goodies, I’ll probably be using the heck out of it.
OH, P.S. Here’s why I sucked in June: KLUTCHclub’s June partner was (RED), who has contributed over a $190 million bucks to support Global Fund HIV/AIDS grants in Ghana. Back in June, all KLUTCHclub orders using the code (RED) would get 10% off their order and KLUTCHclub would contribute all profit to “help fight for an AIDS Free Generation by 2015″. That’s pretty awesome. I feel like such an idiot for being so late in my post. But, you can still help: Visit (RED) to find out how. I’ve supported the (RED) campaign at various times throughout my life and it’s def a great cause to show some lovin.’ Yey!
Overall, I’d say my very first ever KLUTCHclub box was a hit. Definitely different from any of the other boxes I’ve personally tried out to date.
Wanna win it? I hope so, because I’m giving it away (a brand new box, not my used up one – ha ha)! Enter below between August 26th and September 1st for your chance to win your very own June KLUTCHclub box filled with all of the stuff I just gushed about above (valued over $50 bucks!). Don’t forget to share it with your friends for extra entries. And, click here to check out what else I’m givin’ away! My the odds be ever in your favor. GOOD LUCK!
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Top-o-the-mornin’ to ya! Don’t ask. I’m not even Irish, and it’s actually late afternoon. I guess It just sounded like the right thing to say ? In any event, I am having a wonderful day on this glorious “Tuesday after a long weekend”. I had a fabulous workout and am
drinking eating, a luscious fruit smoothie chunky (which looks nothing like the alcohol spiked gem shown in the photo to the left).
FYI, the fruit “chunky” is the arch nemesis of the fruit smoothie (kick ass recipe here), and it only makes it’s presence known when your blender doesn’t feel like blending your frozen fruit the way it is supposed to as per the label on the 9 million dollar box it came in. If I was the “normal me” today, I might’ve launched the blender across the room in a rabies-like rage when things didn’t go my way . BUT, instead, I grinned and bared it (suck it blender…me and my fruit chunky are just fine, thanks). Special shout out to “insanely difficult step aerobics”, for being so freaking hard to do, but making me feel so positively amazing after I’m done.
Anyway, I’ve been really excited about the foods we’ve been eatin’ for dinner lately and it got me thinkin’ that it’s been about four-thousand years since I shared a recipe. So, below is one of my newest fave flaves, thanks to my FITNESS Magazine subscription…(seriously, it’s SO darn good, please make it and tell me whatcha’ think).
Now, on to one of the most awesomest recipes ever, squared.
Via the April, 2012 issue of FITNESS MAGAZINE. Makes: 4 servings nutrition facts per serving: 334 calories, 10 g protein, 37 g carbs, 20 g fat (2.6 g saturated), 11 grams fiber
4 Tablespoons EVOO
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 Tablespoons agave nectar
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (if you don’t have 12 hours to squeeze fresh limes, just get the “fresh squeezed” stuff in the jar. It works just fine)
- 1, 15-oz can of black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 Garlic clove, mince it
- 1/4 teaspoon of Chipotle Chili Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt (we omit salt in everything we cook (never do this for baking!) so feel free to leave it out)
- 1 head of romaine lettuce, cut or torn into bite-size pieces (if your hamster can eat it, you’ve done it right)
- 1 large tomato, finely chopped
- 1/4 red onion, finely chickity-chopped
- 1 avocado, pitted, peeled and diced (Never diced an avocado? Click here for “how to”)
- 1/2 cup cooked quinoa (if you’ve never had quinoa, I encourage you to read all about it and start eating it. It’s the cat’s pajamas)
- 2 Tablespoons of finely chopped cilantro
Before you get goin’ on the salad-y part, you’ll want to mix up the vinaigrette. Start by using a blender that actually works. Then add 3 tablespoons of EVOO, the vinegar, the agave nectar and the lime juice and puree the H-E-double hockey sticks outta that shit. If you are looking to make it a lil’ extra spicy, just add some extra chipotle chili powder and fresh ground pepper and hit the puree button one more time. It’s totally worth it! Also, you’ll want to cook your quinoa now too (since you have to let it cool before stickin’ it in your beautiful salad). Just follow the instructions on the package (boil water, stick in quinoa, wait for water to evap…takes about 15 minutes). Once done, set it aside and let it chill.
Next, heat the remaining oil (the tablespoon you didn’t use when makin’ the vinaigrette) in a small saucepan over medium heat. Then, saute’ the black beans, garlic, chile powder and salt (if you are including it) for around 5 hours (just kidding…5 minutes!) At this point, your kitchen will be smelling so good, you might start licking the cupboards. Try to refrain from doin’ that. Um…oh yeah, start cutting up your veggies too. I usually stick them all in a big bowl and then add the “cooled” beans & quinoa so I can get it mixed up reeeeeeeal good and stuff. You probably won’t need to use all the vinaigrette, unless you’re one of those people who hates the taste of delish veggies. Either way, when all is said and done, it should look like this. Enjoy!! (oh, and don’t forget to enter the awesome giveaway I’ve got goin’ on right now for your chance to win a 6-month KLUTCHclub or Conscious Box subscription or a $100 AMEX gift card*) Good luck
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