Where Do Vegans Get Their Protein? (GIVEAWAY!)

Disclaimer: This post is written in collaboration with D’s Naturals, but all opinions are my own and 100% truthful. D’s Naturals sent me these products in exchange for a review and giveaway, however, I would never endorse a product that I did not believe in or honestly love and enjoy. Keepin’ it real because I love you. ❀ Β 

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Gorillas are herbivores and um…have you gone to the zoo lately and seen their muscles?! Just sayin’. πŸ™‚ #gorillasgotgainz

When I first went vegetarian, around age 11, I remember that my Dad constantly asked me, “Where will you get your protein?! You’re going to get sick and weak!” I know it was all with love, Dad. πŸ™‚

And 15 years ago, he was probably right about that, because as an 11-year-old kid and junk food lover, I had absolutely no idea how to cook for myself, much less how to find my protein in the right sources. After 10 years of vegetarianism, I gave up in college and went back to eating meat, because I did get very sick and unhealthy from eating a diet high in bagels, beer, and potato chips…and not much else. I was vegetarian, sure, but I was certainly not healthy.

But over the past few years, I’ve gone back to eliminating animal products from my diet…but this time, I’m resolved to do it the right way. I have fallen in love with discovering how natural, whole, plant-based foods fuel and protect our bodies. The research is astounding and it’s incredible how plant-based diets have helped people struggling with infertility, cancer, heart disease, and more. Plants help our bodies to do amazing things. And better yet…it turns out that plants are PACKED full of protein!

So, if you are giving up meat and have a friend or Dad like mine ask where you’re going to get your protein from, here’s what you can tell them:

  • pea and rice protein powders – 21g
  • lentils – 20g
  • cashews – 18g
  • whole grain bread – 10g
  • beans – 15g
  • nut butters – 9g
  • seeds – 6g
  • oatmeal – 6g
  • spinach – 6g

and the list goes on! There is protein in just about everything and God gave us more than enough in his natural, abundant creation. He’s good like that. πŸ™‚

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While marathon training, I’m tracking my macros to make sure I get enough protein, carbs, and fats so that I’m ready and fueled for long runs and high mileage weeks. Sadly, I don’t have a problem getting more than enough carbs and fats…BREAD FOR LIFE!!! πŸ™‚ But to keep track of my protein intake, and to stay full, I’ve been keeping our cabinets stocked with vegan protein bars when life gets busy and my belly gets hungry.

Last week, after a 10-mile training run before work, I realized that I forgot to pack any food and had already left the house for the day. I left the gym locker room and rushed off to the drug store, hoping they’d have something I could snack on. I found aΒ new protein bar I had never seen before with only 1g of sugar (as opposed to 20g of sugar in other protein bars) called No Cow Bar in the checkout line and figured I’d give it a shot.

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Y’all. I was HOOKED! I have tried so many vegan protein bars and never have found one that was as low in sugar and still as tasty as the No Cow Bar. I posted about how much I loved it on Instagram and the sweet, sweet folks at D’s Naturals responded and sent me an entire BOX of 12 raspberry truffle No Cow Bars!!! That mail day was like Christmas!

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Not only did they send me a box of my new favorite protein bars, but they also sent me a jar of FLUFFBUTTER – which is like Nutella only 1000x better tasting, and better for you.

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I meant to take a picture first, but I already started eating it by the spoonful – it’s that good. πŸ™‚

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D’s Naturals Products are my new favorite protein treats. Wanna know why?

  • The bars have 21g of plant-based protein – half of the recommended daily amount for women!Β 
  • The bars and fluffbutters are SOY-FREE and GLUTEN-FREE
  • Made only with simple ingredients that I can actually pronounce
  • The bars have only 1g of sugar and the fluffbutter has ZERO!
  • Only 4g of carbs
  • They taste delicious and keep me full!

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The bars + fluffbutter are yummy, indulgent treats that I don’t have to feel guilty about. My newest obsession is spreading some fluffbutter in between two vegan graham cracker cookies for a late night snack. So. GOOD!

I am so grateful that D’s Naturals sent me these tasty treats for Chad and I to enjoy…but they are going above and beyond! D’s Naturals wants to send YOU your own box of Raspberry Truffle Protein Bars and S’Mores Fluffbutter!

Head over to the post on @staygreatmygirl (Instagram) to enter. Contest ends at midnight on Thursday, September 28th. Good luck!


 

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Catching Up

It’s been a while since I blogged! Life’s been busy and I don’t even know where to begin to attempt to tie it all up with a bow into a blog post, so here’s a little sentence-per-picture action. πŸ™‚

How have you been? Please comment or send me a message if there is anything I can be praying about for you!

Last week Chad and I celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary! Marriage is fun and crazy and sanctifying and the greatest joy of my life. I am a lucky woman!

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We also flew home to the east coast for one of Chad’s oldest, dearest friend’s wedding. Congratulations Mike & Lara!

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And we stopped for Wawa coffee no less than 5 times in our 55 hours in Delaware. Had to get my fix, thanks to a gift card from my sweet mama! Wawa = life.

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While home, I ran 18 miles, the longest training run of this marathon cycle so far, and my longest run in 2 years. It wasn’t as tough as I thought it would be…but that’s because my running pals, Abby and Casey, did 10 with me on one of my favorite trails! So grateful that they made the miles fly by!

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Abby and Casey are amazing runners! Casey just completed her first half-ironman (70.3!!!) and Abby has been crushing her speed workouts and getting faster as she preps to run her first post-baby half-marathon.Β 

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I turned 26 this week! Southwest Airlines is awesome – they made flying (one of my biggest fears!) on my birthday so much more bearable thanks to free mimosas!

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This birthday was one for the books – my mom threw a huge Eagles/birthday/bocce ball party with family and friends, all together in one place again… oddly enough, I have zero pictures from that. πŸ™‚

AND Chad surprised me with Thomas Rhett tickets! I love love him and his precious family.

This is my favorite song from his new album. Enjoy and have a great Thursday! xo

 

 

 

Labor Day Weekend Recap (and a Training Update!)

I bought this bouquet to celebrate September because eucalyptus reminds me of our wedding, and it’s anniversary month!

September is here and with it came everyone’s favorite long weekend!

What did you and your loved ones do to celebrate Labor Day?

We heard a great and timely reminder on the radio on Labor Day. I love this verse and want to tuck it away in my heart as we head back to work this week.

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Our weekend started with a Friday date night to a Thai restaurant in our little beach town. We had never been there before, but always had heard wonderful things from our neighbor Molly.

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This isn’t the name of the restaurant we went to, but I can’t resist a good pun. πŸ™‚ 

In an effort to be extra present, we left our phones at home so I did not snap any pictures of our food. Sorry. Quality time > blogging. πŸ™‚ Just trust me that it was delicious! Chad had sweet & sour chicken, and I had the pad thai with tofu and no egg. This place is kind of locally famous for their dirt-cheap pitchers of Thai beer. We refrained, but if you’re ever in San Diego let me know and I’ll point you in the right direction!

Saturday started with a 5 mile easy run around the beach before work. Did you know I work a few hours per week at a local gym in addition to my full-time job? I absolutely love it! I was a member before working there and would be hanging out with the same friends any way… so I honestly forget that it’s work and almost always forget to pick up my paycheck. It’s a fun thing for me. πŸ™‚ I’m contemplating getting my personal training or group exercise certification next year. Do you have any experience with this? What organization did you get accredited through?

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 After work, we went to “our spot” (I can’t tell you where it is because it’s a secret and it’s never crowded, even on holiday weekends…and then it wouldn’t be our spot, it’d be your spot :). Napping and swimming and reading. Perfect.


I started a new book by elite runner Becky Wade and am loving it so far! (Don’t be mad Gwen! I know I haven’t finished our book club read yet but I couldn’t bring my iPad on the sand and had to find a temporary substitute. ) πŸ™‚ 

We had a heatwave in San Diego this weekend and went to the movies for some expensive AC. It was so chilly inside and so worth it! We saw Wind River and man, I wasn’t expecting it, but it floored me. It covers some really really important issues and opened up my eyes to injustices that occur right here in our country that I knew nothing about. I couldn’t believe it was based on a true story and real place. Please go see it! (also, I just realized that this blog post has a lot of Olsens in it. The lead is played by Mary Kate and Ashley’s younger sister! She was awesome). 


On Sunday, I ran 16 miles – my longest run of the training cycle so far. The heatwave was still going strong and I struggled in the humidity — hence my reason for bringing an entire camelback along. πŸ™‚ But, I got it done (albeit slowly) and enjoyed the beautiful views along the way! I love going farther and farther and am already looking forward to the next increase. 

Fun facts from this run: I got mooned by a car full of grown men. Seriously!? Who moons people?! And what ADULT moons people?! 

But I also got a high five and lots of thumbs up from other runners. So we’ll call it even. πŸ™‚ 


The rest of Sunday was filled with coffee, naps, chores, church, and dinner with friends. The good stuff. πŸ™‚ 

On Monday I announced a giveaway for the Fit Foodie Run + Festival! Did you see it? Head to this post to enter! Two winners will be announced on Friday. 



We spent the day at the San Diego Safari Park (aka Disney world for animal lovers aka heaven aka my ultimate happy place) with our friends Alex and Amanda. 


Even though we saw tigers, lions, elephants, and gorillas…playing with the goats is always a highlight and Amanda agreed! 


Also- we’ve been listening to this song alllllll weekend. Have you heard it? It’s so sweet and catchy! I love their little family. 

Training Update from this week: 

Monday: rest, stretch, foam roll and walk 

Tuesday: 6 easy miles

Wednesday: 7 miles with some hills 

Thursday: cross-training + weights 

Friday: 5 miles w/ 2 tempo 

Saturday: 5 miles easy 

Sunday: 16 miles LSD (long, slow distance) 

TOTAL: 39 miles 

This week, the plan has me cross training more and dropping back to 32 miles with only a 1/2 marathon long run. It should be good! 

Before I leave you, some encouragement: 

 This week, with whatever life is going to throw at you, remember that who you are is not dependent on your circumstances, on how hard or easy your life feels, or on your own efforts and work. Whether you’re walking through rejection or belonging, your deepest heartache or your biggest high point, none of that changes who you are. 

Who you are as a woman is dependent on Christ and Christ alone! Because of His love for you, and because he says so, you are strong, valiant, fearless, and enough. 

Remember that with me this week! The world often says that we’re worthless, but God says that we were worth dying for. 

If you need proof of His promises, who he says you really are, you can find it here: 


Big love and hugs to you, friends. Have a wonderful week!

– Charlotte