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1. Stoneyfield Oikos Drinkable Greek Yogurt

What is the difference between this product and their original grab-n-go drinkable yogurts?  These use the Oikos, organic Greek yogurt, which gives them 50% more protein. 

Stats: Honey Vanilla – 6oz – 160 cals, 2g fat, 450mg potassium, 26g sugar, 0g fiber, 9g protein, 35% calcium, 15% B12 

So what did I think of these?  I would consider these a snack option, or something to go along with a medium size bowl of oats, or maybe toast and nut butter for breakfast.  The protein content is definitely higher, in comparison to other quick snack options, like a Larabar, KIND Bar, etc.  The texture was smooth, and not too thick.  Very “drinkable.”  If you’re not a fan of plain Greek yogurt because of the tartness, these are much sweeter, so you might enjoy them.  What I don’t like about these?  The sugar content.  I know some of it comes from the natural sugars in the fruit and the milk, but in comparison to a container of Greek yogurt, these have about 10g more sugar and about 4g less protein.  While I enjoyed both flavors, they were overly sweet for my taste buds.  If you’re looking for a snack that doesn’t require a spoon, this may work for you, but I think I’ll stick to the spoonable Oikos yogurt instead.

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2. As mentioned recently, Swanson Health Products, gave me $25 to spend at their online store.  Instead of choosing from the vitamins + supplements, I went straight to the food section of the website.  I wanted to buy things I typically would not purchase at the store because of the price tag.  I ended up with a large tub of organic Ghee [13oz - $7.96] and organic Avocado Oil [16oz - $14.99].  Both were at great prices, but still out of my typical grocery budget. 

I haven’t used the avocado oil too much, but so far have enjoyed it on salads, with apple cider vinegar and balsamic.  I refrigerated it, as suggested, but it soon turned into a thick, non pourable paste.  I’m not sure what happened!?  I’ll continue to use it but probably only as a cooking oil.  The great thing about avocado oil, which you might not suspect, is that it is a great high heat cooking oil.

The ghee is…amazing.  It’s like extra rich butter, if you can even imagine such a thing.  I’ve been using it in recipes non-stop lately! 

Rather than trying to summarize an explanation of ghee, I’ll send you over to Sarah’s blog, My New Roots.  She has an amazing talent for presenting clear + concise information about ingredients, in an enjoyable way.  She brings up some interesting points about the smoke point of oils and talks about how the casein + lactose are eliminated during the process of making ghee.  A very interesting point, because this means it can be possible for people with dairy allergies + lactose issues to consume ghee! [but always check with your doctor first!]

Have you ever used either of these fats? 

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3.  My workouts.  Continued from Monday’s post.

These were your suggestions, other than Body Rock.  After briefly researching each one, here are my thoughts.

  • Rip:60
    • $120 for the equipment + DVD’s – This definitely seems like something that would work really well and is low impact.  However, I’m not sure I could commit to 60min videos each day.  I don’t mind a workout that long [or longer] but can’t really get into videos.  While $120 is definitely not cheap, it at least comes with everything you need.  I do like the idea of the resistance, rip cord training.  No mess of home weights to deal with.
  • Insanity
    • $120 + $25s/h – This workout looks intense, in a good way, but a little too high impact.  It comes with only the DVD workouts, but it doesn’t look like you need any equipment.  And again with the long videos.  Not sure I’m ready to workout in front of the TV every single day. 
  • Cathe Friedrich
    • A great low impact option, and you’re able to purchase each DVD separately [about $23/ea], to get the exact workouts you want.  This looks a bit less appealing to me, even though it’s a low impact series.  I really am looking for those short, effective workouts, like Body Rock offers.
  • CrossFit
    • “constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement”  This one was the hardest to understand.  It looks like an intense, heavy lifting program.  It’s recommended you do this with trained CrossFit professionals, at a local affiliate.  I’m assuming this is quite expensive, and it’s not exactly what I’m looking for.
  • Tuesday Trainer
    • Developed by Lindsay, of Lindsay’s List, a virtual fitness class that Lindsay has put together and posts to each Tuesday.  Each week a different workout theme is covered.  A great source!
  • Physique 57
    • Again with the hour long DVD workouts.  These workouts consist of isometric exercises, using your own bodyweight.  You get a mix of strength training and cardio with an all in one, low impact workout.   

I’m not sure that any of these workouts are the right fit for me, so my search continues.  Time to go bug Janetha, Gina, Michelle + Lori for more ideas!

4.  Many of you had questions about the Body Rock workouts I was doing and if I bought the equipment that goes along with a lot of the workouts.

  • I didn’t buy any equipment and stuck to the workouts that didn’t require the sandbags, pull up/dip bars, etc..  I did download an interval timer app on my iPhone, which was really helpful.  Considering I repeated only a handful of the workouts, I’m amazed that I got such great results.  I can’t even imagine incorporating in the workouts that do require the equipment!
    • I stuck to this Tone, Trim and Tight workout and the 4 others mentioned in that post.  I typically did Body Rock workouts 3 days per week.
  • I’m not ruling Body Rock out at this point.  My foot feels 100% better right now, but I’m still a little worried to move full blown back into BR.  I’m going to check out some of the BR workouts that do require equipment, because I think those won’t be nearly as high-impact.
  • I’ve also seen a lot of people construct the dip station at home and the Michelle + Lori have a great tutorial on making the sandbags with an empty duffle bag and bagged rice.

The great thing about BR, is that the workouts are FREE and they typically range from 10-25min.  You aren’t really following a fitness video either.  The workout is explained and then there is a video that goes over each + every move.  Once you get the moves down, there’s no need to watch the instructional.  I never became bored with these workouts, because they were over before I knew it and still left me with time to do light cardio, like walking the dogs or cycling.  While they are free, some equipment is needed, if you’re going to go all out with these workouts. 

5.  La la laaaaaa could this post be any longer?

6.  Yes!  Still going!  Time for some link love.

  • Have you seen the website The Greatist?  Talk about an awesome source for health + fitness.  The site is easy to navigate and simply designed.  Organized websites are hard to find!  One thing I’m loving, is their A-Z Guide.  You search for topics by letter, which is very useful. 
  • Have I ever told you about my love for the website Tree Hugger?  I’ve been obsessed for years. 
  • Raw Cocoa Buckwheat Granola???  Awesome recipe Gena!
  • Baklava with a vanilla bean twist.
  • Would you stay at the Tree Hotel in Sweden?  Sign me up!



7.  Okay.  I’ll leave now!

Reader Comments (40)

Ghee=love! I use it in so many things.
Funny, at thanksgiving, my sister and I were talking about all the different types of yogurt that have come onto the market shelf since I was a kid. I used to live on yoplait vanilla.

I've been finding so many connections to Sweden, lately. I really want to move there after my husband graduates. ::sigh:: someday!

Thanks for introducing me to The Greatest -- reminds me of a lovely Cat Power to explore!

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlauren@spicedplate

Thanks for pointing out the "no equipment" BR workouts - I hadn't tried any for exactly that reason.

Thanks for posting about Bodyrock. I tried it for the first time yesterday because of your post.

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLee

Good gosh! I love everything about this part. Especially that Lindsay person.

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay @ Lindsay's List

About this POST! Clearly, the Lindsay girl can't spell. Or think coherently.

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay @ Lindsay's List

Thanks for the great links! I love the Tuesday Trainer link!

And the tree house hotel?! I was just in Sweden visiting my sister and wish I would have known about it (even though I was in Stockholm, quite a ways away!) I might have to book a night or two when I go back in June!

Awww give Cathe a shot. The downloads are cheaper but there are about a zillion (longer and shorter) premixes on the dvds. Afterburn, try it!

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Great links! Happy Wednesday :)

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren @ What Lauren Likes


November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Sweden does sound pretty spectacular! Hope to make it there one day!

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

i've been doing crossfit for about two and a half years... it's not necessarily about heavy lifting and whatnot, but, as the description says, high intensity, functional movement. yeah, it's helpful to be in a gym environment, but if you go to the crossfit main site, you can pretty much do it from your garage. and everything is scalable to your ability level. i do realize it's just not for everyone though :)

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkimberly

I freaking love Oikos. Know what you mean -- I'm more of a spoonable yogurt gal myself. As for the Swanson products, I literally DIED when I got a boatload of stuff from them -- their pea protein is so smooth!

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatelyn @ Chef Katelyn

i've never tried any of those workouts but i love bodyrock. i was into it for a while then got lazy :\ no excuses either! i need to get off my butt lol. and you're right, about there being plenty of videos that don't require special equipment. i like the sandbag tutorial, must try that!

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrachel

It took me awhile to realize that such a short workout was really making a difference, but the results showed! Hope you can get back into it! I definitely need to make some rice-bags. :)

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thank you for clearing it up a bit!! It was really hard to figure out what the workouts actually were about from the website. :) I appreciate your help!

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I don't think you would like CrossFit either. I used to do it 2 days/week before I got pregnant and it is very intense and a great workout. But it does require going to a scheduled class in a gym. Each gym sets their own prices, but it is like committing to a membership of X classes per week or month.

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarci

CrossFit isn't all about heavy lifting. Lifting is a part of it, but many of the workouts remind me of BodyRock actually. Anyone can do it and all the workouts can be scaled down to what works for you. Each class is an hour long and usually includes a warm-up, overview of the movements, sometimes lifting, and then a WOD (workout of the day) that can range from 5-30 minutes. Hard, but effective, much like BR. It usually is more expensive than a regular gym, but the amount of attention you get individually is worth it to me. Most affiliates offer free intro classes to check it out. Gina had a nice post about it a few months ago:

It might not be what you're looking for, but just thought I'd throw that info out there. I've been doing it since August and I'm in the best shape of my life and I've been spending less time working out.

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

I appreciate your comment so much!! Thank you so much for explaining it in a bit more detail, as the website was confusing! :) I definitely would consider it, if I was trying to find a gym or personal training. I read that you can do it at home, so I may look into it a bit more. Thanks!

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

It sounds good, but just can't afford it right now. Thanks for the info Marci!

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I've been body rocking a little bit lately too and really LOVE it. I love how efficient yet difficult they are and how I don't have to leave my house and how its all free. Seriously, what more could you ask for. I also stick with the ones that don't need equipment and found them just as difficult as lifting heavy weights. I've been looking into crossfit, it is a bit expensive though so I'm still pondering that one.

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkatie @KatieDid

Yeah, it's definitely a bit confusing to understand, especially if you just look at the official website! I don't think I really understood it until a few weeks after I started ;)

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Thanks for sharing all the updates and info...and best of luck finding the right thing that's going to work for you and make you feel mind, body, and spirit..and fit the budget and time constraints, too.

I find this changes as life changes; being able to be flexible with things as life twists and turns.

Thanks for suggesting body rock! I love the idea and the fact that you don't really need equipment. I struggle getting in good cardio because I haven't found what I truly love yet so this seems like a good place to start!

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKait

I Love love love Insanity. I am definitely one of those people who hate to have to leave their homes when I want to fit in a workout and it gives me that flexibility. Plus, no equipment aside from proper trainers. It is fairly high impact but I love that shaun t reassures users to take breaks when WE need not necessarily when the video gives its instructions. It isn't easy and will push you but I can tell you that after doing P90X then Insanity I jumped into running with no problem. PLUS, Shaun T is a pretty good looking man to watch.

If you'd rather have something that is a mix of weight training and cardio (plus you can always double up one some days and do both cardio and weights) I'd suggest P90X.

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmber

Thank you for sharing the workouts! I used to do Tae Bo, and I loved in for the 1st few months, but it became boring after some time. Now I run!

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly @ Foodie Fiasco

Sorry about your foot! I enjoy fitnessista's circuits, free 20 min yoga sessions, dave farmar yoga podcasts, Jillian Michaels No More Trouble Zones (always gets the sweat dripping in about 20 min) in addition to my usual running routine. Body Rock is fun and she is sooo impressive and fit!

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren @ Sassy Molassy

The fats in avocado oil are monounsaturated, which have a structure such that the oil firms up a bit when refrigerated. Nothing to worry about! That's the same reason that peanut butter turns sort of "hard" when you keep it in the fridge. :)

I personally LOVE Insanity, especially the fact that it doesn't require any equipment - I've struggled to find good bodyweight workouts, and Insanity is the best of the best. I did it on and off all summer long and got in the best shape of my life! It is fairly high impact though - lots of squat jumps and the like - so I wouldn't spring for it until your foot is feeling better. (By the way, you didn't hear this from me, but all of the videos are available online from several websites, in case you want to check them out and see if you'd like them.)
P90x is also a good option - I can't speak for their higher-impact (i.e. plyo) videos, but I often incorporate the strength videos into my routine, and they're great. Plain ol' lifting that you can do at home with resistance bands (which are a total lifesaver and very cheap... you should consider picking some up if you don't already have some!)

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Thanks for the shoutout my love!!

December 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

hi there.. this is my first comment!

i love that you are getting into a workout routine.. i am currently doing the TRX FORCE program at work and i have gotten SO much stronger!!!

I would DEFINITELY suggest TRX over Rip 60- the FORCE kit is more expensive, but the product itself and the information it comes with is totally worth it- much more core activation and strength building, better programming, and a higher quality product.

please feel free to email me with any questions- FORCE is an amazing product and you will definitely see results!

December 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGillian

So I want to go to this tree house.. but where exactly will I pee?

December 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelsey

This post is so full of helpful information. Thank you!

I appreciated your take on the BodyRock workouts. I really like her 250 Rep and 500 Rep workouts, have you seen them? They just posted a 1000 Rep workout this week and so far I can only get through the round 4 times (400 reps). Good stuff, though, especially for those who haven't purchased the equipment. Thank you also for the link to the homemade sandbag.

I always look forward to your blog and appreciate how engaged you are with your readers (even those who aren't also bloggers).

December 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnanda

I haven't tried any of the Rep workouts. I will definitely take a look at those today and need to check out BR in more depth, to see if the sandbag and other workouts are lower impact. Also, your comment made my day. Thank you so much for your kind words. :)

December 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

There is an actual building IN the tree!

December 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks so much for saying hi, Gillian!! I appreciate you mentioning TRX and will definitely check it out. :)

December 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks for the tip on the avocado oil. That's what I figured, but was sad because now it's a little harder to squirt on my salads. :) Thanks for the workout info too. Much appreciated!

December 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I loooove the 20min YD videos. They seriously help so much. I need to do them more often! And Gina's circuits are great!

December 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

maybe i'm a little biased because i work for TRX, but here is what I would suggest (most cost effective/best programming option)

-TRX Pro Pack with door anchor or xmount if you have a place to secure the xmount (holiday promo right now for 20% off and free shipping)

-FORCE guide (you can purchase it separately)- it comes with a full 12 week bootcamp program and exercise guide as well as 2 DVDs.

i do yoga, run and climb and i have found that FORCE has helped me with ALL of those sports!

December 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGillian

I too am in love with Ghee. I have been making a sauce with ghee, water (although stock or wine would be better), and good mustard (I have maple). I put this over anyting - my new fav is rice, lentils and kale mixed together with the sauce.
Also, I was surprised about avo oil and the high smoke point - I added to it my oil rotation.

December 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCandice

Thank you for the info on TRX. I'll definitely look into it!

December 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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