Friday, September 16, 2016

Wolfepack Wrap Up

It's been a while since we posted about our life, so today we will fill you in on the last few months.
 
Jared fought hard this season with Web.Com Tour qualifiers, but ended up going back to Canada to play in the last few events. He did really well the first week and finished in the Top 15. The next two events were missed cuts, but Jared stayed positive and knew that he was fortunate to be able to get some kinks worked out before Q-School starts in October. He is working VERY hard to improve his mental game, along with having a positive attitude in any situation. It's carried over into our marriage as well and it has been incredible to see his mindset shift to being positive a majority of the time! 

Last month, we were extremely fortunate to be gifted a two night stay at the Amelia Island Plantation to celebrate our anniversary. My bosses are the most giving people we have ever met and we were SO GRATEFUL for that special weekend to step away from golf/work and just be US.

Of course, we ate lots of yummy food and treats.
 
We also rented bikes for the day and had a wonderful time exploring the island. We had so much fun talking while we were riding and enjoying the views, that we have decided that we want to budget some money to do that at different places every once in a while! 
Now, it wouldn't be a Wolfepack Write Up without new foods we've eaten lately!
 
I've been researching the benefit of casein protein in cottage cheese, so we have been eating it in different ways. My favorite is mixing cottage cheese with nut butter and slapping it on some toast with an egg. 

 
I have been taste testing new recipes while Jared is traveling so I can be sure that he will like them when I make them for him while he's home. This one was a WINNER! Spaghetti Squash Chicken and Spinach casserole. 
 
 
I've seen pumpkin flavored everything already and that definitely includes peanut butter. I had this at work one day and it was delicious! All I did was sprinkle some pumpkin spice on a spoonful of peanut butter. DELISH! 


 

We received another amazing LOVE DROP from Love Grown Foods and have been enjoying eating them solo, or mixed into healthy treats! 
 

We are handling being apart so much better, but man, it feels good to have this guy home for a couple weeks! Watch out Q-SCHOOL, Jared is READY TO GO!!! 





Tuesday, September 13, 2016

My Transformation Tuesday Story


In my teen years and into my college years, my main focus was how to eat as few calories as possible. I ate all kinds of diet foods and prepackaged everything to ensure that I knew exactly how many calories I was consuming. I saved up one "fun" day every once in a while to let myself have dessert and ended up going hog wild because it was my only day I was "allowed" to eat junk food. I would get a huge stomach ache because I ate so much.

Then, God sent me my incredible husband to help me get over my obsessive behavior by RELAXING my strict rules, eat more, workout properly, and live a little! Shortly after I got married, I ate more food, but I still counted every single calorie until one day my husband said enough was enough. He told me to give him ONE MONTH of eating what he told me to and not looking at calories and I agreed. Did change happen overnight? Heck no! But, over time, I have completely changed the way I eat. Today, I don't look at any calories, but focus on the QUALITY of ingredients that I am putting into my body. I focus on eating healthy fats, a variety of protein, veggies, fruits, carbs, snacks, and desserts! I don't stress about what is going to be served at a party or if plans change on a whim and I have to eat something different. I am also way more flexible on my workout routine and take EXTRA rest days when I need them, along with my set day of rest per week. I don't step on the scale except when I am at the doctor's office, because that number means absolutely NOTHING to me now. I wear clothes that make me feel beautiful and strong and say that the 'M' on my clothing tag stands for muscle! 

I am truly thankful for God helping me get through my crazy obsession through my sweet husband! Jared is seriously the best man for me and I wouldn't trade him for anything! 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Bliss Nut Butter


Bliss Nut Butters sent us product in exchange for an honest review. 
We were not compensated monetarily, just sent product. All opinions are our own. 


First, here's some info about Bliss Nut Butter from their website:
Bliss Nut Butters is a product of Back 2 Basics Wellness, a company committed to encouraging healthier lifestyles with healthy, delicious nut butters. Bliss offers four unique nut butters: Peanut Butter Bliss, Chia Seed Peanut Butter Bliss, Cinnamon Chia Seed Peanut Butter Bliss, and Hazelnut Butter Bliss. Each nut butter is processed with a Fresh Ground Process that preserves the integrity of the ingredients. Our nuts are dry roasted and blended with toasted peanut oil and cold pressed sunflower oil. Each jar is sweetened lightly with My Local Honey from the Pacific NW and seasoned with a hint of sea salt. Simple. Healthy. Delicious.


We LOVED these nut butters! The Peanut Butter texture was super neat because it was a little chunky from the chia seeds, but spread really easily on toast. We also loved putting a spoonful in our Snickerdoodle Smoothies! It was very cinnamon-y and delicious!!! 


The Sunflower Seed Butter was the perfect combo of sweet and salty! It was incredible on banana toast and we also loved it on our eggs! (Don't knock it till you try it!) 

Also, grabbing spoonfuls here and there just to eat on it's own was definitely a repeat occurrence with these nut butters! YUMMMMMM! 

The best part was tasting delicious nut butter without all the crazy weird ingredients! Nothing but the good stuff! 

Please check out their website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to find out more and order some for yourself! 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Neocell Joint Supplements



Jared has a little soreness in his hips and knees due to his profession. He was happy to try these supplements and write a review.

Neocell sent us these products in exchange for an honest review on the blog. We were not compensated monetarily for this post, just sent product. All opinions are our own. 

First, here's some info about these products from their website:
Move Matrix provides scientifically advanced ingredients that work synergistically in the body to promote healthy joints. This premium formula supports joint flexibility and range of motion. Collagen Type 2 is the key structural protein of joint cartilage. This premium formula combines BioActive NeoCell CollagenTM Type 2, Turmeric, Hyaluronic Acid, and a sophisticated blend of joint targeted ingredients to support flexibility, lubrication, and healthy inflammatory response.*

NeoCell Join Bursts combine Collagen Type 2, Turmeric, and Hyaluronic Acid in a soft chew that is bursting with juicy tropical fruit flavor for targeted joint support. * 



The Neocell joint supplements are great.  I'm halfway through the bottle and I can feel the affects already.  My joints aren't as sore after my round of golf and they feel better during the round also. I was recommended by my chiropractor to take a supplement like this and I'm glad he did.  They work great and I highly recommend them to anyone looking for better joint health short term and long term.

P.S. The Join Bursts taste like Starburst candy! DELICIOUS! 
:)

Check out their website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see all the other amazing products they carry! 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Pesto Pizza Oatmeal

Pesto Pizza Oatmeal (Single Serving) 
Pesto Pizza Oatmeal 
1/3 oats
1 egg 
1/4 scoop Purely Inspired Vanilla Protein 
1 tbsp pesto 
1 tsp baking powder 
1 Tsp garlic powder 
1 tsp oregano 
~ handful cooked ground turkey (maybe 3/4 cup for those who need specific measurements) 


Crack egg and stir in oats, garlic powder, oregano, baking powder, protein, pesto, and COOKED ground turkey. Mix thoroughly. Spray a ramekin with non stick cooking spray and pour mixture in. 


Bake at 400*F for about 15 min. Then, sprinkle cheese on top and broil until it starts to brown. 


Purely Inspired is providing us with protein in exchange for recipes each month. We are not compensated for these posts, just sent product.




Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Legendary Foods

Legendary Foods sent us these samples in exchange for an honest review. 
We were not compensated monetarily for this post, just sent product. All opinions are our own. 
First, here's some info from their website

Good For You Junk Food Snacks and Nuts

We are committed to providing our customers with the best low sugar added nut snacks that only use ingredients found in nature and that improve the health of your body while satisfying your hunger. There's a reason our snack foods are sweeping the country - we give people excellent nutrition with unbelievable junk food taste.


WOAH. There's no other way to describe these nut butters! The Blueberry Cinnamon Bun took my overnight yogurt bowl from okay to LEGENDARY. (I think their name for the company is spot on!) 

The Pecan Pie was incredible on top of my protein waffles. They nailed it when they said they have junk food taste without the junk. These nut butters are insanely delicious and feel like you're eating icing! 

The flavored almonds were tasty too! I thought the Ranch had a subtle hint of my childhood favorite, Cooler Ranch Doritos! I felt much better eating the ranch almonds instead of junky chips! The Cheddar Bacon was good as well. They were perfect snacks for watching tv.

Check them out on Facebook and Instagram

Visit their website to order some of your own! You won't regret it! 


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

New (To Us) Companies That We Are Loving Right Now


 We are very fortunate to be able to try lots of amazing products for free in order to host reviews on this blog. Today, we are sharing a TON of new (to us) companies that we think you'll love as well! 

We were not compensated monetarily by any of these companies, just sent free product. All opinions are our own. 

First up, we have some incredible on-the-go, or in Jared's case, perfect snacks for the golf course!


This jerky was delicious! There were many flavors to choose! My personal favorite was the honey barbecue. I took it to the beach with me and it was SO SO SO GOOD. Jared's favorite was the Original, he said it was a nice change of pace from your typical jerky!   

You can follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter 

These bars were tasty. The apple flavor tasted like apple pie! The chocolate ones did melt a little in Jared's golf bag, but that's typical of any bar that has chocolate in it. They are similar in texture to a Larabar. Thumbs up from the Wolfepack! 

You can follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram  


As always, Fit Snack delivers amazing healthy products right to our door. This month, our favorite product was the Action Whey protein bar. It was very chewy and reminded me of taffy, so I felt like I was eating candy. Jared couldn't believe I saved the last bite for him to try it, haha ;) He agreed that it was great! There are always so many healthy snacks inside each box. Sign up with this link and save on your first box! 

Now onto some new easy meals...


As much as we love oatmeal, we never thought to use it as part of a meal! We thought these meals and sides were great. The oats had a great texture along with the delicious flavors in each meal and side. My favorite was the Unstuffed Pepper. I thought it was a clever name and the flavors were incredible! Jared covered the curry because he is a fan of spices! These meals inspired me to try and create some recipes with oats! 

You can follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

80Fresh is founded on the commonly held belief that 80% of success in reaching fitness and health goals is determined by eating habits. We’ll take care of the 80, with pre-portioned, pre-prepped, chef-designed meals that deliver the nutrition you need with the taste and comfort you crave. You’ll enjoy the “Fresh” that comes with our delicious meals - combining the contrasting demands of taste, nutrition, ease, and freshness. 



80 Fresh was kind enough to send 2 portions of Southwest Chili and Shepherd's Pie. I invited Laura over for a girl's night to catch up and try the chili. It was a hit! The chili was a little spicy, but not over the top. We thought it was flavorful and definitely easy to cook. All we had to do was heat it on the stove.  
The Shepherd's Pie stole the show though. It was incredibly tasty and filling and simply delicious. I want to recreate this meal at home for Jared sometime! I think he would love it too. It was nice that it wasn't loaded down with a heavy crust. The top layer was mashed cauliflower! This was also super easy to cook. It came with a tin that fit the fillings perfectly and baked for 20 minutes. So cool! 


And lastly, a new skin care product...

The Nitrosomonas in the AO+ Mist work by consuming the irritating compounds produced by your skin (like ammonia and urea in sweat), and in turn producing beneficial byproducts. Specifically, Nitrosomonas produce Nitrite and Nitric Oxide. Nitrite tames the bad bacteria and promotes the good bacteria on the skin. Nitric Oxide is a key antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. These two byproducts together do a great deal to help promote healthy skin overall.
I used the shampoo, cleanser, and mist for about a month. While I didn't see any super dramatic changes, I did notice that my skin wasn't as dry as usual. I'll have to check with Jared and see if I stink less haha. If you are looking for a completely different approach to skin care, this is definitely a product for you! 

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