New {Plant-Based} Product Finds 7

Hey y’all! I’m backkkkkk.

Sort of. In case you hadn’t noticed, the posting around here has been sporadic at best, and for the time being, that’s going to continue. As I’ve started to engage more and more with individual online health coaching, I find I have less and less time for the blog, but that’s ok! Because connecting with each of you is what I love to do.

This blog will now more and more become a place where I intermittently post when I have something long to say or something big to share :)

Don’t forget to check out Jill’s link up for Fitness Friday today!

On to the goods!!

One of the coolest things about eating a plant-based diet right now is that the market is exploding with new products. As I’ve said in previous posts, there is rarely a week I go to the grocery store that I don’t see a new product or brand offering a new meatless dairyless option. Keep in mind that just because these are vegan doesn’t mean they’re healthy. I mean, come on people. Vegan cookie dough is still cookie dough, but if you like having a vegan diet with some junk food balance, then even some of the less healthy options will be right up your alley and certainly superior to their animal product counterparts.

Also, not all of these are meatless dairyless options of “regular” food. Some of them are just things that happen to be vegan that look AWESOME. If you’re curious about other new products, check out my previous 2 posts: New {Plant-Based} Product FindsNew {Plant-Based} Product Finds 2New {Plant-Based} Product Finds 3New [Plant-Based} Product Finds 4, New {Plant-Based} Product Finds 5, and New {Plant-Based} Product Finds 6.

I haven’t tried all of these, so if I don’t include an opinion and you happen to have tried this item, let me know how it is!!

1. Vegan Gluten Free Cheesecake.

Guys, the rest of this list is all downhill because this stuff is the SH*T. Find yourself a Whole Foods, go buy one, and eat it all. Treat yourself to a strawberry alongside it. Truly decadent.

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2. Cashew Milk Ice Cream

I’ve already talked about this before, but this is the by far the best vegan ice cream on the market. It’s even better than any ice cream I’ve had at vegan ice cream parlors or restaurants. With cheesecake? Why not?

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3. Roasted Garlic & Herb Earth Balance

I haven’t tried this yet, but when I saw it, all I could think about was my days of garlic bread before being gluten free. I definitely want to try this!

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4. Smoked Gouda block cheese from Daiya

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5. Almond Milk Cream Cheese from Kite Hill

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6. Ricotta from Kite Hill

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7. Vegan gluten free Whoopie Pies

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8. Walnut & Peanut flavored soy milk

Asian market find for the win!!

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9. Cashew Milk

Need I say more?

Everyone knows about this now, right?

It’s definitely the best non-dairy milk on the market, if you like cashews. It’s dynamite.

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10. Dark Chocolate Hummus

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11. Another vegan butter option at the regular grocery store!

Love that you no longer have to go to Whole Foods to get stuff like this, even though it is FAR from healthy.

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12. Flavored marinated beets

This has Cait Plus Ate written all over it :) White wine balsamic? Honey & ginger? Please. I have GOT to try these, but I haven’t yet.

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13. Pickled Kale

Original Garlic and Jalapeno & Habanero

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14. Spicy Vegan Pesto

From Whole Foods.

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15. Chia Oat breakfast pods

Talk about a healthy on the go breakfast option!

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Ok, that’s enough for one day, but I do have one more thing to share with you guys:

What an awesome time to be a vegan. When I first went vegan, I couldn’t find vegan pizza anywhere. Now, this is the vegan and/or gluten free pizza section at Whole Foods:

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Happy Friday!!

Avocado Athlete

Track Me Tuesday: Week 9

March 31, 2015

I don’t know why I label these posts “Week 8” or “Week 9” because I’m not checking in weekly, but oh well.

CHECK IN TIME!!

I started doing pictures and measurements only monthly, so I waited a month to take them since I last checked in, and that was about 2 weeks ago now.

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Weight: – .5 lbs

Since I last checked in, only down another 1/2 lb., which puts me back at my lowest weight. That just means I’ve been at this weight before, so it’s not new ground, but I am happy to say that I’ve been consistently weighing in at that for weeks now. Some might see that as discouraging, and on some days I do get down about it, but I’m happy that my body is at a new equilibrium. Even with traveling, cheat meals, etc., it seems to be happy hanging out there. Ready to break new ground soon though!

Measurements:

Bust/Chest: 37.75 (-.25)
Waist: 27.5 (-.25)
R Bicep unflexed: 11.125 (- .375″)
L Bicep unflexed: 11.125 (-.25″)
R Calf: 15.5
L Calf: 15.5
R Thigh: 24.75 (-.5″) ABOVE THE MOLE (for my own reference haha)
L thigh: 24.75 (-.5″)
I only started doing individual leg measurements a month or two ago, so it’s fairly new. Based on pictures, I know I “missed” a lot of progress there, but I’m so glad I’m doing it now! Down 1/2″ on each one :)

The bottom line? Everything is going down, so we’re headed in the right direction!

Strength gains:

I don’t want to sound like a broken record here, but MY STRENGTH IS STILL EXPLODING! The power of a plant-based diet and creatine?!? Who knows. I’m just waiting to hit a plateau, but it hasn’t happened yet!

Back squat: on a 30-20-10-5-5-10-20-30 rep scheme –> 135 for 15 reps, 175 for 5 reps – most I’ve ever squatted!
Dumbbell chest press: 2 sets of 5 with the 35s – most I’ve ever chest pressed!
Bicep curl: officially repping with the 20s for 4 sets of 10 :)
Leg extension: up to 10+ reps at 140 lbs.

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My biggest goal now is to work on my pull-ups. They have always been a weak point for me. I’ve never been able to do one unassisted, and for a long time I just stopped working on them. No more!! I’ve been hitting lats 2x/week to try to develop my back more.

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Tools for progress:

Steady state cardio.

Now, before you cringe…probably too late…hear me out on this. I love interval cardio and HIIT training, but lately, I’ve found some real enjoyment in hopping on the elliptical or stairclimber, throwing on a motivational fitness YouTube channel or vlog, and just hanging out there. I get to do something I love while keeping my heart rate up and burning some calories, and it’s not super taxing on my body when I’m already really tired.

The past week or so was quite stressful for me with 2 midterms and a professional exam, so I found that this was much more doable than HIIT training when I was low on sleep. Now I’m a convert!!

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How I’m doing:

Overall, great. I’m struggling a little bit with my diet in terms of listening to my body VS. counting macros. I’ve been having the urge to eat more and more raw food lately, so I’m doing that when I crave it, but I’m also a bit scared because I wasn’t making very fast progress doing that before.

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That being said, I do truly believe in the power of listening to my body…

So I’m still tracking all my calories and macros, but giving myself a good amount of flexibility with hitting the numbers. We’ll see how it goes.

keep calm listen to your body listen to your body

Also, these custom leggings from Core Activewear :)

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Happy Tuesday, y’all. Hope it’s a fab one!

Cheers,

Avocado Athlete