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Women’s Protein Benefits. Are You Getting Enough? #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

According to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a third of women between the ages of 20 and 40 don’t get their recommended daily amount of protein. This information is mind boggling to me. Protein is important in everyone’s diet, especially women! The newest protein I have added to my line-up is Saturn Supplements New Athena Series Women’s Pro Whey Advantage. Women’s Pro Whey has SO many benefits!!!

Women's Pro Whey

1. It is fabulous for your Hair, Skin, & Nails. Let’s face it ladies, our hair, skin, and nails take a beating daily. Between the outdoor elements and the chemicals we douse ourselves in. Women’s Pro Whey is nutrient enhanced to nourish our hair, skin, and nails. Diets high in certain aminos, ones found in protein, reduce the aging effects, by repairing and retaining muscle mass, which is lost in the aging process. Protein also keeps your nails from being brittle and your locks fuller and thicker. You see many women start to have thinning hair as they age. Stress and/or protein deficiency is often times to blame.

2. Protects your body from the effects of stress. Just as I was saying about hair loss being caused by stress and/or protein deficiency, stress is actually known to cause several health issues.  When our bodies get stressed, our cells have a hard time containing hormone influxes. As tension build you can have a list of symptoms, hair loss, chest pains, headaches, upset stomach, skin issues, lack of sleep, your immune system just takes time off, the list is quite long. A diet higher in protein, .8 to 1.0 grams per body weight, which is more than the “normal” recommendations for sedentary people, can actually act as a stress defense.

3. Controls your hunger. Women’s Pro Whey keeps you fuller longer, which helps you control your hunger all day long and control your cravings. We all know that a calorie deficit is how we drop body fat. We also know that can mean hunger pangs and cravings. Why not knock out 2 birds with one stone 😉

4. You burn more calories. When you increase your protein vs let’s say carbs, your body increases it’s thermogenic abilities by 5 times!!! Women’s Pro Whey will aid in speeding up your metabolism, which will help you burn those stubborn calories away.

5. Increased Bone Health. As women, we know that our risk for bone degeneration is higher. Proteins, like Women’s Pro Whey, aid in calcium absorption and bone growth. If you are lactose intolerant, Women’s Pro Whey is definitely for YOU! This is a lactose free protein powder that will give you both the calcium and protein you need to keep your skeleton in it’s optimum condition!

6. It’s Amazingly Tasty! Saturn can totally toot their own horn on this one. Women’s Pro Whey tastes like the classic milkshakes you drank as a kid. It comes in Sugar, Fat, Cholesterol, Lactose and Gluten-Free Chocolate. Doesn’t get any better than that!

Women's Pro Whey

Women’s Pro Whey Advantage is a delicious tasting easy-to-digest Hydrolysate Whey Protein formula designed for women that not only provides sound nutrition, but also nourishes other elements of the body which include Hair, Skin, Nails, Eye, Heart, Strength, Muscle-Tone, and Weight Management. Due to the purity of the hydrolysate form of whey protein, Women’s Pro Whey Advantage is Sugar, Fat, Cholesterol, Lactose and Gluten-Free.
Saturn’s Women’s Whey Pro Advantage contains a host of vital nutrients such as Vitamins, Electrolytes, Minerals and contains the richest source of whey protein which allows for maximum Amino Acid + BCAA (Branched Chain Amino Acids) body-enriched potential. In addition, we added a 1500mg Nitric Oxide Blast per serving for enhanced cardio performance and health. Women’s Whey Pro Advantage is ideal for taking immediately following each exercise session as well as a meal-replacement packed full nutrition that controls cravings and fortifies the body with strength and energy.

I am excited about this new Athena Series! I highly suggest you all check them out and give them a try. Use code 25YEARS at check-out for 25% off your total order.

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Smiling Through The Storm Happy Monday #GetMotivated @SaturnMuscle

Happy Monday!!!

Not going to lie, I am happy that June is coming to an end. It has been a long month for my family. We have been embracing the challenges and taking them head on. We know that we are being pulled back, so we can shoot further into our dreams and goals.

Although it seems we just keep getting piled with bad news lately, I am still staying focused in my training. It actually is my calm place right now. Nothing will stand in my way of achieving my goals. I have worked way to hard to give up now!!!!

Today will be a phenomenal day. Not because I have a “premonition” that things are going to all of a sudden turn around, but because I know that everyday is what YOU make it. I will not settle for negative thoughts or things that will try to break us. We will persevere through all of this and come out stronger! We are Unstoppable. Monday is the perfect day to set the tone for the week! Today is when we stand tall and say bring it on. Give us all that you got, because I WILL handle it!

Let’s kick today off with a little Lady Swole Monday…

We all have good days and bad days. Handle the bad days just as you do the good and great things happen. I am not the whoa is me, throw me a pity party while I tell you my problems kind of person. We all have issues. I am the kind of person, who doesn’t allow her issues to define her. There is a smile on my face this morning and I plan on keeping it there! Let’s get out there, smash our goals, and change our destinies!!!! Happy Monday xoxo

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Nitrox Pro-tein Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @saturnMuscle

I typically don’t have much of a sweet tooth. Most of my off season cravings are for savory things, but boy when contest prep starts, that sweet tooth comes out to join the party!

This is when I have to get creative with my food. Protein is the bulk of my macros, so I always look for treats to be high in protein and low in fat and carbs. Making enjoyable foods that are macro friendly is important, especially when in contest prep. Making macro friendly treats keeps me on track and less likely to binge. This week’s craving was chocolate chip cookies. Zoe wanted cupcakes, so as a happy medium, we did protein mini muffins ha ha

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They turned out awesome and were super simple to make! All you need is…

~ 565 grams of chickpeas drained

~ 1 whole egg

~ 175 grams of Saturn Supplements Nitrox Pro

~ 1/2 cup of pancake syrup *not pictured

~ 180 grams of semi sweet chocolate chips

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I always start by pre-heating the oven to 350 degrees. Next, blend together the chickpeas, Nitrox Pro, and egg.

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Once the chickpeas are broken down, add in the syrup.

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Blend until smooth, then fold in the chocolate chips.

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Fill the cups of your greased mini muffin pan. I make mini muffins for 2 reasons, one is that when you add protein powder to the batter, it can get dry. Making smaller muffins helps prevent that. Two, because it is easier to portion control when I am on poverty macros. Let’s face it, whenever my macros are below 2000 kcals, it is poverty to me ha ha ha

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Bake for 10-12 mins, then enjoy!

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The true test to anything I cook/bake is if Zoe will like it….

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She gave it a thumbs up, so must be perfect!!!

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These are great snacks for her too. She has gotten picky with food as she has gotten older. She does fine with fruits and veggies, but usually lacks in protein sources. Treats like this are a great way to ensure that she is getting exactly what she needs 😉

As I was saying earlier, they are super macro friendly!

This batch made 44 muffins, 40.5 kcals per muffin, 5.5g Carbs, .6g fiber, 1.5g sugar, 4.4g protein, .1g fat

I love these warm plain, with a little butter, or peanut butter. I also love to break them up and eat them in a bowl of milk! Zoe loves them plain. They are awesome for on the go and keep for about a week.

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Life Is Hard, But I’m Stronger Than I Use To Be! Happy Monday!!! #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

Happy Monday!

Like I stated last week, times are rough for this family. We have chosen to not sulk in it, but embrace what will be and power through it! We know that we are stilled very blessed. Sometimes during trials in life, we tend to go through the why me, whoa is me, and everything else me me me. Josh and I sat down and decided we will not wallow in our misfortune. Everything that happens to us, is a result of past mistakes. We pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and learn! Fixing what we can in the process. Life is a journey of learning. Be it fitness, financial, religious, career, family, etc. We are constantly educating ourselves to be better.

This week, although starting off more stressful than most, will end joyous! We have some business to deal with this afternoon, then I get to start Zoe’s huge birthday cake! She is having her first big birthday party with friends on Wednesday, so she asked for a 3 tier Monster High cake. I am excited to get started!!!

Contest prep progress is coming along great! Muscles are popping and I am slowly leaning out! I am hoping to get vascular this year ha ha ha.

I am ready to rock this week. The gym is my therapy. It is not only helping me further my physical progress, but also my mental 😉 Let’s kick the week off right with some Lady Swole Monday…

Let’s make everything better 😉 Hope you all have a fabulous week!!!!

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Happy 5th Birthday Zoe!!!!

The past 5 years have gone by way faster than I ever imagined!

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As much as I would love to keep her little, she has been blossoming into a beautiful, smart, and ambitious young lady. I am proud to call her my daughter.

Happy Birthday Zoe Corrine! 

Her 5 year movie is still in the making. We like to get her birthday party in there and are having it a little late this year, so stay tuned for the newest Zoe flick!

 

Introducing The New Saturn Supplements Athena Women’s Series #BeStrongAndBeautifulWithSaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

I am very excited this week and have some really BIG news!!!

Saturn Supplements has just released their new Athena Women’s Series Supplement line!!!!

Athena Women's Line

Let’s roll out the red carpet for this phenomenal line up….

Athena Women’s Pro Whey Hi-Protein Enriched Bodytone Hydrolyzed Whey Isolate with Nitric Oxide Blast, Hair-Skin-Nails Mega Nutrition, Weight Enhance-Redux Protein Formula

Women's Pro Whey

Athena’s Lady Energy Caffeine-Enhanced Energy-Endurance Pre-Workout Fuel Designed For Women with Nitric Oxide, Vitamins, ThermoGeniX Burning Mix, Kre-Alkalyn™ & Amino Acid Power Blend

Lady Energy Pre-Workout

Athena Vita-Bites  Delicious, Natural Fruit Pectin Multivitamin Fruit Chews for Bone, Heart, Eye, Overall Health and Energy

Vita-Bites

Athena Lady Slim and Lady Slim 2 Weight Loss / Boost-Curb-Burn / Appetite Redux Formulas

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Athena Lady Beautiful Body Aminos in powder or softgels . Amino Acids Shape Builder. Maintain / Preserve / Maximize with  Phosphatides & Lecithin Complex and BCAA Power Blend

Lady Amino PowderLady Amino Softgels

Athena Joint Extend Daily Maximum Extended Sustained-Release Joint Care Formula

Joint Extend

Athena Glutamine Body Protect Post-Workout Body + Muscle Recovery / Replenish / Protect / Fortify Glutamine Formula

Glutamine Body Protect

Athena Beauty 3 Hair-Skin-Nails Multivitamin Formula with Bamboo Extract & Biotin

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Over the coming weeks I will be giving you an exclusive look into each supplement. I can personally tell you that the whole Athena Series line is jaw dropping awesome, but don’t just take my word for it. Check them out for yourself!!! Be sure to use code 25YEARS for 25% off your total order

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Life Hurdles Happen Jump Over Them & Push Harder Happy Monday #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

Happy Monday!!!

Last week ended pretty rough for my family. We have taken a financial hit…a BIG one. Big enough that it may threaten my ability to compete this year. We are staying positive though and pushing forward with my prep. We are tightening the budget and pulling out all the stops to try to get me to the stage. It may mean that I will be wearing the same suit as last year and only competing in one category, but I will take what I can get ha ha. I definitely am NOT giving up, nor letting it keep me down.

There will always be hurdles in this life. How you react to them determines your outcome.

Let’s slay some dragons and rock this week! What do you say???

I’m going to power through this week and make it epic 😉 How bout you?

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Get Pumped Up For The Week! #BuildWithThePowerOfTheUniverse @SaturnMuscle

It’s Monday and I am excited to start a new week!!!

I am 18 weeks out. Saw many cross the stage this past weekend. Muscle Mayhem, the competition I did last year, was Saturday as well as the NPC Utah. It always gets me fired up and ready to train harder. Love seeing the progress from the ladies who I competed along side last year and the possible competitors I will face this year. I have been working harder than ever to beat the Joanna from last year. I feel great about the progress I have thus far!!! My hip injury is feeling better, so I was back to squatting last Friday. I did keep it light. I am going to do 95lb pause squats till I feel 100% again. I have actually changed up my leg day. I believe that my injury was caused by improper form on leg press. I noticed last time I did it, that my hips were raising up. This is definitely a no no and I am quite sure it is what caused my issues. So lighten the load and make sure I am using proper form. I also replaced bent over rows with rack pulls. I did this mainly because I am just burnt out on the Bent over rows. If I don’t find something enjoyable, I know I need to replace it. Rack Pulls…..gah those are awesome!!!! I was able to pull 315 for 5 reps on my 6th working set, so pretty proud of that and excited to see how much I can actually pull this week!!! I am on pace with my fat loss and like I said, pumped to start this week and finish strong!

As always, let’s kick it off with some Lady Swole Monday…

Hope you all are as pumped as i am about this week’s training! Stay on your path, stay focused, and continue to work towards your dreams!!!

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New Month = New Goals #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

New month means new goals!!!

June is another SUPER busy month. Between prep, the new business endeavors, and Zoe’s birthday, I will be lucky to have any down time at all ha ha ha ha. Months like this one, it is important for me to have my goals listed. It keeps me accountable and less flustered. I get boggled when I have a lot going on. Having this list helps keep me straight as far as what I need to accomplish.

Goal 1 Keep training and Prep on track. I am probably more focused than I have ever been. This year I have set the bar high for myself. The NPC competition here in Utah is fierce. I have to bring my A game if I want to compete here. Someone asked if I will be competing in Novice again. A lot of people in the Midwest will continue to compete in novice till they place. Here it is actually frowned upon, which is fine by me. I prefer to win against the best that this region has to offer! I will be competing in Open and Masters 35+. My training and prep are different this year. I am still learning what works best for me and my body. I injured myself last month, so had to modify my training a bit. I am almost back to 100%, but till then, I will stick to my modified training. My goal was to aim for 6-8lb weight loss last month, which I accomplished and I aim to do the same this month. Last year was practice for me, this year I understand and have more knowledge of the sport. Obviously, I am still learning, but I will not settle this year!!!!

Goal 2 Practice, practice, practice makes perfect. I have said hundreds of times, my posing is just as important as the physique I bring to the stage. It is about showcasing what I have built. Last year I lacked in the posing area. It cost me points. This year I refuse to allow that to happen again. In a perfect world, I could afford to get a coach or take a class. That is not in the realm of possibilities this year. Does that mean I won’t succeed? Absolutely not! I have been researching it as I have my diet and training. Asking advice from competitor friends and recording my practices. I have learned and improved so much from last year. I proud of how far I have made it on my own. Do many succeed in this industry on their own? Not really, but it has happened 😉 I am proud that I have been self made this far. This month I will continue working and learning. 

Goal 3 Stop comparing myself to others. I fall back into this way of thinking every year. I was fine during the off season, but as soon as prep started, I fell into the comparison game all over again. I saw a photo on Instagram the other day of a girl with a six pack who, like me was 19 weeks out from competition. I am blessed to have my husband. He quickly reminded me that everyone is on a different journey. Yes she already had a six pack, but she has to maintain that look for the next 19 weeks and will lose muscle in the process. I gained, because I had to. Did I gain more fat than necessary? Ha ha ha yes, I did. However I wanted to enjoy a stress free off season. I have plenty of time to reach my goal and need to remember that that is her journey and this is mine!!! 

Goal 4 Continue to make needed contest purchases. I actually have a lot of what I need. Small odds and ends are still needed. Josh just purchased several small lots of crystals for me to start the designing process on my suit. He also bought me a cute hoodie dress to wear backstage. A few more make up purchases, then all I have left is buying all my crystals, contest fees, and tanning. The larger purchases, I am holding off till August. I want to make sure we can absolutely afford this year’s competition, due to unforeseen expenses that we have recently been hit with. At this point, game is still on, but if for some reason something happens, I want to make sure our finances are safe. Not to mention, I am super frugal and want to make sure I am not breaking the bank on my competitions 😉 

Goal 5 Zoe’s birthday celebration. This will be her first birthday with friends. Normally Josh’s parents come for a visit and we have a small celebration. This year, since we live so far from family AND because she will be officially 5 (big girl status) We decided she is ready to have a big bash. We are having a pool party with a Monster’s High theme. Of course I am going all out with her birthday cake. She asked for a tier cake this year, which of course is never a problem. We have several kiddos invited and she is SO very excited!!! I figured a pool party was the easiest, because everyone can stay busy and have fun, which means less work for me ha ha. I have her birthday movie almost complete. I typically wait till after her celebration to finish it. This year her party will be a little late. Mainly because, we invited the families of the other area managers in my husband’s company and we wanted to make sure everyone could make it ha ha . I still can’t believe my little beastie is turning 5!!!! 

Goal 6 Continue work on both new business ventures. Even though I can’t say what either are, I can say that they will be a work in progress. Josh and I have some huge dreams and aspirations for our future. Together we are taking the steps to achieve them! 

Goal 7 Continue looking for innovative ways to educate Zoe. I want to keep her excited about learning. Workbooks are great, the computer is fun, but I love being able to educate her with more. Like hiking and exploring. It makes everything more fun! She is so smart and just loves to learn new things. Her independent spirit shines during lesson time. She loves to do things on her own. It truly is a blessing to be able to stay home with her. Our time together is precious. 

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Fun Tuesday Recipe: Nitrox Pro-tein Crust Quiche #BuiltBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

My weekends are typically spent in the kitchen. I do a ton of food prep to keep me on track during the week. I love to eat a variety of food. My current calories aren’t low to some, but for me, they are, so I have to get innovative in the kitchen to enjoy some of my favs and still feel full at the end of the evening during prep season. I am always looking to create recipes that have a good balance of macros, or Protein, Carbs, Fiber, and Fat. This week I wanted to make a lower carb, lower fat, protein crust quiche.

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To be honest, I wasn’t sure how this would turn out. It was actually fabulous and super easy! To start, preheat your oven to 450, then start gathering ingredients.

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The ingredient list is simple. For the crust all you need is 1 whole egg, 350g of chickpeas (I like a thick crust, so if you prefer a thinner one use half the amount), 40g of Saturn Supplements Nitrox Pro protein powder (vanilla), and seasonings. I used a generous amount of kosher salt, ground black pepper, and onion powder. I also added about 1/4 of water. You will start by blending the chickpeas down to a mush. Once that is done, you can just add all your ingredients to the mixture.

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It will be thick and sticky. Pour the mixture into a 10 inch greased pie dish or quiche dish if you have one 😉

DSC_7834Press the crust out to the sides, then slide it into the oven for about 20 mins. While it is cooking you can start making your filling. To keep the fat count down, I used 5 egg whites, 110g of frozen spinach, 21g of onion, 22g of sweet mini peppers, seasoned with Kosher salt, ground black pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. You can use whatever filling you like. I like to change it up and get creative. You can add ham and cheese, different veggies, different sauces, making a Mexican style, Italian, or even Greek. Zoe loves when I do a fruit quiche, just using egg whites and different berries and yogurt. The possibilities are endless.

DSC_7835When the crust is done, just pour your mixture in. I added 75g of tomatoes to the top and baked for an additional 20 mins or till the eggs are cooked.

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The crust has a sweetened flavor from the vanilla protein and is just perfect! I love topping it with Sriracha 😉

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Again, I like a thicker crust. Mainly because I get more fiber that way and hitting my fiber counts are very important, but if you wanted to lower the carbs and make the crust thinner, you can cut the chickpea mixture in half and get the same results. The end is always a delicious meal that is easy to grab and go. With the thick crust you get 6 servings each weighing about 78g.

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The macro count is a perfect balance One slice is 139 kcals, 14.3 g Protein, 15.2 g Carbs, 4.4 g Fiber, 3.2 g Sugar, 2.2 g of Fat (These macros are with the filling I used)

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More than a Hi-Protein Lean Meal-Replacement, Nitrox-Pro provides your body with all the latest advancements in protein absorption, breakdown and utilization, allowing greater support for creating muscle mass and strength.

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Oh Happy Monday!!!! #BloodSweatAndSaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

Oh Happy Monday!!!

After seeing my results for the past 4 weeks, I am stoked to get this week/month started!!! I have huge goals for this year. 19 weeks left of my prep and I want to make the most of each and everyday!!! Tomorrow will be a special post. As you know, I LOVE experimenting with recipes. I put together a protein crust quiche that is to die for!!! Tune back in for that tomorrow morning. Enough about food ha ha, let’s kick this week off with some motivation….

As always, a little Lady Swole Monday…

Hope you all have a fabulous week!!!!

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