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Workout Lemonade (Sugar-free, made with BCAAs)

Workout Lemonade (Sugar-free, made with BCAAs)

Let’s pretend it’s hot outside. Like SO hot outside that you can feel the sun burning your skin and all you want to do is drink this lemonade and eat ice cream.

Winter isn’t real. Summer lasts forever.

Sound good?

Workout Lemonade (Sugar-free, made with BCAAs)

Workout Lemonade (Sugar-free, made with BCAAs) from Hungry Gator Gal

I started making this lemonade to drink before Ranger Challenge workouts. It gives me the perfect boost to make Daily 100s (i.e. 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups), interval training and long runs easier.

There’s NO way I’m waking up at 4 a.m. to eat something. I just can’t handle it. But chugging a glass of this lemonade 30 minutes before starting a 5:30 a.m. workout? That I can do.

I also sip on a glass after a workout too since I basically lose all the water in my body after one of those workouts. #sweatybeast

Workout Lemonade (Sugar-free, made with BCAAs) from Hungry Gator Gal

I also sip on this lemonade when I’m studying or wickedly craving carbs or sugar even though I’m not hungry. The BCAAs stop me from eating purely out of stress or boredom.

In other words, it prevented this image from happening during my two weeks of law school exams.

Source

Some of you may think supplements are only for the super serious bodybuilders or the really ripped guys at the gym, but it’s not true. BCAAs in particular provide a host of benefits if you’re looking to build muscle, lose weight, lose fat or prevent muscle breakdown. And if my suspicions are correct and you’re serious about fitness, you’re trying to do at least one of these things.

So without further adieu, here’s the recipe for your new favorite drink. 🙂

Workout Lemonade (Sugar-free, made with BCAAs)

Ingredients:

  • 10 grams BCAAs [I use 4 teaspoons of BCAA powder (affiliate link!) It’s one of the cheapest available online.]
  • About 16 ounces of water (You can use more or less.)
  • Juice from one lemon.
  • A few dashes of pure stevia extract. [I use Trader Joe’s or Now Foods Organic Stevia(affiliate link!)]

Steps:

  1. Fill a large glass 3/4 of the way to the top with water.
  2. Add the BCAAs and stevia extract.
  3. Squeeze in the lemon juice.
  4. Stir.
  5. Drink!

Questions:

  1. Do you use supplements?
  2. If so, what do you use? 

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10 Things I’ve Learned as a New Runner

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Favorite Nike Training Club App Workouts 

 

Chest + Back Supersets Workout

Chest + Back Supersets Workout

Some days I lift heavy with fewer repetitions, and other days I train with lighter weights and a higher number of repetitions.
So what happens when I feel like doing both in the same day? Routines like this chest and back supersets workout.

Whether you should complete a high number of reps with lighter weights or fewer reps with heavy weight is an often-debated topic in the fitness world. However, the truth is that neither training plan is better than the other. You can do both!

Although I’m not a certified fitness professional, I’m a firm believer in keeping your muscles guessing. I constantly switch both my cardio and strength workouts each week.

Now more than ever, I’m focusing on a well-rounded fitness program. Basically, I’m training concurrently (i.e. for cardio and lifting goals at the same time). I’ve been doing it for a little more than a year and have seen significant gains in overall physical fitness.

Although I hope you try the workout, I’m not going to be disappointed if you don’t. Why? Because you should move in a way that makes YOU happy. <—-Great post. Seriously. Check it out!

If you train concurrently, that’s great. Feel free to join me in the gym. However, if you don’t train concurrently, that’s awesome too. YOU should do what works best for YOU.

Maybe that’s running three times a week. Maybe it’s practicing yoga every day. I could care less as long as you’re happy. Life’s too short to do things we don’t like to do. 🙂

Question:

  1. What’s your favorite way to move?

Additional Upper Body Workouts:

Upper Body + Abs Circuit Workout

Upper Body + Abs Circuit Workout from hungrygatorgal.com

Quick Bicep & Tricep Blast Circuit

Quick Bicep & Tricep Blast Workout from hungrygatorgal.com

Push and Pull Upper Body Circuit Workout

Push and Pull Upper Body Circuit Workout from Hungry Gator Gal

26-Minute Boredom-Busting Treadmill Workout

26-Minute Boredom-Busting Treadmill Workout

The treadmill is far from being a “dreadmill” with this 26-minute boredom-busting workout.

26-Minute Boredom-Busting Treadmill Workout from Hungry Gator Gal

Seriously though. If you think 26 minutes is nothing, you’re in for a surprise. The first half of the workout includes a seriously difficult speed pyramid. Then you finish off strong with speed intervals.

In other words, you’re testing both your speed and endurance in one workout. More bang for your workout buck if you ask me.

Complete this workout by itself if you’re short on time, but feel free to complete 15-30 minutes of strength training before or afterward. I like to do upper body work because my legs are pretty much JELL-O after a treadmill workout like this one.

Let me know if you give it a try. I’d love to know what you think. 🙂

Question:

  1. Do you like or dislike treadmill workouts?
  2. How often do you train with intervals or pyramids?

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5-4-3-2-1 Lower Body Blast Workout

5-4-3-2-1 Lower Body Blast Workout from hungrygatorgal.com 

Quick Bicep & Tricep Blast 

Quick Bicep & Tricep Blast Workout from hungrygatorgal.com

Very Berry French Vanilla Smoothie

Very Berry French Vanilla Smoothie

I’m going to be completely honest. Leading a healthy life sometimes isn’t easy.

Finding the time to exercise and make nutritious meals can be insanely difficult when you’re juggling various responsibilities. Trust me. I know. This month is proving to be one of the most difficult of my life.

I work about 12 hours per week, have four classes left before graduation and am taking an LSAT prep class. I have to plan my days out down to the 30 minute mark. Otherwise, something falls through the cracks. Forget about free time. It doesn’t exist.

I’ve actually fallen into the habit of skipping breakfast so I can sleep in. Breakfast is my favorite meal, but the extra sleep is much-needed. I drink a cup of coffee and generally don’t eat until noon or 1 p.m. after I’ve gone to class or work. I still eat enough during the day. However, I find myself eating late at night, which only interrupts my sleep. It’s a vicious cycle I’m sure you’ve experienced.

Vega One #OneChange Breakfast Skipper Persona

Luckily, I found a product that makes it easy to meet your nutritional needs every day even when your schedule is crazy busy.

Enter the Vega One Nutritional Shake.

Vega One all-in-one nutritional shake French vanilla #OneChange

Thank God for these all-in-one nutritional shake packets. I received a box of 10 from the company through a Sweat Pink product review program, and they’ve made my life so much easier and healthier. Visit this page for a look at the nutritional stats.

Vega One all-in-one nutritional shake French vanilla #OneChange

When I’m crunched for time in the A.M., I mix a packet or two with almond milk before leaving the house and call it breakfast. The packets are also great for when I know I’ll be on campus for 14+ hours. I simply grab and go.

In addition to simple shakes, I made a smoothie in my new blender using one of the Vega One French Vanilla Nutritional Shake packets.

I think my eyes were a bit bigger than my stomach on this morning, but if you’re feeling hungry, this Very Berry French Vanilla Smoothie will certainly fill you up. Feel free to slurp from the blender or put it in a bowl like I did. You can even add coconut butter, nuts and/or cereal if you’re feeling adventurous. 🙂

As you’ll see below, the smoothie was more like soft-serve ice cream due to the frozen fruits and yogurt. But hey, I’m not one to complain about eating dessert for breakfast.

Very Berry French Vanilla Smoothie from Hungry Gator Gal #OneChange #VegaOne

Whether you’re a healthy living fanatic or newbie to the game, I highly recommend trying the Vega One Nutritional Shake packets. Incorporating them into your everyday life is #OneChange you can be proud of as you start 2014.

You’ll find the recipe for my Very Berry French Vanilla smoothie below. Enjoy!

Very Berry French Vanilla Smoothie from Hungry Gator Gal #OneChange #VegaOne


Makes one huge smoothie in a bowl or two smaller smoothies 

Difficulty: Zero

Total Preparation Time: 2 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Vega One French Vanilla Nutritional Shake packet
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed


Steps:

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender. 
  2. Pulse for about 30 seconds if you’re using a bullet blender. If you’re using a regular blender, just let the blender do its thing for 30 to 60 seconds until everything is well-combined. You might have to stop once or twice to scrape down the sides.
  3. Drink from the blender, add to a cup or put in a bowl.
  4. Add coconut butter, cereal or nuts if you desire.

Note: I was not compensated for writing this review. As a Sweat Pink ambassador, Vega One sent a package of 10 all-in-one nutritional shake packets to me in exchange for developing a recipe, writing the review and participating in the #OneChange movement.

Question: 

  1. What #OneChange are you making this year to lead a healthier lifestyle?

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Fall Workout Jams

Fall Workout Jams

Music – it can make or break a workout.

You know how the story goes: one good song can inspire you to push your limits, but one bad song can make you feel ready to throw in the towel. The beat needs to be just right, if you know what I mean.

Luckily, group fitness instructors at UF make amazing playlists. I’ve slowly become addicted to the heart-pumping jams played during cycle.

Although I attend a lot of classes, I do work out on my own once or twice per week. Needless to say, I can’t always rely on an instructor to choose songs for me, which is why I created a playlist of workout jams I’ve been loving this fall.

The list found below is pretty diverse and contains a good mix of group fitness songs and personal favorites. Click on the title of each song to see if you like it.

Fall Workout Jams from Hungry Gator Gal

I hope the playlist motivates you to push yourself this week while working out. Feel free to change the order and add your favorites to the list.

  1. Elevate – St. Lucia
  2. Counting Stars – OneRepublic
  3. DNA (Calvin Harris Remix) – Empire of the Sun
  4. Bastille – Pompeii
  5. Looking Hot – No Doubt
  6. My Body – Young the Giant
  7. Wake Me Up – Avicii
  8. Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap
  9. Harry Potter Dubstep – Terabyte Frenzy
  10. If I Lose Myself (Alesso Remix) – OneRepublic & Alesso

Spotify playlist:


    P.S. I pay $5 per month as a student to have access to a bazillion songs with zero ads. I have the ability to follow and make as many playlists as my heart desires. It’s TOTALLY worth the money. Ask for a Spotify Gift Card $30 (affiliate link!) for your b-day or a holiday, and follow me (Brianna Kolota) if you like what you hear. 🙂

    Question:

    1. What are some of your favorite workout songs as of late?

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