THIS IS PART THREE (THE FINAL HURRAH) OF A SPONSORED WEEK WITH CVS FOR #CVSHEALTHYSOLUTIONS
Hi Celiac and the Beast readers! It’s the tail end of summer – even though it’s still blazing hot in Arizona (114 – please go away). And while I’ve never believed in the idea of a bikini body (if you have a bikini, and a body, you have a bikini body, it’s that simple), summer is still an important season to focus on our bodies and our health. I may not be focusing on how good my new Pure Bare booty looks, but I’m sure as heck focusing on all the great things I’m doing to get my body back in shape after injuries. CVS is also focusing on health, with their #CVSHealthySolutions campaign. I’m honored to be a part of it and sharing a whole bunch of cool CVS products in the next few weeks.
The last product I want to feature (for now at least – CVS has a lot of great products) is the vegan protein smoothie mix that is gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free. It boasts 15 grams of protein in each packet. The vanilla flavor is 150 calories and the chocolate is 210 calories. Here’s a look at both of them – although you can also purchase in tubs in store as well. These use stevia as a sweetener in the powder, making them slightly sweet. They also have a mixed berry flavor that I have not tasted yet. The protein powders are available online $23.99 for a 16.5 oz. tub, but again – you can always find discounts using your CVS ExtraCare card and ExtraBucks!
I use protein powder on a regular basis – about 3-4 times a week. I often have a shake directly after working out at Pure Barre. I need to get more protein in my diet but I’m not a huge meat eater. I only really eat animal-based protein at dinner, if at all. So, finding great, and readily-available plant-based protein is key for me. And it’s super easy to find these, because there’s a CVS practically on every corner!
Here’s my ingredients for a great protein shake:
1. Ice (nothing is more gross than a warm smoothie)
2. Dairy-free milk (rice milk, hemp milk, nut milk)
3. Soaked cashews (for more plant protein – optional)
4. Protein powder
5. Dates (for sweetness – optional)
6. Handful of spinach or kale (best in vanilla or fruit-based smoothies, harder to hide in chocolate flavor)
If you don’t have one, get a good blender. I recommend the Ninja Auto-IQ Kitchen System. They’re one of my product sponsors, and I love their Auto-IQ system!
In case you missed it, I’m giving away a #CVSHealthySolutions gift basket and gift card to one lucky winner! Enter the Rafflecopter below and COMMENT BELOW TO EARN AN EXTRA ENTRY!
What do you put in your smoothies? Do you regularly use protein powder?
**Disclosure: Celiac and the Beast is beyond excited to partner with CVS/Pharmacy for this campaign. I’m being sponsored by CVS/Pharmacy for my posts and corresponding activities on my social media, but all opinions expressed are my own – as always! All product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers.**