Weekly Roundup

I’m very jealous of everyone who is finding/making the time to keep with their fitness during this hectic holiday season. For some reason I just can’t shake being tired. I know I’ve been through a lot and it keeps catching up with me, and I know working out makes me feel better, but no matter how much I write it in my planner, plan the workout, pack a bag, and drive there before anything else. I just can’t bring myself to actually go into the gym and workout. I went last Monday and did weights and haven’t been back since. Help?!

At least I’m getting better/good at meal planning and cooking at home. Now, on a less frustrating topic….gifts!

Each day we are inching closer and closer to Christmas or other gift giving holidays. Each day there’s someone on your list you forgot about or someone you think deserves just one more amazing gift, right? Well, for all of you last minute shoppers (much like myself this season) allow me to present a few ideas.

1) Patagonia Books!

Mention outdoor clothing company Patagonia and what comes to mind? Jackets! Puffy ones, fleece ones, waterproof ones…or for me, my very first pair of running shorts.

How about books? That’s right. Patagonia has been publishing since 2007. Don’t worry, I didn’t know either, but now their secret is out!


Patagonia Books are now available in digital form. Readers can now find all 12 titles in digital form at Patagonia.com, Amazon, BN.com, and iTunes.

Why digital books? Well, eBooks are environmentally friendly. They provide the same great stories, with less environmental harm. That’s why Patagonia has joined the mobile movement. Not to mention, depending on the size of your book and the adventure you’re on, how easy is it to carry with you?

Enjoy the thrill of the outdoors with eBooks from Patagonia – and this special giveaway!

In the comment section, tell me what you’d like to read and you’ll be entered to win the eBook. Ends 12/27/2012.

Preview the latest releases below, and the entire catalog at www.patagonia.com/books.


Closer to the Ground: An Outdoor Family’s Year on the Water, in the Woods, and At the Table – Dylan Tomine describes a year of foraging in the Pacific Northwest and how living close to the earth enriches one’s own life and that of one’s children.

The Responsible Company: What We’ve Learned From Patagonia’s First 40 Years – Yvon Chouinard and Vincent Stanley offer insights into the process of reducing the impact of their company.

Paddling North is a tale of a solo kayak journey in Southeast Alaska by Audrey Sutherland that is remarkable for her self-sufficiency and powers of observation.

The Voyage of the Cormorant – Christian Beamish tells what happens when vision meets reality in his book about his building an open sailing boat and then taking it in search of surf down the Pacific Coast of Baja.

2) Quest Protein Bars or Peanut Butter Cups

Looking for a new type of protein bar? Or looking to upgrade your traditional peanut butter cups? Well, I have a possible solution. Question has produced a line of products in fun flavors like Apple Pie or Lemon Pie! I was sent a sample box of the low sugar line or something? I wasn’t able to eat them because they have the “fake” sugar. My coworkers fell all over them though! They said they were delicious and filling and not at all like a typical diet or exercise bar. Even my coworker with diabetes gave them rave reviews. She said they’re perfect for eating about half and storing the other portion for later.

I also had a sample pack of the traditional line, but I didn’t sample because oddly they’re all made with nuts, probably how they get so much protein, huh? My loss is your treasure though! I have TWO sets of samples to give away. You will receive one each of 5 flavors, along with two sets of the new Quest Cravings peanut butter cups. The PB cups had mixed reviews. While everyone scooped up the regular bars, only about half of the people liked the cups. Most said they either weren’t sweet enough or they “just weren’t what I expected”. I wonder if it depends on how many sweets you normally eat? Because those who normally stay away from sugars liked them, where they who have more of a sweet tooth found them to be “off”. If you buy them from the website directly, they cost about $2.00 a bar.

Quest Bar

If you want the bars, leave me a comment saying as much. Also ends 12/27/12. Remember there will be TWO lucky winners!

3) Einkorn Pasta

This may not seem very ‘gifty’ to some of you, but hear me out! Not everyone spends the time and money to consider what goes into their pasta or what it can do for them. Many people see pasta as a quick and easy dinner option, something you do on a budget and without much hope. Or you go to fancy restaurant advertised on TV and you get a plate full of white pasta and oil, right?

Well, Jovial Foods, has pasta to please your palate.

Einkorn is nature’s original species of whole wheat, first cultivated nearly 12,000 years ago. Since einkorn is the first species of wheat (and is not a hybrid) einkorn wheat is higher in nutritional value versus other commonly consumed types of wheat (like durum or spelt).


Einkorn pasta is:

  • ·         Higher in protein than normal wheat pasta, containing 9 grams per serving.
  • ·         High in iron, an essential mineral for peak athletic performance. Consuming one serving of einkorn pasta provides 10% of the iron recommended in the daily diet.
  •  ·         High in fiber – 4 grams per serving. If consumed regularly leading up to events, it can help with regularity, which is important for the big event. Just be sure to keep fiber intake low on the day-of the main event.
  • ·         High in Thiamin, a vitamin required for protein metabolism and growth, which also helps with the formation of hemoglobin, a protein found in red blood cells that transports oxygen throughout the body to working muscles.
  • ·         Higher on the ORAC chart (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) than durum and bread wheat. Obtaining antioxidants through foods that have a high ORAC index helps endurance athletes neutralize free radicals that are created by strenuous exercise.

If einkorn isn’t your thing, Jovial Foods does have other varieties of pasta, along with sauce and some yummy looking cookies!

Well all, I’ll be back tomorrow with a fun Friday Food, then it’s the home stretch before Christmas. Maybe I’ll make a video called “Why I suck at wrapping presents”. AKA “Pass the gift bag”.

Disclaimer: I was provided with product in exchange for my reviews. Patagonia is providing an additional book for the giveaway  the Quest giveaway is on my own. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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