Music Monday: #MotivationMonday Remix Edition

Happy Monday!  It’s official, I have two work weeks left before I do my first sprint triathlon.  I am nervous, excited, and having all the feels that one can have for not being very athletic to begin with and attempting a very athletic feet.

Along with running, I have been swimming and biking as well to prepare, because #Tri.  So, today’s #MotivationMonday playlist was inspired by a recent spin class I took at Lincoln Square Athletic Club, because I was feelin’ the vibes of stellar remixes that the instructor was playing.  So I thought, why not share some of my favorite workout remixes that are great for anyone’s ride whether you’re in a class or not.

Get out on that trail or keep turnin’ up on your own stationary bike to this pumpin’ list.  What do you jam out to on your rides?  Comment below!
M - Signature - Meghan Phillipp - North and Red

#MondayMotivation: Protein Power

I’ll be the first to admit that I am the QUEEN of yo yo dieting and go through stretches of being a workout warrior to being a strong supporter of the Netflix and Chill movement.

Recently I have been making a lot of healthier eating and lifestyle choices.  I ran my first 5k last year and this year I have already run two!  Next up, is my very first sprint triathalon in August!

With all this training, I have been doing my best to incorporate mindful eating habits into my daily life.  It’s still summer and yes I drink alcohol and have “bad” carbs sometimes, but life is about balance.  Eating hard boiled eggs and cottage cheese gets kind of old, so for anyone else looking to stay on track that needs some power protein finds, here ya go!  Here’s some of of my favorite go-to cleaner eating super powered foodie finds!

RXBar: Protein Bar, Coffee Chocolate (Box of 12 Bars/$25.99 at RXBar.com)
Nutrition Facts: 210 calories +12 grams of protein per bar; No Added Sugar, No GMO, Dairy Free, Soy FreeGluten Free, Paleo Friendly, Vegetarian Friendly
I recently discovered this amazing CLEAN eating protein bar brand.  RXBar’s motto is NO BS, and their bars are made with all natural ingredients like nuts, dates and egg whites.  What I like is that it doesn’t make your stomach do the crazy dance from all the chemicals that are present in most protein bars.  They come in 8 different flavors including this Coffee Chocolate made with REAL coffee for that extra boost of energy in your day!

PS: Use this link and get $5 off your first purchase of RXBars!

Think Jerky: Free Range Turkey Jerky, Siracha Honey (5 Pack of Bags/$24.95 at ThinkJerky.com)
Nutrition Facts: 90 calories + 17 grams of protein per bag; Grass Fed, Gluten Free, No Added Antibiotics, No Nitrites, No added hormones, Paleo Friendly
Jerky is becoming a thing… but not all jerky is created equal.  Think Jerky is like Jerky with a conscience.  It’s also kind of a foodie thing, because all of their recipes are created by well-known chefs!  I love the Siracha Honey Turkey Jerky, because it satisfies that need for a protein rich snack that’s got some pazzazz with that siracha spice.  The other flavors like Sweet Chipotle and Orange Ginger are beef instead of turkey jerky.  And of course, the Thanksgiving flavor is a turkey jerky, because yummo!

Halo Top: Ice Cream, Birthday Cake (Pint/Prices vary, Find a store near you at HaloTop.com)
Nutrition Facts: 70 calories +6 grams of protein per 1/2 cup; 280 calories + 24 grams of protein per pint; Low Calorie, Low Sugar, High Protein
Ice cream?  Healthy?  OH yessss.  So when you get the hankering for a sweet treat think twice before you reach for the generic brands, because you can treat yo’ self the healthy way!  Some of the more popular brands of ice cream like B&J’s or HD’s* packs 250 calories in a half cup serving alone.  By the time you’ve eaten the whole pint you’ve consumed over 3/4 of what you should eat for the whole day!  YIKES!  Halo Top comes in seven fun flavors including Birthday Cake!  If you’re PMSing, stressed or you’ve just plain had it with life, you can feel slightly less guilty about indulging in a whole pint of Halo Top, because it’ll only set you back 240 to 280 calories depending on your flavor choice.  Of course, you can also use restraint and have one serving which is a great less than 100 calorie treat!

*I won’t mention any ice cream brands, because I do love them!  But today’s post is about the healthy alternatives:) 

Mikey’s Muffins: English Muffins, Toasted Onion (Prices Vary, Find a store near you at www.MikeysMuffins.com)
Nutrition Facts: 103 Calories + 5 grams of protein per muffin; Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Grain Free. 
A few years ago a Dr. told me that I am “gluten-sensitive” so I’m not intolerant, but I know my body and when I indulge in tons of carby-gluten-filled foods it’s not good for me.  That said, I do still have gluten and carbs when I want, because life’s too short:-)  When I am seriously hankering from some toast or having a carbie barbie moment I discovered these paleo diet english muffins.  Not only are they grain free, they have way fewer calories than traditional English muffins!  There are three varieties: Original, Toasted Onion and Cinnamon Raisin.  I love using the Toasted Onion to make avocado toast with, because sometimes you just want avo toast at home and not just for the overpriced hype of being a #BasicBitch at brunch.

Thorne Research: Medipro Vegan All-In-One Shake Vanilla (44.6 oz/$69.00 at Amazon.com)
This is sooo not glamorous or cool sounding, but when it comes to protein powder it’s kind of okay to not be glammed out.  There’s so many fad diet powders and supplements out there that I trust this brand, because it’s actually been created by medical professionals. I have done my own tests and found this to have the most health benefits, protein power and yes, it even tastes great!  Mix this up with almond milk, spinach, banana and ice with a pinch of cinnamon and you’d swear you were drinkin’ a milk shake.  Okay maybe not quite, but seriously!  It’s so good and I drink it every morning during the work week.

What are some of your favorite protein powered foodie finds? Comment below, hit me up at NorthandRed@gmail.com, or on social media.

M - Signature - Meghan Phillipp - North and Red

Music Monday: #MondayMotivation Hipster Edition

My first #MondayMotivation post in May featured my super duper #GirlPower playlist to get you on the road to summer bod training season.  I was jammin’ out with myself walkin’ down the street the other day when it hit me.  I realized that hipsters have to work out too, right?! I don’t know about you, but some of the hipsters I know are in seriously good shape to fit into their tight ass skinny pants.

Today’s playlist features a few of my favorite “hipster”-ish bands to change up your workout routine.

~M~ Tip: This is a great work out mix for rainy or cold days!

What tunes do you work out too?  Girl Power?  Hipster?  Metal?  Comment below and let me know what jams keep you motivated!

M - Signature - Meghan Phillipp - North and Red