It’s getting hot in here. 


Sorry for the cheesy title of this blog, but seriously. It really got hot in here. My mouth in particular! Today is National Hot Sauce day!

Tabenero sent over this awesome pack of sauce to get my hot sauce on. They are 100% natural, gf, and just plain good! I have been using it on everything. The agave sweet n spicy is PERFECT and only has 1 carb a serving. The extra hot is well… HOT. My mouth was very happy and sad at the same time! The burn feels so good. Picante is lovely over eggs and my husband loves it on his burritos.

  I have been drizzling this sweet and spicy on everything. Just a dab will do ya!

To celebrate National Hot Sauce Day, Tabanero is giving away hot sauce! https://tabanero.com/pages/5oz-promo  It’s a limited-supply giveaway valid only today. Tabañero will be giving away free 5oz bottles of Tabañero through the link above. Get there before everyone else does!

Spice on friends!

Marika Fitness Apparel Review and Giveaway!


How many sports bras do you own? A ton? Hardly any? I own about ten sports bras. Some of them are worn and stretchy, some are too small, some have no support, and some are just plain uncomfortable. I don’t think I have ever spent more than ten dollars on a sports bra. Maybe that is why I am left with horrible options! When I started running just this past month I discovered I needed a really good bra. I was sick of having to wear TWO bras for support. A bra should do it’s job–make the girls stay in place! I was determined to find the right bra for me!

Luckily I got the opportunity to review some workout clothes from Marika Fitness. Marika was founded back in 1982. They make contemporary fitness apparel. I got to review one top, one bra, and one pair of workout pants. Let’s start with the bra shall we.

I knew I needed something with a lot of support so I chose this bra-

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The high Impact Sports Bra. They make high impact bras in all sorts of styles, but I really liked the simplicity of this bra. The description. “Finally a sport bra that does just what it says! The bra features removable cup pads for added uplift and support, adjustable side hooks, ventilation power mesh at racer back, coolmax lined to help you keep dry. This bra is perfect; especially for the bigger cup size, it will give you support for that kickbox class”. Now when I saw the price of 50 dollars I was thinking this bra better cradle my girls with ease! Seriously I am that cheapskate who REFUSES to spend money on good quality things. I would rather spend ten dollars and have it collapse. I am so glad I tried this bra out. I will never go back to the cheapsies sports bras!

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The first thing I noticed was the material. It was so soft and seemed breathable. On to the cups. The removable cups just seemed straight up fancy to me! The back of the bra has a super soft mesh with a cute keyhole like back. Lastly, there are adjustable straps on the sides. The color was beautiful. It does come in a ton of other colors also. So now I had this fancy sports bra. Time to try her out! I slipped it on and really liked how soft it felt on my skin. I did a few jumping jacks. You won’t believe this. NO BOUNCING CHESTICLES. I don’t know about you guys, but with having a bigger chest even the easiest exercises are hard and make me feel silly doing them. This bra kept me in place. Miracle. I decided to take myself on a jog. I braced myself waiting for this bra to totally fail me once I got into full motion. However, it did the opposite. Everything stayed in place. Nothing rubbed me the wrong way. I was literally free to run and not feel self conscious. After a few miles I came home. What I really love about the bra, BESIDES the amazing ability to keep me in place, was that the back of the bra let me breathe a bit. The mesh material helped keep me cooler. Love. Absolutely love. I can’t believe all of these years I have been throwing money down the toilet buying cheap bras that don’t work for me.This bra may cost 50 dollars, but running free and not worrying about the girls? Priceless. Rating 9 out of 10. Ps- It’s really awkward trying to come up with nicknames for the chest.

Next the workout bottoms.

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-image from Marika

Marika Magic – Plus Tummy Control Capri. Since I live in the Florida Keys, I have pretty much warm weather year around. I don’t like showing off my thighs, and leggings or pants are way too hot. I am a workout in capris kind of chick. Always have and always will be. I was overwhelmed with the many choices of capris that I could choose from. Marika has a huge selection! I decided to check out their “plus” size section and found these comfy looking pants. First of all, props to Marika for giving us bigger girls options! The selection wasn’t huge, but you can tell that they obviously care and support all sizes of women. Fantastic. The pants description is this. Great capri pant is now available in Plus sizes; features a 4″ inner power mesh waistband for tummy control. Tummy control? Yes please.

DSC00934 The pants are soft and well made. You can easily do a workout in these pants as well as wear them out to do errands. I am totally that girl doing errands in workout pants! The tummy control is just a thicker strip of material on top, It doesn’t like take ten pounds off of you or anything, but it offers some support for sure.They felt good during my workout and didn’t ride up too far. Rating 8/10.

Lastly here is the top I picked out-

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Balance – Cool Factor Long Sleeve Burnout Tunic. I seriously spent like twenty minutes trying to pick out the perfect top. I saw about fifteen that I was in love with. I ended up going with this long sleeve tunic for a few reasons. It’s lightweight, it has kangaroo pockets, and I am obsessed with the burnout look. It’s perfect for layering while running. I paired this tunic with a white tank top and it ended up being super cute. I was so impressed with the softness and quality of this top. It’s perfect for working out. Who doesn’t love to look cute AND get fit?! Oh and one more thing about the kangaroo pockets. PERFECT. My iphone has never been happier during a run! Rating 9/10.

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Final thoughts. If you are going for comfort, style, and durability in workout clothes I would certainly recommend Marika for your needs. Their customer service is professional, polite, and attentive. I got my order in just a few days.

Ladies don’t keep buying those crappy cheap bras that don’t support you. I promise this is an investment for your chest that you will NOT regret! I believe in this bra so much that Marika is going to give one of YOU a high impact sports bra! A 50.00 dollar value.

To enter

1. Like Marika Fitness on Facebook and tell them I sent you! Link directly below.

Marika Fitness Facebook

2. Like my Facebook page also. Link directly below.

GraceGotHealthy Facebook

3. For extra credit, comment on THIS blog about the first workout you plan to try in your new sports bra.

Good luck! One winner will be announced on September 30.

Flipping for Chobani.


Living in the Florida Keys is great, but sometimes we have a problem finding awesome products. Like these new Chobani Flips. I searched high and low for them for weeks. No luck at all. I finally asked my good friends at Chobani if they could give me some to review. They said yes! I was so happy when this box of amazingness showed up at my door!

20130621-105009.jpgIn all of their glory- Strawberry Sunrise, Key Lime Crumble, Almond Coco Loco, Honey Bee Nana, Vanilla Golden Crunch, and Raspberry Choco Fix. The Chobani Flips are greek yogurt with a different side topping that you  “flip” over. I like playing with my greek yogurt! Too fun.

20130621-105034.jpgKey Lime Crumble. My friend Cathy is obsessed with these. She literally eats one for breakfast every single morning. I knew it had to be the first one that I tried. The Key Lime yogurt is perfectly tart and smooth. With the addition of the graham cracker crumbles and white chocolate chips it makes the yogurt taste like a perfect Key Lime Pie. It is by far my favorite of the bunch! You could certainly use this yogurt as a dessert. I want one right now!

20130621-105055.jpgAlmond Coco Loco. I have waited years for Chobani to make a coconut greek yogurt. Well they finally did. It’s just what you would imagine. Sweet and creamy with tons of coconut taste. Add in the toasted almonds + dark chocolate chips and you have something really special. There is a bit more fat in this yogurt, but remember dark chocolate and almonds are good for you in small doses! Healthy fats are our friends.

20130621-105117.jpgVanilla Golden Crunch. I am a huge fan of the Vanilla Chobani so I knew I would like this regardless. The cornflakes, honey oats, and praline pecans make this flip a perfect balance of sweet—but not too sweet. Perfect mid morning snack.

20130621-105140.jpgHoney Bee Nana. My husband LOVED this one. I would rather eat the Chobani Champions Honey Banana version though. There is a banana puree that you add over to the honey yogurt. It was good but not my favorite! If you love banana this one is for you.

20130621-105155.jpgStrawberry Sunrise. Strawberry yogurt topped with honey oats. What else is there to say? Yummy! Second favorite!

20130621-105213.jpgRaspberry Choco Fix. Two words. Yes and Yes. This one was delish. The flip part is raspberry puree and you can tell it’s real raspberry! It’s a perfect combination.

 

If you see these in the store I would highly suggest picking some up. Chobani for me is the ultimate greek yogurt, and I will be protesting every single dairy department until they decide to order these special yogurts for me!! Do you have a favorite Flip? Let me know which ones you have tried and loved!