Revving Up Your Strength Workout and A Lush Nuts Giveaway!
***This giveaway is now closed. Thank you so much to everyone that entered!!***
Hi friends! Sorry I was MIA from the blog world yesterday. I’ve had lots of hw and studying to do. I’ve got another awesome giveaway for you today…more on that in a minute!
Yesterday I wasn’t in the mood for a long workout because frankly, I needed to keep doing work. I decided to head to the gym and complete and upper body and core workout. Once I got there though I also realized that I kind of wanted to incorporate something that would help raise my heart rate and give me an effective workout in a short period of time. I loved what I did :).
For each upper body exercise I completed 3 sets. After each set I did some sort of cardio or plyometric type exercise to rev up my HR. And it totally worked! Not only did I challenge all of my upper body muscle groups but I also got in a fatiguing cardio workout. After that I completed some core work and called it a day. I was able to finish everything in 30 minutes.
I can’t believe I have never thought to incorporate cardio between my strength sets before! It was a great challenge and I definitely felt like I got in an awesome workout! Here are the cardio and plyometric moves that I did:
- Jumping Jacks
- Invisible Jump Rope
- Tuck Jumps
- Squat Jumps
- Leap-ups or Jump-ups (I don’t really know what to call this; basically you squat down and then jump straight up as high as you can and repeat; the move is similar to what you would do at the end of a burpee)
- Ski jumps
- High knees
Completing this type of workout would be awesome if you are short on time, looking for a challenge, and want to do something different than an interval workout!
Lush Gourmet Foods
Last week I was contacted by Bisera of Lush Gourmet Foods and she sent me samples of her nuts to try and review!
I’m gonna come right out and say it- these nuts are delicious! I’m amazed with myself that I haven’t eaten them all already and the package came on Friday…but they are so good that I’m trying to savor them for as long as possible :).
Lush Nuts come in 5 different flavors: Original, Salt & Pepper, Cinnamon Spice, Coffee, and Hot Curry.
At first I was a little skeptical about the hot curry one because I’m not really a fan of curry and spicy things in general…Bisera told me that they were one of the most popular flavors and after trying them I completely understand why. They are goooood.
Each batch of nuts are handcrafted in small batches to ensure the highest quality to the consumers. The nuts are 100% natural and there are never any artificial ingredients or flavors used! They are made with only 3 ingredients: the Peanuts, a bit of sugar, and quality spices. Lush Nuts are all hand sorted and packaged, and any peanut that doesn’t cut it is tossed.
According to Bisera:
Growing up, my parents had always made these delicious peanuts whenever we had company over and the response was great. Our family friends would constantly ask for them and said that my parents should make and sell them, but having other careers, and three young children, they never followed through. Knowing that everyone enjoyed this product and my love for food growing up, I thought I would give my go at the whole business thing. I enrolled to pasty school at Kendall College in Chicago and finished with a Pastry degree and a B.A. in Food & Beverage Management as well. Throughout those years, I spent many hours in the kitchen testing out the original family recipe from my mothers side and making it into the 5 flavors found today: Original, Salt & Pepper, Cinnamon Spice, Hot Curry, and Coffee. After several batches of the peanuts and MANY tasting sessions, I was ready to start with the packaging and developing the brand. I moved back to Kalamazoo, MI one year ago to do an internship as a part of my degree, and started selling the product in January of this year.
Um, I don’t know about you but I think it’s pretty sweet that Bisera started this company on her own after perfecting a family recipe that was brought over from Macedonia and has been passed down through the generations!
And guess what?? Bisera would like to offer 1 reader a 5-pack of the medium size!! This consists of a 3.5oz pack of each flavor. I’m jealous…I want to win ;).
Here’s how you can enter!
1. Go to the Lush Gourmet Foods website and tell me which flavor you most want to try!
3. Subscribe to In Sweetness and In Health or add me to your reader! Leave a comment letting me know that you did.
4. Tweet about this giveaway! “I entered to win a delicious 5-pk of @lushgourmet nuts from @SweetNHealthy. Enter here: http://wp.me/p1RDDv-kc”. Leave a comment letting me know that you did!
Good luck!! I’ll be announcing the winner on Friday :D.