review: rokit fuel

I was a little hesitant to try out Rokit Fuel cereals because I do not consider myself to be an endurance athlete and I had gotten the feeling that is who Rokit Fuel is geared towards. (I’m much more yogi than runner :) ) And while some may think 370 calories for oatmeal is a lot, it sounds just about right calorie-wise for breakfast – endurance athlete or not!

I know oatmeal is really easy to make, but in an effort to slow down (and not be preparing food at 11 pm), I am accepting the fact that not everything will be made from scratch.  So when a day came along that I had nothing ready for breakfast? This little container of Rokit Fuel came in very handy. :)

They also have these energy packets (these are really geared towards on-the-go athletes) that only require some water and they are ready to squirt! No spoon required. I especially love that they offer the “Ugly Bag” – no fancy packaging, or single servings, which in addition to being pretty eco-friendly, also brings the price down significantly.

Fan Of:

  • High Protein – 9 grams
  • High Fiber – 6 grams
  • Performance Ingredients like bee pollen, gotu kola, maca root
  • Nuts, Seeds and Dried Fruit like flax, dates, raisins, cherries, sunflower seeds, pecans, almonds, walnuts
  • So convieneint! It was nice to not have to prep anything for breakfast and just add water. It would be perfect to take traveling.

 

Wished:

  • There wasn’t sugar in it – I really don’t like to start my morning with sugar and with the other dried fruits, it isn’t necessary! (I think people can add their own sugars if they need it) With that said, it didn’t taste overly sweet.
  • Wasn’t so expensive, BUT, I will say that it comes out to about $3/serving which is how much you would pay at Starbucks, etc. except I haven’t seen oatmeal with bee pollen, flax, etc at a coffee shop yet. Because I work in the food industry, I know ingredients like those are very expensive, and I appreciate them continuing to use them instead of just eliminating them.

 

Where to Buy: Specialty Bike/Cycle Stores, Search for a store in your area, Order online (FREE Shipping!)

Disclosure Statement: Rokit Fuel sent me samples to review free of charge. The opinions are entirely my own.

artichoke, spinach and white bean sandwich

Kind of a mouthful…

But trust me, you are going to want some of this mouthful. When I saw this sandwich idea in Whole Living Magazine I decided to make it right away – it fits a lot of my (impossible) lunch criteria!

It was amazing. It also happens to be perfect to take to work and eat at room temperature. The components can be made ahead of time and the sandwich built when you are ready to eat.  You could even simplify another step by using store-bought hummus or bean dip, but realistically, making your own takes a few minutes and tastes SO much better!

Artichoke, Spinach & White Bean Sandwich - 2 servings – adapted from Whole Living

  • 1 – 15 oz can of white kidney beans (navy beans)
  • 2 tsp basil (I used 2 frozen cubes)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil + 1 Tbsp
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 – 14 oz can of artichoke hearts, drained and roughly chopped
  • 1 – 6 oz bag of fresh spinach
  • 4 slices whole grain bread

White Bean Spread:

Combine beans, basil, garlic, 2 Tbsp olive oil in food processor and process to desired consistency. I typically leave mine a bit chunky.

Artichoke & Spinach:

Heat large pan over medium heat. Add 1 Tbsp olive oil, artichokes and spinach, cooking for about 2 minutes, until spinach has just wilted.

Sandwich:

Spread bread with white bean spread and top with artichoke and spinach mixture.



ask the nutritionist: vitamin d

Thank you all for the lovely comments on two years blogging and my learning post.  I can’t wait to share more of what I’m learning with you!

Now onto Vitamin D.  {This post is sponsored by Eggland’s Best.}

It seems to be the newest vitamin on the block, no?

In my opinion, it’s finally getting the attention it deserves. Years ago (5-6) my Mom and I attended a Nutrition conference and I came home with a ton of new information, ideas, concepts, as well as a ground flax + oj morning shot habit and a slew of “bootlegged” Vitamin D Chocolate supplements. At the time, the USDA didn’t feel as though Vitamin D supplementation was really necessary, so the upper levels were very low at 200 IU’s.

Fast forward a few years and Vitamin D is everywhere, they’ve raised the RDA to 600 IU (still really low) and we are starting to realize just how important is. (Is it frustrating to anyone else that Nutrition seems to be constantly changing? It is why I will always focus on real foods and not the latest trend, news, diet, etc.)

Why is Vitamin D important?

  • helps body absorb calcium and phosphorus
  • helps deposit these minerals in bones and teeth
  • helps regulate cell growth
  • plays a role in immunity

How can we get Vitamin D?

  • sun exposure (10-15 minutes in sun, no sunscreen, 3x weekly)
  • dairy milk has been fortified with Vitamin D (100 IU per 8 oz)
  • whole eggs (25 IU per egg, need the yolk!)
  • salmon (up to 988 IU for wild caught salmon – 3.5 oz)
  • sardines (240 IU – 3 oz)
  • supplements

Obviously a combination of all of these is the best way to ensure that you are getting the Vitamin D you need. Salmon is a great source, but chances are you aren’t eating it every day, let alone every week so it is important to include whole eggs, milk (if you do dairy), sun and supplements.

How do you ensure you are getting enough Vitamin D?

I get my Vitamin D a number of ways. Eggs happen to be a favorite food of mine, and definitely what I eat most often. I love salmon, but don’t have it on a weekly basis and because I’m not a huge sardine fan and I don’t drink milk I also take a supplement. Clearly I’m not getting much sunshine, it is still below 30 degrees here in Minnesota! :)

learning

Remember a while back I told you that I was overwhelmed with everything going on in life?

Well, there must have been something about turning 28 – yesterday!  Some desire to learn something, aquire new skills, participate in something new and exciting that I just couldn’t get out of my head.

(Cupcakes were also part of turning 28)

Last weekend  I signed up for a photography class. Then a photoshop class. (They go hand in hand you know.) And in the following 24 hours I got this “grand” idea that I should attend the upcoming Core Power Yoga Sculpt Teacher Training. You see, I’ve always wanted to be a yoga instructor (oddly enough even before I really got into yoga) and have been toying around with the idea of Hot Yoga Teacher Training for quite some time. Yoga sculpt involves significantly less time and money and I figure it will be the perfect intro to see if teaching yoga is for me. Plus, I can’t wait to teach some classes for the kids at camp.

So in the name of slowing down, I’ve been at yoga teacher training all weekend. It might just be what I needed…

Crazy? Probably a little.  But somehow I find a way to justify it. ;)