I’m sooooo excited to share this past week’s diet log with you all today. With a lot of help from Sunwarrior’s new meal replacement line, Illumin8, I’ve met and surpassed my weight loss goal and two weeks early to boot! Today I’m sharing how this line of protein powders can help build your health while still trimming your waist. Of course, it can also be just a healthy addition to a busy day. I made so many different drinks and snacks with this stuff in the last week! Some of these will be staples in my diet from now on. I tested the Mocha and Vanilla Bean flavors for one week and documented my daily calories and final weight loss. It was just one week but since I was just 1.5 away from my weight goal I’d set back in April, 2015, my Sunwarrior challenge was perfect timing for me to knock out those last couple pounds by May 1st. Here’s how things went for me this week:
On Friday, I had a short work day but still started out before 5 AM so I kept my first Sunwarrior meal replacement meal as simple as 1 scoop of Mocha Illumin8 blended with 1 frozen banana, 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk and a teaspoon of turmeric. I had another Mocha smoothie for lunch, some tangerine juice for an afternoon snack and a small sweet potato with some refried beans for dinner. I experimented with my Illumin8 Mocha, mixing it in with some heated almond milk and stevia for a creamy, hot cup of cocoa before bed. Delicious!
Total Calories for Friday: 1509
Saturday, my meals were complicated by working at the Early Voting Center here in Maryland for the 2016 Election all day. No available refrigerator made my smoothie plans melt but I did have my morning scoop of Illumin8 Mocha mixed with 1 banana, almond milk, pinch of cayenne and chia seeds. My lunch and dinner were basically snacking on some steamed baby potatoes that I brought, an envelope of Justin’s Hazelnut Butter, some tangerine juice and a steamed Soy milk on my way home at 9:30 pm. So, not my best day for the test but my morning power smoothie kept me going on my feet for hours.
Total calories for Saturday: 1,260
On Sunday, I had a bit more time to make my meals and I whipped up some vanilla soy yogurt with my scoop of Mocha Illumin8 to make a cream layer for parfait. Combined with chocolate crispy rice cereal, dried strawberries and coconut flakes, I poured a touch of almond milk over the layers to make my parfait perfection. My fancied up meal replacement breakfast came in at under 300 calories. It was a nice, crunchy compliment as well to the smoothies and shakes from Friday and Saturday’s meals. Love the mocha flavor of the Illumin8 so much, I rush ordered some vanilla as well to give me even more options this week. I had a large salad with sliced avocado and homemade tahini dressing for an early evening meal and a 4 oz. simple almond milk shake with 1/2 a scoop of Illumin8.
Total daily calories: 875
Sunday: Down 1.3 pounds for 2 days.
Monday morning is always a drag and a little rushed so Sunday night, I whipped up a big batch of avocado pudding using my Illumin8 Mocha as the flavoring. Wow was it good.
I packaged a 400 calorie serving of pudding in a baggy and froze it overnight. Then Monday morning, thawed out the baggy a bit and then enjoyed a power-packed creamy, Mocha breakfast in a bag…so good! Steamed soy latte with flatbread and salsa filled out my lunch and afternoon and then I enjoyed a big plate of baked fries for dinner. I couldn’t resist another spoonful or two of my avocado pudding stash after dinner. I have it packaged up into 3 more take-with bowls ready for my on-the-go meals this week. The pudding is 4 avocados, 1 heaping scoop of Illumin8, almond milk, maple syrup and a pinch of sea salt. Blend in a blender and add more milk if desired to a creamy, thick consistency and then chill in the fridge or make pudding pops by freezing some up overnight. It’s a bit high on the fat for my taste but the avocado is at least a healthier fat and with the food I’ve been eating this week, I don’t feel guilty at all about indulging in a healthy treat!
Total Monday calories: 1,516
On Tuesday, I discovered my new favorite mix of Sunwarrior’s Illumin8 Mocha.
A phenomenally refreshing and filling mocha frappuccino, so good that it became breakfast & lunch on the same day.
1 scoop of Sunwarrior Illumin8 Mocha
1 cup of ice
1 1/2 cups Vanilla Almond Milk
1/2 large Frozen Banana
1/2 tsp. Vanilla Stevia
1 oz. Instant Coffee or Coffee Substitute
Blend, Chill, Devour!
At just about 300 calories a piece,
these 2 frozen lovelies made my
Tuesday a very enjoyable ‘meal-replacement’ day.
I finished off the day with a gigantic Mexican salad fit for a King with tomatoes, salsa, corn and broken corn chips.
Total Tuesday Calories: 1433
Wednesday was a loooonnnggg drive day for work and my new friend, Mr. Mocha Frappuccino, kept me going on the road again without diving into a bag of chips or sugary soda along the way. I blended up to drinks in about 5 minutes before getting out the door. I kept one drink on ice for a few hours even and it still tasted delicious and filling for my morning snack.
We ate at Carrabba’s for dinner and I had a big bowl of their Minestrone soup and some asparagus to end the day.
Total Wednesday Calories: 1571
Thursday I needed some crunch in my life so I sprinkled a scoop of Illumin8 Vanilla Bean in with my favorite granola then topped it off with fresh raspberries. HEAVEN! Filling and delicious, I’m finding that this new line of meal replacement protein powders from Sunwarrior are extremely filling. A few of the drinks I’ve made this week have been so satisfying that I’m almost too full at the bottom of the glass. I love the way it boosts my foods to take them further and enhances their flavors. I’ve been drinking smoothies and shakes slowly to minimize any sugar spikes as well. I had a simple iced latte with the Vanilla Bean flavor as well which is so simple to make in the morning, I’m thinking it’s going to end up my regular mid afternoon snack. With a non sweetened milk and a squirt of Vanilla Stevia, the Iced Latte with Illumin8’s Vanilla Bean comes in under 200 calories….perfect for a snack and really filling.
Another big salad with some taco chips for my Thursday dinner and I had 1/4 cup of my Illumin8 mocha avocado pudding for desert as well.
Total Thursday Calories: 1312
Friday was my final meal replacement test day for Sunwarrior’s new Illuminat8 and I really didn’t want to end the ritual of using this product for a couple of meals a day. It’s been truly satisfying and with a little creativity in recipes, you can use it for so many more meals than just shakes on the go. I started Friday off with another Iced Latte using the Illumin8 Mocha, almond milk and stevia. For lunch, I was home for a change and I used the Illumin8 Vanilla to make a luxurious berry smoothie. I love the creamy texture that this powder creates in drinks. It hasn’t been chalky or gritty and blends so easily with other ingredients. My dinner Friday was my favorite big salad with salsa and tortilla chips, some sweet corn and a bowl of spicy refried beans.
Total Friday Calories: 1415
Sunwarrior Illumin8 has so many healthy ingredients, I’ll touch on a few but get much more on their newest enlightened nutrition aids at the Sunwarrior site. Illumin8 has healthy plant proteins including brown rice, quinoa, flax and sprouts. Good carbs from amaranth, quinoa and lentils are energizing and naturally gluten-free. And it includes a balanced amount of healthy fats from flax, chia and coconut that support your hair, healthy skin and most importantly your brain! It really is a meal in itself with all these raw, organic ingredients to fill you up and keep you going.
Final weigh in on Saturday morning had my total weight loss for the 7 day test at 2.3 pounds. Not bad for eating so well and with such ease. I’d recommend this new line, Illumin8 from Sunwarrior to anyone who needs improved nutrition in their diet ( okay, that’s all of us) and anyone looking to easily drop a few pounds while enjoying every sip of this stuff! Thanks so much to Sunwarrior for allowing me to test out their new line of meal replacement products. As usual, they are an outstandingly tasty and nutritious way to improve your health and wellbeing. I can’t wait to see what’s up next from their line!
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