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Ashley  🏃🏼‍♀️ running | powerlifting 🏋🏼‍♀️ 🥑 nutrition tips | product reviews ✏️ 👋🏻 @slapnutrition athlete “ASHLEY” all the links below ⤵️

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My journey with running & powerlifting is one I LOVE 🏃🏼‍♀️🏋🏼‍♀️ And today, I cheered on runners at the race I did my first full marathon 2 years ago (👈🏻 picture), while being exactly 1 month from my first powerlifting meet. #allthefeels thinking about my fitness journey, so I wanted to share it for those that don’t know! 🤗
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Like a lot of us, I grew up involved in sports & athletics. And in college, again like a lot of us...fitness was the last thing on my mind. However, junior year I realized just how uncomfortable and self conscious I had become about my body & that year I decided I wanted to do something about it. At the time, I could hardly run a mile without stopping & lifting weights wasn’t even a consideration. Whew did exercising feel bad then... but, I forced myself to go to the gym because I wanted to lose that weight.
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Now since 2013, I’ve been running fairly consistently and have completed 9 half marathons (PR 1:39:20 | 7:35min/mi pace), 1 full marathon (3:33:59 | 8:10min/mi), and I’ll count my few triathlon/duathlons in there. Talk about a big improvement from not being able to complete that mile 😅 but even better, through that time I realized that my body image wasn’t the driving force for me anymore. But rather, the never-ending goal of being my best, running my fastest, and constantly improving became the goals. I realized these goals were so much better and more meaningful than a body image goal - I actually wanted to exercise and it didn’t feel like a chore, as it used to.
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Meanwhile, in late 2015 I started lifting weights to try to improve my strength and thus my running speed for my upcoming marathon. The drive to continuously improve translated from running to lifting and I LOVED it! So, I decided to take a jump in late 2016 & start powerlifting-style weight training. A year and a half in, I’ve decided to compete in my first powerlifting meet 🎉 I’ve loved powerlifting bc I’m lifting weights I never thought I would/could. Feeling strong is such a powerful (literally) and empowering feeling.
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So, running & powerlifting combo just gives me that fire to be better everyday. It may be an odd combo, but I love it 😊❤️

#honestreview of @popcorners Sweet BBQ Protein Crisps! 🙌🏻
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👉🏻Macros: 90cals • 10C | 2.5F | 10P
👉🏻Where I bought: @gnclivewell
👉🏻Comment below 👇🏻 if you've bought elsewhere for others' reference!
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🤗 texture: very crunchy and airy - like real chips! Nothing too notable for the texture, which is probably a good thing 😋
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😛 taste: kinda bland sweet bbq taste until I realized all the flavor powder was at the bottom of the bag 🤦🏼‍♀️ whoops. Then, I got all the awesome flavor! Not protein-y and pretty similar to a regular (toned down) version of bbq
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🤔 would you do it again? Yes! I give these a 8/10 and would’ve been a 9/10 if I knew to shake the bag to distribute flavor and it had worked 👏🏻👏🏻
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🌟 if you’ve tried this, let me know your thoughts & /10 score below! 👇🏻

Full day of eating 🥜🍎🥪 on the mini cut! & fit a big Jimmy Johns sammy in there 🙌🏻 because sometimes ya just want something easy & quick for dinner - with a few modifications, it fit just fine 👌🏻 now for those meals...
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⭐️Current Goal: mini cut ✂️
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🥜Meal 1 @ 6:45am: 393cal • 57C | 9F | 25P - protein cream of wheat {based on protein oats recipe, link in bio!} + @nutsnmore high protein white chocolate pb
🍳Meal 2 @ 10:00am: 270cal • 16C | 14F | 16P - plain rice cakes with light cream cheese & 2 hard-boiled eggs
🍝Meal 3 @ 1:00pm: 398cal • 44C | 7F | 40P - spaghetti squash with pizza sauce, chicken sausage, onions, tomatoes, and a @fage yogurt
🍎Meal 4 @ 3:30pm: 429cal • 56C | 14F | 19P - apple & a coconut almond @g2gbar
🥛Meal 5 @ 7:30pm: 234cal • 26C | 6F | 20P- Cinnamon Toast Crunch in Protein milk {cashew milk + @slapnutrition cinnamon streusel donut whey “ASHLEY” for 10% off!}
🥪Meal 6 @ 8:30pm: 505cal • 81C | 5F | 30P - @jimmyjohns beach club on French Bread, no mayo or cheese, add onion & mustard
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Total: 2,228cals • 280C | 55F | 150P

Because it’s okay to have donuts every once in a while! 💝🍩 special Valentine’s Day edition #honestreview of @dunkindonuts Brownie Batter Crumble Donut!
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👉🏻Macros: 360cals • 48C | 18F | 5P
👉🏻Comment below 👇🏻 if you've tried it & your thoughts!
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🤗 texture: this baby is a regular donut topped with a brownie icing and chunks of little Oreo-like pieces. Then...you break it open to a brownie batter-like filling 😍 swipe to see. LOVED that filling and I’m not usually one for filled donut. But make it batter filling and I’m in! 🙌🏻
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😛 taste: just like you’d expect a brownie batter donut to taste! It was good, guys, so good and brownie-like 😭
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🤔 would you do it again? Yes...yes...YES so good and I’m so happy I tried this baby! 10/10 would eat this again 🙌🏻 Happy Valentine’s to me, indeed 😍❤️
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🌟 if you’ve tried this, let me know your thoughts & /10 score below! 👇🏻

Same calories, very different volumes! 🤓 #knowyourfoodsubstitutes and when you may want to choose which!
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👈🏻 while “cutting” or dieting for fat loss, I prefer to eat foods that are a big bang for my caloric buck. In other words, big portions for a lower caloric impact please 🙏🏻 so, spaghetti squash is a great carb source that provides big volume for relatively little calories/carbs!
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👉🏻 while “bulking” or dieting for muscle gain, I prefer to eat more calorically dense foods because I’m tryin’ to eat a lot of volume! I get asked a lot about how I combat feeling too full while bulking and this is how: choose calorically dense foods. Potatoes can be great for this purpose!
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If you’re maintaining, well, I opt for both! Just whichever option I’m feelin’!
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🤓Moral of the story: make food choices that help you reach your goals. Whether ya need volume in your life 👈🏻 or some dense foods 👉🏻, pick the option that will bring you one bite closer to your goals!

Full day of eating 🍫🍎🌮 on my mini cut! Progress update: average weight last week dropped a little less than a pound compared to the week before (I weight every day and take the average Sunday through Saturday) from 128.6 to 127.7 lbs. Excited about that progress! My goal is to get under 126lbs by March 18, my powerlifting meet, to make my desired weight class. While it’d be nice to be in that class, it’s really no biggie if I don’t. So, we’ll see how the rest of this mini cut goes! ✂️ now for those meals...
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⭐️Current Goal: mini cut ✂️
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🍫Meal 1 @ 6:45am: 342cal • 52C | 7F | 24P - protein cream of wheat {based on protein oats recipe, link in bio!} + @nutsnmore high protein hazelnut spread
🍳Meal 2 @ 10:00am: 270cal • 16C | 14F | 16P - plain rice cakes with light cream cheese & 2 hard-boiled eggs
🌮Meal 3 @ 1:00pm: 495cal • 54C | 12F | 44P - hard-shell tacos with ground 99% turkey, cheese & salsa + zucchini & black beans
🥜Meal 4 @ 3:30pm: 324cal • 50C | 10F | 12P - apple & a chocolate peanut butter @rxbar (see my last post for an awesome giveaway!)
🥗Meal 5 @ 7:30pm: 331cal • 34C | 6F | 22P- salad with romaine lettuce, grape tomatoes, chicken breast, beets, sautéed cruciferous crunch mix, zucchini, topped with a mix of coconut aminos, stevia, mustard & over-easy egg + kombucha
🍫Meal 6 @ 8:30pm: 270cal • 34C | 6F | 22P - Greek yogurt with stevia & cocoa powder, animal crackers 🙃, and @cocoabarinajar! (“runningpowerlifter10” for 10% off!)
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Total: 2,032cals • 239C | 55F | 151P

🍫❤️VALENTINE’S GIVEAWAY CLOSED! Congrats to @brooklyn_doorey & @_daniellemarie ❤️🍫
With the day of 💕 coming up, I’ve teamed up with my favorite protein bar, @rxbar, to spread the love & give TWO people both 1️⃣ a sweet tooth fix with a RXBAR Chocolate Pack AND 2️⃣ a $50 gift card to their site! See rules below 👀
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To Enter:
❤️Follow @rxbar
❤️Follow @therunningpowerlifter
❤️Comment below and tag a friend - maybe even a valentine or galentine 😘
❤️Unlimited entries via friend tagging (more chances to win! 🙌🏻)
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**Valid to US residents only. Contest ends on Tuesday at 11:59pm CST. The winner will be contacted Wednesday (Valentine’s Day ❤️) & this post will be updated with the winner! Good luck! 🍀
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I 💝 these bars & could NOT be more excited to partner with this company. The bars are made with whole ingredients, taste great, & there’s a flavor for everybody 🙌🏻 yeah, there’s a reason I keep these stashed in my purse, my desk, my gym bag...literally everywhere 😅

5 weeks out from my first powerlifting meet 🏋🏼‍♀️🎉 while I’m not the strongest, I’m not looking to be. I’m looking to be MY strongest, to have fun, and to get outside of my comfort zone with this new experience! 👊🏻
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This video is from a few weeks ago - 2RM squat at 160lbs 🤗 any improvement on squat, I’ll gladly take. #slowlybutsurely #squatprogress #5weeksout

I’m obsessed with these nightly monster salads this week 🙌🏻 if you’re cutting, these come in clutch with the volume - so filling. I’m convinced they’re a major contributor on why I haven’t been too hungry on this mini cut 🤗 now for those meals...
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⭐️Current Goal: mini cut ✂️
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🥧Meal 1 @ 6:45am: 344cal • 51C | 9F | 22P - protein cream of wheat {based on protein oats recipe, link in bio!} + @slapnutrition Slapple Pie A La Mode nut butter (“ashley” for 10% off!)
🍳Meal 2 @ 10:00am: 280cal • 17C | 15F | 16P - plain rice cakes with @lovemyphilly chive light cream cheese & 2 hard-boiled eggs
🍠Meal 3 @ 1:00pm: 391cal • 45C | 7F | 39P - apple chicken sausage, chicken breast, yellow squash, butternut squash
🍫Meal 4 @ 3:30pm: 431cal • 60C | 11F | 29P - apple, @fage Greek yogurt, dark chocolate mocha @zingbars
🥛Meal 5 @ 7:30pm: 308cal • 48C | 6F | 19P- chocolate @cheerios + @special k dark chocolate cereal in protein milk {@slapnutrition Cinnamon Streusel Donut whey + cashew milk)
🥗Meal 6 @ 8:30pm: 378cal • 62C | 6F | 24P - salad with romaine lettuce, grape tomatoes, sautéed cruciferous crunch mix, egg whites, sweet Thai chili veggie burger, topped with a mix of coconut aminos, stevia, mustard (again, thank you, @courtneyking! 🙌🏻) + kombucha (not pictured)
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Total: 2,132cals • 282C | 54F | 148P

Hi 👋🏻 my name is Ashley & I go through nut butter jars at a record-breaking pace 😅 which means lots of overnight oats in an *almost* empty PB jar! Here’s the recipe for these chocolatey oats in this @slapnutrition X @epicspreads Chocolate Toffee Chunk Jar...
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Mix the following ingredients in an almost empty nut butter jar (bc cold chunks of PB 🥜) or a sealable container & leave in fridge overnight! 🤗🙌🏻
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🍫40g quick oats
🍫1 scoop protein powder (I used @slapnutrition Slappy Birthday whey 👉🏻 “ashley” for 10% off!)
🍫10g cocoa powder
🍫60g pumpkin
🍫1/2 cup unsweetened cashew milk
🍫stevia & cinnamon - as much or little as your ❤️ desires

#honestreview of @dailyharvest’s new Harvest Bowls! Full review is now #ontheblog, but spoiler: I LOVED them! 🙌🏻❤️ this meal literally took 5 minutes to put together bc these Harvest Bowls are so quick + easy to prepare!
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Basically, these Harvest Bowls are pre-made, frozen bases to any lunch or dinner without the protein source (so you can use them as a side too). 🤤 the bowl pictured is the Brussels Sprouts + Tahini one with added in shrimp. Lemme tell ya, it took me 5 minutes to make, was AMAZING tasting, and full of great ingredients like: lentils, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, hazelnuts, tahini, mushrooms, leeks, sesame seeds, extra virgin olive oil, Apple cider vinegar, and yummy spices! Yup, amazing and I highly recommend these. Read the full blog post, link in bio! 😘

Mini cut still going & full of delicious food 🍦❤️ just because you’re on a cut, does not mean you need to eat boring, unappetizing foods! 🙅🏼‍♀️ anywaysss macros dropped this week since weight wasn’t really moving (shown at end of post), so we’ll see how these new macros go! Now for those meals...
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⭐️Current Goal: mini cut ✂️
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🥜Meal 1 @ 6:45am: 353cal • 51C | 7F | 25P - protein cream of wheat {based on protein oats recipe, link in bio!} + @nutsnmore white chocolate protein peanut butter
🍳Meal 2 @ 10:00am: 280cal • 17C | 15F | 16P - plain rice cakes with @lovemyphilly chive light cream cheese & 2 hard-boiled eggs
🍝Meal 3 @ 1:00pm: 311cal • 41C | 2F | 34P - chicken breast, spaghetti squash with salsa, onions, grape tomatoes, air fried yellow potatoes
🍫Meal 4 @ 3:30pm: 378cal • 34C | 14F | 30P - strawberry @dannon light & fit Greek yogurt + almond chocolate chip @g2gbar
🥗Meal 5 @ 7:30pm: 357cal • 38C | 7F | 37P- salad with romaine lettuce, vinaigrette beets, grape tomatoes, chicken breast, sautéed cruciferous crunch mix + yellow squash, topped with a mix of coconut aminos, stevia, mustard (thank you, @courtneykiing! 🙌🏻), kombucha + Brazil nuts
🍦Meal 6 @ 8:30pm: 380cal • 60C | 11F | 8P - @edys mint choco chip ice cream, animal crackers, & @cocoabarinajar 😛 “RUNNINGPOWERLIFTER10” for 10% off
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Total: 2,058cals • 240C | 55F | 150P

“Cutting” grocery haul! ✂️ 💥🛒when I’m cutting I like to buy lower calorie, higher volume foods (all noted below). 🥦🥗These foods help me feel fuller, as compared to simply eating smaller portions of my bulking meals. If you have questions about how I use/prep these foods, lemme know!
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🍤 frozen shrimp (great source of low-fat protein!)
🐻cut beets in vinaigrette (put a bear bc no beat emoji & I’ve been watching The Office a lot 😅 but great for low-cal, high volume)
🍅grape tomatoes (another low-cal, high volume item for snacking or salads)
🥜peanut butter (helps curb cravings & to get in fats)
🌶bell pepper (low-cal, high volume item again for snacking + salad topper)
💦chopped onion (to use with my ground meat I’ll prep later this week - no onion emoji, so tear drops seemed appropriate 😆)
🥔Dutch yellow potatoes (great carb source)
🍝spaghetti squash (amazing low-cal, high volume item!)
🥦broccoli (veggie staple)
🥗romaine lettuce + cruciferous crunch (because salads are voluminous which is helpful when reducing caloric intake)
🍚frozen brown rice (another great carb source that can be combined with cauliflower rice for a more voluminous meal)
🌮taco shells (surprisingly fairly macro friendly & will be a great pairing for my ground meat!)
🍌bananas (great carb source & so good with Greek yogurt)
🍠butternut squash (great volume carb! You get a lot of volume for the carbs/calories)

#honestreview of Slapple Pie A La Mode Nut Butter by @slapnutrition x @epicspreads! 🍎🥧🥜
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👉🏻Macros: 180cals • 10C | 15F | 6P for 28g
👉🏻Where I bought: weslap.com (you can use code “ashley” for 10% off! 😘)
👉🏻Comment below 👇🏻 if you've bought elsewhere for others' reference!
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🤗 texture: this nut butter is pretty thick (esp compared to Slap’s other nut butters) and has white chocolate chips on top of the PB! Such a fun surprise to open the jar to those!! 🎉
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😛 taste: this basically tastes like sweet nut butter with a hint of candy apple pie flavor - very subtle! Then the white chocolate chips (after mixed in) adds a nice extra sweetness.
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🤔 would you do it again? Yes! The Slap x Epic Spreads nut butters have yet to let me down, but I think this is my least favorite of the current 3 favors out with French Toast Fantasy as my number 1! 🙌🏻 this gets a 9/10 because it’s delicious and yummy, I just prefer the flavors of the others over this one
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🌟 if you’ve tried this, let me know your thoughts & /10 score below! 👇🏻

Full day of eating 🍫🥢🍎 lately I’ve been thinking about how much I enjoy the way I eat. For so long, food felt like the enemy, but macro counting really changed that for me! Maybe bc I’m a numbers person (accounting degrees, hey 🤓) or bc I enjoy structure or bc I’m just fascinated seeing results by manipulating my macros. As well, I’ve found eating smaller meals through the day just works for me! These things may not work for you, but you never know if you don’t try 🤷🏼‍♀️ now for those meals...
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⭐️Current Goal: mini cut ✂️
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🍫Meal 1 @ 6:45am: 344cal • 51C | 9F | 22P - protein cream of wheat {based on protein oats recipe, link in bio!} + @slapnutrition Chocolate Toffee nut butter {“ashley” for 10% off 🤗}
🍎Meal 2 @ 10:00am: 410cal • 68C | 10F | 7P - apple + 2 caramel rice cakes with @cocoabarinajar on top! “RUNNINGPOWERLIFTER10” for 10% off 👊🏻
🥔Meal 3 @ 1:00pm: 338cal • 49C | 1F | 35P - chicken, green beans, and air fried golden potatoes
🍳Meal 4 @ 3:30pm: 385cal • 46C | 13F | 23P - untoasted bagel (didn’t have time 💔) with light cream cheese (on 1/2 bc ran out 💔 numba 2) & 2 hard-boiled eggs
🥛Meal 5 @ 7:30pm: 278cal • 49C | 6F | 19P- Chocolate Cheerios & cinnamon @barbarasbakery puffins in protein milk {unsweetened cashew milk + @slapnutrition cinnamon streusel donut whey)
🥢Meal 6 @ 8:30pm: 581cal • 58C | 22F | 42P - @dailyharvest’s Cauliflower Rice + Kimchi Harvest Bowl, brown rice, shrimp, sweet Thai chili veggie patty, Soyaki sauce, and an over easy egg 🤗
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Total: 2,335cals • 319C | 60F | 149P

#volumehack for all my fellow peanut butter lovers who are either a) on a cut ✂️ or b) just really love heaps & heaps of peanut butter 🥜❤️🥜 I fall under both categories at the moment 😅
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🥜With this hack, you can turn 1 tablespoon of regular peanut butter into 3 tablespoons without sacrificing taste (in my opinion)! The hack uses powdered pb, which ya know just doesn’t taste/feel exactly like pb by itself, but this hack will make it taste pretty dang close to the real thing! And a large amount of it 😏
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🙌🏻By mixing 1TBS of your favorite nut butter with 2TBS of powdered peanut butter (like @bellplantation PB2) & some water 💦 you get 3 whopping tablespoons of peanut butter for ~140cals, as compared to ~275cals 🙀 that's almost half the calories for the same volume! 🙌🏻 that's a volume win
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❤️Post inspired by @kerryj_fitness + brands used: @jifbrand Creamy Peanut Butter & @bellplantation PB2

Overnight Oats in an almost empty peanut butter jar is heaven 🙌🏻 especially when you get a big chunk of cold peanut butter in a bite 🤤🤤 these are great for a quick on-the-go breakfast! & here’s the recipe...enjoy!
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Instructions: Mix the following in an almost empty nut butter jar or other sealable container and leave in fridge overnight! 🤗
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🥜40g quick oats
🥜85g non-fat Greek yogurt (I used @fage)
🥜60g pumpkin
🥜1/2 scoop protein powder (I used @slapnutrition cinnamon streusel donut whey - use code “ashley” for 10% off ❤️)
🥜1/2 cup unsweetened cashew milk (can sub any milk)
🥜12g powdered peanut butter (I used @bellplantation PB2) for extra PB flavor
🥜stevia (however much suits your taste buds)

Full day of eating & I can’t decide which meal was the best 🍠🍎🍫 but I will say that Meal 6 was 🙌🏻😍 sweet potato with chocolate toffee nut butter, stevia, cinnamon, sea salt & animal crackers! What a great way to end a Monday 🤗 now for those meals...
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⭐️Current Goal: mini cut ✂️
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🥜Meal 1 @ 6:45am: 548cal • 63C | 16F | 42P - overnight oats made with @slapnutrition cinnamon streusel donut whey {“ashley” for 10% off 🤗} recipe to come tomorrow!
🍳Meal 2 @ 10:00am: 280cal • 16C | 24F | 18P - rice cakes with light cream cheese & 2 hard-boiled eggs
🌮Meal 3 @ 1:00pm: 454cal • 52C | 6F | 45P - whole wheat lavash tacos with black beans, cheese, @grassrootscoop chicken thighs & breast + broccoli
🍎Meal 4 @ 3:30pm: 310cal • 48C | 7F | 12P - apple + mixed berry @rxbar
🍞Meal 5 @ 7:30pm: 414cal • 58C | 8F | 29P- buttermilk biscuit with cherry preserves, green beans, roasted yellow potatoes, chicken breast, romaine + balsamic dressing
🍠Meal 6 @ 8:30pm: 262cal • 42C | 9F | 6P - sweet potatoes with stevia, cinnamon, sea salt & chocolate toffee @slapnutrition nut butter + animal crackers 🙃
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Total: 2,266cals • 280C | 60F | 151P

My current favorite EASY dish! 🙌🏻 regular rice + cauliflower rice (for volume / extra veggies), stir-fry mixed veggies, @traderjoes soyaki sauce, & your protein of choice! 🤤
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🙊The secret to why this meal was SO easy?! All of the ingredients, except the protein (more deets on that below) were frozen 🙌🏻 since I had the chicken pre-made, this meal took a whopping 5 minutes to put together.
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Also, my protein of choice this time was @grassrootscoop air fried chicken thighs - don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win $100 to this farmer-raised meat box company on my post last Sunday! 😍

#honestreview of @zingbars Lemon Cashew Crunch protein bar! 🍋 If you aren’t familiar with this brand, these are bars made by dietitians & made with whole ingredients!
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👉🏻Macros: 190cal • 24C | 6F | 15P
👉🏻Where I bought: Zing was nice enough to send these, but you can grab em from their site, link in their bio!
👉🏻Comment below 👇🏻 if you've bought elsewhere for others' reference!
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🤗 texture: at first, it almost feels chalky/powdery. Then it basically melts in your mouth after a few chews. Weird but I ended up loving it! Then it had the crunchy pieces which is a win.
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😛 taste: great lemon taste. Very authentic! No protein taste, just fresh lemon. Very impressive!
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🤔 would you do it again? Yes! Loved this flavor - I give it a 9/10 🎉🎉🎉
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🌟 if you’ve tried this, let me know your thoughts & /10 score below! 👇🏻

Full day of eating 🍎🍫 I relied hard on “convenience” foods - almost everything was quick-grab or frozen foods. 🤷🏼‍♀️ Eating these foods used to make me feel like I was cheating meal prep & healthy eating (ha not saying this is the picture of health), but I’ve realized that these convenience foods are SO helpful to stay on track when I feel lazy & don’t feel like meal prepping! 🙏🏻 thank goodness for frozen/quick-grab foods. Now for those meals...
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⭐️Current Goal: mini cut ✂️
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🍫Meal 1 @ 6:45am: 344cal • 51C | 9F | 22P - protein cream of wheat {based on protein oats recipe, link in bio!} + @slapnutrition Chocolate Toffee nut butter {“ashley” for 10% off 🤗},
🍳Meal 2 @ 10:00am: 280cal • 16C | 24F | 18P - rice cakes with light cream cheese & 2 hard-boiled eggs
🍤Meal 3 @ 1:00pm: 355cal • 55C | 4F | 27P - shrimp, stir fry veggies, brown rice, cauliflower rice
🍎Meal 4 @ 3:30pm: 481cal • 71C | 11F | 23P - apple + 2 caramel rice cakes with @cocoabarinajar (ahmazing!) + @eatprotes Zesty Nacho protein chips
🥛Meal 5 @ 7:30pm: 380cal • 54C | 10F | 28P- nutter butter cereal + @barbarasbakery cinnamon puffins in protein milk {@slapnutrition cinnamon whey + cashew milk}
🌯Meal 6 @ 8:30pm: 536cal • 73C | 13F | 32P - chicken chile verde burrito, zucchini, black beans
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Total: 2,375cals • 320C | 60F | 151P

Trader Joe’s basics + extras haul! 🍎🛒🍪 I don’t go for “extras” that often (meaning foods other than my staples), but I was feelin’ em this time! Or maybe I just went to the store hungry 😜 but really, sometimes you need to #treatyoself. If ya want info on how I use/cook any of these things, lemme know! Here’s what I got:
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🍌bananas
🌱green beans
🥗romaine lettuce
🍠sweet potatoes
🌳brussels sprouts
🥦broccoli
🥔red potatoes
🍽cream cheese
🍎apples
🍱soyaki sauce (best extra EVER)
🥖sprouted wheat bagels
🧀reduced guilt mac n cheese (extra and dang good!)
🍪triple ginger cookie thins (extra and good, not great)
🍳eggs
🌯chicken chile verde burritos (extra and have my stamp of approval!)
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**this haul doesn’t include any meat, as I’m still working through my @grassrootscoop meat box order! $100 giveaway for them a couple of posts back which ya should check out! 👀**

#honestreview of @eatprotes Zesty Nachos protein chips! 💃🏼🧀
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👉🏻Macros: 120cal • 7C | 4F | 15P
👉🏻Where I bought: @gnclivewell
👉🏻Comment below 👇🏻 if you've bought elsewhere for others' reference!
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🤗 texture: these are kinda like a thick, stale chips texture... VERY crunchy (ha my poor coworkers 😆). I actually kinda liked the texture! But I also love bread crust & almost burnt things which may be an indication of why I liked the texture!
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😛 taste: very zesty, so it lived up to the name! No protein taste, just very cheese-y & nacho-y flavor! No complaints about the flavor, I’m just not totally raving about it. Good flavor nonetheless!
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🤔 would you do it again? Definitely! I actually really enjoyed these, but I could image the texture would put some people off. For me, I give these an 8/10! 🎉
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🌟 if you’ve tried this, let me know your thoughts & /10 score below! 👇🏻

Let the mini cut commence! 🍎✂️🍫 you’ll notice that I’m eating almost the exact same thing as before, but basically finding lower cal food replacements (like rice cakes for bagels) & decreasing the portions sizes (like using less rice in my meal 5). In macro terms, I’m starting by ⬇️ 50 carbs/day - not bc carbs are bad, but bc they’re the most variable macro. I’m doing this little cut to drop a few lbs to make sure I have no problem making the 126lb weight class for my first powerlifting meet in March 🤗🎉 now for those meals...
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⭐️Current Goal: mini cut ✂️
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🥜Meal 1 @ 6:45am: 356cal • 46C | 9F | 27P - protein oat bran {based on protein oats recipe, link in bio!} + pumpkin & @nutsnmore white chocolate protein spread
🍳Meal 2 @ 10:00am: 280cal • 16C | 24F | 18P - rice cakes with light cream cheese & 2 hard-boiled eggs
🥔Meal 3 @ 1:00pm: 450cal • 59C | 6F | 39P - air fried red potatoes, broccoli, @grassrootscoop turkey breast & pork loin (check out my last post for a $100 Grass Roots giveaway 🎉)
🍎Meal 4 @ 3:30pm: 419cal • 55C | 14F | 19P - apple + almond fruit @g2gbar
🍲Meal 5 @ 7:30pm: 413cal • 68C | 10F | 17P- Thai sweet veggie patty with brown rice, cauliflower rice, mixed veggies, & soyaki sauce (you think I like this meal or something?! 🤣 #onrepeat) + gingerade kombucha
🍫Meal 6 @ 8:30pm: 303cal • 38C | 7F | 32P - smoothie made with @slapnutrition broatmeal cookie whey {“ashley” for 10% off 🤗}, banana, frozen spinach, frozen riced cauliflower, cacao & cocoa powder + Lily’s dark chocolate
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Total: 2,221cals • 280C | 60F | 151P

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