How to feel full and energized all day with the BEST breakfast ever (ft. PlantFusion Protein)

Are you guys in any Facebook groups on FB? 

I’m in a few and I feel like one of the questions that always comes up is about vegan protein. What’s the best, what tastes good, and what brand does everyone love?

This one has come up in the Almost 30 Podcast Secret Group, more than once. There’s so many brands out there, it’s hard to choose. I’ve tried them all – you name it sistah.

But I've decided and committed, that PlantFusion Vegan protein is my FAVORITE thing. 


Okay WHY is it my favorite thing?

  • I didn’t know it was possible to feel so full from a protein powder: SERIOUSLY. Leveraging the Fab 4 Smoothie Method from Kelly LeVeque of Be Well By Kelly (make sure to listen to the Almost 30 Podcast episodes) I can stay full for at least 4-5 hours. Let me break down the Fab 4 if you aren’t familiar in a sec.
  • It’s SO SMOOTH. It makes super smooth, buttery soft, silky smoothies. If my smoothie isn’t thick AF I don’t want it, and the consistently is on freaking point.
  • It has everything you need it in and then some:
    • It’s the only plant-based protein shake that compares to whey: enhanced with 4500mg of branched chain amino acids (BCAA) and 3,350mg of glutamine, PlantFusion is a complete and extremely potent source of protein. It’s the first plant-based protein that compares to animal proteins (like whey) in amino acid density and balance.
      • It’s SUPER nutrient-dense: it has a 21 grams of protein + amino acids and only 120 calories.
      • MAJOR KEY. It’s free of all major allergens: No dairy, soy, gluten (wheat), eggs, nuts, fish, tree nuts, or shellfish. There’s no artificial flavors and preservatives.
      • One of my favorite parts it that it’s easy to Digest: It contains a proprietary blend of enzymes to ensure anyone can digest it. With other proteins I’ve had a bloated belly, been uncomfortable, but not with this one.  
  • I can buy it on Amazon Prime (2-day shipping for life).
  • The flavor, again by far my favorite. I’ve had some that doesn’t taste like anything, or just isn’t good, and I really look forward to my shake every day. You can buy a $10 sample kit, here
  • Making a shake in the morning is such a quick easy way to get a great filling breakfast in, and set myself up for a good day. It keeps my blood sugar stable, and is s super easy to make.
  • I can bring the $10 sample kits with me when I travel so that I'm staying right on the go. 

I love it so much that, sometimes I find myself STALKING group threads, because I feel like I need to tell everyone about PlantFusion. It’s like a hobby of mine. 

I’m cool right? 

Although this post is in partnership with PlantFusion, I would have written this anyway, because it’s hands down my favorite protein powder I’ve ever used and I won’t use another since I started having it.

I look forward to my shakes in the morning. Even when it's done, I am looking forward to the next smoothie the next day. I love how they make me feel full, they give me energy, I don't feel bloated and it's SO DELICIOUS.

Because me with protein powders, I’ve seriously, had them ALL.

I’ve been vegetarian for over 10 years, vegan for 2 and I’ve been making smoothies and shakes for a real long time. 

I’ve enjoyed some of them, and not enjoyed some of them, but I never really thought I could love one as much as this. 


Along with Plantfusion, I leverage the Fab 4 Methodology when I make my shake. 

Again, you must listen to the Kelly episode ASAP because she breaks down why you need to have one smoothie a day to kick start a healthy lifestyle.


Kelly’s Fab Four:

Fat: Fat doesn’t make you fat! Rather, it helps your body produce hormones; is essential for the absorption of vitamins A, D, E and K; increases insulin sensitivity so your muscles absorb glucose more efficiently instead of storing it as fat; makes meals more satisfying so you can stay full longer without dips in blood sugar.

Greens: The health benefits of green leafy vegetables comprise an extensive list, but they ultimately cleanse the blood and fuel the body with oxygen.

Fiber: health benefits of fiber include reducing the incidence of heart disease, lowering cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose levels and inflammation, and even weight loss.

Protein: This is where Plant Fusion comes in. Eat Protein in the Morning. People who got 35 grams of protein at breakfast were less hungry throughout the day and saw favorable changes in the hormones and brain signals that control appetite.


All 4 of these things are tools in your tool belt that can be a game changer for the way you feel about your breakfast, and the way you feel about your day. Stable blood sugars help improve mood and provide a foundation for clear decision making. A diet high in fiber can. Healthy fats can.

Protein is the building block.

Again, so excited to share this with you guys. YES I did this in partnership with PlantFusion but I’ve never felt better about sharing with you (if I haven’t shared it already!)

ENJOY and let me know your favorite smoothie recipes pls!

Xoxo

Krista

*P.S. Running a giveaway of PlantFusion over on Instagram! Head over there to win!

Thanks for PlantFusion for partnering with me on this post! All opinions are my own. 

INSTAGOALS: How to create a beautiful cohesive Instagram

SUP LADIES!

Hi!

So sharing a little 'pretty instagram feed' insights today, because...the important things in life ya know?

Let me start by saying, that I personally dont think my feed is amazing, and I think secretly at points everyone hates their feeds, ha. I go in waves where I can't even look at it, nor will post reguarly. 

We're all too critical of ourselves (and one another for that matter).

Sometimes I want mine to be more moody, more editorial, include more of a diversity of shots, blah blah blah.

Just think, before Instagram we had none of these thoughts.

 SMH.

Anywho, so my instagram feed has definitely evolved through the years. I did the whole 'instasize' thing and it's my biggest regret in life. All of the images are different sizes and I have dope images from places like Morocco, Vietnam, Patagonia...that are instasized aka weird. 

I also was a XX Pro Filter queen, and, to be honest, some of my photos look like I'm on fire I am so tan and filtered. Those got deleted. Sorry memories, but ya gotta go. I also was a huge 'clubber' before so I had images of bottles and shit...SMH.

So I've learned from my mistakes, but I did the majority of my learning when I got my websire redone by GoLive HQ - you can read about my experience here.

Going through an entire branding exercise, and redoing all aspects of Hundred, bled to my Instagram feed too.

My graphic designer, said, 'no matter what, just keep your mood board colors consistent'.

My mood board was what I created on Pinterest to describe the look and feel of Hundred Blog - you can see it here:

This has lots of pinks, blues, some aqua, and it's beachy, California, with a bit of an edge. 

But when you see these images you think of Hundred Blog, right? That's what's important.

So applying that same principal, I looked at my instagram feed. Realizing that almost all big bloggers, like Happily Grey for example, follow this same strategy. They keep the color scheme consistent so that the overall theme of the Instagram is visually appealing when you look at the profile. It means these images are 'theirs' and they have a certain vibe.

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Happily grey is known for keeping everything cool, everything grey and all of it neutral. She uses the same filters and the same photo editing every time so that it's unique to her.

Same Chicstyling. She follows a pattern - consistent pattern of grey, one detail shot, one full body, one with the face. Every row has that same idea. 

For my instagram, I like to keep it bright, and the colors in the blue and pink color palette. I definitely move off that sometimes, but within every 3-4 posts I bring it back to those colors so that it's cohesive. I'll use a beach scene, or something that helps to tie it all together so that it follows the same brand visual. 

Pick your color scheme: The best feeds have a recognizable color feel at a glance! This is what draws you in and makes you want to stay around for more. 

Give yourself options: Take LOTS OF PICTURES. Yes be that girl, be annoying and take all of the angles in all of the lights. Don't screw yourself with only a few options! 

Plan: The major key to creating your dream feed is understanding your aesthetic. What do you want people to think and take away from visiting your feed?When I’m planning a feed, I like to make sure that everything is laid out in a cohesive way – shots in the same perspective or category next to one another or above one another I try to avoid (looks boring). To understand the state of my current feed and my future feed, I use UNUM so that I can see the 'squares' together. This also helps me to make sure I am staying consistent with my colors and that my pictures are varied and look good together. 

Write rad captions: This is really important to me. My photos are good, but you need to know about ME, the person behind it. I love captions more than pictures because you get insight into my personality and humor. Make yours, YOU. 

Use natural light and FOCUS. DUH. 

My favorite photo editing apps, here. 

At the end of the day, Instagram aids in adding a visual personality to your brand and a way to reiterate your message and purpose.

Focus on that, and you're good.

Let us know any other tips you have. Would love to hear from you.

Happy Monday,

xoxo

Krista

GET READY WITH ME: Flawless skin with TEMPTU and red hot with Ever Pretty (plus a GIVEAWAY FOR YOU)

Guys I did my very first, very L.A. event last week. 

Like real L.A. 

It was SO STUNNING, at this hotel, and with the most gorgeous babes on the planet. Everyone was DECKED out, to the 9’s, and it was more networking than anything. When you’re in a room with mega babes, that you don’t really know, unfortunately or fortunately you gotta stunt. 

(Stunt means you gotta look AND feel your best).

So I needed to get prepped with a new dress (yup it was pretty fancy!) and then make sure that my makeup was super on point. 

I have always been so curious about airbrushing your makeup. I have a friend who's skin is seriously like butter - and she uses an airbrush kit.

Basically to make her skin look like J.Lo.

Last time we were on vacation together, I was waiting for her to use her TEMTPU the whole trip.

I’m like okay how is this going to work? How much time will it take?  How does she do it when sh isn't a professional makeup artist.

HOW DOES SHE DO THIS AIRBRUSH MAKE-UP?

BUT, it was freaking simple.

She would bust out her TEMPTU, put in her little color pod, spray gently for 15 seconds, and BAM. She’s like a porcelain doll (that has a really good base color and glow). 

After the base of course, she would finish it up with a light bronzer, and blush on her cheeks.

She let it sit for 1 minute and she was DONE.

I couldn’t believe it, when I was sitting there using my fingers and my old BB cream to get a  good finish, never knowing you could airbrush your makeup on for an amazing canvas.

Make-up GOALS. 

So when I had this event, I was so excited that I could partner with both TEMPTU and Ever Pretty to get ready for it. I was so excited that I could have J.Lo smooth skin (in seconds) and wear a bombshell dress (just like all the other gals!)

If you don't know, Ever Pretty is a dress brand.

I got this maroon stunner, just a classic really well made dress that fits like a glove. When I normally am a bit self conscious about form fitting, I was blown away at how flattering this was. The cap sleeves and sweetheart are really flattering for anyones chest (regardless of size I think) and the trumpet bottom makes the bum and hips look RIGHT. 

The price, of Ever Pretty is also - justtttttt right. Really affordable, mostly under $50 and makes having a new dress for every occasion super easy. Under the ‘formal’ dresses section is where I found the ones I loved. 

This video takes you into how super quick it was getting ready for the event (which is good because it happened to be on a weekday) and you can see the steps for the TEMPTU.


How to use the TEMTPU airbrush for a flawless finish:

  1. Attach Airbrush Foundation to the TEMPTU Air and power on speed setting two. Holding 4-6 inches (a palm's length away) move in circular motions, pulling down gently on the SoftTouch Control to release the makeup.
  2. Stop and look, pausing for 10-15 seconds in between passes until reaching your desired level of coverage. TEMPTU’s Airbrush Foundation is weightless and buildable; a little goes a long way and coverage is completely customizable.

1-2 passes for sheer coverage

2-3 passes for medium coverage

3-4 passes for full coverage

I applied the same principles for the highlighter and blush, focusing on those areas specifically and watching how it applies to see how much or how little to use.

SIMPLE. RIGHT?

What TEMPTU colors I used (I used their shade finder here, and it was PERFECT):

Foundation: bisque

Blush: Washed Rose

Highlighter: Pink Pearl

What dress I am wearing:

Sweetheart Neckline Maroon Dress - $55.99

Other Favorites from Ever Pretty:

Long Lace Cream Dress - $38.99

Tribal Cut-Out Maxi Dress - $19.49

Floral Print Maxi Dress - $16.24

The giveaway:

YES PLS.

In partnership with these amazing brands, I am going to be giving away $100 TEMTPU e-gift card AND a $100 Gift Card to Ever Pretty.

YEAP, you can recreate whatever look you want, and make your skin flawless, celebrity smooth.

All you need to do is:

Follow @TEMPTU and @everprettycom then comment the *heart* emoji when you're done!

Extra entries for tagging friends! 

The winner will be announced on July 31st, 5:00 PM PST, and will be able to pick whatever dress they'd like, and receive all they need from TEMPTU.  


Guys what do you think? So exciting right? I can't wait to have everyone share their tips, and meet these amazing brands (if you don't know them already!) WOULD LOVE if you shared your favorite dresses from Ever Pretty, and which part about TEMPTU makes you the most excited! 

Let me know any questions you have! 

xoxo
 

*Thanks to Ever Pretty and TEMPTU for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.