Hello, hello! You know what I’m still loving? The free outdoor yoga that Lululemon offers in the summer in Dupont Circle on Wednesday nights.
I haven’t been writing about it every week, but I’ve been going almost every week! My friends and I have a sort of “yoga gang” and we’ve turned Wednesday nights into a fun yoga + dinner date girls night. Last night, we weren’t able to do dinner, but the yoga date was still a nice treat. I’m pictured below with friends Chrissy and Heather!
It was a beautiful night for yoga – cool enough to wear cropped pants (I’m rocking my fave gray Reebok fitted capris) instead of shorts, and though I had a tank top on for most of the class, I brought a cozy zip up for afterwards. (The teal zip up is from Old Navy last year!)
The class last night wasn’t my favorite – it was pretty low key and nothing too creative pose-wise, but it still felt nice to stretch and enjoy the fresh air. Oh, pigeon pose – you are so nice for my tight marathon training runner’s hips.
And yes, I creepily took a photo while everyone was in pigeon pose with their heads down. #Awkward
I also snagged a photo of my friend Heather showing off her mad headstand skills. I was impressed!
I’ve been working on my forearm balance handstand – getting better but no photo to share just yet.
Sadly, last night was my last of the free outdoor summer yoga sessions! I’m pretty sure it ends with September and I’m out of town next week. Bummer! Until next year, free outdoor yoga!
The Quaker/Jamba Juice PR team reached out to me recently about checking out the new boost, and considering you guys know I already love both those companies I was more than happy to comply.
The new Quaker whole grains boost is available at Jamba Juices nationwide and is 25 cents. It’s an easy way to add some fiber, staying power, and whole grains to your smoothies. Each boost delivers 16g, or one full serving, of whole grains – sweet!
After much debate (I <3 Jamba Juice!), I finally decided on the “Apple ‘n’ Greens” fruit & veggie smoothie, with the addition of the whole grains boost. YUM!
I didn’t notice anything different texture-wise from the addition of the whole grains boost, which was a good thing, and I do think it helped keep me full a little longer. It was the perfect pre-yoga late afternoon snack! I would absolutely get the whole grains boost again next time – such a simple and convenient way to get a little extra whole grains in. Did you know that less than 15 percent of people get the 3-5 minimum daily recommended servings of whole grains? Yikes. Aside from fiber, whole grains also provide a number of essential vitamins and nutrients, and complex (vs. simple/refined) carbohydrates will be digested more slowly in the body, slowing the blood sugar response and keeping you full longer.
Apparently the Quaker whole grains Jamba Juice boost is just the first of many offerings in the partnership between the two companies – I’m excited to see what other healthy on-the-go snacks they come up with in the future! (If you want to read more about their partnership & the whole grains boost, here’s the press release announcing it.)
And now, for a giveaway! The Jamba Juice/Quaker PR team provided me with a gift card to check out the new smoothie, and I asked if they would share one to giveaway to you guys, too.
One fANNEtastic reader will win a $20 gift card to Jamba Juice so they can try the new whole grains boost, too!
To enter to win, simply leave a comment on this post sharing your favorite way to get in whole grains. Want extra optional entries? Follow me on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, and “’like” me on Facebook, then come back and leave one overall comment letting me know you did so!
U.S. residents only, please. I’ll draw and announce the winner tomorrow (Friday, September 20). Good luck, and thank you to Jamba Juice & Quaker for sponsoring this post and the giveaway!
This giveaway is now closed – thank you for entering and congratulations to the winner, comment #50, Kristina! Kristina – please email me ([email protected]) your full name and mailing address so we can send you the prize!