Plated Review

Spring is (almost) sprung! We have finally had three days of above 30 degree temps and it’s been glorious!

Spring is sprung

Today I wanted to share with you my experience with Plated, a meal subscription service. The subscription part is relatively new–when I ordered it about a month ago, you could buy individual meals. Now, you need to subscribe to weekly deliveries, which makes me a little bit less of a fan.

Plated logo

I decided to try it out because I wanted to expand our palates (as mentioned in my goals for this year) as well as learn new cooking methods. I saw a coupon for four free meals when you buy eight, so I decided to buy it as a birthday present to myself.

To get started, I chose the dates I wanted my meals delivered. Every week they release a new week’s worth of recipes going out four weeks.

Plated delivery dates

Next, I checked out the offerings each week. Plated offers seven items each week and you filter them based on the protein. As you click on each item, you’ll get a better picture of the recipe as well as additional details.

Plated weekly menu details

The recipe will tell you what they send, what you need (usually very minimal), calories, and any potential allergens.

Plated meal details

Given that I wanted to try new ingredients and cooking methods, I ended up ordering:

  • Roasted Quail with Salsa Verde and Spanish Rice
  • Braised Cod with Swiss Chard, White Beans, and Almonds
  • Thai Peanut Chicken Curry with Sticky Rice
  • Seared Pollock with Blood Orange, Olives, and Grapefruit Salad

Altogether, it cost $54: $24 for 2 plates at $12 each and $30 for 2 plates at $12 each plus $6 shipping. This included the 4 free plates with free shipping on one order. Not a bargain by any means, but definitely less than four meals at a decent restaurant, not to mention the convenience of having everything ready to go and a couple of delicious meals planned for the week.

I couldn’t wait to get my first box! Unfortunately, it arrived a day late. That was a bit of a bummer since I was planning on making one of the meals that night, but when I asked the Plated crew where my box was, they gave me a $12 credit for the inconvenience.

Plated box

Upon opening, I was greeted with the recipe cards.

Plated box opening

Further down, underneath some spacey-looking insulated wrapping, were the ingredients. Beneath them were three huge (reusable!) ice packs. Note: each package only contained two recipes (seared pollock and curry rice) as I ordered two separate shipments of two recipes each.

Plated box contents

I wanted to try the seared pollock recipe first. I got out all of the items needed and read the entire recipe card.

Pollock ingredients

 

Pollock greens

(The pollock was busy defrosting)

Pollock recipe card

How delicious does this look? And all kinds of professional in our new, non-toxic pans!

Seared pollock

Et voila!

Plated Seared Pollock with Blood Orange, Olives, and Grapefruit Salad

The consensus in Whole Health Household? Delicious! I’m not normally a fan of grapefruit, but it really added some nice bitterness and acid to this dish. We kept the recipe card and look forward to making this again in the warmer months!

How did the rest of the dishes fare? Let’s start with the other meal in this order, the Thai Peanut Chicken Curry with Sticky Rice.

Plated Thai Peanut Chicken Curry with Sticky Rice

It’s not much to look at, but it was pretty good. It didn’t blow my hair back, but it was a good dinner. I ordered this to get me out my spicy comfort zone. I’m only one-quarter Irish, but you would think I was 100% with my intolerance to spice! I’ve been pushing myself the past year and have definitely gotten better, but I still begged WHH to not put in all of the gochujang (a spicy red chile paste) and I was glad I did.

In our next box, we had the two remaining meals. This box also came a day late, so I yet again emailed to ask where our delivery was. They let me know it would come the next day and I was credited $20. I was really excited to try the Roasted Quail with Salsa Verde and Spanish Rice, so I made that dish first.

Plated Roasted Quail with Salsa Verde and Spanish Rice

So I now know I’m not much of a fan of quail. There’s hardly any meat on them (I didn’t realize just how small they’d be) and not much flavor. The salsa verde was also rather tasteless. It needed more seasoning, so I ended up throwing some salsa in it. On the plus side I used the remaining two quails for a delicious stock that I then reduced by boiling to make a sauce to drizzle over a stuffed “airline supreme” cut (aka Statler chicken cut). Now that was yummy!

Airline supreme stuffed chicken

And finally, we have the Braised Cod with Swiss Chard, White Beans, and Almonds.Plated Braised Cod with Swiss Chard, White Beans, and Almonds

This was also quite yummy and the second recipe card that we ended up keeping. My only complaint would be that there weren’t many differences in texture aside from the crunch from the almonds. Everything else was about the same texture and I don’t know about you, but I like when my meal varies in texture. I might choose to roast the onions instead of saute.

All in all, we had a lot of fun trying new recipes, flavors, and cooking techniques. The meals themselves were definitely quality and I felt like I was dining in a nice restaurant. The only downside is that I felt incredibly wasteful recycling or throwing out all of the materials that held small quantities. The lack of delivery on the promised shipping days was frustrating, but I appreciate that they take customer service seriously and credited my account without me asking for any compensation. We’ll see if that improves as I have two new meals coming at the end of the month thanks to the $32 credit (I was fine with paying an additional $22 for shipping and the remaining dish prices). Next up we’re trying Pan-Roasted Za’atar Chicken with Spinach Feta Twice-Baked Potatoes and Ginger Trout en Papillote with Miso Butter, Sweet Potatoes, and Snap Peas!

Questions: Have you tried a meal service? Would you ever try one? Have you made any new and exciting dishes lately or anything that you thought would be delicious and ended up kind of meh?

December Send Me Gluten Free Box Review

Hi all! I wanted to check in a couple of times before the end of the year. First up is a look at the December Send Me Gluten Free box.

Send Me Gluten Free box logo

I had such a fun time with last month’s box, that I was really excited to see what was up for this month. The box opening was similar to the first one, in all its lovely orange and blue glory:

December Send Me Gluten Free box opening

Of course, I was mostly interested in the goodies underneath:

December Send Me Gluten Free box

Just like last time, I spied the chocolate chip cookie and snapped a bad pic in my hurry to gobble that thing down. Too bad the Lucy’s Chocolate Chip Cookies weren’t as good as the WOW chocolate chip cookies from the last box. I choked down the first one, trying to give it a chance, then threw away the second. It was really dry and didn’t have very good flavor. It’s a vegan cookie, so that may have had partially to do with it, but I’m not buying it. I’ve made vegan baked goods before and they can still be moist and taste good. I wouldn’t recommend these at all unless you like tasteless, dry cookies (no offense, Lucy’s).

December Send Me Gluten Free box contents

The Simply 7 Quinoa Chips (Sea Salt flavor) were just kind of meh as is, but I enjoyed them broken up on top of some soup (I usually like a crunch factor with my soup, especially if has little texture). WHH surprisingly liked them as is! One thing we could both agree on was the Sauce Goddess BBQ Sweet Heat Spice Rub. We used this rub made of brown sugar, salt, spices, garlic, onion, cayenne pepper and paprika on chicken and it was delicious! Just the right amount of heat and sweetness combined. The Blueberry + Flax Toasted Oat Granola was quite chewy as opposed to crunchy like most granola. True to fashion, I added this into some yogurt for an after-dinner treat, but it didn’t mix very well due to its chewy nature. I’m thinking it wouldn’t be great as cereal either, but it did have good flavor overall.

Next up:

December Send Me Gluten Free box contents

I just tried the Chebe Bread Focaccia Flatbread Mix last night as a pizza dough. Owing to the fact that I changed up how I cooked and used it, I’m not sure I can make a fair assessment. I liked the flavor, but I undercooked it so it was a bit chewy and it was too thick as a pizza dough. I’m sure it would be delicious as a bread on its own. I loved the herbs in the mixture.

Where was this French and Italian Cuisine Passport during our trip last year? This would have been fabulous to bring instead of having to print out a bunch of gluten terminology in French, Italian, and German. I will be holding on to this as we plan to go back to places where we would speak French and Italian!

Speaking of our trip, one brand I happened to encounter in a Swiss health food store was Schar, so I was happy to see this Penne included, which I have not yet tried. Seeing how it’s mostly made of corn, I’m going to guess it’s pretty similar to most corn pastas. I also haven’t yet tried the Massel 7’s Vegetable Bouillon Cubes, but I know they will come in handy this winter based on how much soup we’ve made so far!

There was another Massel item included:

December Send Me Gluten Free box contents

The box also included Massel Concentrated Liquid Stock (chicken style), another item that will come in handy. I sometimes like to use stock to cook lentils, rice, quinoa, or other dried items, just to give it a little extra flavor.

Since I dislike gummies in general, I gave WHH the Smarty Pants Gummy Vitamins to try, which he enjoyed for a change. I appreciate that the vitamins include omega 3, as we both have take an omega supplement in addition to our daily multivitamin. The additional vitamin D concentration isn’t enough for me, but I love that for a gummy vitamin, there isn’t any added sugar, HFCS, preservatives, artificial flavors, or artificial colors.

Upon looking at the Mum-Mum Apple Cinnamon Snax, I couldn’t figure out what it was. It was apple cinnamon, but apple cinnamon what? All I could think is that it looked like a McDonald’s hash brown patty. Upon opening the broken snack, I figured out it was some kind of rice cake. A tasteless rice cake. A rice cake that went in the trash after a couple of bites. Disappointment #2.

The Wowbutter, a peanut-free toasted soy butter, was much better than the snax. It definitely tasted like toasted soy nuts and I appreciated the change from my usual peanut, almond, and sunflower butter, but probably wouldn’t buy it in the future as I try to avoid soy in my diet. In addition to most of the soy products in this country being GMO, it’s also a goitrogen, which should be avoided for those of us with hypothyroidism.

Some extra items included in the envelope were:

December Send Me Gluten Free box contents

As well as:

December Send Me Gluten Free box contents

  • Gluten Free label sample and info card from glutenfreelabels.com. These would be great for parties!
  • An additional recipe card from Chebe

And coupons! Who doesn’t love coupons? Included were some for some box items, as well as  for Nona Lim products.

December Send Me Gluten Free box coupons

I have to say that I didn’t enjoy this box as much as last month’s. There just seemed to be some doozies in it (I’m looking at you, cookies and snax!). I do still feel it has a high value for the price and that all items are quality. I’ve loved discovering new and interesting gluten-free foods and companies. Trying the different items in the boxes has gotten me to up my game in the kitchen as well, so that’s been fun.

Questions: Have you tried any of these items before? Are you partial to subscription boxes or think they’re a waste of money? Have you ever gifted one or been gifted one?

Please note: Although I received this box free of charge, all honest opinions are my own. This post also contains an affiliate link.

Send Me Gluten Free Box Review + Giveaway!

Hi there! It’s been way too long! What have I been up to? Besides work, school, working out, and eating healthy, I’ve been sampling all of the delicious offerings in the Send Me Gluten Free box. I stumbled upon this little treat while on FindMeGlutenFree.com recently, which is a great resource (along with their app!) for finding places to eat that have gluten-free offerings.

Send Me Gluten Free box logo

So what does a Send Me Gluten Free box look like? I couldn’t wait to find out!

Send Me Gluten Free November box

You’ve got to love the presentation. They had me right away with the fun complementary colors–there was definitely a lot of thought put into the presentation, so I had high hopes about the contents.

Here are the goodies that were waiting for me underneath:

Send Me Gluten Free November box opening

I spied that full-size chocolate bar and was immediately excited. I started pulling things out like a kid at Christmas. You can tell how excited I was by the terrible picture I took–I was too eager at the time to eat the cookie. Some of the first foods I pulled out were Boulder Canyon chips (did they know I was just in Boulder, Colorado?!), a Nuun electrolyte tablet, WOW chocolate chip cookie, and a packet of Nature’s Path Sunrise Crunchy Vanilla cereal.

Send Me Gluten Free November box items

It had been a looong day (11 hours at work!), so I gobbled down that WOW cookie, which was so nice and soft. I will admit I was a little shocked to see it had 120 calories (it was a bit smaller than the full-size cookie they sell online). Though I had the “room” for it in my calories that day, it’s still a lot for one little cookie. It was worth it on that day.

Because I’m more of a tortilla chip person than a potato chip one, I asked WHH to help me assess the Boulder Canyon chips. We both agree they were quite tasty. Not too peppery, and almost a bit too salty. It’s a quality chip and if you’re into potato chips, it’s definitely worth checking out.

I haven’t tried the Nuun tablet yet (it came to work with me for days I run during lunch), but I am quite familiar with the Nature’s Path granola as we’ll occasionally get a huge box of it when we’re at BJ’s. I love mixing it into some yogurt for a sweet treat after dinner or adding it to my breakfast “cookie dough” cereal.

The next products I pulled out were two full-size items: Bell Plantation’s PB Thins and Pascha Organic Dark Chocolate.

Send Me Gluten Free November box items

I have to admit that I didn’t know what to think about the PB Thins at first. Would they be sugary sweet, like Teddy Grahams? Junky? Gross? Nope! They taste like a spoonful of Teddie Peanut Butter! I knew what these would be perfect for right away (aside from eating them by the handful):

PB thins chocolate yogurt

You know it! Topping some plain full-fat organic yogurt with the PB Thins and the Pascha chocolate was a perfect little after-dinner dessert. The PB thins would also be good in a mug with milk as for a post-workout cereal. But seriously–these things are good. My favorite thing in the box by far.

In terms of the chocolate bar…I’m just kind of “meh” about it. Chocolate is usually gluten-free, so being able to get some isn’t a problem. If it had been something along the lines of a gluten-free version of a Kit Kat, something I definitely miss, I would have been pretty excited. And since I don’t have any other food allergies or intolerances, I don’t fully appreciate the allergen-free aspect of this chocolate bar. While I love that it’s organic and non-GMO, if I’m having dark chocolate, I like it 70%+. But that’s just me. Overall it’s a fine chocolate bar.

But wait, there’s more! Next out of the box were Breeze Bars, Halo Sea Salt Seaweed Chips, Amazing Foods for Life Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins (vegan), and Snack Out Loud’s Crunchy Bean Snack in Ranch.

Send Me Gluten Free November box items

I haven’t had the Breeze Bars yet because I stashed them in my car. I love having a healthy snack or meal in the car for when I’m in a pinch. The Halo Seaweed Chips are okay. I’m not a big fan of things masquerading as something else (says the girl who loved the PB Thins). No, but seriously, I’d rather have a few sheets of roasted seaweed from Trader Joe’s than a chip that is seaweed flavored, you know? It messes with my mind and my taste buds!

Speaking of taste buds…I wasn’t loving the crunchy bean snack. The ranch flavor is intense–it definitely has more of a kick to it than you would think–and it didn’t feel like 7g worth of protein satiety-wise. Perhaps because of the flavor explosion going on in my mouth?

I did, however, have a fondness for the banana chocolate chip muffins! I loved the small size of the package. When I make baked goods, I don’t like having a ton of leftovers because guess where they end up?

I also loved that the only two ingredients you add are banana and coconut oil!

Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin ingredients

Though the coconut oil ended up being a bit problematic in making this recipe. See, now that it’s November in Massachusetts, it’s a bit cold in my house and especially in my cabinets. This means that the coconut oil is solid at room temperature. Though I microwaved the oil to mix it, the oil quickly went back to a more solid form while I was mixing it so that the batter was quite thick.

Vegan banana chocolate chip muffin mix

No worries. I figured they’d still come out delicious anyway. I spooned them into the muffin tray and hoped for the best.

Vegan banana chocolate chip muffins

And since no raw eggs were involved, I may have left myself a little batter to sample.

Almost empty batter bowl

The muffins came out looking quite similarly shaped to how they went in, owing to the coconut oil issues.

Baked vegan banana chocolate chip muffins

Hmm…what goes well with chocolate and bananas? You guessed it!

Banana chocolate chip muffins with peanut butter

A big ol’ glob of peanut butter! The banana chocolate chip muffins were dense and flavorful. They would be a great pre-workout snack (minus the peanut butter) thanks to some good sources of easily digestible carbs from the flours, sugar, and banana. They would also be great post-workout with the addition of peanut butter. Or you could just have it at a random time of day like I did. 🙂

As for the rest of the box contents, there are a few items left, including Swerve sweetener and Hodgson Mill Flax Chia blend.

Send Me Gluten Free November box items

The Swerve sweetener is the only other item I haven’t tried yet. I’m not really sure what I’d use it for as I don’t sweeten my coffee and prefer maple syrup, honey, or bee pollen/royal jelly for sweeteners in my food and baked goods (more on the bee pollen/royal jelly in another post). I could try adding a little to my yogurt I suppose?

Something I did add to my yogurt was the chia flax blend. It appeared and tasted mostly like flax; I couldn’t discern the chia in there.

Chia flax blend on yogurt

Still, a solid-tasting flax mix and it’s nice to have both items in there instead of getting out the bag of flax and the bag of chia seeds.

To finish it all off, Send Me Gluten Free included coupons for some of the products that were in the box, which this frugal dork really appreciates.

Send Me Gluten Free November coupons

All in all I really enjoyed this box. Compared to other boxes I’ve tried (such as Greatist’s Parcel Box and the Gluten-Free Conscious Box), it has more full-sized items. Granted, it also costs more so it should have a higher value inside. To get the most value you’d probably want to do the year-long subscription, which cuts the cost of the box down to $20/month. I also liked that it contained only food products, most (all?) of the items were non-GMO and organic, and weren’t full of junky ingredients as many gluten-free items are.  This would make a fabulous gift for the gluten-free dork in your life, whether for the upcoming holidays or a birthday.

But don’t take my word for it. Here’s your chance to try it for yourself! Simply leave a comment telling us if you’ve tried a subscription box before (Which one? Did you like it?) and you’ll be entered to win one box for yourself to try! A US-based winner will be randomly chosen next Wednesday, November 19. Even if you don’t win the giveaway, you still win because you can try any subscription length for 20% off with code BLOG20. How awesome is that?!

Update 11/19/14: Giveaway now closed (discount code still valid).

Send Me Gluten Free Giveaway

 Above image for example purposes only. Box contents differ by month.

Please note: Although I received this box free of charge, all honest opinions are my own. This post also contains an affiliate link.

Friday Favorite: Food Should Taste Good + Recipes!

I’m so excited to be able to partner with Food Should Taste Good for today’s Friday Favorite.

*Please note that I was not paid for this post, but was given the product to try. All opinions are my own and not influenced by the company.

I would like to start off by saying that while chips are not a health food, I strongly believe there is room in every diet for some treats. I regularly eat a few chips throughout the week as it is. I am happy to support any company that works to make a traditionally unhealthy food into a more healthy version. Food Should Taste Good uses non-GMO ingredients, zero trans fat, and real ingredients, and therefore falls in line with what I look for in a processed food (when I eat them). I am not reviewing these simply because they were free, but because I genuinely like them, have for a while (as you will see), and believe the company is doing good things. With that said, on to the food!

I was first introduced to Food Should Taste Good about five years ago when I worked at Boston Children’s Hospital. I was new to eating gluten-free at that time and didn’t really know how to eat a filling meal. Some days a salad just wouldn’t do it for me and I’d go in search of something else healthy. I often found myself wondering over to the Au Bon Pain instead of the caf…

Au-Bon-Pain-Boston-Children's-Hospital

Au Bon Pain at Boston Children’s Hospital c/o Osama F., Foursquare

One day while looking around Au Bon Pain, I stumbled upon some chips that, lo and behold, proclaimed “Gluten Free” on the front! I took a look at them to see if they were even healthy, and I was happily surprised to see that they were! The Multigrain flavor, which contains corn, brown rice flour, flax, sesame, and sunflower seeds, and quinoa, has been my favorite ever since.

Fast forward to last Friday when I came home to find this package from Food Should Taste Good.

Food-Should-Taste-Good-box

To say I was excited by my stash of FSTD chips is a bit of an understatement.

Food-Should-Taste-Good-chips

In case you can’t see the flavors above, they sent me Kettle Corn, Blue Corn, Chocolate, and Cantina.

Food-Should-Taste-Good-chip-flavors

I soon began plotting how I would incorporate all of these delicious chips into my meals and snacks over the next week. First up were the blue corn chips on Saturday night. I had bought some chipotle sweet potato soup from a local farm and wanted to add some texture to the smooth puree, as I often do with soup. It was a delicious combo, especially with a side salad and half a grilled cheese and tomato.

Chipotle-sweet-potato-soup-with-salad-and-grilled-cheese

I didn’t do anything with the Kettle Corn chips besides try them right out of the bag. I personally wasn’t crazy about them–I found the taste a bit confusing when combined with the texture of a chip (I kept expecting popcorn). They were a bit too sweet for me, but WHH really liked them. Within a few days, the bag looked like this:

Food-Should-Taste-Good-Kettle-Corn-Chips

Of course you know I was eyeing those chocolate chips! I’m a fan of just about anything chocolate (except white chocolate, because that’s not really chocolate). I had actually tried them a few months ago when my parents brought us some goodies from their Boston chocolate tour. I didn’t think much of them then, but when I tried them this time, I was pleasantly surprised. They have more of a cocoa taste, with only a slight sweetness. After a stop at Whole Foods on Monday (during which I always need to freshly grind some honey peanut butter–seriously, if you haven’t tried it, you must!), I knew exactly what to do with those chips.

Food-Should-Taste-Good-Chocolate-Chips-with-Whole-Foods-peanut-butter

Because chocolate and peanut butter are always a good idea. A few of those chocolate chips scooped into the peanut butter made for a nice little dessert after dinner a few nights this week.

The Cantina chips were last on the list because we were waiting for some avocados to ripen. But as soon as they were, WHH whipped up his deliciously simple guacamole.

Food-Should-Taste-Good-Cantina-Chips-and-guacamole

The guacamole is incredibly simple to make and I love how the taste of the avocado isn’t masked by a bunch of other ingredients. To make, simply combine:

1 avocado, mashed
1 small tomato, diced
1/2 white onion, finely chopped
1-2 tsp lemon juice, as desired
1-2 garlic cloves, as desired
Salt, to taste

Easy-homemade-guacomole

I decided to make some homemade hummus last night to go with the rest of our Mediterranean-inspired dinner and you better believe the Cantina chips were yummy with that as well!

Easy-homemade-hummus

In a food processor, combine:

1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
1 clove garlic
1⁄8-1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons tahini (sesame seed paste)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon paprika
salt to taste

Once everything is combined, add water as necessary until it reaches your desired consistency.

A little secret: pop it in the microwave for about 30 seconds and then stir. It’s really good warm!

Homemade-hummus-with-eggplant

This also made for excellent leftovers today! A new favorite in our household!

All in all, I really enjoyed these chips and can’t wait to try more of their new flavors. We already buy chips every few weeks and these will be sure to remain in the rotation. Next on my list to try? Avocado!

Questions: Have you tried Food Should Taste Good chips? What’s your favorite flavor? Have you tried any new recipes lately?

Have a great weekend!

 

Review: Empower’s 3-in-1 Adjustable Kettlebell with DVD

Hi everyone!

I’m so excited to be able to tell you about a product I was able to try recently thanks to Empower! Empower Fitness is a local (Massachusetts-based) company that makes fitness products for women. I love that they are for women, by women!

The product I was most excited to try? The 3-in-1 Kettlebell! I’ve been wanting to try a Kettlebell workout for a while and in keeping with one of my New Year’s goals to expand my fitness horizons, I couldn’t wait to (literally) get my hands on this! What makes it 3-in-1? It has adjustable weights, so that you can use it at 5, 8, or 12 pounds.

Inside the box was the kettlebell, a kettlebell workout DVD, and a workout/how to use guide.

The DVD features Gin Miller in “Swing Yourself Fit Total Body Workout DVD.” The DVD includes a warm-up,  Swing Yourself Slender  (11 minute cardio session), Swing Yourself Strong (12 minute upper-body focused workout), Swing Yourself Sexy (14 minute lower-body focused workout), and a cool-down.

The kettlebell was very easy to use. As you can see from the side,  there is a click & twist design to changing the weight. 

To change the weight, you simply push down on the knob, twist, and the bottom one is off!

First weight off:

Taking off the next one:

All weights off:

To put the weights back on, you simply place the handled one on to of another and twist in the opposite direction. It takes a few tries to get the hang of it.

Now, on to the DVD! The intro features Donna Savage, the founder and president of Empower, who points out that she’s a wife, business owner, daughter, sister, and mother of two young children, so she knows how hard it can be to lead an active life!

Donna Savage Empower

You can do the workouts individually or do all of them together. The menu is set up so that you have a variety of options.

Swing Yourself Fit menu

Gin gives cues throughout the workout as to how hard you should be working on a scale of 1-10.

Gin Miller RPE

She made sure to explain how to do the different kettlebell grips. I love that each section also included a timer at the bottom to let you know how much time was left.

Kettlebell grip

I did all three workouts and it was quite challenging! Moves would go from upper body to lower body and sometimes both at the same time, all while utilizing your core! That’s what I found most interesting (and also tiring) during this workout: in order to stabilize your body to swing the weight, you are aware of the fact that you are using your core the entire time!

Gin had me chugging water not far into the workout. At one point I even had to pause it to get some water because there were no breaks during each segment. She is no joke! I do a lot of glute work and this workout had my booty burning by the end! And even though this is for women/by women, guess who wanted to try it out and loved it? Yes, Whole Health Husband!

Gin was a good instructor, giving reminders about form as well as checking the space around you before doing certain moves. I would highly recommend not only this set, but kettlebells in general! I’m very grateful to Empower for giving me this opportunity to try a new workout and share it with all of you!

Disclosure: Empower sent me the 3-in-1 Kettlebell to review. All opinions are my own.

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