Live Zola Coconut Water Giveaway

Disclaimer: I received product, however all opinions below are my own. 

I love coconut water. 

I love coconut water in the summer on hot days. I love coconut water after hike to refresh and re-hydrate. I love coconut water in my smoothies for breakfast. I love coconut water in my cocktails and I particularly like coconut water after a night out. 

In fact, I was first introduced to coconut water the morning after my 21st birthday. If you didn't know it's a great hangover cure. Since then, I've found other ways to use it and I'm obsessed. I almost always have it in my fridge. 

Zola recently sent me a goody box filled with some of their newest flavors, along with their regular coconut waters.

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The lemonade was fantastic and I would drink only that if I could, but as I mentioned yesterday I already have a problem with not drinking enough water. I'm not a big coffee person, so I haven't tried the espresso flavor yet, but since I have an early morning flight on Friday I may be needing this to keep me through the day. 

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The coconut with pulp and the coconut natural I've tried before. Both are go to's for smoothies and cocktails for me. Last weekend I tried out this summery drink that CheriBundi had posted on their Facebook page. 

1 shot of vodka (Skyy is one of my personal favorites)

Half Zola coconut water

Half CheriBundi cherry juice

I realize those aren't specific measurements but guys...I don't measure things. You should also try out this coconut smoothie recipes from Zola. It sound delicious!

1/2 cup frozen mango

1/2 cup frozen pineapple

1/2 medium banana

1/4 cup coconut milk

1 cup Zola coconut water

Blend and enjoy!

Zola's motto is all about living life to the fullest, which I love because that's my life motto too. This summer, they've created a fun summer episode series that embodies that motto. You can check out the first episode below. 

Zola knows that my readers, as life modifiers, love to live life to the fullest too so they want to give away a case of their Lemonade Coconut Water to one lucky reader. You can enter below for your chance to try this delicious liquid! (Giveaway open to Continetal US only. No PO boxes.)

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What's your favorite way to enjoy coconut water?

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Fitness on the Rocks

To say I feel like a women who is 105 years old would be an understatement. It took me a good 5 minutes to walk down the 15 steps from my apartment yesterday. My legs, thighs, butt, back, arms, EVERYTHING is so sore from my very fitness filled weekend. 

I mentioned on Friday that I was going to attend an event called Fitness on the Rocks over the weekend. I like to consider myself in decent shape. I know I've fallen off the wagon lately but I've been actively hiking or walking since I've moved here in April. When it comes to running and intense cardio I've fallen short and Saturday taught me a few lessons. 

  1. I need to drink more water. If you ever visit Colorado this is a must anyway. I'm really bad about it and came dangerously close to passing out on Saturday. 
  2. Working out at 6,000 + feet is hard. Like really hard. It's harder to catch your breath and you wear yourself out faster. 
  3. Colorado has really really really fit people. Stand in a group of people in Colorado and you'll likely feel out of shape. I know I did. 

Despite learning a few things and not being able to complete as much of the workouts as I would have liked, Saturday's event was awesome. I love how active Colorado is and I've never lived anywhere that has an event quite like this. 

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I tried my hand at weight lifting. How's my form y'all?

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Orange Theory Fitness had an intense circuit set up. I made it through the rowing and squats, dips and lunches but couldn't quite pull myself together for the medicine ball portion. As much as I wanted to push through, I could tell my body just wasn't feeling it and rather than pass out and cause a scene I opted for a water break instead. OTF has locations all across the country and I highly suggest trying out a class if you're looking for a HIIT type workout. You'll definitely feel the burn!

We also tried out a total body workout. I love Red Rocks, and none of the moves we did required weights. It was awesome to get to see how to utilize the steps for different moves to help tone and strengthen. Keep your eyes peeled for my own stairs workout in the near future!

Overall is was a fantastic event and I can't wait to attend next year! Colorado has so many different active options but this has by far been my favorite event/activity so far. 

My weekend was jam packed with more events like the Turkey Leg and Wine Hoedown and a hike at Garden of the Gods. You can check out my Instagram for photos from those adventures! 

Does your city have any events similar to Fitness on the Rocks?

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#FoodieFaceoff: Lettuce Wraps

Happy Friday y'all! 

I have an exciting weekend lined up. Fitness on the Rocks will likely kill me Saturday with temps in the 90's but I'm looking forward to trying all sorts of fun activities. I'm loving how active Colorado is. There's literally something for every fitness level here! Then, Saturday night I'm heading to downtown Littleton's Turkey Leg and Wine Hoedown. I'm not quite sure what it is, but you know I'm always up for anything involving wine! And on Sunday I'll be working on my tan for the float trip next weekend! Busy busy busy!

I'm a little disappointed with how #FoodieFaceoff is working out. There definitely isn't as much participation as I anticipated. Unfortunately, Charla was the only participant who submitted a recipe to me this week, so by default she's our winner. Her recipe however looks amazing and I'm now thinking about making these this weekend!

Asian Lettuce Wraps

1 large onion diced

8 ounces mushrooms diced

5 ounces matchstick carrots cut in half

1 - 8 ounce can of water chestnuts diced

1 - 5 ounce can bamboo shoots diced

8 ounces shredded cabbage

1 pound boneless skinless chicken

3 cloves of minced garlic

1 tablespoon of Almond Oil (can substitute another oil)

 

Sauce:  

⅛ cup soy sauce

⅛ cup sugar

⅛ cup water

⅛ cup rice vinegar

the juice of 1 lemon

2 tbs. hot mustard

⅛ cup roasted red chili paste

 

1.  Combine onion, mushrooms, and carrots and cook in a pan heated to medium-high until cooked through.  Stir occasionally.  (There is no need to use any liquid or oil in the pan just simply place the vegetables in it.

2.  Place chicken in skillet and cook over medium heat until done.  Put aside and let cool.  When cool, dice into comparable size pieces as the vegetables.

3.  Add oil to large skillet over medium-high heat and add cabbage cooking for about 3 minutes.  Add the garlic during the last minute.

4.  Add the diced chicken, onion, mushrooms, and carrots mixture and also the water chestnuts and bamboo shoots  to the skillet.

5.  Combine all ingredients for sauce and microwave for 1 minute then stir well.

6.  Drizzle the sauce over the mixture and continue to cook until slightly thickened (about 5-7 minutes)

7.  Serve with crisp lettuce.

 

Serves:  4

Calories:  283

Total Fat: 8.2

Protein:  16

Carb:  37.7


Be sure to check out other recipes by Charla at An Everyday Approach To Health!

I'd love to keep #FoodieFaceoff going, but it looks like I am going to need some help! If you' interested in partnering up let me know! We're all foodies at heart and even if you aren't a recipe blogger or creator if might be a fun way to try something new!

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