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How I got the funk out of my workout clothes, and my teenaged sons' stink out too!



 I have a sports bra problem. Specifically, I have a stinky sports bra, workout clothing laundry problem.

I'm not typically a smelly person (…pretty sure), but recently I noticed that even after washing, my workout clothes were a little, especially my sports bra (which was right under my nose) smelled, well, funky. Or they would smell fine right out of the wash, but as soon as I put them on and started sweating again, things got a little ripe. Ick.

Things got even worse when I went for a run, or did hot yoga. When you wear a tank top, sports bra, and leggings for an hour-long workout high heat, then drop those soaking-wet clothes in hamper until the next load of laundry, you've got a recipe for serious stench. No amount of washing with regular detergent would get the smell out. I even washed with Tide Sport, but that did nothing, other than mix the stench with a floral smell.

In addition, I'm the mom of two teen boys. If you've ever smelled teen boys, not just their workout clothes, but their every day clothes can crinkle the nose of the most loving mother!

Odor in workout clothing is most commonly caused by a buildup of sweat and bacteria from your body. Then, how you store your dirty workout clothes can also lead to additional odors—for example, leaving sweaty clothes in a closed up gym bag, locker, or hamper. (Guilty no longer).

In addition, the very qualities that keep high-performance fabrics comfortable during a workout—their ability to push water out of their fibers rather than retaining it, so you stay drier—make it harder for sudsy water in your washing machine to penetrate the fabric and pull the sweat and bacteria out.

I had to get rid of the stink, so I embarked on a quest to find the absolute best way to get workout clothes odor-free. First, some general tips from my research and own trial-and-error:
  • Turn clothes inside out before washing (since the sweat, oils, and bacteria from your body accumulate on the inside of the clothes).
  • Always use the sniff test before putting the garment into the dryer (although I don't dry my workout clothes, because the heat ruins the elastic/spandex material).
  • Wash clothes as soon as possible after wearing (I do this now, just throw in a load a day).
  • If possible, let sweaty clothes air out immediately rather than stuffing them into a plastic bag or hamper.
  • Don't use more detergent than recommended or overstuff the machine, both of which make it harder for clothes to rinse clean. (In my tests, every single method did worse if I crammed too many items into one load.)
I ended up testing the list of specialty "stink be gone" detergents and boosters below (five in all).  How I did it: I tried each method or specialty detergent at least two times (most of them four or five times), always washing in warm water and hanging dry. Each load had at least one super stinky hot yoga, or hot run item in it. I sniffed everything right out of the wash and after drying, and also noted if clothes smelled worse when worn. I paired the natural methods with my usual laundry detergent, Method,  a greener brand. For the specialty detergents, I focused on brands that were also environmentally friendly.
My requirements: a liquid whole detergent (not a laundry booster), that words with my front load washing machine laundry soap tray, that gets out the stink, and is environmentally friendly. (I know, I want it all)!

Here are the brands I used, and my review of each:

OxyClean Odor Blasters: this is a laundry booster, which means it's used in addition to your regular laundry detergent. It sort of worked, but it infiltrated a strong, flowery scent to all my workout clothes, which then I started to smell while working out, and I didn't like.

Defunkify: This worked well, however, it is a powder, and doesn't work in a front load washer soap tray. However, it's HE machine compatible, and you can place a scoop of powder right in with the dirty clothes.

Biokleen BAC-OUT: This also got the skink out, but is a laundry booster, so used in addition to detergent. This is used for cloth diapers, and it is powerful, but environmentally friendly, and a liquid.

Rockin' Green Soap - Well-known for getting the stick and bacteria out of workout wear. It's a powder, so not compatible with the front loader machine soap tray. However, it's HE machine compatible, and you can place a scoop of powder right in with the dirty clothes. The directions state soaking the clothes in a bathtub first, before washing. This is not feasible in my busy lifestyle.

FunkAway: another laundry booster (but my favorite). Priced well, de-stinks, and is a liquid! It has a very mild, fresh, clean pleasing scent. However, I have to use it in addition to detergent.

I couldn't find one that met all my requirements, but I'll keep getting the FunkAway for the price and effectiveness along with my Method detergent.

Here are some other tips to keep in mind when washing workout wear:
Using too much detergent is probably the biggest mistake people make when it comes to laundry, and if there’s one place where I can encourage you to kick the habit, it’s when washing sweaty, smelly exercise apparel. Using more detergent won’t leave your clothes cleaner; instead, it leaves a buildup of soap residue that traps odors in clothes after going through the wash.

Use a laundry booster or sports detergent (from my list above).
Boosters are used in laundry in addition to regular detergent. For eliminating odor, you can try adding a quarter-cup to a half-cup — again, depending on load size — of white vinegar or baking soda to the wash.

Wash like fabrics together.
Avoid washing athletic gear, especially if it has stretch in it, with towels, fleece and other linty items, as well as with very heavy garments, like jeans and sweatshirts. Athletic clothes with stretch in them will pick up stray lint in the wash, and heavy items can lead to pilling and damage to more delicate athleisure-wear.

No fabric softener
Fabric softener leaves a coating on clothing that can lead to odor retention, even in clean laundry. That coating, especially when it builds up, makes it harder for water and detergent to fully penetrate the fibers, trapping odor-causing bacteria.

Avoid heat
Elastic clothing doesn’t love being exposed to high heat, and that heat will also amplify odors. Wash workout clothes in cold water, stick with the low- or no-heat dryer setting or, better yet, allow exercise clothes to air dry.


Crab Cakes - Gluten Free, Keto, Clean



Made these EASY and HEALTHY super-delicious crab cakes for dinner along with this crispy, roasted, garlic broccoli (a family favorite for over 10 years)!

Here is the recipe for the crab crakes, and the broccoli recipe is linked above and below.

INGREDIENTS:
(Makes 8 - 2 per serving)

1 Pound Lump Crab Meat
1/2 Cup White Onion
1 TBSP Olive Oil
3 TBSP Almond Flour
2 Eggs
2 TBSP Full Fat Greek Yogurt or Mayo
1 TSP Coconut Aminos
1 TSP Yellow Mustard
1 TBSP Dried Parsley Flakes
1 TBSP Old Bay Seasoning


INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Dice 1/2 Cup of White Onion, and brown in a skillet over Medium Heat with 2 Teaspoons of Olive Oil. Remove from the pan and set aside.

2. In a Large Mixing Bowl add the 1 Pound of Lump Crab Meat, then add the Browned Onions.Then add in the Almond Flour, Egg Whites, Avocado Mayo, Coconut Aminos, Yellow Mustard, Dried Parsley Flakes, and Old Bay Seasoning.

3. Stir the mixture until it is thoroughly combined.
Set some Parchment Paper on a Large Baking Sheet to set the uncooked crab cakes onto, and then scoop out roughly 1/8th of the mixture to form each individual crab cake. I used a half cup ice cream scoop. You could also use a 1/3 or 1/2 cup measuring cup.

4. In a Skillet over Medium heat, warm up 2 Teaspoons of Olive Oil, and then add as many Crab Cakes as you can at a time without them touching each other. Cook on each side for about 3-5 minutes or until Golden Brown.

5. Once cooked, serve right away with your choice of a side dish. I served it with Crispy Garlic Roasted Broccoli.

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Pumpkin Spice Crumb Cake

This crumb cake is gluten free, dairy free, and sugar free! It goes perfectly for a fall breakfast along with a 37 calorie Pumpkin Spice Latte.

INGREDIENTS

Cake
½ cup almond flour
½ cup coconut flour
⅓ cup Swerve
3 tablespoons ground flax
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon baking powder
4 eggs
⅓ cup canned pumpkin
¼ cup non-dairy milk
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Crumb Topping
2 tablespoons melted butter
⅓ cup almond flour
¼ cup chopped pecans
3 tablespoons Swerve
½ teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch sea salt

DIRECTIONS

Heat oven to 350°F. Whisk together the dry ingredients (almond flour through baking powder) in a bowl. In a separate large bowl, whisk the eggs, pumpkin, milk, butter, and vanilla. Add dry ingredients to wet and stir to combine.

Add batter to an 8-by-8-inch dish coated with cooking spray. Stir together the crumb topping ingredients. Sprinkle over the top, and bake for 30-32 minutes on a middle rack until set and the top is golden brown. Let cool before cutting into 9 squares.

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Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

Spaghetti Squash, dinner recipe, keto, gluten free, 21 Day Fix, 2B Mindset, Clean eating, Autumn Calabrese, Tosca Reno, Vanessa.fitness, vanessadotfitness, vanessa mclaughlin, vanessa.fit
This sinfully delicious Spaghetti Squash Lasagna is made with all-natural marinara, ricotta cheese, grated Parmesan cheese, and healthy spaghetti squash.

Prep Time 15 mins

Cook Time 1 hr 17 mins

Servings 4

INGREDIENTS 
1 small spaghetti squash (approx. 3½ to 4 lbs.)
Nonstick cooking spray
4 cups all-natural marinara sauce (no sugar added)
3 cups ricotta cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups ground meat of choice (beef, chicken, turkey)
1 cup mushrooms
1 cup chopped onions
¼ cup finely chopped fresh basil (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. Remove seeds and membrane.
  4. Place spaghetti squash, cut side down, on baking sheet. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until tender. I like to drain it so its not so watery after baking. (You can also use the microwave or Instant Pot to cook the spaghetti squash).
  5. Reduce oven temperature to 350ΒΊ F.
  6. Scrape spaghetti squash flesh into stringy noodles.
  7. Lightly coat 4-quart baking dish with spray.
  8. Evenly layer half spaghetti squash, half marinara sauce, and half ricotta cheese in baking dish. Repeat with second layer.
  9. Evenly top with Parmesan cheese.
  10. Bake for 30 to 32 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly.
  11. Garnish with basil (if desired)
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Calling all Pumpkin Spice lovers!!

Pumpkin Spice, Fall, Shakeology, Autumn Calabrese, Tosca Reno, Clean Eating, Ilana Muhlstein, vanessa.fitness, vanessa.fit, vanessadotfitness, vanessa mclaughlin, 21 Day Fix, 2B Mindset,
Pumpkin Spice lovers: You asked, they listened! Look what's coming soon!!! Pumpkin Spice Vegan Shakeology! If you're like me, come fall, I love Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING!! Each fall I would create my own Pumpkin Spike Shakeology, but I needed quite a few ingredients, and would always race to finish the can of pureed pumpkin before it spoiled.
Now, I can whip it up quickly, without any wasted pumpkin!!!

WHAT IS PUMPKIN SPICE VEGAN SHAKEOLOGY?

Pumpkin Spice Vegan Shakeology is a limited edition, rich, creamy, shake with notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger that delivers the delicious taste of fall with all the benefits of Shakeology.

For a limited time only, starting September 15, 2018, customers can order Pumpkin Spice Vegan in 14 single-serve packet boxes as a one-time purchase. *There is no limit to how many customers can buy while supplies last. However, there will be no monthly subscription option as Pumpkin Spice Vegan is available only while supplies last.

Pumpkin Spice Vegan Shakeology will be available exclusively in the US in limited quantities.

Order Options
Pumpkin Spice Vegan Shakeology can be ordered as a one-time purchase only as monthly auto-ship is not an option.
However, customers may buy as many boxes as they like, while supplies last.

Product Configurations
Bag – Not available
Packets – 14 single-serve packets

Availability – Starting Fall 2018, while supplies last.

Supplement Details

Nutrition Label – US – Link coming soon! (Not available in CA or UK)

FDA Compliant – Yes

Vegan – Yes

Kosher – No.

Gluten Free – Formulated without gluten ingredients, but not certified. View article 5611

Certified Organic – No, but the possibility of a completely organic Shakeology is being researched

Certified GMO-Free – No, but it’s formulated without genetically modified ingredients

Pumpkin Spice Shakeology Pricing –$74.95 for a 14 single-serve packets box. Preferred customers get 25% off!! 

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Turnip Fries

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Love, love turnip fries!! 
They are SO good!!
They stink while they cook, but there is a subtle, nutty sweetness! Probably ate too many since I ate the all of them!!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

They are a great substitute if you're missing french fries. Also, if you're following a keto, paleo, gluten free, or just all around healthy diet, turnips are a low carb veggie, so they fit perfectly into any of these nutrition plans.

INGREDIENTS
3 pounds turnips
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder

INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with a piece of aluminum foil and lightly grease.
Peel the turnips, and cut into French fry-sized sticks, about 1/3 by 4 inches. Place into a large bowl, and toss with the vegetable oil to coat. Place the Parmesan cheese, garlic salt, paprika, onion powder in a resealable plastic bag, and shake to mix. Place the oiled turnips into the bag, and shake until evenly coated with the spices. Spread out onto the prepared baking sheet.
Bake in preheated oven until the outside is crispy, and the inside is tender, about 20 minutes. Serve immediately.

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My new snack bar that I'm crazy about!

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I don't know about you, but as a busy mom (this term is redundant), I would always have a cache of Kind bars, Clif bars, Cascading Farms bars, and others that I thought were "healthy," and of course were an easy snack. In my purse, in my car, in any bag I carried, I had these bars. For me, my husband, or my sons, snack bars were perfect for when the "hangries" appeared.
Until I looked at the sugar content of some of these. Then the other ingredients - like soy lecithin, and other ingredients I didn't recognize. 

This is why I am so grateful for BEACHBARS!!! 

What Is BEACHBAR?

BEACHBAR is a crunchy, chewy, and delicious snack bar that with a quality source of protein and just 150 calories — perfect for a wholesome anytime snack.

BEACHBAR comes in two flavors: Peanut Butter Chocolate and Chocolate Cherry Almond. Both are made with nut pieces, nut butters, and protein crisps, and topped with a ribbon of chocolate. They are gluten-free, have 0 grams trans fats, and contain no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.

At 150 calories per bar, you get 10 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber, and 5 to 6 grams of sugar. BEACHBAR is the perfect on-the-go snack to keep you going until your next meal. My kids love them, even the one who only eats peanut butter!!

And since they’re both delicious and nutritious, BEACHBAR snack bars are also great snacks for meetings at work, traveling, or tossing into your child’s lunch box.
How Do I Purchase BEACHBAR Snack Bars?


BEACHBAR INGREDIENTS

BEACHBAR combines crunchy protein crisps, nut pieces, chocolate chips, creamy nut butters, and fruit chunks (in the Chocolate Cherry Almond flavor only) to deliver delicious, satisfying goodness in every bite.
Whey protein crisps — Whey protein comes from milk and delivers all nine of the essential amino acids that you need to help promote lean muscle.
Pea protein crisps — Pea protein is considered a quality, plant-based protein source that supplies key amino acids from botanical sources to help support muscle protein synthesis.
Diced peanuts and almonds — Peanuts and almonds are a source of beneficial monounsaturated fats. They also provide nutrients like protein, fiber, and minerals and add a rich, nutty flavor to your bar, and a satisfying crunch.
Peanuts and almond nuts — Nut butters layer in a creamy texture and provide another source of protein and fiber.
Chocolate — Chocolate is not only a delicious treat, it also comes from the cocoa bean, which contains phytonutrients known as flavonoids.
Dried cherries — Dried cherries are a sweet, chewy, and flavorful source of beneficial dietary fiber and phytonutrients.
Pomegranate juice – Pomegranate juice adds a sweet-tart kick and supplies phytonutrients.

What Is NOT in BEACHBAR?
Trans fat
Gluten
Artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives

Who Is BEACHBAR for?

With increasingly on-the-go lifestyles, people are reaching for quick snacks to satisfy their hunger cravings between meals. And while we strive to make healthier choices, convenience is still paramount.

By keeping a stash of BEACHBAR snack bars in your bag, or at work, you’ll always have a convenient, wholesome snack anytime, anywhere.
People who want to reduce their sugar intake

Unlike other snack bars, BEACHBAR has more protein than sugar. Many bars today have too much sugar and carbohydrates.
BEACHBAR delivers 10 grams of protein in a 150-calorie bar. If you’re looking to add more protein to your diet, BEACHBAR has the protein without the extra calories or sugar - it only has 6 grams of sugar!! Compare this to whatever bar you eat now. It’s also an easy and delicious way to get 4 more grams of fiber into your daily diet. And, it's gluten free!
If you follow a gluten-free diet, this convenient, satisfying bar could be the perfect snack you’ve been searching for.

If you have a sweet tooth, you will love these bars, without all the sugar!
Staying on track with your fitness and nutrition goals can be challenging. With chocolate chips, creamy nut butters, and hearty nut pieces, BEACHBAR is the ideal “cheat treat” to satisfy your sweet tooth, and it can help you stay on track.

BEACHBAR is a delicious, sensible snack bar that easily fits into Beachbody nutrition plans. You can drink Shakeology in the morning and then eat a BEACHBAR in the afternoon to satisfy your craving for a snack without blowing your calorie count.

The Portion Fix Container equivalents for one BEACHBAR are: ½ red, ½ yellow, 1 teaspoon (oils and nut butters).

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