I hope you all had fun weekends. I may have “overdone” it a little on Saturday night. I actually slept in until noon yesterday… I’ve never slept past 10 AM in my entire life. Ironically, I headed straight to CVS for some water, aspirin and a power bar. *Cueing the most interesting man in the world* I don’t drink very often, but when I do…CVS is always there for me (literally on every corner) This post was supposed to be all about my healthy lifestyle, but I think every healthy lifestyle needs a little moderation and that’s exactly what I practiced over the weekend. Now that it’s out of my system and I’ve admitted to my imperfect healthy habits, I want to share how I’ve been taking CVS everywhere with me this summer!
CVS has provided me with snacks for the beach, healthy snacks for the movies, post/pre workout snacks with protein, toys and treats for my pup, vitamins and Aspirin for overdone weekends, sunscreen for the hot southern sun, high energy snacks/drinks for road trips, and quick ingredients for baking. Name it and CVS most likely has it. Did you know the pharmacy is now at Target?!
I love to travel! D.C. is one of my favorite places to go and I manage to visit every couple of months. I already have a trip planned for the end of this month. I’m so lucky that my brother lives there because it’s so fun to explore the city. I can’t get enough! The best part about exploring D.C is that we get to walk, bike and metro everywhere. I don’t have to worry about driving, parking or getting stuck in the D.C. traffic. The last time I visited D.C., my friends and I walked over 25 miles in one weekend!
Snacking and refueling the body is important with all the workouts and walking. There was a CVS one block from my brother’s and I always take advantage of their healthy selection. They have yogurt, salads, fruit, juices, wraps, vegetables and so much more. The convienence of their fresh food makes living a healthy lifestyle so much easier. I love that I can grab fresh fruit instead of sugary candy bars.
The Gold Emblem Abound brand is the best. Their snacks taste great and the prices are inexpensive. If you like those Almond Joy candy bars, you should try the Gold Emblem Abound Almond & Coconut Nut bar! It’s SO SO SO delish. I like putting these in my bag when I’m out and about because they don’t melt or crumble in the bottom of my purse.
The Gold Emblem Abound brand carries more than 100 products that are free of artificial preservatives and flavors. The snacks are great for quick breakfasts. My mom always forgets to eat breakfast before work, so I convinced her to keep these granola bars in her desk at work. She always texts me with a photo of her granola and coffee. It’s become a morning ritual. The oats & honey crunchy granola bars are an exact replica of the Nature Valley brand (only cheaper.)
Speaking of oats..the Gold Emblem single serving brown sugar oatmeal is my favorite. It’s PERFECT for a pre run fuel.
Gold Emblem Abound is a popular CVS Pharmacy line of more than 250 delicious snacks, beverages, and groceries! They have nuts, trail mixes, chips, pretzels, dried fruits, candies, cookies, spices, juices, condiments, baking essentials and breakfast bars.
Before heading out on a day trip to Asheville, my friend and I stopped at CVS to grab some snacks. We bought unsalted mixed nuts, bananas, Fuji apple & blubbery clusters and a dark chocolate peanut butter snack bar. That snack bar saved me from my hangry-ness after the concert!Taking care of your skin is also a big part of living a healthy lifestyle. The sun is so hot and it’s important to protect it. I LOVE laying out by the pool, so I make sure to sunscreen every 30 minutes whenever I’m there. I also make sure to sunscreen before I go out on my runs. I’ve been loving the CVS breakout free face lotion. It has no scent to it and I’ve been applying it after every shower.
I LOVE the 30 sport sunscreen clear spray because it’s easier to apply it when you’re by yourself. You don’t have to awkwardly ask anyone to rub sunscreen on your back. This stays on really well and it’s what I use before outdoor workouts, walks and pool days.
I love anything crunchy and fruity for pool snacks. I have been obsessing over these Gold Emblem Abound Banana Crisps. They are only 60 calories for half a cup and banana is the only ingredient! They are so crispy and taste like chips! I may or may not have about ten bags of these in my cabinet right now…
I LOVE♥ coconut water after a day at the pool, after/before a workout, or for quick hydration. CVS has cold coconut water available in their refrigerators. They also have the pineapple flavored coconut water.
Protein shakes after my runs have been my go-to! Your muscles need carbs and protein to recovery after a long workout. I also love how cold and refreshing the protein shakes are. Here is one of the protein shakes I have been hooked on…
Chia-colada protein shake! ???
*1 small banana *1 frozen pineapple core *10 ounces unsweetened vanilla almond milk *1 scoop CVS vanilla protein powder *2 tablespoons chia seeds *1 cup ice *1 packet stevia! You can even add a little coconut water!
If you go to CVS often, make sure you join their FREE retail loyalty program. The CVS ExtraCare Rewards program not only helps you save money, but it personalizes offers to customers based on their shopping history! How cool is that? You just scan or swipe your ExtraCare card and gain the benefits. I keep mine on my keychain! Make sure to take advantage of the CVS Pharmacy app as well! It’s totally FREE and allows you to tap into app-only deals, easy refills, same-day photos and so much more!
I’m not going to lie, I’m a sucker for candy and gummy bears. I treated myself to some sugar free gummy bears at the movies. Only 90 calories a serving! They were also buy one get one 50% off and I definitely took advantage of that. I packed my movie theater bag with popcorn, gummy bears, and sparkling water.
Not only does CVS carry their awesome line of products, they care some of my favorites! They have popular brands like Annie’s Sabra, Stacey’s, Naked and more!
My friend and I took a road trip to the beach for a fun day in the sun.
We stopped at CVS to grab beach and road trip snacks before we left. Becca picked up these naturally flavored Wasabi soy almonds and they were out of this world! I had to tell her to get them away from me because I could have eaten the entire container! I sent a photo of them to my brother and he ran out to buy them. Now he is hooked too! Wasabi errrrrday.
We also packed a cooler with water! Staying hydrated is so important.
Last weekend, Kyle and I went on a hike. I packed my backpack with CVS snack bars, protein bars, water and other snacks from CVS! It was 100 degrees!!
I was surprised at how inexpensive their pistachios were! They were the perfect hiking snack and flavored with sea salt. We also made sure to lather up with sunscreen.
This month has been about fitness! The July Fitness Challenge has been so much fun 🙂 With all the workouts, it’s important to fuel up properly! Ive been making a protein chocolate peanut butter one that I think you all will love!
Their protein powder packets are so convenient! We took a ton of these on our Savannah trip. You can find them by the protein bars at CVS.
I also packed the CVS energy snack bars on our Savannah trip! No one likes a hangry traveler. While we were in Savannah, one of our tour guides told us that the CVS building downtown is one of the most haunted…that didn’t keep us from going inside.
I like to mix the protein packets with water on long bike rides.
The CVS Health brand line has so many high-quality and trust worthy products. They have allergy medicine, first aid essentials, fitness recovery products, and of course recovery products for the “overdone” weekends.
Just incase you missed this recipe, check out my healthy & homemade protein packed peanut butter cups with the CVS products! 🙂
*Now if CVS could put a coffee shop in their stores…I’d be in heaven!*
Questions for you!
- What do you use CVS for the most?
- Have you tried the Gold Emblem Abound brand?
- How are you staying healthy this summer?
’m proud to be working with CVS Pharmacy to help spread the word about how to #FindYourHealthy. All opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers.