Fit yoga and caveman cookies

by Kim on July 17, 2013

We’re in a serious heat wave in the midwest right now. Temps in the 90’s, insane humidity…I came out of a hot yoga class yesterday and might as well have still been in it.

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Well, warm yoga, I should say. Just 95 degrees, vs. the 105+ degree madness of my first Bikram class. (I’m still pretty confident I’ll never do that again.) I tried Fit yoga, and loooved it—or, at least, I loved the first 30 minutes of it, before I was ushered out of the class to pick up my screaming child from the nursery. (This stranger anxiety thing is really wearing me down.)

I’m retaking the class on Thursday (childless) to get the full experience, and then I’ll likely talk about it more. In case you’re not familiar, Fit yoga is an athletic kind of yoga that incorporates more traditional fitness moves. It involves weights, calisthenics, fast movement, and upbeat music, and feels a lot like a tabata you might find on a blog, except that you’re doing it in sweltering heat.

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I’m not sure if the class I took is identical to the Yoga Fit, but they’re at least from the same family.

After sweating my butt off (for 30 minutes anyway), I thought: what could be better than more out-of-control sweating?

So we went to the beach.

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A lake beach, of course, which involves murky water with questionable things floating in it and a nice green lake-weed trim on the shoreline.

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Luckily, when you’re a 1-year-old boy, the dirtier, the better.

The highlight of the trip was carrying sand toys up to the lifeguard stand, placing them on the bottom step, and running away. So, so satisfying.

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By crazy coincidence (not at all because I planned it exactly this way), we passed right by Trader Joe’s on the way home. Since TJ’s is pretty far from our house and kind of a treat to visit, I figured it was only logical to stop.

I picked up some goodies for my mom to eat this weekend while she’s here babysitting, along with the reddest, juiciest watermelon I’ve ever seen:

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Every piece disintegrates in your mouth instantly upon contact. SO. GOOD.

I got home to find a fun little surprise in the mailbox:

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The kind people over at Kona Kase sent me their July kase to review. Thanks, Kona peeps!

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It probably wasn’t the best idea to open this when I was starving after an afternoon at the beach, but I honestly had no idea how amazing everything was going to look.

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The Caveman cookies in the middle were the first to go. Oh my gosh, they were good. Nutty, honey-y, light and sweet—just perfect. I thought about saving one for Brent to try, but that idea only lasted about 10 seconds in my brain. Sorry, B.

Next, I tackled the Garuka Bar. I’m not a big granola bar girl, but I was craving something with some real substance. Raw honey is the primary ingredient in these bars, and it really shines. The best part: the bar was warm and gooey from being in the mailbox, which brought out the honey taste even more. Wow.

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I promise I’m not just saying all these nice thing because I got this stuff for free. I almost go out of my way to find things to critique about products I review, to help me sound legit. But I was beyond impressed with this kase.

Which brings me to the Chia Bar by Health Warrior. Again, this is not something I’m typically drawn to, or that I’d expect to taste that good. But my expectations were blown away again. The Acai berry taste was very pronounced, so don’t envision the cardboard-like flavor you might associate with chia bars. It was straight-up delicious, with a nice soft texture.

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Not to mention it’s the equivalent of eating a giant piece of salmon, in omega-3 terms, and is also souped up with plenty of fiber, antioxidants, and plant-based proteins.

What’s funny is that, when I first saw all this stuff, I thought, “This’ll be perfect for the camping trip this weekend!” I forgot that that would require me to not eat it all before we leave.

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Interested in trying out a Kona Kase? (If you aren’t familiar with it, it’s a box of 8 nutritional products that’s delivered to your doorstep once a month for $15.) You can use the code GIFTSUMMER to receive $5 off a kase.

You can also grab any of the individual products from their websites, of course. My favorites were definitely the Caveman cookies. You can use code KONA to get 15% off some Caveman cookies of your own, or KONAKASE for 10% off your first Garuka Bar order.

(Disclaimer: Like I said, I got this kase for free, but didn’t receive any other compensation for this post. Opinions are my own.)

Have you done a Fit yoga class? What do you think of it?

Have you tried any of these products?

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Logan July 17, 2013 at 9:08 pm

I’ve taken hot yoga but never fit yoga. Looks like a great class!! Have you ever tried Bulu Box? I did but found that a lot of what they sent me was tossed in a drawer never to be seen again. The Kona Kase looks like it may be worth the monthly $15. I am just curious to know how you might compare the two..?

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Kim July 17, 2013 at 9:39 pm

Hey Logan! I have tried Bulu, and I know what you mean about things disappearing into a black hole. :) I just found a few energy pills today that have been swimming around in a drawer for months! From what I can tell, the main difference between the two is that Bulu is more supplement-focused (like pills and shakes) while Kona is more food-centric. Kona Kases do include energy supplements a lot, but they’re usually more like gels/chews or bars, vs. pills or powders. I was more impressed with Kona–the only problem is that now I want to go out and buy all these random (sometimes pricey) nutritional goodies. :)

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Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome July 17, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Bummer that Mason had a melt down. We’ve been there before especially at the start of our gym daycare days. Hopefully he gets over his stranger anxiety soon!
I LOVE Chia bars! They are so expensive but so good! I haven’t tried the Caveman cookies yet but they sound like something I would love! I should be getting a Kona Kase soon as well! Hope it’s this month!
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Presley @ Run Pretty July 17, 2013 at 2:23 pm

“I almost go out of my way to find things to critique about products I review, to help me sound legit.”

Best line of a review. EVER.

I always try to add a negative, even when there isn’t a huge one. Just so it doesn’t look like I vomit rainbows and butterflies all day. I apologize for the puke reference. I’m not a lady.
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Kim July 17, 2013 at 2:48 pm

“Despite hefty promises to deliver unusual amounts of ‘power’ to my workout, I was still unable to scale a wall spiderman-style after consuming this product. Also, I’m not impressed with the font they chose for the wrapper. But if you can see past those glaring flaws, this product might be for you!”

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Kim July 17, 2013 at 11:05 am

I’ve never tried it but I think I would enjoy it more than a straight yoga class.
Funny – we go to a swim beach here all the time (also by a lake because it’s in Kansas!!).
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Kim July 17, 2013 at 2:51 pm

You should definitely try one if you can find one! I think it would be right up your alley.

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Katie @ running4cupcakes July 17, 2013 at 10:13 am

Ahhh that totally sucks that Mason melted down and you had to get pulled out of yoga class! I agree that stranger anxiety totally sucks. I hate when I have to leave Luke crying and cross my fingers that he stops and starts playing quickly! And what a perfect day for the beach. We just have a little kiddie pool in the backyard for Luke.

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Kim July 17, 2013 at 2:54 pm

It was soooo frustrating! He has delayed stranger anxiety, so he seems fine at first (he goes right up to the other kids and starts chatting with them), but 10 minutes later, he’s inconsolable. I just felt so bad for putting the childcare lady through that–she really tried hard to get him to calm down, but he’s pretty stubborn. Hope this phase passes quickly, especially since I’m considering getting a job and putting him in daycare soon!!

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