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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Every piece disintegrates in your mouth instantly upon contact. SO. GOOD.
I got home to find a fun little surprise in the mailbox:
The kind people over at Kona Kase sent me their July kase to review. Thanks, Kona peeps!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?