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Jackie Warner’s Go-To Protein Shake Recipe

Written on June 28, 2012 at 3:00 pm , by

When celebrity trainer Jackie Warner recently dropped by the FITNESS offices—she’d dashed in between doing a TV segment and hitting some other morning meetings—she was fresh off the success of her latest book, 10 Pounds in 10 Days, and already on to the next big project. Fans who watched her Bravo TV reality series Thintervention With Jackie Warner will recall scenes where the fitness pro showed up in contestants’ kitchens and taught them to whip up healthy, don’t-blow-your-diet shakes. Turns out, Warner sensed a secret ingredient was missing. “I’d read a lot about protein powders and consumed them myself but I couldn’t find anything with all the all-natural, organic components I thought they needed,” she says. “I wanted whey protein powder with more than protein isolate. So I spent two years developing some myself.”

The resulting product can be found in her just-launched Wellness Collection, which also includes a multivitamin, a combo Omega-3,-6 and –9 supplement, flavored H20 boosters and 150-calorie snack bars. “Plus it tastes great,” adds Warner.

We're blowing Jackie's cover! The secret ingredient in her shake? Spinach! (Photo by Chris Gallo)

Before her morning workouts, Warner whips up a healthy shake (recipe below) with the vanilla bean protein powder. “It has the perfect combination of carbohydrates, fat and protein to fuel your workout, ” she says.

Jackie Warner’s Pre-Workout Protein Shake

Serves 1

  • 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1/2 cup frozen spinach
  • 1 tablespoon all-natural peanut butter
  • 1 scoop vanilla bean whey isolate protein powder
  • 1/4 cup dry oats
  • Water, added until shake reaches desired texture

Blend all ingredients, pour in glass and sip on the way to the gym.

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Models Making a Difference

Written on March 21, 2012 at 9:35 am , by

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Models 4 Water's co-founders Heide and Georgie

In 10 days, the 2012 Ludus Athletics Model Beach Volleyball Tournament will hit South Beach—and give us a motivational kick in the butt to get ready for bikini season. But the two-day event will also give us a little boost of hope, too, thanks to its charity partnership, Models 4 Water.

Co-founder models Georgie Badiel (runway stunner) and Heide Lindgren (face of Guess by Marciano) started M4W last year, with the goal of raising money to bring sustainable, clean water to the people in Burkina Faso, Georgie’s homeland. The country is one of the poorest in the world and about 85 percent of the population doesn’t have clean drinking water. And as you may suspect, most of the burden of finding usable water falls on the local women.

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Taken at Nakar, Burkina Faso: After M4W's first drill hit water, children celebrate. (Photo courtesy of Models 4 Water on Facebook)

“We want to use our level of exposure to give back and work (as an industry) together to make a difference,” Heide says. “But this isn’t about being a ‘rewarding experience.’ It’s about fulfilling your duty as a human being to use your blessings to help bless others.”

M4W works with The Water Project, which also hosts the donations. (They’ll accept as little as $1, so go for it!) But the Model Beach Volleyball Tournament will also have an area dedicated to M4W, and additional Global Ambassadors will lend their image and connections to the cause in the future.

Until then, Heide says the dream is simple: “Water is one of the few things the body requires to live, and we don’t want access to clean water to be an issue or concern for anyone.”

Stay tuned for more updates about the exciting 2012 Ludus Athletics Model Beach Volleyball Tournament, an event FITNESS is proud to partner with!

One Child Dies Every 20 Seconds From This—And How You Can Help

Written on March 15, 2012 at 11:37 am , by

Walkers can choose to carry buckets to experience a bit of what it's really like to make the trek. (Photo courtesy of Walk for Water)

Every 20 seconds, one child dies from consuming contaminated water. It’s easy to forget—with such easy access to bottled H2O and clean water flowing from the tap—that more than one billion people worldwide lack access to clean drinking water. But the startling facts remain:

  • Unclean water leads to more deaths each year than war and causes 80 percent of the world’s diseases
  • Those in regions without clean water may need to walk as many as six miles each day to obtain the 40 to 80 pounds of water needed for their family
  • All of this water-gathering time, which adds up to about 10 years of life, can’t be spent at work, school or caring for family

This weekend, Positive Community Impact (PCI) is hosting their fourth annual 5K Walk for Water in San Diego, California to help raise money for this important cause. Free on Sunday at 10 a.m.? Register to spend a bit of time walking in the footsteps of all of those in water-deprived regions—money from the student-run event supports important projects in regions like Sub-Saharan Africa. (One PCI staff member traveled to Tanzania last year to help build a well for residents.)

If you can’t make it to the walk, here are five “steps” you can take today to start conserving water:

  1. Shorten your shower…Save 2.5 gallons/minute
  2. Wash only full loads of laundry…Save 15-50 gallons/load
  3. Replace your old toilet with a low-flow model…Save 2.2-3.8 gallons/flush
  4. Install flow-restricting aerators on faucets…Save 4.7 gallons/day
  5. Turn off the faucet while washing dishes or brushing teeth…Save 2.5 gallons/minute

Matt Damon-Approved Gifts That Give Back

Written on December 15, 2011 at 2:02 pm , by

As a kid, nothing put us in the holiday spirit quite like a visit to meet with jolly old St. Nick. But now that we’re grown up, it we were meeting Santa and discovered that Matt Damon was hiding under that red suit? Way better!

Most of these kids don’t seem to be in on the joke, but we found Damon’s antics to be good for a chuckle, and he also inspired those of us who are plugging away at our shopping lists. Damon is a co-founder of water.org, a charitable organization that focuses on bringing safe water to everyone. A few shocking facts:

  • 884 million people worldwide lack access to safe water (that’s more than three times the amount of people who live in the U.S.!)
  • One child dies from a water-related illness every 20 seconds
  • $10 from each water bottle purchased goes directly to water.org

And remember, “If you were stranded in the desert, what would you rather have: this water bottle or Justin Bieber?”

3 Ways to Jazz Up Your Water

Written on July 29, 2011 at 11:58 am , by

Drinking waters never been tastier. (Photo courtesy of Scott Little)

Drinking water has never been tastier. (Photo by Scott Little)

With the nonstop heat wave that keeps hitting us this summer, my water consumption is at an all-time high. I’ve surpassed the recommended eight glasses a day by noon, and between pee breaks and refilling at the water cooler I’m starting to feel a little H2O burn out.

To stay hydrated without resorting to high calorie drinks, I’ve gone on a mission to perk up my water. After some extensive research (otherwise known as me randomly sticking things in water and seeing how they taste), I’ve come to a conclusion: You can put just about anything in water! Below, my three favorite extras that don’t rack up extra calories or a ton of sugar.

  • Mint leaves: One or two of these adds a subtle hint of flavor to your water without completely overpowering it. It’s also an aphrodisiac, so slip a few in your hubby’s glass too!
  • Fruit ice cubes: Pour your favorite low-cal juice like orange or cranberry into a standard ice cube tray. Once frozen, pop them in to your water for your sipping pleasure.
  • Go coconut: Coconut water is fat-free and has zero sugar. It’s packed with electrolytes and actually hydrates you faster than water. Pick this guy over a sugary sports drink to fuel up.

Now tell us: How do you jazz up your water?