ACSM Annual Meeting and Krema Winner

Happy Monday everyone! I just got home last night from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL. Sadly, no trips to Disney were made as (the inside of) this convention center was pretty much all I saw the past week!

20140527_114722{Orange County Convention Center}

I attended a lot of great presentations, reconnected with friends and colleagues, met some researchers in person that I knew only via Twitter and by their academic work, and had a chance to present some of my own research! It was a jam-packed conference, and while I am worn out I always come back from these meetings ready to get more work done!

1137{Presenting at ACSM}

The one thing that is stressful about being away from home so much – and it’s going to happen A LOT this summer for me – is being off of my normal diet and exercise schedule. While not perfect, I did what I could to turn my hotel room into a mini kitchen and I also strategically packed food for the travel days themselves.

20140526_095717{Food for a Day Spent in the Air and at Airports}

I am planning on getting some posts up about highlights from the sessions I attended at ACSM as well as giving you all deeper look inside my nutrition game plan while traveling! It may be a little while though….because…as at the end of this week I am heading out-of-town AGAIN – this time to Iceland, Sweden and Norway! :-) Talk to you all soon!

Finally – the winner of the Krema/Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter Giveaway is….


Congrats, and be on the lookout for an email from me!


Just Peanuts – Krema/Crazy Richard’s Review, Giveaway and Recipes

Hello everyone! While the blogging has been non-existent the past few months I am back today with a review and giveaway for one of my personal favorite products – Krema Peanut Butter! If you know me or have read this blog before you are well aware that I usually don’t go even a day without eating peanut butter. In fact, in 2012 one of the items on my “to-do list” was to limit my peanut butter consumption to 2 jars a month since I was averaging  A JAR A WEEK ! Fortunately that restriction is over! ;-)


Now let’s cut to the chase…what makes Krema/Crazy Richard’s (same peanut butter, just sold under different labels depending upon where you live) Natural Peanut Butter one of my favorites? It’s simple, the Ingredient List has just 1 item: Peanuts! Maybe you are thinking, “umm, Tanya…aren’t all “Natural” peanut butters made out of just peanuts?” Sadly this is not the case as a lot of natural peanut butters will have palm oil, sugar, molasses and/or salt added as well. No thanks to that…give me legit peanut butter, please!


Krema - Ingredients


You guys should have seen the “happy dance” I did when I came home to find a box from Krema waiting for me. Since I regularly buy this brand anyway, it was so nice to have it delivered right to my door and my cabinet restocked for free  – thanks Krema company for helping to fuel my peanut butter habit :-) .


Krema - Delivery


I wasted no time putting my samples to good use. Virtually every morning my breakfast looks something like this. Oatmeal, Fruit (you can’t tell, but bananas were cooked into these particular oats), Whey Protein, and PEANUT BUTTER!


Krema - PB Proats


If breakfast isn’t the above, it’s likely a peanut butter and blueberry protein smoothie. Then of course there is my dessert of choice to end the day, Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein “Cake”. Literally just liquid egg whites mixed with whey protein and microwaved and then topped with…you guessed it…PEANUT BUTTER!


Krema - Chocolate-PB Protein Brownie


And my new favorite way to use Krema peanut butter?


So easy to make that even I can do it

  • 1.25 c. Whey protein (I used Candy Bar flavor from DenovoNutrition)
  • 1 c. Oats
  • 1 c. Krema/Crazy Richard’s Crunchy Peanut Butter
  • 0.25 c. honey


  • Mix whey protein and oats in 1 bowl.
  • Mix peanut butter and honey in a larger bowl and microwave ~60 seconds.
  • Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, mix thoroughly.
  • Add water as need (I usually add at least 0.5 c)
  • Pour in pan and stick in fridge/freezer to harden up!!

Krema_CandyBar Protein Bars


While I am in the “Crunchy PB” camp, Krema/Crazy Richard’s comes in both Smooth and Creamy or Crunchy options. Both have a fabulous fresh and rich roasted peanut flavor which leaves their overly sweet and salty competitors in the dust! Anxious to get your hands on some Krema/Crazy Richard’s peanut butter? Chances are that a retailer near you carries it – check the store locator to find out where. If not, you can always order peanut butter or their other products (must get hands on their Cashew and Almond Butter, too!) on-line.

Need more peanut butter in your life? – And you better have answered with an enthusiastic YES! – Start following Krema and Crazy Richard’s on social media. Instagram (@naturalpeanutbutter), Twitter (@KremaPB and @CrazyRichardsPB), and/or Facebook (Krema and CrazyRichard’s). They post some great recipes and hilarious memes about peanut butter like this gem:


Krema - Instagram


Now for the giveaway – how can YOU get entered to win a sample of Krema/Crazy Richard’s peanut butter delivered to your house? It’s simple:

1. Comment on this post (make sure to provide your e-mail in the e-mail box so I can contact you if you win). I would love to know what your favorite peanut butter recipe is!

2. For an additional entry – follow Krema/Crazy Richard’s on one of their social media channels (and indicate that you did so in your comment).

It’s that easy. Contest closes at 11:59 pm on Wednesday, May 28th so get entered quick!

Until next time…Keep Calm and Eat Peanut Butter.


Disclosure: Although I did receive Krema and Crazy Richard’s peanut butter samples for free, all views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely and entirely my own and based on my own unique experiences. I was not compensated for writing this post. Additionally, this is a product I regularly purchase on my own, truly enjoy and am happy to have the opportunity to blog about! :-)

Don’t Act Like You’re Not ImPRESSed!

So, what have I been up to since I last posted? Well, besides working and working out…just winning trophies (actually just 1).

Bench Comp{2014 Virginia Tech Bench Press Competition}

Okay, so it was a default win because 1) There were very few females competing this year and 2) I was the only 1 in my weight class to complete a legal lift. It was by far one of my worst bench days in a while (I only hit my opener), but I am glad I had the competition experience!

What challenge have YOU taken on recently?

P.S. The winner of the giveaway from The Feed is…

WinnerAnne- look for an e-mail from me on getting your box to you!