Sometimes things don’t go according to the way we plan things out. When I started this fitness journey, I was on a fast track to losing weight because I thought that’s what I needed to find my self-worth. I was so shocked at what I was able to accomplish in such a short period of time being hyper-focused towards my goals that I even competed in bodybuilding competitions for two years. For two years that was my life, both on season and offseason. I felt as if all I did was training, prep meals, posing practice, and sleep. And of course I still had life to do in between all of that: working a full-time tech job, motherhood, marriage, and everything else in between.
In 2016, I experience a major set back, a shoulder injury that was caused due to lack of mobility, recovery, and rest. Over the past year or so I’ve been experimenting with all sorts of movement and food to find what works for me. What I’ve come to realize is some of what I used to know from my body building days works for me, and that drawing inspiration from my past is something I can use to rewrite the new.
Over the next few months I’m partnering with Swell Foods to help them do the same. I first heard of Swell Ice Cream when they were ProYo, as a matter of fact I would eat ProYo as a treat during my competition prep. Me and the founder’s stories are actually pretty similar, which is one of the reasons why I was even more excited to partner with this brand. Although my shoulder injury never landed me in the hospital, Nathan Carey and I share a similar story to help people find joy while disrupting status quos in both the health and fitness space. In a lot of ways, we’re simply working together to redefine a healthy lifestyle, Swell Foods is just doing it through ice cream.
Swell Ice Cream is extremely creamy. Out of all the other good for you ice cream options I’ve tried, this one is closest to the real deal. It’s packed with 35g of protein in each pint, the most I’ve seen from other alternatives, and for those who are counting macros it has less than 2.5g of fat per serving. The ice cream isn’t organic, however, they do source milk from small family farms and are rBST and rBGH-free, which makes it a better option for me and the family. It’s currently available in the following flavors: Dark Chocolate Toffee, Chocolate Chip Cookie Batter, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Cookies ‘N Cream, and my daughter’s favorite Mint Chip. Find it at your local stores here and if you can’t find it submit a request form to stock your stores.
One of the things I loved doing when I competed was mixing protein powder into my cold brew coffee in the morning. I was killing two birds with one stone. So the other day I decided to try and do the same with Swell Ice Cream and espresso and made myself a tasty little Affogato. It’s honestly so simple, put two scoops of Vanilla Swell Ice Cream into a cup and pour some fresh espresso on top of it.
Then sit back and enjoy.
This post was sponsored by Swell Foods. I was compensated to write this post, but all the opinions and thoughts are 100% my own