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Find the Energy Benefits of Oats in Cheerios

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Cheerios and Health.com All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Energy.
We all want more of it, right?

Some people find energy in a cup of caffeine. It gives you a little boost but usually what follows is a major crash and you’re back to where you started.

I find energy with fresh air. Being outside gives me an instant boost no matter what the season. That’s one of the reasons why I love running.

Fresh air has so many benefits:

- improves digestion

- good for blood pressure and heart rate

- strengthens your immune system

- makes you happier

- gives you energy and sharper mind

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It’s no secret I’m not the biggest fan of the treadmill. I’ll use it but I’d much prefer to run outside. I take the energy of the sun, the wind, rain, snow, whatever, and use it to power me through my run. Think of the last time you ran in a gym. Was the air stale? Did you feel energized? Most likely not. Now picture running along the ocean, lake, country road or in a park. How did that make you feel? More energy, right?

This time of year I like to pull my yoga mat outside just for the fresh air. It’s an instant energy booster. The next time you feel sluggish, get into Down Dog, Warrior III or Tree Pose to feel revitalized. I swear it works!

Eating the right nutrients for your body is also a big factor in how much energy you have. I know when I eat junk, I feel like junk.

My life has been fueled by the energy benefits of oats in Cheerios since birth. It was a staple in my house growing up. The big yellow box was always at the breakfast table. My parents never allowed us to have sugary cereals growing up. I’m so thankful that I’ve had the power of oats ingrained in me from such a young age.

I’ve always loved the crunch of Cheerios. It makes me feel like I’m eating real food and it gives me time to chew. But I’ve got a confession – I like soggy Cheerios just as much!

The love of Cheerios has followed me as an adult and now as a mama. Cheerios was one of the first foods my kids tasted (and gobbled up faster than I could hand it out!).

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We are a breakfast loving family and Cheerios is a quick way to get in energy packed nutrients that’s sustainable for all of our life’s adventures. The standby is a bowl of Cheerios with milk and fresh fruit. Sometimes we get fancy and make layered yogurt parfaits.

Cheerios are also good for snacking straight from the box or mixed in with dried fruit and nuts for a portable trail mix.

For healthy recipes containing whole grains, check out Health.com.

Want to nudge your health in a better direction? The whole grain oats in Cheerios are rich in heart-healthy fiber beta glucan. Find out how soluble fiber helps your body here: http://www.cheerios.com/Cheerios-Heart-Health.aspx

Bia Sport GPS Watch Review

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This post is sponsored by Bia Sport. I was compensated for my time in exchange for an honest review of the watch. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

A few weeks ago I was contacted by the nice people at Bia Sport about wear testing their new Bia Sport GPS Watch. I remembered when they were doing a kickstarter campaign back in 2012. It seemed like a cool watch with great features but I never contributed to it just because I was happy with my Garmin. Well they raised enough money and it’s now available to the public.

So let’s start with what I liked:

-Two women founded the company. I love supporting women run companies. It’s obvious that women designed this watch just for us.

- Small and lightweight. This is perfectly made for a women’s smaller wrist.

- Automatic upload of data. There’s no need to plug the watch in to your computer to see split times, route, etc. As soon as you hit stop/finished with your workout, it’s sent.

- Finds signal fast. The first few times I used the Bia, it took a long time to find a signal. But then it must have remembered my location and the connection was instant.

- Cute messages post workout. You all know ISLAGIATT inspired my Reach the Beach team name. Other messages included: Stop and plank!, Hammer Time!

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-SOS signal. If you get in trouble and need help, you just push and hold down a button and a SOS signal is sent to your list of contacts. They can then see exactly where you are. Very cool!

- Cycle/swimming options. I did use it once for cycling albeit I was with my kids and barely moving BUT it did track everything just right. There is also an indoor cycling option that is not yet available.

-One button controls everything.

What I did not like:

- Velcro strap. The strap fit me well but it would continuously attach to my shirt as I ran. The watch never came off but it was annoying.

- No mile beeps. A lot of times when I run, I wear my Garmin just to track my mileage. I’ve become accustomed to the mile beeps. It gives me a little perk especially on hard runs when I just want to be done. I missed not hearing it with the Bia. Although I was told you can very faintly hear a beep if you listen closely. I never did.

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- Hard to read in the rain and dark. With no back light, I could not see any of the numbers. It was also hard to read in the early morning hours. Granted I will be wearing a headlamp when it’s really dark.

-One button controls everything. I like this feature but at the same time it frustrated me. There were times when I wanted to pause the watch but ended up stopping the workout entirely because I pushed the button too many times.

-The Go Stick. You need to clip the Go Stick somewhere on the same side as the watch – waistband, hat, water bottle, shirt, etc – so they can “talk” to each other. Once I clipped it on I kind of forgot about it but I didn’t like having the extra piece of gear.

-There will be a 2G fee for Live Tracking at some point in the future.

-Price. It’s on the higher side of GPS watches with a retail value of $279.

I had to really think hard about whether I was going to keep the Bia after the wear testing period was up. In the end, I decided not to keep it. I’m very happy with my Garmin right now. Plus, I think I really, really would miss those mile beeps! However, if I was in the market for a GPS watch or if I did Tri’s, the Bia would be high on my list of considerations.

If you are in the market for a new GPS watch, Bia would like to offer all Happy Fit Mama readers, $20 off any new Bia. Simply enter HAPPYFITBIA at checkout to receive the discount. It’s good until the end of August, so hurry up and order!

What features do you look for in a GPS watch?