It took just one gymnastics class at the age of 8 to have me envisioning myself as a professional athlete…and it only took one year of gymnastics to realize that dream definitely wasn’t going to pan out for me. So I live vicariously by watching talented gymnast compete in the summer games every four years. The dedication and commitment these athletes display is incredible, training 5 to 6 hours a day and following strict diet regimens for a single shot at glory. But the hours of training and years of dedication are starting to pay off for individuals and teams across the US as selections are being made for athletes to represent team USA this summer in Rio, Brazil.

Once selected, many of these athletes will be making their way to the US Olympic Training Center. This center provides housing, dining, recreational facilities and other services for coaches and athletes alike. While we may never be there as residents, thanks to #GetReadyForGold sweepstakes we do have the chance to visit! Who wouldn’t want to visit the U.S. Olympic Training Camp? After all, that’s where dreams are made! Personally, I would indulge my inner 8-year-old and check out the woman’s gymnastic team getting ready to bring home the gold for us.

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As we cheer on our nation’s top athletes, we can get ready for gold too with this hearty Smucker’s Raspberry Morning Bowl. Bonus, by purchasing qualifying ingredients in the recipe, you earn entries in the #GetReadyForGold sweepstakes, and a chance to visit the U.S. Olympic Training Camp – but more on that below!

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Smucker’s Raspberry Morning Bowl

This is one of our go-tos when we need a really solid start to our day and will also stick with us to keep the energy and adventures going!

½ cup instant wheat cereal
2.5 cups of your favorite milk, we prefer almond or hemp milk
1/3 cup flax meal (powdered flax seeds)
2 tablespoons Smucker’s Red Raspberry Preserves

The toppings are flexible for your family’s preferences, I’ve listed below one of our favorite combinations.

Per morning bowl:
1 tablespoon Smucker’s Preserves
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
a few fresh mango slices

Cook the instant wheat cereal according to the box instructions, adding in the flax meal in the beginning. Before carefully pouring the hot cereal into bowls I like to mix in the two tablespoons of Smucker’s Preserves. Allow the bowls to cool for a few minutes while you prep your toppings and spread and lay everything on top. I started by dividing the bowl with the Smucker’s Preserves so I would have a few clean lines on the top to help define the space for the chia seeds and mango.

Top each bowl with a variety of colorful, healthy and energy boosting goodness. Try making it into a lovely pattern, swirls, lines, make a sunrise… The options are endless, just like your potential! Remember, the best way to gold is a bright and healthy start!

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flax seed breakfast

With Coca-Cola leading the way and P&G, Smuckers, Kelloggs Hershey and Chobani contributing to the excitement, they’ve joined forces to sponsor the #GetReadyForGold Sweepstakes. The sweepstakes will allow Vons stores’ customers a chance to win a U.S. Olympic Training Camp experience or other associated prizes! See official sweepstakes rules.

How to Enter:

  • OPTION ONE:

    • Make a qualifying purchase at a participating store location before August 22, 2016.
    • Be sure to save your receipt and upload it at www.cokeplaytowin.com/readyforgold by September 5, 2016 at 11:59pm EST.
      • The image must be clear and legible and must include the purchase date, showing the qualifying products that you purchased.
      • Follow the links and instructions provided on the site in order to submit the registration form, including providing a valid home address. Note, P.O. Boxes are not permitted.
      • You will also be required to select your Vons store location.

flax seed breakfast

  • FREE MAIL-IN METHOD OF ENTRY:

    • During the Promotion Period, to enter without making a qualifying purchase or uploading a receipt:
      • Hand print your full name, street address (no P.O. Boxes), day/evening/cellular phone number (if any), email address, and date of birth on a 3″ x 5″ pieces of paper and mail it in an envelope with proper postage to “Get Ready for Gold Sweepstakes – Sweeps Entry,” P.O. Box 5941, Department 825877, Kalamazoo, MI 49003-5941
    • You must also include your Division Prize Pool number on the outside of your envelope. Locate the name and number of the Division Prize Pool associated with your local store here.
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Sweepstakes Prizing

20 GRAND PRIZE WINNERS will be selected to win an Olympic Training Camp Experience.

100 SILVER PRIZE WINNERS will be selected to win prize packs featuring a beach towel, beach ball, umbrella chair with cooler, and an Under Armour bag c/o P&G.

200 BRONZE PRIZE WINNERS will be selected to win prize packs featuring a soccer ball, waterproof bluetooth speaker, and 20oz. bottle.

If you buy $50 in participating products, you save $10 on your next shopping trip (excluding United and Jewel-Osco locations).

Although I have been compensated for this post, all opinions are my own.

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