Friday, March 15, 2019

Friday Finds!

Another round of Friday Finds coming at ya!

Detour Lean Muscle Bites - So you like candy but you you're trying to be fit? No problem! Now you can have a delicious snack with some protein! Detour Lean Muscle bites are small snack bars in m&m and cookie dough flavors! I can't wait to try them! They are available exclusively at Vitamin Shoppe and Amazon. Check them out here: https://www.amazon.com/Detour-Lean-Muscle-Bites/dp/B07LG8VB89
Zensah Ankle Support - Compression Ankle Brace - Great for Running, Soccer, Volleyball, Sports - Ankle Sleeve Helps Sprains, Tendonitis, Pain
Photo from amazon.com

Zensah Ankle Compression Sleeve - So I've been dealing with another injury (doctor's appointment this week) and I needed something to help me while I wait on my doctor's appointment. I ordered the Zensah compression brace and it is really helpful. It's small, tight, and comfortable. I've been a long time fan of Zensah compression socks and this sleeve is no exception. Check it out here:amazon.com/zensah

Fre Recover Me Night Cream - I love my Fre Skincare and they have been coming out with so many awesome new products. The newest  product is a revolutionary night cream that regenerates and strengthens your skin barrier while you sleep. It's specially designed for active lifestyle! We could all use a little R&R, right? You can buy any of the Fre products here: https://www.freskincare.com with code: HHF for a discount!

What have you been discovering lately? Anything new on Netflix?

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Party Cake Protein Babies

What's cuter than an actual baby?

Puppies, kittens, and party cake protein babies!


Sorry, little infants - these protein babies are just too cute!

They're super easy, customizable, tasty and fun!

Ingredients:

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tsp rainbow sprinkles
  • 2 tsp coconut oil 
  • 2 tbsp. Vitafiber IMO syrup 
  • splash of almond milk or milk of choice

Directions:

  1. Combine the melted coconut oil and Vitafiber syrup. 
  2. In a separate bowl combine the protein powder and rainbow sprinkles. 
  3. Combine the liquid and protein and then add milk a little at a time until you are able to roll into small balls. 
  4. Store in the fridge!
I made 10 babies but you can make them larger if desired. 

For entire batch: 290 cal 22p

Do you think infants are cute? I think the toddler stage is cuter!


Friday, March 8, 2019

Friday Finds - Food and Fitness!

Another Friday means another round of Friday Finds!

Flavored PB&CO - I have seen Flavored PB&Co on Instagram and my curiosity was piqued. It's a powdered peanut butter but in fun flavors like Salted Caramel and Birthday Cake! I have tried those two flavors so far and they are amazing! They actually have mix-ins like toffee bits and rainbow sprinkles! I've used them on sweet potatoes, rice cakes and more. I definitely recommend these! Check them out https://flavoredpbco.com/

Lululemon Align Leggings - Am I late to the party or what? I know everyone raves about lululemon leggings. I once went in the store, tried on a pair of the clearance leggings (which were still expensive) and wasn't crazy about them. Then, I recently got a gift card and tried on the Align leggings and I understand the obsession! They are buttery soft and have a great stretch. They are super high waisted which is something I like. I probably would never spend my money to buy full price ones but I'm a cheapskate! I would check Poshmark!

Flavolution Seasoning - Healthy seasonings for every occasion! I actually won the Cinnamon toast and Chocolate Mocha seasonings in a giveaway. They also make savory seasonings which I'm sure are good as well. The Cinnamon Toast actually tastes like cinnamon sugar toast! They're low/no sodium and zero calories. Check them out here: https://theflavolution.com/shop/

So Delicious Frozen Mousse - This is something I have been looking for in stores for a long time! I finally found it at my local Earthfare grocery store! It's a non-dairy, lower calorie frozen mousse. One pint container is 300-330 calories. I have tried the Salted Caramel, Peanut Butter Swirl and Lemon flavors. The peanut butter is my favorite so far! They are so good! Use their product locator to find where they are sold near you! http://sodeliciousdairyfree.com/store-finder

Is there something you've been looking for lately or anything new you've found? Let me know!


Friday, March 1, 2019

Going for the Gold - Grab the Gold Protein Bar Review

Going for the gold means you're aiming to win, right? 


So when I saw a protein bar called "Grab the Gold", I thought these must be winners. How could they be anything less?

I wanted to see if they lived up to their name. I haven't seen too many people eating these bars or talking about them but I have seen them sold at Publix and Amazon. 

They tout their bars are made with clean ingredients and:
  • plant based
  • high potassium
  • high fiber
  • Kosher
  • gluten free
So many chocolate chips!
Danielle, the founder and CEO, first developed these snack bars when she was just 16 years old. They hand craft the bars in small batches using simple ingredients like oats, peanut butter, non GMO soy flour, and organic cane sugar. 

I first tried the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip flavor. The bar has a strong peanut butter flavor, while being very sweet. It was loaded with small chocolate chips. It was chewy with a slight crunch and had texture from the oats. I thought it was very tasty! 

The Peanut Butter and Jelly flavor is very similar but with dried cranberries instead of chocolate chips for a take on the classic flavor combo. 

I would personally choose the chocolate chip flavor because I love chocolate! 

These bars are 193 calories 5f/25c/11p.  The only potential negatives are that it is lower in protein that most whey based protein bars and it uses soy which some people do not prefer. 

Overall, I think they are a delicious snack bar and great for satiety! Have you grabbed the gold yet?

Which flavor would you pick? Try a sample by clicking here: https://retail.grabthegold.com/collections/free-samples and be sure to check them out grabthegold.com!


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Anorexia Defined

Anorexia.

Say that word and a hush may fall over the people around you.

It definitely has a stigma attached to it.

I was diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa several years back.

I like food.

I eat food.

I always ate food.

So what really is anorexia?

Anorexia "is an eating disorder characterized by an abnormally low body weight, an intense fear of gaining weight and a distorted perception of weight. People with anorexia place a high value on controlling their weight and shape, using extreme efforts that tend to significantly interfere with their lives." - mayoclinic.org

There are a lot of generalizations but every person is different. My eating disorder began as an obsession with clean eating, which is often termed "Orthorexia". Orthorexia, however, is not currently recognized as a diagnosable disorder. Therefore, I was diagnosed with Anorexia and I am not ashamed.

I have heard of girls who were upset with the diagnosis which I think just goes to show the stigma society has attached to it. Eating disorders vary so much that it would be impossible to have a different diagnosis for every variation. Anorexia is not a choice. It does not mean a person doesn't eat or like food.

It is a battle. It is a mental disease with the highest rate of mortality. It is one of the worst things I have gone through.

But a person is not their diagnosis. Do you refer to people diagnosed with cancer as cancer patients? Do you attach that label to them as a person? No. So why has society determined that is acceptable for eating disorders? Update: it's not.

If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, please seek help: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/help-support

Monday, February 25, 2019

Which Sweetener Should I Use?

Zero sugar claims are sweeping the nation! 

So often I see food and drink containers that flaunt 0g sugar, No Sugar Added, Zero Sugar, No Refined Sugar or something of the like. 

So what are all these products using that make them taste so sweet? Well, sweeteners! There's a laundry list of options that a company could use so you should be in the know about which one is right for you. 

I am by NO means the expert on this topic and I encourage you to do further research if this is something that concerns you but I thought I would shed a little light on the subject from my personal knowledge and research. 

Artificial Sweeteners
  • Sucralose - very commonly found in drinks, packaged foods, protein powder, etc. 
  • Aspartame - most commonly I have seen it is in diet soda, there have been many claims of negative health effects, yet it is marked safe by FDA and other food regulating agencies
  • Ace-K 
  • Saccahrin
  • and more!
Natural Sweeteners
  • Stevia/Reb A - one of the most popular, it is derived from the stevia leaf plant but buyer beware, it is often highly processed and blended with other sweeteners for a less bitter aftertaste
  • Monk Fruit - derived from the monk fruit plant, look for 100% monk fruit extract
  • Xylitol, Maltitol, Erythritol, and Sorbitol - sugar alcohols, technically natural created through a fermentation process. Some can cause digestion problems for some people. Xylitol is known to support dental health and is often found in toothpaste. 
  • Allulose, tagatose, etc. - derived from some type of sugar if it ends in -ose. Some may cause bloating. 
  • Honey - has many health benefits including phytonutrients, antibacterial, antioxidants, etc. Raw honey (not heated or processed) contains the most benefits. Also a source of sugar and calories. 
  • Molasses - byproduct of sugar cane production, contains magnesium, iron and potassium. Also a source of sugar and calories. 
  • Maple Syrup - low impact on blood sugar levels. Also a source of sugar and calories. 
  • Coconut Nectar - less sweet than sugar, derived from coconuts. 
  • IMO Syrup - prebiotic low calorie, low carb sweetener from an enzymatic conversion of starch (VitaFiber IMO is from natural tapioca starch. You can purchase it here: vitafiberimo.com with code: MEGANO20 for a discount) 
  • Yacon Syrup - extracted from the tuberous roots of the yacon plant, can help lower blood glucose but should still be monitored for diabetics as it does contain sugar
  • natural cane sugar, coconut sugar, date sugar - more natural forms of sugar, source of calories and sugar
Whew! So many options! Many people choose to steer away from artificial sweeteners due to possible negative health effects, however, there is much controversy over this. I think they are probably fine in limited quantities though I prefer natural sweeteners when possible. Some sweeteners are still newer to the market, such as allulose, so keep in mind that we may not know everything there is to know about these. They may come from a natural source but they are not in their natural state. 

Hopefully, you can find the sweeteners that work best for your health and goals! My first choice is usually pure stevia. I find erythritol is good for baking but, in large quantities, it causes me digestive issues. I also love maple syrup, honey and Vitafiber for liquid sweeteners! 

Do you use sweeteners? Do you pay attention to sweeteners in what you eat?

Friday, February 22, 2019

Friday Finds - Chocolate Edition!

Another Friday, another round of Finds - this time featuring quite a bit of chocolate so we'll roll with it!

Hu Chocolate Hunk - I have tried and loved Hu Kitchen chocolate bars and when they came out with Hu Hunks, I was dying to try them. They are chocolate candies without the shiny glaze - just pure unadulterated chocolate. They did not disappoint. I love Hu Chocolate and I think these were executed perfectly. They are also vegan and paleo friendly! Check them out here: hukitchen.com

Tru-Chocolate- Tru-Chocolate makes different chocolate candies that are Non-GMO, vegan and kosher. Their chocolates are sweetened naturally with xylitol and have a good ingredient list! They offer chocolate covered raisins, almonds, and solid dark chocolate bites. Check them out here: tru-chocolate.com

ChocZero Peppermint Bark - I have already tried and loved ChocZero bark and chocolate squares which are sugar free, sweetened with monk fruit (in fact I have a discount code: healthyhappyandfree when you purchase from their site). However, I have missed out on the peppermint bark! I finally managed to purchase it before it went out of stock! It has little peppermint pieces in it and they really mastered the combo! It's not overpowering but just right. I love the Choczero products and customer service. Check them out here: https://www.choczero.com/

Phew, so much chocolate so little time. What's your favorite type of chocolate?