Optimum Nutrition Introduces Breakfast Line (Plus Review!)

Optimum Nutrition has created a delicious and nutritious way for you to enjoy breakfast on the go through their Whey & Oats and Greek Yogurt Protein Smoothie lines. They come in many different flavors including Blueberry Muffin, Chocolate Glazed Donut and Vanilla Almond.
Optimum Nutrition Whey & Oats Blueberry Muffin
I had this one with vanilla almond milk. It was the perfect amount of sweetness. It tasted very similar to a blueberry muffin. This makes a great on the go breakfast or snack! This shake has as much fiber as a bowl of oatmeal. This packs 27 g of protein per shake! You can get yours here.

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Optimum Nutrition Greek Yogurt Protein Smoothie Strawberry
I had this one with one serving of almond milk, ½ cup of mixed berries, ¼ cup of ice and half a banana. The smoothie I made was awesome using those ingredients. It was very filling. I will also try this alone with almond milk and possibly bake muffins using this powder. The new protein powder features oats, 20g of protein, 0g of added sugars, Greek yogurt and chia seeds. This treat is also gluten-free. You can purchase it here.

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RXBAR Product Review

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I love the simplicity of these bars. There is a short list of ingredients for all bars that I can both pronounce and identify. I try to stay away from packaged foods because they usually contain a bunch of made-in-a-lab terrible for you ingredients. Although when something is as great for you and convenient as an RXBAR I had to give them a second glance. All the bars contain no artificial sweeteners and have some sort of dates, nuts and egg whites in them. They are gluten and dairy free bars. Each RXBAR contains whole protein from egg whites making the bars chewy but I saw no issues with the texture.

Below is a definitive foodie-approved ranking of RXBAR Flavors:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Maple Sea Salt
  • Blueberry
  • Apple Cinnamon
  • Chocolate Sea Salt
  • Coffee Chocolate
  • Coconut Chocolate
  • Mint Chocolate

 

Peanut Butter: The peanut butter bars have a creamy peanut butter base with peanut chunks throughout. These have a strong peanut aroma and leave you feeling like you just licked the spoon!

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Maple Sea: Smells and tastes just like maple syrup. The salt flakes make for a perfectly salty and sweet combo that balances out the sweetness of the maple. Throughout the bar you will find whole nuts which gives the bar awesome texture. The bar itself is soft with little chunks of nut throughout. I love how the bar has no added sugar and is sweetened with just dates.

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Blueberry: yummy bar that can double as a breakfast. It contains dried blueberries and nuts. It has a similar flavor complex to a blueberry muffin.

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Apple Cinnamon: Smells like fall and honestly as good as those Glade-plug in cinnamon apple air freshener. There is a strong cinnamon taste that can be overpowering at first but is balanced out quite well by the apple flavor. The bar is chewy but is not artificial tasting.

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Chocolate Sea Salt: Deep dark chocolate flavor with sea salt flecks for complexity.

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Coffee Chocolate: I am wondering if I got a caffeine jolt from this bar? It has a strong coffee flavor with chunks of rich dark chocolate.

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Mint Chocolate: Not a terrible flavor but I wasn’t crazy about how strong the mint flavor was in this. It also contains chunks of dark chocolate.

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If I was going to purchase a box of these it would for sure be the Maple Sea Salt or Peanut Butter. You can buy these bars here.

 

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Optimum Nutrition Cake Bites Review

The cake bites do not have exact cake texture but are soft and tasty. Personally I think they are much more exciting than your typical protein bar. They make a good occasional treat or dessert. I honestly enjoyed all three flavors and would get them again.

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Birthday Cake: my favorite, tastes just like funfetti cake mix, I love the adorable rainbow sprinkles. Be careful on lots of websites they charge more for this flavor.

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Red Velvet: These bites have a white chocolate shell with a delicious moist red velvet filling. These treats make a great sweet craving buster. They contain only 5g of sugar. They are soft and decadent. Not chalky, easy to eat and light and fluffy. They nailed the white chocolate shell also.

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Chocolate Dipped Cherry: They have a good taste and are appetizing. This a creative and unique flavor for protein treats.

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I cannot wait to grab more of these. I love treating myself to this amazing snack.

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NewPop Product Review

NewPop will be your new favorite snack when dieting and living a healthy lifestyle. NewPop is only 32 calories a cup and is bursting with flavor. Although it is low on calories it is surprisingly satisfying. Their popcorn is the worlds first skinless popcorn. It has no oil, no butter, no salt, no GMOs and is gluten free. NewPop comes in 3 flavors: Original, Hot & Sweet and Sweet Cinnamon.(I apologize in advance for the festive photos a little late in the game. hehe).

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My personal favorite was the Sweet Cinnamon because as my friend pointed out during our tasting. It’s flavor profile is almost identical to Honey Smacks cereal without all the added sugars to weigh you down. It is light and flavored deliciously.

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Runner up was the Hot & Sweet. I love how when you first taste this popcorn it is sweet but after a while you feel a slight burn at the end. This will definitely keep your snacking interesting!

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Finally we have the original flavor NewPop this one is good but is the most bland. It is slightly sweet.

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I highly recommend this for those of you counting your calories and eating in a deficit or just anyone looking to consume less”empty calories”. You can purchase NewPop here.

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Let’s Talk Gains :Optimum Nutrition Gainer Review

Looking to gain some muscle? Gaining muscle requires you to eat in a surplus. You’ll be eating more food than normal while hopefully still consuming  your calories mindfully. You should be counting your macros to make sure you are eating in the correct surplus range. To read about how to count your macros please click here.

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Sometimes there isn’t enough time in the day to cook and eat all the calories you may need to eat to gain weight. That is where supplements come in. You want to put supplements into your body that you can trust. The Optimum Nutrition gainer has helped me gain muscle weight and increase my strength in the gym. My current goals are to build muscle and increase my strength on the powerlifts: bench, deadlift and squat.

I have been taking half a serving after I work out which is more than enough for me as I am eating in a small surplus of 250 calories above maintenance daily. Half a serving is 385 calories, 4.5g F/ 58g Carb/ 27.5g Protein. I mixed mine in a shaker bottle with unsweetened almond milk which adds a few calories but not many. For those of you looking for more immediate weight gain results I would recommend consuming a full serving of this gainer daily. You can buy the gainer here.

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I often find it hard to hit my carbs in a healthy way. This shake definitely fills that void for me. Rather than reaching for packaged food or sugary carb sources this gainer is filled with a healthy carbohydrate blend that is made up of oat flour, pea starch and potatoes. The mix also includes flax seeds and chia. The gainer its self mixes fairly easily in a blender bottle although I think it would be best with ice and almond milk in a blender. It was very creamy and the vanilla flavor was tasty without tasting artificial.

You can drink this post workout or even have half a serving between meals if you are looking for steady calories throughout the day. Gaining muscle weight can be empowering and awesome. No wonder why #gainingweightiscool is trending. Here is my transformation over the years.

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The far left is me at 115 pounds six years ago, the middle is me at 120 pounds 6 months ago and the right is me in December at 125 pounds.

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JackedPack Subscription Review

I absolutely love JackedPack. They are a goal focused and personalized subscription box for weightlifters. They personalize your samples to you by asking your supplement flavor preferences as well as if your goals are to burn fat or build muscle. They also get your information as far as gender, height, age and weight. They are also very affordable and the longer you get a subscription for the better the deal.

So far I have received two boxes from JackedPack.

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Each of my boxes had 7-8 separate samples in them. Each box had lots of sample variety ranging from protein bars, BCAAS, fat burn pills, whey protein powder, beef protein powder, pre-workouts as well as even an awesome pain relieving patch. The best part is that almost all the samples had two servings inside so the average servings you get per box is around 9-11 servings of supplements.

These boxes would make a great holiday gift in fact JackedPack normal deal is as follows:
-JackedPack is $15 per pack with free shipping.
-If you sign up for six months, every sixth box is free. This works out to $12.50 per pack.
-The best offer is to sign up for a year. Three boxes are free. This works out to $11.25 per pack.

BUT if you get one before December 18th, you will get double samples in your pack as well as a free shaker cup & you can get $25 off a 12-month sign up which comes out to only $9.17 a box! Use the code HOLIDAY if it’s a gift for you or GIFT to give the gift of gains to someone else! Sign up here!

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That’s It Zesty Bars Review

I have always loved the That’s It bars for their simplicity. They never add extra sugar and are sweetened only by fruit. They make an amazing pre-workout snack to have before working out because they are portable quick to digest carbs. I always carry them around with me as a pick me up before I lift. They have no preservatives and are simply just fruit and spices.
Apples & Cinnamon
This is my favorite out of the Zesty product line. It tastes just like fall and makes me feel like I’m cozying up by a fire with a glass of mulled cider.

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Apple + Mango & Chili
This bar has a kick to it. If you are sensitive to spice this might not suit you but I found it to be refreshingly different. If you love dried mangos this could be your new favorite energy bar.

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Apple + Pear & Ginger
This had an overwhelming ginger flavor. It was not equally balanced with the pear and apple. It was a bit gritty as well. This wasn’t completely terrible but also not my favorite.

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Overall I would recommend these bars to anyone looking for an easy way to get more fruit into their diet or looking for convenient healthy carbs. If you sign up for their mailing list you can get 15% off today at http://www.thatsitfruit.com/.

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