Eat Less Salt for Your Health!

Too much sodium in your system causes your body to retain water and makes you bloat. It can also lead to high blood pressure. High blood pressure can lead to stroke or heart disease if you’re not careful.
Easy ways to cut back on sodium in your diet are:
• Taking the salt shaker off the table and putting it in the cupboard
• Checking spice blends before you purchase them and trying to buy ones with little to no added sodium
• Cook more meals at home so you can control the amount salt in your food
• Have meal prepped meals available whenever possible to avoid eating salty foods and snacks out!
• Always buy low-sodium or no salt added condiments and foods when available
• Checking any packaged foods for excessive amounts of sodium
Foods you should always check for sodium amount and serving size:
• Soups
• Condiments (hot sauce, soy sauce..etc.)
• Canned veggies and beans
• Breads and rolls
• Cold cuts and cured meats like bacon
• Sandwiches
• Pre-made pizzas

Items I always have in my pantry to help me stay on track to a healthy heart:
• No-salt-added black beans
• Low sodium soy sauce
• Salt free seasonings like: Ms. Dash or Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute which is all the flavor without any salt
• Fresh fruit
• Fresh and raw veggies
• Plain unseasoned raw meats and fish

Opti-Bar Product Review

Behold: The world’s best-selling protein is now portable!

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The bars come in 5 on-the-go flavors: Chocolate Brownie, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Cookies ‘N Cream, White Chocolate Raspberry, and Cinnamon Pecan Roll. Each bar has less than 4 grams of sugar and contains 8-10 grams of fiber. Every flavor packs 20g of high quality whey protein isolate and milk protein isolate. I prefer this softer bar over the similar Quest Bar because the Opti-Bar is less chewy and less in your face sweet.
Below is a definitive foodie-approved ranking of Optimum Nutrition Opti-Bar:
1) White Chocolate Raspberry
2) Cinnamon Pecan Roll
3) Chocolate Brownie
4) Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
5) Cookies ‘N Cream

1) White Chocolate Raspberry: First impression opening the bar was great. It was super fragrant with a scent of fresh raspberries and was stuffed to the brim with mini white chocolate chips throughout the bar. This flavor is crave worthy, moist and hands-down my favorite out of the line. I’ve got to get myself a box of this flavor!

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2) Cinnamon Pecan Roll: This bar reminds me of fresh baked cinnamon rolls. It features a vanilla bean frosting coating and sweet cinnamon base. The bar is soft without being too chewy.

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3) Chocolate Brownie: This bar doesn’t have an inside shot because it was the first one I devoured. It has a deep chocolate base with chunky chocolate chips throughout the bar. It could help curb hunger and chocolate cravings all in one.

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4) Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: This bar had lots of large chocolate chunks. Like all these bars they are not chalky and have the consistency of a less chewy quest bar. I want to try this crumbled over halo top so badly!

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5) Cookies ‘N Cream: I was surprised to see a light chocolate base with real cookie chunks accompanied by chunks of Oreo-cookie-like cream filling. The chunks were plentiful and definitely not half-assed.

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Overall, I would recommend these bars to anyone looking for an easy way to curb their cravings on-the-go. These also are a super easy way to get your protein content up without the shaker or an oven! I love that they have less than 4g of sugar in each bar so you can be sure you’re not consuming too much processed sugar. You can purchase yours today here.

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Blueberry Fro-Yo French Toast

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It’s always summer when you wake up to blueberry fro-yo french toast! At 23 grams of protein, only 4 grams of fat and 100% natural ingredients this breakfast can’t be beat. Stay cool the tasty way with this delicious treat and make sure to check out Sweet Scoops Frozen Yogurt at your local Whole Foods and Roche Brothers.

French Toast Ingredients:
-9 tbsp (138g) liquid egg whites
-1 tsp cinnamon
-1 packet Truvia
-2 slices Sara Lee 45 calorie delightful whole wheat bread

Topping Ingredients:
-1/4 cup (38g) of Blueberry Sweet Scoops Frozen Yogurt
-1/3 cup (50g) Blueberries

Directions:
-Pour all French toast ingredients into a bowl and mix
-Coat both sides of toast in the mix and fry on top of the stove
-Cook the slices 3 minutes each side while checking regularly
-Top toast with frozen yogurt and blueberries
-Enjoy immediately

Macros Fat (g): Carb (g): Protein (g): Calories:
2 pieces with topping 4 35 23 268

*Makes 1 Serving*

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Strawberry Froyo with Chocolate Magic Shell

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Ingredients:
-1/2 cup frozen strawberries
-6 Greek frozen yogurt cubes (simply freeze  no-fat Greek yogurt in ice cube tray)
-1/4 cup of almond milk vanilla unsweetened
-1 packet Truvia
-1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For the magic shell:
-1/2 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
-1 tbsp cocoa powder
-1 packet Truvia

Directions:
-Blend all ingredients that aren’t for the magic shell in the food processor until creamy.
-Heat up 1/2 tbsp coconut oil 25 sec in microwave then add 1 tbsp cocoa powder and 1 packet of Truvia, drizzle sauce over froyo and watch as it magically hardens!

Macros: Fat (g): Net/ Carb (g): Protein (g): Calories:
The whole recipe with chocolate 8 13/ 15 14 140

*Recipe Serves One*