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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Selecting the Best Coconut Water

Coconut water naturally supports hydration. It is my favorite drink to rejuvenate me after a long weekend or after a hard workout. Due to the high potassium levels coconut water can reduce blood pressure because it lessens the effects of sodium.

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Again coconut water is a great drink choice because:

  • Significantly lower in calories than most sports drinks
  • Naturally fat- and cholesterol free
  • More potassium than 4 bananas
  • Super Hydrating

How do I choose the right coconut water?
With so many coconut waters appearing on the market this can be overwhelming. Obviously the best choice is to buy all organic coconut water that is raw and organic such as the one from Juice Press. Although, I’m balling on a budget so I am going to have to settle for something more affordable. Below you will find how to differentiate between the good and bad.

Plain Coconut Water:
Plain coconut water? So this must always be just straight up coconut water? That isn’t always the case. The ZICO brand coconut water is just coconut water while the Vita Coco version has a tiny bit of sugar. The difference in sugar grams between the two is only 2g which is very minimal. So I am assuming that 2g is the only amount of added sugar in the Vita Coco. Another plain coconut water without added sugar is O.N.E .

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Flavored Coconut Waters:
Watch out for coconut waters with sugar listed in the ingredients. Ideally look for one’s with natural flavors and sweetened with stevia not concentrate or sugar if you are looking for a low carb option. ZICO Watermelon Raspberry Flavored Coconut Water is a good option because it is sweetened only with stevia. Taste wise my favorite is Vita Coco’s Peach and Mango coconut water. The ingredients are only fruit purees and coconut water so although this is higher in carbs than the stevia flavored one at least the carbs are not coming from refined sugars.

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ZICO Coconut Water Line Review:

ZICO coconut water like most contains as much potassium as a banana and contains 5 electrolytes. ZICO coconut water is also a non-GMO product.

ZICO Chocolate Flavored Coconut Water:

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This is a truly unique coconut water. Unlike any I have ever tried. This coconut water is so creamy it is pretty hard to believe it contains no dairy. It is a tasty blend of 80% coconut water, chocolate flavor and coconut cream. Lets not forget it also contains 5 electrolytes! I think this one is my favorite although some of the other flavors are lighter and more refreshing.

ZICO Watermelon Raspberry Flavored Coconut Water:

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I like that the fruit flavors here are not from concentrate. They are of natural origin and there is no sugar added in this product. The sweetness of it comes from natural Stevia extract without refined sugar. This flavor is sweet but definitely a refreshing change from water. This would make an ideal poolside drink.

ZICO Pineapple Flavored Coconut Water:

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I liked the pineapple flavored coconut water but it was not as sweet as other varieties I’ve tried. I tend to like the sweeter pineapple coconut waters because I feel like they taste more reminiscent of a piña colada.

ZICO Natural Coconut Water:

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I am not normally a fan of plain coconut water but this one is pretty good. I still prefer to mix it into all fruit smoothies however. Although you can rest assured that it contains only one ingredient, coconut water!

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VBURST Product Review

VBURST are portable vitamin shots. They are easily processed by the body and contain only natural ingredients, no fillers and are sweetened with monk fruit. I like that these are so portable and can be taken with you anywhere you go. They are in a leak proof container too so they won’t end up spilling in your bag. It is also nice to not have to worry about taking a pill.

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Strawberry Lemonade (Fitness Blend):
This flavor is the fitness blend that contains vitamins as well as an amino acid blend with Branch Chained Amino Acids (BCAAs), L-Glutamine, and L-Proline. This was my favorite one flavor wise as well as for content. L-Glutamine has a similar effect on the body as probiotics but it can also be used to curb sugar and carb cravings and preserve muscle tissue. L-Proline keeps muscles and joints flexible and skin wrinkle-free. It is very important to take BCAAs when you weight train so that you can recover faster and with less delayed onset muscle soreness so you can train just as hard the next day.

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Orange Lime (Antioxidant Blend):
This one and the Tropical Mango VBURST are both antioxidant blends. I will elaborate on some of the supplements found in this beverage. Magnesium Citrate can help reduce anxiety and increase your energy. Green Tea Extract has antioxidants as well as can help you lose fat by jump starting your metabolism. Grape seed extract can help lower cholesterol and poor circulation. Panax Ginseng Extract can be used to prevent muscle damage and reduce anxiety. This also has a lot of the vitamins you’ll find in a multivitamin.

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Tropical Mango (Antioxidant Blend):
This flavor has the exact same active ingredients as the Orange Lime variety. This one was just a tad too intensely flavored and sweet for my liking. Although I would probably drink it anyways.

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Overall, I recommend these vitamin shots to anyone who has trouble swallowing pills or anyone looking to get the most out of their fitness journey in a safe manner.

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GlassesShop Product Review

My sunglasses from GlassesShop arrived on-time and in a little hard eyeglasses box for safe keeping. All glasses come with the box as well as a wipe to clean them. If you’re looking for cheap glasses look no further than GlassesShop.

You can also use the code GSHOT50 for 50% off on eyeglasses and sunglasses with free lenses (sales frames excluded). Some of the glasses run as cheap as 8 dollars. You can also find affordable prescription sunglasses here. I got some adorable tortoise shell style aviators. Specifically they are the Tortoise Amarillo Wayfarer sunglasses. They are part metal and part plastic. They also have polarized lens and UVA protection.

I would recommend GlassesShop to anyone looking for affordable glasses frames and prescription sunglasses. They are both trendy and cheap.
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Lenny and Larry’s Complete Cookie Review

You all know that I love cookies! I have been a Lenny and Larry’s ambassador since they began their program this May. I have loved working with the company through tasting and supporting their fresh baked protein cookies.

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Lenny and Larry’s is committed to providing athletes with performance based snacks that taste great and pack on the protein. Currently Lenny and Larry’s has 8 flavors of protein cookies: Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, Pumpkin Spice, Oatmeal Raisin, Lemon Poppy, Double Chocolate, Snickerdoodle and White Chocolate Macadamia.

Below is a definitive ranking of my favorite complete cookie flavors:

  1. Double Chocolate
  2. Lemon Poppy
  3. Pumpkin Spice
  4. Chocolate Chip
  5. Snickerdoodle
  6. Peanut Butter
  7. Oatmeal Raisin
  8. White Chocolate Macadamia

1) Double Chocolate Complete Cookie

The Double Chocolate Complete Cookie tastes as if there is no way it could be good for you. It is super rich and delicious. My favorite way to enjoy this cookie is heated in the microwave for 12 seconds so that the chocolate chips melt into the cookie.

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2) Lemon Poppy Complete Cookie

The Lemon Poppy flavor tastes just like an amazing lemon poppy seed muffin. It tastes just like the description, no weird protein flavor and is a rare flavor find as far as packaged protein cookies go!

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3) Pumpkin Spice Complete Cookie

The Pumpkin Spice cookie can be found at lennylarry.com for purchase any season. I love the comfort that this cookie brings. Eating this cookie is like taking a bite of a crisp fall afternoon.

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4) Chocolate Chip Complete Cookie

The Chocolate Chip cookie was my first Lenny and Larry’s cookie I ever had. It is so delicious and everything you would ever want a chocolate chip cookie to be. I’ll never be able to make my homemade protein cookies taste as good as this.

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5) Snickerdoodle Complete Cookie

The Snickerdoodle protein cookie is also a rarity in protein cookies. This cookie is truly a treat. It is soft and moist.

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6) Peanut Butter Complete Cookie

The Peanut Butter cookies are really good I just wish that they had chocolate chips. This cookie would also be better if it was a little harder and less soft like the rest of the cookies.

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7) Oatmeal Raisin Complete Cookie

I really like that this cookie can be eaten at both breakfast and dessert! My only problem with it was that it was a bit too sweet for my liking. The texture however was on point.

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8) White Chocolate Macadamia

The White Chocolate Macadamia cookie did not have enough white chocolate chunks in it which would have made this cookie so much better!

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I would recommend these cookies to anyone looking for a convenient healthy snack/dessert. As they are all natural, vegan and delicious. You can buy Lenny and Larry’s Complete Cookies here.

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Raw Rev Glow Protein Bar Product Review

I was thrilled to try the Raw Rev Glow Protein bar line. These bars range from 10-15 grams of protein per serving.

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They are all made with a natural nut butter base. The flavors I tried included Mixed Nuts, Caramel & Sea Salt, Creamy Peanut Butter & Sea Salt and Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt. The bars are vegan, high protein, high fiber and are low in sugar.

Below is a definitive foodie-approved ranking of Raw Rev Protein Bar Flavors:
1) Mixed Nuts, Caramel & Sea Salt
2) Creamy Peanut Butter & Sea Salt and Peanut Butter
3) Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt

1) Mixed Nuts, Caramel & Sea Salt

This bar was better than a candy bar. It was sweet and had notes of salted caramel paired with chocolate hunks and nut butter. The bars are soft but not chewy and they are crumbly like thick nut butter.

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2) Creamy Peanut Butter & Sea Salt and Peanut Butter

This bar has a hint of sweetness and is both smooth, crunchy and nutty. It has a buttery taste and feels like an indulgence.

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3) Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt

This one is very similar to the bar above but with dark chocolate. It was surprisingly the least sweet of the bars.

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If I was going to purchase a box of these it would for sure be the Mixed Nuts, Caramel & Sea Salt flavor. You can buy these bars here.

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Augo Energy Cookies Product Review

Augo Energy Cookies are as close to fresh baked as they come. They are baked in small batches, are all natural and 10% of all Augo cookie sales go to The Fallen Firefighters Foundation. The cookies are tasty, vegan, high in protein and gluten free.

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Below is a definitive, food-approved ranking of Augo Energy Cookie flavors:
1) Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate
2) Dark Chocolate Cacao
3) Blueberry Oatmeal

1) Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate

Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate is my favorite flavor from the Augo line. They are melt-in-your-mouth delicious and are made with the finest creamy all-natural peanut butter. They contain a generous amount of vegan chunky chocolate chips. The cookies are also fairly large making them a filling dessert or snack.

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2) Dark Chocolate Cacao

The dark chocolate cookie is a rich, dense and fudgey cookie. I would like to mention that you can barely taste the protein added in any of these cookies due to the complex flavors in each morsel.

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3) Blueberry Oatmeal

This cookie is the most versatile of the bunch. It can be eaten for breakfast or dessert. My favorite way to enjoy this cookie is stuffed with frozen mashed up banana and fresh blueberries. The cookie is chewy and soft with real dried blueberry inside it.

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I would recommend these cookies to a friend. As they are all natural, I recommend eating them fairly quickly as they may spoil easily. You can buy Augo Energy Cookies here.

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