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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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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Pumpkin Spice Product Do’s & Don’ts

Are you looking for a list of which pumpkin products to buy and which to dodge?

Here is a pretty solid break down of the pumpkin products I’ve tried so far and my thoughts about them as described by my real life gym analogies. The pumpkin products I like are listed from most desirable to least and the ones to skip are listed in order of most disappointing first.

Freely conquer these like you conquer the stairs pre-leg day:

  • Slow Churned Pumpkin Patch from Edy’s:
    • Serving ½ cup, Calories: 90 (1.5g F/ 18g C/ 2g P)
    • Considering the low calorie nature of this ice cream it is still super creamy and delicious. I kind of wish it had chunks but I love the flavor so much that it doesn’t really phase me. This is my favorite in a waffle cone!
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  • Petite Pumpkin Spice Cookies by Trader Joe’s:
    • These cookies are pumpkin shortbread cookies dipped in a vanilla yogurt topping with festive sprinkles. They are a cross between: shortbread, Keebler frosted animal cookies and pumpkin pie ginger snaps. (Is that a thing?) They are so good that I had to portion them out into mini serving size bags for portion control.
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  • Pumpkin Pie Gelato by Talenti
    • Serving ½ a cup, Calories: 220 (11g F/ 30g C/ 3g P)
    • This gelato is super rich and pumpkin spice-y. It has little chunks of pie crust throughout but not nearly enough to make it strides better than the slow churned Edy’s version. I really love this gelato but I could easily replace it for the more macro-friendly Edy’s.
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  • Pumpkin Puffins Cereal by Barbara’s
    • Awesome snack and finger food! These definitely taste like pumpkin but could have a little bit more of the spices involved. They are a good volume food too because you can have a lot of them for little calories and not much sugar.
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  • Pumpkin Spice Cheerios by General Mills
    • This probably has the best pumpkin flavor out of the cereals I’ve tried. My one lament is that they get soggy in milk fast.
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  • Pumpkin Spice Yogurt by Noosa
    • I really like this rich and creamy yogurt. The pumpkin ribbon in the container just screams fall. It was not really as sweet as I imagined it to be but is perfect when you add just a bit of honey.
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  • Pumpkin Spice Yogurt by Oh My Yog!
    • I love the Oh My Yog! line so I had to try this flavor. The bottom has an oasis of ooey-gooey pumpkin filling. This yogurt is awesome and even better topped with walnuts. I ranked this under the Noosa because it is not as creamy.
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  • Pumpkin Spice Protein Cookie by Lenny & Larry’s
    • When you heat up this cookie in the microwave for 12 seconds it tastes just like pumpkin bread. I ranked it low because it is expensive, each cookie is 2 servings and they are not an everyday treat.
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Swerve like you swerve that Gym Creep that tells you that you go deep on your squat:

  • Pumpkin Nog by Silk
    • This was honestly the biggest disappointment ever. The packaging is so misleading. When I picked it up at the store I was so excited to try it. I pictured what I would taste to be the creaminess of eggnog with a hint of pumpkin spice but when I poured this into a cup I was left with tasteless but thick almond milk. Sure it was orange but where was the pumpkin flavor? I even tried this hot and continued to be less and less impressed. Swerve this like the plague.
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  • Pumpkin Spice Cereal by Special K
    • Don’t even get me started on “Pumpkin Spice” Special K. I tried it and sure it tasted like cinnamon, ginger and maybe even nutmeg but not pumpkin at all. They did not even bother to make the cereal orange and nowhere in the ingredients is the word “pumpkin”. Kick this fraud to the side.
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  • Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows from Kraft
    • Hey world, why would I need these? I tried these because I got them as a gift. I know some people like chocolate and pumpkin but putting these in hot cocoa felt downright wrong. Putting them in S’mores felt like a mistake. After having them sit on my shelf for almost a year I tried one on its own and decided to retire them to the trash.
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  • Pumpkin Mini Muffins Lil’ Bites
    • I tried these at a training event and was sorry I even picked them up. They are little sponges disguised as muffins. The pumpkin flavor also wasn’t there for me. NEXT.
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  • Pumpkin Spice Quest Bar
    • This has a white-chocolate-like orange colored topping all over the bar. It is still a little too chewy for me. I would assume it is a nice change from the basic Quest Bars but I do not think I could make it through a whole box of these without getting bored or losing a tooth. (They are so hard!)
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  • Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Salted Caramels from Trader Joe’s
    • These are not bad they are just too strange to be my favorite. I rarely ever crave pumpkin and chocolate together but if you do you’d LOVE these! They have a soft caramel pumpkin center.
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Have you ever had a pumpkin product that was a major let down? What is your favorite pumpkin spice item you’ve tried? Was it one of mine or was it different?

Keep it pumpkin-spicy,

Lauren xo

Strawberry Protein Cupcakes

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These cupcakes are too cute. They can make any day of the week brighter. These cupcakes are moist, decadent and leave you feeling satisfied. I used the high grade hydrolyzed whey protein in True Flavor Strawberry Sorbet. The true flavors from True Nutrition have no artificial flavorings and are sweetened with Stevia. You can order any True Nutrition product using my code Eatingbrofood for 5% off. You can also use my code Eatingbrofood for 10% off your Dollop gourmet frosting order here.

Strawberry Protein Cupcakes Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. Trader Joe’s Pancake mix
  • 8g /1 tbsp funfetti cake mix
  • 2 tbsp. Applesauce unsweetened
  • 8g/ 1 tbsp. Oat Flour
  • 3 tbsp. strawberry True Nutrition whey protein powder
  • Extra sprinkles
  • 1 Egg White
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • Baking Truvia to taste
  • A few drops of red food coloring
  • 1/8th tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • Almond milk as needed
  • 1 T chocolate Dollop frosting each (optional)image2

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  • Mix all ingredients and make sure at the end you slowly add almond milk
  • Put in sprayed muffin tins
  • Bake 8-10 minutes
  • Makes 5 protein cupcakes
Macros: Fat (g): Carb (g): Protein (g): Calories:
Macros for all without frosting: 2g 28g 22g 218
Macros for one without frosting: 0g 5.6g 4.4g 43.6
Macros for all with 1 T Dollop frosting each: 34g 55.5g 22g 616
Macros for one with 1 T Dollop frosting: 6.8g 11g 4.4g 164