Quest Protein Bar Review + Giveaway!

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I will admit it, when I first tried Quest Bars I literally could not stand them!  I gagged the second they touched my lips.  I tried to heat them up, put some pb2 on them or just straight choke them down. Everyone constantly raved about them and I just didn’t see what all the fuss was about.   I am a big believer in the fact that if you don’t like something (a specific food, exercise etc..) if you continue to do it, you’ll eventually like it….. or at least not hate it as much. I have always had a hard time hitting my fiber goal so in an attempt to get more fiber into my diet, I looked around to see what I could eat to help with my fiber.  Alas, I found out that Quest Bars have 14-16g of  fiber each and knew I needed to give them another chance.  A friend told me that the s’more ones were great so I decided to start there and give it a shot.

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3 Ingredient Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I don’t know about you but I absolutely LOVE this time of year!  I live for fall and everything that goes with it which means #pumpkineverything (yes, I know hashtags don’t work on blogs 🙂 ) But seriously, the cooler weather, the holidays right around the corner, the kids back in school…awwww….it’s a dream!

Today I want to tell you about my favorite pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.  If you read my post about how to make easy french toast you know that my recipes require 5 things, 1-It’s easy, 2- It’s delicious, 3- It’s not weird, 4-It’s normal food that I can buy from the store and 5- It’s convenient.  These cookies definitely fit all of these requirements.

These are hands down the easiest and most delicious pumpkin chocolate chip cookies you will ever try!  I love making these in the fall and stock up on the ingredients so I never run out. AND they are only 78 calories per cookie!  You seriously cannot beat that!

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Healthy Eating Tips

Healthy Eating Tips

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be hard.  It does take preparation but once you get that down, it super easy.  For the most part, I eat basically the same things every day and that makes my life easy!  I know what I need and what I like and it simplifies it.  I am such a convenience person, so if it’s not easy, I won’t do it.  So trust me, if I can make this work for me, so can you!  And to help you even more, I’ve put together a list of some healthy eating tips that you can start incorporating into your daily life to make it a little easier.

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17 Amazing Things That Happen When You Start Eating Healthy

17 Amazing things that happen to your body when you diet

The last blog post I did I talked about some of the hard things about dieting. (Click here to read post) But I think we can all agree that as hard as dieting can be, the good far out weighs the bad!

The point of this post today is to tell you all of the amazing things that happen to your body when you start taking care of yourself and lose unwanted fat!  Nutrition is almost everything when it comes to weight loss.  I am sure you’ve heard the term “you can’t out exercise a bad diet.”  It’s SO true!

Not only is nutrition important for weight loss, it’s also important for so many aspects of our lives..  we are in fact, what we eat, and if we eat noting but junk food, you’re going to feel like junk.  Don’t get me wrong, there is definitely a time and place for any kind of food in your life but everything in moderation.  I eat 90% whole nutritious food and about 10% not so much.  If I ate potato chips and chocolate all day, there would be no way I would hit my protein goals and stay within my carb and fat goals. I would feel terrible and tired and my workouts would be awful.  So make sure you are making good decisions and hitting your macros so you can fit in that cookie or chips if you want!

Here is a list of all of the AMAZING things you will see happen to your body when you start to eat more nutritious food and drop that unwanted body fat!

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14 Ugly Truths No One Told You About Dieting

14 ugly truths no one tells you about dieting

You are all pumped up ready to go and change your life!  I get it.  I’ve been there! And it’s an amazing feeling!  You think “I’ve got this!  It’s going to be easy! I am READY to change my life this time!”  But there are some of the ugly truths no one has ever told you about dieting.  Flexible dieting even.  It can be downright hard and discouraging at times. But is it worth it?  HECK YES it is!

I want you to be prepared so when the roadblocks come along, you are ready to conquer them!  Anything worth doing in life is not going to be easy and losing (and maintaining) weight is no exception.  Yes, these things might be frustrating and hard but it is SO SO worth it!  I promise!

So here are the 12 ugly truths no one has ever told you about dieting.

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How to Eat Out While Tracking Macros- Zupas

eating out at zupas

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When tracking macros, you don’t have to be afraid to eat out!  You just have to be educated and plan in advance. One of the best things about iifym/flexible dieting, is that you can still enjoy the foods you love and for most people, (myself included) that means eating out!   There are so many macro friendly restaurants you can eat at.  Of course, there are some places where it will be a little bit trickier to find something that works without blowing your whole day, but I truly believe there is something that you can order at pretty much every restaurant and still stay on track. That’s not to say you can’t go out and have a “treat” meal every now and again, but, you do have options if it’s not a treat meal time!

Today we are going to break down the menu of another one of my favorites, Zupas.  I will help you decide what you should and shouldn’t order to help you stay within your macros! The best choice(s) out of each group will be in bold. 

I haven’t eaten at Zupas in quite a while because I have been unsure of what to eat there, so this post is as much for me as it is for you.

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Recipe-Low Calorie, Delicious, French Toast

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A few things you may not know about me are 1- If a recipe isn’t easy, I won’t make it.  2- I refuse to sacrifice taste just to hit my macros.  3- You won’t find me making weird recipes like protein pancakes, 1 carb waffles etc.. 4- I eat normal food that I can buy from the grocery store that is simple. (see 1 &2) 5- I am such a convenience person so I really won’t go out of my way to spend a lot of time on food.

My true hope and desire for this blog is to show you that you can be successful and lose weight while eating normal foods you can buy from the store. You don’t have to make nasty protein pancakes, protein bread or healthy mug cake that tastes like crap.  If that was the case, I would’ve failed a long time ago. Like I said, I am a convenience person and I like my meals to be simple and quick and still taste delicious.  I have tried all of the protein pancakes, bread and healthy mug cake etc… and they were all disgusting to me and I ended up just wasting a bunch of food and money.  So anytime I post a recipe on here, it will fall within my 3 requirements…convenient, easy and delicious.

I have been craving French Toast lately and came up with this version that tastes exactly like normal French Toast.  It is low calorie and completely satisfying!  Each Serving has only 85 calories including syrup and whipped cream!  You seriously can’t beat that! And even my kids like it!

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Benefits of Drinking Water

Benefits of drinking water

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Did you know that your body is made up of 60% water? And your brain is made up of 65% water! We NEED water for our body to function properly and to think clearly.  And unfortunately, this is one of the biggest areas people overlook.  When people think of health and weight loss, they generally just think about diet and exercise, but drinking enough water is equally important.  You need to be 100% on your diet, 100% on your exercise and 100% on your water intake for optimal results.  Will you see results with diet and exercise alone?  Sure, but you’ll have success more quickly if you are drinking enough water and there are SO MANY benefits to drinking water besides losing weight.

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10 Tips For Sticking to Your Diet While on Vacation

10 tips for sticking to your diet while on vacation

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We decided about about 2 weeks ago that we wanted to go on a vacation soon. We love planning spur of the moment vacations and this time is no exception. We are leaving this Sunday for San Diego for 5 days and I can’t wait!  I absolutely LOVE to travel!

However, sometimes it’s tricky to stay on track while traveling.  You don’t have your own kitchen and food and you’re forced to eat out almost every meal.  There are several options you can follow while traveling, you just need to figure out what will work best for you!

  • You can track your macros perfectly (or at least the best you can)
  • Loosely track but be ok with the fact that you may go over a little bit
  • Be mindful of what you’re eating and make good choices but don’t track at all
  • Have a free for all and eat whatever you want.

There is no wrong way however, if you follow the free for all, you might have a harder time getting back on track after the vacation is over and the possibility of gaining weight is pretty high. I am going with the third option of being mindful and making good choices but not really tracking what I eat.  I will still try to get in a lot of protein and drink lots of water.  I want to enjoy my vacation since they don’t come around often enough, but I also don’t want to feel like complete crap the entire time.

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How to Keep Flexible Dieting Flexible

Keep Flexible Dieting Flexible

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I firmly believe if a diet isn’t sustainable you won’t stick to it.  How long can you really go with no carbs or no sugar?  I know I didn’t last long on either of those.  A week….Maybe??  Then I felt so miserable, I gave in and ate everything in my house.

If you are too uptight about your diet, you won’t be able to stick with it no matter how good of a diet it is and believe it or not, that INCLUDES counting macros!  There is a time and place to be super strict on your diet.  For me, I was super duper strict for the first 9-10 months.  I had a cheat meal once a week and I had non-tracking days on holidays only but other than that, I was 100%.  And I needed that at first.  It really worked for me while I was first starting and learning. But now that I know everything I do about flexible dieting and my body, I know I can be a little more lenient.  I am not seeing results as fast, but it’s also more sustainable for me and my lifestyle.  I am still very good at hitting my macros but if we are at a bbq or a business dinner, or something unplanned comes up,  I don’t freak out. I live life in that moment and get right back on track the second that moment is over.  I don’t let myself stay off track for long and that is the key.  You can have times where you don’t count or days where you are feeling extra hungry and want to eat everything, but you better get right back on track the next meal or day.  There is no starting on Monday and binging through the weekend.  That’s when things start to get bad.  Allow yourself a little leniency from time to time and the other times, stick with the diet.  I stay on track the best I can 90% of the time so I can allow myself some room to live the other 10%.

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