Friday, 2 August 2013

Quest Bar Review!

Hi friends!

So recently, I've been hearing so much rave about these protein bars.

"They're so delicious!"

"20g of protein in one bar!"

"It's a clean bar!"

The quotes go on.

I did a little research on these bars because I was worried about how "clean" they really were.

And I was surprised when I read their labels that are posted on their website.

All the ingredients are well known to me which is always a good sign when reading your nutrition 

labels.

Also, they weren't full of sugar and other preservatives like most protein bars you buy!

Also, they explain what each ingredient is on their website for those who are unfamiliar with them.

They have two lines, their original line and their natural line.

Both lines are sugar free, however their original line contains no sugar alcohols but is sweetened with 

an artificial sweetener Sucralose. 

And their natural line contains no artificial sweeteners but is sweetened with stevia and Erythritol.

So after reading countless reviews on these bars I caved and I decided to test these bad boys out!

I'm from Canada so it is a little bit more difficult to find these bars except for online. With that being 

said, these bars are quite pricy, so the cost to ship these bars to Canada did not help.

Shipping wasn't crazy a lot, but having such a tight budget with school I don't think I'll be 

buying these bars very often.

That doesn't mean I didn't love them.

It just means it will have to be an occasional splurge every few months.

I actually became very addicted to them and let me tell you that the 12 bars I purchased from 

bodybuilding.com did not last long at all!

The total for 12 bars came to $40 Cdn (YIKES!) and they disappeared in one week :(

I didn't want to purchase a whole box of just one flavour because I didn't know how any of them tasted.

So I chose a variety of flavours to try out!

I hope my incite helps you decide on your first quest bar!

FLAVOURS:
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Lemon Cream Pie, Coconut Cashew, Cinnamon Roll, Apple Pie, Banana Nut Muffin



 All the bars are quite chewy (which I love) but not overly chewy.

The original line is a little bit more dense and the natural line sort of have a taffy-like texture.


Lemon Cream Pie (Natural Line): I was most excited for these. I almost bought a whole box before even trying them! I often purchase the lemon Luna bars and am in love with them because of their lemony tang! However these ones could have used a little bit more lemon. They were still good, but not as good as I was anticipating them to be. They were more like a lemon taffy. RATING: 7/10

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (Original Line): I've heard many great reviews on this one which is the reason I purchased it. And it did not disappoint! It was so tasty! Heat it up for 10 seconds in the microwave and it tastes just like a warm chocolate chip cookie! (without all that fat and sugar of course) It is denser than the natural line (more chewy) which made me love it even more. RATING: 9/10

Peanut Butter & Jelly (Original Line): At first I wasn't going to purchase these. Many reviews that I read were more on the negative side. But i'm a sucker for PB&J and decided to purchase just one. OMG, I should have purchase more! I LOVED this one. Dense and tasted just like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich minus the bread and calories. A typical peanut butter jelly sandwich is around 350-400 calories whereas this bar is just 210 calories plus 20g of protein! I regret not purchasing more. RATING: 9.5/10

Coconut Cashew (Natural Line): I was also really stoked for these because I love coconut. They were very tasty  and you could see pieces of coconut right in the bar! RATING: 8/10

Cinnamon Roll (Natural Line): Also heard a lot about this one! I bought two of these bars. WHen I first tried it, I wasn't such a great fan. It have a lovely cinnamon taste but these was no "OMG" thought when I bit into it. However, the second one I decided to heat up in the microwave and it tasted so much better. It has a cinnamon and nutty flavour with pieces of almond. RATING: 8/10

Apple Pie (Original Line): Another delicious bar! Nice and dense with real apple pieces that you can see! My mouth waters just thinking about it! Tastes just like an apple pie minus the crust and this is coming from a girl who works at a bakery in the summer! Very tasty. RATING: 9.5/10

Banana Nut Muffin (Natural Line): If you're a fan of banana nut bread then you will love this flavour especially when heated up! There nice little pieces of walnut in the bar which give it a bit of a crunch and nutty flavour. RATING: 8/10

VERDICT: These bars are amazing! They look a little different than your average protein bar smothered in chocolate and filled with tons of sugar and preservatives, but they are definitely much tastier than any average protein bar out there.

Here is how I would rank them (1 being best tasting)
1. Peanut Butter & Jelly
2. Apple Pie
3. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
4. Cinnamon
5. Banana Nut
6. Coconut Cashew
7. Lemon Cream Pie

I'd definitely recommend these bars for anyone needing more protein in their diet, building muscle, trying to lose weight or just the average joe who needs a healthy pick me up snack in the afternoon :)

Give them a try if you have the chance!

I can't wait to try more flavours once I get some more spending cash but tuition and rent come first.

SCHOOL COMES FIRST KIDS ; P

What's your favourite quest bar?

Have a great weekend!

#OnaQuest

~XoXo Britt




Monday, 29 July 2013

Two Ingredient Cookies

Hi Friends!

Yes... To whomever reads this, I consider you a friend :)

I recently just got back from a short vacation at a cottage in Coe Hill Ontario.

The weather was beautiful...I even got a little snapshot of the lake

And with a little help from instagram, I'd say I'm a pretty darn good photographer ;)


I love going to the cottage!

We don't go very often at all, we usually camp.

But this was quite a treat!

That being said, many people find it hard to stay "healthy" during their vacations.

It's great to unwind once in a while and indulge, but it is always fun to at least try to make the trip a 

little more healthy.

I will admit...I had my fair share of snacks while there and my plan for staying healthy and clean while 

there did not exactly go as planned.

But at least I tried right?!?

I had made "Two Ingredient Cookies" that I had found from Casey from Blogilates!

She's really great and has a lot of great recipes and workouts for those advocates out there!

I was skeptical at first, because lately all of the clean recipes I've been making have not turned out very tasteful.

But these were actually delicious!

Not EXACTLY an oatmeal cookie, but pretty darn close!

Mine weren't exactly two ingredient cookies, but more like 4 ingredients (the third and fourth are optional!).

Anyways, without further ado, the recipe!

TWO INGREDIENT COOKIES

For 16 large cookies or 32 small cookies 
(Can half the recipes to make 16 small cookies or 8 large cookies)
*You can add anything you want to this cookie! Walnuts, craisins, chocolate chips, you name it :D

Ingredients
4 Ripened Medium Bananas Mashed
2 Cups Quick cooking oats
2 Tbsp Almond Butter (Optional) *
Cinnamon (Optional) *

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 F and line a pan with parchment paper (or spray with cooking spray).


2. Mash the bananas in a medium sized bowl


3. Add in the oats along with any other add ins you desire


4. Mix all ingredients together.


5. Evenly spoon out 16 rounds of mixture spread apart on the tray (I had to make two batches since 16 large cookies would not fit on one tray)

6. Sneaky Tip: You can choose to flatten the cookies a bit like I did. It makes them seem a lot larger! Or you can leave them round and plump!

7. Put in oven for 10-15 minutes or until edges start to brown a bit.


Hope You Enjoy the recipe and have a great week!

P.S. Stay tuned for a review on some awesome clean protein bars!

~XoXo Britt



Sunday, 21 July 2013

Color Me Rad Toronto

Hello everyone and happy Sunday!

I just got back from a great workout at the gym and I thought I should probably do a post since I 

haven't done one in a little while.

What's new with me?

Not too much, but there has been one event in my life that was just absolutely phenomenal!

I did a 5K Color Me Rad in Toronto on June 24 and it was so much fun!



This race is great! It's for all ages and all athletic abilities!

I saw very young children, teens, adults, and some elders as well.

Basically what it is, is a 5K run with different "colour" stations that "colour bomb" you with different colours!

You start with wearing a white shirt and by the end you look like a massive colour bomber!



Some proceeds go to the charity of choice in each city. In Toronto I believe that some of the proceeds 

went to help Big Brothers Big Sisters.

The cool thing is that you get all this gear to deck out in and run the race with spirit and pride!

They provide you with a cool t-shirt as a souvenir, Color Me Rad sunglasses and some awesome RAD 

temporary tattoos!

Now, careful with the tattoos as I did get a tan and it left quite the mark. I had RAD on my arm and

 thigh for week! But at least I didn't put it on my face!


I would definitely recommend this run for anyone who enjoys being active!

Like I said, it is for all athletic abilities. You can walk or run, just make sure you have fun!

And it isn't too hard to have fun at this event!

They pump you up so much with tons of music and live entertainment.

And at the end of the race, everyone picks up their own "Colour Bomb" for the finale colour throw!




 So if you're interested, check it out here to see if it is coming near you!

Have a great week!

~XoXo Britt