Sunday, December 21, 2014

Homemade Vegan Quest Bars - A Recipe!

I love Quest bars. But guess what I don't love?

$2.99 per bar.

Really? Are you sure? Is that whey powder or gold powder in there? 'Cause I'm cool with just the whey, thanks.


But Quest bars are sweet, healthy, chewy, and great at room temperature, frozen, or (my personal favorite) baked. So how is a girl to fuel her Quest bar addiction without growing a money tree or convincing Donald Trump to be her honorary dad (can that be a thing)?

Make your own! And it's easier than you think - and you can even make them vegan!


MWAHAHAHAHAHA.

Vegan Chocolate Brownie Quest Bar
Serves 1

* 2 Tbsp Sweetit Syrup
* 1 packet Sunwarrior Chocolate Protein powder
* 2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
* 1 packet NuNaturals Stevia
* 1/2 tsp. instant coffee


1) heat the sweetit syrup for 20-30 seconds in the microwave, until bubbling.

2) Mix in the other ingredients. It will form a sticky dough.


3) Form into a bar and wrap in Saran Wrap. Refrigerate for ~6 hours.


4) Enjoy!

The bar can be frozen, enjoyed straight out of the fridge, or (my personal favorite) baked!


There is a slight textural difference when you have them cold, but you can't tell the difference at all from packages Quest bars when baked/microwave baked!

And, best of all, you get them for a fraction of the price, they're available wherever you are in the world, and you can customize flavors as you please!

What's your favorite Quest bar flavors?

Have you ever made your own protein bar?

How often do you eat protein bars?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Naturaide SugarlessE Natural Chocolates: A Review!

The holidays are here (whoot, whoot!) and that means holiday treats abound. For those who shouldn't have too much sugar for whatever reason (diabetes, pre-diabetes, candida, etc.) it can be a bit bittersweet. Don't despair!

Just like it's possible to find yummy trail mixes for even those with allergies against all types of nuts, it's possible to find delicious sweet treats that are sweetened without chocolate.


A little extra searching (or just reading reviews, like this one, in the blogosphere) can even lead you to sugar-free sweets that are all-natural, Free of aspartame or any other potentially harmful artificial sweeteners, Naturaide SugarlessE Natural Chocolates are actually good for you!


These chocolates are sweetened with all-natural, kosher, GMO-free, and gluten-free SugarlessE, a new natural sweetener. 


They offer several different varieties of delicious sugar-free dark chocolate. The chocolate is softer than some, and a little more caramel-y, but absolutely delicious.


I tried the Chocolate Naturals (plain), ChocoCoffee Naturals (mocha), and ChocoMint Naturals (minty) in this cute three packs.

They're sold in adorable little boxes with festive gold foil wrapping, but the chocolates are individually wrapped for freshness. Perfect for savoring over time! 


But the real reason why these make a great stocking-stuffer or guest gift? Or even a wonderful Secret Santa treat? They're delicious, they're healthy, they're natural, and -


- they're personalizable! How fun is that?

Sure, it isn't 2001 anymore and we aren't all sporting monogrammed backpacks and leather bracelets with our names etched on them, but it's always a fun gift to give someone something edible with their face on it!


The chocolate itself looks the same (and is available in one of the five flavors they offer - I got ChocoBerry Naturals and ChocOrange Naturals) but the little containers are super cute and even have the little etched bow. 

If you're all set on Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers, I think they're great if you want to splurge on your Valentine's 'cards' for friends in a few months. I would rather have a yummy healthy SugarlessE chocolate than a pink card any day!

What are you hoping to find in your stocking this year?

Do you send Christmas cards?

How many people are you giving gifts to this year? How many (more?) are you sending Christmas cards to?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Life Kitchen Presents Healthy, Artisan Granola!

I love, love, love, love granola! It's perfect on everything and with everything!

Well, maybe not sauerkraut...

But yogurt and granola? It's a beautiful (food) love story. 

Unfortunately, granola can be a poorly disguised bag of crumbled oatmeal cookies and eating that for breakfast is unlikely to provide a busy girl (or really, anyone) with the long lasting energy we want and need to accomplish everything that we want to!

Funny disappointed kid

Here is a new granola that I've discovered that lives up to the nutritional potential of granola and kept me energized through the longest trunk show  of horrors.


It's whole grain and from an artisan granola maker, Life Kitchen, in Hungary, but available for shipping thought the world via Etsy

                     

I'm not quite sure what it is about continental Europe that makes all their grain (and dairy) products there amazing, but somehow they're just always the best. Have you had German bread? It wins at life.

This granola didn't disappoint! Hearty, nutty, and filling, both varieties that I tried (Suncherry Granola and Apricot granola) were the epitome of what a good breakfast cereal should be - really delicious, wonderfully wholesome, energizing, and the sort of good, whole food that makes your stomach feel great all day!


The fruit flavors didn't dominate the granola and it was just the right touch of lightly sweet, so you can feel free to add whatever additional sweet and flavorful toppings that you want- dried fruits, fresh fruits, honey, etc.!


What's your favorite cereal?

What's your go-to breakfast?

Do you have a favorite granola?

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