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No bake Chocolate Banana Oat bars!

Sometimes you just don’t want to turn the oven on. Sometimes you don’t want to have to deal with multiple bowls, utensils, and all the other usual hustle and bustle there is with baking.  I was in that mood today so I decided I would make something no bake and use the freezer instead of the oven. 

In this recipe we are going back to all the great flavor combinations. I put banana, peanut butter, chocolate, honey, and oats all into one dense, chewy, power packed protein treat. IMG_2596

Macros: (per slice, makes 9)

Calories – 311

Fat – 8.7 g

Carbs – 43.2 g

Protein – 18.3 g

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Bar Ingredients:

320g Old Fashion Oats

3 Scoops Muscletech Vanilla Whey

35g Powdered  Peanut Butter

14g Coconut Oil melted

30g Honey

350g Banana (mashed)

Pinch of sea salt (optional)

 Chocolate Layer Ingredients:

22g Chocolate Muscletech Whey 

14g Melted Coconut oil

48g Melted Chocolate Chips

35g Powdered Peant butter

30g-50g Walden Farms 0 cal Chocolate Syrup  

Instructions:

1. In a food processor place in all of your bar ingredients and blend until combined.  

2. Once blended together, pour batter into a 8×8 or 9×9 pan that has been sprayed and lined with parchment paper. Spread evenly. 

3. In a separate bowl combine all of your chocolate topping ingredients and mix. To melt chocolate chips the quick way, just put your oil in a small bowl with them and microwave in short bursts till melted. Some new microwaved even have melt options! 

4. Pour Chocolate topping over the oat layer spreading evenly. 

5. Place in freezer for at least 2 hours, but I waited a good 6 before cracking into mine! 

6. Cut into 9 squares and enjoy! I like them cold right out of the freezer! They are fantastic with some peanut butter spread over them! 

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Here are some things you might need! 

PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter Bundle, 16 oz (Pack of 2)
MuscleTech NitroTech Whey Protein Powder, Whey Isolate and Peptides, Milk Chocolate, 3.97 pounds
MuscleTech NitroTech Whey Protein Powder, Whey Isolate and Peptides, Vanilla, 3.97 Pound (1.80 Kg)
Quaker oats, old fashioned, 2 5 lb. bags, 100+ servings 10-lb
Nestle TOLL HOUSE Milk Chocolate Morsels 11.5 oz. Bag
Viva Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 16 Ounce
Pyrex Basics 8.1″ Square (2 quart)
Farberware Nonstick Bakeware 9-Inch Square Cake Pan, Gray

Here are a few other pages you might like!

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Blueberry Oat Bake

MuscleTech Banana Bliss! 

Check out my latest recipe video! High Protein Pudding! 

The Big 3

Yes, It’s that simple

In my local town to often I get ask, “Hey Dusty, What’s the secret to weight loss? What do I gotta do to shed some weight?” or something similar. I live in a small town, where health and fitness is a bit behind the normal pace of things I would say. Anyway, if they are a ‘beginner’ which is 90% of the time, I always tell them the same thing. It’s not a new diet pill or the latest crash diet so no quick fix unfortunately, sorry. Water, Protein, Fiber, I say to them. Usually, I get met with, “Well, I drink plenty of water!” which usually after talking we find that they typically don’t drink nearly as much as they think, and that’s not even getting to the other two topics. I have found that before any type of diet begins, pills bought, or crazy workout regiment started, if you simply focus on improving your WATER, PROTEIN, and FIBER intake, you can drastically improve your health and body composition. 

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Water

“Think of water as a nutrient your body needs that is present in liquids, plain water, and foods. All of these are essential daily to replace the large amounts of water lost each day,” – Joan Koelemay, RD.

Now, I know you might be thinking that this is a no brainer, but I will be honest with you, I know more people personally that actually drink very little water. You get busy working, next thing you know 6 hours in and you haven’t had a drop, and many friends I have, especially shift workers will quick reach for a energy drink or coffee to help keep them stimulated verse a water to re hydrate. I’ve gotten more comments about carrying around a gallon jug of water, as it’s the typical bro stereotype, but I will be honest I think they got it right there. The gallon jug gives a not only a visual aid on exactly how much I’ve drank, but also a friendly reminder not to forget to drink some high quality H2O. 

Now, the Food and Nutrition Board recommend  women to get 91 ounces per day and men 125 ounces from all sources — water, other beverages, and foods with a high water content. I think that is a great place to start, but the problem with that is it doesn’t take into account lifestyle or body composition. That number especially goes up if you decide to add exercise into your arsenal as you will be then losing more water throughout the day, and will want to fight off dehydration. Also, don’t wait till you find yourself thirsty, as that can be a good sign that dehydration is setting in. 

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Before we even get into the fantastic diet support water gives, let’s just quick talk the plain ole health benefits it has. Dehydration is easily the first thing that comes to mind with water consumption. Studies have shown that as little as 1-3% mild dehydration can have a impact on energy levels, mood, and brain function. (1) They also show that as little as a 2% reduction can have a negative impact on physical performance. (2)  If you are any kind of laborer, someone that needs  sharp mind to complete work, or need to perform with physical demand you can see how important simple hydration should be. Drinking more water can also help with constipation (3), headaches (4), hangovers (5), and more! 

Water takes up space, plain and simple. So the most basic diet support that water is giving you is a filler. Remember when you were younger and loved any and all the soda you could get? Going to buffets or fast food with refills and slamming 2 glasses before the food got to the table. Next thing you know you’re half way into your Big Mac and realize your stuffed? That’s the power of liquid, so use that to your advantage. There was a 12 week study done were subjects consumed 16 oz of water 30 minutes before 3 meals a day and lost on average 9.5 pounds more compared to the no water pre meal group. (6) That is huge! Simply what that means is consumption of water before eating, should hopefully lead to on average less calories consumed each meal. That reduction of calories in each meal alone will trigger weight loss since the body has now entered a caloric deficit. 

Getting water through food is a fantastic way to increase overall water consumption as well as the majority of high yield water foods are great for you! With nearly 1/3 of our water consumption coming from out diet, fruits and vegetables rank highest as the best options to look into. Cucumbers, lettuce, courgettes, and radishes all come in at 95% water or higher. If you read my other article Eat more Food, Lose more weight! Save calories while dieting! you will also know that those foods are all low macro nutrient foods so you can eat large quantities of those. One study, by researchers at the University of Aberdeen Medical School, found that the natural sugars, proteins, mineral salts and vitamins in water-rich fruits and vegetables means they also supplement the nutrients lost through exercise. (7) 

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Protein 

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Chicken, fish, beef, tofu, whey, or it doesn’t matter the source just eat more of it, to a point! The DRI (Dietary Reference Intake) is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight, or 0.36 grams per pound. This amounts to: 56 grams per day for the average sedentary man. 46 grams per day for the average sedentary woman. In 2014 a survey found that American men eat an average of 100 grams of protein a day, which is almost twice the recommended daily intake for males. Women eat a bit less – about 70 grams of protein a day, or one and a half time the recommended intake for females. Both of which are higher than the DRI recommended amounts, but is it enough? 

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Dietitians of Canada and the American College of Sports Medicine recommend 1.2 to 2.0 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight per day for athletes, depending on training. Now the needs of a athlete and just someone trying to improve their diet are slightly different, but protein none the less is still a very important aspect to consider. Protein consumed evenly, spread out over the course of the day sets you up for the best success in muscle growth, but for overall body composition it seems as long as you get your protein numbers for the day you will be fine. In one study done for natural bodybuilders, research showed for active individuals, 1.2-2.2 g/kg is sufficient to allow adaptations from training. These conditions will change depending on levels of body fat, and energy expenditure. (8) 

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It also has been shown that a diet higher in protein can also lead to a better retention to LBM(lean body mass), to build on that the leaner the individual is, the higher the potential requirements for protein. (9) Diets higher in protein have been proven to result in greater weight loss, greater fat loss, and again, preservation of lean body mass. (10) Increased protein is also going to help fight off hunger cravings by increasing levels of satiety inducing hormones while reducing hunger hormones, aka get fuller faster.(11) Heck, even digesting protein burns more calories! TEF or thermic effects of food is the cause of this. The body expends 20-30% more calories digesting protein compared to carbs (5-10%) and fat (1-3%). (12) To build on that, a diet with high protein intake has been shown to burn 80-100 calories more per day. (13)

Consuming adequate amounts of protein not only is good for body composition but is also an important building block for bones, muscles, cartilage, hair, nails, skin, making enzymes, and hormones. It also helps to stabilize blood sugar, reduce brain fog, and  boost energy levels. (14)

Overall increased diet in protein is going to give the body a whole host of benefits from improved energy, better metabolism, and increased satiety. That’s going to help get you moving, losing weight, and help prevent over eating and snacking! 

Some great protein sources would be: 

Meat:

  • Chicken,  lean Beef, Pork, Turkey

Fish

  • Salmon, Shrimp, Tilapia, Sardines, Tuna, 

Eggs 

Dairy

  • Greek  Yogurt, Milk, Cheese

Legumes

  • Chickpeas, Black Beans, Kidney Beans 

Grains

  • Quinoa, Oats, rice bran

Fiber

I think fiber is one of the most overlooked, underrated aspect of nutrition and dieting. Fiber can play a HUGE roll when trying to lose weight. If you are wondering what fiber even is, it’s carbohydrates that cannot be digested. You have Insoluble fiber which act mainly as bulking or binding agents, and soluble fibers can help have an affect on health and metabolism. A recent study showed people who added fiber into their diets and changed nothing else, lost just as much weight as people following a heart healthy, low fat eating plan by the American Heart Association. (15) That study added to a growing body of evidence that people who eat more fiber tend to have healthier body weight.

Thankfully, typically high fiber foods are typically very healthy low calorie foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Some high fiber foods to look out for would be:

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Without going into detail, soluble fiber is fantastic for maintaining overall gut health. The gut has good bacteria in it, and supplying it with soluble fiber helps kick in the prebiotic effect which is believed to be very beneficial for health and body weight. (16) (17) We also know when dieting that calories are low and hunger can set in quick! Fiber is going to help aid in fending off those hunger cravings just a bit longer. Fibers with high viscosity have been shown to increase satiety, reduce appetite, and cause weight loss. (18) 

After all of that you’re probably wondering how much fiber you should be eating I bet. The national fiber recommendations are 30-38 grams of fiber for men and 25 grams a day for women. I personally think if you are consuming at least 10 grams of fiber per 1000 calories then you should be fine. If your diet is focusing on micro nutrient rich foods, then you should have no problem hitting those guidelines.

All it takes is small adjustments

As you can see it doesn’t really take much to get yourself on the right path towards your health and fitness goals. Following these 3 steps, and using them as tools can dramatically change your body composition and lifestyle without making you over haul your kitchen, commit to a drastic diet change, or get completely flustered with information that you don’t do anything! These are things you already eat everyday so it’s just focusing on improving the quality and consumption of water, protein, and fiber. Once you master those aspects,  odds of setting yourself up for diet success will be highly improved. 

Here are a few pages you might like!

Eat more Food, Lose more weight! Save calories while dieting!

Walden Farms Top 5!

High Protein Chocolate Mousse

MuscleTech Banana Bliss! 

 

 

Optimum Nutrition Cake bites

PROTEIN CAKE BITES! 

What a time to be alive! Even when I first started eating protein products, they all were pretty similar and lacked flavor. Now days we have bars, cookies, gels, and now cake bites! Yes, you read that right. Protein filled, little disc shaped cake bites. 

Now before you get to excited check out my reivews below before running over to Amazon, GNC, or BB.com to snag 10 boxes.

Optimum Nutrition Cake Bites, Variety Pack
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@optimumnutritionbday cake bite review .
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240cal / 7f / 25c / 20p for 3 bites –
63g total weight so same volume as a protein bar for comparison. White coated vanilla discs with spranks scattered all over. Nice vanilla/bday aroma to these little guys. Soft texture when you bite into it with just a bit of crunch from the sprinkles. Overall consistency was a bit dense for cake, but still good. Get a good bit of sweetness from the frosting that carries it for the whole chew. Definitely a solid little treat by ON here. Much better than their bars that’s for sure. Having it in a little cake bite was a nice of pace as well. 
Overall 8.5/10 
Optimum Nutrition Protein Cake Bites, Whipped Protein Snack Bar, Flavor: Birthday Cake, 12 Count

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@optimumnutrition red velvet cake bites –

230 cal / 7f / 22c / 20 –
First off you get a very artificial vanilla aroma and no ‘red velvet’ smell. Vanilla coating with a red velvet filling. Very very chewy soft texture with the cakes which was nice and not a bit of grainy leftovers. Taste wise all you get here is a vanilla base and unfortunately not a bit of red velvet at all. Usually I think of cream cheese to pair and not a feel of that either. It also left a weird aftertaste as well. If this provided more flavor this would be solid. .
Overall – 5/10 
Macros and texture were nice but the flavor just lacked big time here and didn’t really have anything that stood out.
ON Protein Cake Bites – Whipped Protein Snack Bar – Red Velvet – Box of 12

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@optimumnutritionchocolate dipped cherry cake bites review –
240 cal / 7f / 25 c / 20 p –
First off, decent macros with these bites as they weigh in the same as a regular protein bar so there’s that. Visually unappealing before you cut them open, then it has a nice red color filling. I get a faint cherry aroma and that’s it. Soft chewy texture(but not a ‘cake’ feel. I don’t get a ton of cherry until the very end then a get s big splash of artificial cherry. Chocolate is just barely there. Overall I feel like this bar just gave me way to much artificial flavor during and post chewing and I didn’t enjoy that at all.
Unfortunately overall the cake bites like is a let down. The Bday cake are the only one worth eating. I would of thought that such a big company like @optimumnutrition would be able to compete in the bar market but they’ve struck out with both new endeavors.
Overall – 3/10 
ON Protein Cake Bites – Whipped Protein Snack Bar – Chocolate Dipped Cherry – Box of 12

Here are a few other pages you might like! 

High Protein Chocolate Mousse

MuscleTech 100% Whey Advanced French Vanilla

Walden Farms Top 5!

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Walden Farms Top 5!

Today’s post is LONG overdue! If you are trying to cut calories, track macros, or just want to add more volume into your meals then Walden Farms is DEFINITELY worth having in your arsenal of macro friendly hacks. 

I have been using Walden Farm’s products for years now. It all started with buying a bottle of their original Pancake Syrup. After cracking that bottle open and pouring it all over my protein pancakes, that day my life was changed. I can’t even begin to think about the hundreds and hundreds, and most likely even thousands of carbs and calories I have saved by using just the pancake syrup. Not to even mention the numerous amount of other products I use of theirs. Since then I have become such a fan of Walden Farms as a whole. They have a HUGE variety of products of syrups, sauces, mayo, salad dressing, jelly, and more! Guess what, ALL CALORIE FREE! 

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I decided to put together a quick list of my TOP 5 favorite Walden products. Scroll down for tips on how to use them! 

In no order.

    1. Pancake Syrup
    2. Maple Syrup
    3. Caramel Syrup
    4. Sesame Ginger Dressing
    5. Bleu Cheese Dressing

Walden Farms, Bleu Cheese Dressing, 12 oz (Pack of 2)
Walden Farms – Calorie Free Pancake Syrup – 12 oz X 2
Walden Farms Caramel Syrup, 12 Ounce
NEW – Walden Farms Salad Dressing, Sesame Ginger – 12 fl. oz.
Walden farms Calorie Free Maple Walnut Syrup 12 oz

Tips for using Walden Farms

Pancake Syrup – Works great adding sweetness to a recipe, goes great with fruit, cereal, oatmeal, and even with eggs! 

Maple Syrup – Same Applications as the regular pancake syrup, just with a maple twist! 

Caramel Syrup – I love using this as a drizzle over some of my favorite desserts like ice cream, brownies, cake, pancakes, and so much more!  

Sesame Ginger Dressing – One of my favorite uses with this is stir fry. It works great! Saute your favorite veggies and protein and then add this in! You can also just pour over your side of veggie or add it to a salad! 

Bleu Cheese – Best way to use this, pour it over burgers! Also goes great on chicken, pork, or other protein, salads, and on pizza! 

Here are a few other pages you might like!

FitJoy Raspberry Chocolate Truffle Review

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Quest Hero Bars

MuscleTech 100% Whey Advanced French Vanilla

Hello everyone! Up for today’s review we have MuscleTech 100% Whey Advanced French Vanilla. Overall a solid protein. It mixes well, good overall nutritional profile, and tastes good! Check out the video for more info!

Calories – 130

Fat – 2g

Carbs – 3g

Protein – 25g

 

Here are a few other pages you might like!

Quest Nutrition Mocha Chocolate Chip

MTS Cookies & Creme Protein Review

It’s Okay to Gain Weight

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MTS Cookies & Creme Review

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MTS is easily one of my favorite protein brands on the market. I have personally tried three of their flavors(CNC, mint cnc, and Red Velvet) and have loved each flavor. They spent a good amount of time testing their products before releasing, and it shows. 

MTS Nutrition Machine Whey Cookies & Cream 5 lbs (2270g) by MTS Nutrition

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Macros: 

  • Calories – 153 

  • Fat – 3.5g 

  • Carb – 6g

  • Protein – 25

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MTS Nutrition Machine Whey Cookies & Cream 5 lbs (2270g) by MTS Nutrition

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Chocolate Cake Truffles

Chocolate Cake Truffles

Fancy Fancy anyone? Truffles are such a delicate, delicious, and usually a rare treat. Well, how about truffles you can easily make at home, that’s easy, and healthy! Well, look no further as I have something to satisfy that sweet tooth. The ever so talented Elkie Chiu, or @elkie888 has created these amazing protein truffles! She has a peanut or a cookies and cream version to pick from! 

Be sure to follow Elkie on here Facebook, IG, and Website!

Macros for Peanut Truffle

  • Calories – 69
  • Carbs – 5.1g
  • Fat – 3.6g
  • Protein – 4g

 Cookie and Cream Truffle

  • Calories – 69
  • Carbs – 5.6g
  • Fat – 3.3g
  • Protein – 4.3g

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Ingredients

Bottom Cake Layer

1/2 a chocolate protein cake or approx 5-6 chocolate protein muffins or any mixture of protein cakes you want about approx 200-300g of Cake (this will really depend on the cake you use) Here is a chocolate cake by Elkie or here is a chocolate cake by me

40g Lightest Cream Cheese (3%Fat)

20ml of almond milk

10g Vitafiber syrup can use any syrup

Peanut layer

20g Peanut Flour

10g Coconut Flour

10-20ml almond milk

10g Peanut Butter

 Few drops of liquid sweeter (stevia) optional

Cookie and Cream layer

20g Cookie and Cream protein powder or Vanilla Protein powder

10g Coconut Flour

10-20ml almond milk

1 crushed Oreo

Few drops of liquid sweetener (stevia) optional

Coating

80 sugar free dark chocolate

8g melted coconut oil 

Method

1.Break up the chocolate cake into a large bowl so it resembles breadcrumbs

2. Add the cream cheese and mix it into the cake crumbs

3. Add the syrup , then slowly add the milk until the mixture comes together to form a dough.

4. Divide the dough into smaller pieces, I made 20 mini from my cake mixture. This will depend on how much cake you used and how big/small you want the truffles to be.

5. Roll the divided pieces into balls and place on a lined baking tray in the freezer for 20 minutes.

6. Meanwhile make up your peanut layer , add the ingredients of the peanut layer into a small bowl and slowly add in the milk bit by bit until it comes together into a soft dough. You may not need all the milk or if its too wet add a little more peanut flour to the mixture , You should be able to form a soft dough.

7. Now divide the mixture into about 10 pieces. Repeat the process for the cookies and cream layer but add in the crushed oreo at the end, Also divide mixture into 10 pieces

8. Take the semi frozen cake truffles out of the freezer. Now place your peanut dough onto a piece of cake truffle and shape into a square, repeat for the remaining peanut dough. Do the same for the cookies and cream dough . when you have finished place the truffles back into the freezer for another 20 minutes .

9. Start to melt the chocolate and coconut oil over a water bath, the coconut oil helps thin the chocolate and gives the chocolate coating a nice sheen.
10. Take the semi frozen truffles out of the freezer . Prepare another baking tray with baking paper and coat each truffle with the melted chocolate . I found that it was easier place the truffle on the fork and spoon the chocolate over, that way you don’t end up using too much chocolate all at once as you can shake off the excess gently.

11. Place on baking tray and leave to set in the fridge. You can freeze these truffles or it will keep in the fridge for a week (if it lasts that long lol ) The macros will vary depending on cake used, type of chocolate etc

Here are some things you might need!

Organic Coconut Flour (4 lb) by Anthony’s, Certified Gluten-Free, Non-GMO

MuscleTech Nitro Tech Ripped Whey Protein Isolate Weight Loss Formula, Cookies and Cream, 2 Pounds

Fiberyum Imo Syrup Sweetener, 2.5 Pound, Pre-biotic Fiber Sweetener, Sugar Free

Protein Plus Peanut Flour Gluten Free — 16 oz

SweetLeaf Sweet Drops Liquid Stevia Sweetener, Vanilla Creme, 2 Ounce

Viva Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 16 Ounce

Oreo Reduced Fat Oreo Cookie, 14.3 -Ounce Packages (Pack of 4) by Oreo

ChocZero 50% Dark Chocolate, Sugar free, Low Carb. No Sugar Alcohol, No Artificial Sweetener, All Natural, Non-GMO – (3 Bags, 30 Pieces)

MuscleTech NitroTech Whey Protein Powder, Whey Isolate and Peptides, Milk Chocolate, 2 Pound

Here are a few other pages you might like!

It’s Okay to Gain Weight

Pumpkin and Butternut Squash Pie

Nice Cream! Banana Ice Cream

Man Sports Cookie Stuffed Cookie Protein Review

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