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Unicorn Crunch Bars

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@uniconutritionVanillaFrosted Brownie crunch bar – ‘soft baked and gluten free’

Cals – 210 / Fat – 8 / Carbs – 19 / Pro – 20
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52g bar so slightly smaller than its competitors that are usually low 60’s. Macro split is pretty much the same as all the other bars of this style, and fairly balanced. Overall presentation is nice with a brownie bar coated in white then drizzling of chocolate over that with plenty of noticeable ‘crips’. Bar is very soft in texture with a bit of a chew on it. The vanilla is pretty sweet and honesty does give you a frosting flavor which I quite liked. You get some brownie in it, but I think the brownie layer should have a bit more flavor to it and not so much frosting. Nice bit of crunch in the beginning to satisfy my texture needs as well. .
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Overall – 8/10 Definitely enjoyed this bar and I bet it would be even better warmed up just a bit. Definitely grab one of these if your looking for a change up.

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@uniconutrition ice cinnamon roll review
210 cal / 6f / 19c / 20p
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Slightly smaller bar at 52g but good macro split to accompany it. Visually a very pleasing bar with a cinnamon nougat filling coating in white, then drizzled with cinnamon drizzle. Noticeable crisps throughout the bar to help with texture appeal.
Very soft bar when chewing with a bit of crunch from the crisps. You get a great blast of cinnamon from the get go and finished with a smooth vanilla icing finishing. The bar didn’t leave any unwanted aftertaste or graininess in the mouth. This bar is also gluten free. .
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Overall – 8.5/10 very good bar and enjoyable to eat. Would definitely recommend trying this out

Performix Wafers

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@performixdriven fruity charms wafer review –

210 cal / 15f / 7c / 13p .
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38g total weight for the wafers so small compared to a typical protein bar but wafers are lite. 15g of Fat is pretty high for me but the trade off is super low carbs at 7g which is damn low for a bar. Visually I love this. White coated wafers with fruity pebbles scattered over them(well a few at least). 2 layers of wafers, 2 layers of filling. Unfortunately this flavor was absolutely terrible. As soon as I bit into it I had this weird taste in my mouth, the wafer just kinda dries up in your mouth and sticks to your teeth. Definitely don’t get fruity charm flavor that’s boasted. .
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Overall – 2/10 , absolutely unappealing to me and definitely would not buy or recommend to anyone

PERFORMIX Protein Wafers, ioProtein Blend 12 count Box, Fruity Charms

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@performixdriven CPB protein wafer review –
210 cal / 14f / 8c / 13 p

Definitely a good macro bar if your looking for low carbs, if you eat a low fat diet like me, you might wanna check yourself. 38g total grams, so very lite compared to typical bars but again this is a wafer. Chocolate coating with a double wager layer with pb in between the layers. Gotta day I’m completely underwhelmed. No real chocolate or pb flavor here and it dissolves pretty dang quick. It also is just a tit bit grainy as well as it gets sticky on your teeth, and leaves a bit of an aftertaste. .
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Overall – 3/10 , I just couldn’t get into this. I did let someone eat what I wasn’t going to and they enjoyed it so it’s definitely personal preference! .

PERFORMIX Protein Wafers, ioProtein Blend 12 count Box, Chocolate Peanut Butter

Mint Chocolate Protein Cake!

Ahhh, back to the roots. Long ago I use to bake a protein cake almost every single day.
@thephysiquemechanic and I were talking and decided I would start throwing some recipes and content in his weekly newsletter, so here we are. .
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@muscletech Chocolate Mint Andes Cake w/ @eatenlightened mint ice cream, @waldenfarmsinternational choc syrup, cool whip, and a few more Andes pieces. Who says healthy can’t be pretty! Presentation is everything! .

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Macros:

Cals: 350

Fat: 11.6

Carbs: 45.9

Protein: 23

Ingredients:

1/2 Scoops Mint Chocolate Protein(I used MuscleTech’s)

16g Coconut Flour

10g All Purpose Flour

10g Truvia(or granulated sweetner of choice)

5g Cocoa Powder

70g Greek Yogurt(I used Whole Milk Plain)

60g Unsweetened Applesauce

7g lite butter

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp mint extract

Unsweetened almond milk or other liquid to bring together if needed

10-20g depending // Andes Mint candy pieces or other choc/mix-ins “optional”

Walden Farms Chocolate Sauce “optional”

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Instructions:

Kept this very basic and extremely quick to do as I didn’t have loads of time preparing this. I made this directly for the busy health minded dessert lover.

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Prepare your baking dish. I used a 6 inch ramekin but you could use anything you have handy.
  3. In one bowl sift together your dry ingredients(cocoa, flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt). Then mix in your add ins.
  4. In another bowl add your butter and sugar and mix. Then add in all the rest of your wet ingredients( yogurt, vanilla, applesauce, milk)
  5.  Pour your wet mix into your dry bowl and combine well.
  6. Pour your batter into your baking dish and place in the middle of oven.
  7. Bake for roughly 25-30 min. Bake time will vary depending on baking dish/protein/etc
  8. Use the toothpick test to check if cooked all the way through. Once done, remove and place on a cooling rack.
  9. Once cool, pop out of the baking dish and place onto the rack to finish cooling.
  10. Once cool, decorate however you want, slice it up and share, or wrap and freeze it to enjoy later!
  11. Enjoy! ‘

Tips/Suggestions:

For added protein add in eggs, egg whites, more Greek yogurt, or even increase your protein powder/liquid ratio

To reduce the fat amount use 0% Plain Greek Yogurt, eliminate the butter and increase yogurt or applesauce slightly, leave out the Andes candies.

6 inch ramekin works really well for personal sized cakes but you could get away with breaking this up into cupcakes, a bread loaf, or any other pan you have. Just watch bake time!

Some lower calorie options for decorative toppings would be 0 calorie Chocolate Syrup from Walden Farms, low calorie ice creams like Enlightened, Halo Top, or Arctic Zero, and use lite or fat free cool whip

In preparing my pan I like to spray with a non stick cooking spray then place a piece of parchment paper on the bottom to help prevent any sticking issues.

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Here are some things you might need!

MuscleTech NitroTech Whey Protein Powder, Whey Isolate and Peptides, Chocolate Mint, 4 Pound

WALDEN FARMS SYRUP CF CHOC GF, 12 OZ

Andes Creme De Menthe Baking Chips, 10 oz

Pure Mint Extract 2 oz

BetterBody Foods Organic Coconut Flour a Naturally Gluten-Free White Flour Alternative with a Slight Coconut Taste and Aroma, 1 Pound

Truvia Baking Blend Natural Sweetener 24 OZ(Pack Of 2)

Quick + Healthy Halo Top Milkshakes

Shy away from dessert drinks because they’re loaded with calories? Have no fear, check these recipes to save the waste-line and still party. .

Quick and easy Healthy Milkshake 101:
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1 pint Mint Chip @halotopcreamery
8 oz Almond milk(or milk of choice)
15g @oreo Cereal
Blend together. Pour into glass of choice. Feel free to drizzle @waldenfarmsinternational chocolate sauce in glass as well. Top with Fat free cool whip and reduced fat Oreo. .
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Whole milkshake – under 400 cal and over 20g of protein. Add some Creme De Menthe and you got yourself a protein packed grasshopper 😎😎👨🏻‍🍳 Want to kick it up some more, add a scoop of muscletech cookies and creme!

or how about,

Fat free vanilla ice cream, almond milk, and Bailey’s Irish cream makes for a delicious low fat dessert. Throw a piece of protein CnC cheesecake and your set. Less than 7g of fat here. Recipe for CnC Cheesecake

or even this,

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3/4 pint @halotopcreamery CnC,
Splash of milk,
At least 2 shots of Irish creme 😉(I’m from Wisconsin so it’s gotta be strong)
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Blend together. Pour into a glass and cut stir sticks out of a dark chocolate seat salt @detourbar bar, sprinkle some cookie crumbs on top and your set!👌

Here are some things you might need!

Oreo Os Cereal – 1lb 3oz Box (Pack of 2)
Halo Top Ice Cream Pint, Mint Chip, 16 Ounce (Pack of 8)
Oreo Reduced Fat Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, 14.3 Ounce (Pack of 12)
Halo Top Ice Cream Pint, Cookies & Cream, 16 Ounce (Pack of 8)
MuscleTech NitroTech Whey Protein Powder, Whey Isolate and Peptides, Cookies and Cream, 4.00 pounds
Detour Simple Whey Protein Bar, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almond, 1.1 Ounce, 9 Count
Walden Farms Chocolate Flavored Syrup 12 fl oz

Here are a few pages you might like!

Maple Pumpkin Muffins w/ White Chocolate

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Legendary Foods Review!

 

Blueberry Oat Bake

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Just look at that beauty. Feast your eyes on the next treat you’re about to make for yourself. You might make with the intentions of sharing, but once you bite into this soft, fluffy, moist, delicious bar your not going to want to share. Eat it warm, cold, plain, or spice it up with toppings anyway is a good way as long as your eating it! 

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I thought some fat free cool whip, fresh blueberries, and some cinnamon @epicspreads would be a great combo! 

Macros: Per 9 Slices

Calories – 150

Fat – 5.8g

Carbs – 15.6g

Protein – 7.8g

Ingredients:

80g Oat Flour(ground up oatmeal)

44g or 1 scoop of Whey(I used MT Cinnamon)

100g Truvia or granulated sugar of choice

1/4 tsp Xanthan Gum(Optional. I added to experiment but not sure it made much difference.)

21g Lite butter 

28g Coconut Oil (melted)

115g 0% Plain Greek Yogurt

1 whole egg whipped

4 oz Low fat milk or milk of choice

46g Liquid egg whites

1 tsp vanilla extract 

1/4 tsp salt 

1 tsp cinnamon (optional)

75g Fresh Blueberries

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Instructions:

(Preheat oven to 350 degrees)

(Prep steps: Whisk Eggs, Grind oats into flour, spay a 8×8 pan with non stick spray, use parchment paper if you would like, melt butter, melt coconut oil.) 

1. Add all of your dry mix together in a medium bowl and combine well. Feel free to add in your blueberries as well and gently cover them in your dry mix.

2. In a separate bowl add in all of your your wet mix.  Whisk everything together until combined. 

3. Proceed to add your dry mix into your wet, folding with a spatula gently well you do. Careful not to mash your blueberries. 

4. Place into prepared 8×8 pan and bake in the middle of the oven for roughly 25-30 minutes. Use the toothpick test to check if done to be sure.

5. Once baked, remove from oven and place on cooling rack for at least 15 minutes. After 15 minutes feel free to slice and eat!

Serving

I topped mine with fat free cool whip, fresh blueberries, and @epicspreads cinnamon peanut butter. This bake would also be fantastic with a bit of honey and a dash more of cinnamon paired with a hot cup of coffee for breakfast, a nice snack, or for dessert with a scoop of ice cream! Check out a few ice cream recipes here – Coffee Ice cream Nice Cream

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Here are a few things you might need to make this happen!

Nordic Ware 47500 Naturals Aluminum Commercial 8″ x 8″ Square Cake Pan, Silver
USA Pan Bakeware Square Cake Pan, 8 inch, Nonstick & Quick Release Coating, Made in the USA from Aluminized Steel
MuscleTech NitroTech Whey Protein Powder, Whey Isolate and Peptides, Cinnamon Swirl, 32 Ounce
Truvia Natural Sweetener Baking Blend 2.5LB
Viva Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 16 Ounce
Epic Spreads Nut Butter (Cinnamon Roll Peanut Cashew Coconut)
Bob’s Red Mill Old Fashioned Regular Rolled Oats, 32-ounce (Pack of 4)
Xanthan Gum Gluten Free(8 oz) – USA Packaged & Filled in a Dedicated Gluten & Nut Free Facility
Simply Organic Ground Cinnamon, 2.08 Ounce
Watkins Original Extract, Baking Vanilla, 11 Ounce (Packaging may vary) 

Here are a few other pages you might like!

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Muscle Brownies(LnL)

Chocolate Chip Apple Cinnabun bake

All About Donuts!

Check out my latest video!

Phoros Nutrition Protein Pancakes

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@phorosnutrition Protein pancake review.
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1/2 cup svg – 220cal / 3f / 18c / 30p/ 2 fiber
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First off, went to make 2 svgs as it directs a cup of water, but that was to much liquid so I had to add in another half svg to thicken it up. Good looking pancakes after cooked for the most part, but not extremely fluffy, and they cook fast. Definitely not a pancake I would eat plain, but with a good syrup it doesn’t taste bad. It’s a bit dry of a cake, that could be either from the oat Flour, or whey concentrate, and the cake itself could use a bit more base flavor. Macros for the cakes themselves are pretty solid, and similar to brands like @flapjacked , but these are slightly lower carb and higher protein. Yield for a batch is also pretty similar to competitors as well. 2-4 cakes per svg depending on size. Ingredient list is fairly short as only 6 things listed, so you know everything going in which is a plus. Worth mentioning that this blend is 0 sugar! .
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Overall I gotta go with a 6/10. Macros are good, but taste needs improvement.
Protein Pancake Mix by Phoros Nutrition High Protein Low Carb Original Recipe, 1lb

Check out my latest video talking about 0 Calorie Foods, including the syrup I used on this stack! 

Here are a few other pages you might like!

Legendary Foods Review!

MTS Cookies & Creme Protein Review

Low Fat Pumpkin Cheesecake

Triple Threat Peanut Butter Cookie stuffed Buttermilk Muffins 

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Simple steps to cut excess calories that could be stalling progress! 

 

Condiments

Ketchup, Mayo, Ranch, and Pancake syrup are all delicious and absolutely great choices when choosing a condiment, but unfortunately when your trying to cut your calorie intake these little extras can end up costing you hundreds of extra calories a week. Condiments can end up being very sneaky when figuring out calorie intake as they are often forgot about, yet 1 tbsp of untracked mayo could cost you a whopping 100 extra calories! That’s 25g of carbs or 11g of fat that you could be using elsewhere!  I included a few graphics to help you visualize and compare some of the more popular condiments.

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How to cut out some calories:

1. Swap out Cream dressings for liter fair dressings and sauces i.e. ranch, mayo, tartar sauce for Greek yogurt, lite sour cream, or avocado based dressings

2. Look for reduced sugar, low fat, or no fat added options

3. Buy 0 calorie syrups and sauces from companies such as Walden Farms or Skinny Syrups.

4. Incorporate more seasoning into your food to reduce the need for excess condiments

5. Make sure your tracking correctly! Again, 1 tbsp of the right dressing can make a big calorie hit in your daily goal.

6. Make your own homemade dressings! 

Now, you might be saying “Dusty, then what in the heck do I use?!” Well, here are the top 5 most macro friendly condiments to use per 1 tbsp(flavors and brands may vary)

1. Hot Sauce – 1 calorie

2. Salsa – 4 calories

3. Horseradish prepared – 7 calories

4. Soy sauce  reduced-sodium – 8 Calories

5. Yellow Mustard – 9 calories

Ones to watch out for: Honey, Mayo, Tartar Sauce, Whipped Dressings

So, as you can see it can be extremely easy to shed extra calories just by switching what you put on your burger! Say you ate 1 tbsp of mayo a day, and switched that for yellow mustard. In the course of one month, that’s over 2,700 calories you can save! Huge impact in your dieting success and speed of diet! This graphic below just does a good job showing alternatives to potential foods. Now, some might be just as caloric dense, but avocado compared to mayo will have a greater micro nutrient effect on the body, as well I am sure the whole wheat pasta carries more fiber per serving compared to the regular pasta. As we know, more fiber is what’s going to help you keep that feeling of being full.

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Beverages

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A recent study conducted in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that 37% of daily calorie intake or roughly 400 calories(various on person) comes from the liquid we consume. Now, if you’re dieting, 37% of your daily calories is quite a bit to sacrifice to the liquid diet. Over consumption of calories on beverages is extremely easy to do. Another mindless refill at dinner, the 4 creamer pods you put into your morning coffee, the 2 extra shots of syrup in your Starbucks for that afternoon pick me up all adds up to hundreds of extra unwanted calories.

 As you probably expected some of the worst culprits are full fat, sugar loaded coffee, soda, fruit based drinks and juices, sweet tea’s, and alcohol. Yet, as these two pictures show for comparison, its so easy to make minor adjustments to save yourself literally HUNDREDS if not THOUSANDS of calories a day, week, and month. I know Starbucks and coffee in general is very popular so lets start there. On the left you have a mocha for 400 calories vs a non fat latte on the right for 160 calories. That is a difference of 240 calories!  If you’re like me, you have coffee daily, if not a few times a week, so that’s an extra 750 – 1000 calories or more a week you could be saving! That’s over a pound a month in just switching coffee!

The next one that hits home for me is the soda example. 280 calories in a regular coke or go with the diet route for 0 calories! Yes, that’s right 0 calories! That is literal diet savor right there! Imagine, all of the sudden getting hundreds of extra calories to eat, just because you switched your beverage of choice. Now, I’m not saying these drinks are taboo, but if you’re dieting, and trying to maximize volume for caloric return, then its a route worth going down. One item that is very popular right now are energy drinks. Many of them are loaded with even more sugar than your average soda, yet almost every brand out there has a sugar free version available, so again I recommend checking those out. Monster Zero Orange, and Rockstar are my go to’s.

As far as alcohol containing drinks I would recommend sticking with vodka, rum, whisky, gin, or light beer. If getting with a mixer opt for a diet option.

 

Volume Foods 

This might seem like a easy no brainer but I think people really overlook the power of using low calorie, high volume foods to help fight hunger and help keep you full.  100g of broccoli compared to 100g of Pop tarts are totally different. 100g of broccoli although weighing the same, will give you a much less caloric hit, as well as a bigger edible volume upside. Not to mention all the micro nutrient benefits as well.  This graphic below does a great job showing how much volume you could be eating for the same amount of calories, just distributed better. 

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As you can see from the chart below some of your best options to look into for volume to calorie ratio would be cucumber, romaine, cabbage, summer squash, and radish. Some of the higher calorie vegetables would be sweet potato, corn, peas, carrots, and onions. Now looking at the chart, lettuce at 7.8 cal per 1/2 cup is amazing for that kinda volume. You can eat salads all day long and take up such a small portion of your daily calorie allowance. Pair that with a lean protein, and some low calorie dressing and you’ve got yourself a high volume low calorie meal. Meals like that are fantastic for getting your through to your next meal or I love using them if I am trying to save a bulk of my calories for a dense meal later in the day. Now what makes all of these low calorie foods also important is not only their micro nutrient value, but also the power of fiber. 

If you’re not familiar with fiber, or what it does I will give you a quick run down. 

  • Normalizes bowel movements. Dietary fiber increases the weight and size of your stool and softens it.
  • Helps maintain bowel health.
  • Lowers cholesterol levels. 
  • Helps control blood sugar levels. 
  • Aids in achieving healthy weight.
  • Helps reduce hunger 

Now, all of those are important factors, but the only I want to focus on is the reduction of hunger. When I worked for GNC to often I would have people come into looking for a appetite suppressant. Something to help them curb the hunger so they wouldn’t be snacking in between meals. Now, you would first want to look at what’s making up their meals, but besides that I would try to stress to every customer the importance of fiber in their diet. If you eat a diet primarily based in sugar, your body will burn that very fast, which in result leaves you feeling hungry. Ever wonder why after eating a big salad your full for awhile, but you eat a cupcake and soon after your craving another. 

Other veggies that I would recommend looking into to make staples in the diet would be zucchini, spaghetti squash, and cauliflower. These 3 veggies are fantastic for making noodles with to lower carb count, or additions to recipes for added health, volume, and macro support, and getting creative to mimic those higher caloric foods. Zoats Zucchini Muffins Cauliflower Muffins

 

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Now, sadly fruit is not quite as a miracle food in terms of volume to calorie density. Watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, and raspberries are coming in at your best bet per 1/2 cup servings. Banana, grapes, kiwi, mango, and pear are your most caloric dense per 1/2 cup servings. Dates and raisins are going to be your ‘worst’ options at higher calorie count per 1/4 cup verse 1/2 cup servings for everything else. Now, when I say ‘worst’ I am not saying that it’s a bad food, it’s just the highest calorie option for fruit.

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A couple of other foods worth looking into that are excellent volume foods are, protein fluff, low cal popcorn, rice cakes, low fat ice cream, protein ice creams, cream of wheat, and low carb bread/wraps. 

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Hunger Fillers 

I felt this was a great category to add as it’s extremely handy to have quick tools to have access to that will help you get through to your next meal with little to no calories used up. 

SF Jello 

Water – 0 calories! It might be simple, but water makes a huge difference in hunger! 

Sugar free gum 

0 calorie water flavorings like Mio, Crystal Light, etc. 

Tea 

0 calorie sauces, syrups, jelly, etc from companies like Walden Farm or Skinny Syrups.

Black Coffee

Shirataki Noodles

Protein Choices 

Now, if you’re reading this your most likely trying to lose weight, and maintain some muscle. If that’s the case then we both know that protein is going to play a key role in helping make both of them happen. Now since you have to consume it anyway, it might pay to look at where your sourcing your protein from and see if you can cut some calories. 

Some of your best options for low calorie protein sources are going to be Turkey Breast deli meat, Cod, Mussels, Turkey legs, and chicken breast. Now if you don’t think you will run out and buy mussels or turkey legs, you can also look into pork tenderloin, or eye of round steak. 

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Now some sources that are going to ring in on the higher end of the calorie dense scale would be things like ribs, sausage, bacon, dark meat, deep fried meats, fatty seafood like salmon, and cuts of beef.

Don’t make life harder than it already is

Dieting can be hard. Reduction of calories, hunger pains, HANGRY mood all the time. No one wants to deal with it. You don’t, I don’t, and your friends don’t either. Above, I have laid out simple hacks and guides to easily make small modifications to your diet without making an extreme lifestyle change. These small changes and reduction in calories in various aspects of your diet I guarantee will make HUGE impacts in your dieting success. 

Be sure to check out my latest video talking about some calorie free foods I mentioned! 

Here are a few things I have talk about above! 

Lipton Green Tea, 100 Percent Natural 100 ct
Trident Sugar Free Gum, Spearmint, 18 Count (Pack of 12)
Walden Farms Caramel Syrup/Blueberry Syrup/Strawberry Syrup/Pancake Syrup/Chocolate Syrup – Sweet Syrups 12 oz. x5.
AlphaMind Vitamin Coffee Hazelnut – The Best Light Roast Coffee With Added Vitamins and Minerals
Mio Water Enhancement – Berry Variety (Pack of 4) (Berry Variety)
Jell-O Sugar-Free Gelatin Dessert, Strawberry, 0.60 oz
Miracle Noodle Zero Carb, Gluten Free Shirataki Pasta and Rice, 6 bag Variety Pack, 44 ounces (Includes: 2 Shirataki Angel Hair, 2 Shirataki Rice and 2 Shirataki Fettuccini)

Here are a few other pages you might like!

Easy, Quick, Zucchini Brownies!

Coupons!

Optimum Nutrition Cake bites

Cheesecake 3 Ways, Bday/CnC/Smores