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Muscletech Protein Cookies

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In case you have been living under a rock, or no where near fitness related shops/people and haven’t had the chance yet to hear about some of the best protein cookies on the market, then stick around. Muscletech went to work in the lab to bring you some of the highest quality baked protein cookies in the game today. Better macros, texture, and flavor than many of its competitors. I highly recommend looking into these especially if your a fan of Len and Larry’s or BuffBake, as I find these to be much better options.

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@muscletech triple chocolate cookie review .
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350 cal / 9f / 49c / 18p .
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92g cookie so fairly decent size here. Roughly the weight of 1.5 quest bars. Chocolate base cookie with chocolate chips and a chocolate drizzle for a delicious looking treat. This cookie is also gluten free, no artificial flavors or colors. Smells very faint of chocolate. I warmed it up just a tad for some soft texture appeal😉 Good chew to it and texture is pretty solid. Just a small bit of a grainy feel well chewing. This cookie didn’t have the strongest chocolate flavor so that could be improved but overall flavor was still enjoyable to eat. So far my ratings are CCCD, PB, TC
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Overall – 7/10 .

MuscleTech Protein Cookie – Triple Chocolate

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@muscletech chocolate chip cookie review
350 cal / 9f / 49c / 18 p .
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92g cookie so roughly the weight of 1.5 protein bars, so macros are slightly justified. Nice to see lower fat in the cookie compared to LnL. Tan cookie about the size of my palm, drizzled with chocolate, and chocolate chips throughout the cookie. Aroma here is of a nice chocolate. I warmed it up and man was that a good idea. Chocolate just started to melt slightly and gave it a great warmed cookie taste. I thought texture here was great. Soft baked cookie is a great description. @muscletechnailed this IMO. Chewy, Soft, and chocolaty, all the things I want in my cookie. Definitely can’t recommend this enough. .
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Overall – 9/10

MuscleTech Soft Baked Whey Protein Cookie, Chocolate Chip, Gluten-Free, 3.25-ounce (Pack of 6 – 92g)

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Peanut butter is my second favorite flavor of the MT cookies(depending on when I try the Bday cake!). Peanut butter base with a chocolate drizzle. Absolutely delicious when warmed up in the microwave. Just a slight bit of dry/grainy texture to it. Would like to see just a bit more PB come through.

8/10

MuscleTech Soft Baked Whey Protein Cookie, Peanut Butter, Gluten-Free, 3.25-ounce (Pack of 6 – 92g)
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I haven’t had the chance to try this flavor yet as it’s brand new but I will report back when I do!

MuscleTech Soft Baked Whey Protein Cookie, Birthday Cake, Gluten-Free, 3.25-ounce (Pack of 6 – 92g)

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Protein Puppy Chow!

As a kid I can still remember getting excited whenever someone said their mom made puppy chow for the class. That sugary coating, delicious peanut butter, and then the crunch of the crisp cereal. What a fantastic dessert. Fast forward to the adult years, and the love hasn’t changed, but the effect on my waistline does. One day I was standing in the kitchen looking at my box of Oreo cereal and decided it was time to make a healthier protein packed  puppy chow.  This recipe is extremely easy and time saving with minimal ingredients and equipment needed. 

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Macros: 8 servings

Calories – 230

Fat – 7.5g

Carbs – 32.4g

Protein – 8.8g

Ingredients:

84g Semi Sweet Chocolate

60g Honey

60g Favorite Peanut Butter 

120g Favorite cereal

2 Scoops Muscletech Vanilla Whey 

34g Powdered peanut butter 

Large zip-lock bag

Instructions:

  1. Melt  semi sweet chocolate,  honey,  peanut butter(I used biscoff😍) in a large bowl.
  2. Once melted, mix the chocolate mixture together.
  3. Place your cereal into the bowl with the  and mix well fully covering the cereal .
  4. Place your protein and powered peanut butter in a large zip-lock bag and mix.
  5. Pour in cereal mixture, close the bag and shake! Shake until all powder has been incorporated on the cereal.
  6. Pour into a bag and devour!! 

Here are a few things you might need! 

 MuscleTech Premium Gold 100% Whey Protein, Premium Whey Protein Powder, Instantized and Ultra Clean 100% Whey Protein, Vanilla Ice Cream, 2.2 Pounds

PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter Bundle, 16 oz (Pack of 2)

Hershey’s Sugar Free Semi-Sweet Baking Chips – 8 oz – 2 pk

Epic Spreads Nut Butter (White Chocolate Peanut Cashew Coconut)

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GNC Lemon Meringue Lean Bar

I think GNC definitely had summer flavors in mind when creating this guy. Lemon is a perfect flavor choice in the warm months as it’s usually lite, refreshing, and delicious. Read below to see if GNC was able to get it right!

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@gnclivewell lemon meringue bar review –
170 cal / 6f / 21c / 15p
Decent macro split here with this bar. Protein could be a bit higher but as long as it’s at least 15 I’m usually happy. Very nice lemon smell to this bar, and has a almost fluorescent yellow rice crispy looking bar with a vanilla dipped bottom. Pretty solid lemon flavor here without being to overpowering. You don’t really get any meringue with this bar unfortunately. Really wasn’t sure how they were going to pull that off. It consistency is very similar to a rice crispy or a cereal bar with just a slight dry grainy finish. Every with that said it’s still an enjoyable eat, and if I remember correctly they have a decent price point.
Overall – 6.5/10
GNC Total Lean Lean Bar Lemon Meringue 5 bars

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FitJoy Raspberry Chocolate Truffle Review

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@fitjoynutritionRaspberry chocolate truffle review 
220 cal / 7f / 25c / 20 p
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First thing to mention is the nice split of macros. Honestly roughly 5-8g of fat and 20-30g of carbs and protein is typically what I’m looking for in a bar. Very strong Raspberry aroma here but does has a artificial tinge to it. Bars dipped in chocolate then finished with a chocolate drizzle. Very soft texture to the touch. Soft when bitten in to and no real crunch factor. Few whey crisps but they get lost. Pretty much the only flavor I get in this bar is artificial Raspberry. I don’t have any chocolate flavors on the tongue at all. Trying the chocolate by itself was very meh. Unsweetened and didn’t offer much. Overall for me the artificial Raspberry is a bit to much for me. Takes over everything and lingers in your mouth. .
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Overall 4.5/10. 
IMO the bar is edible is you absolutely need something and your friend says he’s got the hook up(which he clearly doesn’t) and lets you pick between this or @bpi_sports best bars(see previous reviews). .

FitJoy Nutrition Protein Bar, Raspberry Chocolate Truffle, 12 Count

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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

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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

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It’s Okay to Gain Weight

Exciting news for everyone today! I have the pleasure of welcoming a new guest writer to the site that I hope to have here more than once! Today’s article was written by the talented Ashleigh Hubbard, who’s had tremendous insight with weight gain and weight cuts. I will save a long intro for another post so be on the lookout for that! Please go and check out her own website to find more content by her! 

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In today’s society, you rarely hear about people wanting or trying to gain weight. Most people are looking to be smaller or weigh less, especially if you’re a female (gender stereotype but mostly true). There are pros and cons that come with weight gain just like anything else, and the cons are mostly just psychological. 

 

Despite social norms, there ARE benefits to weight gain especially in sports of strength such as Olympic Weightlifting or Powerlifting because mass moves mass. Even in the sport of Bodybuilding, gaining weight is essentially for putting on more muscle mass to improve your previous show’s physique. 

Pros:

– getting stronger with newly added muscle mass

– more energy (because you’re eating more)

– probably less irritable if you’re used to constant dieting

– higher hormone regulation

– faster recovery

Cons:

– feeling heaver during bodyweight movements

– psychological stress of being “bigger”

There could probably be some more cons that some people would think of, but those are all issues in themselves rather than actual cons of healthy weight gain.

What is healthy weight gain?

Healthy weight gain to me is done slowly to prevent excess fat mass being added along with muscle mass and other tissue mass. When you gain weight, some of that tissue mass is going to be fat mass. It’s inevitable. If someone tells you they gained 5lbs of pure muscle, that’s scientifically incorrect. I’ve personally gained weight intentionally with the help of a coach, and it was my coach’s goal for me to be gaining .5-1b per week on average. This was slow enough for me to put on the amount that I needed to in a healthy way without gaining too quickly. A heavier male may want to do 1-1.5lb per week if he has more to gain. When I gained, it roughly 10lbs over a period of 4 months. 

Struggles with weight gain:

I can’t finish this post without talking about the psychological struggles of intentional weight gain. If you’re familiar with any sort of dieting, the goal is to get smaller, weigh less, and lose body fat. Weight gain is literally the exact opposite of this. It is really hard, and it was for me personally as well, to see yourself getting bigger on a weekly basis. It’s hard to weigh in daily or 3x per week and see the scale go up. It’s hard feeling like you’re more “blubbery” or “fluffy”. 

 Having a purpose of why you’re gaining the weight will almost always bring you back down to more logistical thinking. When I was gaining weight, I was only doing olympic weightlifting, not CrossFit. I knew I needed to get stronger in certain areas and I knew this weight gain was enhancing my performance, therefore I learned to accept it and be okay with it. Plus, I was getting to eat a LOT of food.. lucky charms every night, woohoo! JK.. but seriously.

 & lastly, no one really gives a rat’s tail about what your bodyweight is. Quite frankly, no one cares about your abs either… except you. I’m speaking to myself here, too, because I struggled with this! At the end of the day, if what you are doing is only enhancing your performance and life, why is it so bad?! Don’t be so hard on yourself. Most people don’t even notice a 5-10lb weight gain on someone else. What they WILL notice is how you treat people, your enhanced performance, your (probably) enhanced mood, and your character. 🙂 

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Arctic Zero(New Flavors)

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@arcticzero Rocky Road Trip , another new release from the people over at AZ. Thanks again for letting me give it a go. .
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300 cals for this pint. Chocolate base with mini marshmallows and roasted almonds. This pint definitely doesn’t lack mix’in’s. Loads of mallows and almonds in pretty much every bite, specially almonds. I would say my biggest point to work on for this flavor would be just kicking up the chocolate base flavor a bit more. I definitely like the PB flavor over this, but that’s personal preference as I’m not a huge nut in my food guy. .

 

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Peanut Butter Swirl

Vanilla base with swirls of Peanut butter throughout. It does have a similar taste to a PB2 taste, which is to be expected. Also, It’s got some white chips adding in for a bit of a crunch, and honestly I get a bit of a sea Salt taste at the end as well. If you let it sit out for awhile,it gets pretty soft and smooth.
For 300 calories a pint this is definitely something to grab. High up on my list of flavors

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@arcticzero Cherry Chocolate Chunk –
Another pint, another 300 cals. I was very impressed with this flavor. Cherry vanilla base with chunks of chocolate and cherry scattered throughout the pint. Gives you a nice chocolate covered cherry feel without the base being to overpowering of a cherry flavor. Worth mentioning that I don’t like cherry that much yet this was quite good. This one also softened up amazing. If you are a cherry fan then this one is definitely up your alley. .
Great job @arcticzero 👌

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