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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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Maple Pumpkin Muffins w/ White Chocolate

No bake Chocolate Banana Oat bars!

Double Chocolate Banana Bread 

 

 

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

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Double Chocolate Banana Bread

The Big 3

Blueberry Oat Bake

MuscleTech Banana Bliss! 

Check out my latest recipe video! High Protein Pudding! 

Double Chocolate Banana Bread

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One of my absolute favorite things to do when trying to get inspiration for new recipes is to take recipe videos that I seen shared often on Facebook by Tasty, Delish, or various other pages and trying to make a healthier twist on it. That still holds true for today’s recipe as well. Today, we are using up those pesky browning bananas that you just don’t want to peel and eat anymore. To often I’ve seen people get rid of over ripe bananas, but if you don’t know already that’s when they are best for baking! Check out how to make this moist, dense, and rich double chocolate bread. 

Macros: 

Calories – 249

Fat – 6.9 g

Carbs – 43.6g

Protein – 7.6g

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Ingredients:

112g Lite Butter 

288g Mashed Banana

100g Truvia or granulated sugar of choice 

50g Splenda Brown Sugar 

115g Greek Yogurt 

1 Whole Egg

1 tsp Vanilla extract

1/2 tsp kosker salt

1 tsp baking soda 

35g Cocoa Powder 

1 Scoop Muscletech Chocolate Whey 

100g All Purpose Flour 

42g Chocolate Chips 

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Instructions:

Preheat oven to 340 degrees. 

Spray and prepare a bread tin. I placed a sheet of parchment in the bottom. 

1. In a bowl place in your butter and sugars. Beat until combined. 

2. Next place in your egg, yogurt, vanilla, and banana in the bowl and combine. 

3. Now add in your flour, cocoa, salt, whey, and baking soda. Mix evenly, making sure all of your cocoa is distributed. 

4. Now pour your batter into your prepared bread pan. Pour your chocolate chips evenly over the top of the batter then place pan into the oven. 

5. Bake for roughly 40-50 minutes, checking periodically. Once the jiggle is out of the bread your done. Use the toothpick test to double check if done. 

6. Take the loaf out of the oven and place on a cooling rack for at least 20 minutes to cool. 

7. Once cool remove from bread pan and either allow to finish cooling or slice and eat! 

You can get really creative with this bread. I’ve given you a fantastic base for playing with flavors! You could add fruits, nuts, peanut butter, any flavor chips you want to use, or anything else you can think of! I preferred putting this loaf in the fridge for awhile so the flavors set and it got cold. 

Here are a few things you might need! 

Good Cook 8 Inch x 4 Inch Loaf Pan
Checkered Chef Cooling Rack Baking Rack. Stainless Steel Oven and Dishwasher Safe. Fits Half Sheet Cookie Pan
MuscleTech NitroTech Whey Protein Powder, Whey Isolate and Peptides, Milk Chocolate, 3.97 pounds
Watkins Original Extract, Baking Vanilla, 11 Ounce (Packaging may vary)
Truvia Baking Blend Natural Sweetener 24 OZ(Pack Of 2)
HERSHEY’S Natural Unsweetened 100% Cocoa, Baking/Beverage, Gluten-Free, 23 Ounce Can
Nestle TOLL HOUSE Real Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels 12 oz. Bag

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The Big 3

Blueberry Oat Bake

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AI Sports Nutrition Protein Review

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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!

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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) 

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High Protein Chocolate Mousse

Dessert is usually the enemy when it comes to making things healthy, or the first thing to go when trying to cut off a few extra pounds. For me, that just doesn’t work. In the kitchen today I decided to whip up an extremely QUICK and extremely EASY Chocolate Mousse or the fancy name or pudding for those that don’t wanna eat classy haha. This mousse is not only HIGH PROTEIN, but its LOW FAT and LOW CARBS, so this chocolate dessert is a hard one to pass up on. 

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Macros:

Calories – 175 cal

Fat – 2.3g

Carbs – 11.4g

Protein – 25.5

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Just look at this bite! Yum! 

Ingredients:

4 oz Unsweetened Almond Milk

32g Muscletech Chocolate Casein

5g Unsweetened Cocoa

6g Truvia or other graulated sugar/sweetner

Instructions:

1.  Place all of your ingredients into a blender. I used a small personal Ninja. Blend until combined well. You are looking for a smooth, thick, doesn’t run off your spoon consistency. Depending on the type of protein you use, you may have to adjust your liquid level.

2. Eat right out of the blender, or get creative and spice it up! I made mine into a pudding cup and layered it with Fat Free Cool Whip, then topped with Walden Farms Chocolate Syrup and a reduced fat Oreo!

Here are a few things you might need!

 

Truvia Baking Blend Natural Sweetener 24 OZ(Pack Of 2)
MuscleTech Nitro Tech Casein Gold 100% Protein Powder Chocolate Supreme, 5 Pound
Walden Farms Calorie Free Chocolate Syrup 24 oz
HERSHEY’S Natural Unsweetened 100% Cocoa, Baking/Beverage, Gluten-Free, 23 Ounce Can
Nutri Ninja Pro (BL456)

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MTS Cookies & Creme Protein Review

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Cheesecake 3 Ways, Bday/CnC/Smores

Arctic Zero(New Flavors)

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Cheesecake 3 Ways, Bday/CnC/Smores

Cheesecake is the theme today! I am such a huge fan of cheesecake. Its rich, creamy, a nice cold treat on a hot summer day, and when made like this low fat and loaded with protein! That combo is a hard one to pass on, and I know I don’t let it pass! Today I have 3 very similar variations of cheesecake that are extremely simple, and quick to make!(well at least until it hits the oven!). Don’t worry if you don’t have everything you need as I’ve provided links to almost all of the ingredients for each recipe to help make this as easy as possible! 

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Birthday Cake (6 servings)

Per slice – 291 Calories / 7.6g fat / 28.6 carb / 21.8 protein

Ingredients:

16 oz Fat Free Cream cheese room temp

10 Birthday Cake Oreo cookies

2 Whole Eggs

57g Muscletech Birthday Cake Protein

120g Non Fat Greek Yogurt

20g Truvia or Granulated Sugar of choice

2 oz Almond milk

1/2 tsp Vanilla extract

1/2 tsp Almond extract

1/4 tsp butter extract

Pinch of salt

Sprinkles to top, optional

MuscleTech Nitro-Tech Protein Powder, Vanilla Birthday Cake, 4 Pound
Oreo Golden Birthday Cake Cookies, Limited Edition 2 Pack
Truvia Baking Blend Natural Sweetener 24 OZ(Pack Of 2)
Watkins All Natural Extract, Pure Almond, 2 Ounce (Packaging may vary)
LorAnn Oils Emulsion, Butter, 4 Ounce
Wilton Excelle Elite 6 x 2-3/4 Inch Springform Pan

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.

Place 7-8 Oreo in the bottom of a 6in spring form pan. Next put your cream cheese into a mixer and beat very well. Next add in your Greek yogurt, whey, and sugar, beat well then scrap down sides. Add in your egg and vanilla and mix just until incorporated. Scrap down sides and add in almond milk, mix. Finally crush one Oreo into the batter and give it a final mix in. Pour your cheesecake batter into your spring form(layered with tin foil) then if desired sprinkle sprinkles over the top. Then set cake into a water bath. Bake in the oven for roughly 1 hour or until its lost most of its giggle. Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack. Also remove the tin foil. Once cheesecake is cool, place into the fridge or freezer until fully set. I like the freezer as it works faster, and sets a bit harder. Minimum 2 hours. Slice into 6 pieces and enjoy!

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Cookies n Creme (6 Servings)

Per slice – 254 Calories / 5g fat / 27.5 carb / 21.5 protein

Ingredients:

16 oz Fat Free Cream cheese room temp

11 Reduced Fat Oreo cookies

2 Whole Eggs

57g Cookies n Creme Protein

120g Non Fat Greek Yogurt

20g Truvia or Granulated Sugar of choice

2 oz Almond milk

1 tsp Vanilla extract

pinch of salt

Oreo Reduced Fat Oreo Cookie, 14.3 -Ounce Packages (Pack of 4) by Oreo
MuscleTech NitroTech Whey Gold, 100% Pure Whey Protein, Whey Isolate and Whey Peptides, Cookies and Cream, 2.5 Pounds

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.

Place 7-8 Oreo in the bottom of a 6in spring form pan. Next put your cream cheese into a mixer and beat very well. Next add in your Greek yogurt, whey, and sugar, beat well then scrap down sides. Add in your egg and vanilla and mix just until incorporated. Scrap down sides and add in almond milk, mix. Finally crush one Oreo into the batter and give it a final mix in. Pour your cheesecake batter into your spring form (layered with tin foil) then crush your last oreo over the top of the batter. Then place cake into a water bath. Bake in the oven for roughly 1 hour or until its lost most of its giggle. Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack. Also remove the tin foil. Once cheesecake is cool, place into the fridge or freezer until fully set. I like the freezer as it works faster, and sets a bit harder. Minimum 2 hours. Slice into 6 pieces and enjoy!

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Smores Cheesecake (6 Servings)

Per Slice: 257 Calrories / 4g fat / 20g carbs / 23g protein

Ingredients:

2.25 svg of graham cracker crumb(12-13 tbsp worth)

5g Cocoa Powder

10g Brown Sugar

50g Greek Yogurt

20g Truvia or other granulated sugar

16 oz Fat Free Cream Cheese room temp

1 Whole Egg

66g NitroTech Toasted Smores

36g Marshmallow Fluff

28g Chocolate Chips(Minis would would great as well)

1 tsp Vanilla

Pinch of salt

Chocolate sauce on top – optional

MuscleTech NitroTech Whey Protein Powder, Whey Isolate and Peptides, Toasted S’mores, 2 Pound
Marshmallow Fluff – 16 oz plastic tub
Walden Farms Calorie Free Chocolate Syrup 24 oz
Honey Maid Graham Cracker Crumbs (13.5-Ounce Box)
Nestle TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Morsels 12 oz. Bag

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.

Put the first 4 ingredients in a bowl and mix until incorporated. Place the crust into the bottom of a 6in spring form pan. You can use and size you want just will change thickness of cheesecake. Next, place Cream Cheese in mixer and beat till smooth. Scrap down the sides of your bowl and add in you sugar, greek yogurt, fluff and whey. Mix very well. Repeat scraping. Next add in your egg and vanilla and mix until incorporated. Scrap down the sides of the bowl one last time and give it a final mix. With a spatula add in your chocolate chips and mix. Finally pour your batter into spring form pan(tin foil around the pan. I like a double layer) and then set that pan into a water bath. Bake cheesecake roughly 1 hour or until most of the jiggle is out. Pop out of the oven, take out of the water bath and place on a cooling rack, also removing the tin foil. One cool enough, I like to pop it into the freezer so its sets nice and stiff. Fridge is fine, but will take longer. Let chill until completely set, minimum at least 2 hours. Slice into 6 pieces and enjoy!

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Quest Hero Bars

Overall, this brand on bars lost it for me. Another company with a lot of hype behind their product that just doesn’t deliver. Check out the reviews to see what I thought or here are some links for you to check them out yourself! 

Quest Hero Bar, Vanilla
Quest Hero Bar, Variety Pack
Quest Hero Bar, Chocolate
Quest Hero Bar, Blueberry

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@questnutritionblueberry cobbler review
170 cal / 7f / 30c / 17p .
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Very faint Blueberry smell here. Cereal bar style filling, Blueberry layer, then covered in a vanilla coating just barely enough to get around the bar. Very very sweet bar, honestly it’s almost chewy texture that sticks in your teeth. Macro split is a bit off for me as I would of liked to see a bit higher protein count here. Flavor definitely isn’t Blueberry cobbler. It should be a sweet vanilla with a weird gummy layer. I get little to no Blueberry flavor here and left a bit disappointed.
Overall – 5.5/10

The bar is edible and isn’t terrible but nothing I would write home about or go outta my way to get again.

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@questnutrition Vanilla caramel hero bar review
170 cal / 9f / 29c / 16p
visually a bit better than the chocolate bar but still very plain. Smells exactly like a cereal bar you’d get from a gas station. Whey crisp filling, thin layer of caramel, then a white coating. Macros on the bar are a bit wacky for me. Higher fat and carb to lower protein usually isn’t a win for me. Also totes 12g of sugar. 60g bar weight so it’s a standard size for quest bars. Bar chews very soft with just a bit of crunch for texture. Kinda keeps the cereal bar flavor as well. The picture shows almonds and I don’t taste any of those, and I don’t really get the caramel flavor either. Mainly just a overall vanilla flavor this this bar. I think the flavor here is actually much better than it’s brother the chocolate pecan. Finished smooth and doesn’t leave a bad taste in your mouth. Wasn’t a bad bar at all.
Overall 7/10

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@questnutritionchocolate caramel pecan review

200 cal / 11f / 27c / 15p .
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I must of gotten the reject of the group. Pulled mine out of the package looking like Frankenstein. Not quite how the package looks eh? Visually very unappealing with a chocolate coated whey crisp bar with a caramel layer and scattered pecan pieces coming it an a pretty standard 60g weight. .
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Fat macros are a bit high for my personal liking at 11 with only 15g protein and 12 of the 27 carbs are sugar which seems a bit high compared to most bars? I could be wrong. .
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Taste wise the primary flavor is caramel with chocolate being a very faint backdrop and a finish at the end. The pecans although some visible decided not to show up to the party as I couldn’t taste them. The bar also seemed to chew and finish a tad bit dry as well. Throwing in the microwave for a bit seemed to help the flavor just slightly, but you shouldn’t have to do anything else to a protein bar as they are suppose to be a convenience product. .
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Overall 6.5/10
With all the factors weighing in I decided to go with 6.5. Originally I had planned a 7 but I felt with as high rep quest has with protein bars I was a bit let down by this bar. It’s much better than the @fitjoynutritionbar I had yesterday (see earlier post) but not something I would write home about.

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