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Best Vegan Protein Bars

While I will always take a meal of whole foods over a bar, sometimes protein bars are a quick & easy option you can’t beat. If you’re hiking, running, backpacking, running errands, traveling, etc – Bars can save your life. I always keep them in my desk, purse, and apartment just in case. And I’ve been known to indulge in one in lieu of dessert when I’m trying to hit macros.

So, in no particular order, here are some tasty, protein-rich vegan protein bars that you might enjoy trying out.

 

No Cow Bar:

  • 22g protein & 1g sugar
  • All natural, non-GMO
  • Vegan & Gluten-Free
  • Favorite Flavor – Lemon Meringue Pie {YUM!}
  • Taste & Texture – They’re chewy and filling, and I love the lemon and the chocolate peanut butter flavors

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Simply Protein Bar:

  • 15g protein & 1 g sugar
  • Non-GMO
  • Vegan & Gluten-Free
  • Favorite Flavor – Peanut Butter Chocolate
  • Taste & Texture – These are light and almost rice crispy-ish. Filling but not overwhelmingly so.

Clif Builders Bar:

  • 20g protein & 21g sugar
  • Non-GMO
  • Vegan & Gluten-Free
  • Favorite Flavor – Mint Chocolate, we fight over this flavor in my house
  • Taste & Texture – This is basically dessert. With just as much sugar. I only allow myself these babies on running days since I’ll have earned my sugar!

GoMacro Macrobar:

Rise Protein Bar:

  • 15g protein & 12g sugar
  • Non-GMO
  • Vegan, Soy & Gluten-Free
  • Favorite Flavor – Lemon Cashew {Note: some of this brand’s bars use whey protein so if you’re sensitive to lactose be sure to check the ingredients}
  • Taste & Texture – Similar to a Larabar in texture and ingredient lists. Very simple & delicious.

My top suggestion when you’re choosing your protein bars is to look at the amount of sugar that it contains. Most of the varieties that you’ll find in your local drug store are going to be low on protein and high on sugar. So be sure to check ingredients and nutritional stats to make sure that you’re getting enough bang for your buck.

What are YOUR favorite protein bars? Do you have one that I need to try?

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Eat This Not That | Food Swaps

Whether you’re eating out at a restaurant or cooking in the comfort of your own home – There’s usually a way that you can make some healthier choices and swaps for a recipe.

So, with that in mind, welcome to the first edition of Eat This Not That – Food swaps for the healthfully-minded!

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My Top Five ‘Eat This Not That’ Tips

  1. Fresh salsa over bottled hot sauce – If you want to add a flavorful kick to your meal, try topping it with salsa instead of a sodium-packed bottled hot sauce.
  2. Hummus instead of sour cream. It can add a creaminess and delicious flavor to dishes that call for sour cream. Note: This swap is probably best for savory dishes, I’m not sure how a raw hummus cheesecake would work out… 🙂
  3. You should try to choose whole fruits rather than sugar-filled juices. It’s easy to get lured in by the promise of fresh-squeezed juice, but the fiber in the fruits themselves help your body deal with the influx of sugar. Without the whole fruit, you can get a fairly significant sugar spike in your blood sugar from juice.
  4. Fruit or veggies for dipping instead of crackers or chips. Whether you’re dipping into hummus, nut butter, or Ranch dressing – Try some produce in lieu of your usual salty treat.
  5. Have you tried cauliflower rice? If not, I highly recommend it. Cauliflower is easy to work with, can be bought pre “riced,” and is really versatile. Cauliflower oats, fried cauli rice, and mashed “potatoes” are great, nutrient-filled, healthier options than their original iterations.

Stay tuned for some more suggestion and ideas to healthify {that’s totally a word, I swear} your life!

What’s YOUR favorite food swap in the kitchen?

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Travel + Macros | Staying Healthy on the Road

Finding healthy food choices is a challenge when you’re traveling, finding healthy, allergen-friendly foods can sometimes seem like an impossible task. Since I’ve been counting macros and watching my protein intake the last few months, it’s been even more paramount that I find a way to eat well while I’m traveling.

I love traveling and I’ll never give it up, so I’ve had to learn how to prepare in advance for trips to help me stay on track. Here’s a three-part breakdown on how I approach travel and counting macros.

Food Prep:

I like to prep my first meal or two to take with me on a trip, especially if it’s a roadtrip, and put them in a collapsible Tupperware container that can easily be stored while I’m on the road.

Some go-to choices are simple veggie and tofu sautee, roasted veggies, frozen smoothies, and usually a few protein muffins or protein pancakes as healthy snacks.

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{The aftermath of food prep as I get ready for a trip!}

Packing Protein:

Bars, protein powder packets, nut butter, and trail mix are my go-to easy travel snacks. I can always find eggs or salads or roasted veggies while I’m traveling, it’s the vegan protein that’s hard to come by.

A few favorites are No Cow Bars {they were in my January Favorites Round-Up!}, Simply Protein Bars, Protein Chips, raw trail mix, and protein peanut butter.

Research:

Before a trip I like to do online research on restaurants and grocery stores. It’s definitely harder overseas, especially in more rural areas, but fairly easy when traveling in the US.

And, if at all possible, I love to have a kitchen on a trip so that I don’t have to eat out for every meal. Airbnb is a great option, picking a place with a kitchen instead of a tiny hotel room.

Do YOU have any tips for finding healthy, whole food sources while you travel? Am I missing any great snacks to try out?

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What I Eat in a Day | Vegetarian Edition

While I often eat fully vegan, there are days where I incorporate eggs into my diet. Today I’ll be showing you what I consume during one of these vegetarian days! {I’ll be including my drinks and supplements as well so that you can see how I’m rounding out my nutrition most days}

5am – I start with a full water bottle of room temperature water. I like starting with this little ritual for a few reasons. It starts the day on a healthy note, get you started on your hydration goal for the day, and helps flush your system.

6am – Detox shot. I’ve shared this little recipe before – Morning Routine – But it’s been updated a bit in recent months. I figured, since it already tastes awful, I might as well throw in some other powders and supplements! 🙂 These days my shot contains: Lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, turmeric, ginger, chaga mushroom extract, and green superfood powder. Add a little water and shoot. I usually chase it with a strawberry.

8am – Breakfast time varies, I’d say 8am is the average. I tend to wake up hungry if I have a carb-heavy dinner the night before, in which case I’ll eat at 7am. After months and months of oats, I finally had enough {for now!} and moved on to scrambles. I meal prep on Sundays and prep a frittata or scramble for the week and portion it out, plus salsa, into glass Tupperware for the week. My combo these days is 1 egg, egg whites, peppers, sweet potato, red onion, garlic, tomatoes, spinach, and a heavy dose of turmeric.

9am – After breakfast I take my supplements: Vitamin B12 {important for non-meat eaters}, Calcium, and Potassium.

11am – BCAAs for my workout

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12pm – Smoothie time! I generally go back and forth between my green peanut butter smoothie and a berry version.

1pm – Protein pancakes. While I’m prepping my eggs on Sunday I also make some pancakes to take as a post-workout snack. Super easy, tasty recipe – Tone It Up protein powder, egg whites, cinnamon, and 1/3 banana.

4pm – I usually have a No Cow bar on the way out of the office to the gym. Gives me a boost of energy for the workout and holds me over until dinner.

6pm – We go to bed pretty early so I like to plan dinner for 6pm-6:30pm. Similar to the oats, I sort of burned myself out on salads for a while, but I’m starting to get back in the mood again. These days dinner is usually a roasted/sautéed veggie bowl with brown rice/quinoa, or a salad beast with a veggie burger or tofu.

7pm – I usually finish off the day with raw nuts and dried fruit. My current favorites are pecans, walnuts, almonds, and goji berries or mulberries. Yum!

What do YOU think of my vegetarian meal plan? Do you have a favorite plant-based dish I should try?

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What I Ate Wednesday | Tone It Up Nutritional Plan

A few days into the recent Look For Love Tone It Up Challenge I decided to swoop up the Nutrition Plan as well. While I don’t know that I made a single meal 100% from the plan, I have been using it as inspiration to keep things interesting and tasty during the challenge.

Since I’m mixing things up and trying out some delicious new concoctions I thought it would be fun to post another What I Ate Wednesday to share some of my new favorite recipes & dishes.

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What I Ate Wednesday:

  • Breakfast: I’ve been on an oats kick lately – Be sure to check out my Coconut Chia Seed Overnight Oats recipe – And have been trying out some tasty new combinations. This week I combined Bob’s Red Mill Quick Oats, Flax & Chia Seeds, Vega Vanilla Protein Powder, and frozen mixed berries from Trader Joe’s.
  • Snack: Trail Mix – Raw almonds, walnuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds & sunflower seeds. Or chia seed pudding – I like it with a little lemon juice or vanilla extract.
  • Lunch: Smoothie time! Currently OBSESSED with this combo – Spinach, maca powder, wheatgrass, ginger, lemon, frozen pineapple chunks, and protein powder. My favorites are Vega Vanilla, Plant Fusion Vanilla Bean, Tone It Up Perfect Fit Vanilla Latte, or Sun Warrior Vanilla. Yes, I clearly like vanilla protein powder. I think it’s a bit more versatile than others since it mixes easily with whatever you throw into the blender!
  • Snack: Kale leaves smothered in Sabra Hummus & topped with a cold orzo & veggie salad
  • Dinner: GIANT salad beast w/ romaine hearts, shredded kale, sugar snap peas, celery & carrots w/ an oil & vinegar dressing heavily coated with kelp grains & turmeric. Plus a side of roasted Brussels sprouts & sweet potato chunks. Sometimes I’ll toss everything together but I was starving after Pilates and started eating the salad while I waited for the veggies to roast.

What’s YOUR favorite dish/recipe right now? Did I miss anything tasty from the Tone It Up Nutritional Plan that I should try?

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