Cookie Dough Quest Bar Cereal

If you haven’t realized, I’ve recently become an unofficial spokesperson for Quest Bars. I talk about them almost daily, I recommend them to those with a sweet tooth, and I just generally praise their existence. Almost as much as peanut butter, but that’s pushing it.

Okay, so Quest Bars are no chocolate lava cake, but they are the closest thing you will get to that while still keeping your diet clean. They don’t taste like any ordinary-100 ingredient list-high calorie-no protein-just carbs-diet bar. Each flavor tastes amazing, you almost feel like you’re cheating on your diet! But don’t worry, you’re not. Each Quest Bar has 160-190 calories, 4 net carbs, a ridiculous amount of fiber (rock on), and a weird amount of protein. Weird, as in freakin’ awesome, that is. Where does the protein come from? I’ll list the ingredients for the Cookie Dough Quest Bar, and then you’ll see.

-Protein Blend (Whey Protein Isolate, Milk Protein Isolate)
-Isomalto-Oligosaccharides (100% Natural Prebiotic Fiber)
-Almonds
-Water
– Unsweetened Chocolate
-Cocoa Butter
-Erythritol

It may look like I skimped on the ingredient list, but I’ll give you some proof.

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The first time I heard about Quest Bars I could have sworn they were going to taste like plastic. I got a Cinnamon Roll Quest Bar and ate it. It was delicious, but I was still not THAT impressed. Why was everyone raving about them? I then realized that my quest bar was practically frozen, so it was a little harder than it should have been. I put it in the microwave, and it’s all a blur from there.

Quest Bar Nutrition’s instagram posts 15 second recipe videos, which can also be found on youtube. I want to start trying almost all of them! Which takes me to my first experiment. Quest Bar Cereal. Who doesn’t love cereal? The other day I saw someone eating Reeses Cereal and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. My inner fat girl was crying to come out. Anywho, this happened:

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-1 Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Quest Bar
-1 Rice Cake
-1 Small Banana
-1/2 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk

The instructions are also very simple. Set your oven to 350 degrees. Cut your Quest Bar into tiny pieces. I’d say bite size but, I take big bites. I cut my quest bar into pieces the size of peanut M&M’s (yum). Lay your quest bar pieces on a cookie sheet, or a piece of tin foil¬†(I didn’t feel like doing dishes). Once your oven is preheated, put your quest bar in your oven and set your timer for 4 MINUTES. No more, no less. Once that 4 minutes is up, take out your quest bar and “stir”. Put your quest bar back in the over for another 4 MINUTES. No more, no less. Once my four minutes were up I put my quest bar pieces directly in the freezer for another four minutes. I chopped up my rice cake into cereal-like pieces, cut up my banana, and took my Quest Bar Cereal out of the freezer and added it to the bowl! Add your milk and enjoy ūüôā¬†

Yours Truly,

Stef

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For a video of how to do this, click here!

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Get your chemicals here!

Get your chemicals here!

I am so grossed out.¬† Read the link above through and realize what you are putting in your bodies! I was at a gas station driving home from Ohio yesterday and needed something to eat. I was going straight to crossfit and hadn’t had a substantial meal since breakfast. There was NOTHING to eat at that gas station. Every packet of mixed nuts had a list of fifty ingredients. Why do they have to make it so complicated. People buy nuts because they want to eat nuts, not 100 oils and 100 chemicals. The ingredients could simply be almonds, cashews, pecans, but of course America loves chemicals so it couldn’t stop there. I needed food so I picked the one with the least ingredients. It had vegetable oil in it, not so hot but the only option! I think the brand was Frito-Lay. Anyways, there were hard boiled eggs near the sandwich section. I nearly vomited while purchasing them, but I did. My mother and I tasted one of the eggs and could just tell it was not fresh, and ridiculously processed with chemicals. We had to throw those away. As if we were expecting anything different.

 

Come on amurrica!

 

I didn’t fail completely though. We stopped at a farmers market before we left and I picked up two huge Bacon Peanut Butter Cups. One for my brother, and one for my coaches. I do this thing where I buy things for people that I want them to eat because I can’t eat it. SOMEONE has to enjoy this bacon peanut butter cup situation I stumbled upon, and unfortunately it can’t be me. I also¬†picked up¬†fig infused olive oil, garlic olive oil, and a mason jar wine class. They called it a redneck wine glass. I’m ready to get classy.

When you’re left with…

A bit of a sweet tooth. A craving (already) for oatmeal. But you’re not allowed (says who?) to eat either. You get really creative.
Now if you don’t already know, I’m doing the whole life challenge. Basically, for myself, this means no more oatmeal, stevia, brown rice, GF breads, walden farms dressings, syrup, honey, and limited fruits and nuts. Sugar hates me, and I hate sugar. I will be in agony for hours having abdominal paralysis symptoms if I have too much sugar. For example that smoothie from smoothie king before I started the whole life challenge. Close to 200 g of sugar. I’m not sure I even eat that much sugar in four days. BYE SMOOTHIE KING. The thrill of getting smoothie king was not worth the stomach ache, dizzy spells, etc. The only fruit I’ve been eating lately is bananas and pineapple. Pineapple is great for digestion, and bananas are the shit.

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But I will attempt to limit my fruit intake to see if I notice more successful fat loss. Nut butter is also the most amazing thing to grace this planet, so I will also be limiting that. Not a complete elimination, but limiting.
So. Whole life challenge. No gluten, dairy, soy, legumes, artificial sweeteners, processed foods. I dare people to eat only real food for a week, I guarantee a difference. You might feel hopeless, especially starting from scratch. Not many people understand how to cook for themselves. Society cooks in microwaves now so…I guess you can’t blame the people. Blame the microwaves.
Anyways. I made the most amazing meal for my last meal. I had been thinking about it all day and I’m really glad I went with it (my life’s exciting). So simple. Packed with protein. Some carbs. Perfect before bed and if you need to get a little extra calories in your system. It also kind of reminded me of oatmeal…which you know I love.

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3/4 Cup Egg Whites
1 Medium Banana
Cinnamon (don’t go overboard)
Feel free to mix the serving suggestions to your liking. It is a very small meal. Would be great for a side dish with some steak and veggies for breakfast.
Looks like I know what I’m having for breakfast tomorrow… See ya.

MMMM Burgers

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So I had a date with Helen today:
Three Rounds for Time:
400m Run
21 KB Swings (35#)
12 Pull Ups

It was my first time, so it was a bench mark. My body was exhausted from the heavy deadlifts and backsquats this week, and my hands were tore up (from the floor up). Took me 13 minutes and something seconds.. I’ll have to check. I didn’t RX the pull ups. But I used a band and chose to do strict pull ups instead of kipping. I really need to focus on strict pull ups, so that kipping pull ups eventually become something I can perform in workouts. Anywho, I went home and did a half hour of cardio, and then gobbled down one of my sausage and avocado stuffed turkey burgers. Side of three egg whites and a little over a cup of veggies and it was a perfect post workout dinner. 45 grams of protein later… I’m still hungry. Most likely because I’m thinking about my family reunion this weekend and how much good food will be around, but also because I’m having trouble hitting my specific caloric needs. I know, calories aren’t everything. But for my body to operate and be nice to people, it needs 2000 calories minimum. And that’s not 2000 calories of Twinkies and sour patch kids (do twinkies still exists?) this is 2000 calories of greens, meats, healthy fats & carbs. Yet I can’t even hit it every day. Who would of thought I was having trouble eating more… but I am. Now I know how those annoying bodybuilders feel, how they’re always like EAT EAT EAT. I kinda can relate now… dammit.
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Naturally, I have no problem hitting my grams of fat everyday. Hello avocados, nut butter, meat and coconut oil. Hello. So I’m left with 400 calories every day, a little bit of protein and carbs, and no fat. …so I’m gonna stop this rant while I’m ahead. I started seeing a nutritionist (Jamie Reisinger). She goes to my crossfit gym and is exactly what I needed! I just needed to sit with someone qualified to tell me how much I should be eating, when I should be eating it, and other nutrition details that I’ll probably be blogging about later. After five years of doing this on my own it kinda feels good to have a nutritionist. I’m so excited to keep working with her, I have a feeling she has me on the right track! Now back to the burgers…

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Each Burger:
4 oz Ground Turkey Meat
1/4 Mild Italian Sausage Link
1/8 Avocado

Those are my serving suggestions. Just over 250 calories, 15 g of fat, and 28 grams of protein. The flavor is AMAZING. I buy all my meats at Roots in Clarksville, Maryland. Choose your meat wisely. I like my burgers chemical free, for the most part.

Toodles.

p.s sorry that I called bodybuilders annoying, it just slipped out.

Jobless, single, so I bake

Every single girl has to post about how she’s single, so I figured I’d get it over with in my first couple of¬†posts. It’s completely irrelevant. Something a little more relevant is that I’m jobless. ¬†This is my last summer to have a not-so-serious job. Next year I’ll be required to have an internship, which will hopefully then lead to a permanent job. But this summer? Absolutely no one wants me. I’ve worked at Macy’s for quite some time and even they couldn’t hire me back. Nordstrom kept me on four interviews, talked scheduling, then decided they were over me. I was supposed to work at a pub, they hired me. After they told me to call about when I start training, they didn’t answer any of my phone calls. And last, the children I was supposed to nanny for got moved up from the wait list into this crazy¬†summer sleep away camp. So it’s the end of June and I’m officially done looking. I feel like a serious hermit. I try to keep myself busy but there is only so much time you can spend by the pool before you start itching for a job and some cash money. HAIRFLIP.

Therefore, I’ve been doing a lot of experimenting with recipes lately. I’m gonna start with what I made the other day¬†out of complete boredom. Took a huge bite of it right before my run and that was mistake number one. (SUGAR) I’ll show you mistake number two later.

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So I take a cup of dried mango, cashews, and almonds, and put it in a bowl. Add a cup of dry cherries. Add a lovely quarter cup (or more) of honey and go to town. Then I add 3/4 cup of chopped up coconut. Mix some more.

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I take my banana bread pan (that’s the only thing my mom used to use it for so that whatever by whatever pan is specifically called the banana bread pan) and layer it with more coconut, don’t chop it up this time. Add a thin layer of honey, and sprinkle some cinnamon.

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Add your mix on top of that. Bake in the oven, 350, 15 minutes.

So… I wanted these to be granola bars. A few days before this I made some seriously delicious granola bars. I took them to my gym and they were a hit. This experiment didn’t go as planned and I didn’t want to waste all that food so I had to think fast. I grabbed a packet of chocolate almond butter and a packet of honey almond butter and mixed it together with two eggs. It kinda turned into a brownie paste. I failed to take pictures of this part. Anyways, I layered it on top of my mix and cooked for another 10-15 minutes. It came out kinda like a cobbler, or a nutty upside-down cake. When I perfect the recipe and become as cool as Juli Bauer (Paleomg.com), I will name it, and you all will love it.

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Note: Don’t worry… I’ll start posting healthier recipes and ideas soon. For now, it’s treats.