Product Lovin’

Last night, I edited and resized these pictures while doing laundry at my parents’ house. The highlight?

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Awwww yeah. Turned the TV on right at the best part of She’s All That. The 90’s high school rom-com at its finest. I was 10 years old when this movie came out…I remember really wanting to see it in theaters too, what was I thinking? What was a 10 year old doing wanting to watch a movie about 23 year olds playing high schoolers? Kids growin’ up too quickly, I’ll tell ya.

Um, anyway.

I mentioned that I’ve been depending a lot on bars lately. I also talk frequently about how I rely on a lot of quick soup cup lunches.

Well, I’ve been trying out all sorts of products lately and gathering my thoughts (and pictures) of them. Here are some of my faves, and not so faves… and to keep things interesting, I’ll even rate them on a scale of 1-5 πŸ™‚

Bars

Why I eat them: I eat bars (protein bars, fiber bars, nutrition bars) to supplement my meals in order to make sure I’m hitting my nutrition goals. I like my bars to be low-ish in calories, and high in good nutrition stats. I could be better at checking the ingredient list, but since I’m not aware of any intolerance or allergies I have, it’s kinda low on my radar. I try to never replace a meal with a bar, but sometimes on dodgeball nights when I have a game at an awkward time, I will have a Luna bar before the game to tide me over until I can get something in my belly after the game.

The goods:

Luna Protein Bars
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Pros: 12g of protein, stays filling for a while, high in calcium, and the mint chocolate chip flavor is deeelish!
Cons: High calorie for how small it is (170), pretty high in fat (6-8g), and the peanut butter and cookie dough flavors are bleh.
Final Thoughts: As long as Groc Out is still keeping these in stock for 50 cents each, I’ll keep buying them. But their high calorie count is a little guilt-inducing…. 3.0/5

Fiber One Chewy Bar

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Pros: TONS of chocolate! Really chewy texture, tastes great, and has a whopping 9 grams of fiber.
Cons: Kinda small for 140 calories. Prooobably has a questionable nutrition facts list.
Final Thoughts: I found this at a gas station to eat for breakfast this weekend, and I will definitely be looking out for it in the grocery store. 4.0/5

Luna Bars – Chocolate Dipped Coconut

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Pros:Β  I had never tasted this flavor before and, even as a coconut hater, I loved it. Kinda tasted like a Samoas Girl Scout cookie. Luna bars are somewhat high in protein (this one has 9g), can be low in fat, and are loaded with vitamins.
Cons: Not as much fiber as I’d hope for in a bar that’s usually 160-190 calories. Again probably questionable ingredient list.
Final Thoughts: I love Luna bars, but they could be more complete as a stand alone “whole nutrition bar”. I eat em weekly all the same! 4.0/5

Fiber One 90-calorie Brownies

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Pros: They taste like BROWNIES. I also love the chocolate chip cookie dough flavor. They are only 90 calories and have 5 grams of fiber, PLUS they taste delicious.
Cons: Not much other nutritional value besides the fiber.
Final Thoughts: These are one of my favorite products. I eat them with my yogurt in the morning to add some fiber to my breakfast, and I would snack on them all the time. 5.0/5

Quick Breakfast/Lunches

Why I eat them: I try to make my own lunch every day of the week, but sometimes that’s just not possible. And if I have to choose between eating out, or eating a $2-$3 soup cup, the choice is obvious for me πŸ™‚ As for breakfast, I love making breakfast food on the weekend, but during the week, FAST is best! I have low bone density, so I try to incorporate either yogurt or some form of almond milk in my breakfast for calcium.

The goods:

Chobani Non-fat Greek Yogurt

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Pros: I prefer the consistency of Chobani over a lot of other Greek yogurts I’ve tried. It isn’t as tart and tangy. Each one has 20% of your daily calcium and upwards of 12g of protein! Also, live active cultures like Acidophilus…Which are good for the tum tum.
Cons: Expensive. They run $1/each or more at Safeway most weeks. I only get to spring for them when they’re on sale, or when I spot them at Groc Out.
Final Thoughts: Definitely worth the buy if you’re willing to pay more than $1 per yogurt. 4.5/5

PS. Check out the Chobani giveaway on the Blend Retreat blog!

Trader Joe’s Nonfat Greek Yogurt

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Pros: Pretty much all the same health benefits as Chobani – protein, calcium, probiotics. And most of the flavors taste really good (I only didn’t like pomegranate). They’re also affordable at 80-90 cents per yogurt.
Cons: They’re only 110 calories, and leave me a little hungry. Also they blend the fruit into the yogurt instead of leaving it at the bottom.
Final Thoughts: A good alternative to Chobani, but probably not a favorite. 3.5/5

Dr. McDougalls Asian Entrees- Pad Thai

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Pros: I usually LOVE Dr. McDougall’s products. They are all natural and usually vegan. The flavor in this cup was good.
Cons: WTF? The noodles only filled up HALF the cup! No wonder it was only 200 calories.
Final Thoughts: This was a tasty cup, but it was barely a snack. It was low in fat and calories, but I probably won’t buy it again. 2.0/5

Dr McDougall’s Asian Entrees – Teriyaki Noodle

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Pros: I bought two of the Asian entrees at once, so I sucked it up and gave this 2nd one a try. A bit more filling than the Pad Thai, and it was low in sodium compared to most store-bought stuff!
Cons: This may have been more filling than the Pad Thai, but not by much. It had a lot less flavor too.
Final Thoughts: I’d say this is a much healthier alternative to Top Ramen/Cup O Noodles…if you’re into that sort of thing. I’ll stick to Dr. McDougall’s Split Pea and Black Bean Soups, which are my favorite soup cups! 2.5/5

Et cetera

Tazo Teas

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Pros: Anyone else get a ton of Starbucks cards for Christmas? I love the Zen green tea and the new-to-me Vanilla Rooibos Parfait! (pictured below)
Cons: I’m actually not the only one who has said this, I think Starbucks is a little heavy handed with the cardamom in their chai tea. I think they have the same problem in their “Spiced Vanilla Latte”
Final Thoughts: Solid tea. Probably wouldn’t usually spend so much on it if I didn’t have a gift card. 4.0/5

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Cupcake Vineyards- 2011 Red Velvet (Red Blend)

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Pros: More affordable than our standby red blends (Menage a Trois and Apothic Red)
Cons: Not as tasty.
Final Thoughts: This would probably be a good wine for someone who isn’t really into red wine. The bottle and name are cute though! 2.5/5

Maybelline Baby Lips lip balm in Peppermint

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Pros: OK sorry, I veered away from food stuffs. Haha. But this lip balm with sunscreen is destined to become a standby for me now that Spring has arrived, since my beloved Burts Bees flavor doesn’t include sunscreen. This has a similar tingly minty feel! Also, hello, cute tube!
Cons: It’s not Burts Bees.
Final Thoughts: Definitely going into the rotation. 3.5/5

Do you eat nutrition and/or protein bars?

What are some of your favorite products?

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. All opinions shared are my own! I am also not a registered dietician – please speak with your physician before embarking on any diet/exercise plans.

19 thoughts on “Product Lovin’

  1. I tried Luna’s Cookie Dough protein bar and had the same though as you – blech on the flavor. I do love Fiber One’s 90-cal brownies. Super delicious and will satisfy a chocolate craving for only a few calories. I don’t love the ingredient list but nothing is perfect πŸ˜‰

    • Yep, I can definitely overlook the ingredient list for how tasty they are and for the boost of fiber πŸ™‚

      I went to my bargain grocery store today and the only Protein Lunas they had were plain chocolate…guess I’ll be rollin the dice to see if it’s tasty! For 50 cents a pop I shouldn’t complain!

  2. I tried Luna’s Cookie Dough protein bar and had the same though as you – blech on the flavor. I do love Fiber One’s 90-cal brownies. Super delicious and will satisfy a chocolate craving for only a few calories. I don’t love the ingredient list but nothing is perfect πŸ˜‰

    • Yep, I can definitely overlook the ingredient list for how tasty they are and for the boost of fiber πŸ™‚

      I went to my bargain grocery store today and the only Protein Lunas they had were plain chocolate…guess I’ll be rollin the dice to see if it’s tasty! For 50 cents a pop I shouldn’t complain!

    • I had never tried Rooibos before and I’m really diggin it!

      The nutrition stats on the noodle cups are good, but I wouldn’t rely on it alone for a meal! They would be great with stir fry veggies added and maybe an egg!

  3. LOL to your wtf con with the noodles! Of course the noodles only went halfway up….packaging at it’s finest! Starbuck’s Tazo tea really is awesome! I actually don’t mind all of the spice in their chai teas…but that’s just me πŸ˜‰

    • Seriously I should’ve known from how light the cup was!

      I’m usually ob-sesssssed with chai! But I feel like there’s this super strong cardamom flavor. Maybe I’m just not the biggest fan of cardamom.. πŸ˜›

  4. LOL to your wtf con with the noodles! Of course the noodles only went halfway up….packaging at it’s finest! Starbuck’s Tazo tea really is awesome! I actually don’t mind all of the spice in their chai teas…but that’s just me πŸ˜‰

    • Seriously I should’ve known from how light the cup was!

      I’m usually ob-sesssssed with chai! But I feel like there’s this super strong cardamom flavor. Maybe I’m just not the biggest fan of cardamom.. πŸ˜›

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