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Product Review: Quest Nutrition Frosted Cookies, Available in Two Yummy Flavors

Uncategorized Jan 03, 2022

Protein is one of the most important macronutrients and most people do not eat enough protein. Your goal is 0.8-1.0 grams per pound of your target weight. For me, that means 140g daily, with a target of 20-30 grams per meal and snack. Finding delicious, convenient products is a great way to hit your protein goals.


Quest Nutrition is a brand that I love, whether it’s their protein powder, protein chips, protein bars, or their latest product – Frosted Cookies. I taste-tested two flavors – Chocolate Cake and Birthday Cake.


  1. Macro-friendly
    I do love a good protein cookie, but find that many brands have an extremely high calorie count. I was pleased to see that Quest Cookies have just 90 calories, 5g of protein, 7g of fat, 7g carbs and 3g fiber.

  2. Convenient
    Individually wrapped cookies make this a super-convenient snack to keep in your car, purse, or desk. One box includes 12 individually-wrapped cookies.

  3. Delicious
    When my kids started dipping into my cookie...
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Top 3 Benefits of Using Naked Shake Protein Powder

product reviews Dec 17, 2021

As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of Naked Nutrition (they literally have the cleanest products, meaning not fillers or ingredients you can’t pronounce). When they sent me a canister of vegan protein powder to try, I was pretty excited.

But I have to confess: I hate protein shakes. I hate drinking my calories in general so I just won’t typically make a protein shake. I’d rather eat my protein powder.I like to blend just enough water with my protein powder to create a pudding consistency. 


So when I was asked to review Naked Nutrition’s vegan Naked Shake in hot cocoa flavor, my first step was creating protein pudding. Well, this protein powder works perfectly and tastes fabulous!


As a pro figure competitor lifting weights since I was a teenager, I’ve tried numerous protein powders. Some make me feel bloated, while others tasted horrible or had a chalky consistency. A few weren’t even mixable and created quite a chunky...

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Naked Bar Review

product reviews Dec 01, 2021

If there’s one thing I love, it’s trying new protein bars. So I was pumped when I received a box of Naked Bars in peanut butter crunch flavor to taste-test and review.


Protein bars and powders are a simple and convenient way to hit your daily protein goals. You can easily keep bars in your purse, car, office, or wherever you may need a convenient snack.


Here are the top three reasons why you should give these Naked Bars a try:


  1. Limited ingredients
    Given Naked Bars have limited ingredients, they’re a great option when you’re looking for an easy-to-grab snack that’s less processed. Their motto is “with nothing to hide” and their ingredient list lives up to claim. The top three items are peanut butter, soluble corn fiber and whey protein. Best of all, the remaining ingredients are all words you can pronounce and may be familiar with, such as salt and almond butter.

  2. Delicious
    First of all, I love peanut butter, so they had me...
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Product Review: 4 Reasons Why You Need to Try Naked Cookies

product reviews Dec 01, 2021

If there’s one thing I love trying, it’s new protein bars -- or in this case protein cookies. After trying the new Naked Bars, I was really excited to get a box of Naked Cookies. Who can resist individually packaged chocolate chip cookies with 10 grams of protein?! 


Protein bars and cookies are a convenient way to hit your protein macro goals. Since they’re pre-packaged, they’re super-easy to keep on hand in places like your desk drawer, car, purse or gym bag. The one word of caution with any protein bars or cookies is to be cognizant of the calories. For example, these Naked Cookies have 200 calories with a slightly higher amount of carbs.


I’m quite critical when it comes to cookies, but I was pleasantly surprised by these Naked Cookies (and my family agrees!) Here are the top four reasons you should add Naked Cookies to your pantry:


  1. Limited ingredients
    Given Naked Cookies have limited ingredients, they’re a great option...
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Product Review: 3 Reasons You Need to Try Naked Bone Broth

product reviews Sep 17, 2021

As you know, I’m always looking for ways to increase my protein intake. One product that gets the job done is bone broth. Now you may not have the time or energy to make your own bone broth from scratch. And now you don’t have to -- introducing Naked Nutrition’s newest product: Bone Broth!

As a huge fan of Naked Nutrition (they literally have the cleanest products, meaning not fillers or ingredients you can’t pronounce), I was super excited to try this new product.  

While the powder looks very light, fluffy and easily mixable, the instructions do encourage you to use a blend or shaker cup to thoroughly mix the bone broth before using.


 Here’s why you need to try this bone broth:

  1. 100% Premium Bone Broth Protein
    Naked Nutrition prides itself on having “nothing to hide.” This is very true when you look at the ingredients and see the only one listed is beef broth protein concentrate. Best of all, it has all of the...
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The Importance of Meal Prep

diet tips Jul 27, 2021

As gyms open back up, more people are renewing their commitments to their fitness goals. However, our lives are busier than ever, and ensuring you get the right nutrition can be a challenge with a full schedule. The Conversation reveals making time to cook can be easily thwarted by unpredictable work schedules and time conflicts. Especially if you have a young family or a demanding job.

Whether you’re a busy parent or a young professional that likes to go to the gym, eating healthy can be quite the challenge. Fortunately, there are ways to save time and reduce your effort while still ensuring you receive the right nutrition. Meal preparation is an important aspect of fitness for various reasons, and doing it successfully can help you reach your fitness goals.

Better nutrition

Having an effective exercise regimen is only half the battle in fitness; your diet matters just as much as the work you put in the gym. Meal preparation allows you to choose the right balance of...

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Product Review: 3 Reasons Why I Love Naked Collagen

product reviews Feb 12, 2021

If you know me, you know I only promote products that I use in love. So when Naked Nutrition contacted me to review one of their products, I told them I would gladly do so...but only if I truly liked it. One of their products that I was particularly interested in trying was their Naked Collagen. I’ve been looking for a collagen product for some time now, so it made perfect sense for me to try this one.


For starters, the product comes in a great big container, 20 oz. to be exact. I immediately liked the fact that the scoop could be easily found (vs. buried at the bottom) and the powder looked like it would be easily mixable.


Here are some of the other benefits:


  1. Clean ingredients with no fillers
    Naked Nutrition prides itself on having “nothing to hide.”. This is very true when you look at the ingredients and see the only one listed is bovine hide collagen peptides. The product is 100% premium grass-fed collagen peptides.

  2. Convenient protein boost...
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Muscle Recovery After a Workout: The Important Role of Sleep

guest blogs sleep Dec 07, 2020

Originally posted on Slumber Yard


When you are regularly working out, you don’t always have the luxury of an extended recovery time. It’s common for people to spring an injury during workouts, only to have to power through the injury without giving themselves adequate time to heal. 

Of course, there’s nothing better than sinking into the best mattress, but few people realize how much sleep can aid in muscle recovery. There are many flashy, expensive solutions out there to help improve sleep and reduce injury: supplements and therapies, machines and at-home systems. Some of these are effective, and some are not, but don’t underestimate the value of good old-fashioned sleep. 

At the end of the day, your body needs rest so it can recoup and rebuild. This is why you should never underestimate the power of sleep, especially when you are working out.

Sleep Stages For Muscle Recovery

Sleep plays a major role in helping your body recover after a long...

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What is Intermittent Fasting?

Uncategorized Feb 07, 2020

What is Intermittent Fasting (aka IF)?


You’ve probably heard the term Intermittent Fasting over the last few years. You may know exactly what it means or maybe you don’t and you’re interested in learning more. One important point of differentiation is that Intermittent Fasting -- or IF -- is not a type of diet, but a dieting tool that can be used in conjunction with Whole 30, Paleo, vegetarianism or any other type of eating plan. IF is essentially an eating schedule that allows you to eat larger meals because you are shortening the window of time when you consume calories. However, your overall calories remain the same. (This isn’t a license to eat everything in sight!) The most common fasting schedule is 16:8, 16 hours of fasting followed by 8 hours of eating. 


How It Works

During the fasting portion, you typically only have black coffee, tea, or water. The easiest way to do this is to skip breakfast, fasting 16 hours from 8pm to noon....

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Five diseases you can prevent with regular exercise

guest blogs Jan 30, 2020

Regular exercise keeps you healthy, especially as you age.  It improves your balance, helps you lose weight, strengthens your muscles and bones, all while making you look and feel better.

But that’s not the whole story. 

Regardless of your age and conditioning level (yes, that includes everyone from power walkers to ultra-marathoners), research shows that working out more often provides health benefits—especially in the disease prevention department.

Here are five of the health ailments that regular exercise helps to prevent, manage, and assist in recovery and rehabilitation.

Improved Heart Health


Guess what’s the best way to improve your heart health and strengthen your heart muscles?


It’s cardiovascular training, according to the American Heart Association. 

First, regular exercise reduces blood pressure, or what’s known as chronic hypertension. This is the biggest risk factor for heart disease.  Hypertension is...

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