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Homemade Fruit and Nut Protein Bars

Homemade Fruit and Nut Protein Bars

I’ve been doing a pretty good job of keeping on my diet. I usually try to consume between 1400 to 1600 calories a day, as this is the best way for me to maintain and lose weight. Any more than that, and I’ll gain weight if I’m not active enough. Kind of a shame, really, since I love eating.

The game plan, as of late, is to keep breakfast and lunch as low carb and low fat as possible. I tend to stick with anything that has natural sugars, such as fruit, and almost eliminate starches for this part of my day. Yogurt and fruit smoothies, canned tuna or chicken sans mayo, raw veggies, and small amounts of nuts as a snack tend to be the daily food items. If I’m really hungry, I’ll supplement with a protein shake.

Often times, when I forget to pack a lunch or I’m in a hurry, I’ll try to find a high protein bar, such as a Clif bar or Powerbar. The problem that I run into, however, is I feel that they don’t have enough protein, and they often have ridiculous amounts of sugar. Many of these bars range from 230 to 300 calories, versus a standard granola bar being no more than 160 calories. And, these high calorie bars are no more filling than the latter. The calories seem to mostly come from sugars, which would explain why they never keep you full. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 5, 2012 in Food, Health


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I’ve been saying this for a while now, but here is proof in a picture. We all know that processed foods are bad. But that doesn’t stop many of us from eating them, because we still think in our minds, “it can’t be that bad, right?”

Well, here it is. Want to know how chicken nuggets are made? Or those weird, round and breaded chicken patties (you know chickens aren’t round, right?) This is how it starts.

Think of this….

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Posted by on January 16, 2012 in Chicken, Food, Health




I know what I eat. I cook most things from scratch using mostly whole ingredients. We buy a lot of vegetables, eat ┬ámoderate amounts of protein (usually,) and the only starches that we use on occasion are potatoes, pasta, or brown rice. Rarely do our meals come from a box, unless we’re finding ourselves on a budget. Being in Hawaii, our grocery costs can get kind of high, and a few boxes of Hamburger Helper can definitely help bring it down a little.

There are still boxed items that we use, however. I’m not about to start making my own cereal or granola bars. Laura and I are still pretty picky about these items, though. We look at the ingredients. I look for things that I know are terrible for you, such as hydrogenated fats or high fructose corn syrup, and avoid those items like the plague. So it always surprises me when I find out that people don’t do this.

Shells and Cheese

You mean there isn't cheese in this box that sits at room temperature?

But it shouldn’t. I’m very aware that most people have a huge disconnect with their food. If I asked a random person what cheese it or how, in general terms, it is made, I would get blank stares. So it’s no surprise, that if a person doesn’t actually know what cheese it, then they wouldn’t know that their Kraft Shells and Cheese contains no cheese at all! Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 13, 2012 in Food, Health


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