Category: Product Review

Boca Spicy Chik’n Veggie Patty Review

I have said it before, I am a carnivore at heart, but I do enjoy vegetarian foods from time to time. Sometimes, I just get in the mood for something a little different and like to try different foods in order to share with you what I like or dislike about them.

For preparation convenience, you can heat these patties in a skillet, in your oven, or in your microwave. Each method was fine for me, and I could not tell much difference between the oven and microwave preparations.

As for what I thought of the patties:

Flavor

I actually think they taste pretty good despite the fact it is quite obvious from the taste there is nothing remotely close to chicken actually involved. You would think that if Boca intends for these patties to actually resemble a chicken pattie, then they might have ensured a taste and texture that is at least somewhat of a facsimile of chicken. But no, these patties have a somewhat spicy vegetable taste to them. Before looking at the ingredient list, I actually thought there might be a bit of broccoli involved, but there is none listed. Again, I like the taste of the Spicy Chik’n Patties and will probably buy them again at some point.

Texture

No matter the cooking method I used, the texture of the patties were pretty much the same. They were soft to the bite, and provided little resistance such as you might get with actual chicken. There is nothing inherently wrong with the texture, but then they might almost seem to be a little bit on the pasty side for some. I’m not sure you can brown them enough to actually bring a firmness or crunch to them without burning them.

Overall, while I did enjoy these vegetarian patties, they were far from my favorite.  They are nutritionally sound enough,but if you are sodium restricted, you might take note of the sodium content. I like that there is 12 grams of protein, and 3 grams of dietary fiber to bring the net carbs down to only 10 grams per serving. I will buy this product again, but it will not be a weekly staple in my freezer.

Whisps Cheese Crisps Review

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Flavor Plus!

If you like cheese, chips or crackers then you will most likely like these 100% cheese crisps. They come in Cheddar, Ranch, Parmesan and Barbecue. I have only tried the cheddar and was impressed with the pungent, cheddar flavor and the crunchy texture.  There’s two servings per 2.12 ounce bag so the servings are kind of small but you get a lot of crunch and salty cheese flavor in that 1 ounce of crisps. Be aware that the Cheddar flavor is VERY cheddar. If cheddar is not your favorite cheese, you might want to try another flavor.

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Texture

These crisps remind me of the packaged cheese and peanut butter crackers that come 6 to a pack. They are thicker than you can tell by the picture and the bite is very similar to those two-layer crackers. They are crunchy but not hard and each crisp gives you a significant amount of crunchy, cheese flavor to satisfy your snack craving.

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Nutrition

If you look at the top, right corner of the bag, you will notice that cheese is the only ingredient. There’s 170 calories, 1 gram of carbs, 14 grams of fat and 10 grams of protein per serving. These crisps are a good change from carbohydrate rich potato chips (14 grams) or tortilla chips (19 grams). While we don’t advocate processed, convenience foods, there are times that a healthier option for chips might come in handy. These crisps would make a tasty addition to a lunchbox to accompany a high-protein sandwich and a piece of fruit or carrot or celery sticks with milk. They would be handy to have on hand in your car for a quick bite to avoid the temptation of stopping at the drive-thru. The only caveat that I can see in the nutrition is they are somewhat high in sodium, one serving having 330 mg. or 14% of the DV for sodium. If you scarf down the entire bag, you’re looking at 720 mg. or a whopping 31% of your DV. If you are sodium sensitive, you might want to avoid them. 

Price and Availability

I found these crisps at Walmart in the deli section above one of those coolers with ready-made sandwiches and salads in it. The Cheddar flavor was the lowest in inventory so it must be the most popular. At $3.79 per bag, two servings, they are a bit pricey, but since we don’t need these processed, salty foods in our diet very often anyway, they may be worth the price. If they will help you avoid binge-eating bags of tortilla chips in front of the T.V., they are definitely worth the price. Sometimes we have to choose the lesser of two evils. Personally, I won’t be buying them because I don’t normally have these types of foods in my house but if you normally buy chips, these just might be an upgrade.

 

PB2 Performance Peanut Protein Review

Being a connoisseur of fine peanut butters such as Jiff, Skippy, and Peter Pan, I was honestly appalled when I first heard about PB2 and their new powdered peanut butter. To be honest, the thought of powdered peanut butter sounded like a sacrilege, a total blasphemy against peanut butter. But then curiosity got me, and I just had to try it. I have been hooked ever since. I love the versatility of powdered peanut butter, and for a couple of years now, have made it a point to almost always add a couple tablespoons to my daily chocolate protein shakes for the added flavor and protein. So, when I saw that the folks at PB2 now have a protein drink, I just had to try it. At $19.99 for the container at my local Dillon’s store, I could not leave the store without this product.

Don’t compromise taste for Performance! PB2 Performance Peanut Protein is packed with all of your functional needs and tastes great. A clean label, complete plant-based protein that is naturally flavored and has zero added sugar. Never settle for less than great taste and food that fuels you! ​ (PB2 Website)

If you like peanuts, you are sure to like this protein. It has the great taste of roasted peanuts, blended with a touch of Dutch cocoa for a quite pleasing flavor profile. I love that unlike other protein drinks on the market, this one does not have an overbearing sweetness to it. It tastes like peanuts and cocoa, and nothing more other than the milk or whatever medium you choose to mix it with. There is no sugar or other artificial sweeteners in this protein, it is actually sweetened with all natural inulin and monk fruit which makes it compatible for diabetics.

PB2 Peanut Protein provides 190 calories per serving with only 5 grams of fat, a whopping 8 grams of prebiotic fiber which brings the net carbs down to 9 grams total. The 20 grams of protein bring a full profile of all 9 essential amino acids which we need for important processes such as tissue growth, energy production, immune function and nutrient absorption.

This stuff is as healthy for you as it is delicious!

As it is a clean and delicious protein source, PB2 Performance is ideal for women and men, young and old. PB2 Performance can be your meal replacement drink for weight loss or can become your protein shake to help build lean muscle and support recovery. (PB2 Website)

As with their standard PB2, I see this protein powder as being a versatile ingredient that I will add to my Kodiak Protein Pancake mix the next time I make them. I will also add a scoop or two to my next bowl of oatmeal which I already make with a mixture of hemp, chia and flax seed trilogy, along with pumpkin seeds, Saigon cinnamon and chopped pecans.

I definitely recommend you give this product a try, it will now be a regular purchase for me.

GOLO’s “Release” Dietary Supplement Review

Are any of you reading this gullible enough to believe these types of weight loss supplements actually perform any miracles for the overweight?

GET THE RESULTS YOU DESERVE!

THEY PROMISE IT!

But, look at what they tell you on their homepage!

Seriously now, they tell us that in the last 10 years, dieters have spent over $600 billion on diets and diet products without actually helping the obese. In fact, the obesity problem has become worse over the years, and now they want you to believe that out of all the products available to you with or without a prescription from your doctor, theirs is the magic bullet that will actually do you good.

Can I sell you a bridge?

If you are going to throw your money away on worthless products, throw a little of that disposable capital my way too. At least I kick it to you real, and give you a truly foolproof way to lose and manage your weight.

And I do this for you for free of charge!

Do not be fooled because they put out a little bit of truth in their deceptive marketing scheme. Scammers have always used this tactic since the beginning of time.

Again, they give you some truth to build upon their credibility. 

The key words above are “unbalanced diet.”

A well balanced diet will mitigate the need for any type of pill in your future if you are prediabetic. If you are diabetic already, you had better be talking to your physician about any type of supplements and or medications that are right for your personal health needs!

All this above from the GOLO website is true, but we can help you to achieve these same results through our totally free plan at David’s Way to Health and Fitness. Our methodology will get you to a healthier and leaner body without selling you expensive and worthless pills, and we will never charge you a single cent to access our plan or our almost 1000 nutrition, health and fitness articles along with our numerous healthy recipes. Your health and level of physical fitness all stems from healthy dietary habits combined with exercise. We approach weight loss and good health from a full body, holistic approach that is proven to bring you excellent results. All that is required from you, is a commitment to yourself. A commitment to live the best life that you can in a healthy and fit body.

These people are misleading their customer base.

Now, let’s further explore and breakdown the deception that is mixed in with some actual truths.

“eliminating starvation dieting”

Anyone who has studied nutrition, weight loss and health in order to help people lose weight know, or damn well should know, that a good majority of people setting out to lose weight are already dreading their new “starvation diet”. This is why most just want to quickly lose their weight and get it over with. The key to losing and managing your body fat levels are through a healthy diet that consists of nutritious foods that are devoid of empty calories. By eating nutritious foods that provide you all of your nutrients, you will never feel like you are starving since your body is receiving all of its nutritional needs.

“Now you can reach your goals and enjoy food without guilt or fearing weight gain. You simply take 1 Release with your meals and eat balanced meals and eliminate diet foods”

Read that again and think about what they are telling you!

The implication is if you take 1 Release with your meal, it is going to help you. However, the actual benefit is going to come from eating a well balanced meal while eliminating the diet crap from your dietary habits This reminds me of the Alli weight loss pill where you could suffer oily anal discharge and explosive diarrhea by taking their pills with your meals. The key was to eat healthy foods in order to see positive results while not dirtying your britches.

” You will lose real weight without conventional dieting”

No matter the modifying word, or adjective they might use before the word “diet”, these folks who have spent millions of dollars marketing this product know that people do not want to diet, and they will assume they can just eat as normal while taking their pill, and somehow they will lose weight.

” Your metabolism gets faster and is able to convert food into energy quickly”

I have written pretty extensively about our metabolisms. The simple truth is, if you want to increase your metabolism, besides losing body fat you also have to retain your lean muscle mass. Actually, you really need to work at building your lean muscle mass as you lose body fat. The higher percentage of lean muscle you have, the higher your metabolism will be. This is fact, no matter whether you are male or female. You might want to check out my article “Feeling Weak, It’s Your Diet” where I delve into this subject.

I believe this product to be about as safe as it is worthless for those who want to lose weight. You are better off to adopt healthy nutritional habits over believing that any over the counter magic pill will actually do you any good.

Please, do yourself a favor, you can get the same if not better results simply through adopting healthy nutritional habits such as what we promote here at David’s Way to Health and Fitness. These people are going to take your money, that is a guaranteed result. For the money they want to extract from your pocket, there are tons of healthy food choices you could actually buy instead of their magic pills that are going to accomplish nothing more for you than any other over the counter pill you can buy.

“Testimonial results were obtained over a period of three months to two years and may not be typical and your results may be more or be less than the averages stated on this website”

“includes the GOLO Diet along with behavior and lifestyle recommendations including a recommendation for moderate exercise.”

Muir Glen Pasta Sauce/Barilla Protein Pasta Review

I love pasta, but very rarely consume it anymore since it is usually nothing more than a source of simple carbs that I can eat a ton of, and then be craving more an hour later. Most pasta contains little to no fiber, vitamins or minerals and are simply a source of empty calories. I want my calories to count for something when I consume them.

Yesterday, my sweet wife was lamenting the fact we never eat pasta anymore, and asked if having a protein pasta would be okay. Most protein pastas I have ever eaten were not very good in my opinion, but I thought I would appease her. As I was walking down the grocery store aisle towards where all the pastas are kept, the Muir Glen Pasta Sauce caught my eye with the words on the front label:

“NO SUGAR ADDED”.

Italian Herb Pasta Sauce sounded delicious and sure enough, when looking at the nutritional  and ingredient labels, there was no added sugars! Bingo, I found what I hoped would be the perfect sauce for my dietary requirements of zero added sugars.

I started our dinner shortly after getting home from the store. I put on some water to boil for the pasta, and then browned some lean ground beef to add to the sauce.

To be honest, this sauce would be perfectly fine by itself and without the ground beef.

Once the ground beef had browned good, I drained off the grease and then rinsed off any that was remaining.  I then returned the ground beef to my sauce pan and added the sauce which to my delight had nice chunks of tomato in it.

Loraine loves chunky sauce too.

Muir Glen has a perfect blend of their herbs and spices in this sauce which gives it a wonderful flavor without them over riding the flavor of the tomatoes.

You can taste each fresh ingredient, and I love that this is not in way shape or form a sweet sauce as many commercially available sauces can be. This sauce is a perfect compliment to any Italian style meal, and I believe the next time I bake our David’s Way Low Carb Pizza Casserole, I might use this sauce on it.

As you can see above, the nutritional value is pretty good at 80 calories per serving. Half of those calories coming from heart healthy olive oil. The sodium and carbohydrate totals are pretty low, and the sauce provides 2 grams of dietary fiber. The 4 grams of sugar are natural sugars that are found within the tomatoes and onions. This sauce is well worth the approximate $4.00 I spent.

This spaghetti surprised me, it cooked up nicely and was actually a very close match to other non-protein spaghetti’s in flavor and texture. I could not tell much of any distinguishable difference with this product as I have with other “protein” pastas. It was a perfect pairing with the Muir Glen sauce. Loraine was ecstatic to actually have a healthy choice of pasta and sauce that she could actually enjoy too.

The benefits are all good!

At 190 calories per 2 ounce dry serving, this is pretty good and was actually filling as opposed to how this same size serving of regular spaghetti would only leave me wanting more. What made this pasta satiating is the fact it provides 10 grams of protein and 4 grams of dietary fiber per serving. I have to say, this pasta and sauce combination was very satisfying and I would recommend it to anyone.

This sauce and pasta meet my personal requirement of zero added sugars, good source of protein and fiber and tastes decadently good while not being a blood sugar bomb once you have finished eating it.

 

 

Ratio Lemon Almond Crunchy Bar Review

I love crunchy bars that are loaded with nuts, but find that most of them that actually taste good contain added sugars which I simply do not indulge in. While I am not an advocate of doing “Keto”, the word Keto caught my eye. I knew from this, these bars should be free of added sugars. To my delight, they are!

Since they are such an excellent source of nutrients, I include nuts and seeds in my daily diet. I take a bag of pre-measured almonds in my lunch for work every day, and I include pecans, pumpkin seeds with a trilogy of chia, flax, and hemp seeds to my daily bowl of oatmeal. If your idea of healthy eating was formed a few decades ago, it may be difficult for you to shake the notion that you should avoid nuts because they are high in calories and fat. However, new evidence has overturned that notion. In fact, a recent analysis of the nation’s eating habits and health outcomes suggests that eating too few nuts and seeds is associated with an increased risk of dying from cardiovascular disease or diabetes.

Besides being full of healthy ingredients, I like the portability of them being in a bar that can be easily placed into a lunch box, or even a shirt pocket when on the go. These bars are very crunchy, and the flavor of the nuts and seeds are well balanced with the lemon flavor that is derived from the lemon oil. Despite being sweetened with stevia extract, these bars are really not too sweet as some bars can be.

The only caveat I can think of in regards to what I think about the lemon flavor is the lemon oil imparts a slightly bitter taste such as what you would get from actual lemon peel zest. I prefer this flavor, but for those who are looking for a more artificially sweet lemon taste, you might be let down. This nut and seed bar cannot be mistaken for a glorified candy bar!

As you can see from above, these delicious and healthy bars provide a good amount of fiber at 3 grams, along with 12 grams of protein and zero added sugar. All for 220 calories per bar. I liked these bars enough that I will soon be trying their Toasted Almond bar.

I found this product at my local Dillon’s grocery store for about $7.00 for a box of four. For the low price, these are a nutritious and tasty bar to have at home or on the go.

Suja Organic Cold Pressed Juice Review

As I was grocery shopping today I spotted this new juice product line in the produce section at my Dillon’s store. It has been a hot day, especially after working out in the yard trimming hedges, and a cold fruity drink at only 20 calories per bottle, with zero added sugar sounded quite refreshing.  As I read the ingredients in large lettering on the bottle, I kind of glossed over turmeric being an ingredient. And to be honest, I never even looked at the ingredients below, in the smaller print, where ginger and black pepper were listed too. All I can say is it’s been a hot day, and the flavor fusion of lemon, pineapple and passion fruit sounded really good to me…

From the Suja Organic website:

Fills your heart and taste buds with happiness…

I’m going to have to beg to differ on this juice filling my heart and taste buds with happiness. They could have gotten it right with some of their ingredients, but with the addition of a few others such as turmeric and black pepper, they ruined it for me. With the first sip, the lemon, pineapple and passion fruit came out, but then the addition of turmeric, ginger and black pepper hit.

Some things are just not meant to be, and this juice is one of them.

Have you ever had a six year old daughter, being supervised by a mischievous nine year old brother make you something special to eat or drink?

And then it dawns on you the little prankster just got his revenge on you for taking away a game or something. And because you do not want to break your little girls heart, you just choke it down and then excuse yourself to go wash out your mouth.

That scenario is exactly what this drink made me think of.

If you are unfamiliar with turmeric,  it smells a bit like orange peel and ginger, and has an earthy taste a bit like cardamom. It is actually not too bad in some foods. But then they couple it with the slightly peppery taste of ginger and the sharp hot flavor of black pepper, you have just created a concoction that should never be added to a fruity drink. Not for any reason.

Nutritionally, there is nothing really good or bad about this product. But at $3.99 per 12 ounce bottle, your money would be better spent on a bottle of water in my opinion.

But who knows, you might actually enjoy the flavor of this bilge water.

I cannot recommend it.

My Favorite Things

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Shop Til You Drop

Just like we teach you to do, I almost never eat outside of my home. I cook or prepare some kind of meal three times almost every day and also look for healthy snacks to have on hand. Food is expensive so I only buy what fits into my nutrition plan. I look for excellent nutrition, high protein, low carb and overall nutritionally dense products that also taste good. Shopping is also time consuming so I try to make it one-stop and look for good value in great food. These are a few of my favorite things.

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Bob’s Red Mill Oats

I love Bob’s Red Mill Oats. Although all oats should be gluten-free, they are not due to cross-pollination with glutenous crops. I prefer gluten-free only because I’m gluten intolerant. It tends to make me itch so I avoid it. There is no benefit to eating gluten-free unless you have a specific reason. Eating gluten-free will NOT help you control your weight. A lot of processed gluten-free products are actually higher in calories than their regular counterparts. These oats cook quickly and creamy even though they are whole grain. The texture is always perfect. At $5.58 for 19 servings they are a real buy. There’s 190 calories, 6 grams of protein, 28 NET grams of carbs (33-5 grams of fiber) and 4 grams of fat per serving. They also contain 191% of the DV for Manganese, 41% of Phosphorus, 34% of the Magnesium, 39% of Thiamine (B1) and significant amounts of Zinc and Iron. Pair with Saigon Cinnamon, coconut oil and some pecans or pumpkin seeds and you have a wonderful breakfast that will sustain you for hours.

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Oh, my goodness! I have always liked cinnamon and used it a lot. When David asked me if I had ever tried Saigon Cinnamon I was quick to give it a try. Usually if he likes something, so do I and this was no exception. It’s cinnamon made better. Richer, sweeter and hotter. Everything that you like about cinnamon is magnified in this product. At $4.54 for 1.25 ounces, it’s provides a lot of joy for less than $5.00.

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Semi-solid Coconut Oil

Coconut oil gets a lot of press. There are many different types made for different purposes. I use this one as a butter replacement. The calories are about the same but some people believe that coconut oil is a healthier choice and is even associated with less belly fat. A 4-week study in 20 obese adults that took 2 Tablespoons daily significantly reduced belly fat in male participants. (1) While nothing will help you lose weight unless you reduce your calories, I do like it so I use it. This particular one has coconut meat in it in small quantities. If you want to try it but want a smooth oil, those are also available. I love the silky, luxurious texture that all coconut oil provides in food.

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Pumpkin Seed Kernels

I love these things! I don’t entirely trust myself with nuts. I can easily eat a lot of my daily allotment of calories in nuts, so I buy seeds instead. I love seeds just as much as nuts but they are more filling. It’s much harder to overeat them. These nutritional goldmines are high in magnesium, healthy fats and zinc. One ounce has 151 calories, 7 grams of protein, 3.3 NET grams of carbs and 13 grams of fat (6 of which are Omega-6).

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Sweet Potatoes!

I’m known for carrying sweet potatoes around with me. They are easy to cook in the microwave. Just wash, poke a few holes in them and microwave. One cup of baked sweet potatoes has 180 calories, 34 NET grams of carbs, 4 grams of protein, 769% (NOT a typo!) of the DV of Vitamin A, 65% of the DV of Vitamin C, 50% of the Manganese, 29% of the B6, 27% of Potassium, 18% of the Pantothenic Acid and 16% of the Copper. They are really sweet if your taste buds aren’t dulled by refined sugars. Add a little Swerve Brown or Maple Grove Farms Sugar-Free Syrup, Saigon Cinnamon and a couple of Tablespoons of chopped pecans and you have a “Sweet Potato Casserole” without the sugar. For pure luxury, add some semi-solid coconut oil…Heaven!

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Trilogy Health Seeds

These crunchy little nuggets consist of Flax, Chia and Hemp seeds. They have 100 calories per 2 Tablespoon serving and that is a LOT of crunch. They have only 1 gram of NET carbs, 4 grams of protein and 8 grams of fat. Something that you need to be aware of is that they are high in fiber. If you are prone to digestive disturbances you may need to go easy on these until you find out how you will react to them. They are an excellent addition to oats, yogurt or even sprinkled on a salad. This 21 ounce container is $13.18 at Walmart but that’s a lot of seeds!

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Salmon Skinless Fillets

You can pay astronomical amounts of money for fresh salmon if you like but I love the convenience of frozen. These Wild Caught Fillets are easy to thaw and sear quickly in a little olive oil. Salmon is rich in Omega-3’s and an excellent protein source at 22-25 grams per 3.5 ounce serving. Salmon is high in B vitamins, potassium and selenium which may reduce cancer risk. An antioxidant called astaxanthin is found in salmon. It may have benefits for the heart, brain, and skin. (2) Salmon is also believed to be a powerful inflammation fighter and inflammation is linked to almost all disease processes. That’s a little miracle for $4.00 for a 16 ounce bag.

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Sunflower Kernels

I love these in oats, yogurt or by the handful. They are rich in a multitude of nutrients including Vitamin E and selenium. They are a good source of phenolic acids and flavonoids which are powerful antioxidants. Some people believe that they can prevent chronic diseases of all sorts by reducing inflammation. A 1/4 cup serving provides 163 calories, 14 grams of fat, 3.5 grams of NET carbs and 5.5 grams of protein. I avoid the shells. I don’t like them and they have been linked to bowel obstruction. The kernels provide great nutrition but moderation is important. They are relatively high in calories and the salted variety can be high in sodium.

Pink Lady and Honey Crisp Apples

I enjoy many varieties of apples but these two are my favorites. They are both sweet and tart at the same time. They are usually more consistent in quality and flavor than most other apples. I will give Gala’s an Honorable Mention here because they are similar. I am particular about how I eat my carbs. I limit them. While I DON’T do Keto, I am always trying to improve my muscle to fat ratio so I am very conscientious about carbohydrates. These apples are worth the approximate 18-22 net grams of carbs. They have 4 grams of fiber which helps me to feel full. If I pair an apple with yogurt, I will stay full for hours. I chop one up in full-fat plain Greek yogurt and add some Saigon Cinnamon and Splenda for an apple pie treat. They are rich in Vitamin C and Potassium and various plant compounds that have many benefits including a possible anti-depressant effect in some people. (3)

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Sager Creek Farms Chicken Tenderloins

This is one of my newest favorite things! While fresh chicken tenderloins are usually moister and more tender, the horizontal cut on these chicken breasts results in a thin slice of chicken that cooks in a flash. I just put the frozen chicken in a seasoned cast iron skillet and brown them on medium heat and flip them and they’re done! Add the sauce of your choice or G Hughes Sugar-Free Barbecue Sauce for a quick tasty meal. You can add a baked potato and salad or roll them up in a low carb wrap. The possibilities are endless and FAST! White meat chicken is an excellent protein source and is a calorie bargain at only 284 calories for a 172 gram chicken breast. This serving contains a whopping 53 grams of protein and 0 carbs.

Forever Learning

Here at David’s Way to Health and Fitness, we teach that health is a lifestyle. Weight management is part of that lifestyle. We are always learning because we live this way. We strive for optimum health and fitness in our personal lives. As we discover new products, whether we believe them to be good or bad, we will always give you our honest opinion and try to give you new tools to achieve your personal best.

 

 

(1) https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/can-coconut-oil-help-you-lose-weight#7

(2) https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-benefits-of-salmon

(3) https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/apples

Slim Cube Meal Replacement Bar Review (SMDH)

This advertisement caught my eye last night, and I thought I would investigate a little further since from the picture it looks similar to a weight loss product from the 70’s marketed under the brand name “Ayd’s”.

Then I saw something that made me think this was just a spoof product! 

Are they flipping serious? For the appearance of seeming slimmer!

These people have to be pulling our legs. I felt as if I had lost a few IQ points just by reading “for the appearance of seeming slimmer”.

However, these people are not spoofing.

Hell no, they are serious. 

I believe they are quite serious about extracting hard earned cash from the pockets of desperate and/or gullible people!

I believe the marketing of these types of products are not only a form of fraud, but also a form of bullying. A great many people who are overweight have not only an addiction to carbohydrates, they also often have some type of underlying mental condition that leaves them vulnerable. I know this last statement is true for me too as I suffer from a depressive disorder coupled with PTSD. I too have been obese during my adult life, and know up close and personal the battle those who are overweight are fighting through. Back about 100 years or so, Snake Oil salesmen who sold products like this were often tarred and feathered and run out of town on a rail. They were not treated kindly, and I’m almost of the mind we should return to painful punishments for those who take advantage of the vulnerable among us. We do not need to go to the extreme lengths of tarring and feathering, but financial penalties with stiff prison sentences could curb this exploitation.

Well, duh!

The statement above is meaningless drivel in regards to losing body fat in order to get healthy.

Kicking it to you real here, any type of diet can make these promises as those first 5 pounds and the additional weight is going to be largely a loss of water weight with very little actual body fat lost.

 Why is this?

It’s because the energy source your body turns to once it runs out of its relatively small store ​of ​carbohydrates (sugars) is glycogen. Glycogen is a large molecule made up of a protein core surrounded by glucose subunits. It’s stored in the liver and muscles for use during energy-intensive activities, like running away from danger and supporting the brain when food is scarce. Glycogen can be quickly metabolized to meet the body’s need for glucose, but each gram of glycogen is bound to three to four grams of water. So, if you use up your body’s glycogen stores (as when dieting or with prolonged exercising), a lot of water is released over a short amount of time.

Read the above carefully. Ten Slim Cube bars will provide you with 1100 calories per day. This is all that you will be eating each day. You will eat one with water every 60 to 90 minutes. Besides being too drastic a caloric restriction, how long will you last before you get bored by consuming nothing all day except these meal replacement bars.

Their boldface statement at the top is a damn lie! 

You will not protect vital muscle mass on a 1100 calorie per day diet of eating these bars. Not only that, with the muscle mass you will lose, you will also slow down your metabolism which will only cause you to have a greater percentage of body fat once you put the lost weight back on.

To lose body fat and maintain muscle at the same time, and to maintain your strength, you need to do some type of resistance exercise while consuming a healthy diet that fits your caloric and macronutrient needs. Yes, reducing your caloric intake will help you lose weight. But dieting alone can strip away muscle along with body fat. Research suggests that as much as 25 percent of weight lost by dieters is from muscle. And that’s not a good thing for anyone.

If you are new to wanting to create a healthy, fit and trim body through exercise, you will need to know that losing muscle while on a calorie-reduced diet can hinder your performance in the gym by reducing strength and stamina. It can also slow your metabolism, so you burn fewer calories during the day, making it harder to lose weight, and thus easier to gain it back.

The amount of muscle you have is the biggest contributor to your resting metabolism – the number of calories the body burns to carry out basic functions such as breathing, keeping your heart beating and growing and repairing cells. Muscle burns more calories than fat, so the more you have, the higher your metabolic rate.

I will agree with saying no to complicated diets and time-consuming meal prep. However, there is nothing at all complicated about following our methodology at David’s Way to Health and Fitness. You can find our plan at this link! I promise that you can prepare healthy meals in far less time than it takes to go through your local fast food drive through, and by preparing your own meals, you never need to worry about getting bored. It is quite easy to get creative with different seasonings and simple ingredients.

These people want you to only eat their damn bars for at least three weeks, and nothing else!

Even those with less than average intelligence should know better than to believe there is anything good about his advice.

Really?

Industrial sugar?

I agree about cutting out sugar, but have to say that “industrial” is a new type to me.

Okay, do I want cold or hot water to rev my metabolism?

There may be something to be said for both schools of thought, but it is really insignificant. If you drink about a quart of ice water per day, that amounts to maybe burning 100 calories. You might believe this sounds significant, but the reality is that drinking water, whatever its temperature, will help ratchet up your metabolism, stave off overeating, and save calories over soda and other sugary drinks. And although a warm cup of water may feel soothing to the stomach, there’s no evidence to suggest that the body absorbs it any different than if it was cold. The take-home? Drinking water, period, is infinitely more important to your health and well-being than the temperature at which it’s served.

Oh, and they let you know that a sauna can have a stimulating effect too!

Can You Lose Weight in a Sauna or Steam Room?
Yes. But you are not burning a significantly raised rate of calories. All that you are accomplishing is the loss of  water weight only. In addition, not replacing the water you are sweating out can actually make it harder for your body to lose weight. The weight that you lose while you sit in a sweltering room is purely water, water that you should be replacing as fast as you are losing, otherwise you are just severely dehydrating your body. Not practicing proper hydration while you’re in one of these hotboxes is unhealthy and actually makes it tougher for your body to lose pounds permanently, as hydration is an essential component in shedding extra weight.
In actuality, you should not even use a sauna for weight loss even for the most temporary of circumstances. For example, if you are trying to lose weight very quickly for an event or to squeeze into a particular dress, you would feel (and maybe even look) terrible if you had used a sauna to drop those last few pounds before the event without rehydrating your body after the sweat session.

Consistent, healthy habits are key to losing weight and keeping it off; try your best to avoid extremes and quick fixes as they’re usually either a scam, not healthy, or not sustainable long term. Be kind to your body, you deserve it!

Purely Inspired Organic Protein Shake Review

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Unique Product

In a conversation with our dear friend, Dolly, of the Kool Kosher Kitchen blog we became aware of special dietary needs of some people who can’t tolerate milk protein but need a protein drink. They are hard to find. Most are milk based. This one has no milk protein, it’s dairy-free and has NO SUGAR, which is a prerequisite for us to recommend any food.

Taste and Texture

This protein drink is sweetened with stevia and monk fruit. While stevia is not my first choice of a no calorie, no sugar sweetener, it works in this drink. This flavor has a strong dark chocolate flavor that blends with the taste of the stevia. This is reminiscent of the chocolate milk made with Hershey’s Cocoa and sugar that our Mothers made when we were children.

It is thick enough to  qualify as a “shake” and coats the glass when you turn it up. I’m really not a fan of the thin, watery protein drinks that are on the market right now. The thickness of this shake is more satisfying than those drinks. It’s smooth when you shake it well. Be sure to shake it vigorously for the smoothest texture.

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Nutritional Information

Nutrition is where this product shines. It has 20 grams of plant based protein from pea protein and rice protein. I have come to really like pea protein. It is the protein in the Lenny and Larry’s Keto Cookie that we reviewed. It has a silky texture that is much more appealing to me than whey protein. While whey is an excellent protein, I personally do not like it. Most protein products have some sort of milk protein in them and since this one does not, it’s ideal for those of us who avoid dairy. It has no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners, 0 grams of sugar and 24 vitamins and minerals. It makes an excellent portable pick-me-up for only 130 calories! It will be a staple in my lunch bag at work.

Price and Availability

I got this 4-pack straight off the shelf at Walmart, in the pharmacy on the bottom shelf where the protein bars are found. It’s hard to find, nestled among the other protein products but it’s worth it if you want a dairy-free, sugar-free protein drink. This is not a substitute for a fast food milkshake. It tastes like real food and it’s a great mini-meal. A lot of these products have to be ordered from an internet site, so finding this one quickly on the shelf in Walmart was a big plus for me. You get four shakes for $7.27 which is a bargain for enough nutrition to get me through a couple of hours at work. If you are looking for readily available, high quality protein with no dairy and NO SUGAR at a good price, you might want to give Purely Inspired Organic Protein Shakes a try.