Friday, 2 August 2013

Quest Bar Review!

Hi friends!

So recently, I've been hearing so much rave about these protein bars.

"They're so delicious!"

"20g of protein in one bar!"

"It's a clean bar!"

The quotes go on.

I did a little research on these bars because I was worried about how "clean" they really were.

And I was surprised when I read their labels that are posted on their website.

All the ingredients are well known to me which is always a good sign when reading your nutrition 

labels.

Also, they weren't full of sugar and other preservatives like most protein bars you buy!

Also, they explain what each ingredient is on their website for those who are unfamiliar with them.

They have two lines, their original line and their natural line.

Both lines are sugar free, however their original line contains no sugar alcohols but is sweetened with 

an artificial sweetener Sucralose. 

And their natural line contains no artificial sweeteners but is sweetened with stevia and Erythritol.

So after reading countless reviews on these bars I caved and I decided to test these bad boys out!

I'm from Canada so it is a little bit more difficult to find these bars except for online. With that being 

said, these bars are quite pricy, so the cost to ship these bars to Canada did not help.

Shipping wasn't crazy a lot, but having such a tight budget with school I don't think I'll be 

buying these bars very often.

That doesn't mean I didn't love them.

It just means it will have to be an occasional splurge every few months.

I actually became very addicted to them and let me tell you that the 12 bars I purchased from 

bodybuilding.com did not last long at all!

The total for 12 bars came to $40 Cdn (YIKES!) and they disappeared in one week :(

I didn't want to purchase a whole box of just one flavour because I didn't know how any of them tasted.

So I chose a variety of flavours to try out!

I hope my incite helps you decide on your first quest bar!

FLAVOURS:
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Lemon Cream Pie, Coconut Cashew, Cinnamon Roll, Apple Pie, Banana Nut Muffin



 All the bars are quite chewy (which I love) but not overly chewy.

The original line is a little bit more dense and the natural line has a taffy-like texture.


Lemon Cream Pie (Natural Line): I was most excited for these. I almost bought a whole box before even trying them! I often purchase the lemon Luna bars and am in love with them because of their lemony tang! However these ones could have used a little bit more lemon. They were still good, but not as good as I was anticipating them to be. They were more like a lemon taffy. RATING: 7/10

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (Original Line): I've heard many great reviews on this one which is the reason I purchased it. And it did not disappoint! It was so tasty! Heat it up for 10 seconds in the microwave and it tastes just like a warm chocolate chip cookie! (without all that fat and sugar of course) It is denser than the natural line (more chewy) which made me love it even more. RATING: 9/10

Peanut Butter & Jelly (Original Line): At first I wasn't going to purchase these. Many reviews that I read were more on the negative side. But i'm a sucker for PB&J and decided to purchase just one. OMG, I should have purchased more! I LOVED this one. Dense and tasted just like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich minus the bread and calories. A typical peanut butter jelly sandwich is around 350-400 calories whereas this bar is just 210 calories plus 20g of protein! I regret not purchasing more. RATING: 9.5/10

Coconut Cashew (Natural Line): I was also really stoked for these because I love coconut. They were very tasty and you could see the pieces of coconut in the bar! RATING: 8/10

Cinnamon Roll (Natural Line): Also heard a lot about this one! I bought two of these bars. When I first tried it, I wasn't a huge fan of the flavour. It has a lovely cinnamon taste but there was no "OMG" thought when I bit into it. However, when I ate the second one I decided to heat up in the microwave and it tasted so much better. It has a cinnamon and nutty flavour with pieces of almond. RATING: 8/10

Apple Pie (Original Line): Another delicious bar! Nice and dense with real apple pieces that you can see! My mouth waters just thinking about it! Tastes just like an apple pie minus the crust and this is coming from a girl who works at a bakery in the summer! Very tasty. RATING: 9.5/10

Banana Nut Muffin (Natural Line): If you're a fan of banana nut bread then you will love this flavour especially when heated up! There nice little pieces of walnut in the bar which give it a bit of a crunch and nutty flavour. RATING: 8/10

VERDICT: These bars are amazing! They look a little different than your average protein bar smothered in chocolate and filled with tons of sugar and preservatives, but they are definitely much tastier than any average protein bar out there.

Here is how I would rank them (1 being best tasting)
1. Peanut Butter & Jelly
2. Apple Pie
3. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
4. Cinnamon
5. Banana Nut
6. Coconut Cashew
7. Lemon Cream Pie

I'd definitely recommend these bars for anyone needing more protein in their diet, building muscle, trying to lose weight or just the average joe who needs a healthy pick me up snack in the afternoon :)

Give them a try if you have the chance!

I can't wait to try more flavours once I get some more spending cash but tuition and rent come first.

SCHOOL COMES FIRST KIDS ; P

What's your favourite quest bar?

Have a great weekend!

#OnaQuest

~XoXo Britt




Monday, 29 July 2013

Two Ingredient Cookies

Hi Friends!

Yes... To whomever reads this, I consider you a friend :)

I recently just got back from a short vacation at a cottage in Coe Hill Ontario.

The weather was beautiful...I even got a little snapshot of the lake

And with a little help from instagram, I'd say I'm a pretty darn good photographer ;)


I love going to the cottage!

We don't go very often at all, we usually camp.

But this was quite a treat!

That being said, many people find it hard to stay "healthy" during their vacations.

It's great to unwind once in a while and indulge, but it is always fun to at least try to make the trip a 

little more healthy.

I will admit...I had my fair share of snacks while there and my plan for staying healthy and clean while 

there did not exactly go as planned.

But at least I tried right?!?

I had made "Two Ingredient Cookies" that I had found from Casey from Blogilates!

She's really great and has a lot of great recipes and workouts for those advocates out there!

I was skeptical at first, because lately all of the clean recipes I've been making have not turned out very tasteful.

But these were actually delicious!

Not EXACTLY an oatmeal cookie, but pretty darn close!

Mine weren't exactly two ingredient cookies, but more like 4 ingredients (the third and fourth are optional!).

Anyways, without further ado, the recipe!

TWO INGREDIENT COOKIES

For 16 large cookies or 32 small cookies 
(Can half the recipes to make 16 small cookies or 8 large cookies)
*You can add anything you want to this cookie! Walnuts, craisins, chocolate chips, you name it :D

Ingredients
4 Ripened Medium Bananas Mashed
2 Cups Quick cooking oats
2 Tbsp Almond Butter (Optional) *
Cinnamon (Optional) *

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 F and line a pan with parchment paper (or spray with cooking spray).


2. Mash the bananas in a medium sized bowl


3. Add in the oats along with any other add ins you desire


4. Mix all ingredients together.


5. Evenly spoon out 16 rounds of mixture spread apart on the tray (I had to make two batches since 16 large cookies would not fit on one tray)

6. Sneaky Tip: You can choose to flatten the cookies a bit like I did. It makes them seem a lot larger! Or you can leave them round and plump!

7. Put in oven for 10-15 minutes or until edges start to brown a bit.


Hope You Enjoy the recipe and have a great week!

P.S. Stay tuned for a review on some awesome clean protein bars!

~XoXo Britt



Sunday, 21 July 2013

Color Me Rad Toronto

Hello everyone and happy Sunday!

I just got back from a great workout at the gym and I thought I should probably do a post since I 

haven't done one in a little while.

What's new with me?

Not too much, but there has been one event in my life that was just absolutely phenomenal!

I did a 5K Color Me Rad in Toronto on June 24 and it was so much fun!



This race is great! It's for all ages and all athletic abilities!

I saw very young children, teens, adults, and some elders as well.

Basically what it is, is a 5K run with different "colour" stations that "colour bomb" you with different colours!

You start with wearing a white shirt and by the end you look like a massive colour bomber!



Some proceeds go to the charity of choice in each city. In Toronto I believe that some of the proceeds 

went to help Big Brothers Big Sisters.

The cool thing is that you get all this gear to deck out in and run the race with spirit and pride!

They provide you with a cool t-shirt as a souvenir, Color Me Rad sunglasses and some awesome RAD 

temporary tattoos!

Now, careful with the tattoos as I did get a tan and it left quite the mark. I had RAD on my arm and

 thigh for week! But at least I didn't put it on my face!


I would definitely recommend this run for anyone who enjoys being active!

Like I said, it is for all athletic abilities. You can walk or run, just make sure you have fun!

And it isn't too hard to have fun at this event!

They pump you up so much with tons of music and live entertainment.

And at the end of the race, everyone picks up their own "Colour Bomb" for the finale colour throw!




 So if you're interested, check it out here to see if it is coming near you!

Have a great week!

~XoXo Britt

Friday, 21 June 2013

Red Tour 2013 Toronto

So, it's been a week since one of the most amazing nights of my life!
The RED TOUR

This is my SECOND Taylor Swift concert. 

Her Fearless Tour was the first I went to.

What you don't know is that my two most favourite singer/songwriters of all time are Taylor Swift AND the unbelievably talented Ed Sheeran. 

So when I got these tickets for my birthday, I was head over heels with joy!

Let me just say...Ed Sheeran is making gingers look so fine these days!

To begin, the opening acts included Joel Crouse, Austin Mahone and Ed Sheeran.

I had no idea who Joel or Austin were before this concert.

I have to say that I wasn't a big fan of Austin Mahone. I have nothing against him. He's a talented guy, just not my type of music.

Joel Crouse on the other hand...I will most definitely be listening to some of his music as I do love my country.

Now, Ed Sheeran...

JAW DROP

UNBELIEVABLE!

He is so talented! And I genuinely mean that.

The 45 minutes that he sang just flew by. I could have listened to him all night.

Most favourite song: You Need Me I Don't Need You

I have those lyrics down pat!

I really do hope I can meet him one day, he just seems so down to earth.

And Taylor...I don't think I need to say much.

It was HER concert, and her WORLD TOUR

She was AMAZING!

Loving her was RED


She had two shows in Toronto back to back...45,000 people at each :O

One Friday night and one Saturday...Not to mention the MMVAs that her and Ed performed at on the Sunday after.

I give props to them and their hectic schedule.

It's a funny thing...I filmed so much of ed and taylor that night, but those videos are just terrible to watch.

First of all, I hate rewatching concerts because I get all sad that its over and wonder when the next time I can see these talented people again.

Secondly, I am horrible at filming when I am THAT excited.

The camera is all shaky because I'm more focused on dancing and singing than filming them 

But I mean, that's what a concert is about right!

Anyways, the concert went great and the day ran smoothly until the ride home.

Let's just say that what was meant to be a 1 hour train ride home turned to be a 4 hour adventure back home.

Yeah...I'm horrible with directions.

NOTE TO SELF: Try not to take the last train of the night going in the opposite direction where you need to go and end up 2 1/2 hours away from home.


I leave you with just a few pictures of that night!



Our Seats
Not exactly "front row" but I'm not complaining!


Her and Ed ended up on a smaller stage that was much closer to where I was sitting.
I was thrilled!




They had some of her outfits from her music videos on display.


I just MELT.

Hopefully I can see them again in the near future!
Maybe a meet and greet with Ed?

Or a *cough* engagement *cough*

I kid I kid...maybe..

Enjoy your weekend!

~XoXo Britt



Sunday, 9 June 2013

DIY TOMS

So....

I've sort of been MIA for a while :/
So much has been going on in my life since I started this blog. I started and finished my first year of University!

I'm not going to lie, there were times when I thought about doing a post during the school year, but I just kept pushing it off. Eventually I got so wrapped up in meeting new people, going out, and studying that I didn't even bother making time to write a post.

I'm going to TRY to create a post AT LEAST once a week. I think it is good for me to write down what I've been up to lately.

I am also hoping to start vlogging on youtube. Not necessarily for the views but I feel that it gives me more of a push to do more in my life. 

You see, when you are putting something on camera, you want it to be exciting. Hence, you try to do more in the day and try to make the most of it.

I recommend it to all of you, even if you don't want to post it for the public to see.

Hopefully this blog and youtube thing can continue into the school year when I go back in September (Yes, I did pass all my courses with honours too! :D) so that I can keep my family updated with what is happening in my life.

DIY TOMS
OUT with the OLD and In with the NEW

During the year, I had one specific shoe that I just could not stop wearing.

TOMS

Eventually, the fabric just could not hold my feet in any longer and they began to rip by the toes :(
I felt like Big Foot for a little while.

I've gotten a new pair since then, however I still wore my old TOMS.
Hoarder much?

I mean, they were my FIRST pairs of TOMS! I just love them!

So I thought I could tape them up, but that just looked ridiculous.

So I decided to give them a little makeover.

With some fabric, glue, and scissors, they looked brand spankin' new, and I can go on to wear them until more holes begin to form.

So here's what they looked like just before the "makeover".


What You Need:
- Fabric
- Fabric Glue
- Needle & Thread (Optional)
- Scissors
- Denim patches (or iron on patches)
- Old pair of TOM


1.   Trim any excess fabric around the holes of your TOMS

2.   Glue on denim fabric over the holes OR if you have iron on patches, iron them on (that's what I did)

3.   Cut out fabric to the size of front patch of the TOMS shoes. It is okay if the cut is a little big, you can just trim the excess later. It is better to have too much fabric than too little.

4.   You can use need an thread to hem the outer edges of the fabric for a cleaner finish if  you would like. Then apply the fabric glue to your TOMS and line up the fabric where you would like it to be.

5.   Set aside and allow to dry.

6.   You can also add fabric where ever you desire. I added it the the triangle part of the shoe and the backside for more detail :)




7.   Once glue has dried, trim any excess fabric and VOILA! You have a brand new pair of fashionable TOMS.




Hopefully I will have another post coming sometime soon!
If you want to check out my youtube and subscribe, CLICK HERE 
I hope to get that channel running soon!
Have a wonderful week!

~XoXo Britt