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Hello readers!

 I have a great product review to share with you today!

Quest Nutrition Protein Bars!

You have probably seen me writing about these great protein bars for a little while now!

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Quest Nutrition was so kind to send me a sample box of their awesome protein bars!

They are GLUTEN FREE for all you lovers of gluten free products!  They also have NO ADDED sugar or artificial sweeteners.

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Each bar only has 4-6 grams of NON FIBER CARBS!

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And they all have 20 grams of protein!

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And they are all HIGH Fiber!

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The cinnamon roll, strawberry cheesecake, Lemon Cream Pie, and Chocolate peanut butter all have sugar alcohols in them, but the most is 5 grams per bar, and again they all have 20 grams of protein!

You can read about Sugar Alcohols here.

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The cinnamon roll flavor seriously tasted like I was eating a real cinnamon roll.  Who wouldn’t love that!!?

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I think this one might be dessert tonight!!

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One negative is that the original line does contain sucralose which is an artificial sweetener, which I do try to avoid.

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The other night I had the apple pie bar, and I warmed it in the microwave for 15 seconds and it tasted like warm apple pie without the guilt!

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With only 3 grams of sugar, you have a healthy dessert!

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The good thing about these protein bars are that they don’t have that chalky protein taste to them.  They have tons of flavor and I actually ENJOY eating them, unlike some other protein bars I’ve had.

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The peanut butter supreme was also amazing if you are a peanut butter fan like I am!

The coconut cashew was so sweet and it kept me full for hours!

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I haven’t made my way through the whole box yet, but I haven’t been disappointed yet!  I am excited to try the rest!

Have you ever tried Quest Protein Bars?

All this talk about food brings me to another meal and dessert that I had the other night that I really wanted to share with you guys because it is the bomb!

First, Pasta Fagioli with Parmesan cheese on top.

I’m glad this recipe called to blend the beans, because I am all about textures and I hate the texture of beans.  I’m trying to get over it.

A veggie salad with mini “healthy croutons” and a cheesewich on low car tortilla, yes I said cheesewich- melted on the panini grill. I wanted to eat this meal all over again!

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And a Low carb and sugar  HEALTHY dessert!

Protein Brownie For One

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The only difference is this time I used UMP (Ultimate Muscle Protein) Vanilla instead of chocolate. I think I actually liked it better with the vanilla but you can decide for yourself when you try it 🙂

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And the winner via of the Albion Fit Go Long Crew is:

True Random Number Generator Result:15:


Submitted on 2013/03/04 at 5:27 pm

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Congratulations Larissa!!   Please email at fitcupcaker at gmail dot com with your last name and address so Albion Fit can get you the awesome crew you just won!

Have a great day!


Here is this week’s meal and fitness plan. I am trying some new dishes this week 🙂

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Meal Plan:

  • Monday: Feta Cheese Spaghetti Squash Bake- Adapted from Eat Move Balance
  • Tuesday: Pasta Fagioli – Skinny Taste
  • Wednesday: Crockpot Rosemary Pork Tenderloin with Sweet Potato
  • Thursday:  Turkey Taco Casserole- Eat Live Run
  • Friday:  TBD – Something quick and easy!
  • Saturday:  Family Girl’s Night
  • Sunday: TBD

Meal Prep:

This week I didn’t do a whole lot of meal prep.  Once again though I did make my Berry Protein Loaf.  Ready for 4 easy breakfasts on the go.  I usually just add some extra blueberries, maybe a dollop of almond butter, microwave for about a minute and hit the road!

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You need to make this!

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I also made a huge salad that I can easily put into a container and take to work for lunches!

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For Lunch I had some of the salad with a spinach and Asiago quiche that I brought home from Bonbonerie.  Eric and I split it.  It was so creamy and amazing and probably the best quiche I’ve ever had! I need to try to replicate it!

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Fitness:  Pretty plain and simple for me this week:

  • Monday: Crossfit
  • Tuesday: OFF
  • Wednesday: Crossfit
  • Thursday: Crossfit
  • Friday: OFF
  • Saturday: Crossfit
  • Sunday: Crossfit

On Saturday I also made some cupcakes for my friend Lindsey’s birthday. I finally whipped out my Kitchenaid mixer that I got for Christmas!

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We had dinner with them last night.  We enjoyed a skinny girl margarita with chicken and cheese enchiladas! Yum.

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And hopefully they had cupcakes for dessert 🙂

I have been trying for a while now to come up with a good Carrot Cake recipe and I have failed multiple times 😦

I finally make a carrot cupcake that I like…and the boys liked it too!

Alec said it was a 9 out of 10!  Woo hoo!

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They turned out so pretty If I must say so myself!

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Here is the Recipe:

Carrot Cupcakes with a White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Makes 12 Cupcakes


For the Cupcakes

  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • Canola Oil – I’m sure you could use butter instead
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3/4 cup + 1.5 tablespoons whole wheat flour (sifted)
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp mixed spice (apple pie spice)
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

For the Frosting: (I didn’t measure everything completely, I am an eye baller!)

  • 1/2 stick butter (room temp)
  • 1/2 cup high reatio shortening (I got this from Cincinnati Cake and Candy Supply)
  • Pinch Sea Salt
  • Melted White Chocolate – Prob 1/3 cup
  • Approx. 2 Cups Confectioner Sugar
  • 1 tsp cream cheese flavoring

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For the Cupcakes

  • Preheat Oven to 325 Degrees
  • Line muffin tins with cupcake liners
  • In a large electric mixer, beat together sugar and vegetable oil for about a minute
  • Add the eggs one at a time, beating well between each addition
  • Add the dry ingredients and grated carrots alternatively, mixing briefly before each addition
  • Fold in chopped nuts
  • Bake for about 20 minutes

For the Frosting:

  • Place shortening and butter in a mixing bowl and beat together until smooth.
  • Add white chocolate and salt to mixture and continue to mix until well incorporated
  • Mix in cream cheese flavoring.
  • Add half of the sugar and beat until smooth.
  • Add remaining sugar and beat until creamy
  • Do not overbeat

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This is what the frosting was supposed to look like, but the tip was acting weird, so it kept coming out in little ribbons, and I actually like the look of it more!  Pretty cute, huh.



How was your weekend!?  I will be hosting an Albion Fit Giveaway on Tuesday!  Be sure to check back in 🙂

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