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Everyone needs a hero…bar!! Quest just dropped a new brand new kind of bar called the Hero Bar and it’s so unique and different. The Quest Hero Bar comes in 3 flavors: chocolate caramel pecan, blueberry cobbler, and vanilla caramel. I got my hands on a chocolate caramel pecan bar, and I filmed my first taste. I had no idea what to expect!
The hero bars look kind of like a candy bar with a creamy and crunchy center coated in chocolate. It’s unlike any other protein bar! Watch the short video below to see my reaction (it’s kinda funny) and for more info on the bars. Don’t feel like watching the video? Keep reading!
Since filming the video, which was only a few days ago, Quest sent me the other flavors of the hero bar to try. My favorite out of the three, as a predicted in the video, is blueberry cobbler. SO FREAKING GOOD. The bars have a slight crunch and taste so yummy. It’s almost comparable to the texture of a snickers bar.
These are the approximate macros for the bars, they vary 1-2 grams per flavor.
Net Carbs: 4
NOT BAD. Especially after you taste it and it’s like the most amazing thing ever. These macros are DOPE.
Best place is either QuestNutrition.com or GNC. At GNC you can buy one of each flavor so you can try them all and see which one you like best. Click here to shop online!!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork. The opinions and text are all mine.
Summer is almost here and I cannot wait! It is my favorite time of the year: the sunshine, the long days and summer nights, the lighter meals and fun seasonal flavors and produce, I love it all! Today I am sharing a quick and easy recipe with you that is perfect for summer. It takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and doesn’t require the oven; it’s very summer friendly. With this recipe you’ll get real flavor, real fast!
When the weather is nice, I don’t want to be holed up in the kitchen cooking dinner. I want to be outside, spending time with my family or friends, soaking up rays and enjoying the breeze. This recipe allows you to do that, while still enjoying a delicious and healthy dinner. No need to go out to eat because you didn’t want to spend hours inside cooking. By using a slow cooker and Smithfield Boneless Pork Shoulder Seasoned Carnitas, the meat is cooked perfectly while you are out having fun. Another bonus, you don’t have to use the oven and heat up the house!
I don’t know about you, but in the summer I really crave Mexican inspired food. Nothing hits the spot like some guac on a summer day. These Smithfield Carnitas are already marinated and seasoned, all you have to do is cook it. I found it in the fresh meat section at my local Safeway. Literally all you have to do is cut open the package, cook, and you get delicious meat that is full of flavor! I also love that there are no crazy additives, just meat and seasonings in the marinade. It is also gluten-free, which means I can eat it! I used it to make healthy tacos, but the possibilities are endless. Today I am using the Smithfield pork for a stand-alone meal, but it also works great for your weekly healthy meal prep.
In less than 30 minutes, we are going to have some delicious tacos, guac and a healthy margarita ready to enjoy. That is definitely real flavor, real fast! Save this recipe for the night you are hosting Taco Tuesday or having friends over to enjoy a summer evening and I guarantee it will be a huge hit!
Slower Cooker Time: 4 hours
Prep/Assembly time: 15 minutes
1 package Smithfield Boneless Pork Shoulder Seasoned Carnitas (available at some Safeway locations)
1/2 cup water
1 package small corn tortillas
1. Place Smithfield Boneless Pork Shoulder Seasoned Carnitas in the slow cooker. Add 1/2 cup water. Turn slow cooker on to ‘high.’ Cook for 4 hours. (option to cook on ‘low’ for 7-8 hours)
2. Once cooked, it will be very tender. Remove from slow cooker and use two forks to pull meat apart into shreds.
1. Place skillet on stove, medium to high heat. Place 2-4 tortillas in skillet, depending on size. Warm for 30 seconds, then flip to the other side. Warm another 30 seconds and remove. Tortilla should be warm enough that it is flexible but not burnt.
2. Top warm tortilla with shredded Smithfield Boneless Pork Shoulder Seasoned Carnitas.
3. Garnish with guacamole, green salsa, cilantro and lime.
Makes about 20 tacos total depending on portion size of meat and size of tortilla.
optional: want to make this recipe grain free or include more veggies? instead of tortillas, cook up some cauliflower rice (only takes 5 minutes) and use as a base for a taco bowl, OR use a bed of lettuce and make a salad.
Grab the recipes for the 5 Minute Guacamole & a Healthy Margarita and in 10 minutes you have delicious homemade guac and a marg!
Are you creative in the kitchen? Smithfield is challenging you to see what you can do with Marinated Fresh Pork to get a flavorful meal ready in 30 minutes with their “What Can You Do With 30?” contest. For more 30-minute meal preparation ideas, and to submit your original recipe for a chance to win great prizes, head to www.SmithfieldRealFlavorRealFast.com
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One of my goals this year is getting better at spending my time doing things that align with my priorities. Sounds so normal, but it’s easier said than done, right? I am the kind of person who likes to do a lot of different things and always wants to say yes to fun. I don’t think that’s a bad quality to have, but it is when it takes away from or distracts you from working your big goals. Thru a lot of trial and error, I have gotten much better at choosing my big goals over fun. One of the ways I have been able to do this is thru planning out my week. Today I’m sharing 5 steps to help you succeed at making a weekly plan too!
I used to think I didn’t like tempeh. I wouldn’t even consider it as an option for a plant based protein, tofu was go-to. Now, times have changed. I have become a HUGE tempeh fan, I would even say I like it better than tofu! What happened?! Well, I realized the brand and kind of tempeh you are eating actually matters AND how you cook it! In today’s post, I am going to share the solution to both those issues. Get a taste of summer and some comfort too with my favorite brand of tempeh and a delicious way to prepare it. Continue reading Mango Rice with Maple Balsamic Tempeh [Gluten Free]
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