Workout Cookies: A Healthy Protein- Rich Cookie

For busy professionals or stay-at-home moms alike, time is a premium factor in food choice. Yes, healthy food can be prepared fast, and there are certainly healthy choices you can just “grab and go” before and after the gym.

But sometimes you just want something a little more. Whether it’s when you’re relaxing on the couch after a long day and virtuous workout or buzzing between errands, it’d be nice to have a sweet treat without going off the deep end.

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That’s where workout cookies come in. These things rock and they’re infinitely customizable. If you’re already scoffing at the notion of a “workout” cookie, hold on a second- no one’s saying that you have to eat them before or after the gym.

Think of the “workout cookie” title as being representative of your healthy lifestyle as a whole; you eat well and go to the gym, and the ingredient list for workout cookies reflect that you care about what goes into your body.

These sweet treats contain wholesome ingredients like applesauce, whole-wheat flour, flax seed, and dried fruit, finished with a decadent dark chocolate drizzle.

Kudos to the author at Sweet Hersey Living, because these are beyond incredible, and we’ve had a great time customizing our cookies with different fruit combos- mixed berry drizzled with white chocolate is equally good, and dark chocolate with raisin tastes like a handful of Raisinets- absolutely delicious, with added protein from the peanut butter and trusty protein powder.

Pre/Post Workout Protein Cookies
Author: Sweet Hersey Living
Serves: 22
Ingredients

  • ½ c. applesauce
  • ¼ c. honey
  • ½ c. peanut butter
  • ¼ c. water
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ c. whole wheat flour
  • 4 scoops BSN- vanilla protein powder
  • ½ c. old fashioned oats
  • ½ c. dried fruit such as cranberries, or raisins
  • 3 c. high fiber cereal
  • ¼ c. ground flax seed
  • 4 oz. dark chocolate, melted (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl stir together applesauce, honey, peanut butter, water, vanilla, egg, protein powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and flour.
  3. Toss in the oats, fruit, cereal, and flax seed.
  4. Drop onto a greased cookie sheet in ¼ scoops.
  5. Bake 11-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Drizzle with melted chocolate if desired.
  7. Enjoy!

How Astronaut and Military Food is Made

Life can be very tough for individuals such as astronauts, soldiers, and pilots working and living in extreme environments.  Due to the extreme conditions in space, cooking is can be out of the question. This is why many food scientists are working to create and optimize food for such individuals, so they can keep themselves healthy and energetic.

Scientists state that the food needs to contain all essential nutrients, should be lightweight, and most importantly stable for years depending on the time and location of the mission. The ‘survival takeout’ should be easy to store and transport.

Astronaut food
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An example of such meal is the prepackaged Meal Ready to Eat (MRE), which contains 1,300 calories and weighs approximately 1.5 pounds. It is also shelf stable for three years. The National Air and Space Program (NASA) has taken the challenge and has started to create a viable food program by 2030 that will be able to feed a six people team of astronauts for more than three years in space.

(NASA) says that there is a dire need to provide nutrition to astronauts for their special flight and space requirements. Other than food, the astronauts would also need to hydrate themselves, which is why beverages are to be optimized to withstand high pressures and to remain stable for long years.

These prepackaged food items should be able to support half a dozen astronauts on another planet for approximately 1,095 days. For any space trip of this duration, the astronauts will require 12,023 kilograms of food. NASA and various food scientist organizations are also working on making these prepackaged foods delicious, so the astronauts do not complain about the taste.

 

Till then, a solution comes in the form of meal replacements that are rich in protein, vitamins, and nutrients that have a long shelf life and are easy to transport. Choosing a protein rich meal replacement might be a good decision to help the astronauts going for a mission on Mars and for individuals working in extreme environments.

June Slim-Down Challenge: Day 30 – June 30, 2014

You did it!!! The last day of our June Slim-Down Challenge has arrived!! Even though it is the last day of the challenge, it’s still a Monday, and that means “Meal Replacement Monday”!

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We are sure you know the drill by now, but here is the recap. Choose one meal from your day and replace it with a meal replacement shake or bar. This will make sure you get the protein and good carbohydrates your body needs, while avoiding all the excess other less healthy foods may have. As with our other “meal replacement Monday” we will also be getting some exercise in to make sure to take full advantage of that healthier meal! For our final day, we have upped the walk/jog from 25 to 30 minutes. Give it that last push! All you have to do is complete today’s challenge and you will have successfully completed our Slim-Down Challenge!

Congratulations!! If you want to download the challenge calendar to review what you have accomplished, you can click here>>>Nashua Nutrition June Slim-Down Challenge

June Slim-Down Challenge: Day 29 – June 29, 2014

It’s our last Sunday and that means it is our last “Prep Day”!

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Just because our Slim-Down Challenge ends tomorrow, that doesn’t mean you should go back to old eating habits! Prepare meals for the whole week just like you have been doing all month. Keep this habit up! It is one of the best health tips out there! Check out our store to look for great healthy snack and easy meals. Don’t forget to get your weekly healthy food shopping in today! As long as you have healthy alternatives available, you will be far less likely to fail! Only one day left!

Download the calendar>>>Nashua Nutrition June Slim-Down Challenge

June Slim-Down Challenge: Day 16 – June 16, 2014

Guess what today is? That’s right! It’s “Meal Replacement Monday“!

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As you probably know by now, meal replacement shakes and bars are a great and tasty way to get the nutrition you need. It helps cut back unnecessary calories and other unwanted things, like fats and sugars. As with previous Monday’s, we will be substituting one of our meals with a meal replacement shake or bar. On top of that, we will be upping our Monday walk/jog from 15 to 20 minutes. That means a healthier meal and 20 minutes of quality exercise. The perfect combo to burn some fat! You can do it!

Download the calendar>>>Nashua Nutrition June Slim-Down Challenge 

HealthSmart Foods Diet: Lose Weight, Easy, No Forbidden Snacks

This plan (it shouldn’t even be called a “diet”!) encourages you to eat your favorite foods every day to safely lose weight, even if you have diabetes.

Now imagine that: A “diet” in which you not only eat your favorite foods every day, but you can actually eat your most beloved foods at every meal or snack! This is the HealthSmart Foods approach.

One of the reasons sticking to a “diet” and permanently losing weight is so difficult, is because most diet plans have restrictions and rules that are impossible to sustain. This includes heavy constraints on eating your favorite items.

Let’s face it: Eating is one of life’s greatest pleasures, and it’s maddeningly unfair that this pleasure must be traded in for permanent weight loss and a healthier body.

Now, you no longer need to suffer through the agony of yet another “diet to try” that leaves you frequently hungry and missing your favorite foods. Welcome the HealthSmart Foods plan from Nashuanutrition.com. This approach can help anybody stick to a healthier, satisfying way of eating that will naturally lead to safe, permanent weight loss.

How is this possible? By being able to eat your favorite foods and treats throughout the day instead of, for example, suffering with that once-a-week “cheat day” thing that leaves you feeling deprived the remaining six days.

The smart plan provides all the foods to satisfy the biggest sweet tooth, every kind of delectable sinful type of snack and dessert item, plus breakfast meals (including cereals and pancakes), meal replacements, pasta dishes, soups, entrees…you name it, it’s there.

The flavor varieties are unbelievable, such as a peanut butter and jelly protein bar, iced oatmeal raisin cookies, cinnamon hot chocolate and chocolate chip pudding! Mmmm!

These foods are designed so that their carbohydrates absorb slowly into your system, so that you’re satiated without having to eat a lot; have high energy throughout the day; and have good blood sugar control for overall health. Nashua Nutrition’s food choices are also filled with all the protein, vitamins, minerals and fiber that you need.

Whether you want to get healthy or your No. 1 focus is to lose a large amount of weight—safely and permanently— HealthSmart Foods is the way to go.

Weight Loss Post-Bariatric Surgery: Meal Replacement Benefits

Benefits of the Meal Replacement:

  • Enables the frequent traveler to get adequate nutrients
  • Enables the busy person who’s short on time to get sufficient nourishment
  • Provides delicious, satisfying meals that are easy and fast to prepare
  • Eliminates the need to worry about and keep track of features such as calories, grams of fats and carbohydrates, protein content, etc. You’ll know exactly what you’re getting in the meal.
  • Can be taken just about anywhere without spoiling
  • Comes in a variety of flavors; there’s something for everybody.
  • Can masquerade as a “sinful” indulgence yet supplies a generous amount of vitamins, minerals and protein while being low in calories and fat.
  • Provides the nutrients that bariatric patients in particular need, due to their new stomach’s smaller capacity to hold food.

Many bariatric surgery patients have to “relearn” how to eat in a healthful way. Meal replacements will help expedite this process, yielding a sense of more control over food.

Sweet or “sinful” meals don’t have to be off-limits to the post-bariatric surgical patient. He or she can still satisfy their sweet tooth with products such as the HealthSmart Meal Replacement Chocolate Shake.

At only 220 calories, this rich creamy shake provides four grams of fiber, 35 grams of high quality protein and plenty of vitamins and minerals, with only 18 grams of carbohydrate.

If your mouth is already watering, it gets even better, because there’s now available a meal replacement that’s specifically formulated for bariatric surgery patients (gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, lap band, VGG, BPD and DS).

Bariatric Fusion has great meal replacements - nashua nutritionThis innovative product is called Bariatric Fusion, and it’s based upon the expertise of very experienced bariatric specialists—plus the raving feedback of over 3,000 bariatric patients.

Patients have given Bariatric Fusion a big thumbs up for affordability, convenience, taste, texture and consistency. And if you don’t care for chocolate, vanilla or strawberry, no problem: Bariatric Fusion comes also in orange cream, cinnamon bun, cappuccino and mint chocolate flavors.

For coffee lovers, get your daily energy and protein all in one with Chike Protein Iced Coffee. This delicious beverage (20 grams of protein) will also give your workouts a big spark.

It contains real espresso coffee, whey protein isolate (the purest form of protein) and many essential nutrients—plus rich flavor. This product will curb cravings while helping you build lean muscle—crucial for increased fat-burning. You won’t want to go back to plain ‘ol regular coffee ever again.

And there’s also Bariatric Advantage High Protein meal replacement—coming in at only 140 grams of protein per serving, and includes iced latte and unflavored. This last product is also lactose-free and has a generous five grams of fiber.

Bariatric surgery doesn’t mean you must eat boring meals for the rest of your life. With delicious and nutrient-packed products such as these, you can actually look forward to meals that save time and make you feel energized.

Holiday Feasting Post Bariatric Surgery with Bariatric Fusion

bariatric fusion meal replacementsThe holiday season is often synonymous with food, which can make it an especially challenging time for those who have had bariatric surgery and are required to follow a strict post-op diet. Post bariatric patients also require less food and smaller meals in order to maintain success; however, this also makes them more susceptible to malnutrition as they often cannot meet the body’s nutrition needs through diet alone.

While sampling some of the delicious tastes of the season is fine, more than that can quickly cause the pounds to add up and often don’t contain the vital nutrients required to aid the body in running smoothly and efficiently.

To sustain your health over the holiday season and beyond, products like Bariatric Fusion can be the key factor for success. This product line was specifically designed and formulated for weight loss surgery patients by medical professionals in order to provide the key vitamins and nutrients necessary for those who have undergone the procedure.

Bariatric Fusion Meal Replacement is a great way to get the protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals needed to achieve or maintain optimal health as well as normal body weight. Meal replacements can be an important tool in your arsenal of weapons to fight stubborn pounds that can often creep up during the holidays.

For those that have recently undergone surgery, using these delicious beverages that are available in a variety of fabulous flavors like mint-chocolate ice cream, orange cream, strawberry shortcake and French vanilla can help teach you how to eat less – an essential habit for maintaining weight loss for life. As you’ll be getting the nutrients your body needs, they can also help keep your blood sugar levels balanced and even boost energy levels.

Bariatric Fusion Multivitamins can help ensure that you are receiving the key micronutrients that are thought to be vital for weight-loss surgery patients. The formula is all-inclusive, utilizing the most biologically available vitamins and minerals to maximize absorption.

What better way to enjoy the holidays and the New Year than with compliments on your beautiful and healthy new body?