Chocolate Overnight Oats |Weight Watchers Friendly, High Protien

Chocolate Overnight Oats

The other day I accidentally made a creation that is certainly going to become a staple in my breakfast routine.  I’ve seen overnight oats on blogs and Instagram photos a ton lately, and they always look so pretty and sound so good.  I was feeling inspired and decided to try my own twist on it.  I went over to Trader Joe’s and found rolled oats at a reasonable price (I’ll be honest, I don’t even know if rolled oats are the  “proper” oats to use) and the adventure began.

Many recipes called for using almond milk and many have things in it that, while healthy, makes the Smart Points values add up quickly.  Since I wanted more protein, I oped to try mixing them in with my fat free Greek yogurt (2 Smart Points) instead.  I used 1/4 C, mixed it up, and let it sit. It turned out to be quite thick, but to the point of dry and not all that awesome.  Back to the drawing board.

Thursday night I had a thought..because you know, I’m always thinking about food and random inspiration can strike at any time..  What if I used almond milk but put my Quest protein powder in it first??  Genius!  Guess what? It worked!  I ended up with the richest, chocolatey-est, dessert-esqe breakfast that only cost me 6 Smart points.  While it might not be the prettiest looking thing, I don’t care, because to me, it tastes awesome.

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Quest Bar Faceoff


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**Please Note: this post is about WW POINTS PLUS, and NOT the new Smart Points, which is what most Weight Watchers are using now. Smart Points post coming soon**

When I started getting really serious about my weight loss and fitness I went on a nutritional mission to get a lot more protein in my diet.  I knew that it would be good for keeping me fuller longer, and it would help out my muscles in the gym, especially since I have CMT and need all the help I can get.  As I looked at protein bar after protein bar I discovered that they all seemed to be geared toward body builder types who required calories with the protein.  On average, the bars I found would range anywhere from 7-10 Points Plus or more!!  For a woman trying to eat a mere 26 Points Plus a day, I thought finding a protein bar that was right for me was impossible.

Then I found Quest Bars! ūüôā


 

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Bulu Box: October 2013

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Here’s this month’s Bulu Box. ¬†This is my second one and I am pleased with this one as well. ¬†Let’s see what’s inside, shall we?

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Simple Being Slimming Smoothie

This smoothie came in a conveniently portioned pack , so there was no measuring involved. ¬†The protein kick in this baby is awesome at 26 grams in one serving. ¬†With only 1 g of carbohydrates, the Points Plus value of my chocolate smoothie mix is only 2! ¬†That’s the same amount as the Weight Watchers smoothies, but with over twice as much protein in it. ¬†As usual, I prepared this smoothie with about a cup of frozen strawberries and a cup of water. ¬†The result is a chocolate covered strawberry smoothie packed with hunger fighting protein, making this an amazing snack that will, as the name says, slim you (or help keep you that way. ¬†There are two flavors available (chocolate truffle and vanilla bean) and you can get it in a 2 lb tub.

Full Size: $49.99 (on sale from $59.99) for 28 servings

Sample Size: 1 Serving

Sample Value: $1.78

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Natural Vitality Calm Anti-Stress Drink

This anti-stress drink is also known as a magnesium supplement, containing 235 mg per 15 teaspoons. ¬†There was also an informational brochure in the Bulu Box talking about how magnesium balances the amount of calcium in your body, and it explains why this balance is important. ¬†Basically, an abundance of calcium (aka magnesium depletion) in the body can cause many things: stress, low energy, muscle tension, spasms, and cramps, irritability, difficultly sleeping, and more serious things like calcification of organs. ¬†Seeing how 1/2 of the symptoms on that list pretty much described my life right now (click here for my most resent random breakdown) and knowing that I take a calcium and vitamin D supplement daily, I consulted my mom (who is a nurse and I consult with everything. ¬†She basically told me I don’t really have to worry about getting a magnesium supplement becuase too much magnesium in the body can cause sluggish muscles (hence the relaxing), and having Muscular Dystrophy (read more about that here) sluggish muscles are not something I want to encourage. ¬†I tried this drink yesterday late afternoon after I knew I was done with anything important for the day, and I didn’t notice anything terribly calming other than the fact there was no emotional break down last night. ¬†Now, that is an improvement, but I’m going to go with the hope that i have a enough¬†control over my emotions that I don’t need a drink to keep myself in an emotionally sane state (the occasional (once or twice a week, usually)¬†alcoholic beverage in the evening to wind down with Erik is of course exempt from that statement). ¬†This product comes in a variety of flavors and is available in tubs (8 oz or 16 oz) or in a set of 30 packets.

Full Size Product: $16.99 for 30 packets

Sample Size: 1 packet

Sample Value: $0.57

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Pocket Protein: Women’s Formula

You know those fruit puree pouches that little kids (or their parents) are carrying around all the time lately? ¬†This instantly reminded me of that. ¬†This gel is made with high grade, lactose free whey protein and has¬†no sugar, carbs, or lactose in it. ¬†Bonus: This 2oz pouch is only 1 Point Plus!!¬†I’m digging these stats for sure! ¬†I literally just consumed this in an effort to power up my workout which I will do as soon as I get this baby posted. ¬†It was a little weird at first, but it’s not at all bad tasting. ¬†Having it take less than 30 seconds to get a strong protein boost is worth it. ¬†I hope it fuels me up. ¬†You can buy these in 5 day, 15 day, and 30 day supplies, with the expectation being 2 packets per day.

Full Size Product: $26.99 for 5 day supply (10 pouches)

Sample Size: 1 pouch

Sample Value: $2.70

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Life Equals: Focus and Energy

This vitamin dishes out a dose of B vitamins, amino acids and natural caffeine to help keep you energized and focused without the crash that comes with other energy supplements. ¬†What I’m imagining here is a B-complex vitamin with a few added perks. ¬†I’m trying to remember how I felt after taking these. ¬†I think I’d need a few days to truly test it out to see if I notice an energy difference. ¬†The concept behind it is great though,

Full Size Product: $29.99 for 60 capsules

Sample Size: 2 capsules

Sample Value: $1

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Burn 360

Claiming to be an advanced fat burner and detoxifier, this supplement had raspberry keytones (hot product right now) and acai in it to help boost metabolism, curb cravings, and boost your antioxidants. ¬†I’ve seen mixed reviews on this product, and only took one of the two so far and was not able to detect a noticeable difference. ¬†Again, probably more noticeable after a few days (come on, Bulu Box, bring back the awesome sample size like last month, were we got a week’s worth to try!!).

Full Size Product: $34.95 for 72 capsules

Sample Size: 2 capsules

Sample Value: $0.97

They also threw in a $25 gift card to livewell360.com, which sells high end gym bags. ¬†Sadly, this is not something I will use because the starting price on these babies are $167, and it goes up from there, so even the $25 gift isn’t going to make me get one of those. ¬†Good try, but I’ll stick to my gym bag from Kohls

Total Box Value: $7.02 (without the $25 gift card, of course).

 

You’re a little shy of the $10 this month Bulu Box, but nonetheless, the products have proved to be worth a try. ¬†I still am living this box as much as my first one last month, and continue to be impressed with the products they are introducing me to.

Bulu Box is a monthly subscription service that costs $10 a month and allows you to try 4-5 samples of top of the line health and fitness supplements. ¬†There are two types of boxes you can subscribe to: a regular one and a weight loss one. I am subscribed to the weight loss one. ¬†Check out Bulu Box here and sign up for this great service delivering things to help you reach your health and fitness goals to your door every month ūüôā