SweatCor Review – Quest Bars

Quest-BarsWe have been hearing a lot about Quest Bars. Their mission is to revolutionize food and make healthy eating fun. They were created with the simple idea: healthy food should taste amazing with zero compromises. So we decided to send them an email and let them know we wanted to do a review on their products.

Boy, were they generous…they sent us an incredible selection of  bars, chips and noodles. We have enjoyed trying these products this week and excited to give you our review of one of the bars: Double Chocolate Chunk. They have a lot of flavors but we know everyone wants to know about the chocolate ones!

QuestBar Double Chocolate Chunk 
Serving size: 1 Bar
Serving per container: 1

Ingredients list:
12 ingredients (no gluten containing ingredients)
We didn’t find any products that were harmful unless you are allergic to whey, diary or tree nuts. We also understood most of the ingredients but I have listed a few that you might not be familiar with:

Protein Blend (Whey and Milk Protein Isolate) – Good source of protein but don’t eat if allergic to whey or diary!
Isomalto-Oligosaccharides (Proviotic Fiber) – IMO is the appreviation. This is a good source of fiber and also is a sweetener. It could cause gastric upset if you consume too much. Read more about it HERE!
Erythritol – A sugar alcohol – no calories but can cause bloating

Health Benefits:
These bars are a great source of fiber!  16g in the bar…remember the DAILY35; women need 35g of fiber a day. Men need 40g a day.

Low in sugar! Only 1g! This bar is packed with protein. You get 20g. This would be great after a hard workout.  This bar is only 160 calories! I found that it really fills you up with all the fiber and protein and you stay full longer.

Some things to be aware of:
The bar has 250mg of sodium. This is high for a nutrition bar. Other healthy protein bars on the market are between 50mg and 190mg. This is higher but not too high. Remember we need 1,500mg a day and no higher than 2,300mg (1 tsp) of sodium each day.

The bar is higher than 20% fat. 20% fat would be 32 calories from fat. This bar has 50 calories from fat. So it is about 30% fat.

Taste Test:
The Double Chocolate Chunk bar was delicious. It reminds me of eating chocolate cookie dough with a smooth chocolate filling in the middle. The texture is a little gritty like cookie dough but is chewier. I loved the flavor and it didn’t have an after taste! We heard that putting it in the microwave for 5 seconds made it really good. So we tried it…it was even better. Quest Nutrition even sent recipes you can make with the bars that sound delicious!  You can find these recipes and buy the bars at www.questnutrition.com

We would highly recommend the bars. We will be buying these bars more often around our house.

Box of 12 = $25 (on the internet…shop around)
Individual bar = $2.50 to $3.00

The SweatCor Rating?
Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 8.35.56 AMWe loved these bars and the only reason we couldn’t give a 5 drop rating was due to the sodium and fat issues, but this won’t be an issue for some of you. If you are one who is working out consistently, the sodium will work its way through your system and you’ll burn the fat off. But if you are looking at this as a “diet bar” you will want to limit these. Everything must be done in moderation…(this is true of all things!)

Quest Nutrition has other products as well that are delicious and can help you meet your fitness goals. Check all of them out on their website!

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Back to Routine

back-to-schoolWell, here we go again…every child’s nightmare and many a parent’s dream; it’s time to head back to school. I just dropped of our youngest for his first day of high school. The new year has officially begun. It’s a bittersweet time of year for everyone. The kids are a little older, the house gets a little quieter, and the schedule gets a bit more predictable. If there is one thing I look forward to with the new school year it is getting back into a routine. Now, I know some of you struggle with days that always look the same, but you should love it. Why?

1. A routine makes planning easier. If you truly believe that “if you fail to plan then you plan to fail” then the regularity of a schedule becomes your friend. In seasons of ever changing life it is hard to plan well. Knowing what many of your days will look like helps you prepare better for things like meals, daily exercise and even rest.

2. Getting on a schedule can lower your stress. Living day to day, unsure of what is next can increase the amount of stress you feel. Stress is an enemy to healthy living so reducing stress will always help you be healthier.

3. Hitting a time where life is predictable is a great time to reboot your healthy living focus. After having days, weeks, or months of a crazy schedule, routine provides you a natural place to reboot and refocus on your healthy living priorities. If you haven’t given your health the attention it needs, this is the time to do it.

One thing you must do first is this…give yourself grace. It doesn’t matter where you’ve been or the choices you’ve made in the past. Get in a new routine and focus on what lies ahead. Sometimes you do a great job reminding yourself just how many mistakes you’ve made, especially when you’ve tried to be healthy before. Let all of that go and focus on this new season.

Paul tells us in Philippians 3, “I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead…” He reminds us that it is important to focus on what is most important, forget what has happened and choose to look forward to what’s ahead.

The back to school season is here. It also means back to routine, back to focusing on your health, back to moving forward and focusing on what lies ahead. Embrace the routine and get excited about the predictable road in front of you.

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- Mark Cornelison
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Getting Salty

Salt-part-3I have been asked several times over the past few weeks about the consumption of salt. We all need sodium. It is an important mineral in our body. Sodium and Potassium work together in the body to maintain a normal water balance. They chemically attract water where each draws the sufficient amount to maintain the optimal amount of water in and out of cells. It is called the Fluid Balance System and it is important for all life balance to take place. Too much or too little of these minerals is not good. So how much do we need? How much sodium is in the foods I consume? 

The Daily Recommend Intake(DRI) of sodium per day is 2,300mg. That is only 1 teaspoon of salt. This is the maximum number you should be consuming. 

19-50 year olds   1,500mg
51-70 years old   1,300mg
71+ years old      1,200 mg

If we consume more sodium than recommended it may damage the lining of blood vessels that may increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.  Fluid retention, swelling of the limbs and shortness of breath are also symptoms of too much sodium in our bodies.

As I began to look at how much sodium was in the foods I was eating I was amazed at how much I was consuming each day. The best way to get started is by going to your pantry or fridge and look at the food labels. Sodium is right there on the label. Don’t forget to look at the serving size and serving per container to get the accurate amount of sodium in each serving. Canned foods, processed foods and condiments will surprise at how much is in each serving. It does not take much to consume 1,500mg.

This can be a little overwhelming as you think about how you can consume less sodium each day. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

1. Buy less canned foods, processed, and packaged foods. Fresh vegetables and fruits are best. The next best thing is frozen veggies, fruits and legumes. If you have to buy canned then look for the “no salt added”. Remember you can always add a little salt as you cook but you can’t take the salt out.

2. Buy a reduced salt or no salt substitute. We love “Lo Salt”.

3. Avoid adding salt to your food when you seat down to eat. Taste it first. Add more pepper or spices that are no salt or low in salt.

4. Eat less of those snacks that consume a lot of salt like chips, crackers, pretzels and salted nuts. Grab fresh fruit instead!

5. Eat out less. We don’t know how much salt the chef adds to the foods. Avoid fast food restaurants.

6. Exercise! This is a great way to keep your heart healthy! When you exercise your body excretes salt from your sweat.  If you exercise a lot your body will need more salt.

We need sodium in our diets but most of us consume way too much! Most of us don’t even know how much sodium we consume each day.  Become aware today of how much you consume and start limiting those foods that are high in sodium.

Remember this journey is a marathon not a sprint…it is all about making one good choice at a time!

- Cathy Cornelison
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