Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Shopping for Clean Eats

A few weeks ago I paid a visit to the new Low Carb Canada store that just opened up in Calgary.  Despite being in an obscure and somewhat hard to access location in the Northeast part of the city, it was well worth the trip.  I picked up a few cases of Quest Bars, some PB2, and a jar of Truvia.  These are all clean products that are impossible to find in regular stores.



Quest Bars


These are a gluten-free, all natural protein bar with no artificial sweeteners.  For around 170-210 calories, they offer 20 grams of protein, less than 2 grams of sugar (!!!!) and over 17 grams of fiber.


 

I bought 3 flavors: Peanut Butter and Jelly, Chocolate Brownie and Coconut Cashew.  The PB&J and Chocolate Brownie flavors are really good, but the Coconut Cashew is not my favorite.  Oh well, 2 out of 3 isn’t bad!  I also bought a single of the Chocolate Peanut Butter flavor and it tasted pretty good too. 



Oh, and because of the fiber content, probably don’t eat more than one of these per day!  

It’s obviously better to eat whole foods like lean meats, fruit and vegetables, but these bars are great for when you’re on the go and in a pinch.

 

PB2


I have been reading about this stuff incessantly on health and fitness blogs for what seems like ages.  I really wanted to try it, but never got around to ordering it online.  When I came across it at this store, I promptly dropped two jars into my basket: regular and chocolate flavor. 



Basically, it’s peanut butter powder, PB taste without the fat and calories.  It’s great in smoothies and if you mix it with a tablespoon of water, it becomes a non-fat peanut buttery dip, perfect for dipping apples!  It’s pretty delicious if you ask me.  It’s 45 calories for 2 TBSP, which is double what you need to get that intense PB flavor in a smoothie.



Truvia


A crystallized version of Stevia.  Works great for baking, as I find that the powdery stuff clumps up and ruins the taste of baked goods.  The conversion is 2 tsp of regular sugar to ¾ tsp of Truvia (a little goes a long way).  



Low Carb Canada is also the Canadian distributor for About Time Whey (I talked about it a post here).  About Time is a clean protein powder that has no artificial sweeteners.  It’s my favorite protein and the only one I’ve been able to find that’s truly clean and available in Canadian stores – try the Peanut Butter flavor!

Thanks for stopping by!

NOTE:  I have no affiliation with any of the companies mentioned in this post and have not received any discounts or freebies from them whatsoever.  I just happen to really like the products and thought you might too.

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    1. Me too (YEG is my hometown and I'm there a lot). The LCC online store is pretty good too, it ships from Toronto so there's no customs or duties.

      PS - You are my new blogger crush! Love your blog so much!

      xx AG

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