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Posted Jul 29 2009 11:27pm

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Farmer’s Market fresh whole wheat roll, fresh FM greens, Fox Hill jalapeno gouda cheese, schmear of Hellman’s EVOO mayo, leftover roasted chicken breast.  Seriously awesome:

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Best Bowl o’ Oats in a long time on the patio taking advantage of what little sunshine and/or non-rainy weather we can get:

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  • 1/3c rolled oats
  • 1/2c unsweetened vanilla almond breeze, 1/2c water
  • 1/2 medium banana
  • 1 tbsp sprouted chia
  • splash of vanilla, dash(es) of cinnamon, pinch of sea salt
  • Toppings: 1 tbsp chocolate PB2, tbsp cashew/almond butter, 1/2tbsp artisana   cocoa bliss, mini dark chocolate chips, sprinkle of unsweetened coconut

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It was nutritious and calories dense and perfect brunch food that kept me going for HOURS.

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I have the last of the Vega packets I wanted to sample and I had hoped that it being chocolate that at maybe it would be the “secret Vega weapon” that would knock my socks off and especially since the other products I tried I didn’t like at all, the vibrance bar that was “okay” but not getting again and the sports drink which was only “drinkable ” and not “must dump out.”

Unfortunately this chocolate flavoured health optimizer was also a flop.  In an effort to give it the benefit of the doubt, I did blend it up with several other things to make it a complete staying power breakfast, so maybe it was the combination of things that was intolerable?  Probably not.  I have these other ingredients all of the time in my smoothies and am always pleased.   I blended it up with 1/2 frozen banana, frozen strawberries, sprouted chia, unsweetened vanilla almond breeze, 3c baby spinach.

I drank about 1/4 of it and dumped it.  Sorry Vega.  I’m not a fan.

So far the best protein powder that I have tried has been Ultimate Protein and I love both the tropical vanilla and chocolate.  They have no chalky taste to them at all and I definitely give them a thumbs up!  They are great stand alone with milk or to add to your smoothies.  While I don’t rely heavily on protein powders, I do like to add them in once and a while and especially if I’m doing well in the exercise department which lately I’ve been getting my booty kicked!

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