Mar 15, 2018

Getting Personal: Life Update and a New Blog Direction

I haven't blogged in a while, hello again!

Typical Girl

Still just me, being my normal self... I've decided to make the blog more personal, because food is great, but life is much more fun. So, in the spirit of that, let's start with some grand scale life updates.

I had a cat. I no longer have a cat.

I lived on the Upper West Side for half a minute (or almost a year, same thing though) with three roommates. I will soon no longer live on the UWS, nor will I have three roommates. 

New York Girl

I am seriously always moving, guys, it's a problem - but calm yourselves, it will still be Manhattan - my little immigrant heart has taken to NYC and it's as much home as anywhere ever has been or ever could be.

Helmut Lang Leather Skirt

After all, where will I find such a high concentration of fellow bloggers and awesome women who simultaneously love fashion as much as I do, and are totally killing it in the aggressive professional tracks they/we pursue?

I almost went to San Francisco (first time ever!) for a company holiday party. I did a CVS Health photoshoot in Rhode Island instead, but now I'm going to SF in a month for a week-long co-working thing. I believe I'll be not only co-working, but also co-habitating with my co-workers. Phew, that's a lot of 'co'-ing! Luckily, they're awesome people.

I received some promotions at work and it's made my super busy. Somehow I ended up doing sales?? I also talk on the phone a lot now, which is the stuff of little me's nightmares. I'm not sure how that happened, but HALP, guys.

Mar 12, 2018

Review: No Cow

If you're at all into fitness and you've been anywhere near Instagram, you've seen the craze about Quest bars. Low carb, low sugar, high protein and high fiber, they're great - unfortunately, they're not vegan-friendly. If you're plantbased, or just trying to go dairy free, then they're just not an option, since they lean heavily on whey protein.


Luckily, there's a bar with as impressive stats as Quest bars and a much more natural (and plantbased) ingredients list!

No Cow Bar Review

No Cow bars started as D's Naturals quite some time ago, but have since expanded and reformulated their bars. While I enjoyed the original No Cow bars occasionally (and I really liked their nutritional stats and virtuous ingredients lists) they were a bit dry/crumbly tasting sometimes. The flavors were delicious, though, the textures could just use some work.

The new formula has taken care of that!

No Cow Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bar Review

These bars are moist, flavorful, sweet (but naturally sweetened and still incredibly low in sugar), and while they're higher calorie than the original bars and now some of them contain palm oil, they're not more than comparative sized protein bars, both vegan and not.

Feb 9, 2018

Review: Quest Protein Cookies

I have such a sweet tooth. I can completely do without pizza, chips, fries, or other greasy junk food. Sweets, however? Much harder - especially chocolate and soft, chewy cookies! 

In general, I try to live a pretty healthy lifestyle. I'm fairly active, I do some sort of exercise most days of the week, I go to bed at a reasonable hour most nights, I drink a lot of water (and tea - I'm halfrican), and I eat a colorful diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, and whole grains. I'm a firm believer that mental health and happiness is as important as physical health and fitness, so I allow myself daily sweet indulgences. Still, it would be nice if those sweet indulgences could be more than just empty calories! 

Enter protein cookies from Quest, the original creators of the cheat clean bar that tastes like a candy bar, but is low sugar, high protein, and high fiber. Would the cookies live up to my high expectations?

Quest Protein Cookie Review

They come in four flavors and I hope that, like their bars, Quest will regularly add new flavors of the cookies. They're big, approximately palm sized, and nicely thick. 

Quest Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

In addition to a lot of protein and fiber, the 240-250 calorie cookies each have only around 1-3g of sugar. That's less than a teaspoon of sugar! 

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