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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Quest Protein Chips Review

When it comes to new health food products, I'm a bit of a skeptic. I tend to raise my eyebrow, and wonder, "what's the catch?"

The possibilities of how I will have been duped take over my mind -- "It must taste awful." "OK, it's high in protein, but watch, it'll have loads of fat, carbs or whatever." "Oh wait, I know, it's full of sugar." "Yup, that's it. Gotcha!"

Enter Quest Protein Chips.

I first saw them on the Today Show with a bunch of other new fitness products on the market, about eight months ago. I made a mental note to try them -- but of course no rush, because you know, there's inevitably something going to be wrong with them.

Well, I finally got around to trying them this week. And only because they were right front of me on a display case situated next to the kids club at my gym. And because I drop my kids off there so I can go workout, I was going to bump right into them. (Good marketing there. Target those parents -- because what mom or dad doesn't want to reach for a bag of chips while dealing with the stresses of parenthood? Right?)

To my surprise, they weren't bad. I got the BBQ flavored, but there were also sour cream & onion, sea salt, cheddar & sour cream, and salt & vinegar. Each bag is 120 calories, has 5 grams of carbs and 21 grams of protein. Can you believe that? Let me repeat. 5 grams of carbs, and 21 grams of protein.


I will say, they aren't delicious. But they aren't bad either. They're kind of tasty if you stop thinking about what real potato chips taste like. They are definitely a better alternative to a regular bag of chips that has zero protein and 20-30 grams of carbs.

The one downside is the cost. For a small bag, they were $2.99. That's not a price I will pay very often. But if I'm feeling a craving for salty chips that won't destroy my diet, I certainly will hand over three bucks.

Overall impression: thumbs up. Good job Quest. Good job.

If you'd like to check out my video version of this review, click below. Go ahead and be entertained by my not-so-good-but-who-cares dance moves.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Low Carb, Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Finally. It's here.

Guilt-free pizza.

That's right. No more avoiding pizza, or limiting yourself to that tiny sliver of a piece that's only a tease anyway -- just to leave you feeling as guilty afterwards as if you'd eaten a whole pie.

Say good-bye to those days.

You may be asking, "how is this even possible?"

Cauliflower. Yes, my friends, cauliflower. The pizza crust is made from a blend of cauliflower that's been thrown through a food processor, combined with eggs and seasoning -- and that's it. Mind blown yet?

Now, you might be a little hesitant. I get it. I was too -- that is until I ate a slice of that deliciousness and my life was changed forever. Yup. Changed. Forever.

Check it out!


2 cups cauliflower
2 eggs
1 tsp-1 tbsp olive oil
seasonings of choice (Italian seasoning, garlic, salt, etc.)
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese

(Use any you like, of course, but here are some of my favorites)
pizza sauce
mozzarella cheese
green peppers
kale or spinach
tomato slices

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

For crust, cut 1/2 a head of a small cauliflower into small pieces, then run through a food processor until it becomes the consistency of grits. To remove excess water, place cauliflower into a cheesecloth or a towel and ring out the water. Measure out two cups of cauliflower and add to a bowl. Add eggs, olive oil, seasonings and cheese. Mix with fork or hands until all ingredients are mixed well.

You'll have enough "dough" for one large pizza or two small individual pizzas. Form dough into a ball and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Press the ball down until you form a circle. Continue pressing it out until you get your desired thinness of the crust.

Place in oven for 20 minutes.

Now, it's time to have fun. Add any and all toppings you like. Place back into the oven for about 10 minutes, long enough for the cheese to melt.


Check out my video tutorial below! Be sure to click that subscribe button on my YouTube channel for more!