Ten bar challenge-Raising the bar.

So I’ve been working on changing my habits/lifestyle, especially my nutrition. I try to eat six small meals a day. As a diabetic, I’ve been slacking on my diabetes hardcore and it caught up to me. So far, I’ve been doing well for two weeks with the changes I’ve made. I’m quite excited to say I’ve gotten my sugars down and doing better!

In this adventure, I’ve been decided to give a go to protein bars, as they are a good way for me to have a midday snack/lunch if needs be when I don’t have the energy/spoons to make myself a actual meal. So I got a good variety. Some of which I already have had and enjoyed. (but in different flavors) I’m going to rate them in a 1-5 star system. 1 being the worst, 5 being the best. So let’s kick this adventure off!

I got a few bars from the supermarket. Today was day one of my bar adventure.

Day one: 22 Days Nutrition  in Almond Butter chocolate chip.

Description. They say they are “non-GMO, plant-based, gluten free, soy free” they say they are also organic.

Ingredients listed: Organic brown rice protein concentrate, organic tapioca syrup, organic almonds, organic agave inulin syrup, organic dates,organic semisweet chocolate, organic cocoa butter, organic vanilla extract, organic flaxseed.

✮✮✮ 3/5 stars.

I like the size and shape. It was a good size. It definitely filled me for lunchtime.

The flavor however, ehh. It has a strange aftertaste that I’m not a fan of. I usually associate that flavor with niacin. Something I’m sensitive to. I’m pretty sure it’s the protein concentrate. It’s not as bad as whey protein, but still gets to me. I’m also not a fan of dates. So that could be it as well. I wish it tasted more like almonds and chocolate, but it’s a bit too subtle for my tastes.

Maybe at some point I’ll try a different flavor. But so far, this one hasn’t won me over.

Roasted Cauliflower with Buffalo sauce

My best friend was visiting recently and I decided to break out one of my favorite recipes. It’s roasted buffalo cauliflower, smothered in buffalo sauce and ranch. Because everything is better with ranch and hot sauce!  I have made this dish without the sauce and it’s equally tasty. I really love cauliflower, it’s a fantastic hearty veggie that easily replaces a main meat dish, but also great as a side dish. Since my friend is vegetarian, I made this as the main attraction. It’s a really fantastic alternative to buffalo wings, which I’m not a huge fan of. But I do love buffalo sauce and I figured one day I’d combine my favorite roasted cauliflower with buffalo sauce. Since then, it’s become a true favorite.

While the dish takes no time to prepare, it takes a while in the oven. All worth it, since it saves well, a great dish for dinner and leftovers the next day. IMG_0301

Ingredients:
• Two Cauliflower heads.
• Olive Oil 4 tbsp
• Salt -to taste

Buffalo sauce recipe:
• Butter- 4 tbsp
• Hot sauce. (I use Frank’s Red hot)- 1/2 cup.
• Minced garlic

Ideally do this step 20 minutes into the cauliflower being done, it takes about ten minutes or less. So it’ll be hot when you pour it over the cauliflower.

In a pot, at medium heat, melt the butter, pour hot sauce. Combine garlic. Once all is well mixed, keep at low/simmering until ready to pour over cauliflower.

Preheat oven to 375º

Wash and take off the leaves from the cauliflower heads. Pat them dry, then rub down with olive oil. Rub salt onto the heads, I like using pink himalayan salt, but any salt on hand works just fine. Put onto a baking sheet into the oven for 1.5-2 hours.

. It’s best to put a oven safe dish full of water on the bottom, so that it can create a steam inside.

Check on your cauliflower around the 1.5 mark. The heads should look golden brown, when you stick a fork in one, it should be tender.

If you are adding the buffalo sauce, carefully pour the buffalo sauce over the cauliflower ten minutes before taking it out. Let it roast a little bit further until it bubbles a bit.

Take out, and enjoy! I usually sprinkling mine with some pepper and ranch dressing. But do whatever you like! I have a friend who enjoys it with Bleu Cheese dressing. But I dislike bleu cheese, so I don’t do that.