Snacking on Doughnut & Grapes

Grapes and Doughnut

I found these on the fridge when I was looking for something to eat. According to some sources I found online, doughnuts were used to be called ‘olykoeks’ which is a Dutch word that means ‘oily cakes’. While it doesn’t look like very nutritious, volunteer girls fed doughnuts to hungry American soldiers during World War I. Interesting, yeah?

Enough with doughnuts and let’s talk about grapes. Grapes are berries that increases the levels of nitric acid. With that, it helps minimizing chances of heart attacks by preventing blood clots. It can also alleviate fatigue, migraine and kidney illnesses. While there are many benefits of eating grapes, consuming it too much can have laxative effect which can either be beneficial or disadvantageous.


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Arceli’s Peanut Butter

Arceli's Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is one of the all-time favorite spreads around the globe. Although there are different kinds of peanut butter out there, nothing beats homemade ones.

Arceli’s Peanut Butter is an original recipe created by my grandmother back in Pagsanjan, Laguna. It is crafted the old-fashioned way. Unlike other peanut butters that are either smooth or crunchy, Arceli’s achieved a very natural feel on the mouth because of its gritty texture.

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Universal Proteon from Healthy Options

Every hero needs their source of energy, myself included. On a busy day, where I can barely find time to prepare or even buy my food, my stomach can’t afford to keep quiet and it would rumble endlessly. Although my tummy would cry, I refuse to eat junk which is pretty much the most accessible type of food everywhere. I try to be as strict as I can with what I eat and follow a high protein – low carb diet. That means eating more meat and cutting of my bread, pasta and rice.

Just randomly, I came across Healthy Options in Greenbelt 5 and saw Universal Proteon (Php 147.00). It has a promising 31 grams of protein in it which caught my attention. Even more, it is double peanut butter flavor. Who doesn’t love peanut butter, right? I tried to squeeze it to have an idea how a bite would feel. With what I felt, I suspected that it would be like chewing on a Mars chocolate bar.

I did not buy it right there and then. I went online and read some reviews about it. I read pretty good reviews saying how much protein you would get from it. They even say that with its size and contents, it could already serve as a meal. Nutritional facts are really good.

Universal Proteon 1

Just yesterday, I went to Healthy Options in SM Megamall. I tried to take a second look and realized that it has 433 calories in it. That gave me second thoughts as I am also trying to shy away from high calories. I am pretty unsure if that amount of calories can be justified with the amount of protein I will be getting from it. I bought two bars, anyway.

The same day, around 8:00PM, I am stuck in an errand and didn’t see any chance of being able to grab a decent dinner. And so I tried my very first Universal Nutrition Hi-Protein Bar.

Univeral Proteon 2

The first few bites were okay. It was tougher and drier than what I expected. Though it says double peanut butter, I my taste buds seem to fail finding that taste. Halfway through, it started to taste really bland and I would not want to finish it anymore. I had to force myself up to the last bite and kept on telling myself that it is protein content that counts. I finished it with a help of few cups of water.

The taste wasn’t really bad at all. However, it wasn’t good for me either which made it difficult to finish. I just had to feel fortunate for buying two bars instead of five which was my original plan. I do not see myself buying this anymore. Not because it won’t do any good for me but only because the product doesn’t taste good for me. I know that trying to keep myself in shape and healthy isn’t an easy road to take. However, I still believe that there’s a much less torturing way than this protein bar. I would just resort back to drinking my whey protein which is much more cheaper and tolerable.

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