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Creation Nation - Protein and Energy Bar Mixes


Today’s Friday Favorite is a bit of a follow-up to my last post: Protein & Snack Bars

Today i’m sharing the freshest, most customizable, adaptable protein // snack bar of them all…


creation nation…

…made the world’s first protein bar mixes ever back in 2014. I first tried them about 1-2 years ago, and I’ve been obsessed ever since!

I also want to note that this post is NOT sponsored— it is my honest opinion!

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A few of the reasons I love Creation Nation:


1.The mixes are delicious. End of story.

2. You control the level of sweetness.

  • The “recipe” on the mix has an option for “sweet”, “original”, or “sweet-less”. So, you decide how much sugar you want to put in. Here’s what the recipes look like:

 
 

3. They’re super customizable.

  • Not only can you control the sweetness level and what combination recipe you use (see above), but you can add extra goodies in if you really want to! Each mix has a “fun” recipe on the bag in addition to the original. Here’s an example:

 
 

4. The mixes are suitable for multiple diets.

  • There are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free and soy-free options. Their flavor mixes (with the cutest names) include:

    • Vegan Energy Bite - Oat Yes! Chocolate Chip

    • Vegan Protein Bar - Peas Love & Cocoa

    • Vegan Protein Bar - PB & Jelly Get in My Belly

    • Keto Protein Bar - Whey Hip Chocolate Chip

    • Keto Paleo Energy Bite - Cocoa for Coconuts

5. They’re more eco-friendly with a reusable pouch and no individual wrappers.

6. they’re made with real ingredients, full of healthy fats, protein, and fiber!

  • Here’s a few of the packages to click through.

 
 

Here’s a comparison from Creation Nation’s website.

(I think they’re comparing to a bar that made my favorites list in the last post) 🤭

 
 

If you’re thinking that you don’t want to spend time making your own bars or bites, hold your horses for a hot second.

To make one pack (8 bars or 24 bites), it legitimately takes five minutes. That’s 37.5 seconds per bar. Plus, you make them all at once, and you’re set for a couple days! It’s a lot faster than making a smoothie or post-workout shake, that’s for sure.


If you ask me to pick a favorite mix… I can’t!

Try any of them and you won’t be disappointed.

Here’s a few shots of I’ve taken of these yummy mixes:


To find Creation Nation in a store near you, click here for their store locator.

If you’re like me and don’t live in a state that sells any mixes, you can shop online.



Nuzest Protein & More!


Aside from collagen (which you can read all about HERE), Nuzest is the ONLY company that I buy powdered supplements from. They make a number of different products that I really love, so I’ll do my best to give you a detailed overview without writing a novel.


And note:

You can use code “KYLA” for 15% off any Nuzest products!

(plus free shipping over $50)


The list of reasons why I love Nuzest’s Clean Lean Protein could get pretty long, but here are a few key points:

  • It’s vegan

    • I do eat dairy, but I try to avoid excess amounts, including whey- or casein-based protein powders. Nuzest is made with premium European Golden peas, and stands up to the protein quality of any dairy-based product!

  • SUPER clean and simple ingredients

    • The natural flavored protein is pure pea protein isolate, and the flavored options use only natural sources of flavor.

  • NO added sugar

    • Not that I avoid added sugar (I definitely do NOT), but when the taste is great without it, I prefer an option without.

  • Texture

    • If you mix just the protein with a little bit of liquid, it literally turns into a smooth, creamy pudding! It’s also great for baking.

  • alkaline

    • It’s one of the few alkaline proteins available, supporting the pH balance in your body and helping to cleanse your systems.

  • It’s SO DELICIOUS!

    • Flavor options include chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, coffee, and more!

 
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If you currently use a protein supplement, I really encourage you to try Nuzest and see how it compares… the taste, the nutrition profile, how it digests, and the versatility— you can make so many different things with it!

If you don’t use a protein supplement, whether that’s because you don’t think you need one (you might not), you’ve tried some and never loved them, or you’ve never really thought about using one, Nuzest could add some QUALITY protein to your diet, and you could notice a multitude of benefits because of it!


the fun doesn't stop there!

Give me a minute to explain though, because these other products could sound a little bit weird at first.


Nuzest has amazing fruit and vegetable powders as well as multivitamin drink mixes, too.


Their “Just Fruit & Veg” mixes are a blend of 5 different fruits and 5 different vegetables mixed with pea protein, and they come in three different flavors:

  • Fresh Coconut

  • Wild Berry

  • Cacao Mint

These taste good on their own in water or milk, or you can throw one it into a smoothie for one heck of a healthy punch!

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The “Quick Vita Kick” is a blend of greens, fruits, veggies, and pea protein isolate that is fortified with tons of essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Just like I recommend that everybody take a multivitamin (no matter how great your diet is), I think it’s important to fill in any gaps with a comprehensive supplement, and this will keep you covered! It comes in the flavors of:

  • Cacao Honey

  • Cacao Mint

  • Cacao Banana

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Smoothies are definitely one of my favorite things to make with Nuzest’s products, however, I also love to make bread, muffins, protein ‘pudding’, cookies, brownies, hot cocoa, protein balls, and more!

I didn’t even cover all of the amazing products that Nuzest makes in this post, so be sure to check out their website for more! There’s bars and “functional protein powders” that are made with things like turmeric, MCT’s, and matcha!


Don’t forget, you can use code “KYLA” for 15% off + free shipping on nuzest-usa.com!

Just to note, I only have this code because I personally believe in and use the products myself. I would never promote something or work with a company otherwise!



12 Instagram Accounts that I love to follow


Happy Friday!

Today’s post is a few of my favorite Instagram accounts to follow. It was REALLY hard to narrow it down, because there are so many people that I love to hear from everyday and feel like the message that they put out is so powerful.

I tried to include a few different types of content and accounts. I’ll tell you a quick bit about what I love from each.

I also took a screenshot of some of the most recent posts from each person. Click the handle to be taken directly to their profile. I highly recommend checking them out :)

Here we go!


@hgoodrichrd

Haley is a fellow dietitian who is SO passionate about Health at Every Size. The way she articulates is incredible. Her posts challenge me and my thoughts both as a person and a practitioner, and I bet they’d challenge you too.

 
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@dietitiananna

Another dietitian, Anna tells it like it is. She is also a magnificent advocate for Health at Every Size, body positivity, and disability. She’s real and raw. There’s no BS on this profile.

 
 

@mollybcounseling

Molly is a mental health counselor who is also passionate about Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size. She loves to drop ‘friendly reminders’, truth bombs, and some yummy food pictures along the way. I love her insight!

 
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@shutthekaleup

Jeannette is R-E-A-L. Currently pregnant with baby #2, she shares her life: the good, the bad, the ugly, and the beautiful. She talks openly about her past struggles and how she’s overcome to where she is now. Her family is the cutest thing, but her vulnerability and delicious, healthy food are too good to pass up.

 
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@evelyntribole

As I try my best to advocate for Intuitive Eating, of course one of the founders of the movement, Evelyn Tribole, is going to be on my favorites list. If you’re interested in learning more about Intuitive Eating, follow her. Who better to learn from than THE professional!

 
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@foodfitnessandfaith

Clara is another dietitian, and I love to follow her for exactly what her handle says: food, fitness, and faith. She has the best meal prep recipes and easy dinners, and her words and insight regarding both health and faith are quite breathtaking.

 
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@foodandfearless

Best… doodles… ever! Also a dietitian, Taylor sends Health at Every Size messages in such a unique way. I cannot get enough of them!

 
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@faithandfit

Lacey is yet another (sorry not sorry) dietitian and also a personal trainer. She posts workouts, science, real talk, and cats. Lots of cats. But I love her desire to experiment and learn the most!

 
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@restoring_radiance

Lex is somebody I’ve been following for longer than I can even remember. Longggg before she had baby T, but he is such a cutie! I’ve loved watching Lex’s journey of recovery, getting married, and starting a family. Her and her husband, Thomas, cooking together is so much fun! She is the queen of eggs and shares about skincare products and her faith as well!

 
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@findingbalanceofficial

I’ve been receiving the daily Finding Balance devotional email for years now. Follow this account for prayer, encouragement, and freedom. I absolutely love the new “What If Wednesday” series, too!

 
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@bitesbymi

Last dietitian on my list today… Mia shares the simplest, most delicious recipes. And she makes them look REALLY dang good! You’ll find something yummy to make on her page for sure.

 
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@nattyknowledge

I just recently discovered this account. The Natty Professor is the place to go for proper exercise form and all kinds of training knowledge. Even as a personal trainer (as soon as I take the exam), I’ve learned so much in such a short period of time!

 
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There are so many more that I know and love, but I can’t go on forever! Comment below any other accounts you like to follow, and be sure to check my account out if you don’t already follow me :) I’d love to connect and learn more about you!

@keepyourlifealive.rd

Have a fab weekend everybody!