Southern Mom Loves: When Ho, Ho, Ho Feels Like Go, Go, Go, Stay Strong and Reach for Protein

When Ho, Ho, Ho Feels Like Go, Go, Go, Stay Strong and Reach for Protein

Thursday, November 29, 2018

This post was sponsored by Optimum Nutrition as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Welp, the holiday season has hit like a ton of bricks and it's go time. I've gotten a few gifts so far but by and large I've got a lot of gift shopping to do, holiday cards to send, and meals to shop and prep for. When ho, ho, ho feels like go, Go, GO, there's a good chance that being on the run all of the time will derail my efforts at eating better. When you're hangry, it feels like anything will do. This year, I've got a new trick up my sleeve...

Boop! You can snack better during the holidays. You're welcome.

More protein = feeling fuller, longer + boosting metabolism, so protein snacks are a great way to fill up quickly while not sabotaging your efforts. Cake, anyone?

Yes, I said cake! These are the new Cake Bites from Optimum Nutrition, a great ready-to-eat protein option that will satisfy your cravings. A package of 3 whipped Cake Bites has 20! grams of Protein, 2-3 grams of sugar, is Gluten Free, and under 250 calories.

For reference, a can of tuna contains 18 grams of protein, and I haven't tried a protein snack yet that had more than 10 or 11 grams, so these are the real deal when it comes to getting in your protein.

The Cake Bites come in 4 flavors and they're all pretty darn yummy: Birthday Cake, Red Velvet, Chocolate Frosted Donut, and Peanut Butter Chocolate!

They're perfect to stash away and they'll satisfy any sweet craving. Being on the go has its drawbacks, but being able to stash yummy stuff in the car console is definitely a plus, especially if it's helping you stay on track to reaching your health goals and not busting them. :)

It's the holidays that make life extra-hectic. On the one hand, we're not having as many guests this year, but on the other, we have an added school dance and a piano recital and reception this year to get ready for.

On top of everything, there's always work. I have a bad habit of filling up on coffee all day, so having a snack tucked away is definitely helpful. The Protein Almonds have become a desk staple and I couldn't be happier to take a little break. Seriously good.

Dipped in a whey enriched confection coating and dusted with cocoa, they taste like an indulgent truffle. They have 2x the protein of regular coated almonds at 10 grams per serving, 1-2 grams of sugar, and 230 calories.

They have no artificial colors or flavors and come in Dark Chocolate Truffle and Cinnamon Roll. Don't make me choose favorites here.

If you're into bars, the Protein Crisp might just be your jam. The texture in some protein bars is a major issue for me, but these are perfectly crisp and delicious. There are 20 grams of protein per bar, 240 calories, and 6-7 grams of fat.

You can get them in Peanut Butter Crunch and Salted Toffee Pretzel and they're perfect for an after workout snack.

You can get all of these delicious, protein-packed snacks by Optimum Nutrition at Walmart stores at an amazing everyday low price, all while you're doing your regular shopping. Happy holidays, stay strong and healthy!!!


Are you looking to curb hunger or build muscle? What are your goals for the new year? Which snack do you think will be your fave? I love to read your comments!

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