Mind Fish Co. Tuna Fish Review

Mind Fish Co. Tuna Fish Review

When you think “high protein, high quality” snack, you never really default to “canned meat.”  At least, that’s not typically my go-to.  I got the chance to try out Mind Fish Co. canned tuna, and am so glad I did because this isn’t something I have ever bought in the store.  Mind Fish Co. is an interesting company because it supports sustainable fishing practices in an effort to preserve and manage the fish in the ocean.  The brand is partnered with the Marine Stewardship Council (MCS) and adheres to its principles and criteria for sustainable fishing.  Mind Fish Co. has also collaborated with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program which supports healthy oceans and minimal environmental impact from fishing.

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The products I tried were the pole and line caught wild Maldives Skipjack Tuna in both spring water and olive oil.  When I opened the cans, the meat didn’t look like cat food, so that was an immediate plus.  The fish looked and tasted incredibly fresh, and I fell in love with the tastiness and convenience of this meal option.  And, as an even more added bonus, the macros are exceptional.  One can of the tuna in spring water is P30/C0/F1, and the olive oil option adds 16g of fat.

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I tried a few different ways of eating this.  Here are my favorites:

  1. Mixed with greek yogurt, paprika, cayenne, and salt&pepper, and used as a dipper for veggie sticks (or crackers/chips). This came out similar to the consistency of buff chick dip (depending on how much greek yogurt you use), and you can also add buffalo sauce or regular sriracha to make it even more spicy and like buffalo dip.
  2. Mixed with mashed avocado, paprika, chili powder, and salt&pepper for a healthy tuna salad.  You can add celery or cucumber or anything else in the mix for a nice crunch.  What I did instead was layer some cucumber or zucchini on a Joseph’s Lavish Bread and then put the tuna mixture on top and wrapped it up.  I still got the crunch without having to chop up the veggies and mix them in.  This is a weekly staple in my meal plan now – it’s so tasty, full of healthy fats from the avocado, protein from the tuna, and is very satisfying.

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Mind Fish Co. products are now sold on Amazon, so purchasing them is super easy!  I’m so interested to see how you can incorporate this tuna into your meal prep!  Message or comment my your ideas, and tag me in your posts @LiftinLuxe #LitfinLuxe !

Stay fit and friendly to the environment, all!

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Oatmeal Cookies, Five Ways

Oatmeal Cookies, Five Ways

I really do believe that oats are one of the most versatile ingredients that you can have in your pantry.  They can be prepared as intended as oatmeal, and varied by adding virtually any mix-ins to make them either sweet or savory.  Or both!  [I’ll digress here for a moment and leave the menu for NYC’s Oatmeals as oatspiration – I dare you to tell me they’re are boring after seeing this selection.]

Another thing I like about oats is that they’re low maintenance AF.  They can be cooked on the stove, in the microwave, in the oven, or not even cooked at all and just soaked overnight in the fridge.  Talk about easygoing.

I also happen to love the way plain unflavored/unsweetened oats taste, though I know I’m the only person in the world to hold this opinion.  Welcome to the plain oats party, population me.

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Anyways, I decided to use the world’s most versatile ingredient and experiment with different flavor profiles in cookies.  Scroll down for the ingredients for my five of my favorite combinations.  In each of the recipes, all I did was mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and then spoon onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper – prep time for each was literally 5-10 minutes.  Individual nutrition facts and baking time are listed for each.

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Banana Pepita

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Why they’re great: These are the OG oatmeal cookie.  They’re quick and easy, there’s no added sugar asides from what’s in the banana, and the batter is easy to work with and not messy at all.  They’re also really versatile – you can add almost any mix-ins (any nut/seed, or any type of chocolate/candy) and they will still be yummy.

Why you can skip them: I’ve got nothing.  If you make ONE of these recipes, it should be this one.

Ingredients: 

  1. 1 cup oats
  2. 1 banana
  3. 1 oz pepitas (pumpkin seeds) – you can swap this for any mix-in that you prefer
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1 tsp vanilla
  6. Cinnamon to taste
  7. 1/4 tsp baking soda
  8. 1/2 scoop protein (I used Rootz Nutrition – Use code LUXE for 10% off!)

Bake for 9-10 minutes at 400 degrees fahrenheit.  Yield for the ingredients listed above is 2 giant cookies, or 4 regular sized ones.

Stats Per Cookie (I made two giant cookies out of the whole recipe) – Calories 341 P15/C50/F9.

Maple Hazelnut

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Why they’re great:  These are simple, easy to make, and have a great crunch.  I actually didn’t think they’d hold together cause the batter looked more like granola than cookie dough, but they cooperated nicely.  They’re also pretty low in calories. They also photograph the best of all of the cookies that I made.

Why you can skip them: These aren’t very sweet and have a mild flavor.  If you’re trying to mask the flavor of oats, you’ll have to add more sweetener.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup oats
  2. 2 tbsp maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1 tsp vanilla
  5. Cinnamon to taste
  6. 1 oz hazelnuts

Bake for 8 minutes at 400 degrees fahrenheit.  Yield for the ingredients listed above is 2 giant cookies, or 4 regular sized ones.

Stats Per Cookie (I made two giant cookies out of the whole recipe) – Calories 297 P10/C38/F11.

Pumpkin

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Why they’re great: I love the flavor of pumpkin, and adding the pumpkin seeds gave them great texture.  These were unconventional but really good!

Why you can skip them: Posting this recipe during the springtime is extremely out of season, and I understand if you’re not trying to incorporate this very typical fall flavor into your meal prep.  Asides from that, these were delicious.

Ingredients: 

  1. 1 cup oats
  2. 1/2 cup pumpkin (plain pumpkin puree, with nothing added)
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1 oz pepitas
  5. 1 tsp vanilla
  6. 1 tbsp maple syrup
  7. 1/4 tsp baking soda
  8. Cinnamon to taste
  9. Pumpkin pie spice to taste

Bake for 10-12 minutes at 400 degrees fahrenheit.  Yield for the ingredients listed above is 2 giant cookies, or 4 regular sized ones.

Stats Per Cookie (I made two giant cookies out of the whole recipe) – Calories 300 P11/C45/F8.

PB&J

[These were really under-photographed and I’m not sure why…]

Why they’re great: I really only kept this section here for consistency with the other variations.  No one should be questioning why these are great.

Why you can skip them: These were incredibly messy to make.  The batter was pretty difficult to work with, and was really sticky.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup oats
  2. 1 egg
  3. 3/4 c greek yogurt (I used full fat but you can use whatever you like)
  4. 2 tbsp PB2
  5. 3 tbsp jelly
  6. 1/4 tsp baking soda
  7. 1/4 tsp salt (or to taste)
  8. Cinnamon to taste

Bake for 14-15 minutes at 400 degrees fahrenheit.  Yield for the ingredients listed above is 3 giant cookies, or 5-6 regular sized ones.

Stats Per Cookie (I made three giant cookies out of the whole recipe – Calories 300 P16/C40/F8.

Chocolate

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Why they’re great: Chocolate.

Why you can skip them: These were also incredibly messy.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup oats
  2. 1 scoop protein of choice (I used vanilla)
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1 tbsp cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  5. 1 c greek yogurt (I used full fat)
  6. Chocolate (chips or a bar broken up)

Bake for 10-11 minutes at 400 degrees fahrenheit.  Yield for the ingredients listed above is 3 giant cookies, or 5-6 regular sized ones.

Stats (I made three giant cookies out of the whole recipe) – Calories 304 P22/C27/F12.

To those of you who read through to the end – Thank you, and I love you and appreciate your support.  Tag me when you try my recipes 🙂 @liftinluxe #liftinluxe !

Stay fit and fab, all!

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New Flavors of Enlightened ‘Better-for-You’ Ice Cream Review

New Flavors of Enlightened ‘Better-for-You’ Ice Cream Review

2018 seems to be the heart of the era of alternative low-cal ice creams.  As someone who has always dreamed (literally) of the day it would be acceptable to have the whole pint in one sitting, I’m not complaining at all.  I love eating cold foods (even ones that are typically served hot), and I’m a sucker for sweets, so ice cream is obviously something that’s dangerous for me to keep stocked in my freezer.  I actually rarely have it, because I can’t be trusted around a pint of ice cream.  Until now!  I had the opportunity to try Enlightened’s newly released low-cal ice cream flavors, and I was not disappointed!

None of the photos in this post are edited to hold the integrity of the product.

TLDR: I was really impressed by these new Enlightened flavors, in both taste and texture.  I liked some better than others (and if you don’t feel like reading, I ordered my review from least favorite to most favorite, so just scroll down for my personal fave).  The pints contain sugar alcohols, but, when had in moderation, they don’t bother my stomach like some other low calorie ice creams do, and I am not sure why to be honest.  The ingredients are pretty clean, and overall this is a great product that I definitely recommend.  

Movie Night

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Stats: Per 1/2 cup serving (4 servings per pint) – 90 calories P7/C18/F2.5.  Note that Enlightened (and many other brands) calculate their calories based on NET carbs, rather than total carbs.  If you calculate your calories based on total carbs, it comes out to 122.5 calories per serving.

This pint has a buttery popcorn ice cream base with chocolate chips and a caramel swirl.  I have to say, Enlightened totally nailed the swirls in every single pint that has them (which should be all of them, in my humble opinion).  The swirl is even and consistent throughout the whole pint, and gets melty and gooey and has a lot of really good flavor.  The ice cream really does taste like buttered popcorn, but the taste is a little bit artificial for my personal liking.  The texture of the ice cream is really good and creamy, and the chocolate pieces and caramel swirl add different layers of texture that make this pint really really good.  This one also thaws pretty quickly.

French Toast

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Stats: Per 1/2 cup serving (4 servings per pint) – 70 calories P7/C17/F1.5.  Calories calculated based on total carbs is 105.5.

This pint has a french toast ice cream base with a maple syrup swirl.  Similar to the movie night flavor, the swirl is probably my favorite part.  It’s pretty sweet but has a nice maple flavor, and goes really well with the french toast ice cream base, which really does taste like french toast.  The ice cream itself is rich and creamy, but doesn’t have any additional elements of texture asides from the swirl.  Overall, I enjoyed this flavor more than the movie night one.  This one also thaws pretty quickly.

S’mores

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Stats: Per 1/2 cup serving (4 servings per pint) – 100 calories P6/C22/F2.5.  Calories calculated based on total carbs is 134.5.

This pint blew me away.  the toasted marshmallow ice cream base was so true to what marshmallows taste like without any artificial after-taste.  The graham cracker pieces in the ice cream base added texture and that full bodied flavor of a graham cracker that’s so comforting.  The chocolate swirl was the icing on the cake, and you know by now how I feel about Enlightened swirls.  This pint tastes like the best camping trip you’ll ever have.  Unfortunately, though I’m not surprised, it has the most calories of all of the pints.  This one thaws quickly.  I think it might have something to do with the swirl.

Cookies and Cream

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Stats: Per 1/2 cup serving (4 servings per pint) – 80 calories P6/C17/F2.5.  Calories calculated based on total carbs is 114.5.

Throw away all of your other cookies and cream flavored ice creams and replace them with this.  The ice cream is extremely creamy, and you can hardly tell that the base is just a plain vanilla because there are so many “chocolate sandwich cookie” pieces in it.  Aka this pint is straight crushed oreos with some vanilla ice cream mixed in.  This one’s easily my favorite of all of the new flavors, even though there’s no swirl.  I think cookies and cream is such a classic that it’s easy to mess up by trying to do too much.  Enlightened didn’t make this mistake – they made a vanilla ice cream with crushed up cookie pieces, and I’m completely sold on it.  This one takes a bit longer to thaw, but it’s oh so worth it.  Don’t waste even one bite of this if it’s rock solid from the freezer.

These aren’t new flavors, but are definitely worth an honorable mention:

Chocolate

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Stats: Per 1/2 cup serving (4 servings per pint) – 60 calories P6/C14/F1.5.  Calories calculated based on total carbs is 93.5.

There’s really nothing to write home about here, chocolate is simply a classic.  The chocolate flavor is rich and the ice cream is creamy.  There’s no additional elements of texture in this pint, but it’s still very good.  I would recommend adding this to smoothies/protein shakes instead of ice to get that ice cold factor and make it more like a milkshake.  I’m also thinking about how great this would be blended up with some PB2 and a frozen banana….

Cold Brew

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Stats: Per 1/2 cup serving (4 cups per pint) – 60 calories P6/C14/F1.5.  Calories calculated based on total carbs is 93.5.

This pint has a really good coffee flavor.  It doesn’t taste artificial at all (not surprising, since coffee is the 5th ingredient), and is not too sweet.  There’s no texture asides from the creaminess of the ice cream, but it’s still good.  This is another good one to add to smoothies/shakes.  Give this one some extra time to thaw as well.

Snickerdoodle

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Stats: Per 1/2 cup serving (4 servings per pint) – 60 calories P6/C14/F1.5.  Calories calculated based on total carbs is 93.5.

This is my favorite of the older flavors.  It’s very creamy, and the yummy cinnamon spice is sprinkled throughout the whole entire pint.  I really wish this had a cinnamon sugar swirl… but in any event, the sugar cookie base is very distinguished from the standard vanilla and is delicious.

Good work, Enlightened!  These ice creams far exceeded my expectations and, dare I say, are overall my favorite of the low calorie ice creams currently on the market!  (Though each brand out there has its flavor[s] that it does the best).  Which one is your favorite?

Stay fit and full of [healthy] ice cream, all!