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May 19, 2017 - Fintastic or Nah    No Comments

Atkins Bars

Let’s try out some Atkins “candy” bars…are they Fintastic or Nah?

I’ve tried to lose weight every way possible…and my last attempt was to load up on protein, so I was trying to force myself to eat protein bars and OMG…most of them were nasty and I mean flat out gross! I tried using protein powder for shakes and would lie to myself…”yummy…this chalk is so good!”…and then literally gag as I drank it, so I was already giving these “bars” a strike one just because of what they looked like and where Wal-Mart decided to stock them.

We picked up two boxes to try out- Caramel Chocolate Nut Roll and Caramel Double Chocolate Crunch.

We actually decided to try one in the car, the wife and I split one- we went with the Caramel Chocolate Nut Roll first and OMG!!! It was almost identical to a Snickers! And, on top of that, the MACROS weren’t terrible. 

Now…I didn’t take a picture of the nutrition values because they are all a bit different and I will tell you, these are what keto elitist call “chemical shitstorms” and their heads would explode if I knew that I was telling fellow Sharketoers to try these out…but screw ‘em. You can check them out at your store and look at the box and compare which ones may work for you.

These things are amazing…but, like with anything, they don’t need to be a daily treat and the amount of times you have them should get less and less as you go until they become something equivalent to going out to dinner or something.

After trying the two flavors we got and absolutely loving them, we tried the Coconut with Almond…hoping it would taste like an Almond Joy…but it didn’t. I’m not a huge fan of coconut to begin with and that one was really dry but still delicious…just not our favorite.

The Caramel Chocolate Nut Roll is almost identical to a Snickers and doesn’t have a fake taste…the Caramel Double Chocolate Crunch is like a bunch of crunched up cookies mixed with caramel.

Sharketo is about making changes slowly and adapting while using common sense….you are an adult and should know that you don’t eat a box of these a day. The sugar alternatives could make your weight loss stall and there is a lot of ingredients that just aren’t good (natural) but they aren’t going to kill you as a candy bar replacement from time to time to allow you to truly feel like you are cheating when you aren’t. My wife and I do a lot of shopping and the best part was always spending tons of money on candy and, during the first month, I really missed that…every time we went shopping and headed back to the car without candy to munch on caused a lot of mind games because I was so used to that.

The price seems a little pricey, around $5.50 or 5 bars but when you think about the price of candy bars these days…it’s really not that bad at all…PLUS…a box of 5 should last a single person about 2 weeks or longer when you only eat them as a little treat.

These things are definitely FINTASTIC!!!!!

Love, Peace and Sharkyness
~~~~~shArky~~~~~

May 15, 2017 - Fintastic or Nah    No Comments

Bacon Jerky

You guys every seen Bacon Jerky??? Some favorite foods on keto is bacon…and jerky….and now, it’s TOGETHER!!!

Time for another Fintastic or Nah?

We were looking for some decent jerky to snack on, which isn’t as easy as it seems because most jerky has sugar and a little more carbs than I’m willing to waste. I’m staying around 15-20 for the day, so giving up 8 on a few pieces of jerky just isn’t worth it…however, we found this stuff and it has 2.5g carbs for half of the bag (which isn’t exactly full) but it seemed like a decent snack for the wife and I, while we were out shopping.

This stuff is made by Jack Links and claims to be 100% Real Bacon and that is basically what it is!

It’s basically a bag of bacon but not amazing bacon…sort of bacon that you cooked a few days ago and left in the fridge and it lost it’s crispiness and some of it wasn’t cooked long enough and it was more “fatty” pieces as well. We weren’t really sure why it was considered “jerky” and not just a bag’o’bacon.

The taste wasn’t great (like I said…old bacon) but it wasn’t terrible, because…HEY…it’s still bacon!

The other problem is the serving size…2.5 servings, who the hell wants half of a serving of old bacon? If you are splitting this as a snack, it throws everything off because you are actually getting 1.25 servings. It’s pretty easy to scan into MyFitnessPal and just change the serving size to 1.25 to see what you are really getting but that is beside the point…make servings sizes EVEN!

SO…here is the breakdown of 1.25 serving-

150 Calories
2.5g Carbs
10g Fat
13.8g Protein

This doesn’t exactly fit into keto MACROS- for this, they are 6C/58F/36P which is way off- you would need to add a cheese stick or something to up the fat grams and even things out.

On top of that, it just wasn’t much food for the MACROS.

Add the fact that it wasn’t great, doesn’t fit into keto MACROS very well, and was about $4 for the bag, which was less than half of the way full, it’s not looking great.

So- Fintastic or Nah?

A big fat NAH! It wasn’t even close!! The only good thing about this stuff is that it’s still bacon and even a small amount of highly overpriced, old, undercooked bacon is still, technically bacon.

Love, Peace and Sharkyness
~~~~~shArky~~~~~

May 12, 2017 - Fintastic or Nah    No Comments

Quest Protein BBQ Chips

I see a ton of folks on YouTube doing food reviews and, sometimes, it makes me want to punch them.

You will see them setting there, opening up a product and then eating/drinking it and you get to just set there and watch them chew or swallow- usually shaking their head up and down and making stupid looking faces like their taste buds are putting on a show. I usually skip to the middle so I don’t have to watch that crap.

I don’t think people want to watch you eat or drink….they just want to know about the product and what you thought of it- there is no need to video that, unless, it’s for a weird food eating fetish porn site…but then again, they probably don’t really care about the MACROS though.

So….since the wife and I are trying some new things and changing everything about the way we eat, I wanted to review some of the new stuff we are trying.

First up- Quest Protein Chips! (bag looks rough because we rolled them up and tried them at two different times…to be scientific and shit.) 

This is the ONE thing I’ve actually been missing, hitting up the store for a big of chips…we just can’t find a good replacement. I saw someone talking about this and I had really high hopes. I did some researching and found that our small town Wal-Mart actually carried them and there is a reason why we never found them- they are in the weight loss pill section of the pharmacy!

I have no interest in weight loss pills so I don’t really go into that area much…I figured chips would be with chips…but NOOOOOO!

We also found some Atkins “candy bars” which I’ll do a review of later.

We picked up BBQ flavor and Sour Cream and Onion- we’ve only tried the BBQ so I’ll break this up into two reviews.

The first thing I noticed was the $3 price tag and this wasn’t a full sized bag of chips, it’s one of those little bags like you get in the checkout lane; the little $1 bags of Lays…1 1/8th oz or 32 grams. Don’t be deceived…the bag is barely full so I can tell you now, unless they taste like chips dipped in solid gold, they are overpriced for me.

The bag says there is 21g of protein and only 2g net carbs with 4g fat so the keto MACROs aren’t there either…but they are soy and gluten free! (woohoo!) The bag also says that these are “chips, evolved!”…they claim to “completely change the chip game” and that “Quest has finally made a delicious, crispy chip that lets you #CrunchClean.”

Well…now I’m pumped up!!! They done changed the chip game playa!!!

We popped the bag open and they smelled amazing! They look like Lay’s Baked Chips but, sadly, they do not taste like them…nor do they taste even close to a potato chip.

At first, they taste like eating crunchy air covered in BBQ sprinkles…then they have the feel of wet thin cardboard, like the back of a notebook…not that I’ve ever eaten that. Then they have a bad, chemical type after taste.

We ate a couple to get the full feel and flavor and quickly realized, not only were they already almost gone but there were only a few “chips” on top and the rest were really small crumbles.

This could just be the way the bag was handled during shipping/stocking, etc…maybe the chips got crumbled but there were seriously only 5-6 actual chips.

We honestly ended up throwing the rest away- Quest hasn’t changed the chip game; they didn’t even make it to the playoffs- these things are terrible and way overpriced.

Fintastic or nah?

These are differently – NAH!

Don’t waste your money on these things and if you are someone who likes them- you may need to make a DR appointment because your taste buds have a terrible disease.

I’ll write up a little review for the Sour Cream and Onion once we try them, but after this bag I’m tempted to just throw them away.

Love, Peace and Sharkyness
~~~~~shArky~~~~~