Health & Fitness

By Leslie Rice Hart

Strength Systems USA is a nutritional supplements company of note, and here are some of their new products, currently in stores:

* Triple Delicious High Protein Bar-Triple Layer Protein Energy.
The protein bar comes in three flavors: peanut butter and jelly, caramel fudge almond brownie, and caramel chocolate peanut. There is only 1 gram of sugar in the bar, and there are some artificial sugars and flavors too; each bar has 30 grams of protein. I only eat half of the bar at a time, which is plenty to sustain me until my next snack or meal. The bars are all good, but the Caramel Fudge Almond Brownie is my favorite.

* Perfect Protein Cookie.
This is a high protein, low net carb cookie. These carbohydrates do not cause an effect on blood sugar, and the cookie comes in four flavors: soft baked chocolate chip, peanut butter chip, oatmeal raisin, and vanilla chip. I like cutting both the bars and cookies into bite-size pieces so when I get a sweet craving, or if I need something to satisfy a hunger pang, I can grab a couple of pieces. These cookies are almost like eating cookie dough because they’re satisfying and rich. All the flavors are good, but my two favorites are vanilla chip and oatmeal raisin. Since these cookies are not low calorie or low fat, make sure you eat them as a meal and not as an addition to a full breakfast, lunch or dinner.

* Quick Loss drinks
Quick Loss drinks increase energy, support weight loss, and reduce appetite. These drinks gave me energy, and my appetite was indeed decreased.

They come in four flavors: tropical breeze, passion fruit, kiwi strawberry, and mandarin orange. They are all tasty but have a slight aftertaste and contain no calories, carbohydrates or sugar. I like to mix a drink with water to make it last longer. Among the ingredients in the drinks are caffeine, green tea, and ginseng, which are stimulants; they also contain vitamins and other synergistic ingredients.

These products can be found at your local health food stores. For more information, visit their website at: http://www.strengthsystemsusa.com

The Health Company

* Juice 4 Joints
The drink comes in two flavors, orange mandarin and apple cranberry. Juice 4 Joints is an all natural fruit juice with 1250 mg of glucosamine and 250 mg. of chondroitin. Research shows glucosamine and chondroitin support healthy cartilage and connective tissue associated with healthy joints. Glucosamine and chondroitin have also been used for reduction of problems in relation to osteoarthritis. Juice 4 Joints also contains 60mg of Vitamin C, 100% RDA. This is a convenient way to get the daily dose. Neither of the flavors are overly sweet or sugary. Juice 4 Joints is available at 7-11 convenience stores nationwide. For more information go to their website at: http://www.Juice4Joints.com

* Peanotz: “The nut that’s not a peanut”
Peanotz come in the following flavors: Calamity Crunch Mix (my personal favorite), a mixture of soy nuts, almonds, corn nuts and sesame sticks, Black Hills Gold-Honey Roasted, which is lightly sweetened, Wild Bill BBQ, spicy and tangy, Badlands Blast Mix (spicy sesame), Buckin’ Bronco Bites(onion and garlic), and Grizzly Gulch (original, salted).

Peanotz snack mixes taste great, are a good source of protein(soy), and are high in fiber. They have all the benefits of soy, which has been linked to the reduction of heart disease, certain types of cancers, and the levels of bad cholesterol in the bloodstream. Soy has also been linked to the prevention of osteoporosis. Researchers have reported soy nuts to lower high blood pressure and reduce hot flashes in menopausal women. Soy nuts are half the fat of peanuts, and Peanotz are a healthy alternative to some of the junk food occupying space on the convenience store shelves. Peanotz are available at 7-11 stores nationwide, and come in 5oz. and 1.7 oz. sizes. The smaller size is a great single serving snack or “pick me up” during the day. I really enjoy all the flavors. Mix a few Peanotz in some yogurt or cottage cheese to make a delicious and light snack or lunch, and you might enjoy adding a little fruit, too. For further information go to their website at: http://www.Peanotz.com

Originally published March 2005
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