Protein Peanut Butter Cups

What if you can eat peanut butter cups that increase your biceps? Or 1RM deadlift? Ok, maybe a bit too much, but what if you can have peanut butter cups that contain more protein, less carbs and less calories?
Just make your own!


You need: (makes 10 peanut butter cups)

50 grams of Manbake Cookie Butter 
100 grams of dark chocolate (we used 80%, anything lower is for babies)

Some type of double boiler (what?) 
We used something like this. You fill a pot with water, bring it to a boil, put the double boiler on top, add in the chocolate and let it slowly melt. 
These types of boilers make it easier to pour the chocolate out.

Silicone muffin molds
For the macro specifics: a digital scale that has a 0.1g capacity

This recipe requires a bit of dedication and patience, so make sure you take a bit of time for it.
First, melt the chocolate completely. No lumps!
To compare: regular Reese's Cups

Put a silicone mold on the scale and pour 5 grams worth of chocolate in. Repeat with all of the molds and place them in the fridge for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, keep the rest of the chocolate warm.

Next, with the help of the scale again, scoop 5 grams of Manbake Cookie Butter in each mold. Tap with the bottom of the mold a bit on a flat surface so the cookie butter flattens a bit. Again, place in the fridge for about 10 minutes.

Last step, using the scale again, pour another 5 grams of chocolate on top of the cookie butter, make sure it's covered completely. 
Place them in the fridge and let them cool for at least 1 hour, but preferably longer (if you can)




Please note: We used Manbake Cookie Butter in this recipe, and yes, we are aware that it's pricier than most peanut butters and probably not available everywhere. If that applies to you, use your imagination and opt for regular peanut butter, perhaps even with a little protein mixed in and share your creation in the comments below or on our FaceBook page.

Product Feature: Legion Supplements

In this article we're taking a closer look at a company called Legion Supplements, based in Clearwater FL. Found by Mike Matthews, author of several fitness & nutrition books and creator of MuscleForLife.com.

The Legion productline features a selection of supplements, varying from a multi-vitamin to whey protein. Their main objective is to provide supplements with ingredients that are properly dosed, have proven benefits and aren't just fillers.

Legion Whey+

A protein powder made with whey isolate. Whey isolate is virtually lactose free, this is good news for the folks with lactose intolerance.
The whey comes from cows that are rBGH & rBst-free and it's cold-filtered, making sure the whey denatures as little as possible.

It comes in 2 flavors, vanilla & chocolate and contains very few ingredients:



On a personal note, the sweetener of choice is stevia and we seriously do not like the taste of stevia. The whey flavor we tested was vanilla, and for some reason, the stevia adds a salty/licorice taste to the protein.

(We really hope that in the near future companies will start using erythritol as a sweetener, since it doesn't have an aftertaste and it has a really low GI.)

The protein per gram ratio is good, scoring a 0,673.




All in all, this is a good protein, with no fillers and crappy ingredients and if you don't mind the taste of stevia, you're getting quality for your money.


Buy Legion Whey+

www.legionsupplements.com
www.illpumpyouup.com/legion/whey.htm




Legion Pulse

A pre-workout formula created (like most pre-workouts) for mental focus, muscle endurance & increased energy.

It contains the ingredients you'd expect from a pre-workout:

Both the L-Citrulline & BetaAlanine are properly dosed, plus a proper amount of caffeine but it didn't cause any jitters. To compare: C4 contains 135mg per serving and a lot of brands don't even list the amount, since it's included in some vague blend.

The usual tingles from the BetaAlanine appear after 10-15 mins of taking Pulse and the energy is good and maintains throughout the workout.

We tried the fruit punch flavor and again the down-side of the stevia taste, but that is (again) personal.

Only thing: upon opening the were huge lumps in the jar,
so scooping was a bit difficult.

Buy Legion Pulse

www.legionsupplements.com
http://www.illpumpyouup.com/legion/pulse-pre-workout.htm




Legion Phoenix

We have not tested this product (yet) since it contains 5-HTP and we are currently using another type of 5-HTP supplement.

We are not informed enough to determine whether 5-HTP aids with fat-loss (it's known to curb appetite) but we do advise to inform yourself properly before using any product containing 5-HTP.

Read more on 5-HTP here:
http://examine.com/supplements/5-HTP

Product Review: Ultra Whey by Sci-Mx

In a previous post, we already tested 2 products from Sci-Mx Nutrition and were very happy about them, so we got extra excited to receive a tub of their improved Ultra Whey protein!

What's Ultra Whey?

Ultra Whey is a blend of cold filtered whey isolate and hydrolysate, and in the new formula, they wanted to cover 2 objectives:

1) Increase the amount of rapid acting whey protein
2) Improve flavour & texture

To quote: "As a result, we successfully managed to increase the whey protein availability by 10% and also improve the customer experience by delivering a daity-like milkshake taste that isn't too heavy on sweetness"
They also removed glutamine peptides (source of wheat), making the product 100% gluten free.







The test

Since we haven't had the Ultra Whey before, we can't really judge on the improvement of the taste & texture, but upon blending and tasting it, we can only say that this is an amazing tasting protein shake.
The flavour tested was chocolate and it tasted smooth, creamy and not too sweet indeed, truly one of the best proteins we've tasted (and we've tasted many)

Macros & Protein Ratio

The macros are looking good, perhaps it's a bit higher in sugar than most whey proteins.
The protein per gram ratio is on par with most leading brands, so no complaints there.














To conclude

This is an excellent whey protein, we love it! The price range is perhaps a bit above standard, but in return you get both high quality and great taste.

Ultra Whey comes in 4 flavours: vanilla, chocolate, strawberry & banana, and is available in 2 sizes: 907 grams & 2.28 kg.
Get 30% off your first order with code NEW30


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