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Weight Watchers counts 2 points for a double espresso shot enhanced with a protein drink. So I am told. The reason why this did not go in one ear and out the other is that I am always looking for a healthier way to jazz up my java. I like it light and sweet. My coffee, that is.

As suggested, I started with the Premier Protein Shake. Unbelievably containing 1 gram of sugar, 160 calories and 3 grams of fat. I use it as a creamer in my coffee and I am hooked. It tastes so good, I can drink the whole carton but it does not satisfy my hunger. I need to chew.

Actual footage of my lunch!

Unquestionably so, my body needs protein. My rabbit-like eating habits during the week lack this valuable energy source. Protein does take longer to digest, therefore keeps you feeling full longer. It also helps build muscle mass and strength…broken record; yes, we lose this as we get older….

Protein rich foods are; eggs, fish, meat, nuts, dairy and veggies. Wait? Which veggies? Soy beans, numero uno. Broccoli, spinach, edamame’s…check! Fruits; cantaloupe has the highest amount, followed by strawberries and oranges. Beware that a lot of protein sources also pack fat and carbs. Peanuts are a perfect example of that.

Since my brain likes to register chewing in combination with my protein in take, I decided to check out some of the protein bars. The Premier Protein Peanut Butter Crunch Protein Bar has a whopping 300 calories, 10 grams of fat, 450 mg of sodium, 9 grams of sugar and 30 grams of protein. Mmmm. That would have to replace a meal almost. Some of the protein bars are meal replacement, although I would not recommend doing that. The best snack bar with some protein and fewer calories would be the Detour smart bar. There’s a cookie dough bar: 150 calories, 10 grams of protein, 4 grams of sugar, 4 grams of fat and 75 mg of sodium. That sounds better! As a snack, not a meal replacement…

Honorable mention; Muscle Milk Coffee House. Taste great, no sugar. 120 mg caffeine (a regular cup of java has about 95), 140 calories and 20 grams of protein. You are welcome!

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