Cooking · Fitness

Kodiak Cakes and deals at GNC

Two blog posts in the same week?! We’re on a roll now – that is, until school starts in a few more weeks! I’m going to do my best to continue blogging 1-2 times a week though, so we’ll see how well I can stick to that goal.

I recently picked up a box of Kodiak Cakes from Giant, and first tried them out after finishing the Three Day Refresh. The first time I made these, I followed the directions on the side of the box, combining 1/2 cup of pancake mix with 1/2 cup of water. They were really good, and one serving is packed with 14 grams of protein!

Kodiak Cakes

I mixed things up a little the second time I made these (get it – mixed things up?) Ok probably no one thought that was funny except for me. Back to the pancakes! The second time I made a batch, I also added in 6 Tablespoons of egg whites to provide an extra 10 grams of protein.

protein pancakes

One batch –> 2 grams of fat/ 30 grams of carbs/ 24 grams of protein

Walden Farms

I topped them with Walden Farms pancake syrup, which is actually surprisingly good! It tastes just like syrup, but is calorie-free. When I first ordered this, I was excited when it came in the mail, along with chocolate syrup by Walden Farms. I opened the box and started reading the label of the pancake syrup to my sister: “Fat free, sugar free, gluten free, calorie free.” She stopped me here and called back from the other room, “What did you get, water?!” She made me laugh, but I was still excited to try them out! You can find the pancake syrup and a variety of other products online here: Walden Farms.

Earlier this week, I got a coupon for $10 off 20 at GNC, so I stopped in while running errands on Tuesday. I knew I wanted to pick up some packets of protein powder because I like that GNC carries the samples sizes, so I can try different kinds and not have to spend a lot at once (—> girl on a budget!). Also I didn’t think this was possible, but I’ve eaten so many Quest bars that I got tired of them. So I tried these Combat crunch bars instead. And oh my goodness. YOU GUYS. They are so good – like I think I might even like them better than Quest bars.

Quest protein and Combat bars

Back to this super savings deal. I walked into GNC and saw that the Quest protein packets were buy one, get one 50% off, so the day just kept getting better! At regular price, all of the above would have cost $31.90. But because the Quest protein was on sale and I had the $10 off coupon, I ended up paying only $13.10 for all of this! Quick, someone nominate me for that Extreme Couponing show on TV.

I already used a packet of the chocolate to make a protein shake – actually, it was so good, I’ve made one everyday this week so far! Does anyone else do that? Find something you like and then eat it for 17 meals in a row? Hopefully I’m not the only one.

chocolate protein shake

Want to try it out? Here’s what you’ll need:


  • 1 packet Quest protein powder, Chocolate flavored
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • Handful of ice cubes
  • 2 Tablespoons powdered Jif peanut butter (or any other brand of powdered peanut butter)

Simply combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add more or less ice to obtain your desired consistency. With 28 grams of protein, this is the perfect way to recover after a workout!

Have a great weekend, friends!

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