Funfetti Protein Bars

I love Funfetti so much I that I considered having it as my wedding cake flavor.  I rely on protein bars during busy work weeks and as much as I love my Quest bars, they are a little spendy.  I turned a cupcake craving into these when I was food prepping for the week. Hope you love them as much as I do! 

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P.S. These are amazing in cupcake form too! Just make sure you use silicon or foil cupcake liners as the paper ones will stick. Top them with light whipped cream or Protein Frosting (Mix 2 tbs vanilla protein powder, 1 tbs greek yogurt, 1 tbs almond milk or milk of choice and a little stevia to taste.

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  • 1 Cup Oat Flour (I ground 1 1/4 cup oats in a Magic Bullet to make 1 Cup of Oat Flour)
  • 2 Scoops of Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Stevia (or sweetener of your choice)
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 4 Egg Whites
  • 1 Cup No Sugar Added Applesauce
  • 1/2 Cup Almond Milk (or skim)
  • 1 tsp Butter Extract
  • 1 tsp Almond Extract
  • 1 Tbs Sprinkles

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix dry ingredients together. Whisk the egg whites, almond milk, extracts, and applesauce together in a separate dish. Mix the dry and wet ingredients and pour into an 8×8 Pyrex pan sprayed with cooking spray. Pour sprinkles over the batter and stick in the oven. Bake for 23-25 minutes or until center looks firm. Cool completely before cutting into 9 bars. These have zero preservatives in them so store in the fridge. Serves 9.

Nutrition Stats: (for one bar)

Cals: 93

Protein: 8 gams

Carbs: 12 grams

Fat: 2 grams

Sugar: 3 grams

 

 


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Easy Balsamic Mustard Chicken

I don’t eat pancakes and waffles for every meal (some days I would if I could) so I figured it was about time for a lunch/dinner recipe. I love this over rice or stuffed in a brown rice tortilla with veggies.

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  • 1 – 1.5 lb Chicken Breasts
  • 3 Tbs Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 Tbs Stevia (or Sugar)
  • 1/2 Bottle of Dijon Mustard (I use grainy)

Whisk marinade ingredients together. Cut chicken breasts into large bite sized pieces and add to marinade.  Allow chicken to marinate 30 minutes or as long as overnight. Add to skewers, grill, and enjoy!

Nutrition Stats: (For a 4 oz. serving)

Cals: 163

Protein: 24 grams

Carbs: 5 grams

Fat: 4 grams

Sugar: 3 grams

PB Banana Waffles

This has been my favorite breakfast lately. I used to be strictly into protein pancakes but waffles are way easier (when you make bananapancakes with oat flour or protein powder in the mix, they tend to fall apart) and plus, didn’t Mitch Hedberg say that waffles are really just pancakes with a syrup trap? Anyway, this is super filling and is the perfect amount of protein, carbs, and fats to get the day started. Sometimes I add 1-2 Tbs of Vanilla Protein Powder, especially if I eat these post work out.

  •  1/4 Cup Oats
  • 1/2 Banana
  • 3 Egg Whites
  • 2 Tbs Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch of Cinnamon
  • 1 Packet of Stevia (Optional)
  • 1 Tbs Peanut Butter
  • 1/8-1/4 Cup Low Sugar Maple Syrup (I used Sugar Free)

Blend all ingredients except for Peanut Butter and Syrup in Blender or Food Processor. Prepare in a waffle iron. Meanwhile, heat peanut butter and syrup in the microwave and stir together. Makes one waffle.

You can also top with extra banana slices and walnuts.

Nutrition Stats For Entire Recipe:

Cals: 321

Protein:  26 grams

Carbs: 33 grams

Fat: 10 grams

Sugar: 11 grams

Chocolate Molten Lava Cake

The snow is finally starting to melt! This sums up what its been like here in the Metro area the past 3 days:

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Sometimes when I come home from the gym, especially when its cold outside, the last thing I want is to do is down a giant cold protein shake. Enter molten lava protein cake. I’ll also have this once in awhile if I’m having a chocolate craving at night.

Here’s the thing with this recipe: If its nuked in the microwave for even a few seconds too long, it gets chewy to the point where its inedible. Mine takes 20 seconds tops. Since all microwaves are different (and different protein powders yield different results), take it out after 10-15 seconds to test it. It still should be gooey on top.

  • 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1 Tbs Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 packet of Stevia (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 1/2 Tbs Water
  • 1 Tbs Peanut Butter

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Nutritional Stats:

Cals: 210

Protein: 25 grams

Carbs: 11 grams

Fat: 11 grams

Sugar: 1 gram

Red Velvet Coconut Flour Pancakes

Being snowed in and having most of your Saturday plans cancelled isn’t the worst thing.

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Instead of a fancy rubber chicken political dinner, my husband and I now have big plans that include a movie and maybe some chili and cornbread.  Also, it gave me some time to come up with this delicious number:

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After digging through my cupboard, I finally found red food coloring which I’m pretty sure I’ve had since college. Can you get botulism from old food coloring? Well, I feel fine for now. I’ll get more when I can make it to the store. Enjoy friends!

Red Velvet Coconut Flour Pancakes

  • 3 Tbs Coconut Flour
  • 3 Egg Whites
  • 1/4 Cup of Unsweetened Almond Milk (or skim)
  • 1 Tbs Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tbs Greek Yogurt (not necessary but gives it a better texture)
  • 1 Tbs sweetener of choice (I used 2 packets of NuNaturals Stevia)
  • A few drops of Red Food Coloring

For Cream Cheese “Frosting”:

  • 1/4 Cup Syrup (I used Sugar Free, but you can use Pure or Low Sugar)
  • 3 Tbs Fat Free Cream Cheese

For pancakes: mix dry ingredients together and add liquids gradually.  The batter will be thick to the point you can spoon it on the a warm griddle sprayed with cooking spray.  For syrup, heat cream cheese and syrup in a bowl in the microwave for 30-45 seconds and whisk together (I ran mine through my magic bullet to get it smooth)

Nutritional Stats: (For Entire Recipe)

Cals: 249

Protein: 23 grams

Carbs: 21 grams

Fat: 6 grams

Sugar: 4 grams

MyOatmeal.com Round 2: Cake Batter Oats & PB Lean

To continue from my previous post – I don’t have a recipe to share with the Cake Batter flavor of MyOatmeal.com oats because honestly I couldn’t get enough of eating it as is with PB Lean on top for breakfast. I realized I was out this morning and I’m already planning my next order. (I’m thinking Red Velvet or Dulce de Leche flavors are next)

Initially, it took me probably an hour to choose which flavors I wanted but I settled on Cake Batter – specifically because I thought it would taste good with the Vanilla Frosting flavored PB Lean. I definitely recommend the Smash Blend on the oatmeal options; the texture is the best I’ve ever had.

The PB Lean is wonderful! If you don’t know what peanut flour is, its dehydrated peanut butter with 85% less calories from fat. You add water to turn the dehydrated peanut butter powder in to a low calorie, low fat, low sodium, gluten free substitute. While I had been using PB2 for years in baking and protein shakes, I didn’t like the taste of it as a peanut butter substitute by itself. I could eat spoonfuls of PB Lean. There are just as many options of flavors to customize for this product and you can even add nuts, seeds and dried fruit.

To make your own custom oatmeal – click here.

The Promo Code is still good! To save 15% of your order, enter Promo code: healthy15 when you check out.

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Mini Cheesecakes

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How cute are these?! When I was training for a competition, greek yogurt was part of my meal plan every night. The slow digesting protein helps repair muscle at night. But honestly, have you ever tried to eat plain non fat greek yogurt by itself? It’s gross, unless you feel like eating a bowl of what tastes like sour cream. Luckily, I found ways to make it taste like dessert – one of my favorite ways was to add a little sugar free cheesecake pudding mix to it. I remembered that the other day when I needed to bring a dessert to an event and threw these together. They take less than 5 minutes and are only 25 calories each!

Mini Cheesecakes

  • 1 package of Mini Phyllo Shells
  • 6 oz Plain Non Fat Greek Yogurt
  • 2 Tbs Sugar Free, Fat Free Cheesecake Pudding Mix
  • 7 Strawberries, halved (or 15 berries of choice)

Mix together the pudding mix and greek yogurt. Spoon into phyllo shells. Top with berries. Makes 15

Nutritional Stats:

Cals: 25

Protein: 2 grams

Carbs: 4 grams

Fat: 1 gram

Sugar: 1 gram

No Bake Brownie Truffles {paleo}

I had never bought dates until my mom sent me a delish Moroccan chicken recipe that called for them. I had most of the container left over and didn’t want them to go to waste. I had seen homemade Larabar recipes that called for dates so I tried to make my own. To my delight, my combo of what I had on hand created what tastes like a brownie.

I didn’t know anything about dates so I looked up what the health benefits are -wowza! I should be eating more. One or two of these would be good to eat pre-workout.

No Bake Brownie Truffles

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  • 1 Cup Pitted Dates
  • 1/2 Cup Walnuts
  • 1/2 Cup Almonds
  • 4 Tbs Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Pulse all ingredients in a food processor until it reaches a dough consistency. If crumbly, add a tablespoon of water. Roll into 12 Balls. Store in the fridge.

Nutritional Stats:

Cals: 80

Protein: 2 grams

Carbs: 10 grams

Fat: 6 grams

Sugar: 7 grams

MyOatmeal.com – Carrot Cake Oatmeal Review, Recipe, and Coupon Code!

The kind folks at MyOatmeal.com sent me some of their products and I’m over the moon about them.  This company makes your custom blend for you with over 22 billion different combinations. You get to choose what kind of oats, natural flavors, fruits, seeds, and sweetener. You even get to name your blend and they put it on the label – how cool is that? I’ve loved everything I’ve tried from them so far and plan on making another order soon.

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To save 15% of your order, enter Promo code: healthy15 when you check out.

The products I’ve tried are Carrot Cake and Cake Batter oatmeal as well as their PB Lean (peanut flour similar to PB2). I’ll review the other two products soon.

The Carrot Cake flavor is SO good. The flavor is really subtle and doesn’t taste artificial at all. Best of all, you could customize it to mix it with the vanilla frosting flavor, snickerdoodle flavor, or add raisins & walnuts. I tried to get creative and came up with a pancake recipe that tastes just like a slice of Carrot Cake – complete with the best part (the cream cheese frosting of course).

Carrot Cake Protein Pancakes

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  • 1/2 Cup Carrot Cake Flavor Oats *
  • 4 Egg Whites
  • 2 Tbs of Non-Fat Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tbs Vanilla Protein Powder (Optional)
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • Dash of Cinnamon and Nutmeg
  • Sweetener to Taste (I used one NuNaturals Stevia packet as the myoatmeal.com oats are already sweetened)
  • 2 Tbs Fat Free Cream Cheese
  • 1/8-1/4 Cup of Sugar Free or Low Sugar Maple Syrup
  • Raisins and Walnuts (Optional)

*Note – if you don’t have myoatmeal.com oats – sub Old Fashioned Oats with 1/4 Cup Grated Carrot and some extra sweetener.

In Blender or Food Processor (I used my Magic Bullet), blend everything except for the Cream Cheese, Syrup, and toppings until smooth. Cook on a griddle and flip when batter bubbles. For Cream Cheese “Frosting”, microwave syrup and cream cheese in a bowl for 30 seconds and mix. Top with raisins and walnuts if you so choose. Enjoy!

Nutritional Stats (For Entire Recipe):

Cals: 320

Protein: 35 grams

Carbs: 34 grams

Fat: 3 grams

Sugar: 3 grams