protein

Getting back at it….

So, I haven’t posted here in months…sorry about that. I do plan on keeping up with this, especially the recipes section. I’ve been working hard on a new routine and working towards training for my first half marathon. I’ve been developing a new nutrition plan for myself, as well as a new routine which mixes hypertrophy training with half marathon training. I also moved.

Needless to say, I have been EXHAUSTED. Now that I’m back in the swing of things, I’ll be posting here more often! Having just turned 28 this month, I look forward to what MY new year has in store for me.

Don’t kill me…but since I’ve moved, I’ve had a lot less time to prepare breakfast in the morning before work. I’ve had to switch my normal breakfast of eggs and chicken sausage to a whey supplement shake and a piece of my Coconut Flour Banana Bread. No complaints though! This shake is delicious! This shake is also amazing post-workout, or just anytime you need to get a little extra protein in and want something sweet!

Here is the recipe…

Chocolate PB&J Protein Shake

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 5 oz of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1/4 cup frozen berries of your choice (I like the blackberry, blueberry, raspberry mix I get at Costco!)
  • 1 tbsp Chocolate PB2
  • 1 serving (or more depending on your protein needs) of protein powder of your choice. (I am currently using Vitacost’s Whey Protein Complex in Chocolate. It’s more natural than other brands and doesn’t use artificial sweeteners or colors! The taste is awesome, too!)
  • 1 tsp arrowroot powder

Directions

Place all ingredients in personal sized mini blender and blend until desire thickness. I like mine really thick and creamy. It takes about 2 minutes to get it to that thickness!

Stay tuned for more protein packed recipes… 🙂

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Grain Free Chocolate Chip PB Banana Protein Muffins (and Pole Dancing!)

Whew! That’s a mouthful to say (and also to eat!). Tonight, I went to my good friend, Tara’s, pole fitness bachelorette party, and it was such an awesome workout. I was totally in the need for these little guys after! (Side thought: Any ladies who haven’t tried a pole fitness class, it is definitely an experience! I was super nervous and ended up having a blast! It was an exhilarating and empowering experience). Anyways, back to these muffins! I was pretty hungry after and I also needed a snack for work, so I quickly whipped up a batch of Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Protein Muffins.
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Quest Protein Bars – Apple Pie Flavor

Apple Pie Quest Bar

Yes, I follow a primal diet. Yes, I sometimes supplement whey protein. I don’t feel that there is anything wrong with whey protein supplementation. My body tolerates it well, and sometimes I am in a rush or on the go and don’t have the time to cook eggs and meat. That being said, if you’re into the fitness game, you’ve probably heard of Quest Bars by Quest Nutrition. If you haven’t, you”re missing out! The thing about these bars in the nutritional profile. 20g of protein and only 4-5 net carbs! Very low in sugar and not high in fat. Also, they are made with milk and whey protein and are completely SOY FREE (If you know me and how much I despise soy products, you get why this makes me so excited)! It is a perfect bar for anyone who needs quick protein after a workout, or if you are on the go and need some clean eats!

Suzi’s Review: Today, I got the chance to try Quest Nutrition’s Apple Pie Protein Bar. I’ve had other flavors before (and will post reviews for them, too!), but this is my first time trying the Apple Pie flavor. What did it taste like? Well, APPLE PIE! The flavor was spot on. It has the same consistency of other “white” Quest Bars (if you have had them before, you know what I mean). Raw, it is chewy and a very forward apple and spice flavor. The consistency is chewy and soft, compared to the Chocolate Brownie flavor which is a bit harder. Microwaved, WOW! This flavor is intensified so much. I break these in half and microwave on a piece of parchment paper for about 20 seconds and let it cool a little bit (if you don’t let it cool it’s like touching molten lava). The bar turns into a soft, gooey, chewy “cookie”. You will really enjoy this “cheat” snack. Okay…maybe it’s not a “cheat”, but it tastes like one!