My Shakeology Muffin!

I recently posted a photo of my Shakeology Microwave muffin that I make and I have decided to blog the recipe!

I make a LOT of crazy recipes and I never know if they taste good or not.  Maybe some of my other gluten free, dairy free folks can relate? But i feel like i’m so used to eating weird foods, i could eat cardboard and it would probably taste good!

I came up with my Muffin recipe because i am a psychological eater. I need to chew food.  I can have a smoothie, or even soups, but psychologically i don’t feel satisfied if there is nothing to “chew” on.  I almost always feel unsatisfied and will find something else to eat, defeating the whole purpose of the smoothie!  I don’t know if anyone else has this problem?  But i realized it in my reflection of my eating patternS!  Chewing means a meal to me!  😛

I gave the recipe to another one of my fav bloggers Sara from Workout Brussels Sprouts, and she liked it!  And then I finally convinced my dad to buy Shakeology and try it!

Shakeology is a protein powder/meal replacement shake that is sold by Beachbody.  I am a Beachbody Coach and really LOVE the product.  Being that with my IBS, veggies seem to cause flair ups, i know there are days that I don’t get enough fruits and veggies.  I also know that my body needs extra calcium, so i love that i can get that benefit as well.  I purchase the chocolate vegan flavor, as i cannot have dairy either.  It’s one of the best tasting powders out there for me.

I know that everyone has their own favorites, heck, i also have other over the counter powders that i love, ie. Sunwarrior Vegan Raw.  FAVORITE too!!!

Well, i was worried because i noticed my dad hasn’t been eating 100% great. I’m home and watch what he eats, and i had a sit down, heart to heart with him, that i’m already without a mother, i would prefer not to be a lost child, so he needs to start taking care of himself.  He figured it was worth a shot.  Well, to introduce him to it! I made him my Shakeology Muffin that i eat every morning.  He has A VERY PICKY PALATE.  For someone who is very “vanilla” and meat and potatoes, you’d think he has a side job as a five star critic.  I would get him cupcakes back in NY from places renowned for their bakery pieces, and he was respond “eh, it’s okay”.  I was a little nervous yesterday morning.  But, after one bite, he LOVED it!!  He loves that not only can it satisfy a nutritional need, but also the chocolate craving!

You’ve all probably seen recipes floating around the internet with different microwave muffins.  I actually got my base recipe from a few sites…  and it was more for my Protein Waffles.  I started to have trouble with bananas, which i usually use, and tried to substitute pumpkin puree instead.  It worked great!!  So…. here is my Shakeology Muffin recipe! And the best thing about it, IT’S EASY! i make it the night before and just pop it in to warm it up for breakfast!

1/4 C Egg Whites

1/4 C Pumpkin Puree (or a mashed banana)

1/4 C water, almond milk, or i actually like to use the flavor Polar Seltzer waters

1 Scoop Shakeology

I spray a little container with some coconut oil cooking spray, mix everything together and then pop it in the microwave for 3-4 minutes.  Depends on your microwave!

Simple as that!!

I will sometimes add some flavor drops (i get mine from Netrition).  And i will usually top it with Peanut flour (i use Protein Plus Peanut Flour, also available from Netrition.  there is NO added sugar to that brand).

I have tried to use other protein powders and they come up “gummy’ after taking them out of the microwave.  Shakeology is by far the BEST tasting and consistency of them all with my recipe!

I’ve also used the Vegan Tropical too!  Great with fruit!

If you have any questions about my experience with Shakeology please feel free to message me!!

What is your favorite Microwave Muffin recipe???

What’s your favorite protein powder?

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Happy New Year rung in with a little champs salsa!

Happy Happy Happy New Year!! (and I have to say, a HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY TWIN SISSY!)  We turned the BIG 3-0 yesterday. Yikes! hehe!

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I hope all of you had a safe and wonderful evening.  I what I wish, even more, is for a wonderful 2013 for you.  I was watching Piers Morgan the other morning and he had Pastor Rick Warren on.  Pastor Rick made a profound statement. Piers had asked him about the holidays and people who have had something bad happen.  Pastor Rick said that the easiest way to get over a bad memory surrounded by a holiday is to create a new positive memory.  I think that statement can be shifted beyond a holiday, and put onto the New Year.

New Year’s are blank slates.  We get to start anew.  No, we don’t erase our pasts, or forget the people that hurt us, struggles we had, or the ones we lost.  We will always carry those things in our hearts.  BUT, the important thing is to move beyond them.  Don’t let them control you, or those situations dictate your life.  You are the one that holds the key to your body, mind and soul.  Yes, I believe we have a bigger power who knows our master plan, BUT, we need to drive the car!  Without us driving it, we will stay in idle, neutral on a flat land.

A beautiful Tone it Up girl from IG, Stephytonesitup posted this photo yesterday and it was such a profound quote.

Write your next chapter… I am….

Well, okay now to my lil creation!  I think this is the first recipe i’ve come up with in a long time.  (i usually get into a habit and eat the same things day after day..)
I have the #elf4health challenge and Elle and Lindsay to thank for this one.  I was invited by my beautiful BFF and her hubby to spend New Years with them.  I wanted to make something that was healthy, festive, fun and something I could eat!  There are so few items on that list!

I came up with….

Watermelon Cranberry Champs Salsa!

2-3 cups chopped watermelon (seedless)1 c cranberries that I put in the Magic Bullet to chop
2-3 T jalapeno (diced, no seeds)
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/4 cup champagne
2 T lime juice
diced avocado (not shown)

Super easy! Mix!  Add the avocado at the end and serve!

Happy New Year!

Make 2013 Amazing!

oxo

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Happy Little Distracting Friday! (and i feel like a little celebrity)

First, I have to say a GIGANTIC thank you Meg from A Dash of Meg and Laura from Sprint2theTable. I have been following these girls for a LONG time on their blogs. They are two women that have inspired me to follow my dream of entering this blogging world. Also, they have been inspiring through my fitness journey. Even being “fit”, it’s still a struggle some days to get up off my booty and get the job done. Reading blogs, and other people stories, reminds you that you’re not alone!
Hence, my HUGE blog subscription addiction! 😛

So thank, thank, thank you for Meg your #high5fri! PS LOVE THE NEW button!! 🙂 And a very big Thank you to Laura for giving me one of my new FAVORITE snacks!!

I also was SOOOO EXCITED last weekend! I think this was as close to meeting a celebrity for me! (yes, i’m a dork!).  My soulmate workout creator, Chalene Johnson liked my photo on Instagram!! Then, not only that, her sister, Jenelle Summers, commented on one of my photos!! Talk about motivation to keep going!  These two gals are an amazing representation of taking a dream and making it a reality!  Not only motivating in fitness, but life in general!!

Back to reality…

Today, my dad and I needed a little distraction, so we decided to go Apple Picking.  We do live in Upstate NY!  Well, google then informed me that unfortunately, due to a early bloom in April and then a frost in May we don’t have any UPick Apples in the area.  So we got in the car and drove to Hudson Valley.  I’m not 100% sure where we ended up, but somewhere near Poughkeepsie.  We went to Dubois Farms.  They had a beautiful farm, and were getting ready for a festival tomorrow.  The woman at the counter informed us that they had two varieties of apples available for picking, one was Gala and then there was another one I can’t remember.  But I wasn’t sure which one was more tart.  My dad went back in and asked, and came back out with one of the owners!  He was a great guy and told us about a few other varieties they had.  They were opening two other rows tomorrow for the Festival, but let us pick from them today.  Proof IT NEVER HURTS TO ASK!

This worked into our advantage.  We got to get almost 15 lbs of Crimson Crisp.  I have never heard of this type!  Sweet and tart and DELICIOUS!!!

Had to grab a photo of my dad and his happy moment!  He was so excited about the tree picker thingie!  He was gone in a total of 5.2 seconds!

I know it may sound like I complain that “i live with my dad…”  However, I DO NOT regret moving in with him for a second.  Our relationship has completely changed.  When my mom was alive, she was my best friend.  I told her EVERYTHING.  I really mourned the loss of that after she died.  Heck, I still mourn that.  However, I now have that with him.  My dad worked his butt off to give my mom, sister and I the life we could have hoped for.  That sacrifice was working 12 hour days.  We had a good relationship with him, don’t get me wrong! But it was mostly weekend time.  I can now tell him anything and everything.  He is both supportive by motivating me as well as calling me out on things!  When I move away from him, I will miss him like crazy.  But I know it will be good for us to grow on our own!
Us being together for the last 2.5 years has been the ultimate expression that “Everything Happens for a Reason”.

 

Do you believe everything happens for a reason?

What’s your favorite variety of apple??

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Protein recipe with a dash of crazy setting in

So, I’ve only been unemployed from my full time job for a hot second and I’ve already got ants in my pants!  I’m giving myself till the end of the week.  If i don’t hear back from anyone about any other job prospects, I’ll have to do something.  I’m by no means a sitter!

I also think the more I “sit” or have little to do, the more I think.  Have you ever become a prisoner of your own mind?  It’s no wonder I’m so “fit”.  I focus my bored attention to fitness and staying healthy!  I know the decision I made was the RIGHT one for me.  I know it.  Now, I just have to actually BELIEVE it!

This past weekend, my dad and I went to the Cape to visit with my Nanny.  She’s got a bit of dementia setting in, rather quick I might add, so it was good to go visit her.  While we were there, we decided to say “hello” to my mom.  She’s been gone for 2 1/2 years now.  One of her most favorite places to be was at the beach.  My dad and I have gotten into the habit of saying “hi” to her by sending balloons up with a note attached.  We were FINALLY together at the beach, so we did just that.

We also took a little photo of us!  Some nice stranger stopped to grab one of Fumble, dad and I.

After that was where trouble ensues.  My 185 Lb newfie decided he DID NOT want to get in the car.  After 45 minutes of trying to go up his “steps”, I had remembered seeing a nice young strapping chap running down the beach.  West Dennis beach ends, there’s no where to go, so I knew he had to make his way BACK towards us.  We waited, and waited. Finally he showed up.  I politely apologized for ruining his workout, but said I could add some extra lifting to it if he wanted.  So, the three of us lifted Fumble into the car.  The guy and I in the front legs, Dad with the tail!  I should say i’m embarrassed, but I’m not.  This is not the first time I have had to ask someone for assistance.  ::Shaking head::

I love that darn dog!

Now onto my recipe!!  I got creative last week with some inspiration from A Dash of Meg and Sprint2TheTable with their ‘custard’ recipes.  I also love my carrot pudding from GlutenFreeHappyTummy.  Why not make my own little Fall creation!!

Carrot Tofu Protein Pudding with Pumpkin! Makes two small snacks or 1 meal

  • Ingredients:  1/4 C Carrots (steamed), 1/4 Pumpkin Puree, 1/4 inch slice of tofu (i used low calorie firm), Dash of Oriental 5 spice, 1/2 scoop Protein Powder, 2 Tablespoons of Cranberries.

Directions:  Steam your carrots.  I’m a microwave queen and use the Ziploc baggies. Add your carrots, tofu, pumpkin and use the hand mixer to blend.  Then stir in cranberries, spices and protein powder.  Put in the fridge and voila Thanksgiving Vegan style! 🙂

**If you don’t like tofu, you can put in 2 tablespoons of raw soaked cashews instead.

Is fall your favorite time of year?  What’s your favorite fall meal/recipe??

Do you struggle sometimes to believe that “everything happens for a reason”??

PB2 Bowl!

This past weekend, I got a little creative in the kitchen.  The oven scares me.  Baking scares me.  When you’re gluten free, baking does not come that easy!! It’s almost a new science.  If baking requires measurements and specifics, take that and multiply by 1000!

I have always had a tough go with the flours.  From my studies on the blogs and my Tone it Up Nutrition Plan, I learned that I can bake with protein powder.  I’ve gotten quite good with that!
I do love my peanut flour too!  So I decided to get a little creative.  I did some research about other bloggers who have used flours.  I found one on my favorite GlutenFreeHappyTummy for almond flour and I made my modifications. This weekend, I made peanut butter flour bowl!  It came out quite good!  Go figure!

Here’s the recipe and photos!!

PB2 Bowl (yields 2 bowls)

  • 4 TB PB2
  • 1 Egg White
  • 1/2 Tsp of Extra virgin olive oil
  • Dash of Salt
  • Dash of 5 Spice
  • Parchment Paper cut into 4 squares

Preheat the oven to 375 Degrees.  In a bowl, mix all of the ingredients.  It will look thick.

Then take your pieces of parchment paper and place 1/2 of the mixture into the middle of the rectangles.  Smoosh the second half of paper and roll out or flatten mixture until it is very thin.

I placed the parchment over the bottom rounds of a cupcake tin to get the “bowl” effect.

Bake for approximately 9 minutes.  Remove, and the parchment should just come off.  The bowl should be firm.  Now you can fill it with whatever you like!! On Saturday, I ate one half and filled it with Sprint2theTable inspired Jeggs, strawberry and eggs!

Today, I filled it with Protein Powder frosting.  However, I did not take a photo because my Chocolate Shakeology didn’t look very pretty inside the bowl! Not all yummy food is photo worthy!  Plus, I it was so good I ate it before I could even take a photo!

Have you ever made anything out of the “box” or odd sounding but delicious??