Birthday Cake Protein Pancakes

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Cake.  Birthday cake to be specific.  I love it.  I used to eat those Funfetti cupcakes ALL OF THE TIME.  Probably why I gained weight in the past.  However I still have a love of cake and that flavor which is why Cellucor’s Corfetti protein powder has been my favorite protein powder that I have tried so far.    The flavor is amazing so I knew it would be great for protein pancakes.

I used a recipe I found on Spoonful of Fit’s website.  The recipe was for Whipped Vanilla Pancakes but I adjusted it.  Here is the original recipe: http://www.spoonfuloffit.com/2014/02/whipped-vanilla-pancakes.html.

DIG IN!
DIG IN!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup spelt flour (or oat flour)
  • 1/2 scoop Cellucor Corfetti protein powder
  • 1/4 cup egg whites
  • 2 TBSP greek yogurt (plain)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 packets of stevia

Directions

  1. Mix all dry ingredients first.
  2. Then add all other ingredients and mix until everything is mixed well.
  3. Cook on low heat on a pan sprayed with cooking spray or coconut oil.  I made 4 small pancakes with this recipe.
  4. I topped these with more greek yogurt (about 1 TBSP) that I had mixed with stevia (to taste) and another tablespoon of the Corfetti protein (1 TBSP).
  5. Top with sprinkles!

Enjoy your healthy and protein packed birthday cake pancakes!

Calories: 252, 2f, 26c, 31p, 5f.

Birthday cake explosion of goodness
Birthday cake explosion of goodness

 

Protein Frappucino

Delicious.. and HEALTHY
Delicious.. and HEALTHY

Now that it is almost summer here in Alaska (yes we consider 40 degrees and sunny summer! 🙂 ) I have been craving more frozen drinks again.   I always like the idea of Starbucks frappucinos but they are just WAY too sweet for me.  Not to mention all of the fat and calories which I would rather spend on FOOD then a drink!  So I started making these protein frappucinos to get the same type of drink but a LOT healthier!

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Ingredients

  • 1 scoop protein powder (any flavor you like!)
  • 1 cup almond milk (or other milk)
  • 1 TBSP espresso powder
  • 1/2 TBSP xanthan gum ( optional but makes it thicker like a real frappucino)
  • Stevia to taste (Optional.. I don’t use)
  • Ice cubes (6-7 small or 4-5 large)
  • Whipped cream (optional)

Instructions

  1. Mix in a blender protein, ice, milk, espresso powder and xanthan gum.  If using xanthan gum mix a few extra seconds to let it fluff up the drink.
  2. Pour into fun jar or mug.
  3. Top with whipped cream!
  4. Enjoy!

This is a really simple and quick protein recipe that I like to use when I work out first thing in the morning.  Caffeine AND protein in ONE!  🙂

MMM
MMM

 

PB&J Overnight Oats

PB&J Overnight Oats
PB&J Overnight Oats

Today was quite the adventure.  I had a fun trip planned to go hike on one of Alaska’s many glaciers.  Unfortunately life had other plans.  When we arrived at the glacier (a 2 hour drive) there was no one at the admissions area so I had to call the number for the land owners.  They told me that due to the spring melt the glacier conditions were bad and that there was waist deep mud.   I have to admit I was extremely devastated because I had been wanting to come back to the glacier for 2 years.  But my friends and I made the most of it and got lots of great landscape shots and even saw some animals (bald eagles, falcons and sheep on a cliff).  Overall it was a great trip.  I think the fact that we are positive and made it into a fun time was the biggest factor.  Instead of getting upset we made the most out of it.  Positivity is 99% of having a good life in my opinion.  You can’t choose what happens to you but you CAN choose how you react!

Deliciousness
Deliciousness

Since we left early I packed my trusty overnight oats.  I went with a PB&J flavor.  The recipe is quite simple and very filling.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 Cup Oats (NOT INSTANT)
  • 1 TBSP Chia Seeds
  • 1/2 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1 TBSP vanilla
  • 1 Small Container Greek Yogurt (Or 1 Cup)
  • 1-2 TBSP Peanut Butter (OR PB2!)
  • Strawberries

Instructions

1.  In a bowl, mix oats, milk and chia seeds and vanilla.

2. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

3. In the morning (can also do this part at night) mix your greek yogurt and PB.  The amount you choose is up to you based on your macro nutrient needs.  Use PB2 if you can’t do the fat in regular PB.

4.  Layer in a jar and add sliced strawberries.  You can also use real jelly if you want but I don’t really like jelly much.  Sometimes I heat up the berries in a mug and mix them with
stevia so they become jelly like which is another option you can try.

You can add Stevia to your layers if you like your oats sweeter. I prefer without though.

Hope you enjoy this easy, delicious and customizable recipe! 🙂

OOIAJ = Overnight Oats In A Jar
OOIAJ = Overnight Oats In A Jar

Healthy Buffalo Chicken Pizza

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Is this real life?

Buffalo chicken wings.  Pizza.  Two of my favorite things but sadly they aren’t really very healthy.  If I want them I will go ahead and have them in moderation.  However, I usually prefer to make healthier versions so I can eat MORE food!  More is ALWAYS better.  (Ok not always but usuallly.)  So I decided to make a healthy combination of the two items!

This recipe is actually really easy if you have the chicken made in advance.  I usually take Sunday to cook some meat for the week so I don’t have to wait around for it to cook after work when I am STARVING.   You could also have the chicken in the crockpot during the day and make the pizza for dinner.  If you make this chicken you can divide it in to tupperwares for the week and use on wraps, salads, etc.

Buffalo Chicken Ingredients

  • 3-4 Chicken Breasts
  • 3/4 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
  • 3 Laughing Cow Cream Cheese wedges (optional)
  • 2-3 TBSP Ranch seasoning powder

Directions

  • Add chicken breasts to crock pot.
  • Top with Franks Red Hot Sauce and the ranch seasoning powder.  For the Franks I usually don’t measure, just enough to get a good coat on the chicken breasts and a little extra.
  • Cook on high 4 hours or low 8 hours.The last 30 minutes I add in the cream cheese wedges (can leave out if you want) and stir.
  • When the chicken is done it will shred easily.

This recipe is not exact science.  You can tweak it easily to your own tastes and add more or less of anything and it works.  I never measure.

Now that we have the chicken ready we can use it to make our PIZZA!!!

Pizza Ingredients

  • 1 Flatout Wrap (Found in most grocery stores)
  • 1 Laughing Cow Wedge (I used the Queso flavor)
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese (I used 1 serving of skim mozzarella)
  • Chopped Onions
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Any other toppings you like

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spread cream cheese on Flatout wrap.
  3. Lay wrap on baking sheet (I cover in foil because no one wants dishes!)
  4. Add mozzarella cheese and any other toppings you want.
  5. Bake for 14-17 mins or until the cheese melts.  All ovens are different so you may have to watch it toward the end… unless you like burned pizza!
  6. Use a pizza cutter to cut into slices.
  7. Enjoy your healthier pizza dinner!
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Mmm melty cheesy goodness

 

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Instead of falling apart, the crust is crispy so you can pick it up!

 

 

 

 

Raspberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats

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I don’t know about anyone else, but I am a HUGE fan of overnight oats.  They are simple, yet filling and extremely easy to make.  There are so many ways to make them and customize them to your own personal taste.  Also, it is easy to make fun recipes that taste amazing and dessert-like.
Such as raspberry cheesecake.
I have been craving cheesecake for weeks but haven’t had any.  Not because I am dieting (would fit that right in to my macros!) but because I haven’t felt like driving to the store.  And my husband doesn’t like cheesecake (WHO ARE YOU RIGHT NOW?) so I haven’t made any.
While dealing with this horrible predicament, I came up with a wonderful idea.  CHEESECAKE OVERNIGHT OATS.  I have to say, this turned out quite delicious.

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Ingredients

1/3 Cup Oats (Not instant oats)

1 Tbsp Vanilla

1 Tbsp Chia Seeds

1/2 Cup Almond Milk (Or whatever milk you use)

1 Cup Greek Yogurt ( I use plain, you can use vanilla if you like)

2 TBSP Cheesecake Pudding Powder

1 TBSP Graham Cracker Crumbs (I didn’t have any so I used French Toast Flavored Goldfish!)

1/4 Cup Raspberries

Stevia (Optional)

Directions

  1. Before bed, mix oats, almond milk, chia seeds, and vanilla.  Cover and refrigerate.
  2. Mix greek yogurt and pudding mix.  Mix well to make it very creamy.  You can add extra stevia if you like things sweeter.
  3. In the morning layer oats, yogurt mix and raspberries in your jar.
  4. Top with graham cracker crumbs.
  5. ENJOY!!

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Baked Omelettes

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Breakfast.. the most important meal of the day.  Yet SO many people skip it!  Why? There are many reasons, but one I hear a lot is that people don’t have time.  Well, thankfully there are many breakfast options that can be prepped the night before.  Our bodies need food in the morning.  After fasting all night we need nutrients to get our days started so we aren’t grouchy and running on empty.  This is where my egg bakes come in.  Healthy and low carb, packed with protein and veggies.

These are basically the easiest thing to make and you can customize them based on your personal preferences.

Ingredients

  • Egg Whites (Or eggs)
  • Vegetables (Spinach, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, etc)
  • Cheese (feta, cheddar, etc)
  • Meat (Crumbled bacon, ham chunks, etc)
  • Hot sauce, salsa, etc for toppings

Other than the eggs all ingredients are optional.  Add what YOU personally like!

Instructions:

  1. The night before, take a small ramekin and spray with a little cooking spray.
  2. Chop any veggies you like and add to ramekin.
  3. Add any cheese (I like feta), crumbled bacon, ham, etc.
  4. In the morning before you get ready, add egg whites (or eggs) on top.
  5. Throw in the oven at 375 for about 30 mins uncovered or until the eggs are no longer liquid.
  6. Get ready for your day.  By the time you are done your breakfast will be too!

Hope you enjoy this easy and delicious breakfast.  I love to eat this topped with Tapatio hot sauce!

 

Banana Protein Pancakes

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I have really been feeling the protein pancakes/waffles lately.  For one thing, there are SO many different recipes.  Plus you can use a million different toppings to create different flavors so they don’t get boring!  And they are really quite filling and satisfying.  This recipe was actually really easy-which I love at 6am when I am making my first breakfast after my workout. Sadly I was not paying attention and burned mine, but they still turned out quite good.  Also, I was out of regular sprinkles so I had to use Christmas sprinkles.  Gives them quite a festive touch!

Ingredients

  • 1 medium banana
  • 1/4 cup protein powder (I used Cellucor Corfetti!)
  • 1 TBSP coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Stevia as desired

Instructions

  1. Mash the banana in a bowl until it is fairly smooth.
  2. Mix in all of the other ingredients.
  3. Cook on a skillet or pan on LOW using coconut oil or cooking spray.  Remember banana pancakes burn easily so make them small and do not cook them on high because they will burn on the outside and still be gooey inside. 

Toppings

As usual I topped these with a mixture of greek yogurt and stevia.  I of course, had to add sprinkles to go with the cake batter theme!

Hope you enjoy these protein packed little gems.

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