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Peanut Butter Protein Fluff

Peanut Butter Protein Fluff
Peanut Butter Protein Fluff

One of my favorite things to make when I have a lot of leftover protein macros to meet is PROTEIN FLUFF!  Protein fluff has similar ingredients to a protein shake but is much more voluminous and filling.   And when you are constantly STARVING despite eating over 2000 calories a day, you need to eat volume foods in order to help you stay full.

How is protein fluff different than a shake?  Well the answer comes down to one little ingredient: xanthan gum! Xanthan gum is a powder that is used to add thickness and volume.   It is sometimes used in shakes and drinks like frappucinos to keep them from separating.  Xanthan gum is also gluten-free so you can use it if you are sensitive to gluten.  Xanthan gum can be purchased at most grocery stores in the health or baking areas.

So now that we know what protein fluff is, let’s get down to how to make it!

Dessert is served
Dessert is served

Ingredients

  • 1 Scoop Protein Powder (I used Cellucor Peanut Butter Marshmallow)
  • 1 Tbsp Xanthan Gum
  • 1 Cup Almond Milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 Cup of Ice

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender.
  2. Blend for several minutes.   You will notice at first the fluff seems like a normal shake, but it will slowly start to thicken and expand.
  3. Top with toppings of choice!  I used peanut butter, a few dark chocolate chips and 2 mini oreos that I crushed up.
Close up of this deliciousness
Close up of this deliciousness

This recipe is highly customizable!  You can change it up depending on the flavor of protein you use and the toppings you add.   Sometimes I use cake batter protein with sprinkles, or mint chocolate protein with chocolate cookies and whipped cream!

If you would like to try some of the delicious protein flavors Cellucor offers such as Corfetti, Peanut Butter Marshmallow, Mint Chocolate, Red Velvet in your protein fluff, I still have a coupon code!

My favorite protein powder Use code "Cellucorfit" for 25% off!
My favorite protein powder Use code “Cellucorfit” for 25% off!
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Cellucor C4 vs. BSN N.O.-Xplode: The Battle of the Pre-Workouts

Pre-workouts seem to be a hot topic lately. I personally choose to use them on occasion when I am feeling tired and would otherwise struggle with a workout.  I do not rely on them everyday, though.

The ingredients for each specific brand and blend are different (and not all of them contain caffeine or stimulants!)  The specific blend of ingredients usually helps to maintain energy, focus and muscle endurance.   Many also contain BCAAs (Branch Chain Amino Acids) which are absolutely necessary for muscle growth and used by muscles as fuel.  Using BCAAs helps to decrease muscle breakdown during tough workouts.  Finally, many pre-workout supplements include nitric oxide which can help reduce fatigue, increase oxygen to muscles, aid in quicker recovery and help with performance.

(http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/6-reasons-use-nitric-oxide.htm)

Usually just a half scoop will give me the drive to get through the workout and feel motivated. Whether you use them or not is a highly personal choice.  Though they should definitely be used with caution.   If you have never used one, you should start with a half scoop to assess tolerance.  Avoid pre-workouts if you have any heart issues.

There are many pre-workouts on the market at this point.  However two of the top competitors seem to be C4 and N.O.-Xplode.  After receiving a sample of Cellucor’s C4 I decided to see how it lived up to the BSN N.O.-Xplode that I had been using.

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Popularity

Both products are on the Bodybuilding.com Top 10 Best Selling Pre-Workout list.  Both are two of the more commonly used pre-workouts and are both sold in many locations.

Taste

The flavors that I tried were Blue Raspberry C4 and Fruit Punch N.O.-Xplode.  ( I have also tried Watermelon N.O.-Xplode and I prefer the Fruit Punch).   As much as I like my old favorite N.O.-Xplode, I have to say the taste of the C4 was better.   C4 has a pretty true Blue Raspberry flavor with no aftertaste.  Not too powerful.   The taste of N.O.-Xplode is also quite good but can be slightly overwhelming.

Ease of Mixing

I hate to say it, but C4 definitely won on this one.  It mixes quite a bit easier than the N.O.-Xplode.  C4 dissolves quite quickly while N.O.-Xplode usually takes a few minutes of stirring and still sometimes leaves residue.

The N.O.-Xplode does not mix quite as easily.
The N.O.-Xplode does not mix quite as easily.
The C4 mixes with little effort.
The C4 mixes with little effort.

Foaming

While this wouldn’t be something I would normally mention in a review, a few people I have talked to say they don’t like N.O.-Xplode because it foams up quite a bit and that takes a few minutes to go down.  The foaming doesn’t bother me either way so that is not something that sways my vote.

Clearly the N.O.-Xplode has quite a bit more foam.
Clearly the N.O.-Xplode has quite a bit more foam.

 

Overall Effectiveness

In my opinion both work about the same.  They both give me enough energy to get my workout done and to feel pumped.  I have heard some people say they feel C4 is more powerful but I didn’t necessarily notice that.

However, after all was said and done, I have to say the Cellucor C4 definitely won my love.  I am kind of in love with the Blue Raspberry taste and not getting little chunks of it that weren’t mixed made a huge difference to me.

If you would like to try Cellucor C4 for yourself, I have a coupon code for 25% off your order from www.Cellucor.com with code “CELLUCORFIT”

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Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake

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Hello you little gem

Yes I went there.  I made 2 pumpkin recipes in a row.  Don’t act like you don’t love it.  I have been making these shakes for over a month now but just got around to taking some pics of them.   But it’s worth the wait.  Perfect little post workout fall treat.

EAT ALL THE PUMPKIN FOODS
EAT ALL THE PUMPKIN FOODS

Ingredients

  • 1 scoop Cellucor Cinnamon Swirl protein powder
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 /2 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Stevia (optional)
  • Ice
  • Whipped cream (optional)
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Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients.
  2. Top with whipped cream and extra pumpkin pie spice (optional)
  3. Enjoy.
Best fall treat.
Best fall treat.