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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!

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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21 HEALTHY Halloween Recipes for Kids and Adults

Halloween can be a tricky time to eat healthy.  With candy absolutely everywhere and parties full of delicious treats it can be easy to not make the best food choices and to go overboard.  To help you and your waist line get through these troubling times I put together a list of 21 great Halloween treats to bring to parties or make for the kids!  I hope you enjoy!

 

Candy Corn Snack from Family Fresh Meals

Healthy Halloween Snack Candy Corn Fruit Cocktail - Family Fresh Meals

Pretzel Brooms by Cocinando con catman

 Escobas de Bruja de Queso. Receta

Carrot Finger Food by Chicanol

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Stuffed Jack-O-Lanterns by Healthful Pursuit

Halloween Hummus Plate by POP Sugar

Honeydew Bats from Shaken Together Life

Honeydew bats at shakentogetherlife.com #shop

Monster Sandwiches from Jens Own Road

 

Veggie Pumpkin from Siriously Delicious

 

Halloween 5 Layer Dip by Stylishly Ever After

Apple Monsters from Cute Food for Kids

 

Orange Jack-O-Lantern Fruit Bowls by Frugal Coupon Living

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Clementine Pumpkins and Banana Ghosts from One Little Project

Clementine Pumpkins and Banana Ghosts - This is such an adorable and healthy Halloween snack idea!

Halloween Pasta Salad from My Little Boob Cancer

Healthy Halloween Pasta Salad Healthy Halloween Pasta Salad

Jack-O-Lantern Sweet Potato Fries by Babble

Jack-o-Lantern Sweet Potato Fries

Frightful Fruit Kebabs from She Knows

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Crunchy Halloween Mummies from Betty Crocker

Crunchy Halloween Mummies

Carrot Rice Ball Jack-O-Lanterns by Apron Strings Blog

Rice Ball Jack o Lanterns

Other delicious ideas I found (not able to find original sources):

Evil smiles made with apple slices, peanut butter, and marshmallows

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Popcorn Hands

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Frankenstein Veggie Platters

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25 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

With fall in full swing in most places across the US, it is that time in which we all love pumpkin!  Many of you may be wondering how to fit some delicious pumpkin foods in to your diet without ruining your macros or calories.   So I put together a list of 25 great HEALTHY recipes I found that aren’t loaded with oil or sugar.  Hope you enjoy!

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal with Vanilla Whipped Cream from Barefeet in the Kitchen

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal with Vanilla Whipped Cream recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

 

Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Bake from Running with Spoons

Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Bake -- soft, doughy, and loaded with pumpkin flavour! || runningwithspoons.com #pumpkin #oatmeal #breakfast

 

Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites from The NY Melrose Family

Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites Healthy Snack Idea

 

Pumpkin Protein Pancakes from Live Fit Love Food

 

Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake from Brittsfit 🙂

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Pumpkin Cupcakes with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting by SkinnyTaste

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cheesecake Cups from Ari’s Menu

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cheesecake Cups #glutenfree

 

Pumpkin Pie Protein Chocolate Chip Fudge by Purely Twins

healthy pumpkin pie protein fudge

 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Cookies by Ari’s Menu

Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Cookies #vegan #glutenfree

 

Light Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse from PopSugar

 

Pumpkin Spice Baked Donuts from The Lemon Bowl

Pumpkin Spice Baked Donuts - The Lemon Bowl

 

Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes from Frannycakes

gluten free pumpkin spice cupcakes

 

Clean Eating Pumpkin Pie by The Gracious Pantry

Clean Eating Pumpkin Pie

Flourless Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies by Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Flourless + Secretly Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. These have received RAVE reviews!

 

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dip by A Night Owl

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dip - all the flavors of Autumn in one simple, super-delicious Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dip. | #recipe #pumpkin

 

Pumpkin Applesauce Muffins by Southern In Law

Healthy Pumpkin Applesauce Muffins - gluten free, vegan, low fat, sugar free

 

Skinny Pumpkin Pie For One by Back For Seconds Blog

Skinny Pumpkin Pie for One by Back For Seconds #singleserving #holiday #healthy

 

60 Calorie Healthy Pumpkin Bars by Undressed Skeleton

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Pumpkin Banana Bread from Skinnytaste

 

Paleo Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon Vanilla Frosting by Paleonewbie

Paleo Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon-Vanilla Frosting

 

Skinny Starbucks Pumpkin Scones by The Skinny Fork

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Pumpkin Truffles from My Whole Food Life

Pumpkin Truffles - My Whole Food Life

 

Pumpkin Baked French Toast from Chocolate Covered Katie

Pumpkin baked french toast- the perfect recipe for Thanksgiving breakfast!

 

Healthy Bacon and Pumpkin Pasta by Pinch of Yum

Healthy Bacon & Pumpkin Pasta

 

Pumpkin and Fried Sage Flatbread by Foodie Crush

Pumpkin and Fried Sage Flatbread from FoodieCrush

Hope you have enjoyed this selection I put together!  There are plenty of HEALTHY ways to enjoy pumpkin this fall!

 

 

 

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)
NOM
NOM

Instructions

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

Guilt Free Apple Cobbler

Healthy Apple Cobbler
Healthy Apple Cobbler

I don’t know about where anyone else lives, but here in Alaska it feels like fall.  The leaves are already changing to gorgeous colors and the weather has cooled off.  The weather makes me crave all of the delicious foods that go along with fall.  One of which is apple cobbler!  I love cobbler but it can tend to have a lot of carbs and sugar depending on how it is prepared.   So I set out to make a healthier and SUPER quick version.

For the topping I would normally think to use oatmeal, but since I have been loving these Smart Bars and they are made of oatmeal anyway, they were the logical solution!

Smart Bars
Smart Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 Detour Smart Bar (Apple or Blueberry flavor)
  • 1/2 apple (any kind)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp stevia
  • Whipped cream or greek frozen yogurt for topping (optional)
Pre-whipped cream
Pre-whipped cream

Instructions

  1. Cut up apple into small cubes.
  2. Add to small ramekin and top with cinnamon and stevia.
  3. Crumble Smart Bar on top of apple mixture.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes at 350.  Or microwave for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Top with whipped cream or frozen yogurt.
  6. Enjoy your healthy and guilt free dessert!
Perfect fall dessert.. without the guilt
Perfect fall dessert.. without the guilt

Easy Protein Pancakes

Easy protein pancakes.  I'm in.
Easy protein pancakes?  I’m in.

After quite a long time now of eating healthy, I have tried many recipes for protein pancakes.  I have become somewhat of a connoisseur if you will.  Some are definitely better than others.  I have found that many of the recipes can be dry to the point I can barely swallow them.  Others just taste bland and boring.  While yet another negative aspect is that many of them take quite a long time to put everything together.  Then you have to cook them on low and it can take quite a while before they are ready.   That is fine if you are not in a hurry, however on days you are in a rush they usually aren’t going to cut it.

So when I heard about ProCakes premixed protein pancake mix, I was intrigued.  With this mix you only have to add milk and an egg.  I was a little skeptical at first because of many of my previous experiences but I am pretty open to new things so I decided to give them a shot.  I was offered a sample of this mix from ProCakes to try and review (unpaid) so what did I have to lose?

ProCakes pancake mix
ProCakes pancake mix

The mix calls for 1 egg and 1/3 cup milk.  I mixed the ProCakes mixture with an egg and subbed almond milk.  I bet you could probably use just egg whites too if you wanted to cut out some of the fat.  As far as cooking they were quite easy to cook compared to many recipes.  They were a breeze to flip and didn’t burn easily like many other recipes I have made (though I did burn mine a bit because I was trying to multitask while cooking and left them alone way too long 😦 )

In a few minutes, I had protein pancakes that were ready to eat!  I have to say I was very impressed with this mix.  The taste was amazing with a light, buttery type flavor.  The texture was light and fluffy and not too dense at all.  The taste of these was very comparable to “regular” pancakes.  It was quite a surprise!  I added some blueberries to one of mine as well to see how that would work and it turned out perfectly (some recipes get weird when you add fruit!).

Also, for my Celiac friends, these pancakes are GLUTEN FREE!!!

Nice and puffy!
Nice and puffy!

Did I mention these have no added sugar? NICE!

Overall I was highly impressed with these pancakes and would definitely get them again.   If you would like to try some for yourself, the website is:  http://www.procakes.com/

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Go getcha some ProCakes!

*I was sent this sample from ProCakes to give an honest review.  I was not paid to endorse the product.