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Happy [early] WIAW everyone!

This week I show you some goodies and a few products I tried this past week. And also, yep you guessed it; a recipe! Thanks Jen for hosting this awesome food party, enjoy!

Celsius; Have you ever heard of them? “Celsius, burn more.” I wanted to see what the hype was about with this drink and surprisingly, it did nothing for me (even with 200mg of caffeine). But I do like that it has some vitamins plus tastes pretty good. I had one before my a.m yoga and it was a nice “pick me up” but nothing more.Post yoga, I had yogurt goodness; plain Greek with vanilla protein powder, chia, pumpkin and sunflower seeds. I also had an orange and some almonds on the side.Since I was super eager to try them out, I ended up having two of the new Luna [GF] protein bars in one day. Whoops! First up is the lemon vanilla. Now my favorite is the cherry almond. I have to say it was pretty good as I didn’t think I was going to like the “white coating” but it had a nice lemon flavor with a hint of vanilla.But of the two, the chocolate coconut almond was my favorite. It reminded me of the Balance dark chocolate coconut bar and I would definitely buy it again. The reason I like the Luna’s is because they have a good source of B12 and iron. I need all the iron I can get!Onto an actual meal, my brother and I went to Friendly’s last Friday. They actually revamped their menu and I ended up getting their burger salad minus the cheese and bacon. I enjoyed it, but wished the burger was bigger. Then we ended at Orange Leaf for some froyo goodness; I had peanut butter, pistachio and classic tart with raspberries, granola, walnuts and a peanut butter drizzle. Mmmm!I had my one double last week and got to meal prepping; oats with vanilla protein and chia seeds, chicken with broccoli and green beans, Chobani’s simply 100 vanilla (my fav!), apples, almonds, protein mocha and my vitamins.Now, it’s a been a minute since my last recipe, but I was craving ice cream and thought I’d shared my craving with y’all! I wanted coffee, chocolate and ice cream all a the same time. I decided to just combine it all and see where it took me.

And here is where I landed; A banana and mocha infused protein “ice cream.” Yep, that is where I went and it was so good. No I didn’t have time for pictures because well, I was busy devouring it! So here is a little snap shot of it but I am sure if you blend the following together you will get the same delicious result.Banana-Mocha Protein “Ice Cream”  Ingredients (Serves One):

  • 1 Medium Banana, Chopped and Frozen
  • 1/4 cup Non-Dairy Milk
  • 2 Tbsps Chocolate Protein Powder
  • Dash of Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Coffee (I used Green Mountain Chocolate Cappuccino)
  • 1 tsp Maple Syrup (*optional)
  • 1 tsp Maple Almond Butter (*optional)

Simply mix everything into a blender and blend away. Top with chia seeds, some nuts and extra Greek yogurt or eat as is!

My serving had about 10g of protein. It depends on what you use for your protein and milk but I used Top Nutrition’s Chocolate Ice Cream protein, unsweetened soy for the milk and added the almond butter.

Question: Have you tried any of the new Luna bars or the Celsius energy drinks? Are a banana “ice cream” fan?

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