Nutritiously Sweet’s Protein Truffles!

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Happy Sunday my friends!

Did you check out the NEW section of Nutritiously Sweet? Yep it has to to with truffles. Dark chocolate protein truffles of course. And to share this sweet tweet with you, I will be doing a giveaway of a batch of eight protein truffles!

Just head on over to the Protein Truffles tab and comment on THIS post which TWO flavors you’d like to try! Who can say no to free dark chocolate protein truffles?

This week I got an email with a bid of bad news. Let’s just say the direction of my life yet again has to take just a  small turn that may last a year. Isn’t that always the case? We all face obstacles but it’s how we deal with them is what defines who we are as individuals. All we can do is keep moving forward.I’ve been studying and training a lot for the AAAI/ISMA conference in August. In case you didn’t know, I am also working towards my cycling certification and even perhaps racing in the future. Just some things that are in the works.Check out those back muscles coming in. Progress makes me happy, may be small but it’s there!My friend took me kayaking (and to dinner) on the Charles River in Boston yesterday. It was such a beautiful day for it.When I headed back home, I made my favorite treat; cut up a dark chocolate protein bar, berries, chia and some natural peanut butter. So delicious!Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for the batch of protein truffles! U.S only (sorry:/) and just comment on this post with two flavors from the Protein Truffles tab you’d like to try!Giveaway ends on July 6th! Happy sweettooth :)

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WIAW #103: Happy 26th; Let’s Have Some Cake or Two!

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Happy WIAW my friends! 

It’s a special one because this passed Sunday on the 22nd, I celebrated my 26th birthday home in New York. As always, thanks Jenn for hosting.wiawphotobutton I have to say I think this was my best birthday yet. The weather was prefect, my whole family was there and everything just went right. Not to mention grabbing some delicious iced island coconut coffee from a rest stop on my way to New York. I just love Green Mountain coffee. The night before we went to a Michael Jackson tribute show at Lehman College for my cousin since he graduated high school! My mom picked up this delicious chocolate mousse cake and you know I ate it! Can’t pass up a good mousse-cake. Two and six are two of my favorite numbers; duh for June and 22 so I think this year is going to be a kick ass one. I woke up early and got a workout in at the very first gym I went to in NY. It’s where I started my weight loss journey almost five years ago. Then my mom and I went to Zumba with one of the best instructors ever; Sharon from Excel Yoga in the Bronx. Thanks for the awesome class as always Sharon! Post workout, we had smoothies from a place across the street called Juice Me. I created my own and had a spinach, kale, raspberry, grapefruit and almond milk smoothie (plus I added my own protein and flax).My dad and I went to a Yankee versus Baltimore game which was half a present to myself and half a late father’s day gift.We definitely had a blast and it was nice to spend some time with him. Plus my team won, so that’s a plus. Sorry dad!I had a chocolate pear ganache cake from my mommy; happy birthday to me! Presents? Spin shoes, a camera, Starbucks gift card, coffee and also a tattoo from my brother; a tree of life (with my frog in it!). Of course a little alcohol was involved. Instead of getting raspberry lambic, I got the peach one since I felt that was a smidge more summer-y. So delicious.

It hit me this morning that I am 26 and four years away from 30 which is crazy. 25 was not such a great year, but things can only go up from here.
I am excited for the AAAI/ISMA Cape Cod Conference coming up in August. Stay tuned for all that jazz :)

We Only Get Stronger

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Happy Saturday everyone!

I am in a fabulous mood. Why? After my work shift I will be heading to the big apple to celebrate my 26th birthday. I am super excited and it’s going to be a nice 3 day, 2 nights “vacation.” I need a break for sure. I’ve been working and training a lot, so it will be quite nice. But don’t think I am going to just not train now y’all. We keep pushing and we only get stronger by doing so!This week my meal plan changed drastically. The majority of my carbs came from fruits and veggies and I ate a ton of almonds, egg whites, lean ground turkey and Garden of Life raw protein powders. I had no “starches.” It was definitely a challenge. There were a couple of times I wanted to give in an have oats but I pushed through. This was just for the week, more of a slim down type thing for my birthday. But I felt much tighter when I woke up in the morning. Not to mention very little to NO dairy. I am lactose intolerant anyway and I couldn’t believe how much better I felt without dairy (note that dairy, rice and oats was for the week before!). I was also not as bloated everyday, which was nice and probably would explain the tighter feeling in the morning. Also hydrated with tons of coconut water like this one from Amazon!I like this particular brand because this flavor is awesome mixed with green tea and it also has #cupuacu, which is supposed to help strengthen your immune system!

I hope everyone has a great weekend and “see you” when I am 26! :)

Past Things: Pancakes, Coffee and Sweets

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Starting the day off like this literally puts me in a happy place.And getting in a good training sesh.Since I have been training more, I haven’t been around the blog world much. But fear not, I am still around. Just need a little break from time to time.Still eating delicious meals. Still enjoying some “healthier” treats. Like a cut up dark chocolate protein bar, added raspberries, natural peanut butter and chia seeds. My, oh my!Or a warm chopped up peanut butter and chia protein muffin with blackberries.Haven’t checked out the recipe? Well get to it :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WIAW #102: Peanut Butter and Chia GF Protein Muffins (Recipe)

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Peanut butter and chia seeds are two of my favorite things right now.

Last WIAW, I made a healthier chocolate protein “cakester.” This week I have a peanut butter and chia protein muffin. I was planning on making it into another variation of the cakester but I got lazy and just topped it instead of cutting it open.

They are so filling and delicious and this batch that I made, each one had about 120 calories, 5g each of fat and cars and 15 grams of protein. Again, these stats are going to vary based on the protein powder and such that you use. Make it your own and enjoy it. As always, thank you Jenn for hosting!Peanut Butter & Chia GF Protein Muffins Ingredients (Makes 3 cupcakes):

  • 1/3 Cup of GF Vanilla Protein Powder (You can sub for peanut butter protein or use any GF flavored protein)
  • 1.5 Tbsp of Smooth Peanut Butter (Plus a Tbsp extra for frosting)
  • 1-2 Tbsps of Non-Dairy Milk
  • 1 tsp of Chia Seeds
  • 1 Whole Medium Egg
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1-2 tsp of [Optional] Sweetner (honey, maple or Stevia will do)
  • Dash of Sea Salt
  • For the frosting, see below*

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees farenheit!

Mix everything well into a bowl until it forms a cake batter consistency. If you find that the batter is too liquidy, add some more protein powder. If you find it to be too thick, a little more milk will do! Divide the batter amongst THREE cupcake molds or small ramekins.

Place batter into the oven for about 10-15 minutes, checking every five. I will say it does depend on what you use. Place a toothpick [and see if it comes out clean] into one of the muffins to make sure it’s cooked. Remove from the oven and let it cool for about 10 minutes.

*For the frosting: Take 1 Tbsp of peanut butter, 1/8 tsp of vanilla extra, 1 Tbsp of protein powder and a splash of milk and mix together to make a frosting. You also can cut the muffin in half and make into a cakester. Either way you slice or don’t, it’s tastey!Question: What are some of YOUR current favorites right now?

Do What We Like And We Like What We Do (+Giveaway Winner)!

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Ever heard that song by Andrew W.K?We do what we like and we like what we do. I like to spin and lift, do you?I’ve been very happy with the progress I am seeing. I wish I took mesaruments and such but I know I don’t keep up with them. I like to use my clothes as judgment and of course any new muscle definition.I also like coffee in ample amounts. My friend and I went to Perfecto’s the other day and I had a gingerbread iced latte. Holy deliciousness!Protein pancakes are a must too.Quest bars are always delicious too, speaking of Quest bars… the winner for the giveaway is Agnetha F @therightfoods (IG)! Thanks to everyone that entered and supported the blog. I will definitly have more giveaway to come this summer so stay tuned and enjoy the weekend! :)

WIAW #101: Sabrina’s “Healthified Chocolate Protein Cakesters (Recipe)”

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Growing up I was never a big fan of oreos.

Deepfried? Yes. Cookies and cream icecream? Heck yeah! My brother was addicted to the oreo cakesters when they came out and initially this recipe was supposed to be a healthy protein brownie. Cleary that didn’t workout, so I decided to make into a cakester.

For this What I Ate Wednesday, I am going to share with you one of my new favorite protein treats for breakfast or a snack. As always, thanks Jenn for hosting this awesome food party.

I won’t post the cals, fat, carbs, or protein because it will vary depending on what you use, but I have used Gameplan and Optimum Nutrition. You are going to get at least 10 per cakester, but could be more depending on your choice of protein.

You can simply eat is as is, but where is the fun in that? You can put anything in the middle and below you will have two different options for this high protein cakester. This recipe is gluten-free, low carb and low fat; enjoy!

“Healthified Chocolate Protein Cakesters” Ingredients (Makes 4 cupcakes/ cakesters):

  • 1/3 Cup of GF Chocolate Protein Powder (You can sub 1/2 for cocoa powder or use any GF flavored protein)
  • 1 Tbsp of Smooth Nut Butter
  • 1-2 Tbsps of Non-Dairy Milk
  • 1 Tbsp of Coconut Oil (You can also use plain Greek yogurt or apple sauce to reduce the fat, but it will chance the taste)
  • 1 Whole Medium Egg
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1-2 tsp of Sweetner (honey, maple or Stevia will do)
  • Dash of Sea Salt
  • For the middle, see below*

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees farenheit!

Mix everything well into a bowl until it forms a cake batter consistency. If you find that the batter is too liquidy, add some more protein powder. If you find it to be too thick, a little more milk or oil will do! Divide the batter amongst four cupcake molds or small ramekins. (Or if you’re feeling lazy, just put it in a small round baking pan and divide into four once cooked. Protein pizzas anyone?)

Place batter into the oven for about 10-15 minutes, checking every five. I will say it does depend on what you use. One protein powder I used took 8 minutes, the other took 15, so just be sure to check on it!

Place a toothpick [and see if it comes out clean] into one of the cakesters to make sure it’s cooked. Remove from the oven and let it cool for about 10 minutes.

*For the middle: Cut the cakester in half (or eat as a cupcake!). You can either mix some plain Greek yogurt with vanilla extract (above picture) or you can take 1/2 Tbsp of nut butter (below). I put some cashew butter into one batch and my, oh my… AMAZING!Question: Have you ever made any high protein treats? Tuffles and protein cakes are my favorite, mostly truffles ;)

*If you haven’t already, tomorrow is the LAST DAY to enter the giveaway and I have a SPECIAL ADD-IN and yes it’s something Quest related. Good luck!

#TravelingGnome: Part II

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Good Afternoon!

Guess who was back this week? The #travelinggnome of course! I went to New York this week to take care of something at the doc’s and it was nice to be back in New York. I hadn’t been since my day trip in February. Though I only spent a day and a half, it was nice to get away from Massachusetts. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Northshore, but we all need a break sometimes right? Before I left on my adventure, I did spin at 5 in the morning and got my sweat on and had this Genesis energy (which was amazing). It was such a great class and it powered me for the 4 hour drive to NY. And while we are here, check out some vein popping. I must say I like when it happens; I feel hulk like. My mom even let me try some dark chocolate coconut “gelato” she me with a little honey, extra coconut and chocolate chips. It was delicious and who can say no to lots o’ chocolate chips?Speaking of coconut, I tried this Steaz with green tea and coconut and my oh my was it amazing. I am huge fan of iced green tea and mixed with coconut? Even better!I am off to rest for the remainder of this Saturday. I hope everyone enjoys their weekend and if you haven’t already, be sure to enter the coconut, chocolate and things giveaway that includes three Quest bars!

‘Question: Every tried Steaz organic drinks? Travel plans for the summer anyone?

Giveaway: Chocolate, Coconut and Things!

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*Updated to announce that I have added THREE of my top favorite Quest bars to the giveaway, oh yeah. Cookies n’ Cream, White Chocolate Raspberry and Double Chocolate Chunk!*

Whoohooo!

In honor of my birthday coming up, I am going to do a giveaway for you guys of my some of my favorite things; which of course includes chocolate and coconut for summer. All you have to do is comment to this post telling me your favorite summer treat and you will be entered. Open to all U.S Residents only!

For addition entries;

  1. Like the Nutritiously Sweet Facebook Page
  2. Follow on Instagram (nutritiouslysweet)
  3. Follow the blog!

Be sure to leave a comment here that you did one of those three or it won’t count. That’s 4 total entries you can have. So what’s in it (note not all is pictured)?

Well we have a few of my favorite snacks (all the bars are gluten-free!): Brownie Crunch thinkThin bars, Dark Chocolate Coconut thinkThin Divine bar, a couple of  dark Rainforest Alliance Balance Bars (Dark Chocolate Crunch and Dark Chocolate Coconut), Uber Larabar in Coconut Macaroon, Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter and Chocolate Hazelnut Butter, Maxwell House Hazelnut Iced Coffee Packets. I also included a few goodies from that food conference I went to like fibered up hot chocolate and mocha mix, antioxidant instant coffee and raspberry infused cranberries from OceanSpray. Be sure to enter and as always thank you guys for all your support! To celebrate myself I bought this It’s a 10 miracle leave in that does wonders for my hair; makes it soft, shiny and bouncy. Definitely check it out.I also got a foam rollar to take care of my hip and back issues.This post is about to get random but I’ve been craving some things. It’s been hotter and my taste buds tend to change, like the more coconut but also been craving sausage and protein pancakes.And Salads.And Starbucks lattes again. May they be the death of my wallet.More spin sessions!Even cravings for baking. I made these “healthier” oreo cakesters the other night and I just need to tweak them a bit more before I share. I promise, it will be worth the wait… it was delicious!Hope everyone is having a great week. I won’t be doing a WIAW this week, but can’t wait to see yours.

And in case you forgot, do enter the giveaway, which will close on June 12th at 11:59pm EST. That’s when I will pick a winner and announce it that weekend!

WIAW #100: Happy 100th WIAW to Me!

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Whoa, will you look at that?!

It’s What I Ate Wednesday post number 100! Thank you Jenn as always for the awesome food party. This week I should you some great eat via Instagram. If you are not following me on IG, then maybe you should! I am also having a chocolate, coconut and things giveaway coming very soon to a blog near you. I know that made no sense, but it sounded cute right?wiawphotobutton Okay, let’s get to it. Breakfasts have still been the same; raspberries, oats, nut butter, chia seeds and a side of iced coffee. Yep, still the same.Speaking of raspberries, I tried the Quest white chocolate raspberry. My, oh my! I am in love. Now I don’t know which I like more; this one of the cookies and cream. The decisions.Clearly, I’ve been obsessed with berries these days. Oh and lots of Greek yogurt!My mom came to visit this weekend and I took her to Perfecto’s. Again, if you are in Massachusetts, definitely check it out. I got a salt caramel iced decaf and I mixed in some chocolate protein powder. Salted caramel mocha anyone? Training is on point. This time after getting sick a million more times, I think it’s safe to say I know what I must do and SHOULD NOT do. No excuses at all this time and that’s a promise. So loving my quad progress!Questions: How was your Memorial day weekend? Anyone tried the white chocolate raspberry Quest bar? What’s your favorite Greek yogurt brand?

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