WIAW #105: All Dessert, No Play

When life hands you lemons…

Take them and throw them back in life’s face!

Or you can forget the lemons and just make LOTS of cake.

Like this dark chocolate flourless cake with homemade peanut butter fluff, hemp seeds, chocolate and wafer cookies.Or this flourless two-layer peanut butter dark chocolate cake with a dark chocolate glaze topped with hemp seeds.How about some vanilla, cashew and hemp seed protein truffles?And I did not forget about the giveaway!Coffee, truffles and cake has been the only thing keeping me sane (and the only thing in my diet; #guilty). It has been a crazy couple of weeks for me personal life wise, so I decided to just email the winner directly last week and sent them their goodies.

Thank you to those that entered and stay tuned as always for more giveaways.  Thanks Jenn for hosing this awesome food party! I hope everyone has a great week and don’t forget to check out the YouTube channel for weekly vlogs!

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The Many Forms of Happiness

Happiness comes in the form of many things… like chocolate protein truffles.Or in the form of brownies.How about soy lattes?Perhaps in the form of Olive Garden Flatbreads?Or a hand crafted one just for you? Or just maybe sitting by the beach with your mom.Thanks mom for visiting and thank you to those who have purchased truffles so far.

I’ve been enjoying sharing my creations with y’all. Don’t forget about the GIVEAWAY too!

WIAW# 104: Protein Truffles (& Giveaway!)

Did you check out my giveaway for a batch of my protein truffles? Well then, click here and check out all the details!And guess what? I am also including TWO chocolate Quest bars and a sample of JavaPro in French Vanilla. Check out all the goodies I got from Northshore Nutrtion Corner. #OnaQuest!Thanks Jenn for hosting this awesome food party. Head on over to Peas and Crayons for more details. Now onto some eats!wiawphotobuttonBreakfasts? I’ve been sticking to the usuals; berries, chia seeds, protein, a bit of oats and a smidge of nut butter.Lunches or Dinners are the usuals too; chicken and greens. Can’t get enough! Though the other night I had a mean craving for my protein french toast. Who says breakfast can be for dinner?I used my favorite protein powder ever; Sunwarrio’s Warrior Blend in vanilla! Tons of studying going on.And lots of foam rolling. My back has been sore and I took a couple of unplanned rest days. Sometimes just have to go with what your body tells you!Again don’t forget t enter the giveaway here! Also, I made a new Youtube channel for the blog for more “day in the life of’s,” grocery hauls, recipes, cycling stuff and more!

Hope everyone is having a great week and have a Happy 4th to my USAers!

Nutritiously Sweet’s Protein Truffles!

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 :)

We Only Get Stronger

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! :)

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

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?

Listen To Your Body

When I’m hungry, I’m hungry.I’ve been listening to my body more; not only when I need a rest day but with nutrition as well. I looked back on my food diary a couple weeks ago and realized I wasn’t eating too many “good carbs.” I recently added back more brown rice, barely and whole grain breads into my diet. I can definitely tell the difference in my energy levels and how efficient my workouts have been.Also making sure to refuel properly post workout. I’ve been making more protein cakes. They are too delicious to not have! Check out that back! It’s getting better, seriously is such a tough area for me.But all in all, this time around I know I am going to kick my training ass better then ever.Post workout smoothies are always motivating.

Any who, I hope everyone enjoys their Memorial Day weekend. Mama Sweets is coming up to visit the lovely Massachusetts. Don’t know what we will be doing since the weather doesn’t seem as it will cooperate but I know we are going to enjoy a sweat spin sesh tomorrow!

Sweet Potato Blondies N’ Things

This week, my dad came and visited.

It was nice to just have a break and enjoy hanging out with my dad and brother. He loves crepes so I made him some for breakfast before his trip back. And guess what? I had my FINAL final on Friday. It feels so good to be done and I get a mini break until June 30th. Saturday morning I needed extra coffee; between waking up at 6:00am, my final, Friday night spin class and cleaning I needed a giant 32oz. size.I also went to a conference this week for the Northeast Section of Institute of Food Technologists. There were so many great food companies there from flavors, colors, extracts. Blue Diamond and Ocean Spray were there too. I got to eat a lot of delicious things from truffles, iced coffee samples, all natural fruit gummies and these delicious things!The ride back took almost two hours with traffic. Good think I brought this to munch on. So, so good, but dark chocolate and sea salt is still my favorite!Oh and y’all would be proud that I met my two times a week “fasted” cardio/ early works. I did spin at 6:00am one day and an early spin sesh this morning. Check out my leg muscles, they are getting pretty lean and muscular.

I’ve also been changing up my macros and making sure that I get proper nutrition! Check out this article about carbs at night. It is all a science and you have to find what works for you. What works for me, may not work for you and it depends 100% on your goals. Win, win! We are getting there; slowly but surly back on that routine grind and making sure to refuel post workout. Have a good Sunday! :)

I’m Addicted To Spin [+ Quick Bike HIIT]

I confess I have become addicted to spin class. If you are in the Northshore area of MA, definitely try to take a spin class from Rich at Workout World in Peabody or at the Peabody YMCA. He is amazing and gives you a kick butt (literally) and leg workout! I also just love to do the bike on my own for 30 minutes. I started doing the bike to relieve the pressure in my lower back/ kidney area. But now I think I am hooked and I feel amazing after a bike sesh.And now, here is the 30 minute HIIT that I promised y’all last week. All you need is a bike (or your choice cardio), some weights (not too heavy, but not to light either) and a timer!

I use the HIIT timer app on my phone. You target legs with the bike and squats, a little bit of back, shoulders, bi’s, traps and core! All you have to do is set your “bike/cardio” to 1 minutes and 15 seconds and the “weights” part to 45 seconds.

Set it for 15 rounds; bike for 1 minute and 15 seconds and do three sets EACH of the 5 exercises below as many as you can in the 45 seconds. Got that? Now here we go!

Quick Bike HIIT:
Warm-up 2-5 minutes (after warm-up begin your timer!)
Do three sets of the following FIVE exercises!

  • Lateral Pulldown
  • Upright Row
  • Chest Flies
  • Torso Rotation
  • Weighted Squat

Cool down for 5 minutes and you’re done!

After yesterday’s spin class I mixed this packet of milk chocolate Muscletech protein powder with 1/4 cup of Fage Greek and mixed in some water/milk combo until it reached a thick chocolate pudding consistany. Oh man this was like the best tasting thing ever! It has 6 sources of high quality protein and is formulated for an 8-hour release of sustained energy. I also used some to mix in my “protein coffee. Mmmm!Getting them gains back!Question: What’s your favorite group exercise classes? What about your favorite workout?

Quest’d PB & Chocolate Protein “Truffles”

It’s no secret that I love truffles…

Sunnie even calls me the Queen of truffles. She is too awesome so go check out her page why doncha? Remember those Quest PB cups that my co-worker gave me? I am not a big fan of eating things the way they are so I decided to turn them into some yummy truffles that I can share with the world!Today, I will be sharing this simple recipe of turning the Quest peanut butter cups into delicious truffles. Enjoy! Quest’d PB & Chocolate Protein “Truffles” Ingredients:

  • 1 Quest Craving Peanut Butter Cup Package
  • 2 1/2 Tbsps Cocoa Powder (or use your favorite protein to amp up the protein!)
  • 1 tsp of All Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1-2 Tbsps Non-Dairy Milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
  • 1 Packet of Stevia (optional is you like extra sweet!)

Place the ingredients all together (EXCEPT cocoa powder/ protein, save some for rolling if you’d like too) either in the microwave for about 20- 45 seconds to softened or melt on a stove top. Mix in the cocoa powder (or your favorite protein) to turn the mixture into a soft dough that can be made into a ball either using your hands or melon scooper. I just use my hands… I like to get dirty.

If too thick, add a smidge more milk. If too liquid-y, add cocoa powder (but this shouldn’t be a problem). Place “truffles” into the fridge for about 10-20 minutes and then eat! Or if you are like me and can’t wait, I put it in the fridge for a minute.

Though, not really, I used my coconut and almond butter truffles as the inspiration to make peanut butter ones. Still love my almond butter ones but love that these Quest’d up truffles have about 6 grams of protein per ball (makes four)!Question: Peanut or almond butter? Now that I can eat peanut butter again… it’s peanut butter all the way! But I still do love me some Barney’s and Justin’s almond butter any day.