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 :)
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?
*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!*
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;
- Like the Nutritiously Sweet Facebook Page
- Follow on Instagram (nutritiouslysweet)
- 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!
Happy Wednesday my lovely friends!
It’s been a while since my last WIAW post but fear not, I am back with some delicious eats from the weekend. As always, thanks to Jenn for hosting this food party! I started my day today with a 6:00am power yoga session. Breakfast consisted of oats with raspberries, chia seeds and a smidge of nut butter. This has become my go to breakfast. Let’s see how long this rut lasts.However, this weekend I had a mean craving for a protein pancake and sausage. Totally hit the spot even with those cinnamon’d pears I added.I also snacked on a lot Greek yogurt with mixed with some oats, cranberries, chia seeds and fiber-y twigs. Delish!This weekend I made a pizza topped with hummus, garlic, herbs and a hint of cheese. If you never had hummus as a “sauce” for pizza, you definitely have to try it. I think I may just convert to hummus pizza’s for good!A little froyo action post pizza; peanut butter froyo with raspberries, almonds, granola, kiwi and a few cheesecake pieces.My workouts have been on point this week! I have one month until my birthday and it’s time to kick up the last 4 weeks of the 8 week program that I am working on.My meals have not only been on point as well but also quite tasty like this Mediterranean styled chicken with a rice pilaf and broccoli.I hope everyone had a good weekend and is having a good week so far!
Question: Have you ever had hummus on a pizza? Ever had any other sauce other then your traditional “red” pizza sauce?
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! :)