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!

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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! :)

Past Things: Pancakes, Coffee and Sweets

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)

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)!

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! :)

Giveaway: Chocolate, Coconut and Things!

*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 #99: Weekend Eats!

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!wiawphotobutton 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?

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! :)

Routines, Goals & Weekend

Nothing like getting back into a routine.A goal of mine for this week was to do at least two “fasted workouts” (aka not eaten breakfast yet). I did yoga at 6am this morning for the first time in a while and it felt so good.I followed with a delicious bowl of oats, raspberries, chia seeds and sliced almonds. One of my favorite dinner from this past weekend was chicken burgers, broccoli and red roasted potatoes (my brother had some rice too).Although I wasn’t able to be with my mom on mother’s day, I got her bunches of coconut goodness. I’ll be seeing her soon, yay!Of course chocolate too. Oh and in honor of the lovely weather, I made a “banana-colada” protein coffee; 1 cup of coconut macaroon coffee, 1/4 cup of the vanilla almond and coconut Almond Breeze and 1/2 scoop of banana cream protein from Gold Standard. Summer in a cup!Don’t knock it until you try it! Like this; adding some almond butter to anything like eggs! Actually turned out pretty good. I got the idea from Healthy Diva. Thanks lady!I have my “final” final this week, so I am off to study after work and then work again later. I hope y’all have a happy Tuesday!

 

Back To The ER We Go!

What else is new?

Y’all know I am always sick and in the ER. This time was very interesting. I found out something that I kind of had a feeling anyway. I usually understand my body and know when something is up; diabetes. I had something happen to me which was a common thing of diabetics to go through. OF course, I need to follow up with my regular diet but I never have to worry because I always exercise and eat well. The past couple of weeks though I’ve been having more refined carbs and too many sweets. But I am just going to have to make those swaps; sugar-free (at Starbucks or DD) or Stevia based products. Like this organic protein coffee thing!And going back to simply plain Greek or flavored coffees, sans the added sugar!And I have a lot of coffee choices. Thanks Target!I also found these protein shakes from Walgreens, which has 6g of sugar per two scoop serving, so I’ll probably have 1/2 of a serving. The chocolate one is delicious and tastes awesome in a protein pancake!Question: Anyone have or no anyone with diabetes? Any advice? Have you tried either of the protein shakes?

Hope y’all have an awesome weekend!