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 :)

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#TravelingGnome: Part II

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?

WIAW #98: Feeding My Cravings

Happy Wednesday y’all!

I was in the hospital all last night. Turns out I had something that is common among diabetics. Hmmm? I suppose a trip to the doctor is in order, but I know I have always had problems with my blood sugar. Any who, I am feeling much better and thanks to those who posted on FB and IG! Be sure to head on over to Peas and Crayons for more WIAW goodness!wiawphotobuttonBreakfast? Nothing like a warm bowl of cinnamony oats with pb and almonds.Or a nice bowl of oats with raspberries! For lunches I’ve been stickin’ to chicken and greens. Add an egg for extra protein! I  also made some chicken w/ stewed tomatoes, green beans and beans. It’s been a while since I had beans. Just had that craving for some!A thinkThin brownie crunch plus more raspberries for some snackage. I went to WholeFoods the other day, picked up a few groceries and snacked on some trail mix and So Delicious almond milk plain Greek yogurt. I love that it has 7g of fiber!I was craving fried dough after the BoSox game Sunday, so I whipped up an old recipe and use powdered stevia, pb, dark chocolate and rapberries for topping. Best decision ever!Question: What do you crave when you’re at a sports game or even? Chips is definitely one of my tops!

WIAW #91: Nutritiously Sweet Finds & Buys!

Happy [early] What I Ate Wednesday y’all!

Last/ this week I have been focusing on reducing my sugar. On a good day I consume 80g of sugar, including fruit. I’d like to keep it at 60g and I have manged to get it under 70 at least! Head on over to Peas and Crayons if you are new to the WIAW party, head on over to Peas and Crayons for all the food goodness!This week’s breakfasts have been fruit and nut type platters; this one is Chobani Simply 100 (7g of sugar), drop of sugar-free maple, hardboiled egg, almonds and an apple.Snacks? Sometimes a bit more Greek and trail mix. But a protein mocha to get me up! I got this Top Secret chocolate ice cream protein powder from Between the sale, a promo code I had and shipping, I paid around $18.00! It’s tastes amazing, is low in sugar, has some fiber and I love that it has digestive enzymes as well. I need those.My package also came with a 1.M.R Vortex in fruit punch pre-workout sample. I have to say I am not a fan of most pre-workouts, except for Jack3d, but this one gave me a nice little bit of energy and tasted delicious. I will keep it in the back of my mind for the future.One of my quick grocery pick ups; got chicken breasts on super sale, green beans, eggs, Greek yogurt (I’ve been doing plain more often now and adding a bit of Stevia or sugarfree maple), oranges, apples. Ya know the “usual suspects.”Check this out, I only paid $0.70 reduced price for this almond and cashew hazelnut biscotti coffee creamer by MimicCreme. A Tbsp is 25 calories and 3g of sugar. This thing is sweet and makes my coffee taste like heaven. It’s gluten-free, vegan and uses natural ingredients!And another quickie.Mmmm. Almond buttah! Dinners and lunches? Well you know they are always the same; I am still in a Mrs. Dash garlic and herb on chicken and green beans kick. It’s just so delicious and simple. I am sure I will get tired of it soon. Or not… Maybe.For desserts? If I have a nasty chocolate craving, I will go for a Kind dark chocolate and sea salt. Hits the spot every time. And you remember the AAAI/ISMA conference I went to last summer? I signed up to be one of the few to try out ASICS new line of training sneakers and guess what? I was one of the few to try out the Ayami Intent. These kicks are super comfy and awesome. Definitely go check them out! Thank you so much ASICS!Question: What are some of YOUR favorites in terms of one or more of the following; protein powders, almonds butters, bar or sneakers/ workout gear?!

Flour-less [LowCarb & GF] Mozzarella Bites or Pizza Crust

One of the annoyances of my wheat and corn allergy is finding a good pizza crust.

Bob’s Red Mill has a great pizza crust that I like, but it has too much sodium (and carbs, not to knock em’) for my taste. Burton’s Grill makes an amazing pizza that is gluten-free, but it on the pricey side for an everyday treat. And American Flatbread? Well it’s pure bliss but either all the way in New York City or Vermont.

I found a recipe from The Nourished Life, that I decided to twist into “mozzarella bites” or like today, I made it into a pizza crust. And let me tell you, I can now have pizza everyday if I wanted to. This recipe is flour-less, low-carb and gluten-free! Personally, I would say it is grain-free too but there is a debate on whether flax is a grain or not. I suggest you use your own judgment call on that one.

Any who, there are plenty of omega 3′s in these bites/ crust. Not to mention over 10g of protein and  over 5g of fiber! If you want to try and make a flax egg, non-dairy yogurt and use a rice/ soy cheese to make it vegan, totally be my guest! I would love to know. Or my next attempt is to try it with 2 egg whites instead of a whole egg to reduce the fat. Maybe you can try that one too? Okay, on the the recipe. Enjoy!

Flour-less Mozzarella Bites or Pizza Crust Ingredients:

  • 1 Large Egg (or try to egg whites or flax egg)
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Skim Mozzarella Cheese (or your choice!)
  • 2 Tbsps of Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 3 Tbsps Ground Flax Seeds
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder (maybe add Italian seasoning?)
  • 1/8 tsp Baking Powder
  • Dash of Sea Salt & Pepper
  • Parsley for Garnish

Preheat oven to 375 Degrees;

Prepare the bites/ crust ingredients by first whisking the egg with dash of sea salt and pepper. Then combine remaining ingredients together until you form someway of a “dough ball.” You make need to add a couple teaspoons extra if it’s too wet. Then take the “dough ball” and divide into four-six little bites and place on a cookie sheet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. (Note: if you make the pizza, spray your hands with a bit of non-stick cooking spray/ oil and spread the “dough ball” thin onto a pizza pan. Then cook the crust for 20 minutes first, add the toppings then put in for another 10 minutes.)Cook  the bites for 25-30 minutes (depending on your oven). Remove an let cool for about 5 minutes then eat as is, dip into pizza sauce or eat like a pizza! I made a spinach, garlic and artichoke pizza was total heaven!Question: What are YOUR favorite pizza toppings?

WIAW #72: Instagram!

Happy What I Ate Wednesday my friends!

Today I bring to you pictures from Instagram. If you aren’t following me on Instagram… well ya should! I also want to let you guys know I have a little giveaway in the works of my current favorite things, so stay tuned. Enjoy!Guess what? I am back to my oats for breakfast and it feels great; a little bit of chia, flax, cranberries and almonds butter.I was doing a mini-detox for a day where I literally fasted because I had been eating all my allergens and my stomach just had enough. I did drink some tea with no sugar towards the last 5 hours of the day. It’s wasn’t this tea, but this Argo Tea was quite delish!I then slowly introduced some fruit, veggies, nuts, seeds, etc.  The next day I added some actually food like much lunch; quinoa, brown rice, wheat-berries, chickpeas, almonds, sunflower seeds, spinach and such.I also hit it hard at the gym, taking my Vital Core Nutrition as a mini pre-workout to give me an extra boost (review coming soon!)Sweating out the toxins!I also made some delicious, truffles for my friend and of course, you know I snagged myself a couple to save.Lastly, can’t forget this “dessert” from thinkThin’s fiber line. Not my favorite flavor (caramel fudge and smooth peanut butter are), but definitely pretty good! Question: Do you have Instagram? ‘Cause I wanna follow! Have you ever done a detox, if so what kind?

WIAW #66: My Current Protein Pancake Obsession

For this What I Ate Wednesday, I am going to be doing something a bit different; a recipe! Y’all know that I have been obsessed with protein pancakes lately.

To be fair, I decided to share the recipe with you guys since it is my favorite protein pancake recipe to date! It is super simple and oh so delicious. If you are new to the WIAW party, head on over to Peas and Crayons for all the delicious details. Enjoy!Ingredients for My Protein Pancake Obsession:

  • 1/4 Cup of Oats
  • 1/3 Cup Non-Dairy Milk
  • 1 Egg White (or flax egg for vegan!)
  • 1 Tbsp of Vanila Protein Powder
  • 1 tsp of Chia & Hemp, Mixed
  • 1 tsp of Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp of Almond Butter (Optional*, but yummy!)
  • Dash of Salt

Mix everything well into a small bowl, except for the egg white. What I like to do is let this sit overnight and then add the egg to the mixture in the morning before I cook it. I find that it cooks better and makes it taste like a real pancake!

After that step is done, take the pancake mixture and put in on a pan that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray (or maybe use to Earth Balance for a special weekend breakfast!). Cook each side for about 1-2 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from heat and sprinkle some more chia/ hemp seeds and a drizzle more of maple syrup. Maybe even add some fresh raspberries or blueberries? Mmmm!

Question: What your current breakfast obsession? Or maybe what is your current food item obsession? You already know my answer is going to be pancakes and anything pumpkin!

Always remember and never forget 9/11/01

Garden of Life Raw Fit Protein Powder

Happy Monday y’all!

I just wanted to start out this week by talking about my current “diet.” Now, I follow no specific “diet” but on most days, I still find myself eating vegetarian/ vegan meals. Lately the only “non-veg” foods I have been eating are chicken, laughing cow cheese wedge and the occasional egg white or two.

If I do any meat I try to make sure it is from an organic source. It really makes all the difference in terms of taste and how my body feels after eating it since there are no antibiotics or growth hormones.

I just know that personally, my body needs the extra protein since I have pushing hard with my workouts. Due too all the issues I have with my digestive system and acid/ bile reflux, I can’t eat as many beans/legumes (for protein) as I would like to or even too many carbs either since both irritate it.

Hence why you see me doing more nuts and seeds, but I do make sure not to go over 70g of fat, which tends to irritate the reflux. With all that being said, onto some goodies! The other day I went to Whole Foods to grab a few things. Because you know, once in a while I do like to treat myself.

My mom recently stumbled upon this Raw Fit protein powder. I am always skeptical when it comes to buying big jars of them only because I worry I won’t like them. But this one? Seriously the best one I have ever tasted. It is made with sesame seeds (aka an allergen of mine) but I don’t find I have any issues yet.I’ve been using it to make my protein french toast instead of using PB protein powder and it tastes even better. Not to mention more satisfying! I love that it has probiotics, since as a lactose intolerant person, I have a hard time getting that in from a natural source.I think I have become slightly addicted to french toast. I even brought it to work with me for the early a.m shifts (which are no more; hello full-time night time!).No worries, I have eaten other things like a quinoa black bean chickpea salad with a sourdough bread roll and garlic/ herb laughing cow cheese wedge. My favorite.Or an open faced chicken sandwich with black beans and arugula. Yeah, I had a lot of black beans I needed to use up. Like a lot and my stomach was not happy by any means!

Question: Ever tried and Garden of Life products? I have tried their regular raw vanilla protein powder and it was pretty good but this one just blows me away. Not only through my taste buds but how satisfied I feel!

Protein Maple & PB French Toast (With Vegan & Gluten-Free Options)

To celebrate all the awesomeness going on in my life, I decided to make some french toast. To me french toast screams celebration. Or maybe that’s just the french toast obsessed side of me screaming?

Either way, I gave in. I made french toast recipes before like cinnamon and almond butter stuffed and cinnamon maple coconut. Can you tell I used to have a cinnamon problem?

For this recipe, I used this peanut butter marshmallow protein powder which has 130 calories and 25g of protein per scoop. But you can just use PB2 if you’d like  (for vegan option) or your favorite raw/ vegan protein powder. Just know that the protein count will vary depending on what you use.

For the bread I used Trader Joe’s Soft Multigrain Rustico Bread, which has 4g of fiber and 3g of protein per serving! You also can use whichever bread you fancy. I say use the raisin pecan bread from Food For Life if you are looking for a vegan and gluten-free bread that will taste delicious with this recipe.

With the ingredients I used, the french toast had about 25g of protein. It really kept me satisfied for quite some time; more satisfying the then granola muffins which I did not think was possible. I hope you enjoy this delicious recipe as much as I did!Protein Maple & PB French Toast Ingredients

  • 2-3 Slices of Bread
  • 1 Tbsp of PB Protein Powder
  • 1 tsp of Natural Peanut Butter (Or your choice nut butter)
  • 3 Tbsp of Non-Dairy Milk (I used vanilla soy)
  • 2 Large Egg Whites (or use about 1/4 cup extra of milk or flax egg for vegan option)
  • 1 tsp of Maple Syrup
  • Dash of Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp of Vanilla Extract (Optional*)
  • 1 tsp of Chia Seeds (Optional*)

Mix all the ingredients well into a bowl except for the chia seeds. Dip the bread slices into the french toast mixture until you’ve used it all up. Depending on how much liquid the bread soaks up, you will use about 2-3 slices.

If you want, you could also leave the bread soaking over night for more flavor. Take a medium-sized pan and spray with non stick cooking spray. Place pan on a low-medium flame and put bread slices on the pan, topping with some chia seeds.

Cook until each side is golden brown. Remove from pan and let cool for a minute or so and drizzle with more maple (and chia seeds for crunch) and dig in!

Question: Are you a french toast kind of person? Or maybe you prefer waffles or pancakes? Ahh I seriously can’t decide, but I seriously had to, I’d go with waffles. The tough decisions in life we go through, sigh!

Cinnamon-Maple Latte (Vegan)

I recently posted my cinnamon-maple latte for this past WIAW. Truth be told I usually always add vanilla extract to it as well. I just ran out, but I feel like it makes all the difference into feeling more like a decadent treat. Maybe you can also try to experiment with your favorite extracts too? How about almond or coconut?

I am a sucker for a Starbucks latte. But as a person who is lactose intolerant, it isn’t fun to pay sixty cents extra for soy milk. Like “hey it ain’t my fault my body sucks?” Either way, thanks to the gift card my mom gave me, I have been able to indulge myself in latte goodness; toffee nut, hazelnut, caramel.

But when I don’t have a gift card or money to spare, I make my own! I hope you like my homemade latte and as with all my recipes, adjust things to your taste buds like sweetness or milk amount. Enjoy!

Cinnamon-Maple Latte Ingredients

  • 3/4 Cup of Non-Dairy Milk (I used unsweetened vanilla soy)
  • 1 Cup of Hot Coffee
  • 1 Packet of Stevia (or sometimes I use 1/2 tsp of pure cane sugar)
  • 1/2 tsp of Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 tsp of Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • Dash of Sea Salt

Pour everything into your favorite mug except for the coffee and milk. Then add the coffee and mix everything well together. Then what I like to do is take the milk, heat it for about 30 seconds in the microwave and pour it into an empty water bottle.

Shake vigorously to get that “foam” effect if you don’t have something to do so. Add the milk to the coffee mixture slowly and stir in gently. Sip and relax!

Question: What’s something that you like to make your own homemade version of? Lattes are definitely on the top of my list but I also like to make my own pizza, granola, cheesecake and truffles. Mmmm.