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 BodyBuilding.com. 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?!
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?
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?
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!
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