Happy Monday!

blue.pngI hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was quiet–just the way I like it. Finished my book, let my just last week legal to drive teenager drive me around–only drove through one red light (ok yellow–flaming yellow) and drove over one curb ha! I also did a whole lot of experimenting in the kitchen!

My favorite bakery in town closed and so I decided to attempt to recreate one of my favorites from there. They were called Harvest bars so that is what I shall call these. Blueberry harvest bars. They did not really make a “bar”.  More of a baked oatmeal to eat with a spoon? I loved making my own blueberry jam but as a whole, these are not sweet so if you are into “not too sweet”, give them a try!

For the blueberry jam:
1.5 cups (roughly) blueberries–I used fresh
2 tbsp. chia seeds
2 tbsp. VitaFiber – you can also use maple syrup here
Put the blueberries and syrup in a sauce pan on medium. Heat about 5-10 minutes. Add chia seeds and stir 5-10 more minutes. Set aside to cool.

For the oatmeal part:
1/3 cup oat flour
1/2 cup oats
2 medium bananas
1/4 cup VitaFiber
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
Mix it all up. I used an 8×8 pan and parchment paper Pour half the oatmeal mix on the bottom, blueberry in the middle, the rest of the oatmeal on top. Bake at 350 for 30 min.
I cut mine into 6 bars.
Macros:
C:117
Fat: 2
Carbs: 24
Fiber: 4
Protein: 3

Let me know if you make these and what you think!

Thursdays are for Thinking Out Loud

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What exactly is #thinkingoutloud Thursday?

For those who love to write, sometimes the words just don’t come.  But thinking out loud–admit it, you do it too :P–has no structure and is just writing about whatever it is that comes to mind that day, or maybe yesterday, letting the stream of consciousness flow, if you will.

So, I am borrowing some topics from Amanda, the host to this link up to see what I can come up with…and it’s a great way to maybe get to know me a little better if you are a new reader–in my mind, I have readers–don’t laugh at my dreams!

Current book:

Of course I’m reading a Nicholas Spark–“The Lucky One”.  I’m a hopeless romantic and if it involves the military and takes place right here on the North Carolina coast, I’m in!  BUT, I also have some more mmmmmm educational things I need to read.  I’m a fitness nerd but even some of this stuff gets a little dry:

 

Periodization.pngA necessary evil in the world of personal training continuing education.

I also have the opportunity to review some other nutrition related books.  Callisto Publishing has sent me this:

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And I have another on the way!

Current music:

Halsey.  This is new for me but it has been on my Pandora and of course the more you give thumbs up, the more it plays.

Current drink:

Water.  Always water, HOWEVER, I have been on a iced Americano/iced coffee kick.  And not in a good way…hello STARBUCKS, goodbye $ ha!  But I actually bought some and made my own!  It is soooooooooo good!

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And I’m mixing it with this:

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Current food:

I’m dieting so I want ALL the food but lately, protein pancakes.  A lot of them-simple ones too.

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I am the protein pancake master ha!

Current obsession:

See current drink above 😀

Current craving:

Peanut butter.  What else is new?

Current procrastination:

Writing.  I have two assignments due and I got…nothing.  Womp womp.

As always, feel free to comment!

LJ

 

 

 

 

Proteinish Cookies!

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Hello there friends. I didn’t make Happy Monday so how about cookies instead? This is a really simple recipe but actually had good flavor although I will say a TAD on the dry side so I need to find a way to “moisten” them up 😉 I call them “proteinish” as they are not super high in protein but more than your average cookie!

I wanted to try baking with my Salted Caramel protein so here’s what I did:

1 TBSP baking powder

2.5 scoops MaxMuscle Salted Caramel protein

1 cup almond flour

1/2 cup Truvia (or your sweetener of choice)

1 egg white

1/2 cup non-fat, plain Greek yogurt

1 tsp cinnamon

pinch

Mix it up and bake 8 minutes on 350. NOT 8 minutes on 450 which is what I did with the first batch 😀

I will say almond flour is some calorie dense stuff but macros were still not bad. According to my calcuclations:

Calories: 82/Fat: 4/Carbs:10/Fiber: 1/Protein: 6

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Aliens, eggs and body fat

Happy Friday!  I really need to do some work to this blog.  It IS kind of ugly, but I can still write so…here we are.

Have you seen the movie Alien?  Probably.  I live under a rock when it comes to a lot of movies.  I went to the wellness center for my errrrrrrrr not so monthly BodPod (I don’t like to go in off season although I really should).  Apparently, these things look similar to the…eggs?  In the movie?  Well I was not happy with this egg today.  Bodybuilding is a LOT of numbers and I LOVE numbers.  Is your body fat important?  NO.  But it is still a number and since I have access to this, I like to chart trends.  Let’s just say I hope this trend is now going down since this is officially prep time! :O

I’m also aware that many people think these tests are highly inaccurate.  So be it.  As long as I have a number to start with, and each month that number goes down, I feel like I am on the right track.  Have you had your body fat tested?  I’d love to do one of those fancy underwater ones!

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After my visit I went to visit my dear friend Bill at MaxMuscle, Fayetteville.  Bill has sponsored me for the last few years and I am forever grateful.  I now have one of their new proteins–Salted Caramel and it is amazing!  It tastes great by itself but I’m going to get creative in the kitchen this weekend so stay tuned for a recipe!  What is your favorite protein?  If you are local, stop and see Bill and tell him I sent you–he will let you try anything you want before buying!

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I hope you have a great weekend and return to follow my journey!

 

LJ