Workout motivation of a different nature

I’ve posted on workout motivation before… But this is a whole different kind of motivation. In order to eat these tasty treats, I feel the need to workout first.

Today, I was lazy enough to skip the gym all together and just search delish food blogs, instead.

Please vote in the poll for one of these recipes and I’ll make the winner this month! That especially means my friends that read this blog!

Enjoy.

Oreo Cheesecake Cake from Erin’s Food Files

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cupcakes c/o Food Snots

Strawberry Shortcake Sushi created by Take a Megabite

Pizza Bites from Annie’s Eats

 

Banana Bread Scones w/ Brown Sugar Glaze via The Kitchn

Hot Corn Dip created by Gina Marie’s Kitchen

Chicken, Bacon, and Cream Cheese Taquitos from Mommy I’m Hungry

protein brownie cake for one!

I am obsessed with these little cakes! This recipe started when I found this recipe from Raspberry & Coconut and has changed over the past few weeks that I’ve been making it! I have also found that I can eat half as part of my breakfast and put the rest in the fridge for another time. One day I’ll try and make a whole cake stemming from this recipe, but for now these individual ones are perfect!

The recipe below includes banana which so far has been my favorite, as opposed to applesauce or pumpkin.

Protein Brownie Cake for One

  • 1 T coconut flour (I have not tried subbing any other flour)
  • 2 T whey isolate (chocolate flavor; I have also used regular, not isolate, powder)
  • 2 T unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 3 T coffee (you can use water or milk instead)
  • 3 T banana puree (I use older bananas – you could also use baby food, pumpkin puree, or applesauce!)
  • 3 T egg whites

Spray microwavable dish with nonstick spray; microwave for 2 minutes and then flip the cake and microwave for another 1 minute.

Eat and enjoy! I like mine for breakfast with tons of strawberries on top or for a snack with a scoop of ice cream or yogurt!

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Friday Favorites

Just a bit of a weekly recap of some things you should take a look at, that I have been enjoying the past few days!

First – check out Worthy Heart for some great inspirational quotes/art!

This chocolate protein cake recipe has seen my microwave multiple times this week. Get on it.

This recipe made it’s debut in my kitchen last night and I’m obsessed [by the way – I sub’d 3 T applesauce for 3 T coconut oil].

If you haven’t heard, Jimmy Fallon and I need to be best buds. He is hilarious – down right and he has a great head of hair. Wednesday night he did a hilarious sketch of his usual Celebrity Whispers. Probably my favorite one so far. This one’s pretty good, too.

I finally found the bedding I want… But then I realized it’s about 1 million dollars. Not in my budget, buddy.

I’ve been wanting to try foam rolling for awhile now but never purchased a roller. The friend I stayed with for my recent marathon had one and another friend brought one. Let’s just say I still want one.

The last book (series) I read was the Hunger Games. This book by Shellie Warren is quite different. It is way better (for other reasons – obviously the Hunger Games is fantastic) and so convicting and challenging. I recommend it to men and women alike.

Finally, this scripture has been speaking volumes to me this week. God made a covenant with Israel – a covenant of peace. And in Isaiah 54:10 he promises it will not be removed, no matter what. What promise!

Friday Favorites: Food Edition

Today’s favorites are some of my favorite food-related things from this week!

Enjoy!

Article: A Biblical Theology of Food

Recipe: Ice Cream Cupcakes

Recipe: Skinny Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Scones

Article: Your Grandma was Right: All Things in Moderation

Recipe: Banana Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal Singles

Photos: Mini Food Art

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Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

These little mini-meatloafs are made with lean turkey and a veggie for a quick, simple protein to accompany any meal!

I have now successfully eaten them for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

  • 1 package lean, ground turkey
  • 2 zucchini, shredded
  • 1/2 C crushed Fiber-One cereal (or bread crumbs of choice)
  • 1 egg
  • salt*
  • pepper*
  • paprika*
  • 1/4 C BBQ sauce

*Use these to taste!

Do this: preheat oven to 350 and spray or line 12 muffin tins. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and use ice cream scoop to fill muffin tins; press down. Cook for about 20-25 minutes, drain oil (which will be present… and slightly gross!) and let cool. Store in refrigerator for a couple days or freezer for long-term use!

Marathon Training: Rest days

This morning I woke up and made one dang delicious breakfast of cinnamon french toast with strawberries:

Cinnamon French Toast for One

  • 2 pieces of bread (I used Aunt Millie’s 35 cal)
  • 1 egg white
  • splash almond milk
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • cooking spray

Heat skillet to medium heat and cook on both sides until brown. Top with strawberries and your choice of syrup (I used low-calorie cinnamon – mmm!).

Following this breakfast I read up on some scripture, drank some coffee with a mud mask on my face, and then did some fantastic spring cleaning! It feels so nice to have everything so clean!

Tomorrow is my first race since the tough mudder and my first half marathon since the Indianapolis one I did in October where I PR’d. It’s just a local race put on by the Ohio River Road Runners Club (ORRRC). It’ll be an interesting one since it’s local and probably pretty small.

So, two things:

1. Use other races to train for your marathon. When you use races to train you are training in the atmosphere that is most-like the atmosphere you will be in on race day. When you are training regularly there’s nothing like actually getting in a race, surrounded by people, aid stations handy and being timed. It’s great practice for the real deal – plus it’s fun!

2. Rest. I am so bad at resting – I tend to feel guilty if I skip more than one day a week. I know this is a bad way to look at things. It really is. It is so important, however. I did TRX again two days ago for the first time in probably a month and my whole body was sore. I needed some time off to let my muscles rest before trying to push out a great run on Sunday. Taking the time off gives your body the chance to repair and also prepare.

Read up on the importance of rest for runners and athletes, here:

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Rest up, friends!

Oatmeal Banana Bread

After a late night with friends last night (where we watched Rum Diaries…lame…), I was not too eager to get up this morning to go to the gym. I hung out in bed for awhile and then moved my booty out and decided to make some banana bread and do some kind of workout at home.

I decided on doing Jillian Michael’s “Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism” 2 times and make this banana bread:

Oatmeal Banana Bread [my original recipe]

  • 1 C sugar (or Splenda)
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1/4 C applesauce
  • 2 T coconut oil
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 C flour (I used wheat)
  • 1 C oats
  • 1/2 C wheat bran
  • 1/4 C flax meal
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 2 t baking soda
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 C almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1/4 C walnuts (optional)

Do this: preheat oven to 350 and grease and flour one bread pan. In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, wheat bran, flax meal, salt, cinnamon and baking soda; set aside. In food processor (you can use a stand or hand mixer or blender) beat eggs and sugar together; add vanilla, applesauce, coconut oil and combine well. Add bananas. Pour wet ingredients into dry and add milk and nuts. Stir only until combined.

Bake for 50 minutes; let cool.

Pumpkin Biscotti

I’ve been wanting to make biscotti and scones for awhile now. Not long ago I made some delish blackberry scones.

Today I tried the biscotti.

I used a recipe from Simply Recipes dot com. I did substitute Splenda for sugar, and whole wheat flour for white.

Here’s my adapted version of the recipe:

Pumpkin Biscotti

  • 2.5 C flour
  • 1 C sugar substitute
  • pinch salt
  • pinch ginger
  • pinch cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 C pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Do this: Preheat oven to 350. in a large bowl sift together all dry ingredients (flour through baking powder); combine well. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, pumpkin and vanilla until combined. Add wet ingredients into dry and mix. Dough will [definitely] be crumbly. Knead the dough with your hand and form a log. Place onto a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool for about 15 minutes; drop oven temp to 300.

Cut biscotti into about 1 inch pieces and put back in oven for an additional 15-20 minutes. If you wish the biscotti to be hard, let set out over night – I recommend this; otherwise they are soft and a bit chewy, not really like biscotti!

Drizzle with chocolate, if you so desire!

Enjoy!

Overnight Oat Cookies

Overnight Oat Cookies [My original recipe]

This is one of my favorite recipes I have ever created. There is NO added sugar, NO butter/fat, and NO dairy. You can substitute the egg for a flax egg if you wish and make the recipe vegan (also depending on your protein powder of choice).

The cookies are tasty and guilt-free! So eat up and enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 C steel-cut oats
  • 1/2 C + 2 T non-dairy milk, divided (1/2 C and 2 T)
  • 1/2 C unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 T chia seeds
  • 1/2 C water
  • 3/4 C whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 C wheat bran
  • 1/4 C protein powder
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • optional: nuts, chocolate chips, raisins or other dried fruit

Prepare the oats:

  • 1/2 C steel-cut oats
  • 2 T non-dairy milk (or regular milk is fine)
  • 1/2 C unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 T chia seeds

Do this: combine all ingredients and place in covered container overnight

Cook the oats (next day):

  • Start by placing overnight oats with 1/2 C non-dairy (or regular) milk and 1/2 C water in microwavable bowl and cook for about 6 minutes in microwave, stirring every couple minutes.

While oats are cooking, combine:

  • 3/4 C whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 C wheat bran
  • 1/4 C protein powder (I used chocolate)
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • in separate bowl combine any add-ins: chocolate chips, nuts, raisins (I used 1/4 C of all 3)*

Once oats are finished cooking combine dry ingredients and oats along with 1 egg. Stir quickly so egg does not cook.

*chocolate chips will melt during the combining process with oats.

Bake for ~10-12 minutes or until firm.

Quick Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

topped with spoonful of Greek yogurt and some walnuts

Quick Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal [my original recipe]

  • 1/2 C water
  • 1/4-1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1/4-1/2 t sugar substitute (or sugar)
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 C quick-cooking oats
  • 1 small apple, chopped

Do this: bring water, cinnamon, sugar and salt to a boil in saucepan; quickly add oats and chopped apple. Boil until majority of water is reduced. Enjoy!