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Pin It Party!

7 Jun

I’m so excited that Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean decided to do another Pinterest Party! I am obsessed with Pinterest…I think I’ve mentioned it once or twice on here. Pinterest came into my life in February 2012 and it has never been the same.  I am slightly having an anxiety attack over what my life will be after I am done pinning wedding ideas on Pinterest. So sad.

Anyways, the idea of the Pin It Party is to help us bloggers get exposure by sharing pinnable images and then visiting other sites to pin what we like! Great idea. Pinterest is actually how I got into blogging. Pinterest brought me to blogs, which in turn made my read more, which made me want to start my own. So- needless to say I think it’s pretty sweet.

Here are my five Pin-able images:

strawberrysmoothie

Strawberry Almond Flax Smoothie

pizza

Spinach Garlic Pizza

frenchtoast

Banana Peanut Butter Stuffed French Toast

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PB & J Protein Dessert

coupons

How to grocery shop on a budget using coupons

There you have it…check out some of my recipes that I did before you followed my blog! And join the Pinterest Link Up Party!!!

Can we just all talk about how awesome Pinterest is? Like, for everything in life?

Peanut Butter and Jelly Protein Oats

7 Apr

We’ve finally been experiencing weather here in NY that doesn’t warrant having oats for breakfast, but since I came back from my spring break and had NOTHING in the house, this was what I’ve had for two mornings in a row. I felt the need to share because of my love for all peanut butter and jelly flavored items.

Just wanted to give a quick shout out to Syracuse basketball. Heartbreaking loss last night. I don’t usually get upset about sports, usually I could care less and I make fun of Austin for getting emotionally involved in sports. But this one stung this morning. We had a good run though!

Back to the food. I haven’t had oats for breakfast in awhile as a result of cutting a lot of grains out of my diet. But like I said, this was all we had so I went with it.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Protein Oats

PB J Oats

1/2 cup quick cooking oats

1/2 scoop of vanilla protein powder (I use designer whey)

2 tbsp PB 2 (or peanut butter) + 1 tbsp water to make creamy

1 tbsp your choice flavored jam

1 cup of water

peanuts for topping

**Add 1-2 packets of stevia or sweetener of choice if needed

1. Microwave the water and oats for 90 seconds.

2. Stir in protein powder and microwave for another minute. *Stir in sweetener here if adding.

3. Stir everything up and add your PB2, jelly, and peanuts.

4. Yum!!!

 

Peanut Butter and Jelly Protein Oats

Nice little Sunday morning. You’d think it was still winter. Oh wait….I wouldn’t hold my breath that we won’t see snow again.

How’s the weather where you are? Still winter or spring?

Quest Bar Natural Protein Bar Review

25 Mar

Quest Sample Pack

This post has been a long time coming! The folks at Quest sent me the sample pack of their protein bars to review and I am just getting through that massive sampling of delicious treats!!!

I’m sure many of you have seen these floating around on blogs and I thought I’d throw in my two sense. I have eaten a lot of protein bars in my day and, while delicious, a lot of them are loaded with sugar and other nasty additives. I also felt like they kept me full after workouts. **Side note, one time I was at GNC, and I picked up a builders bar that I wanted to try. The lady said to me “Um, that doesn’t taste like a candy bar, you know.” K THX!!!

Anyways, I was pleased with the stats that the Quest bars had to offer, and after seeing them everywhere in the blogosphere, I had to get in on the action! Quest sent me two lines of the protein bars- natural and regular. The natural protein bars are sweetened with stevia, have around 160 calories and 20 g of protein. The other line, which is 99.5% natural anyway (sweetened with sucralose) has similar stats. They are also high in fiber and low carb! We all agree the stats are amazing, but what about the taste? In no particular order here are my thoughts….

 coconut cashew

First one I ate was coconut cashew. It wasn’t my favorite. The “natural” line seems to have a chalky sort of aftertaste. It also had a chewy, sort of plastic-y texture.

chocolate peanut butter

Chocolate peanut butter– this one was a winner! Don’t worry I wasn’t driving. This one had a way better texture, and the deep chocolate and peanut butter flavor masked the after taste a better.

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Lemon cream pie. This had the same plastic texture as the coconut cashew. I’m not a fan of fruity protein bars. I still have a couple of the ‘fruit’ flavors left in the box.

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This one tasted really good! I warmed it up in the microwave. It’s one of my favorite of the natural line. It nailed the banana nut muffin taste. It didn’t have that ‘artificial’  banana flavor either- it really tasted like a muffin!

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Can’t really see this one but it was peanut butter supreme. This one had chunks of peanuts and it really was one of my favorites. The texture of the peanuts really broke up that plastic feel of the other bars without chunks.

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PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY!!!! I was saving this one…finally ate it today. So worth the save. It has to be my favorite. It also had chunks of peanut butter in it with a jelly taste. Super delicious.

I still have vanilla almond crunch, cinnamon roll, strawberry cheesecake, and some mixed berry one left to eat. I also ate the new cookie dough one (not pictured). I had high hopes for that one but it wasn’t as good as I thought it was going to be. It also had the chalky after taste.

All in all I enjoyed the bars. Although some have an aftertaste, it is worth it for the great stats and natural ingredients. I’d rather eat this with a slight after taste than another bar loaded with sugar and junk! If I had to make my own sample pack it would include: chocolate peanut butter, peanut butter supreme, peanut butter and jelly, and banana nut muffin.

What flavors of Quest bars are your favorite?

What other protein bars are your favorite? << I usually get pure protein (has lots of sugar :/), or Good n Natural. I’ve never had Lara Bars Sad smile

Weekday Protein Pancakes: Two Ways

25 Jan

Pancakes on a weekday!?!? Way too good to be true. I usually don’t get up any where near early enough to make pancakes, but this week we were hit with some winter weather that had me getting up earlier than normal.

I don’t know why my brain works this way, but I figured since I was already getting up early because my normal 40 minute commute turned into an hour commute, I might as well get up even EARLIER so I could make pancakes.

I didn’t want super sweet indulgent pancakes. I have been struggling with feeling full and snacking so I wanted something with protein that would hold me over. Cereal has been making an appearance in my breakfast and I never feel full and satisfied and want to just KEEP EATING it because it’s so good.

After perusing a lot of the protein pancake recipes on the web and not really finding anything that fit the bill, I decided to wing it. The result: delicious, satisfying and surprisingly low cal.

They were so good on Wednesday that I made a variation of them on Thursday.

Protein Pancakes: Two ways

Makes 1 serving: 200 calories (not including toppings)

1/4 cup cottage cheese

1/4 cup oats

2 egg whites

1/2 scoop designer whey vanilla protein powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Blend all ingredients in a blender and cook on a pancake griddle at approx. 350 degrees for 3-4 minutes on each side.

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Almost took a bite without taking a pic!

Texture: thin, dense and filling (not your traditional fluffy and light pancakes but delicious and filling).

Variation- Peanut Butter Chocolate Pancakes

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Add 1 tsp cocoa powder (omit cinnamon)

Replace vanilla protein powder with chocolate

Add a few chocolate chips (add after blending)

Top with peanut butter or PB2!

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Equally as mouthwatering! Can’t wait to make more tomorrow!

PB2: A Review

22 Jan

A lot of people have been asking me about PB2. And I, shocked that they haven’t heard about it, have been dispelling this information. I thought I’d give an actual formal review of the product and my experiences with it.

What is it?

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PB2 is like a peanut flour. It is peanut butter in powder form with out all the added fat and oil. There is 85% less fat and calories than regular peanut butter. You can read more about it at the company, Bell Plantation’s, website. The best part about it is it’s all natural! It’s perfect if you are addicted to peanut butter taste but don’t want all the extra calories. Here’s what the stats look like:

Serving Size: 2 tablespoons

Calories: 45

Fat: 1.5 g

Sugars: 1 g

Protein: 5 g

The caloric difference is amazing! Two tablespoons of regular peanut butter is nearly 200 calories!! They even have a chocolate flavor, which I haven’t tried. I probably should.

What do you do with it?

The PB2 website has tons of recipes to try. Personally, I think it works best in smoothies.

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It is also good in these coconut peanut butter pancakes.

cocnutIt also works well in oatmeal, but I have found you have to add AT LEAST two tablespoons to get a good flavor, or mix it with water first. Cookie recipes are another good way to use PB2, however, it is pricey! So I don’t usually want to part with a cup or more at a time!

I also like to mix it with a 1/2 cup of fat free cottage cheese for a late night snack!

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PB2 ‘peanut butter and jelly cheesecake dessert’

The PB2 can basically be used as a substitute for peanut butter, but I will warn you it takes some getting used to when eaten on toast, bread and other traditional ‘peanut butter’ things. The taste is almost the same as real peanut butter, maybe a little sweeter. The texture is thinner and less rich. I, however, don’t mind because it saves me the calories. Some people do mind and I’ll admit there are some times when nothing but real peanut butter will do!

Where can you get it?

The Bell Plantation website is a great place to order PB2 in bulk- believe me, you’ll need it! I’ve never seen it at traditional grocery stories. I usually buy it from either the organic grocery store in my hometown, or on Vitacost.

 

If you use PB2 already, what are some of your favorite uses???

Pad Thai Chicken

27 Nov

I normally wouldn’t just do a blog post about someone else’s recipe, but I just ate dinner and it was AMAZZZZZING!

I got this  Pad Thai Chicken recipe from Skinnytaste.com and I just had to share. It took less than a half an hour to make and it was so good.

Skinny Taste was one of the first food blogs I started reading. I have taken countless of recipes from it. This recipe, I modified slightly by

a) Using PB2 instead of what it called for, which was Better N’ Peanut Butter.

b) Using a cut up red onion and a red pepper instead of the broccoli and carrot slaw- because it was what I had on hand.

I have never eaten Better N Peanut butter, but the PB2 actually has LESS calories than it does, so the calorie count would be slightly lower. YUM!!!!! You must try this.

 

 

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What blogs first inspired you to get into cooking/blogging? Peanut Butter Fingers is another one of my favs!

Peanut Butter Banana Protein Oats

20 Nov

Can someone figure out how to make oatmeal look delicious on a blog?

I am not just obsessed with pancakes. I guess I’m obsessed with breakfast in general. And coffee. And anything breakfast related. Anyway, oatmeal is another big winner. I buy plain and do variations of flavors. Sans all the added sugar in the instant oatmeal packets that are already flavored. One of my go-to flavors is peanut butter banana. Made easier and lower calorie by the best invention in the world, PB2. I also add some of my favorite whey protein (Designer Whey). But you can add any vanilla whey protein.

PB2 is God-like

Peanut Butter Banana Protein Oats

Serves 1/Cook Time 2 minutes!

One serving quick oats

2/3 cup water

2 tbsp PB 2

One half scoop vanilla or plain protein powder

Half a banana

Sweetener (optional)

Put oatmeal in a bowl with the water. Microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds. Stir in protein powder, PB2 and a quarter banana mashed. Add more water and stir. Microwave for 40 more seconds or until thick. Slice the rest of the banana on top. You may also want to add your sweetener of choice (honey, stevia, sugar, etc). I really don’t need sweetness so I don’t.

I used Organic plain Better Oats:

Anyone else have ideas on what to put in oatmeal to flavor it? I stick to two or three variations, usually banana, chocolate and peanut butter. Any ideas would be appreciated.

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