Archive for March, 2012

This is a toast to marketers!  I give you lots of credit for your work!  You convince the people all around to believe in what you want them to believe.  I know I have been a victim of marketing but ever since I have taken the time to educate myself about a healthy lifestyle including healthy food choices I pride myself in not falling into this marketing trap.  Once of my clients got the chance to go to the natural foods convention and took home LOTS and LOTS of free products.  During one of our training sessions he brought me one of the products to try because he said the stuff was EVERYWHERE.  Due to the marketing of the product the product does in fact seem like a good product.  However if you really look at the product it is nothing the BIG BOLD words on the label has to say.

Well Chia Water.  I believe you have made lots of a people a victim to your liquid so now I am making you a victim of this blog.

Here is the marketers wonderful job on the product

We have learned 5 things!  This product has:

Omega 3

Antioxidants

Fiber

Calcium

and more Fiber

Here is the nutrition facts listing what the product actually has:  remember there should be lots of fiber, omega 3, calcium and antioxidants…lets see if the marketing matches the nutrition facts…

Omega 3: by definition is a fat…there is 0g of fat listed in the nutrition label.  No fat to me equals no Omega.

Fiber 1g:  For me if I am looking for a product to provide me with fiber (remember they also listed it atleast 3 times-then I want LOTS of fiber)…1g of fiber doesn’t cut it to me.

Calcium: 10mg…really???? 1% COME ON!  Give me some calcium.  Especially those drinking this product that aren’t drinking calcium dense dairy products.

ALL IN ALL THE NUTRITION LABEL TO ME SAYS SUGAR!  I AM A DRINK OF SUGAR AND NOTHING ELSE YOU HAVE TOLD ME IT WAS.

If you still don’t believe me, then here are the ingrients…

Hmm thats funny, the second ingredient listed after water is SUGAR!!!!!!

Please feel free to form your own opinion about this product.  I think you know mine by now.  I would love to hear what you have to say about this product and any other products you feel like you have been a victim of marketing!

Ugh…both in taste and attitude.  My attempt at making some protein pumpkin mini pies was a total disaster.

Typically in my kitchen I get inspired by recipes on see online by fellow bloggers, pinterest, television, etc and then I try to recreate them with my own twist.  Typically adding in some more nutrients to make them even that much better on the nutrition scale.  This time, it was a total flop.

I decided that these Protein Pumpkin Crustless Pies looked like a wonderful idea to whip up quickly with a can of pumpkin I picked up from the store.  I have been having an itch to make something with pumpkin and thought it would be perfect.  Not having ALL of the exact ingredients I thought I had some pretty good substitutions and wanted to give it a try.  Horrible idea.  The toffee whey protein listed in the recipe might just be the nice addition her original recipe included.  I used a little bit of chocolate protein (I know not the best choice but I have been out of vanilla and unflavored-they are on their way).  I also used my lactose free cottage cheese instead of quack-which was already listed as a great alternative.  I think where I went super wrong is that I decided to add in some frozen spinach to add some greens to the meal without the flavor.  I never taste the spinach in my smoothies and thought I could do the trick here too.

My pies were not a complete disaster I admit.  They were more savory than I was looking for them to be.  I wanted them to be a sweeter food I could enjoy for breakfast.  When I eat these I think of more a side dish with dinner.  I have had a few of them but I am seriously considering just throwing them out.  Ah I hate more than anything to throw away food.

Maybe the dog would like them.  Pumpkin is good for them and made with clean ingredients.  I just don’t want him to really eat people food, well more importantly not beg.

Anyway my attempt and disaster at the pies turned into a wonderful breakfast this morning.  I used the leftover pumpkin to make myself a wonderful breakfast in bed on the pouring rain morning we had today.

Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

-1/4 organic pumpkin puree

-1/2 cup gluten free oats

-2 TBS chia seeds

-2 egg whites

-pinch trader joes pumpkin pie spice

-1/2 scoop chocolate whey protein (MRM)

The night before put half of the oats, pumpkin and chia seeds in a bowl to soak overnight.  The night morning add the rest of the oats, egg whites and spice.  Pour a quarter of the batter into a frying pan with coconut oil.  I made my first pancake with no protein.  Then I decided to add in the protein.  The batter made 4 pancakes total.

I topped my pancakes with half of a banana sliced up, some agave drizzled on top and some cinnamon sprinkled on top!

Breakfast in bed with a side of coffee and some coupons to look through, oh and the peaceful rain…ahhhh was heaven!

Oh yea I added a little bit of cacao on top the last minute 🙂

I always find myself wanting to buy bananas.  When I am not at the store and even when I am at the store I have bananas on my mind.  Maybe because I am just straight up bananas…

I always run into the issue of when I do buy bananas that I buy to many and they go ripe before I wanting to consume then.  When this time comes, the power of the freezer comes in handy.  Those bananas go straight into the freezer unpeeled and freeze to death until they are engulfed by the blades of my ninja blender chopping up a smoothie.

Of course though when it comes time to having the time and cravings to make banana bread no ripe bananas are to be found in my kitchen.

I decide to head to whole foods and ask if they have any really ripe bananas in the back, they want to give me.  Credit to whole foods they say they do a pretty good job and cycling through the bananas at a good rate to not keep ripe ones around.  After chatting up the produce guy he suggests me just baking the bananas in the oven before hand to soften them up.  Kudos to you whole foods produce man, you have just saved the day!  Note: keep the banana in the peel when doing so, I asked this question and I am glad I did because I would have taken them out of their peel and thrown them in.  I found they soften up well enough at 350 degree for 15 minutes.

After looking at a couple sources and getting inspiration for banana bread, I decided to take a few ideas from a couple recipes and add in my own twist as well.  After reading Peanut Butter Fingers post on making bread with chickpeas I just had to do it as well.

I decided on Vegan Protein Banana Bread.  No flour. No egg. No dairy. No sugar. No Gluten.  Protein Packed Banana Bread that is.  I always want to make sure what I am eating has a protein punch and this bread has just that, thanks to my lovely touch on it!

The inspiration to baking also came from a recent present my step-mother gave me as an early birthday present!

The baby needed to get into action.  Mixing Vegan Protein Banana Bread was her first mission.

Vegan Protein Banana Bread

1 can garbanzo beans (I used this as a replacement for flour)

1/3 cup coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla stevia

3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk

1/4 cup almond meal (I used this instead of flaxseeds)

4 ripe bananas

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 TBS fresh lime juice

1 tsp baking sode

1 tsp salt

1 pouch vega vanilla chia protein powder (I added this in to give the bread a protein punch.  I would have liked to only use vanilla protein but I used what my resources gave me at the time)

Mix wet ingredients together in mixer

Mix dry ingredients together in separate bowl by hand

Fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients.

I found that I had to add a little more coconut milk to get things moving but that is because of my additional protein powder to the party.

Bake at 350 degrees for 75 minutes in a greased loaf tin.

Yes my bread looks more like a biscotti (minus the hard crunch texture).  Lets just say I did not bake it for as long as it needed.  I think Banana bread tastes better with that extra gooeyness of the banana just melting in your mouth.  If you want an actual bread look and texture check your bread after 75 minutes and then gauge how long to keep baking for 🙂

Wow, I never imagined how tedious blogging can seem.  It seems as though it would be super simple to write a simple text here and there but no…need the content worth sharing, research going into the content, pictures, etc.  Blogging is a job in itself not to mention my primary job, being with my puppy, working out and living life!  After a transitional couple months aka switching jobs and moving and getting over the anxiety of NEEDING to post EVERY day.  I am back and ready to kick some blogging arse and hopefully those of you following along wanting to try some of my crazy workouts and cook concoctions 🙂

First I must share with you all my only contribution to st. patty’s day that involved green (besides my underwear)

Mint Chocolate Nib Irish Smoothie

Blend together: (I use a ninja)

2 cups frozen chopped spinach

1.5 cups coconut milk

1 scoop chocolate protein powder (this time I used mrm whey protein powder)

1 dropper full of kal peppermint stevia (to make it extra minty)

pinch of xanthum gum and guar gum for a creamy texture

6 ice cubes

Sprinkle Cacao Nibs on top

Serve and enjoy:  Makes two glasses full but I drink/eat them both myself 🙂