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Thats right PB2. This post will be dedicated to a few things I like to eat with PB2. Incase you aren’t familiar with PB2 it is basically the same thing as peanut butter but less calories and fat but not processed like better n butter. That still still kind of gives me the creeps to this day.

What is amazing about PB2 is that you can add it to anything. It comes in a powder so it mixes easily into anything you want. Of course you can add simply just water to it to make some peanut butter yumminess. Which leads me to my first picture.

If you are like me and can’t really choke down celery unless it is paying tribute to when you were a child.

Ants on a Log

I just can’t choke the celery down any other way.  Honestly it is a texture thing.  I am not usually picky with textures but the stringiness of the celery gets to me.  I also have this problem with triscuits.  Does anyone else feel the same way?  I don’t like the strings and the thought of them getting caught in my teeth would be a nightmare.  The peanut butter adds as a buffer/lubricant for NO STRINGS in this girl’s teeth!

So here you go, an even lower calorie ants on a log.  Celery with PB2!

Locally if anyone is interested, I actually found some for sale at rainbow acres in venice for the same price as they sell it on amazon for.

PB2 is definitely the most amazing in a smoothie.  Earlier this week it was national peanut butter and jelly day so I celebrated with a peanut butter and jelly smoothie.  Not the typical PB&J sammie but oh so delicious.

If you are like me I used to love PB&J as a kid.  Who am I kidding, it was still a staple for me in college.  Lots of creamy peanut butter, thick layer of jelly on some nice white wonder bread. Not to mention I would add fritos on it as well for a nice salty crunch (yea that was the fat kid thinking).  It was always better when mom made it 🙂 everything is though, right?

So here is a healthy, high protein, no starchy carb from the bread alternative.

PB2 & J Smoothie

1 cup frozen spinach

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1/2 cup fresh frozen strawberries

2TBS PB2

1/2 cup Low fat cottage cheese

1 scoop unflavored plant fusion protein powder

pinch xanthum gum

pinch guar gum

handful ice cubes

throw everything in ninja blender and blend for a few minutes

This will create a HUGE cup of smoothie greatness.  For the average person is this two servings but I eat it all to myself!

Another huge staple in my life is making chocolate ‘pudding’ for desert before bed.  Now I do need to warn you that I am not telling you to do this because it has raw egg in it.  I am merely sharing with you what I eat.  I do feel that if you buy a quality pasteurized egg that there is no worries of getting sick from it.

Chocolate Protein ‘Pudding’ with a new PB2 twist

1/2 cup eggology egg whites

1 scoop dutch chocolate plant fusion protein

splash of unsweetened coconut milk to keep things moving along

2TBS PBs

pinch stevia

stir until you get the right consistency.  If you like it thicker omit the milk, if you like the runny add more milk

 

I hope you enjoy some of my PB2 treats!

 

What do you like to do with PB2 or what would you do with PB2?

am not a fan of exercise machines.  I hardly use them myself and I definitely don’t use them much with my clients.  I do think they are a great tool for my clients to use when I am not around to take thinking out of the equation for them.  However they are what I call the lazy man’s workout.  Your whole body goes into relaxation mode except for the one muscle the machine is working.  Stop doing the lazy working and get ALL of your muscles working at once!

A great way to burn extra calories and get multiple muscles working at the same time is to incorporate more muscles into each exercise.  From things as simple as a biceps curl into a shoulder press is more effective in increasing the heart rate and effectiveness of the muscle burn than the two exercises alone.

A couple exercises I love to do with my clients who are at an intermediate level involves a swissball aka exercise ball.  For the first series all you need is a swissball and for the second series all you need is a swissball and a set of dumbells (you have to wait for my second installment to see those excersies-so stay tuned!).  How simple is that?!?  Basically no gym required.

Pike. Push Up. Bear.

Grab your swissball and place your hands on the ground and your feet on top of the ball.  The more stabilizing position on the ball will be to put more of the front of your calves on the ball.  The most unstable position is having your toes on the ball.  Now that you are set up, get ready to move.  All three moves are done in order with no rest.  Keep in mind that you want to keep your core nice and strong to help with the balance.  DO NOT SAG YOUR HIPS.

Start in Plank.

Pike

Plank

Push Up.

Plank

Bear.

Then just shoot those legs back out and you are back to your starting plank.

Try to accomplish 10 rounds of the 3 moves without falling off to be an advanced Swissball user!

Simple Breakfast.

I also want to take a moment to address breakfast.  Breakfast does not have to be complicated.  There is nothing worse than someone not eating breakfast.  Trust me you are doing the worst thing you possibly could by not eating breakfast.  Breakfast does not have to be complicated.  You can honestly throw odds and ends together in a bowl and just mix.  For instance, my breakfast this morning was completely just odds and ends.  No prep time required, no cooking required, no thinking required.  If you still don’t think you have time then take that bowl with you in the car and chomp at a read light.  Please please do not skip breakfast!!!!  Here is a sample of a simple odds and ends breakfast I whipped up this morning in a crunch.

Two Degree Odds N Ends. (dairy free, gluten free, meat free, but full of protein)

1 serving coconut milk yogurt-plain (you can use any plain 4 oz yogurt)

1 scoop plant fusion chocolate protein powder (any chocolate protein powder will do)

1/4 cup erewhon brown rice gluten free cereal (any rice krispie cereal of your choice)

1/2 Two Degrees Bar (freebie from whole foods) 

Finished Result

318 calories, 23g protein, 24g carbs, 10g fat