Posts Tagged ‘protein’

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 🙂

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