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Quick and Easy Funfetti Protein Pancakes

Interrupting my usual full day of eating posts to focus on my favorite recipe currently.  These pancakes are just perfection.  Fluffy, scents of sweet vanilla, full of protein, and plant-based (while not completely vegan because of the egg whites).  Sprinkles are optional to add to the batter but NOT optional if you ask me.  This recipe is honestly perfect for me post-workout (on days I can squeeze my workout in in the morning) because I can whip up the batter the night before!

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I also used Silk Organic Unsweetened Soymilk in this recipe!  I’ve honestly ALWAYS used Silk unsweetened products because they are organic, have absolutely no added sugar, add 7 grams of heart-healthy soy protein to your recipes, and have 30% of your daily calcium needs (the same as dairy milk).  And, even though I promote flexible dieting, I love that Silk is made from plants which makes me feel good when I drink it with Oreo’s or FiberOne cookies 😉  I also really love Silk soymilk because it only has 3 grams of carbohydrates instead of the 7-8 grams of carbs that normal dairy milk has so I have more room for oats, berries, or SPRINKLES.

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Funfetti Protein Pancakes

Makes 1 serving.

Ingredients:

-45 g old-fashioned oatmeal (ground into flour)

-1 scoop ProZero plant-based protein powder

-2 egg whites

-1/3 cup Silk Organic Unsweetened Soymilk

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Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients into 1 large bowl.
  2. Spray skillet with coconut oil and cook pancakes over medium heat.  Flip pancakes when you see bubbles on the outside.
  3. Pile warm pancakes on a plate and top with coconut butter, sprinkles, and Walden Farms no calorie pancake syrup.  Eat with berries on the side.

This meal is perfect post-workout as it is FULL of protein (from the protein powder, egg whites, and soymilk) and carbohydrates.  Try it out and let me know what you think.

Also, don’t forget to visit https://silk.com/signup to signup for their newsletter and receive a coupon my beautiful friends :)

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Silk.  This post was sponsored by Silk but all opinions are my own. I have been provided with product by WhiteWave and being compensated for the post.  Please know that I have always used Silk products and only did this review as I already use and truly love Silk products.

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WIAW: Eating out of Habit

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!  Glad we are back again for another round of my daily eats.  Thanks so much for your feedback on my “Breaking up with Perfect” post last week.  You guys are seriously the best.  I would have never thought I would be making an impact on people’s lives.  Crazy how the internet works right?  It takes guts to be transparent with my eating habits, my mentality around food, and my struggles but I am treating this blog as a progress journal for myself so I am trying to be completely honest.

I made a fun little collage of my eats this week!  Let me know what you think.

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1. 1/2 cup cream of wheat and  1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (ProZero vegan brown rice and pea protein) cooked in water, 1 sliced banana, 2 Tbsp Artisana coconut butter

2. Lightly salted rice cake with 2 tbsp Wild Friends peanut butter that I won from a giveaway! 1 Tbsp Sesame Cranberry peanut butter and 1 Tbsp Honey sunflower seed butter. So good.

3. 1 egg + 3 egg whites scrambled in coconut oil with spinach, broccoli slaw, nutritional yeast, and salsa.

4. Quest bar S’mores flavor cut into 8 pieces and molded into teeny tiny cookies and then microwaved for 16 seconds.

5. Banana with 1 Tbsp Sesame Cranberry peanut butter.

6. 1 egg + 3 egg white omelet, roasted zucchini, mushrooms, and broccoli slaw, mountain of cinnamon roasted kabocha squash.

7. A protein fudge brownie made with 1/2 scoop MTS vanilla whey protein, 2 T Hershey’s cocoa powder, 1/4 cup almond milk, and a sprinkle of baking soda and then cooked in microwave for 30 seconds (thats IT! Don’t overcook!). Topped with Arctic Zero vanilla maple ice cream, Enjoy Life chocolate chips, and natural organic salted peanut butter.

You know what’s funny?  I honestly didn’t realize until putting all these pictures into a collage how similar my eats were all day long yesterday.  I guess I really like eggs, bananas, and peanut butter?!

Do you find yourself eating out of habit?  And eating the same things over and over again?  Why do I find comfort in the same foods day after day?

I think I eat this way because I am a creature of habit.  I don’t like messing up my routine.  I know I am getting in a good amount of nutrients with the amount of fruits and vegetables.  I also know I am continuing to increase my metabolism.  I know I am not undereating but I am finally fueling my body.  I know that I am eating a good mix of macronutrients with protein, carbs, and healthy fats at each meal.

BUT can I challenge myself to eat outside of my comfort zone?  In the upcoming weeks I hope to try out some new fruits, cook vegetables in different ways, and not stick to the same foods I love ‘just because’ they are habit and routine.  Bananas, eggs, and peanut butter will always be there.

20 Quick and Easy High Protein Snack Ideas

I absolutely love getting new ideas for healthy small meal and snack options so I thought I would share some of my top favorites.  I usually don’t consider any of my meals “snacks” as I usually aim to get a good ratio of protein, carbohydrates, and fats every time I eat.  Sometimes, when people think of ‘snacks’ they think of a chips, or a granola bar, or a handful of nuts.  And while some of these are good choices, they are only supplying a main source of ONE macronutrient vs having a mix of protein, carbohydrates, and fats.  The chips and granola bar are mostly carbohydrates and the nuts are mainly fats.  I am not saying you MUST eat all 3 macronutrients at each meal, but I aim to do this and always feel fuller for longer.  Meals around my workouts I aim to eat slightly less fat than the rest of my meals to ensure my energy is going towards my muscles, not my digestive system!

You can check out my Grocery Shopping staples to ensure you have everything on hand!

1. Fat free or low fat plain greek yogurt, stevia, blueberries, cereal (I prefer Chex or Cheerios varieties, Quaker Oatmeal Squares, Cinnamon Life, and Kashi)

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2. Quest protein bars

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3. Rice cakes with protein frosting (vanilla protein powder mixed with water or greek yogurt), banana

4. Low fat cottage cheese, cinnamon, apple slices, walnuts

5. Peanut butter banana protein smoothie: Unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1 scoop vanilla protein, 1 frozen banana, 1 Tbsp natural PB or 2 Tbsp PB2, 1 cup ice

6. Extra thin corn tortillas or brown rice cakes, tuna, avocado

7. Trail mix: 1 oz almonds, high fiber cereal, 1/4 cup raisins, 1 Tbsp chocolate chips

8. Hard-boiled eggs (2) with veggies

9. Protein shake, 1 banana, 16 almonds

10. Fiber One brownie, peanut butter, greek yogurt

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11. ThinkThin protein bars

12. Pumpkin protein oatmeal: oats and vanilla protein powder cooked with water, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice swirled in, almond butter

13. Whole wheat waffles with peanut butter and low sugar raspberry jam, 1 scoop protein

14. Medjool dates filled with almond butter and chocolate/carob chips, protein sludge (protein powder mixed with water)

15. Homemade protein pancakes 

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16. Egg white muffins (1 egg and 3-4 egg whites, mixed veggies, baked in muffin cups)

17.  Homemade high protein chocolate chip cookies

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18. Homemade pumpkin bars (may try to add protein to this recipe)

19. Sweet potato topped with cottage cheese and cashew or almond butter

20. Low fat string cheese, grapes, almonds

 

Question: What are your favorite quick and easy snack ideas?

High Protein Chocolate Chip Cookies

What better way to start off Monday than with a healthy high protein chocolate chip cookie recipe?  These cookies are based off of the #KimHoeltjeCookie recipe on Instagram and are quickly becoming a staple in my house (well, apartment).

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I made these for my family over Thanksgiving and then again for my boyfriend this past weekend.  No one can believe these are healthy!  My family even did a taste test between real chocolate chip cookies (REAL meaning butter, sugar, white flour) and these healthy high protein chocolate chip cookies and they really couldn’t tell much of a difference.  My mom did note “it just tastes like something is missing but I don’t know what that is”.  Which is FINE by me because there is A LOT missing in terms of fat and simple carbohydrates and sugar and you can’t even notice.  So without any more suspense here is the recipe.  These are very macro-friendly and high in fiber too.  Don’t forget to subscribe to Kim’s YouTube as well if you want to find more recipes like this!

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High Protein Chocolate Chip Cookies

What you need:

1 scoop MTS Whey Vanilla protein powder

1/2 cup canned white beans (navy, garbanzo, etc)

1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree

3 T egg whites in carton

1 t vanilla extract

1/2 t baking powder

2 Tbsp mini chocolate chips

What to do:

1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. Combine drained white beans, pumpkin, egg whites, and vanilla in blender and blend until smooth.

3. Empty into large bowl and stir in protein powder and baking powder.

4. Fold in chocolate chips.

5. Drop onto baking mat on cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes. Do not overbake!

Macros for ENTIRE recipe: 382 calories, 9 grams fat, 46 grams carbohydrates, 35 grams protein

The macronutrients may change based on protein powders used as well or if you use less/more chocolate chips.

Make these tonight, I swear they are WORTH it!

Talk to you soon!