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Tested: DIY Protein Powder II

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Oatmeal….yummmmmm!

Hemp Seeds…delicious!

Quinoa…complete protein perfection!

Garbanzo beans (chickpeas)…nutty awesomeness! (when cooked)

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All of these ingredients grounded into a fine powder, blended with a cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, banana, and honey……a test kitchen disaster.  Folks, the taste was a little rough, but great if you’re into drinking bean flavored milk.  I originally added two tablespoons of the DIY Pro-powder to my normal morning smoothie, but found the garbanzo beans (chickpeas) to be extremely overpowering.

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When adding only one tablespoon, the taste was less extreme and sweeter.  The drink itself was somewhat bearable, but far from enjoyable.  Well, at least I could taste a little bit of the sweetness from the milk and the banana, but the bean flavor was still pretty pronounced.  Soaking the beans overnight and adding a few to the milk and banana mixture may be the solution, but has yet to be tested.

The upside of this kitchen nightmare is that all of the ingredients were things that I had on hand.  In general, aside from the hemp seeds, the ingredients are inexpensive.

There’s potential with this protein combination if I skip the chickpeas, but I think I’m going to play around with a few more ideas as well.

Folks, it ain’t over!

‘NOT SO YUMMMY’ – DIY Protein Powder

1/3 cup oats (not instant)

3 tbsp raw hemp seeds

3 tbsp quinoa

3 tbsp garbanzo beans, uncooked

* Blend ingredients in a food processor or heavy-duty blender until fine powder if formed.

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Healthy Journey!

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Banana Fritters

Don’t know what to do with those brown bananas?  Well, you could make banana bread (delicious), pancakes (amazing), or you could make fritters.  My mother use to make corn fritters that were fried to perfection.  A little crispy on the outside, soft and awesome on the inside.  I thought it would be a good idea to throw a few simple, affordable, and healthy ingredients together in order to make these beauties.

Here’s what you need!

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BANANA FRITTERS 

(Makes 8 fritters)

2 Ripe Bananas

1 pouch flavored Oatmeal (I use Oats Revolution)

2 tbsp whole wheat flour

1-2 tbsp coconut oil

Honey  (optional)

  1. Smash bananas in medium bowl.  You can leave them a little chunky if you prefer.
  2. Add oatmeal and flour.  Stir until combined.
  3. Turn stove on medium-high and add coconut oil to non-stick pan.
  4. Once oil is melted and hot, add about 2 tbsp of mixture to the oil.
  5. Cook for 2 minutes or until edges brown.  Flip and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes on the other side.
  6. ENJOY

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* I love using this oatmeal.  It reminds of the grown up version of the peaches n’ creme oatmeal I use to eat when I was a little girl.  You can find it at any grocery store or Target.

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Blueberry Pie Protein Smoothie

 

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Blueberry Pie Protein Smoothie

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (40)

¼ cup rolled oats (150)

1 cup blueberries (83)

1/2 frozen banana, pieces (55)

1 cup spinach (7)

1 scoop protein powder, vanilla (120)

  1. *Soak oats in almond milk for 5 minutes to soften.
  2. *Throw all ingredients in blender until smooth.

Servings: 1

Calories: 455

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For the Love of Oatmeal

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“You’re kidding me, right?  How do you NOT know how to cook oatmeal?” I said.

That was part of a conversation I had with my boyfriend during the early stages of our courtship.  I guess I couldn’t fathom that someone would avoid eating oatmeal, not because they hated the taste or the texture, but simply because they didn’t know how to cook it without an awful boil-over.  Now, in all fairness, I’m going to blame it on the fact that like some men, the idea of slow cooking is just a waste of time.  Patience is not a virtue in the kitchen.  Why not turn the burner on high and cook the be-jesus out of those oats?  I am now convinced that he is not the only one out there dreading the awful ring of burnt oatmeal around the stove top left there by boiling, molten oats.  No worries, Folks, I’m here to save your breakfast with these simple tips and a sweet little video demo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu1oiW3AX5Q

Step away from the stove and take a few notes.

Step 1: You’re going to need a ratio of one parts oats to two parts liquid.  In this case we’re just going to start with:

1 cup of oats

2 cups of water

Step 2: Add liquid (water) to a medium-sized pot and let it boil on medium heat.  You can cover the pot with a lid to speed up the process.

Step 3: When the water comes to a boil, you can add a dash of salt for flavor or skip it.

Step 4: Add your oats and reduce heat to medium-low heat.  Stir every few minutes.  This step should take about 8-10 minutes depending on how you like your oatmeal.  If you’re using Scottish oats that are finer in texture, you should use a whisk to keep it from clumping instead of a spoon.

BOOM.  It’s done!

I like to keep my oatmeal slightly wet because this keeps it from getting too clumpy after it cools.  Once it’s done I like to add a splash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk and some of the following fingerlickin toppings.

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Berries n’ Creme Proatmeal

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Peaches n’ Creme Oatmeal

– 2/3 cups oatmeal, cooked

– 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use UMP)

– 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

– 1 tbsp hemp seed

-1/2 tsp flaxseed

-1/2 peach, diced

– 1 tbsp raw almonds

Instructions:

  1. Mix protein powder and milk with oats.
  2. Add rest of ingredients on top.
  3. ENJOY!

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Protein Options:

  • 1/2-1 scoop protein powder
  • 1-2 tbsps. walnuts, almonds, or other favorites
  • flaxseed or hemp seeds

Fruit Options:

  • sliced strawberries
  • blueberries or raspberries
  • mango
  • peaches
  • bananas
  • raisins
  • other dried or fresh fruit.  Frozen is a great option also.

Spice Options:

  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Vanilla Bean
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • Unsweetened Coco powder

Sweet Options:

  • Drizzle of honey
  • Maple Syrup
  • Vanilla Almond Milk or Soy Milk
  • Coconut Sugar (low glycemic index)
  • Stevia

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Benefits of Eating Oatmeal

Can lower risk of high blood pressure and diabetes Type 2

Can lower cholesterol

Fiber keeps you full longer helping with weight loss.

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Photos Courtesy of:

http://fit-wins.blogspot.com/

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Day 4: When the Going Gets Tough

I’m kind of on track these days if you count the fact that I’m still eating every 3-4 hours, eating plenty of protein, veggies, whole grains, and fruity things that grow on trees, however, I came home the other night to find a new edition to the pantry.  Mr. Planters covered in chocolate.  My boyfriend came home with a bag of goodies.  It was a generous gift along with an awesome bag of trail mix and cookies.  Yes, these things happen when you’re trying to avoid them, but that’s where willpower comes in, right?  That’s when you hold your head up high and shout from the top of your lungs, “I will fight temptation.  Chocolate covered peanuts, you have no power over me.”  Sometimes you’re not as tough as you think and that little voice in your head that screams willpower is just a whisper.  Temptation is sometimes much stronger and for me, temptation has won a few times this week.  However, I’m not beating myself up over it.  I had a few goodies, threw he bag of almonds in the back of the pantry and forgot about them for the most part.  My body has been in detox mode all week.  My body has been shaking and craving sugar like it’s nobody’s business.  I’ve managed to still eat well, lose weight, work out, stay hydrated, but it’s obvious that my body is freaking out.  I’m hoping this mellows out in the next week or so.  My new eating lifestyle is much better than it was just a week ago.  All-day sugar binges, fried squid, chunks of bread and butter, and careless thinking are a thing of the past.  I’m much more determined and loving this transformation for the most part.

Insanity has been kicking my butt, but I deserve it.  Change doesn’t come from wishing and wanting.  You just have to make it happen.  Just do it!

Here’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for.  It’s food time!

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Oat & Fruit Bake w/ Boiled Egg 

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Carrot Ginger Soup, Open-Face Almond Butter Fruit Sandwich w/ side of seaweed salad

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Coconut Acorn Squash Bisque w/ Marinated Salmon

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Lentil Salad Stack

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 (10) Chocolate Covered Peanuts

*These meals are 400-450 calories each. Recipes coming soon!

 

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