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Archive | October, 2013

Protein Pumpkin Cake Dip

30 Oct

Fall is in the air. Get excited. You know what that means, right?

PUMPKIN RECIPES GALORE.

See, pumpkin is a weekly thing in my kitchen no matter the season, but now that it is truly the season for this delicious food, I feel no guilt in bombarding the blogging world with all my delicious pumpkin creations. I hope you like pumpkin!

If not, you should give it a second try, but no pressure :)

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This dip resembles my pumpkin cream cheese alternative that I wrote about in a past post, but now I’ve turned it into a delicious dip. Or a heavenly protein bowl to eat solely with a spoon. You can choose :)

As you know with my recent giveaway that is now up, I’m a huge fan of About Time protein, as it is a very clean powder, yet delicious! I currently have the Cake Batter powder, so of course, I had to make a cake dip. But guess what? About Time now has a PUMPKIN flavor. Yep, you read that right, pumpkin protein powder! Which you can also make this dip with :) This recipe is amazing as a dip, by itself simply with a spoon, or as a spread on toast/pita like this!

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And there is better news. I have a promo code you can use to receive 25% off! Type in FFF1 into the place for a promo code as you order online, and you’ll receive 25% off! Now you have no excuse to try this delicious powder..especially the pumpkin one! I know thats next on my list to try. But for now, here is the recipe for this tasty pumpkin dip!

Not a fan of protein powder? Omit it or add a touch of coconut flour instead! This recipe is just as delicious without the powder as it is with it. And it is high in protein even without the powder! It may not have that “cake-like” taste as much, but it is still delicious!

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Protein Pumpkin Cake Dip (or breakfast bowl!)
-1/2 cup Cottage Cheese
-1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree
-1 scoop About Time Cake Batter Whey (Order on their website here and use my promo code: FFF1 for a discount!)
-1 packet Stevia
-1 or 2 T raw Honey/Agave (as needed for desired sweetness)
-1 teaspoon Cinnamon
-1/2 teaspoon each: Vanilla and Butter Extract (or just 1 tsp vanilla!)
-Dash of Sea Salt

Directions: Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Serve chilled as a dip, or simply eat as a protein packed breakfast bowl!

Pumpkin Benefits:
1) High in Vitamin aid which aids in eyesight
2) High in fiber to keep you satisfied
3) Rich in Beta Carotene with plays a role in cancer prevention and benefit your skin
4) More potassium than a banana (great post workout food!)
5) Rich in Vitamin C to keep you fit and healthy

Raw Honey Benefits
1) Alkaline-forming food that contains natural vitamins, enzymes, and powerful antioxidants
2)Anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties
3)Promotes body and digestive health
4)Strengthens immune system
5)Eliminates allergies
6)Excellent remedy for skin wounds and infections
7)Stabilizes blood pressure
8)Relieves pain
9)Calm nerves

 

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Green Apple Smoothie with Peanut Butter Topping

28 Oct

Another delicious smoothie creation.

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I had some fresh green apples, and thought, hey, what a better way to enjoy my afternoon than make a delicious, green apple smoothie.

The slightly sour taste of the green apple gave such a delicious flavor coupled with the sweet protein powder and agave that I added. And then of course, I wanted to make an extra special topping. That’s when I thought to myself, what goes better with apples than peanut butter? <3

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So I mixed together a peanut butter and honey yogurt and added it to the top of my smoothie. Placed it in the freezer for just about 10 minutes. And wallah, pure deliciousness.

What is your favorite type of smoothie flavor?? Is there a flavor you would like to see me create?! Tell me! :)

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Green Apple Smoothie
-1 medium Green Apple, slice and frozen
-1/2 medium ripe Banana, frozen
-1 cup Almond Milk
-1 scoop About Time Whey Protein
(I used their new pumpkin spice! Order on their website here and use my promo code: FFF1 for a discount!)
-1 tablespoon Agave/Honey
-1 teaspoon Cinnamon
-Optional: a few Spinach leaves for added greens

Directions: Combines all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth. Top with Peanut Butter Honey Yogurt below if desired.

Peanut Butter Honey Yogurt Topping
-1/2 cup Nonfat Greek Yogurt
-1 tablespoon Peanut Butter or Peanut Flour
-2 teaspoons Honey
-1/4 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Directions: Combine all ingredients. Top Smoothie with Yogurt

Raw Honey Benefits
1) Alkaline-forming food that contains natural vitamins, enzymes, and powerful antioxidants
2)Anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fingal properties
3)Promotes body and digestive health
4)Strengthens immune system
5)Eliminates allergies
6)Excellent remedy for skin wounds and infections
7)Stabilizes blood pressure
8)Relieves pain
9)Calm nerves

Apple Benefits
1)Reduces tooth decay by lowering levels of bacteria
2)Keeps Alzheimer’s away and fights aging effects on brain
3) Curbs Cancer because of flavonol richness
4)Decreases risk of diabetes (due to soluble fiber amount)
5)Reduces Cholesterol
6) High in fiber keeps digestive tract optimal
7)Neutralize Irritable Bowel Syndrome (high fiber content)
8) Detoxes Liver
9) Boosts immune system
Whey Protein Benefits
1) Good source of high amounts of protein
2) Aids in muscle growth and repair
3) Known to lower blood pressure
4) Helps lose body fat
5) High protein keeps you satisfied and full

Greek Yogurt Benefits
1) Help fight tummy fat
2) Contains good-for-you bacteria
3) Loaded with vitamins such as potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, iodine, zinc, B12 and B5
4) Great recovery after workouts: high source of protein
5) High in calcium
6) Prevents high blood pressure
7) Fights off colds and flus: healthy bacteria fights off the bad and boosts the immune system
8) Protects your teeth: lactic acid in yogurt protects your gums
9) High in protein, about 18-24 grams per serving

Quest Bar Pumkin Cinnamon Roll Dessert Ravioli

27 Oct

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I was never a huge fan of store bought protein bars, as most have way too many ingredients I can’t even pronounce, and are full of sugar. Not to mention, barely have any protein compared to what you could get by eating real food! But then Quest Nutrition came along..and provided me amazingly clean, healthy, high in protein bars. And the flavors..they taste exactly what they claim to taste like unlike other bars! Cinnamon Roll, Cookie Dough, Coconut Cashew, Chocolate Brownie, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Banana Nut Muffin, Strawberry Cheesecake..just to list a few :) (PS, havent tried quest bars?? You can order a sample box and use my promo code for a discount! “FFF1”)

Well I decided to make another recipe using these delicious bars for fun! I love taking something and recreating it..especially when its a yummy tasty something like a quest bar!

And of course.. Pumpkin came to my mind.

These are high in protein without even trying with the “ravioli” part being made of a high protein Quest bar! These are the perfect snack when I get those midday sweet cravings..or night time cravings too :) Check out the recipe below!

Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Dessert Ravioli
Makes 2 raviolis
-1 Cinnamon Roll Quest Bar
-1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree
-3 tablespoons Vanilla Casein
-1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
-1 tablespoon Honey
-1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
-Dash of Sea Salt
Directions: Combine all ingredients in small bowl except for Quest Bar. Roll bar out as thin as you can (warming up for 5 seconds in microwave may help). Cut the bar into quarters. Spoon mixture onto one of the bar pieces, place another quarter of the bar on top. Pinch sides of bar together to form a “ravioli” shape. Repeat with other two pieces of bar. Recipe makes two ravioli’s. Enjoy at room temperature or freeze for about 20 minutes for a frozen treat.

 

Pumpkin Benefits:
1) High in Vitamin aid which aids in eyesight
2) High in fiber to keep you satisfied
3) Rich in Beta Carotene with plays a role in cancer prevention and benefit your skin
4) More potassium than a banana (great post workout food!)
5) Rich in Vitamin C to keep you fit and healthy

Raw Honey Benefits
1) Alkaline-forming food that contains natural vitamins, enzymes, and powerful antioxidants
2)Anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fingal properties
3)Promotes body and digestive health
4)Strengthens immune system
5)Eliminates allergies
6)Excellent remedy for skin wounds and infections
7)Stabilizes blood pressure
8)Relieves pain
9)Calm nerves

8 Minute Abs

26 Oct

A quick little post to check in with my fit family over the weekend! Have you been active in any way yet??

 

If not, find a place on the floor and do this EIGHT MINUTE workout. Who doesn’t have 8 minutes?!

 

Working out does not have to mean going to the gyms for hours. No excuses for not doing this one :)

 

Have a great weekend my loves!

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Toasted Coconut Protein Shake

23 Oct

There is this one ice cream place where I live called Kilwins..do you have that as well?! If not, let me just tell you, it is anything but healthy. BUT, there is this one ice cream flavor that is so completely worth every single calorie, and that is their toasted coconut flavor!! It is literally heaven in a cup.

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So, after a long biology lab today my friend and I decided to be a little more motivated than usual and go on a run! It was the first day here in Gainesville FL that was nice and semi cool out. When we got back, I knew I wanted a delicious protein shake to refuel. Thank goodness About Time Whey had sent me some of their delicious protein flavors to sample! (you can try out this protein for a discounted price by ordering online with the promo code: FFF1 )

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Just a little snapshot of a part of campus

And that is when that ice cream flavor popped into my head. I had to attempt to remake this delicious taste. Oh boy was I a happy girl that I attempted, because it was one of the best shakes I had made in awhile! Of course, that along with my pumpkin protein shake I made a couple weeks ago :) (pumpkin obsession probz)

Drink it for breakfast. Drink it after a workout. Eat it as a late night snack frozen. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!

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Toasted Coconut Shake
-1 scoop Vanilla Whey (I use AboutTime Whey, use the promo code, FFF1 for a discount when ordering online!)
-1/2 cup Almond Milk/Coconut Milk
-1/2 frozen Banana
-1/2 cup Nonfat Greek Yogurt (or yogurt of choice)
-1/2 cup Ice
-2 tablespoons Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
-1 teaspoon Coconut Extract
-1 packet Stevia or 1 tablespoon Honey or Agave
-Optional: 1 tablespoon Chia or flax Seeds (good for your health!)

Directions: Place coconut on some foil and place into toaster oven or actual oven and bake until slightly browned. This will only take a few minutes. Be careful as it burns easily! Next, add all other ingredients into blender + 1 tablespoon of the toasted coconut. Blend until smooth. Top with leftover coconut. Serve with kiwi slices if desired or any other topping.

Note: Can be frozen for about 30 minutes for a frozen treat as well :)

Coconut Benefits
1)Fights viruses and bacteria growth in body
2)Fights yeast, fungus, and candida
3) Positively affects hormones for thyroid and blood-sugar control which leads to increase metabolism, energy and endurance
4)Aids in digestion
5)Absorbs fat soluble vitamins
6)Lowers cholesterol
7)Special fat called medium chain triglycerides (Research shows 2T a day allowed women not only to gain less weight but lower abdominal fat)

Whey Protein Benefits
1) Good source of high amounts of protein
2) Aids in muscle growth and repair
3) Known to lower blood pressure
4) Helps lose body fat
5) High protein keeps you satisfied and full

Crockpot Pumpkin Apple Butter [RecipeRedux]

21 Oct

Have you ever tried apple butter or pumpkin butter?? If not, you are missing out. IMG_5315

The only thing is, the apple butter I fell in love with as a kid is full of sugar…not something I would want to be consuming on a daily basis. I loved putting spoonfuls on my toast when I was younger, but the store bought stuff is certainly not an everyday toast spread for one wanting to live healthy or watch their calories. And that is why I knew I had to make my own. IMG_5256

When going to make one of the butters though, I couldn’t decide which to make! And that is why I decided to combine BOTH of these delicious fall flavors into ONE jar. Yes, I decided to make pumpkin apple butter :) That is why I decided to make my own. And I thought what better way to do it than in a crock pot?? Pumpkin and apple butter are always usually cooked on the stove. But slow cooking in the crock pot just seemed like a great idea. And it turned out to be just that.

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Spread on toast, put on top of yogurt or oatmeal, or eat as a delicious dip, this pumpkin apple butter is one that you will be glad you have on hand. IMG_5309

Pumpkin Apple Butter

-Makes about 1 16oz jar-

-2 cups Pumpkin Puree (one pie pumpkin, cooked and blended)

-1 Apple, sliced thin

-1/2 cup Apple Juice or Coconut Water

-1/4 cup Brown Sugar

-1/4 cup Baking Stevia

-1T Cinnamon

-1/4 teaspoon each: Nutmeg, Ginger, Cloves

-1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

-1/2 teaspoon Lemon Juice

-Dash of Sea Salt

Directions: Add all ingredients in crock pot, and stir until all ingredients are combined. Cover crock pot, and turn crock pot on low. Allow to slow cook for 3 to 4 hours. Turn crock pot off. Allow to cool. Place crock pot contents into high speed blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to 16oz jar, and keep refrigerated. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before using.

Apple Benefits 1)Reduces tooth decay by lowering levels of bacteria 2)Keeps Alzheimer’s away and fights aging effects on brain 3) Curbs Cancer because of flavonol richness 4)Decreases risk of diabetes (due to soluble fiber amount) 5)Reduces Cholesterol 6) High in fiber keeps digestive tract optimal 7)Neutralize Irritable Bowel Syndrome (high fiber content) 8) Detoxes Liver 9) Boosts immune system

Pumpkin Benefits: 1) High in Vitamin aid which aids in eyesight 2) High in fiber to keep you satisfied 3) Rich in Beta Carotene with plays a role in cancer prevention and benefit your skin 4) More potassium than a banana (great post workout food!) 5) Rich in Vitamin C to keep you fit and healthy

Butternut Squash Noodle Autumn Soup with Swiss Chard and Butter Beans

16 Oct

Who loves pasta?! Sadly, it’s one of those things that everyone feels they need to give up when embarking on the healthy lifestyle.

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But not anymore. Thanks to Ali, a fellow blogger and the founder of Inspiralized.com, you can now have noodles…the healthy way! After contacting me telling me all about her blog and the art of the spiralizer, I was so intrigued that I wanted to give her the spotlight here for a day :)

Ali has made a whole blog dedicated to food made with the spiralizer. If you haven’t heard of a spiralizer, you may have heard of zucchini pasta. Basically, the spiralizer makes noodles out of vegetables. This is such a creative, fun and HEALTHY way to cook.

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No longer do you need to fear noodles!!

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I told Ali I was a huge fan of pumpkin and squashes, so she made this delectable recipe. I got hungry just looking at the photographs!

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The recipe will be below, but head on over to Inspiralized.com to check out Ali if you would like to see if the spiralizer is something you would be interested in!

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Butternut Squash Noodle Autumn Soup with Swiss Chard and Butter Beans
Servings: 2
Time to Prepare: 15
Time to Cook: 30 minutes
Ingredients
(1) 3″ long peeled chunk of butternut squash, spiralized (a julienne peeler can also be used- full guide on spiralizing a butternut squash here: http://www.inspiralized.com/2013/10/09/how-to-spiralize-a-butternut-squash/)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp minced garlic
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/2 cup diced carrots
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried thyme (or about 2 fresh sprigs)
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/2 cup butter beans
8 leaves of swiss chard
4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese to garnish
Directions
Place a large saucepan over medium heat. Add in the olive oil. Once the oil heats, add in the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Then, add in the red pepper flakes, celery, red onion, and carrots. Season with salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, and parsley. Let cook for about 5 minutes or until carrots begin to soften.
Add in the vegetable broth and raise heat to bring to a boil. Once the soup reaches a boil, add in the butternut squash noodles and reduce heat to simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes and then add in the butter beans and swiss chard. Cook for another 2 minutes or until squash noodles are softened and swiss chard has wilted.
Plate the soup into bowls and garnish with Parmesan cheese.