Archive for the ‘Protein Powder – Healthy Additions’ Category
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These German Chocolate Energy Bites are the perfect poppable treat when you need a boost of energy and need to satisfy those dessert cravings! Plus they’re no bake!
Let’s face it, we’re busy people. Work, soccer practice, the gym, football games, late meetings, dog groomers, family, friends, last minute bake-sales, dance class, surprise guests… it’s always something. And with that we tend to lean towards convenience when it comes to food or worse, we skip a meal. Now I’ve shared with you numerous times why breakfast is the most important meal of the day so I’m not going to rehash that. Instead I want to talk with you about some options where you’re super limited on time. That’s where Carnation Breakfast Essentials® and Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Light Start™ packets come into play. With them having multiple options and flavors, there’s zero excuse why you can’t have breakfast on the go!
Carnation Breakfast Essentials® offers not only a ready-to-drink bottle but a bunch of flavors as well as a lighter version too! Plus the most important feature..the taste! Let’s be real, I’m a foodie. And this stuff is awesome! Plus I love the fact that it’s so adaptable to recipes as well! Anyone who knows me knows I work a lot…A LOT. It’s a choice I make because I want to make TKW more evolved. However I still need to eat. And since you know I will never do a drive-thru or eat crap food, I cook and bake everything. It’s funny as when the whole internet exploded with the craze of protein balls/energy bites my first thought was “um, this isn’t new… I did this for years” however truth be told the early adaptations eons ago didn’t taste that good. I never thought of making them taste like “real food” let alone cake! Wha?!
It’s funny as this recipe if you will though I don’t really consider it a ‘true’ recipe as you’re just putting stuff in a bowl and eating it. There’s no cooking involved and let’s be honest, you really don’t have to be exact with your measurements but hey, it’s all good. I mean this is pretty awesome and a “recipe’ ANYONE can follow. It’s just yogurt, protein powder, fresh fruits, granola and flaxseed – not to hard but OMG it’s so delicious!
Sorry, I butterflied on you – I never did finish my first thought. LOL So as I was saying, it’s funny how this recipe and other ‘bowls’ like this have become the latest ‘thing’ on Pinterest and 99% of the other blogs out there. Sorry but fruit, yogurt and granola in a bowl isn’t a new thing. I’ve been eating this ever since I was little and I’m old… LIKE REAL OLD. LOL Okay fine the new thing – flaxseed. Adding flaxseed all of a sudden took a 1970 dish and made it relevant and ‘new and improved’ (as she says in her best infomercial voice). LOL
Flaxseed – what it anyway? To me it’s tasteless, looks pretty much like sesame seeds and if you spill it, it’s a PITA to clean up (trust me, I know!) But this itsy bitsy little thing packs some pretty awesome health benefits! So when I decided to make this Healthy Power Yogurt Bowls with Fruit, Crunchy Granola I had to add flaxseed to the mix. Not only is it visually awesome in the pic but it’s great health benefits to the dish!
Take your boring cup of yogurt and make it beautiful & delicious!
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Let’s talk about food cravings – you know what you want, you’ve been thinking about it all day and you cannot wait to get home and make whatever you’re craving. We all have experienced that. For one reason or the other our bodies crave things. Well for me I was craving pancakes but not those ginormous ones but those dainty little ones. I think some folks call them “Silver Dollar” cakes. I was out all day running errands, Mr.Fantabulous was at band practice which meant when I got home I only had to make something for me. Now pancakes are pretty basic – flour, leavening, egg, sugar, milk/buttermilk and maybe some vanilla. Again these are all pretty much pantry staples… EXCEPT in my house on that particular day!
I got home only to go and get the flour out to see that my two, yes two containers that hold 25 pounds of flour were EMPTY! ANNNNNNNNNNNNND I was out of milk. Okay seriously this was not cool. Sure I thought about putting my shoes (and real pants) back on but that took effort so I needed to be creative.
So that’s where my craftiness came into play. I knew I could use regular old fashioned oats to make flour plus the addition of the protein powder would not only add a great boost to my diet but also help with the texture. To keep in on “Lori would dig this” side, I opted to leave out the sugar but add in a banana for natural sweetness. The egg was added as a binder. Now the dilemma was I didn’t have milk. BUT .. I did have International Delight Simply Pure Vanilla Coffee Creamer!
How many of you have tried powdered peanut butter? Now let me go on the record for stating this – I am a Jif peanut butter girl plain and simple. I prefer the creamy however I can get down with the crunchy in a big way. Mr. Fantabulous oh he’s a crunchy man all the way. The one thing he doesn’t do that I do is eat it off the spoon. That, yeah, that’s my downfall when it comes to peanut butter. And I know, some nut butters are healthier than others but it’s still a ton of calories and fat. And God knows that’s something my thighs don’t need. Well a while back I bought that powdered peanut butter just to see what it’s like, if it tastes like the real stuff but more importantly, how does it handle up to baked goods.
I’ve tried a few brands and I really like the one I listed above. It, when mixed with water, turns out just like “real” peanut butter. It’s creamy and tastes most like the real stuff. So what is powdered peanut butter anyway? It’s essentially just powdered peanuts that have been pressed to remove much of the oil and fats. In the industry they are known as “defatted” peanuts. Hmmm.. can I get defatted??? If only, huh? Anyway you just need a little water to reconstitute it. The amount of water you add will lead you to a super thick spread to a very thin spread. Use your judgement on this.
Are you a creamy or crunchy peanut butter fan?
By now I’m sure a good portion of you have celebrated the holidays and have partaken in waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much Christmas foods. And of course I’m sure everything you ate was totally healthy and good for you….riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight? LOL Yeah, right… save it for Santa and his naughty list. I know better! Heck we all inhaled stuff that we shouldn’t have or better yet, ate more than we should have AND didn’t work out. While even yours truly did partake in all of the holidays yummies, I did work out. Yep, even on Christmas day yours truly was at the gym for 2.5 hours. Insane I know but hey I love my chocolate molten lava cake however my thighs like it a whole lot more. LOL