Homemade 13 Calorie Peanut Chocolate Sauce!

Homemade 13 Calorie Peanut Chocolate Sauce!

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Do you miss chocolate? Do you miss topping your sundaes and desserts with globs of delicious, sweet chocolately goodness? Do you love peanut butter? Well look no further..I’m here to help you out! (Sorry that sounded like a terrible attempt at an advertisement ploy). But anywhooo, this perfect sauce goes great with any fruit, pancakes, frozen yogurt, oatmeal, greek yogurt, cardboard…basically anything you’d like it to go on! It’s just awesome. So if you love chocolate like me and you secretly eat peanut butter by the spoonful, this one’s for you.

Serves 8:

Ingredients:

-1/4 cup water

-1/4 cup cocoa powder

-1 tbsp PB2 (powdered peanut butter)

-3 tbsp Truvia sweetener(or another sweetener to taste!)

-optional: stevia or splenda to taste(adds a different flavour of sweetness)

-1/8 tsp salt

-1 tsp vanilla extract

 

Directions: Whisk all ingredients in a small small bowl until thick and smooth. Store in the fridge and use as needed! 🙂 Enjoy!

***Peanut Free Option: leave out the PB2 and boil all ingredients for about 3 minutes or until thickened to your liking!***

Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 13 calories, 0.3g fat, 0.3g carbs, 0.8g protein, 1.1g fibre

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Protein Bread!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Protein Bread!

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The long title is totally worth it when you find out how moist & delicious this bread is! It’s not dry or rubbery like some protein powder baked goods turn out. Topped with some Maple Butter…omg, this is to die for. I have nothing left to say other than…try it for yourself!

I didn’t create this recipe but I changed it slightly! The original can be found here :):

PB2 Banana Protein Bread

Serves 12:

Ingredients:
12 tbs (72g) PB2
1/4 c (26g) ground flax
1 scoop (28g) peanut butter protein powder (I used whey gourmet, chocolate PB)
2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2c (88g) plain greek yogurt
1-2 tsp truvia sweetener (or sweetener of choice, to taste)
1/4 c liquid egg whites
1 egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 small ripe mashed bananas (about 300g without skin)
2 tbsp mini chocolate chips (30g)
Optional: Swirl in some melted pb on top of the loaf before baking!

Directions: Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray your loaf pan with non stick spray. In a bowl, mix your PB2, flax, protein powder, baking powder and cinnamon. In a separate bowl whisk together your wet ingredients. Combine Wet/dry ingredients then pour into your loaf pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Place in the oven and bake for about 40-45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and top is lightly browned. Remove from oven, let cool before cutting into 12 slices. Enjoy with any type of PB on top! I prefer PB & Co maple PB or Cinnamon Raisin Swirl. *Tastes even better the day after baking.*

Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts Per Slice: 98 Calories, 3.2g fat, 12g carbs, 7.5g protein, 3g fibre

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding (a.k.a Protein Sludge)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding (a.k.a Protein Sludge)

OMG guys, okay this stuff is delicious. Not sure why I never used my PB2 (powdered peanut butter with less calories/more protein) earlier. It tastes amazing in this recipe and you only need a little bit! I love this stuff. Anyways if you like peanut butter and chocolate and want a high protein, low-fat, lower-carb breakfast then this is for you! You can either use protein powder or leave it out and follow the recipe without protein powder. Either way it will be delicious and good for you! You can make this the night before or in the morning for breakfast. Enjoy 🙂

Serves 1(protein powder variation):

Ingredients:

-3/4 cup 0% greek yogurt

-1/2 scoop chocolate or chocolate peanut butter protein powder(Gourmet Whey is delicious!)

-1 tbsp light cream cheese

-1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

-1 tbsp PB2 or peanut flour

-1/2 tsp-1 tsp sugar free/fat free chocolate pudding mix.

-Truvia or another sweetener to taste

-Any toppings you’d like! I like some fruit with something crunchy like a chocolate cereal but you can be as creative as you want! I’ve also used chopped up protein bars, peanuts, mini chocolate chips, rice krispies for some crunch, coconut, peanut butter, etc.!

 

Serves 1(without protein powder):

Ingredients:

-3/4 cup 0% greek yogurt

-1 tbsp light cream cheese

-2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

-1.5 tbsp PB2 or peanut flour

-1 tsp sugar free/fat free chocolate pudding mix.

-Truvia or another sweetener to taste

-Any toppings you’d like!

Directions: Combine protein powder(if using) and greek yogurt first until smooth. Then mix in the cream cheese until smooth.  Now add in your dry ingredients, leaving your sweetener for last since the pudding mix will add some sweetness itself. Then either place in the fridge until ready to eat or if in the freezer for about 10-20min(this works best when protein powder is added because the protein powder keeps it from getting too icy.) Top with whatever you want and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts w/ Protein Powder: 215 calories, 4g fat, 11g carbs, 31g protein, 3g fibre

Nutrition Facts w/o Protein Powder: 209 calories, 5g fat, 15g carbs, 25g protein, 7g fibre

Quest Protein Bars & PB Cups-Review

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Hey guys! Today I thought I’d do something a little different and do a review! I would like to do more review posts so I was thinking, what better way to start off then with these AMAZING quest bars that I already love! Each bar contains roughly 20-21g of protein and is 200 cals or under so I will be doing a very basic reviewing each of these flavours individually just based on flavour/texture as well as other flavours not shown in the pictures. Plus I will do a quick review of Quest Cravings PB Cups, okay here it goes…

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Peanut Butter & Jelly: This one had a bit of a dry texture out of the package and wasn’t as soft as some of the others, it was more peanut butter flavour then jelly. After heating it in the microwave for a few seconds it was definitely better and easier to eat! Overall I give it a 7/10.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter: MMMM.. When I opened this, the smell of chocolate peanut butter just wafted up! It made me want to bite into it right away! The soft texture of this bar was also a nice change from the peanut butter and jelly. It was less crumbly and more smooth, with little peanut pieces throughout. It was almost like a softer version of a tootsie roll! When heated up this bar was even better! Warm and goey..yum! I give this 9.5/10

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Coconut Cashew: When I opened this it definitely smelt like coconut! & When I bit in it was also a softer texture, maybe a bit less soft then the Chocolate Peanut Butter but still great! It had little bits of coconut throughout it and pieces of cashew. I think this bar is more coconut flavour then cashew but really I didn’t mind! (I love coconut). I never tried this one heated up but I am sure it’s even better. Overall I give this bar 8.5/10

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: This is one of quest’s newest releases and for sure one of their best…I received these as a prize for winning their photo contest!(Thanks Quest!) Sadly they don’t sell this flavour where I live. Onto the review.. The smell when I first opened the bar was pretty good! Maybe not as good as Chocolate PB but that’s just because I am a peanut butter fanatic. The texture is soft again which seems to be a trend with all of the most recent bars-with chocolate pieces scattered throughout. Anyways after tasting it on it’s own, to be completely honest I thought it was really good but not as good as I would have expected after all the hype about it. But then…I put in in the microwave for 17 seconds and it was a whole other story. It melted beautifully with chocolate everywhere! The texture was very resemblent to real cookie dough and the taste was amazing! If you get these, definitely heat them up in the microwave! Or do as I did in the last picture, bake them for 5 min. in a 375* oven until slightly golden! Overall I give this bar a 9.5/10.

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Chocolate Brownie: This is actually the first quest bar I ever tried so we go wayyy back, haha. This bar is denser then some of the other newer ones and a little more chewy but still quite good. It’s more of a dark chocolate flavour with a very slight salty aftertaste. I actually liked how this bar isn’t too sweet but those of you who are hoping for the usual brownie taste may be slightly disappointed. But with that said, many people love the Chocolate Brownie bar and I do have to agree that it has a very brownie-like texture when heated up! 🙂 I would give this bar an 8/10.

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Mixed Berry Bliss: I actually bought this bar only because I could choose one more to fill my box. I really didn’t have very high expectations since normally I am a chocolate person and I had heard a lot of mixed reviews about it. But this bar truly surprised me! It was thicker then some of the other quest bars which was a big plus for me! It also had a softer texture then some of the bars but not quite as soft as the newer ones. It has little berry pieces throughout the bar as well as…almonds! This is what really made the bar for me. The crunch of the almonds was awesome! I also love the fact that this bar is good eaten just as is or heated up. Overall I give this bar a 8.5/10 (Note that I am a harsh critic, haha most people might give this at least a 9!).

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Banana Nut Muffin: This bar is slightly thinner then the other bars(compare with mixed berry). Although it’s thinner it is still just as filling and very tasty! For once I actually preferred this bar eaten as is rather then heated up. This is probably because I found this bar to be extra sticky when hot! I almost couldn’t get it off the plate, haha. But with that said, it was a delicious bar with walnut pieces throughout and a REAL banana flavour, not that fake laffy taffy flavour we all know. It really did taste like a banana nut muffin to me. Overall I give this bar 9/10.
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Now for the bars I didn’t review above, I have also tried apple pie, strawberry cheesecake and cinnamon roll. I found all three off these bars to be more dense and chewier then the ones listed above and they were not my top picks but some people love them so it’s all personal preference! I still think they taste good but quest has so many other options that I would choose others first! 🙂

My Ranking From Best to Least Favourite Quest Bars:
1.Tie:Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough & Chocolate Peanut Butter
2.Banana Nut Muffin
3.Mixed Berry Bliss(both coconut/mixed berry could also be second depending on my mood,haha)
4.Coconut Cashew
5.Chocolate Brownie
6.PB & J
7.Cinnamon Roll
8.Apple Pie
9.Strawberry Cheesecake

Quest Cravings PB Cups: I kept these in the fridge and placed them in the freezer for about 5 min. before eating because I’d heard that they tasted better this way..Well I guess it worked. These were delicious! They really do taste like PB Cups. They may not be as creamy in the middle(the middle was slightly more dry) but they have the taste down perfectly and the chocolate coating is sweet and melty..These were also super filling! I could barely finish two of them. If you like PB Cups you should for sure try these out!

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If you are interested in any of their bars you can find out more on the facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/QuestNutrition?fref=ts
Or order from their site:
http://www.questproteinbar.com/

P.S I hear they have a new white chocolate raspberry flavour coming out which I am sure will be amazing!

**I was not paid/asked to do this review, my opinions are all my own!**

Chocolate-Chip Cookie Protein Shake

Chocolate-Chip Cookie Protein Shake

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What is one of the most well known, well-loved desserts around the world? Well, you guessed it it..Chocolate-Chip Cookies! I mean if you don’t like chocolate-chip cookies then honestly I think you may need to see a doctor.(Kidding!) But seriously who doesn’t like a delicious, goey, chocolatey, doughy.. cookie. And now guess what the amazing news is? You can enjoy this amazing cookie taste in your protein shakes too! How you might ask did I achieve this great feat?? I guess you will have to read on to find out..but for now I will just say that this shake is insanely delicious. It contains a crazy 34g of protein and 340 calories. The perfect indulgent breakfast without any guilt at all! Take me to the recipe!

THE BEST HOMEMADE PROTEIN BARS EVER

THE BEST HOMEMADE PROTEIN BARS EVER

Okay I know the title is pretty exaggerated but these bars are completely worth it. I made these and was blown away by how good they tasted! I can’t explain how amazing they are, you just need to make them and see for yourself! I felt so guilty eating these, like I am eating a chunk of delicious cake. They do not have any yucky protein after-taste! They are just pure amazing-ness & each large square has 136 cals, 5.6g fat, 17.75 carbs & 9g protein. These are so healthy you can eat them for breakfast! If you are missing your sweets, you need to make these asap. Actually, no, everyone should make these right now!
These bars sadly are not my original recipe but I give 100% credit to Katie over at Dashing Dish who created these masterpieces!
Here is the recipe link(sign up is free to view the recipe if you don’t want to donate to her site!):
http://dashingdish.com/recipe/7-layer-protein-bars/
My nutrition facts are a bit different because I used trutein vanilla protein powder(awesome, highly recommend for this recipe), I used peanuts, chopped instead of peanut butter chocolate chips on top & I used 2 tbsp sugar-free syrup to substitute for half the honey.
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What are you doing still staring at the pictures?? Go make these immediately!
🙂

A Day Of Clean Eating-Food Journal

Hey guys! I thought I would share with you a full day of what I eat just to give you an example of my healthy “diet”. I don’t follow any plan specifically, some days I am more paleo then others though and I don’t eat a lot of grains but I am trying to incorporate them into my daily eating in small amounts during times when my body needs them like breakfast and after a hard workout for dinner. I don’t believe in eating super small quantities of things when you are very active. I eat A LOT but I need a lot to support my body since my metabolism is so high these days, putting on muscle weight is difficult. Soo anyway, let me know if you have questions about my exercise routines/eating or recipes! Talk to you soon :).

Oats For Breaky Cookies:Cream Whey

Breakfast 7:00am Oatmeal with fresh mixed berries, 1/2 a smashed banana, cinnamon, stevia, vanilla extract, peanut butter & sprinkled pecans and cashews

+ 1/2 Scoop Cookies and Cream protein powder in water.

 

11:00am Lunch: No picture! But it is very similar to all my typical salads with goat cheese, tuna, ham, 1/4 of an avocado and a sprinkle of pecans over assorted veggies and romaine lettuce. This salad is huge and very filling!

Pre-workout snack ham

Pre-Workout Snack:

3:0opm A few carrots/snap peas and 1oz black forest ham with spicy hummus.

4:00pm -Workout (was only about 35ish min, I did biceps/triceps/shoulders today)

Post-Workout Fruit Cottage Cheese

5:00pm Post-Workout Snack: around 1/2 cup cottage cheese with some assorted fruit and 1/2 scoop of the same protein powder with water. (Loving my messy placemat and winnie the pooh spoon haha)

Dijon Chicken Beans Rice Dijon Chicken Rice

8:00pm Dinner(a little late I know, I usually eat earlier!): Chicken, serving of mushroom fried rice made with egg, olive oil/mushrooms, green beans with a dash of butter, salt/pepper and vinegar.

Chocolate Covered P. Seeds

8:30pm Mini Dessert! These dark chocolate covered pomegranate seeds were a Christmas present and I kept meaning to try them! I finally had a small handful today and they were absolutely delicious! They will probably become my new special treat :).

PB Protein Bars

10:30? Bedtime Snack -Will eat when hungry but I am most likely going to have 2 squares of my awesome homemade peanut butter protein bars with 1/2 tbsp almond butter on top! Soo good, this is a great treat.

 

So that’s my daily eating habits in a nutshell. This isn’t exactly a typical day because usually I would eat some sort of variation of eggs with more veggies for breakfast and cottage cheese with a tbsp of peanut butter or nuts for my late night snack but I am trying to mix things up a bit! Let me know what you think. 🙂

 

 

 

Protein Pudding For Breakfast

Protein Pudding For Breakfast

Pudding Breakfast
Breakfast today..the usual bowl of pudding consisting of about 3/4 of a banana, 1/2 scoop vanilla trutein whey, 1 tbsp cocoa powder, 1/2 tsp fat-free pudding mix, 1/4 tsp xanthan gum, 4 small ice cubes, 2 tbsp greek yogurt(plus a little for topping), 1 tbsp cottage cheese, 3/4 tbsp peanut butter about 1/4-1/3 cup almond milk and cocoa nibs, carob chips and a pinch of cinnamon for topping. Talk about a crazy breakfast haha.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Yogurt!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Yogurt!

Peanut Butter & Jelly Yogurt

So..my ultimate weakness when it comes to eating healthy would have to be peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. They are okay, but in moderation! This is why I decided to create a lower-carb, lower-fat version that I could eat everyday and still have that awesome taste! As well as a great amount of protein to help keep you full! So if you are a PB & J lover, this one’s for you. Take me to the recipe!