Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Raspberry Nut Overnight Oats

Has anybody ever tried overnight oats?  They are becoming a favorite of my husband's.  I prep one daily for his breakfast and it only takes a matter of minutes to do so.  On my meal prep Sundays, I do prep the toppings of raspberries and almonds in containers so that it saves me from doing that every day.  This recipe is basic and super easy!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
5 oz plain Greek yogurt (we use Chobani)
1 tbsp maple syrup
8 raspberries
12 almonds

Instructions:
1. In a cup, mix together the oats, almond milk, and yogurt.
2. Drizzle with maple syrup.
3. Cover and let it soak overnight.
4. In the morning, warm it up and top with raspberries and almonds.

Early morning picture
And a close up view!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Vanilla Pumpkin Protein Shake

There is nothing better than some morning dessert that is low on calories and high on protein!  This hits about 130 calories and 23 grams of protein.

Ingredients:
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Quest vanilla milkshake)
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp pumpkin spice
1 tsp cinnamon
8-10 ice cubes
Optional: 1/2 cup water (if you want a more runny shake)

Instructions:
Place all items in a blender and enjoy!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Peanut Butter Protein Shake

If you like peanut butter, then you will enjoy this shake.  This hits about 180 calories and 29 grams of protein.  That is some serious protein to start your day.  Please note that this nutrition info is based off of using peanut butter flour, or peanut flour.

What is peanut powder, you ask?  Only the best invention ever!  Press about 90% of the oil out of peanut butter and you get a powder with all the flavor and benefits of protein but less calories and fat.  You can use it in shakes like this and I also like to stir it in Greek yogurt or bake it as a cookie or blondie (I will have to post my recipes, but I am still experimenting!).

A note of caution!  PB2 is a very popular brand of peanut butter flour, but what I don't like about it is that it contains sugar.  I found a brand in my local grocery store that I now buy in bulk called Crazy Richard's.  No sugar and 50 calories/12 g protein for 2 tbsp!

On to the shake!

Ingredients:
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Quest vanilla milkshake)
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 tbsp peanut butter flour or 1 tbsp organic peanut butter
8 ice cubes
Optional: 1/2 cup water (if you like a more runny shake)

Instructions:
Place all items in a blender and enjoy!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Shamrock Protein Shake

Forget McDonald's and indulge in a guilt free Shamrock Shake.  What a great way to start the day.  This hits about 140 calories and 24 grams of protein.  In comparison, a McDonald's medium shamrock shake (16 oz) is 580 calories and 12 grams of protein.

Ingredients:
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Quest vanilla milkshake)
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/3 cup spinach leaves
1/8 tsp pure peppermint extract
6-10 ice cubes
Optional: 1/2 cup water if you want a more runny shake

Instructions:
Place all items in a blender and enjoy!
This is the more runny version

And the thick version!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Strawberry Chocolate Protein Shake

Strawberry and chocolate in a guilt free protein shake!  This hits about 150 calories and 23 grams of protein.

Ingredients:
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Quest vanilla milkshake)
1.5 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1 tsp unsweetened cocoa
Optional: 8 ice cubes if strawberries aren't frozen

Instructions:
Place all items in a blender and enjoy!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Cinnamon Roll Protein Shake

There is nothing better than some morning dessert that is low on calories and high on protein!  This hits about 140 calories and 23 grams of protein.

Ingredients:
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Quest vanilla milkshake)
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
8-10 ice cubes
Optional: 1/2 cup water (if you want a more runny shake)

Instructions:
Place all items in a blender and enjoy!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Nana Ice Cream

This is my favorite dessert when I have time, and I do not feel one bit guilty about eating it.

You will need a frozen banana for this recipe.  What I usually do is wait until I have a very ripe banana, and then I peel it, put it in a quart size freezer bag, and smush it up so that it is easy to toss in the blender for this recipe.

Ingredients:
1 frozen banana
2 tbsp organic peanut butter
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

Instructions:
1. Place all ingredients in a blender.
2. Blend and enjoy!

Nutrition Information - makes 2 servings, info per serving:
Calories: 164
Fat: 9.5 g
Carbs: 18.1 g
Protein: 5.7 g