snacks & such…

so eating a high protein diet and keeping it clean can force you to get creative!  some days all you want is SOMETHING to snack on, but you just don’t know what.

for me, i’m trying to stay high protein all the time, and limit my carb consumption. i’ll even go as far as restricting carbs after 12pm…which means when i want to reach for a peice of fruit at 3pm, or wosrt 7pm, i either “give in” and let that be a bit of a “cheat” or turn to my ever-so-high-in-protein snack 0% plain greek yogurt.  it kills me when i see people talking about how amazing their flavored yogurts are too and how “healthy” they are.  i used to be that girl!  “oh yum, 0% vanilla greek yogurt!” — if you are at all concerned with the amount of carbs you consume, do yourself a favor and read the nutritional value in those.  i guarentee that there isn’t a single “flavored” yogurt (greek or otherwise) that will be “low” on the carb scale… just a little fyi for all you out there 😉

so yes…snacks…or even cravings…i’ll share a few of my favorites with you guys.  and with most high-protein, clean things, i think my recipes are ever evolving and i’m always looking on how to add a little flare naturally…so feel free to be inspired but come up with your own ideas and recipes! and for anyone out there with your own recipes that are high in protein send them my way!

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protein chai latte

this has become my favorite way to have my protein in the morning when i have time to brew tea…and usually no matter how early it is, i have time to brew tea!

i use a 1/2 cup of boiling water to brew my double chai tea bag

1 scoop of chocolate protein

almond milk

and ice

brew tea. add to blender bottle with protein. fill with almond milk. add ice. shake. and enjoy!!!

 

protein “cakes”

the other day i was CRAVING cake or any kind of carb-y pastry at that! i refused to give into my craving and decided to throw something together with some protein.

i grabbed a mug. a scoop of vanilla protein.  an egg. a dash of cinnamon. some almond milk. gave it a good mix, threw it in the microwave. and waaaa-laaa!

not betty crocker status or anything, but sweet and kind of did the trick.

 

protein pancakes!

this has been my favorite. gotta love sunday breakfasts, but hate the guilt.

so i tried my own mix and came up with this:

1 scoop of van protein

1/2 cup oats

1 egg

greek yogurt & almond milk to make the right consistency

cinnamon

mix it up! throw it on the griddle! enjoy! have fun with it by adding in fruit or adding fruit after it’s cooked in place of syrup.  or even add some pumpkin to give it some more texture and personality.

my other go-tos:

– celery & hummus

– using zuchinni as pasta

– pistachios

– raw almonds (love raw so much more than the non-raw ones!)

– tea!!  my new addiction! i buy a new kind every week!  get some flavor without the calories!

 

 

so this is extra credit — NOT HIGH in protein or clean.  BUT if you are craving something sweet, i can tell you that frozen grapes with some sugar free jello sprinkled on them (the powder) is a fun, sweet, sour surprise. i’m a little addicted. but try to avoid snacking on these at night!

 

 

i will try and add more fun snacks as i think of them! but i’m off to make a chai protein latte as i’m starving!! cheers! xxx

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Protein Pancakes!!

I always hear about “protein pancakes” and just assumed they were normal pancakes with a scoop of protein added in. So this morning when my mom mentioned she wanted me to make her my yummy pancakes, I wasn’t thrilled as I am avoiding carbs and quickly agreed, but asked if “protein pancakes” would be ok to try. Seeing as she’s been on a health and fit kick since last spring, she agreed.

I searched the web for recipes and decided, in true form, that I would just make up my own recipe from what I’d seen in recipes. To my surprise, I loved the finished product and will only be making protein pancakes from now on!!!

My recipe — (I don’t measure a lot when I cool, I just throw things in and hope for the best, so here’s what I did to the best measurements as possible)

– 2 scoops of vanilla whey protein
– 1 cup of oats
– 2 tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt
– 2 eggs (or just egg whites if you prefer)
– cinnamon
– almond milk (add til you get the right consistency)

I ate them plain, the vanilla protein makes them slightly sweet! They were a bit dry, but I’m not complaining! And of course you could most definitely throw some fruit (mmm blueberries!) in while they are cooking and I’m sure it would be awesome too!!

A clean recipe, high in protein, cut out the flour completely…my new favorite for Sunday morning!!

Enjoy! 🙂

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Hope everyone’s new year is off to a fabulous start!

Looking forward to what this year holds! Spent the morning at the gym in my new lululemon working my arms followed up by a day of clean eating and low key, stress free vegging! Need to find my discipline and maintain the no carbs, high protein, lots of water, clean eating diet with my one “free” meal per week and I will be well on my way to continuing to reach my fitness goals! Excited to see the progress!

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