Overnight Oats.

I’ve never been a fan of oatmeal. I just don’t like them cooked. Doesn’t matter how much sugar you add to them, I’ll pass. I do love baking with oats and oat flour however, but I don’t have time to bake my breakfast. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

I recently made some trail mix bites which I’m inlove with, using oats. I decided to try making it into overnight oats. So this recipe can either go in a mason jar in the fridge, or you can bake at 350 degrees in muffin tins for 10-15 minutes.

INGREDIENTS
-1/2c oats
-1/2c fat free milk
-1 scoop Metabolic Nutrition peanut butter cookie protein
-1tbs peanut butter
-1tbs Better Body Foods agave
-2tbs diced dried apricot
-2tbs raisins
-1tbs ground flax/chia seeds
-1tbs Vitacost sunflower seeds

Mix all ingredients well and store in a mason jar in the fridge til morning!

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Or you can bake them into little snacks! I suggest using a little coconut oil in the batter if you’re baking! I use Better Body Foods or Vitacost coconut oil. Here’s what the trail mix bites look like.

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You can purchase the protein and sunflower seeds among many other things from Vitacost online! Cheap prices and if you use this link, you can get $10 off your first purchase of $30 or more. Seriously awesome deal!

Hope you enjoy my overnight oats. Feel free to post some of your favorite oat recipes!
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No Bake Cookies &Review

Recently I got my hands on the best protein. I mean the best tasting protein ever. So good. The kind of “so good” that if you were to represent a company or get sponsored, this would be your choice and dream come true. If only I could drink protein shakes all day long. It’s a little more spendy than what I’m used to buying but the taste is incredible.

So obviously I highly suggest Metabolic Nutrition peanut butter cookie protein. Usually I blend protein with fruit but I’ve been drinking this stuff as is. I thought it was necessary to use it in at least one recipe though. So here they are. No bake peanut butter protein cookies.

INGREDIENTS
-1/4c peanut butter
-1tbs agave
-2 tbs fat free milk
-2 scoops of metabolic pb protein

DIRECTIONS
-Microwave peanut butter in a microwave safe dish for about 30 seconds it’s easier to mix that way.
-Add the milk and agave. Mix well.
-Add protein and mix well. The texture may be kind of crumbly like pictured below. That’s ok. As long as there is no dry protein powder. (If there is, add more milk. If it gets too runny, add oat flour)

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-Using your hands, roll into balls and flatten out. Place on a plate or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. I set mine in the freezer for 10minutes so they could harden.
-Store in the refrigerator. These would also be really good with melted chocolate on top.

My batch made 6 cookies. Each containing 120 calories, 6g fat, 6g carbs and 11g protein. Of course it depends what brands you use! Enjoy!

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On-The-Go Bars

Nicer weather is coming! For me, mother of two, that means more outside time! Bike rides, runs, hikes, a lot of walking, and a lot of after school park time. I love being outside with my kids.

Being out often means I keep snacks and water in my bag at all times. Chances are SOMEONE is going to get hungry. You just never know. So I keep a ziplock bag of “healthy bars” as my son calls them, in my purse. I thought I’d share a few of my favorites with you.

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I’m pretty sure the majority of everyone has heard about Quest Bars so I won’t talk about them too much. They’re amazing and just about as clean eating as a protein bar gets. Plus 20g of protein! They have a huge variety of flavors too. If I had to recommend just one flavor it would be chocolate chunk (but then I would whisper “cookies and cream and cookie dough” cause honestly WHO can pick just 1??)

Now, I’ve not seen enough people eating OhYeah bars. These are probably some of the best tasting protein bars I’ve ever had. They have the VICTORY bars which have about 20g of protein. The peanut butter chip flavor tastes like a cookie! They have a trail mix bar which my 7 year old LOVES and it has 14g of protein which makes this mom happy! My favorite is the smaller peanut butter crunch. It has 13g of protein and is DELICIOUS. I eat it as a dessert because, well, look at it. It tastes better than a candy bar but has protein! My mouth waters just looking at it.

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Raw Rev bars are good and good for you! They’re made from mostly raw foods. Fruits and nuts. They come in some delicious flavors like Almond Butter Cup and Chocolate Coconut Bliss. They’re organic, gluten free, and non gmo! Plus they contain about 6g or 7g of protein. Yay for protein!

I’ve just been introduced to Square Bars and holy YUM. Not only are they sweet and delicious but they are also organic, gluten free, non gmo, soy free AND contain no refined sugar. Awesome right? I broke mine into pieces and ate it on top of my oatmeal and peanut butter. They come in 3 flavors and have around 11g of protein. YUM YUM YUM!

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Last but not least are Luna Bars which I’ve been buying the longest. Their nutrition bars and protein bars are delicious. My 7 year old loves them. I mean love, love, loves them. During summer he’d always ask me to bring him a luna bar on our walks. Probably cause they taste like a treat. Really, they do. They also have protein, fiber and vitamins though, so I’m cool with it.

It’s hard to choose a favorite protein bar. I’m kind of obsessed with protein bars in generally. I crave them all at different times. The OhYeah bars are what take care of my sweet tooth. Square Bars are what I like to add to my breakfast. Luna bars and Raw Rev bars are great on the go snacks. Quest is my clean cheat before bed. I look forward to it all day long too. Either way they’re all tasty and great for on-the-go snacks!
What are your favorite protein bars?

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IIFYM

If it fits your macros. I see a lot of it on Instagram. I never really believed in it honestly. I think eating two pop tarts a day isn’t healthy period. I decided to give it a try but a little differently than I usually see.

Usually I see people kind of go at it. Load up on sugar at the end of the day to fill their macros. Kudos to them. I wish I could eat a bowl of yogurt, cereal, cookies, peanut butter, chocolate chips and chocolate syrup without feeling guilty. (I’ve actually seen worse iifym bowls than that.) Me being me, I just feel guilty. I feel like if I eat something like that, I totally messed up my day. Plus there’s my sugar obsessed, no self control issue.

I decided to start small. I had two Girl Scout cookies after eating clean all week. You know what? Little me with no self control found it hard to swallow that second cookie. It was TOO sweet. Funny since last weekend I ate a whole box and a half. Guess giving up junk for a week paid off. My taste buds have changed. Maybe I can do this iifym thing.

I decided if I’m going to do this though, I won’t allow myself to turn into one of those people buying boxes of pop tarts. Not that there’s anything wrong with those people. I just prefer to keep my diet on the cleaner side. My thinking is with iifym, I’ll be less likely to binge from not eating what I want. If I can make it fit, I can have it. Only once or twice a week though. Not including my cheat meal of course. I won’t count that meal at all.

The other day I had an iifym kind of day. It was 8 at night and I still had a bit of catching up. So I made these delicious cookie cups and thought I’d share the recipe.
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DIRECTIONS
-Mix all ingredients together
–1 mashed banana
–1 scoop of protein
–2 tbs peanut butter
–1tbs milk
–3tbs oat flour
-Add dark chocolate chips and stir.
-Fill muffin tin 1/3 way and bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
Mine stayed gooey in the middle. Tasted amazing! Made 4 cookie cups!

Don’t go asking me questions about iifym in general because I don’t specialize in anything health related. All I have is my opinion and I don’t want to steer anyone in the wrong direction. Your body and personality is different than mine. What works for me may not with for you. I suggest looking it up on google to get a good idea of what it is before you make a decision.

Stay healthy and active✌️

Shakeology

All this hype about shakeology, I had to give it a try. I have to say I’m a little disappointed. I’m not saying it’s awful, because it isn’t. It’s just that after all the talk I see on Instagram, I was expecting it to be more than it is.

Let me start by talking about my coach, Angie. I found her on Instagram, commit_to_get_fit. She’s straight up awesome. She’s supportive, motivational and inspirational. She’s been talking to me and answering questions I’ve had for awhile now. I finally decided to join one of her 5 day clean eating challenges. Not just Angie, but the other ladies in the group are wonderful. All so supportive! I highly recommend her if you’re looking for a beach body coach!

I received chocolate and vanilla shakeology. I definitely prefer chocolate over vanilla, but it is chocolate after all! I don’t think I could drink these alone, fruit added is a must for me. As I said, the taste isn’t quite the best, but I definitely did notice more energy. I felt a bit more energy in the morning considering I’m usually dragging my feet to get anything done.

Here are combinations I liked. 1.Chocolate shakeology, a frozen banana, milk, peanut butter and some oats blended all together. Yum! 2.Vanilla shakeology with blueberries, raspberries, milk, and oats all blended together.

Of course, I had to make some protein pancakes with it and wanted to share the recipe!
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-1 packet of chocolate shakeology
-1/2c oats
-2 eggs +2 whites
-3tbs fat free cottage cheese
-1 to 2 tbs of milk
-Blend all together and cook like normal pancakes. Made 4 pancakes.
I topped mine with peanut butter and banana slices.
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I do recommend giving shakeology a try. I’m only on day 5 but the benefits seem worth it. The energy alone is nice. It is full of vitamins after all. I guess I just expected it to be like a miracle powder after all the posts on Instagram. It is a great product but I don’t want to over exaggerate it like I’ve seen. The health taste is definitely there but can be changed with fruits added. I eat a lot of things that taste worse because of the benefits.

I recommend a 5 day clean eating challenge to start off with. If you’re looking for a coach I also recommend Angie as your coach!

PB Cheesecake Protein Balls

Super Bowl called for a new dessert recipe! Peanut butter cheesecake protein balls.
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Ingredients
3/4c peanut butter
3/4c fat free cream cheese
1/2tsp vanilla
1tbs sweetener
2scoops protein
6-8oz dark chocolate

Directions
-Add peanut butter and cream cheese to a microwave safe bowl. Heat for about 30 seconds, just to soften.
-Add vanilla, sweetener, and protein (I used cookies and cream flavor.) Mix well.
-Line baking sheet with parchment paper and drop spoonfuls onto tray. (I used a cookie scooper so mine turned out a little bigger and made 11 balls.) Place in freezer 15-20 minutes.
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-Melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Stirring every 30 seconds. Dip each protein ball into the chocolate, coating the entire ball and place back on parchment paper.
-Keep in the refrigerator and enjoy!

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Peppermint Protein Patties

No matter how hard I try to eat healthy I have a serious sweet tooth. With my cravings it’s more like sweet teeth! I can’t get enough. One of my all time favorites are peppermint patties. Yum!! So I decided to make something similar.

I thought these turned out really good. I may have eaten 2 or 3 as soon as they were finished, but what surprised me was that my boyfriend and son loved them. My son, sure, I can convince him to try things by not telling him it contains a certain something he doesn’t like but not my boyfriend. He’s picky. Especially when I attempt new healthy recipes. Despite the fact that my boyfriend and son don’t like coconut or dark chocolate, they loved these!
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So for these I used two different kinds of protein! One scoop of each. Of course you don’t have to. I do suggest using something along the lines of vanilla though. I used Organigrowth vanilla and Muscle Pharm cookies and cream protein. These are two of my favorites to bake with along with Cellucor protein.
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INGREDIENTS
-3tbs milk
-2scoops of protein
-1/4tsp peppermint flavoring
-3/4c shredded coconut
-3 to 4oz dark chocolate

DIRECTIONS
-Start with your milk and peppermint into a bowl. Add both scoops of protein powder and mix well.
-Add in your shredded coconut and mix well. The batter will be fairly thick.
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-Line a baking sheet or large plate with parchment paper.
-Drop big spoonfuls onto parchment paper. Mine made about 7-8 balls.
-Put in the freezer for 15-20 minutes.
-When they’re pretty firm pull them out and melt your dark chocolate a microwave safe dish. Stirring every 30 seconds or so.
-Dip each protein ball into the chocolate and set back on parchment paper til the chocolate has harden. (The bottoms may be a little sticky still when you pull them off of the parchment paper.)
-Keep them in a container in the fridge and enjoy!
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