Another week down, and another week closer to break! Woohoo!!
Breakfast this morning was a good one. I made some proats (protein + oats) using 1/2 cup old fashioned oats, 1 cup water, 1/2 cup almond milk, and 1 serving Trutein cinnabon protein powder stirred in at the end. I mashed a banana on the bottom of my bowl and poured the oats on top.
Banana cream pie oats anyone?
I was able to make a few new recipes lately that were definite winners. First up were some zucchini bars:
<— $Money Shot
I used BusyButHealthy’s recipe for zucchini nut muffins. They turned out so moist and awesome! I like to under-bake my baked goods so they are extra gooey. I don’t do dry baked goodies. This is a good tip especially when baking lower fat/higher protein goods since they tend to dry out more than higher fat versions.
I also made some homemade no-bake energy bars to take to work and classes:
No-Bake Goji-Carob Bars
- 2 cups oats
- 1 cup protein powder
- 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/3 cup goji berries (or any other dried fruit)
- 1/4 cup carob chips (or dark chocolate chips)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- dash of cinnamon
- splash of vanilla extract
Soften peanut butter in microwave then mix in the rest of the ingredients. Take an 8×8 pan and line with plastic wrap. flatten dough mixture onto the wrap, making sure dough is evenly distributed. Set the pan in the fridge or freezer for 10-20 minutes to harden up a bit. Then you can cut them into bars and individually wrap for an easy grab and go snack! It makes around 6-8 bars depending on how big you like them. I go for the 6 count.
I recently got a special delivery from Pop Chips:
They hooked me up with some major chip snackin’ goods:
I am pretty excited to try out all of their awesome flavors, including:
- sour cream and onion
- sea salt and vinegar
- salt and pepper
- parmesan and garlic
Stayed tuned for a a possible giveaway soon!
A recent purchase that I’m loving? Nike Free Runs!
I have the Free Trainers already from Nike that I love, but have been wanting to get a pair of the Free Runs for a while now. I pretty much live in tennis shoes these days. Being a college student who walks all over campus every day and working at a gym definitely calls for a few good pairs of shoes! Both the free trainer and free run are SUPER light weight which is the reason why I love them so much. The main difference between the two is that the free run is a slightly studier and more supportive shoe. The free trainers are more “slipper” like, which isn’t a bad thing if you’re just out and about or doing any form of lighter work/exercise. The free runs are better obviously for running or other more intensive exercise.
Speaking of workouts, I did a fun lower body workout the other day that was a nice change of pace. It was one of those workouts where I went into it not really having any plan and just making it up as I go. Sometimes those workouts turn out to be some of the best…and other times it’s a fail. Luckily this was a win! I wasn’t feeling the heavy weights and just wanted something a little easier. Sometimes all your body needs is some nice light movement, so I listened and this was the result:
Lighter Lower Body Blast Circuit
- walking lunges
- butt kicks
- squat jumps
- ab crunch on ball
- standing glute lifts
- zig zag hops
Repeat for a total of 3 rounds and you’re done. Short and sweet!
I have a Chem test tomorrow that I need to study for. Hopefully there will also be some relaxing thrown in at some point today, too. What are Sundays for after all? Hope you all are having a fantastic weekend!