Saturday, November 27, 2010

Black bean protein brownies

Oh my goodness. I made these today and half the batch is already gone!

They taste rather microwave-protein cake-like aka a little dry but they still satisfy my sweet tooth - especially when topped with peanut butter or protein icing.

cups canned black beans
3 scoops Isoflex chocolate whey protein powder
6 egg whites
1/2 medium apple
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 cup Splenda
1 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees CelsiusLightly butter, margarine or non-stick cooking spray your cooking pan. Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour mixture into pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Remove from oven and cut into 18 pieces. Serve and enjoy!

Per 1/18th recipe:

Calories: 58     Fat: 0.4 g     Carbohydrates: 6.7 g     Protein: 7.9 g     Fiber: 1.8 g     Sugar: 0.9 g

Thank you for helping me calculate this!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Busy week!

This week has been busy! I haven't been able to post due to blogger's inability to upload my pictures at certain times/busy with school and life.

Here are some eats as of Monday night. Salmon salad for dins!

So good!

Tuesday morning looked like this:

x 2

Fast, green breakfasts always compliment essay writing!

So does peanut butter!

As do nuts!

Chicken salad for dins!

Some more of this:

And naturally more nuts:

This morning my breakfast smiled at me:

I'm currently cracking down on my essay which is due tomorrow at 11:30 am! I'm almost done, which is good. I still need to include a lot of things in it though.

During these past few days, I've increased my calorie intake because I feel that my body needs more calories. Perhaps its the exercises I'm doing and the amount of muscle I'm gaining? I don't believe I've gained any fat but I do believe I've gained some muscle. Obviously the scale has gone up, but not in a bad way!

I've been especially hungry since last night's MMA workout. I was ravenous last night practically eating everything [healthy] in sight. I'm also extremely hungry today, but I hope it's not just because I'm writing this essay. Ahh, I just want to have it finished so I can focus on my next assignment: my room!

My plans include some yoga-ing tonight. Let's hope I make a class or two!

Monday, November 22, 2010

A long hiatus!


Wow, I really haven't blogged in quite some time. I've been super busy with school, work and life! My meals have been pretty quickly prepared as compared to what I'm used to. I don't think I can count the number of green monsters I've had on my fingers and toes, not to mention the amount of kabocha squash I've been eating. I couldn't help but go for quick fixes during this month considering I had exams almost every week! I've been enjoying a few days of freedom before hitting the books again to work on my paper which is due this upcoming Thursday.

I made an awesome pumpkin protein muffin recipe a few weeks back! 

Calories: 108   Carbohydrates: 6.3 g   Protein: 11.4 g   Fat: 5.2 g   Fiber: 2.7 g


1/4 cup almond butter
1/2 cup soy flour
oz soy protein isolate
cup pumpkin
tbsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
egg whites
tbsp flax seeds

Preheat your oven at 375 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix until smooth. Lightly butter, margarine or non-stick cooking spray your muffin pan. Evenly distribute muffin mixture into muffin cups. Bake for 20 minutes. Yields 12 muffins.

These muffins were amazing! They were super moist and dense, and tasted oh-so nutritious! The nutritionals were pretty awesome as well, which was a huge bonus. I had a few topped with peanut butter and almond butter, making them even more divine!

The rest of my eats these past few weeks included:

Protein ice cream!

Aka green monster gone guar. Yes, I finally bought guar gum, which has allowed me to understand what Heather means when she says "you need both the gums!" when referring to her amazing protein ice cream.

Today's eats

This morning I wasn't particularly in the mood for anything other than a SIAB. I feel like a SIAB is like my bowl of oatmeal. Too bad I'm not crazy about oats!

It didn't take much time for me to dig into this cute little face.

For lunch, I enjoyed baked kabocha squash with protein "icing/glaze" which I made with Optimum Nutrition Casein Protein powder. Simply mix the protein with just enough water to create a sort of thick, runny-batter sort of substance, add some cinnamon and drizzle on your kabocha.

Mmm-hmm! I also had some peanut butter with this combo, which was covered up by the "icing". This meal pretty much tasted like a healthy cinnamon bun with peanut butter. I really didn't have much trouble eating up all my veggies for lunch.

Dinner was rather interesting and delicious. I made zucchini spaghetti with salsa (my tomato sauce was mouldy! =( ) and added scrambled egg whites, fat free cheddar cheese and lots of nooch (nutritional yeast) to this mix. I was surprised at how good this meal turned out!

For dessert, I enjoyed some slices of sweet persimmon.

I wasn't quite satisfied with this arrangement ...

Ah, much better (and cuter!). Everything looks better when in the shape of a flower! Alright, I'm off to have some tea and do some workage. Goodnight everyone!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Studying my pants off!

Hi guys! This is going to be a super fast post 'cause I'm about to go finish studying for tomorrow's exam!

I went to a hot yoga class to relieve some pre-exam anxiety and pedaled for 2 hours on the bike whilst reading over my notes.

Dinner was awesome! I had chicken salad with a side of baked buttercup squash.

So delicious!

Off to review. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Lettuce-ful salad

Oh how I've missed blogging! I've been so busy with school these past few weeks as midterm season is among us! I have a community psychology midterm tomorrow, so today has been devoted to studying for that course.

This morning I awoke excited as I knew regular breakfasts were back on the meal plan. By this I mean, lettuce-ful salads and egg white scrambles!

The salad contained spinach, parsley, tomatoes, yellow peppers, carrots, soybeans, apples and green grapes. I enjoyed this salad with some scrambled egg whites and a slice of fat free cheddar cheese.

Yum! It was so nice to have this breakfast considering I've been downing green monsters practically every single day. Don't get me wrong - I absolutely LOVE green monsters but there's something about eating an actual meal that's very satisfying.

Before I knew it, my stomach was growling, which meant it was time for lunch! Luckily, I had leftovers from last night, which meant chicken salad was on the menu!

Gotta love pint-sized glasses of water!

I can't help but feel like I'm nuts about nuts. I've been eating nuts so much lately! I ate around a tablespoon or so of peanut butter along with even more nuts.

They're so good and good for you!

I really love the fact that nuts really help with satiety. I've realized I've been a lot more calm since I increased my nut intake. The best part is, they contain healthy fats, which won't make you fat [unless you eat your weight in them!].

Happy Wednesday everyone!