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What I Ate Wednesday: Protein Pancakes

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I love carbs. Bread, potatoes, cereal, all make me happy. Unfortunately I can’t have them as much as I’d like now. I’ve come up with a solution thanks to the Internet. PROTEIN PANCAKES!!!!
I don’t even like pancakes but this is as close to bread as I’ll be getting for two months.
Here’s the recipe:
1 scoop of protein
1/4 cup of oats
2 tablespoons flax
1 egg
1 pinch each of salt, baking powder, and baking soda

Mix it all together with water to the consistency of normal pancakes and throw them in a preheated pan with some pam. I melted 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and cut up an apple as well as two turkey sausage links. Voila! A Sunday breakfast 🙂 They were a bit dry for my taste but the peanut butter made it bearable. Like I said, I don’t like pancakes anyway.

345 calories, 12 grams of fat, 29 grams of carbs, 31 grams of protein. 7 grams of fiber and 3 grams of sugar.

Oh and a warning, melted pb is delicious and dangerous lol.

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Competition Cheesecake

I just concocted a recipe on the fly (I was hungry). I’m sure someone else has thought of this first, but I don’t care.

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1/2 cup greek yogurt, plain
4-5 strawberries sliced
1/2 scoop protein powder (I use vanilla syntha-6)
2 tablespoons of ground flax
A little water or milk of your choice to thin it (I used unsweetened vanilla breeze)

Mixed together and enjoy!

250 calories, 9 grams of fat, 26 grams of carbs and 21 grams of protein, and 10 grams each of protein and sugar

Carb Cycling

I’m trying this carb cycling thing this week, so the amount of grams each day for carbs is as follows:

Monday 200
Tuesday 150
Wednesday 150
Thursday 100
Friday 50
Saturday and Sunday 25 or less

Each day I have been getting 100+ grams of protein and my fat increases a bit each day as I lower my carb intake. My coach warned me of the effects and that I may be forgetful and a bit fatigued. So far other than craving carbs, I’ve been ok.

I’m still sick with this sinus infection, so I’m at home today. I am going to at least walk my dog this evening and possibly get a mile or two in running.

Oh btw shoutout to my new fit friend Emily over at http://competitionbody.wordpress.com/ she’s keeping me sane 🙂

Fitness Fridays/ My Supplement Stack

I wanted to show you guys all the things I take. I am not being paid for this post, these are just things that I have started to use with trial and error. I am also not a doctor or a nutritionist and I am not making any recommendations. Enjoy!

Morning Stack (first thing)

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Zinc 50 mg
B-Complex
Vitamin C 500 mg
Fish Oil 1200 mg
Multi-Vitamin
Biotin 5000 mcg
Acidophilus 3.7 mg
Cellucor Super HD

Afternoon (before my lunch)

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Raspberry Ketone
CLA 2000 mg

Pre-Workout
Cellucor NO Extreme

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Before Bed

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Super Snooze Melatonin Formula
Met-RX Amino 3000

Foodie Friday: Asparagus-Spinach Pesto Pasta with Blackened Shrimp

Ingredients:

1 bunch asparagus spears (about 1 lb), trimmed of tough ends and halved crosswise
3 handfuls baby spinach leaves
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
1 cup pine nuts
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus 1 Tbsp. for cooking the shrimp
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 teaspoon ground sea salt
1 lb. (16 oz.) of dried pasta
1 lb. raw shrimp, deveined and peeled
2-3 Tbsp. blackening powder (use your favorite brand, or cajun seasoning, or this recipe here)
Method:

Bring 2 pots of water to a rolling boil, one large for the pasta and one medium sized for the asparagus.

While the water is heating, put the pine nuts in a single layer in a large skillet. Heat on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until fragrant and lightly browned. (Watch carefully – these only take a few minutes.) Remove pine nuts from pan and set aside. You will use 3/4 cup of the pine nuts for the pesto paste and 1/4 cup to mix in whole.

Salt the asparagus water and drop the spears into the pan. Cook for only 2 or 3 minutes, until the spears are bright green and barely tender. Drain under cool water to stop the cooking. Cut the tips off, and set aside several of the asparagus (diagonal cut about an inch from the end) to use for garnish.

Add the asparagus (chopped into smaller pieces if needed to fit into the food processor), spinach, garlic, Parmesan, and 3/4 cup of the pine nuts to a food processor. Purée and, with the motor running, drizzle in the 1/4 cup of olive oil until a paste forms. If too thick, thin it with a bit of the pasta water. Add the lemon juice, salt, and black pepper and continue pureeing until mixed. Set aside.

In a medium-sized skillet, heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil over medium heat. Add in the shrimp, and immediately sprinkle with blackening powder. Stir until it is mixed in, and then continue stirring occasionally until the shrimp are cooked and pink. Remove skillet from burner and set aside.

While the shrimp are cooking, salt the pasta water well and cook the pasta until just tender. Check the directions on the pasta package. Drain and toss immediately with the asparagus pesto. Add in the shrimp, and stir briefly until well mixed.

Serve sprinkled with the remaining 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts and some extra Parmesan.

Overnight Oats

I decided to make overnight oats and I made a pretty simple recipe because I have no groceries lol. I know most people put in yogurt as well but I didn’t have any so I did a 1/2 cup of oats, 3/4 cups of skim milk and a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg. I put it in a covered bowl and let it sit overnight. That morning, I added sliced banana and some granola. It was pretty good I must say and super easy. Since I just started my new job at a gym, it’s a great grab and go meal that doesn’t need to be refrigerated.

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Cravings Rant/Smoothie Recipe

This week I am doing a low fat low carb high protein diet, just to see how my body reacts to it. So far so good! However, I just wanted to take the time out to rant. I have been craving everything under the sun. However, I have remained strong (except for the bud light lime I drank last night). I wanted to share my new favorite smoothie with you all. I curbed my cravings and tastes great!

Banana Oatmeal Smoothie
1 banana
1 cup of vanilla almond milk (unsweetened)
1/2 cup plain oatmeal
1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder

Combine all ingredients in blender and blend and it makes about 12 oz.

This is about 380 (depends mainly on your protein powder) calories and it keeps me full. I had it for dinner last night after my run, and if your hardcore you could use a casein powder instead but for me regular whey works just fine.

Enjoy!

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