WIAW #126: Protein’d.

If I may say, I’ve been doing a pretty good job during the past few weeks getting my protein in; 120g+!

This my number one struggle during this pregnancy. I’ll have good weeks at 110g+ of protein, then others maybe 85g. My body feels good getting in at least 110g.

My muscles are working overtime to support and make baby. For this What I Ate Wednesday, I’ll be showing you some of my protein’d up eats. Enjoy!

Breakfast: Going back to oats; 1 packet of sugar-free maple & brown sugar instant oats (I need the added iron), 1/2 scoop of peanut butter marshmallow Cellucor whey, 1 tsp chia seeds, 1/3 cup frozen blueberries & 2 tsps crunchy peanut butter.Snack #1: I made this smoothie last week, but I am enjoying it again. It’s delicious and refreshing post-workout.It’s a Cherry, Cherry-nilla Smothie: 1/2 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder, 1 Chobani Simply 100 Black Cherry Container, 1/3 Cup of Pitted Cherries, 1/2 of a Frozen Banana, 6oz. of Water, Handful of Ice & Blend!

Lunch: Now that I am at officially on “maternity leave,” lunches are quick. I like to do veggie burgers with fruit and pretzels.Snack #2: I’ve been hooked on the Luna Chocolate Salted Caramel protein bars. Perfect for running errands. Dinner: Subway sandwich. You can’t go wrong with lots of turkey, veggies all toasted up.Night Munchies: I had a little bit of everything; Trader Joe’s popcorn, light Swiss cheese wedge, grapes & some reduced-fat Wheat Thins! I’m linking up with Jenn for WIAW. Thanks for hosting! Question: What’s YOUR favorite protein filled snack?

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Friday Favs #2: PB Marshmallow Protein Pancakes

Happy Friday and 4th of July weekend!

Ever since I got my Cellucor order in the mail, I’ve been having fun with breakfast. Making it my favorite meal again and much higher in protein.I’ve even added it to this protein pancake recipe.

This week my all-time favorite has been some protein pancakes. These pancakes are a semi “spin off” my PB2 protein pancakes recipes, which you can check out here. Enjoy!Peanut Butter Marshmallow Protein Pancakes (one serving)

  • 2 Tbps of Flour (oat, wheat, or your choice)
  • 2 tsps Smooth, All-Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 Scoop of Cellucor Peanut Butter Marshmallow Whey (or 1/4 cup protein powder of choice)
  • 1 Large Egg’s Egg White
  • 2-3 Tbsps of Liquid (use vanilla almond milk, soy, etc.)
  • 1/4 tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Packet of Stevia
  • Dash of Sea Salt
  • Toppings: Chia seeds, raspberries, maple syrup, etc!

Mix everything into a small bowl, except for the egg white and stevia. Be sure to add the liquid slow, depending on your desired pancake thickness. Whisk the egg white and stevia until nice whipped, then add to rest of ingredients. Let mixture sit for at least 5 minutes.

After, take pancake mixture and add in the egg white. Take a pan, spray it with non-stick cooking spray and turn the stove on to a low-medium heat.

Cook each side for about 1-2 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from heat and top with what your heart desires!

Question: Do you get in a breakfast rut?

What’s been your go-to breakfast this summer?

I was in a big time cereal rut for about 3-4 months of my pregnancy. Now I am changing things up again 😉I’m linking up with Heather and Katie for Friday Favorites. Thanks for hosting ladies!

MIMM #32: Last “Single Lady” Adventures

Why hello!

Last Monday was my 27th marvelous birthday. For a Father’s Day/ birthday celebration, Patrick and I headed to New York for a marvelous little road trip. Our adventure landed us at a Yankee game. We enjoyed a fun muggy rain-delayed baseball game.It’s the last time I can really travel before Samantha comes and also my last birthday before being a mom and married!My mom had fun practicing Grandma with marvelous Bun-Bun.While I was a beach bum for a little bit.And my brother, Chris got me some birthday goodies – I’m stocking up for my hospital bag and post-baby!We had such a nice and relaxing time in New York, it was much needed!

When we arrived back, I came home to a marvelous package. This is my favorite Cellucor flavor.This week, the blog shall return to its regularly scheduled program.  Thanks Katie for hosting MIMM and hope everyone has a wonderful last week of June.

Question: Ever tried Cellucor whey protein?

What’s YOUR favorite protein powder?

Vermont Recap & Eats!

Happy Wednesday folks!

It’s time for another food post but with some beautiful pictures from Vermont. Patrick and I went to Burlington to enjoy a little getaway together.

Though it was cold, it was nice to getaway.

{Lake Champlain}

When we arrived Monday afternoon, we checked into our hotel then walked and shopped around. Yes, lots of maple! After, we had some dinner at American Flatbread. If you are ever in Burlington, you have to try it! Seriously the best. We stayed at Anchorage Inn, where they had an indoor pool and a few cardio machines.Before calling it a night, I stopped by the Healthy Living Market and picked up a delicious gluten-free blueberry muffin by West Meadow Farm Bakery. It’s the best GF muffin brand I’ve ever tasted!

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Yesterday, I woke up did a mini workout and raided the cold breakfast which was pretty decent.I saved the apple and yogurt for road fuel; donut was Pat’s 😉 After breakfast, we walked around downtown Burlington and the lake before heading to one of VT’s local chocolate company, Lake Champlain Chocolate Factory for a free mini tour.We learned the history of the company and got to sample a lot of chocolates. Patrick even bought me a few of my favorites, maple crunch!After the tour, it was time for the trip back home. I had plenty of snacks and was full from chocolate, but we did stop by the Cabot Cheese Annex to snag some samples. I also bought some maple candy, another favorite!When we arrived home, I had a Cellucor package waiting for me. I can finally stomach protein powder again, so I am going to be adding this to everything.Today it’s back to reality. I have a busy work schedule the next couple of weeks plus moving.

I hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the week!

Question: Have you ever tried Lake Champlain Chocolates? Are you a maple addict like me?

Early Bird Gets the Worm

I’m sure y’all know, I wake ridiculously early most days;

4:10am on three days to be exact. Two of those are work days and one is a 5:00am spin session. I try to wake up for the most part at 7:00am on non-early days but it can be tough.

Since I am still recovering from surgery, I allow my body whatever sleep it needs if I don’t have to be up at a certain time. Sometimes I’ll sleep in til 7:30am and other days it’s 11:30am.This Sunday will make eight weeks post-surgery. It’s crazy how just eight weeks ago I was in the ER for one of the most scariest times of my life. I am glad everything is much better and my workouts have been on schedule.

I have been sticking to 3-4 strength training sessions and 1 cardio day. Maybe in a couple of weeks I’ll make it 2 cardio days. I’m enjoying my new “macros.” I redesigned my macros and workout program for this week on and I can already tell the different in my energy level.

Every BODY is different; some people are ectomorphs, mesomorphs or endomorphs. I myself am a mesomorph and need to take in a bit more carbs then my protein and fats. Right now I am at about 220g Carbs, 130g Protein and 60g Fat. My calories average from 1,700-1,950. For the most part, I listen to my body but also try to stick to an eating schedule. And enjoying all things in moderation, of course. I made a little protein cake and added this pumpkin spice protein peanut butter goodness. It’s delicious and addicting. If you find it (I got it at Northshore Nutrition Corner), give it a try. One last work shift this week then the manfriend and I are getting ready for camping tomorrow. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Question: Have you every had protein’d up nut butter from Nuts n’ More?