Strawberry Mango LEO Smoothie!

 

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Goodmorning! Ready for a delish natural vitamin/fibre/protein packed smoothie to start your day?? I totally made up the name for this by using LEO as a cute short form. The actual full name would have been Stawberry Mango Lettuce, Egg white & Oatmeal smoothie so I thought I’d make it easier on you all and shorten it like we do with BLT. haha. 🙂 So I know to some this combination of flavours sounds weird and not to appealing but if you’ve never tried a smoothie with these ingredients before, then your in for a surprise! The oat flavour pairs really well with the fruit and the romaine blends so you hardly know it’s there, covered by the sweet taste of strawberry and mango. Plus egg whites are a great source of protein without adding any flavour. Overall I loved the tangy/sweet taste of this shake! I will be making it again! Let me know if you try it :).

 

Serves 1-2 (This makes a lot! so you could probably turn it into 2 servings if you’d like!)

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-1/2 cup liquid egg whites

-1 cup frozen strawberries(140g)

-3/4 cup frozen mango(140g)

-7-8 leaves of romaine lettuce(100g)

-2 tbsp large flake or rolled oats

-1 tbsp flax seed

-1/4 tsp vanilla extract

-1/2 cup water (more or less depending on how thick you like your smoothie)

-1/8 tsp xanthan gum (optional but recommended for a thicker smoothie!)

-Optional: pinch of sweetener of choice(I didn’t add any but you can if you like your smoothies sweeter!)

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender until very smooth! Serve in a bowl and eat with a spoon or a cup with a straw, whichever way it will be delicious! Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts for entire recipe: 319 calories, 46g carbs, 6g fat, 19g protein, 9g fibre

 

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Chocolate Cinnamon Raisin Sweet Potato Oatmeal

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Goodmorning everyone! 🙂 I hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday! To help make your day a little sweeter, here’s a quick recipe you can whip up for a late brunch or for a sweet treat! The sweet potato goes so well with the warm oatmeal and cinnamon flavour. Topped off with homemade Sugar Free Chocolate Sauce & Cinnamon Swirl Butter, this dish will make any cinnamon lover more than happy!

Ingredients:

-1 packet instant oatmeal (28g)

-1/2 a medium raw sweet potato, peeled

-2/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

-1/4 tsp vanilla extract

-dash of salt

-1/2-1 tsp truvia sweetener

-1 tsp-2 tsp cinnamon depending on how much you like!

-1/2 tbsp cinnamon raisin swirl butter(PB & Co Brand)(If you don’t have this, you could try making your own jar by mixing some peanut butter with a little bit of honey/sweetener, cinnamon and a few chopped of raisins!)

-1/2 tbsp-1 tbsp homemade SF Chocolate Sauce

Directions: Place your sweet potato on a small plate atop a piece of paper towl. Poke holes in it a few times with a fork. Place fr_2337_size880in the microwave for 5min. Meanwhile, just before your sweet potato is finished cooking, prep your oatmeal by combining the dry oats with almond milk & a dash of salt. When your sweet potato has finished cooking, place your oatmeal in the microwave for about 1:30-2:00min or until cooked to your liking. Mash your sweet potato with a fork and spoon into your cooked oatmeal. Add in all your other ingredients and stir to combine. Top with additional cinnamon, truvia & a sprinkle of salt. Then plop on your Cinnamon Swirl Butter and Sugar Free Chocolate Sauce. Stir a little and dig in! Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts: 256 calories, 7g fat, 43g carbs, 8g protein, 6g fibre

Tropical Pre-Workout Green Smoothie!

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Hey guys, if you are feeling tired and run down before your workouts, don’t turn straight to artificial supplements and pre-workouts! First try this delicious smoothie. It gives a great energy boost naturally and lots of important vitamins and minerals all packed into a delicious sweet treat! It’s great right before a workout or as a filling breakfast to start your day! Let me know what you think :).

Serves 1

Recipe:

-1/2 cup raw liquid egg whites (pasteurized)fr_2202_size880

-1 ripe frozen banana(120g)

-1/2 cup frozen mango(70g)

-1/2 cup frozen peaches(70g)

-6 large leaves of romaine lettuce chopped(90g)

-1/2 cup-2/3 cup water(depending on how much you need to blend, mine worked with a little over 1/2 cup)

-1 tsp flax seed

-Optional: few drops of vanilla extract, few drops of coconut extract, stevia/truvia or another sweetener such as honey to taste.)

 

Directions: Place all ingredients in your blender and blend on high until smooth and creamy! *Note* blend a little longer than usual so the romaine gets completely blended with no little pieces.

Nutrition Facts: 286 calories, 2g fat, 7g fibre, 17g protein

French Toast Egg Whites

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This is a great way to use of left over batter from my High Protein Crepes recipe! Or you could just make this to eat by itself. It’s super easy and fat-free. The perfect side to a breakfast while cutting ! Enjoy!

Serves 1

Ingredients:

-1/2 cup egg whites

-1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (1/3 a cup if you want thicker egg whites)

-1/8 tsp salt

-1/4-1/2 tsp cinnamon

-1/4 tsp vanilla extract

-1 tsp truvia or more to taste!

-1-2 tbsp SF syrup (I used Old Thyme Sugar Free Syrup)

-Cooking oil spray

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a bowl expect the SF syrup. Heat a pan over medium-low heat. Pour in the mixture and scramble well until desired consistency (I prefer these more creamy and not fully cooked!). At the last minute, add in a little of the syrup and scramble a bit more. Pour in a bowl and top with additional cinnamon/syrup as desired. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts: 88 Calories, 1g fat, 3g carbs, 14g protein, 1g fibre

High Protein/Fibre Chocolate Strawberry Banana Filled Crepes

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Okay so the first time I tried crepes, I didn’t like them. Why? They served them plain with no sauce or fruit! That’s like serving PB & J without the PB & J!! So when I went to Mexico and saw the had a crepe booth, I was a bit skeptical of how they would taste. But oh my lord, these were amazing! They had a warm chocolatey filling served atop a sweet strawberry sauce with chopped bananas, strawberries & powdered sugar on top of the crepe itself. Word’s cannot describe how amazing these were. When I got back I forgot about my amazing crepes for awhile..that is until this morning when I had this crazy craving for crepes! Knowing I could not deny this craving, I created my own version of those memorable crepes. The result?? They are awesome! The filling is sweet and delicious, I could just eat it off a spoon! & The chocolate Sauce? OMG heaven. The crepe was done french toast style so it’s light cinnamon sugar flavour just adds to the awesomeness of this dish.

Ingredients:

-1 multigrain Flat Out Wrap (these are great, high fibre, high protein, low-fat)

-1/3 cup egg whites

-1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

-1 tbsp homemade SF Chocolate Syrup.fr_2103_size880

-3/4 cup frozen strawberries(110g)

-1/3 a ripe banana mashed

-1 tsp sweetener of choice(I used splenda)

-1/4 tsp vanilla extract

-1/8 tsp salt

-1/4-1/2 tsp cinnamon(depending on how much you like!)

-1/2 tsp Truvia(or another sweetener to taste)

-Olive oil or Cooking Spray

Directions: Heat a large pan over medium-low heat. Spray generously with cooking oil(up the sides as well). In a large flat bowl, combine egg whites, almond milk, vanilla, salt, truvia and cinnamon with a fork. Meanwhile place the frozen strawberries in a small microwavable bowl and microwave on high for 2 minutes or until they are easy to mash. Stir in your banana and sweetener and sweeten to your liking. Microwave for another 20 seconds until hot. Now dredge your flatout wrap in the egg white mixture on both sides until well coated. You may have some extra batter that you can use up in my French Toast egg whites recipe! Now place the wrap in the hot pan and cook until browned on one side. Flip and cook for a bit on the other side. Now place half of your filling over one side of the wrap and fold. Cook for a few more minutes then take off the heat, top with extra strawberry-banana sauce and a dollop of chocolate sauce. Sprinkle some extra cinnamon and eat up! :). Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts for entire recipe: 285 calories, 5g fat, 41g carbs, 18g protein, 13g fibre

Homemade 13 Calorie Peanut Chocolate Sauce!

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Do you miss chocolate? Do you miss topping your sundaes and desserts with globs of delicious, sweet chocolately goodness? Do you love peanut butter? Well look no further..I’m here to help you out! (Sorry that sounded like a terrible attempt at an advertisement ploy). But anywhooo, this perfect sauce goes great with any fruit, pancakes, frozen yogurt, oatmeal, greek yogurt, cardboard…basically anything you’d like it to go on! It’s just awesome. So if you love chocolate like me and you secretly eat peanut butter by the spoonful, this one’s for you.

Serves 8:

Ingredients:

-1/4 cup water

-1/4 cup cocoa powder

-1 tbsp PB2 (powdered peanut butter)

-3 tbsp Truvia sweetener(or another sweetener to taste!)

-optional: stevia or splenda to taste(adds a different flavour of sweetness)

-1/8 tsp salt

-1 tsp vanilla extract

 

Directions: Whisk all ingredients in a small small bowl until thick and smooth. Store in the fridge and use as needed! 🙂 Enjoy!

***Peanut Free Option: leave out the PB2 and boil all ingredients for about 3 minutes or until thickened to your liking!***

Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 13 calories, 0.3g fat, 0.3g carbs, 0.8g protein, 1.1g fibre

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Protein Bread!

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The long title is totally worth it when you find out how moist & delicious this bread is! It’s not dry or rubbery like some protein powder baked goods turn out. Topped with some Maple Butter…omg, this is to die for. I have nothing left to say other than…try it for yourself!

I didn’t create this recipe but I changed it slightly! The original can be found here :):

http://www.ingredientsofafitchick.com/2012/06/14/pb2-banana-protein-bread/

Serves 12:

Ingredients:
12 tbs (72g) PB2
1/4 c (26g) ground flax
1 scoop (28g) peanut butter protein powder (I used whey gourmet, chocolate PB)
2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2c (88g) plain greek yogurt
1-2 tsp truvia sweetener (or sweetener of choice, to taste)
1/4 c liquid egg whites
1 egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 small ripe mashed bananas (about 300g without skin)
2 tbsp mini chocolate chips (30g)
Optional: Swirl in some melted pb on top of the loaf before baking!

Directions: Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray your loaf pan with non stick spray. In a bowl, mix your PB2, flax, protein powder, baking powder and cinnamon. In a separate bowl whisk together your wet ingredients. Combine Wet/dry ingredients then pour into your loaf pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Place in the oven and bake for about 40-45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and top is lightly browned. Remove from oven, let cool before cutting into 12 slices. Enjoy with any type of PB on top! I prefer PB & Co maple PB or Cinnamon Raisin Swirl. *Tastes even better the day after baking.*

Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts Per Slice: 98 Calories, 3.2g fat, 12g carbs, 7.5g protein, 3g fibre

 

Healthy Spicy Jambalaya!

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If you’ve ever had good Jambalaya then you know how amazing it can be! I mean what is better than shrimp, sausage and chicken all in one bowl? Uh..nothing. These are 3 of my favourite things so when I went out for dinner the other night I knew what I was ordering! Plus I love everything spicy..so that was just the cherry on top of the cake. After devouring my delicious meal, I knew I had to try and re-create this awesome dish at home..because well, let’s just say the restaurant version could not exactly be considered “healthy”. So I went to work in the kitchen and created this little masterpiece! And although it took a little more work, it was totally worth it and turned out better than I had expected! I hope you enjoy this dinner for one as much as I did!

Ingredients:

-1/2 tbsp olive oil

-5 Jumbo shrimp, cooked, peeled, deveined and thawed

-1 cooked sweet italian turkey sausage or spicy italian turkey sausage sliced (I used the maple leaf sweet italian brand)

-1.5 ounces of barbecue or blacked chicken chopped into bite sized pieces (or you could sub regular plain chicken!)

-1/4 of a large green pepper sliced thinly

-1/4 of large onion sliced thinly

-1/8-1/4 tsp  garlic powder

-1/4-1/2 tsp paprika

-1/8 tsp thyme

-1 tsp fresh oregano(could sub 1/4-1/2 tsp dried)

-salt/pepper to taste

-1/4 tsp chili pepper flakes(or to taste)

-sprinkle of cayenne pepper(More or less based on how spicy you want it)

(All amount of spices can be changed to fit your own taste!)

-1/4 cup brown rice uncooked=1/3 cup cooked (cook as directed, I cooked it with just a dash of salt)

-1/4 cup prego pasta sauce or another tomato/marinara sauce

-Optional: Grated or dry parmesan cheese and additional oregano for topping.

Directions: Cook your rice. Heat a pan over medium-low heat. Add olive oil and rotate pan to coat it. Add your garlic powder. Once hot, toss in onions to cook for a minute or two, using a little water and a lid to help steam them.(make sure not to burn them!) Then add peppers, stir for a bit until cooked to your liking, then add meats and all other seasonings expect fresh oregano (if using dry then just add it now). Next add your rice and sauce. Stir it all a bit more to combine everything and warm the entire dish. Now add your oregano and pour your Jambalaya into a bowl. Top with optional (but recommended!) parmesan cheese, additional fresh oregano and  dig in. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts(using homemade BBQ chicken): 387calories 14g fat, 38g carbs, 29g protein, 5g fibre

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding (a.k.a Protein Sludge)

OMG guys, okay this stuff is delicious. Not sure why I never used my PB2 (powdered peanut butter with less calories/more protein) earlier. It tastes amazing in this recipe and you only need a little bit! I love this stuff. Anyways if you like peanut butter and chocolate and want a high protein, low-fat, lower-carb breakfast then this is for you! You can either use protein powder or leave it out and follow the recipe without protein powder. Either way it will be delicious and good for you! You can make this the night before or in the morning for breakfast. Enjoy 🙂

Serves 1(protein powder variation):

Ingredients:

-3/4 cup 0% greek yogurt

-1/2 scoop chocolate or chocolate peanut butter protein powder(Gourmet Whey is delicious!)

-1 tbsp light cream cheese

-1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

-1 tbsp PB2 or peanut flour

-1/2 tsp-1 tsp sugar free/fat free chocolate pudding mix.

-Truvia or another sweetener to taste

-Any toppings you’d like! I like some fruit with something crunchy like a chocolate cereal but you can be as creative as you want! I’ve also used chopped up protein bars, peanuts, mini chocolate chips, rice krispies for some crunch, coconut, peanut butter, etc.!

 

Serves 1(without protein powder):

Ingredients:

-3/4 cup 0% greek yogurt

-1 tbsp light cream cheese

-2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

-1.5 tbsp PB2 or peanut flour

-1 tsp sugar free/fat free chocolate pudding mix.

-Truvia or another sweetener to taste

-Any toppings you’d like!

Directions: Combine protein powder(if using) and greek yogurt first until smooth. Then mix in the cream cheese until smooth.  Now add in your dry ingredients, leaving your sweetener for last since the pudding mix will add some sweetness itself. Then either place in the fridge until ready to eat or if in the freezer for about 10-20min(this works best when protein powder is added because the protein powder keeps it from getting too icy.) Top with whatever you want and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts w/ Protein Powder: 215 calories, 4g fat, 11g carbs, 31g protein, 3g fibre

Nutrition Facts w/o Protein Powder: 209 calories, 5g fat, 15g carbs, 25g protein, 7g fibre

Coconut Maple Pecan Dessert Quinoa!

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Dessert for dinner anyone? With this recipe it’s so good for you, you can eat it any time of the day! It’s super filling & tastes buttery and delicious…I could eat this again and again! It’s a great meal if you are heading out and won’t be eating again for a while because it’s loaded with fibre and protein. It’s everything we love in a dessert..sweet, creamy, warm…all packed into a perfect serving of what some may call “super food”.

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Ingredients:

-57g (about 1/3 cup) dry quinoa

-2/3 cup water

-1/4 tsp salt

-1/2 tbsp coconut oil

-dash of salt

-1/4 tsp cinnamon

-1/8 tsp vanilla extract

-1/2 tsp(or more to taste) of Truvia Sweetener(My new love, tastes very similar to sugar!)(could possibly sub another sweetener)

-20g raisins (look at the picture for size reference if you don’t have a scale! It’s about 2 tbsp I think)

-5g unsweetened desiccated coconut(could sub unsweetened shredded but I love the texture of the desiccated)(about 1 tbsp if you have no scale)

-1 ounce chopped pecans (again if you don’t have a scale, about 1-2 tbsp chopped)

-1-2 tbsp sugar-free maple syrup (or real maple syrup) (I recommend  Old Thyme Sugar-Free Maple Syrup)

Directions: In a small pot, combine quinoa, water and 1/4 tsp salt. Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to low and simmer for 15 minutes or until quinoa absorbs all water and is fluffy. At this point, keep on the heat and stir in your additional dash of salt, coconut oil, sweetener, vanilla & cinnamon to taste. Then add in your pecans, coconut and raisins. Stir and spoon into a serving bowl. Serve hot with a drizzle of syrup (I like to keep the syrup beside me and add a little at a time as I eat, stirring to combine it.)

Enjoy!!

*Note this recipe is a new fav of mine!*

Nutrition Facts for entire recipe: 494 calories, 23g fat, 59g carbs, 9g fibre, 10g protein