Pumpkin Cheesecake Shake

 

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All the things you love about pumpkin pie and cheesecake combined into a healthy, delicious & filling protein packed shake.

Serves 2 or 1 large serving

Ingredients:

-10 mini ice cubes (about 90-100g)

-113g frozen pumpkin (1/2 cup) (freeze in an ice cube tray and use as needed!)

-3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

-1/2 cup(125g) 2% or fat-free cottage cheese

-3 tbsp 95% fat-free  cool whip (14g)

-1/2 tbsp light or fat-free cream cheese

-1/4 tsp vanilla extract

-3/4 scoop (26g) Cellucor COR-Fetti Cake Batter Whey (could sub vanilla but it won’t have quite the same flavour!)

-1 tbsp flax seed (10g) (optional–>included in nutrition info)

-1/8 tsp cinnamon or more to taste

-1/4 tsp sweetener or more to taste (I used truvia)

-1/4 tsp xanthan gum (or more to desired texture, optional but recommended to help smooth and thicken your shake!)

Directions: Place all ingredients in a high powered blender, blend until smooth and creamy.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (1/2 the recipe or 1 glass): 3.7g fat(2g fat if using fat-free dairy)/13g carbs/18g protein

Micronutrients & Fibre(1/2 the recipe or 1 glass): 2g fibre & 50% Vitamin A 

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Egg White Pizza

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Such a simple but delicious low-carb meal! You can easily customize this recipe with whatever toppings you like, here’s my favourite version!

Serves 1

Ingredients:

-1 cup liquid egg whites

-1/4 tsp basil

-1/4 tsp oregano

-pepper

-dash of salt

-15g low-fat cheddar or marble cheese –>shredded

-27g green pepper chopped and steamed for about 1:00min with a little water covered in the microwave (pour off excess water afterwards!)

-50g tomato sliced thinly

-1 tbsp chopped whole or pizza style green olives (15g)

-90mL (just under 1/3 cup) pizza sauce or pasta tomato sauce (I used Unico pizza sauce) (cover and heat in the microwave for 30sec. before topping eggs)

-additional basil/oregano for topping

-Pam cooking spray

 

Directions: Spray a medium-sized frying pan with pam. Heat over medium-low. Pour in the egg whites and add spices. Cook until egg just starts turning white, sprinkle your toppings over the eggs. Continue to cook over low enough heat as not to brown the egg too much while cooking it almost through. Then carefully flip the eggs like a huge pancake and cook on the other side just until set! Take off the heat and top with your warm pizza or marinara sauce and a few extra spices. Slice with a pizza cutter and dig in! You may not be able to hold this like a regular pizza but it will definitely still taste delicious!

Nutrition: 6g fat, 13g carbs, 34g protein & 5g fibre

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High Protein Spicy Tuna Egg Salad

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This doesn’t sound like much..but trust me it’s good, creamy & rich with half the fat and double the protein of regular egg salad. This makes a delicious, filling low-carb meal on it’s own or it would go great on a sandwich! You can increase or decrease the spice based on personal preference.

 

Serves 1-2

Ingredients:

    • 1 whole egg boiled chopped
  • 1 can of tuna (about 140g) shredded
  • 1 cup egg whites seasoned with black pepper and a little salt cooked like a pancake (cooked in a pan sprayed with pam over medium-low heat, flip half way through, don’t brown the egg too much, just enough!) slice into chunks and place in the fridge to chill.
  • 70g ripe avocado chopped into chunks(about 1/3 of a large avocado)
  • 2 tbsp 2% cottage cheese
  • 2 tbsp 0% plain greek yogurt
  • 1 whole Green Onion finely chopped
  • Sriracha Sauce to taste
  • salt/pepper to taste

Directions: 

Sauce:

In a food processor, combine 1/2 the avocado chunks, cottage cheese, greek yogurt, a little salt/pepper and some sriracha sauce to taste and mix until smooth. (If you are lazy like me, you can just mash everything together decently well with a fork, haha).

Putting it together:

In a medium bowl, combine your egg whites & egg. Before adding in the tuna, stir it into the sauce you created and then add the tuna/sauce mixture to the eggs along with the leftover avocado chunks. Mix well and sprinkle with green onion. Give it one last toss and top with additional sriracha sauce as desired. Enjoy!

Nutrition for entire recipe: 16g fat, 10g carbs, 40g protein & 5g fibre

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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

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 

 

Spicy Sauteed Cabbage & Red Onion “Noodles”

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Hey all! This is a super simple recipe…it makes a great side dish to any dinner. Cabbage has always been one of my fav green veggies to cook and this dish also makes a great meal if you throw in some chopped spicy turkey sausage! The cabbage act as noodles so all you low-carber’s(yes I just made that word up..) out there, this one’s for you!

Serves 1

Ingredients:

-1 cup thinly sliced cabbage(like noodles)

-1/3 cup chopped red onion

-1/2 tbsp olive oil

-1/4 tsp garlic powder

-1/2 tsp paprika(or less to taste)

-1/4 tsp chili powder(again more or less to taste)

-1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

-1/8 tsp cinnamon

-Salt/Pepper to taste

 

Directions: In a small frying pan, heat olive oil over medium-low heat. Once hot, add the onions/cabbage. Add your spices and cook, stirring often for 7-8 minutes or until the cabbage has started to become soft. Serve! Simple as that.

Nutrition Facts: 103 calories, 7g fat, 10g carbs, 1g protein, 3g fibre

60% of daily Vitamin C requirements.

 

 

 

 

Simple Lemon Garlic Tilapia

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This recipe is easy to prepare, high in protein and very low in fat. It’s perfect with a side of your favourite vegetable and rice. I really enjoyed this as a quick lunch and I will definitely be making it on multiple occasions!

Serves  1:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tilapia filet
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1-2 tsp fresh lemon juice (or as much as you’d like)
  • 1 small clove of garlic crushed
  • salt/pepper
  • Fresh Parsley(could sub dried if you don’t have any but fresh makes it taste amazing!)

Directions:
Preheat your oven to 375*. Grab a small baking tray(optional) and a piece of tinfoil. Place your filet on the tinfoil and using a brush or your fingers, spread olive oil over both sides of the filet. Next, squeeze your lemon juice over the filet and season both sides with salt & pepper. Lastly sprinkle fresh parsley over top and wrap up the filet in the tinfoil. Place in the oven for 12-15min. (Until the fish is white and flaky). Serve!

Nutrition Facts per filet: 140 calories, 0g carbs, 5g fat, 20g protein