Banana Rhubarb Protein Bread Pudding

banana rhubarb puddingThis was a dessert I created so I could still eat banana bread after having my wisdom teeth removed! Haha. If you would like regular banana bread then feel free to only use 1/4 cup almond milk and fully cook the bread. But I have to tell you, this pudding version was quite delicious and I might make it again even when my mouth has healed! Rhubarb is also optional but highly recommended! We grow it in our garden so this was the perfect opportunity for me to use it but chocolate chips would be great too.

The pudding serves 6 and comes in at a modest: 4F/20C/11P & 7.5g fibre per serving.

Made with my new favourite ingredient Vitafiber, a high fibre, calorie syrup substitute for sugar. You can also purchase the powdered form of Vitafiber, which is amazing for use as a flour or sugar substitute in baking specifically.

Iā€™ll link to where you can purchase it if you are interested! šŸ™‚

http://www.amazon.com/Vitafiber-Basic-Syrup-1-2-kg/dp/B00TIX50OQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1430239060&sr=8-1&keywords=vitafiber

Now onto the recipe…

Preheat oven to 325*

Whisk together all wet ingredients in a large bowl:

1 whole egg

45g egg whites

1/2 tbsp greek yogurt

200g mashed ripe banana

1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 tbsp(12g) brown sugar

Combine all dry ingredients in a separate bowl.

3 tbsp(21g) coconut flour

1 tbsp(10g) vital wheat gluten

1 1/2 scoops cellucor PB Marshmallow whey

30g vitafiber powder

2 tbsp skim milk powder

2 tbsp splenda (more or less to taste!)

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

optional: cinnamon

Fold the dry ingredients gently into the wet along with 1 tbsp(15g) melted butter until JUST combined.

Fold inĀ 1/2 cup diced rhubarb and scrape the mixture into a small loaf pan sprayed with pam. Bake for 35-40min or until the edges have browned slightly and a toothpick comes out JUST barely clean but the center is still moist(don’t overbake!). Cool before slicing and serving! Enjoy!

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Chocolate Almond Swirl Banana Bread For One

 

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Today was a great day, finished all my cardio, slept in a bit & oh..just got the best package ever. Don’t you love it when you hear the doorbell ring and you just know..Yup, like Christmas morning, my Cellucor 3 pack of protein showed up! Of course I tore into them and opened each one immediately (although I wasn’t planning to use them until later). They allĀ smeltĀ amazing. I ordered the Molten Chocolate and Cor-fetti cake batter flavours. In this recipe I used the chocolate of course..because I am a chocolate girl 100%. But I am crossing my fingers that Cor-fetti will change that for me.

Anywho, whipped up this little aesthetic beauty before bed. I am currently writing this post as I posted a photo without the recipe and am now getting multiple complaints..haha I guess i should stop torturing you all with my food porn but I can’t help but be a bit lazy when It comes to typing out the recipe.

BUT I am doing this for you guys at 1:00am because I love you all soooo much and I know you can’t wait another minute to make one of these delicious creations for yourself.10013917_10152276355004043_1959181294_n

Did I mention this was outrageously delicious & chocolatey? Oh, and yes. The macros are for the entire single serving loaf. So no sharing required. (Not like that was an option anyways.. šŸ˜‰ Ā hehe. Ā )

Okay, done rambling, here’s what you’ve been waiting for.

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 27g (0.8 scoop) Cellucor Molten Chocolate Whey (you could probably do a full scoop, just fitting my macros here, haha)
  • 1 tbsp almond flour
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/16 tsp baking soda
  • 1/16 tsp baking powder
  • dash of salt
  • 1-2 tsp truvia sweetener (more or less to taste, also depends on the ripeness of your banana, I usually use a little extra as the sweetness tends to diminish a bit with baked goods using protein powder)
  • 1/2 mashed ripe banana(63g)
  • 2 tbsp egg whites
  • 2 tbsp 0% plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp coconut oil melted
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp mini chocolate chips (6g) (I used the enjoy life brand)
  • 1/2 tbsp natural almond butter
  • pam spray

Directions: Preheat your oven to 350*F. Spray a single serving loaf pan or ramekin with pam/olive oil spray, set aside. Combine your dry ingredients until no clumps are left. Combine the wet ingredients in a separate bowl. (Do not stir in chocolate chips or the almond butter!). Next stir the wet into the dry ingredients and combine until smooth, taste and add additional sweetener as desired. Spoon the batter into your greased ramekin or pan, now swirl in the almond butter and sprinkle chocolate chips on top. Place in the centre of the oven for 15-20min. (Baking time will vary depending on the pan you choose, DO NOT OVERBAKE. )Watch closely and when a toothpick comes out clean, it’s done! You can also under bake it slightly if you are one of those people like me that like things a little fudgey still in the centre…haha. And that’s it! Let it cool for about 5 minutes and eat with a spoon or cool completely and remove from the ramekin/pan and place on a plate. Top with whatever your heart (*ahem* macros..) desire. Enjoy!

Macros for entire recipe: 15F/24C/31P, 7g fibre

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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:

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-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

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

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-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

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

 

Cinnamon Butterscotch Protein Fruit Dip (Dairy-Free)

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Hey all! I have something sweet and delicious to share with you…it felt about time I made a new recipe so without further ado, I introduce you to Cinnamon Butterscotch Protein Fruit Dip. This is definitely perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth. It’s a great way to get kids to eat more fruit! Cool, creamy and refreshing for any hot day. The best part? You can eat this dip and feel good knowing there is no added sugar! Although it sure tastes like there is.

Serving size: 4 tbsp

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Ingredients:
-1 scoop good tasting vanilla protein powder(I use designer whey french vanilla which is perfect)

-1 frozen medium ripe banana (110g)

-1 tbsp Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Butter by PB & Co. (*Note: if this isn’t available near you then you can try subbing with 1 tbsp natural peanut butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon)

-1/2-3/4 tsp sugar-free, fat-free butterscotch pudding mix

-1/8 tsp vanilla extract

-2 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk

-4-5 ice cubes

-enough water to blend( don’t overdo it! just enough to blend!) *You could use Ā vanilla almond milk for all of the liquid, I just chose not to because I didn’t want the almond taste take over in this recipe*

-1/4 tsp xanthan gum (optional but helps a lot with pudding consistency!)

-1/4 tsp sweetener(optional, it’s already quite sweet on it’s own!) But I used truvia as my sweetener and I gotta say, it’s a new favourite!

Directions: blend together until smooth and pour into a bowl. Eat as is or refrigerate for 20 mins or so to let it set up a bit more. Enjoy! Serve with a side of fresh fruit such as apples, pears, peaches or strawberries.

*NOTE* If you REALLY like this dip, you can actually just eat it on it’s own, it’s so healthy! So if you choose to eat this for breakfast, the entire nutrition facts are listed below as well.

Nutrition Facts for entire recipe: 303 calories, 8g fat, 40g carbs, 22g protein, 4g fibre

Nutrition Facts per serving: Ā 76 calories, 2g fat, 10g carbs, 5.5g protein

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Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

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fr_964_size880 fr_980_size880 fr_982_size880 fr_984_size880Hey guys! I found a ton of huge zucchini in my garden today that were just perfect for baking so I couldn’t help myself…Even though this isn’t my own recipe, I had to share! IThese muffins turned out beautifully and I actually enjoyed them way more than I thought I would! Don’t be turned off by the zucchini, you can’t taste it at all and it makes the muffins so rich and moist! Ā I felt so guilty eating these to the point where I had to remind myself they were actually good for you. They are high protein, low-fat, deliciously decadent and every chocolate lover’s dream. I hope you like them as much as I do!

Serves 12:

Ingredients:

  • 2-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 extra ripe banana (120g)
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini (about 1 medium-sized zucchini)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon( I left this out but feel free to add it!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Ā 2 tbsp mini chocolate chips for topping(I used enjoy life chocolate chips, 30g)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin tin with olive oil spray.
  • Using aĀ foodĀ processor, grind oats until fine. They should have the consistency of flour.
  • Add all other ingredients (except chocolate chips), and pulse until the batter has a smooth consistency. (Add a few ingredients at a time if your food processor has trouble mixing a lot at once.)
  • Stir in additional chocolate chips if desired.
  • Distribute batter evenly in the muffin tin.
  • Sprinkle the tops with a little extra sugar or sweetener that measures like sugar and the chocolate chips.
  • Bake 15-20 minutes, or until the tops gently bounce back when touched and a toothpick comes out of center of a muffin clean.
  • Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes. Then run a knife around the edges of each muffin to remove from tray.

****My Changes***:

I added maybe a tad less than 1/4 cup splenda to the batter as I felt it needed a little extra sweetness. I also ground the oats and zucchini separate in the food processor since mine is very small and I just added them to a bowl with the other wet ingredients and stirred. Then combined the dry ingredients in another small bowl and added them in afterwards.

*Note* My oats are very prevalent in the final result because I have probably the worst food processor on the planet haha, so I’m sure your muffins will look much prettier than mine!

If you’d like the original recipe, it is available here:

http://www.examiner.com/article/healthy-baking-chocolate-zucchini-oat-muffins

Nutrition Facts with my modifications(per muffin): 154 calories, 25g carbs, 3g fat, 6g protein, 3g fibre

THE BEST Decadent Healthy Brownie For One

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Hey everyone! Today I modified a favourite brownie recipe of mine to make a healthy version, the perfect portion size for one. The result? This brownie is the most rich, decadent, mouthwatering healthy dessert I think I’ve made to date. It may be because I have a deep passion for the perfect brownie or just the fact that this dessert is pure chocolate heaven. Whatever reason, you should immediately pick up the ingredients and make this asap so you can agree with me! No guilt, no working out to “burn off your dessert”. Just eat, savour and enjoy.

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp almond flour
  • 1 tbsp +1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp egg whites
  • 1 tsp melted coconut oil (could sub olive oil or melted butter) *Could sub extra banana but the result will be less fudgey*
  • Scant 2 tbsp mashed banana(or 2 tbsp unsweetened apple sauce)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp splenda (or more for a sweeter brownie, just add slowly to taste)
  • 1 tsp mini chocolate chips(5g) (I used the enjoy life brand, 1 tsp is more than you think if you do not have a scale to measure 5g)

Directions:

Preheat an oven to 350*. Spray a small ramekin with olive oil. In a separate small bowl, stir together all dry ingredients then add in wet ingredients and stir with a fork until combined *(add splenda last to taste). Stir in half of the mini chocolate chips then sprinkle the rest on top. Pour the batter into the ramekin using a spatula to scrape the bowl clean. Place in the centre of the oven for 15-17min. Do not overbake! Feel free to under bake for a more fudgey brownie. (Use a tooth pick to check if the brownie is done). Now remove from oven and grab a fork, dig in and enjoy your little masterpiece!

Nutrition Facts: 228 calories, 19g carbs, 15g fat, 7g protein, 6g fibre

 

Quest Protein Bars & PB Cups-Review

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Hey guys! Today I thought I’d do something a little different and do a review! I wouldĀ like to do more review posts so I was thinking, what better way to start off then with these AMAZING quest bars that I already love! Each bar contains roughly 20-21g of protein and is 200 cals or under so I will be doing a very basic reviewing each of these flavours individually just based on flavour/texture as well as other flavours not shown in the pictures. Plus I will do a quick review of Quest Cravings PB Cups, okay here it goes…

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Peanut Butter & Jelly: This one had a bit of a dry texture out of the package and wasn’t as soft as some of the others, it was more peanut butter flavour then jelly. After heating it in the microwave for a few seconds it was definitely better and easier to eat! Overall I give it a 7/10.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter: MMMM.. When I opened this, the smell of chocolate peanut butter just wafted up! It made me want to bite into it right away! The soft texture of this bar was also a nice change from the peanut butter and jelly. It was less crumbly and more smooth, with little peanut pieces throughout. It was almost like a softer version of a tootsie roll! When heated up this bar was even better! Warm and goey..yum! I give this 9.5/10

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Coconut Cashew: When I opened this it definitely smelt like coconut! & When I bit in it was also a softer texture, maybe a bit less soft then the Chocolate Peanut Butter but still great! It had little bits of coconut throughout it and pieces of cashew. I think this bar is more coconut flavour then cashew but really I didn’t mind! (I love coconut). I never tried this one heated up but I am sure it’s even better. Overall I give this bar 8.5/10

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: This is one of quest’s newest releases and for sure one of their best…I received these as a prize for winning their photo contest!(Thanks Quest!) Sadly they don’t sell this flavour where I live. Onto the review.. The smell when I first opened the bar was pretty good! Maybe not as good as Chocolate PB but that’s just because I am a peanut butter fanatic. The texture is soft again which seems to be a trend with all of the most recent bars-with chocolate pieces scattered throughout. Anyways after tasting it on it’s own, to be completely honest I thought it was really good but not as good as I would have expected after all the hype about it. But then…I put in in the microwave for 17 seconds and it was a whole other story. It melted beautifully with chocolate everywhere! The texture was very resemblent to real cookie dough and the taste was amazing! If you get these, definitely heat them up in the microwave! Or do as I did in the last picture, bake them for 5 min. in a 375* oven until slightly golden! Overall I give this bar a 9.5/10.

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Chocolate Brownie: This is actually the first quest bar I ever tried so we go wayyy back, haha. This bar is denser then some of the other newer ones and a little more chewy but still quite good. It’s more of a dark chocolate flavour with a very slight salty aftertaste. I actually liked how this bar isn’t too sweet but those of you who are hoping for the usual brownie taste may be slightly disappointed. But with that said, many people love the Chocolate Brownie bar and I do have to agree that it has a very brownie-like texture when heated up! šŸ™‚ I would give this bar an 8/10.

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Mixed Berry Bliss: I actually bought this bar only because I could choose one more to fill my box. I really didn’t have very high expectations since normally I am a chocolate person and I had heard a lot of mixed reviews about it. But this bar truly surprised me! It was thicker then some of the other quest bars which was a big plus for me! It also had a softer texture then some of the bars but not quite as soft as the newer ones. It has little berry pieces throughout the bar as well as…almonds! This is what really made the bar for me. The crunch of the almonds was awesome! I also love the fact that this bar is good eaten just as is or heated up. Overall I give this bar a 8.5/10 (Note that I am a harsh critic, haha most people might give this at least a 9!).

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Banana Nut Muffin: This bar is slightly thinner then the other bars(compare with mixed berry). Although it’s thinner it is still just as filling and very tasty! For once I actually preferred this bar eaten as is rather then heated up. This is probably because I found this bar to be extra sticky when hot! I almost couldn’t get it off the plate, haha. But with that said, it was a delicious bar with walnut pieces throughout and a REAL banana flavour, not that fake laffy taffy flavour we all know. It really did taste like a banana nut muffin to me. Overall I give this bar 9/10.
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Now for the bars I didn’t review above, I have also tried apple pie, strawberry cheesecake and cinnamon roll. I found all three off these bars to be more dense and chewier then the ones listed above and they were not my top picks but some people love them so it’s all personal preference! I still think they taste good but quest has so many other options that I would choose others first! šŸ™‚

My Ranking From Best to Least Favourite Quest Bars:
1.Tie:Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough & Chocolate Peanut Butter
2.Banana Nut Muffin
3.Mixed Berry Bliss(both coconut/mixed berry could also be second depending on my mood,haha)
4.Coconut Cashew
5.Chocolate Brownie
6.PB & J
7.Cinnamon Roll
8.Apple Pie
9.Strawberry Cheesecake

Quest Cravings PB Cups: I kept these in the fridge and placed them in the freezer for about 5 min. before eating because I’d heard that they tasted better this way..Well I guess it worked. These were delicious! They really do taste like PB Cups. They may not be as creamy in the middle(the middle was slightly more dry) but they have the taste down perfectly and the chocolate coating is sweet and melty..These were also super filling! I could barely finish two of them. If you like PB Cups you should for sure try these out!

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If you are interested in any of their bars you can find out more on the facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/QuestNutrition?fref=ts
Or order from their site:
http://www.questproteinbar.com/

P.S I hear they have a new white chocolate raspberry flavour coming out which I am sure will be amazing!

**I was not paid/asked to do this review, my opinions are all my own!**

Summer Eats For Today

Just thought I’d share, let me know if you like these “What I’m eating” posts.

These summer meals were all enjoyed outside by the pool while soaking up the awesome summer heat…
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My protein Frosty Recipe with half a banana added!

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AMAZING barbecue chicken salad with fresh herbs from the garden and italian dressing!

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So simple but so delicious, peas, lemon dijon chicken, garlic and olive oil wild rice.

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Ah dessert..the best meal of the day. And who can believe this is actually healthy? One of my homemade double chocolate coconut protein bars heated up with light cool whip and fresh berries. Perfection.

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