PB Chocolate Swirl Brownie Protein Bars

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These are VERY fudgey, chocolatey and dense..like a brownie should be. I called them “Brownie Protein Bars” because I prefer to eat larger portions as my breakfast, but 1/2 of a serving makes a great dessert and = 1 regular size brownie.

I hope you love these as much as I do!

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.

I’ll link to where you can purchase it if you are interested! 🙂

http://www.amazon.com/Vitafiber-Basic-Powder-1-0-Kg/dp/B00TQ87DBQ/ref=pd_sim_hpc_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=1JK359NQASFTHX3AXH5E

Now onto the recipe…

Serves 8 (Or 16)

Macros per serving, if you make 8: 7F/22C/14P & 8g fibre

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Copycat Peanut Butter Victory Bar

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This tastes delicious, for all you peanut butter-lovers, this one’s for you. It has the EXACT same nutritional facts as the real peanut butter victory bar. I make this for breakfast each morning and it keeps me full until lunch.

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.

I’ll link to where you can purchase it if you are interested! 🙂

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…

Serves 1: (6F/28C/21P) & 21g fibre

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Decadent Pumpkin Fudge Brownies

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Rich and Fudgey, even those who don’t like pumpkin will love these brownies…

Decadent Pumpkin Fudge Brownies
Makes 8
Macros Per Brownie: 3F/6C/7P & 2 Fibre
Ingredients:
~1/3 cup(80g)canned pumpkin
~3 tbsp(1.5oz) unsweetened applesauce
~1/2 tbsp melted coconut oil or another oil
~1 whole egg
~(45g)3 tbsp liquid egg whites or 1 large egg white
~1 tsp vanilla extract
~1(34g) scoop Molten Chocolate Cellucor Whey
~1/4(30g)cup white flour
~1/3(27g) cup unsweetened cocoa powder
~1/2 tsp baking powder
~1/4 tsp salt
~5 tbsp Truvia sweetener (or another sweetener to taste)
Topping:
~Sprinkling of Truvia
~1 tbsp mini chocolate chips
~Optional: Sea Salt

Directions: Preheat your oven to 350* F, spray a regular bread/loaf pan with pam. Whisk together dry ingredients(not including Truvia) in a large bowl, set aside. In a medium size bowl, lightly beat together all of your dry ingredients with a fork until combined. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry until a batter forms, now add your Truvia(this way you can add more or less to taste). Bake for 20-25min, test with a toothpick, you want it to be almost clean(DO NOT over-bake, they will be slightly underdone but will set as they cool in the hot pan). Remove from the oven and cool in the pan on a wire rack before slicing into 8 squares. Serve warm or freeze them for later! They may even be better after being left at room temp. for a day. Enjoy!

 

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Low-fat Jam-Filled High Fibre Protein Muffins

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These are one of those muffins that transform overnight..The next day they are even better and more moist. Trust me, if you can wait, it will be worth it. Loaded with fibre & packed with protein, muffins for breakfast is just what the doctor ordered…

Makes 6 large or 12 medium muffins.

Recipe:

  • 1 1/2 cups wheat bran
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/2 tsp molasses (heat the container for a few secs. to make it easier to pour)
  • 2-3 tbsp truvia or more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 scoop Cellucor Peanut Butter Marshmallow Whey (51g)
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour (15g)
  • 6 tbsp whole wheat flour (45g)
  • 2 tbsp milled flax seed (20g)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt (scant)
  • 3 tbsp no sugar added raspberry jam (1/2 tbsp per large muffin or 1 tsp per regular-size muffin)

Optional: 1 cup(140g) fresh or frozen raspberries.

Optional topping: Melted peanut butter/PB2 mixed with a little water/vanilla/truvia to make a “PB & J” version.

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 375*.  Mix the wheat bran w/ your almond milk and let it soak for about 10min. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine your wet ingredients and in a another medium bowl, combine all of your dry ingredients except the truvia sweetener. Now, whisk your bran mixture into the other wet ingredients and fold in your dry mixture. Also fold in the raspberries if you choose and scoop the batter into 6-12 sprayed(with pam) or lined muffin trays. Add a spoonful of the jam to the centre of each muffin before baking. Place in the oven for 15-20min or until the tops are springy and a toothpick comes out relatively clean(ignore the jam on the toothpick, just look for any sign of wet batter!). After baking you CAN eat immediately BUTTT I recommend waiting a day to let the muffins rest and become extra moist and delicious! Enjoy 🙂fr_4181_size880

Nutrition per medium size muffin: 76cals, 2g fat, 11g carbs, 6g protein & 3.5g fibre

Large Muffins: 151cals, 4g fat, 22 carbs, 12g protein & 7g fibre

 

 

 

 

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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Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake

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photo 2-7GOOOOOOD MORNING!! Are you a volume eater?  Do you like strawberries? Do you like cake? Well then, your in the right place. If not then..well, goodbye. Haha, no but really you should all try this shake especially if you are low on calories and in need of something to really fill you up while meeting your protein needs for the day minus a ton of fat. This shake turned out hugeeeee! It filled 2 of my huge tall glasses, I literally am so full as I write this.

But not only that, this shake tastes AMAZING. Just like shortcake in a cup. It’s very light and fluffy but not watered down or too thin (I hate shakes that have no flavour!). It’s just the perfect amount of sweetness without being overly sweet and all you want to do is keep eating more of it…which isn’t a problem since there is SO MUCH. You can drink it through thick straw or use a spoon, your choice!

Serves 1-2

Ingredients:

-10 mini ice cubes (or 92g)

-3/4 scoop(26g) cellucor Cor-fetti Cake Batter Whey(Could replace vanilla but this flavour is best!, this is what gives it part of the creamy cake-like taste!)

-112g frozen strawberries(around 3/4 cup)

-1 cup(240g) unsweetened vanilla almond milk

-1/2 cup 2% cottage cheese(TRUST ME, even if you hate it, you won’t even know it’s there and it’s part of the secret behind the creaminess of the shake)

-3 tbsp fat-free cool whip(14g)

-1/8 tsp vanilla extract

-1 tsp sweetener of choice (I used truvia, closest thing to sugar in my opinion!)

-1/2 tsp xanthan gum (maybe just under, I usually just measure with my hand and go by the texture but this is what creates volume and makes the shake smooth rather than icey!)

Directions: Combine all ingredients using a good blender and serve! This could easily make 2 servings.

Nutrition for entire recipe: 25g carbs/35g protein/6g fat & 4g fibre

 

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Double Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

 

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I am not going to say much other than..this is honestly the best cookie recipe I’ve made to date. These are the real deal. Fudgey, goey, chocolatey, soft, moist, all the things you look for in a good cookie. You don’t taste the pumpkin, so if you aren’t a pumpkin lover then have no fear, you will still adore these cookies. TRUST ME.

Serves 9 (or 1 if you’re insane like me)

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree(68g)
  • 2 tbsp apple sauce
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  • 1 tsp molasses
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop molten chocolate cellucor whey(34g)
  • 1/4 cup instant oats (23g)
  • 1 tbsp almond flour
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or just under)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda (or just under)
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • 2-3 tbsp Truvia sweetener (or another sweetener to taste, add a little more than you think because the sweetness tends to decrease as they bake)
  • 2 tbsp mini chocolate chips (I used the enjoy life dark chocolate chips)

Directions:

Pre-heat your oven to 350*F and spray or grease a baking sheet with oil. (I used pam). Whisk together all the wet ingredients in a medium-size bowl.(Make sure the coconut oil is melted ahead of time and the molasses is heated slightly to make it easier to incorporate). In another larger bowl combine all of your dry ingredients until there are no clumps (don’t add the sweetener just yet!). Now stir your wet into your dry ingredients and now add sweetener to taste. Lastly, fold in your mini chocolate chips. Drop by spoonfuls to make 9 medium sized cookies on your baking sheet.

Bake for 7-9min depending on how soft you like your cookies! DON’T OVERBAKE. Check that they are still a little soft to the touch but not squishy(they will harden a bit as they cool). Enjoy warm or re-heate later for 10secs. in the microwave for a quick treat! Store in the freezer or in the fridge in a sealed tupperware container (layer cookies with parchment paper).

Happy Baking!

Nutrition per cookie: 76 calories, 3.5g fat, 5g protein, 7g carbs, 1.5g fibre

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White Chocolate Caramel Cups

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Hey guys! Here’s the recipe I promised…This description will be short and sweet, just like this decadent mini treat. I have to warn you guys, these little things are addicting, thankfully you can eat more than one without feeling guilty.

Creamy white chocolate with a sweet caramel centre…what more could you ask for?

Ingredients:

Caramel filling:
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup splenda (could try another sweetener but I can’t personally vouch for the results!)
1 tsp molasses
2 tbsp coconut oil (or butter)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg yolk beaten

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil for about 1-1:30min or longer as needed, stirring constantly as it bubbles. Once everything is smooth and creamy and begins to thicken, take off the heat and set aside.

**NOTE*** The filling makes extra, in these macros I only used a little over half of the caramel I made. You can use the left overs on microwave cakes, pancakes etc.

Outer Shell:
1/2 cup cottage cheese (110g)
90g 0% Plain GY
1 tbsp white chocolate wonderful Peanut Butter
1/4 package (8g) white chocolate pudding mix
1/4 scoop cor-fetti protein powder (9g)  (LOVE this stuff, you can purchase it here, it’s an exclusive though! http://ca.bodybuilding.com/store/cellucor/cor-performance-whey.html?_requestid=1329152)
1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2tsp-1 tbsp Truvia sweetener to taste

 

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Spray a mini muffin tin with pam (or don’t, this is just habit for me, I’m sure they will still come out without it!). Fill each mold about half way and spread the mixture up the sides. Freeze until hardened (about an hour). (Store extra white chocolate mixture in the fridge during this time, caramel sauce can stay out). Next top each base with 1 tsp caramel sauce and then drop on top the leftover white chocolate mixture and smooth out the top slightly. Place in the freezer for another hour or longer until hardened. To eat, just pop each one out with a knife and store in the freezer in a ziplock bag for a quick easy snack! Enjoy!

Macros for 1/12 of recipe: 2g fat, 2g carbs, 3g protein

 

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My Eats Yesterday…

Hey everyone, so as requested here are my eats for yesterday..I am not very exciting during the week so many of my meals are pretty repetitive. I wasn’t (and am not still) feeling very well towards the end of yesterday so my food choices are a little different then usual. I think I may post again to show you what I eat about 75% of the time(when I am not sick haha) if you would like..?(yes I am pretty boring actually..lol).  But because I took these semi-attractive photos to say the least I thought I might as well go ahead and share yesterdays eats with you. Maybe it will help to give you some alternate ideas to what you’d normally eat too…

Messy Counter..
My counter is never clean when I go to make a smoothie! haha. This one was peanut-butter banana since my freezer is overflowing with ripe frozen bananas. Not sure why I had the stevia out, this smoothie was plenty sweet enough on it’s own.
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Here’s the protein powder I use for smoothies, I took a picture as I scraped out my last scoop! Love this stuff! I highly recommend it.
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And..the final product.
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For lunch I had one of my typical giant salads consisting of a ton of romaine lettuce, red pepper, green pepper, green/red onion, carrots, kidney beans, herbed goat cheese, black forest ham, 1 hard boiled egg, a little salt, pepper, basil & oregano topped with light italian dressing.

Snack Time Protein Bar!
For a snack this is also a bit different for me because I had a new protein bar I bought as a treat. I’d heard they were really good…
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…and they are. Like eating an OH Henry bar! This one was Caramel Chocolate. I also had some usual carrots with 2 types of hummus(supremely spicy/roasted red pepper) and a cup of chia tea plus a cup of water!
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For dinner(note this is when I started to feel a little sick), I picked at 2 ribs my Mom made, they were good but sadly I could only eat a little.
sBeans I also had only about a spoonful of these amazing beans(again I wish I could have brought myself to eat more!).
smacaroni Lastly I also had a small bowl of my Mom’s delicious macaroni tuna salad.

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Later being a little hungry still due to my small dinner I stupidly had a strawberry healthy choice greek yogurt bar. It tasted great! But my stomach wasn’t too pleased with me later!
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Before bed I usually have a big snack so instead I just had a small piece of my favourite whole wheat toast, some natural peanut butter and banana and a couple strawberries and carrots. Perfect comfort food to me!

So that’s my yesterday in a nutshell! Everything I ate was fit into my macros, although I think I may have eaten slightly less than normal due to my upset stomach. I also was not able to complete my workout but it’s best to listen to your body so I am not going to lose sleep over it..Anyways, hopefully I can share more of my meals with you and include some more exciting foods haha, but that’s it for now! 🙂

~Sam~

IIFYM Diet, Does it work?

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Hey guys! oh my gosh, It feels like it’s been forever since I have posted! I have just been so busy with school, friends and everything else that I haven’t had any time! I have felt so bad about not posting because I promised a new post on this like a week ago… Anyways I am glad to say I am finally getting around to it! I want to share with you guys the BEST “diet” more like lifestyle..on the planet!! I have never been happier with what I am eating and I have found such a perfect balance between health and enjoying life..it’s amazing so I want all of you to be able to find that balance as well! So..

Have you ever heard of IIFYM? If not..it stands for “If It Fits Your Macros”. You can probably research into the details of this because there are many forums explaining the topic further, but basically it means you can eat ANY foods as long as they fit into your macros for the day. This includes..ice cream, cookies, cakes, pizza etc. you name it! BUT, haha yes there is a catch. I am not telling you to go out like a crazy person and eat every piece of junk food in site. As well, you try eating at least 100g of protein in junk food like chips/cookies, it’s not easy! So instead, how this diet is suggested to be used is like so.. Read More!