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!  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
  •  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 a food 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

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Mini Cinnabun Protein Bites

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Protein bites glazed

Hey, I’ve got something delicious to share with you guys to help you reach that protein intake! These little cute bites have 4.5g of protein each and only 43 calories each! This means that the entire recipe is only 215cals and a whopping 22.5g of protein! These are 100% clean with no bad ingredients so you can feel good about eating them. They are also perfect if you are craving a little something sweet. Here’s how you make them!  Take me to the recipe!

Breakfast and Snack Today 100% Clean

Honey French Toast
Hey Guys! Today I had such a delicious breakfast! I made cinnamon french toast with a piece of whole wheat bread, 1 egg, almond milk and lots of cinnamon, a little vanilla, cooked it in a little coconut oil on each side then topped it with a drizzle of honey..delicious. I ate it with a side off seasoned egg whites (dill, onion/garlic powder, pepper).

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For a snack I had these beautiful lettuce wraps with a few spoonfuls of  0% plain greek yogurt, one chopped apple, a drizzle of warm peanut butter and cinnamon to top it all off!

No artificial sweeteners and no additives! Hope you all are keeping up with your healthy eating as well, keep going! & Remember, eating clean does not mean food has to be boring!

Heavenly Banana Bread Oatmeal

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Why did the banana go out with the prune? Because he couldn’t find a date. Get it?? Okay I admit that was awful…, but this Banana Bread Oatmeal sure isn’t! I couldn’t wait to dig into this after taking the pictures. I don’t know anyone who actually dislikes banana bread. If you do then..you should just leave immediately (just kidding! maybe..) Banana bread is like a staple in my diet and I can only go so long without it. So after making some Healthy Banana Bread for dessert, I decided, why can’t I make it a part of my breakfast too? And thus, the Banana Bread Oatmeal was created. Take me to the recipe!

Decadent Clean Eating Coconut-Banana French Toast

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Good morning everyone! I hope you all had a good night sleep, if not well then not to worry, I’ve got a breakfast that will brighten up anyone’s day! It’s made with healthy ingredients that will keep you on track to a better lifestyle but will have you astounded at how delicious eating healthy can really be! Like coconut? Love banana? Then this is for you! I love french toast so I decided I would try a new variation this morning with coconut milk and a warm banana sauce. It turned out great! Try it out if you don’t believe me! 🙂 Take me to the recipe!

Overnight Cinnabun Oats and Healthy Banana Bread!

Overnight Cinnabun Oats

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So like I said I would, I tested out my awesome new Cinnabun Trutein Protein Powder. It worked really well in my overnight proats . I found it’s very similar to the vanilla trutein though, not that that’s a bad thing!

Later that same day I didn’t have much of an actual lunch since I ended up going to a gym for the first time in my life! I found that I actually still prefer working out at home. I think I just feel like everyone is staring at me at the gym haha. But I do have to admit they have some pretty awesome high-tech treadmills that make mine at home look like a dinosaur.
After my workout I had a protein bar & later had a hard boiled egg with lots of hummus and veggies. I also made…BANANA BREAD! I have been dying to make this ever since I saw we had 3 super ripe bananas. Perfect! This banana bread is so healthy and delicious! I substituted mini choco. chips for the walnuts in the original recipe and left out the water and just added 1/2 tsp baking soda + a little less than 1 tsp baking powder. I also used 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg. I can’t believe this stuff is healthy! But nope no artificial sweetener or sugars added, only honey :).

Banana Bread

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THE BEST HOMEMADE PROTEIN BARS EVER

Okay I know the title is pretty exaggerated but these bars are completely worth it. I made these and was blown away by how good they tasted! I can’t explain how amazing they are, you just need to make them and see for yourself! I felt so guilty eating these, like I am eating a chunk of delicious cake. They do not have any yucky protein after-taste! They are just pure amazing-ness & each large square has 136 cals, 5.6g fat, 17.75 carbs & 9g protein. These are so healthy you can eat them for breakfast! If you are missing your sweets, you need to make these asap. Actually, no, everyone should make these right now!
These bars sadly are not my original recipe but I give 100% credit to Katie over at Dashing Dish who created these masterpieces!
Here is the recipe link(sign up is free to view the recipe if you don’t want to donate to her site!):
http://dashingdish.com/recipe/7-layer-protein-bars/
My nutrition facts are a bit different because I used trutein vanilla protein powder(awesome, highly recommend for this recipe), I used peanuts, chopped instead of peanut butter chocolate chips on top & I used 2 tbsp sugar-free syrup to substitute for half the honey.
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What are you doing still staring at the pictures?? Go make these immediately!
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Healthy Simple Avocado-Banana Pudding

Avocado Banana Pudding

I recently have fallen in love with avocados, they are so rich and creamy. It’s hard to believe I didn’t like them the first time I tried one. I guess I just didn’t know how to eat it. But in avocado banana pudding I think anyone would find them delicious. I made this because I already love bananas and I thought why not combine the two? This recipe is so simple and can be prepared in less than 5 minutes for a quick healthy breakfast. Take me to the recipe!

Breakfast and Post-Workout Snack!

Breakfast ToastToday I ate toast for breakfast! ahhh I know what am I doing? But I am trying to gain weight and eating paleo I still manage to lose weight lol so I figure eating some healthy carbs like 1 small piece of rye bread in the morning and maybe a little quinoa with my fish at dinner isn’t going to kill me. Like I always say, you need to make your way of eating your own. You are never going to follow someone else’s plan to a T. Anyways, this toast was absolutely delicious with sugar-free handmade rhubarb-strawberry jam and natural peanut butter. I also ate 2 eggs and some carrots, snap peas and blackberries.

For lunch today I just had a large salad with avocado, feta cheese, 1/2 a tin of tuna, a little ham and about a tbsp of chopped pecans.

Before my workout I ate a very light snack of a few carrot sticks and a little hummus with 1 small piece of black forest ham.

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After my workout I ate my large snack of greek yogurt(3/4 cup) mixed with a little stevia, vanilla and coconut extract topped with 1 cup of mixed fresh fruit(pineapple, mango, watermelon, grapes, kiwi, strawberry, melon) and about a tsp of honey.

I may be eating a late dinner as I am super full from my snack still and I ate a little later then I’d like to!

Post-Workout Snack, Should you be counting calories? & Portion Size

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After finishing another intense 20min HIIT workout I ate this delicious snack of greek yogurt, strawberries, blueberries, pecans and a light drizzle of honey. It was the perfect thing to fill me up. I also wanted to share with you my goals and changes I want to make regarding my eating habits.

I found that I worry about counting calories and eating the exact amount waayyy to much and it kind of limits my creativity in the kitchen. So by following guidance from an awesome fitness inspiration “Zuzana” as well as bodybuilders Heather Frey, alfonso and Fern Assard I have concluded that counting calories is really not the way to go. Now don’t all of you go and freak out on me! I am obviously not saying we shouldn’t be conscious of what we are eating. I just think that instead of counting numbers we should be counting on our bodies to tell us what and when to eat. If you feel hungry, don’t starve yourself! Eat food! Just make sure to choose a healthy source and eat ONLY until you feel satisfied. By doing this your meals will be smaller and more frequent.

If you are still worried about portion size, some great rules to follow are:
-1 serving of whole grains(may increase for male, this is just for me): 1 cupped handful: ex. oats, pasta or 1 slice bread.
-fruit-about 1 cup chopped or 1 piece of fruit(apple/banana/orange)
-green leafy vegetables, 1-2 cups(for someone smaller like myself 1 is enough but feel free to eat more if it’s not!) examples: kale, spinach, romaine etc.
-vegetables-1 cup examples: broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, tomato etc.
-Protein-size/thickness of the palm of your hand, not including fingers! (ex. chicken, fish, beef, flank steak, eggs etc.)
-Greek Yogurt & Cottage cheese-1/2-3/4 cup
-oils-2tsp or 1/2 tbsp (this is a tricky one because if you are making a salad of some kind and don’t have much other fat in your meal then you could up this to 1 tbsp, just be mindful of it since it is a lot of fat although very important)
-nuts/seeds-1 small handful

A good meal example might be a salad with an olive oil based dressing, 1 cup leafy greens, 1 cup assorted veggies or 1/2 cup chopped fruit and 1/2 cup veggies if you want a sweeter salad + 1 serving of lean protein.
Or
1 serving of whole wheat pasta with vegetables and lean protein.

I still think that knowing roughly how many calories you take in is important so maybe for a week or so, get used to seeing how many calories are in your food and finding a close estimate as to what amount works for you then once you get used to seeing the portion size, you can easily just estimate! I know that I could probably tell you all the calories I ate today roughly without even looking anything up just because of past research.

Also! Another change I want to make with my eating habits is to remove processed foods. I know I am pretty good about this but I still have things like fat-free italian dressing and sugar-free syrup etc. which I know is bad although I only eat them in moderation I have decided to start making more homemade dressings and use real honey although it has more calories, because after all it is natural.

Anyways, that’s about all for now! Let me know what your goals are for the future 🙂