Strawberry Vanilla Nut Protein Bread, French Toast, & Dieting Mistakes

Hi everyone! I have been really bad at blogging… considering I haven’t posted in almost a month, I think? I have been pretty busy and to be honest, I haven’t been real gung-ho on the workout scene so I haven’t been real motivated to talk about anything fitness related!  After going to the lake on Labor Day, I have had an awful cough that has made it hard for me to barely breathe when trying to run or lift, which has been extremely annoying! I had exercised-induced Bronchitis two years ago and it lasted for almost two months, so I was pretty sure I had it once again. I’ve been taking it a little easier the past month and subbing my usual runs in for long walks a few times a week and not being so intense with my lifting. Thankfully, I got smart on Friday and finally went to the doctor  and got an inhaler and a Z-pac and I’m on the mend!

BEAUTIFUL sunset tonight at the most beautiful place.. Wal-Mart! haha

Here is a recipe I came up with two weeks ago and I’m OBSESSED with!

the bread in this picture doesn’t contain strawberries because I ran out 😦 but it’s the exact recipe minus the berries!

Strawberry Vanilla Nut Protein Bread

Ingredients:

-1/4 cup whole wheat flour

-2 scoops vanilla protein powder [mine is 100 calories per scoop, 20 g of protein]

-5 packets Truvia or Stevia

-1 tsp chia seeds

-1/2 tsp baking soda

-2 tbsp chopped and slivered almonds

-1/2 cup egg whites

-1/4 cup rolled oats

-1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

-1 tsp vanilla extract

-1 cup frozen strawberries

Directions: Heat oven to 325 degrees and spray a baking pan with non-stick spray. In a large bowl, mix all of the try ingredients [except strawberries]. Then in a blender [I use my Magic Bullet] put the rolled oats in and pulse until it becomes a flour consistency. Add the oat flour to the dry ingredients. Blend egg whites, applesauce, vanilla extract together and pour into the dry ingredients and mix well. In a bowl, microwave the strawberries to thaw out for about 1 minute. Mix strawberries into the batter. Top the batter with almonds and cook for about 30 minutes or until a knife comes out clean. I like mine to be a little mushy 🙂 so I don’t bake them quite as long!

Each bar (cut into 16 squares) has only 45 calories and lots of protein! Enjoy!

ANNNND an encore/bonus recipe! This is NOT healthy in any way, shape or form lol but I do enjoy cooking stuff like this for Jimmey since he can eat whatever his little heart desires. I was pretty proud of the agave butter concoction and thought I should share this!

Strawberry French Toast with Cream Cheese Agave Butter Sauce & Almonds

Ingredients:

-4 pieces of thick bread [I just used whatever bread he had, don’t know what it was]

-1 tbsp coconut oil

-4 whole eggs

-3 tbsp of milk

-2 tsp sugar

-1 tsp vanilla extract

-1 cup frozen strawberries

-3 tbsp cream cheese

-1 tbsp butter

-1 tbsp agave nectar

-2 tbsp slivered almonds

-Cinnamon

Directions: Blend together the eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla extract. Dip the bread in the egg mixture and cook in a skillet coated with the coconut oil. Flip the bread when sides start to turn golden/crispy. Put on a plate after both sides are cooked. In a small bowl, put the cream cheese, butter, and agave nectar and microwave for about 15 seconds or until soft. Spread over the toast. Microwave the strawberries in a bowl and put over french toast and top with slivered almond!! Sprinkle with cinnamon as well.

I tried a bite and this stuff is to die for! Make this for your honey if you want them to feel extra special 🙂

So I wanted to talk about things I see people do everyday. Many people are trying to eat healthy and have good intentions but aren’t aware that what they’re eating isn’t actually so great for their bodies.So many food companies package their products and market them to make them seem healthy to the consumer, when they’re really hardly nutritious at all. Here are some common mistakes:

1] Just because the package claims it’s “organic” does NOT mean it’s healthy or a smart choice if you’re trying to lose weight. Organic cookies are STILL cookies. Organic frozen meals are still not the best option because of all the sodium that is used to preserve the food. The most important thing to do when shopping for groceries is to READ THE LABEL. so important!

2.] Packaged foods, like Special-K bars, the 100-calorie packs, etc are not good meal replacements. The reason Kellogg’s advertises that anyone eating 5 of their products a day [or whatever they claim] will lose weight is because when you’re eating only those few things, you aren’t getting adequate amounts of protein and fat your body needs. Your calorie intake will be fairly low, so yes you’re going to lose weight eventually, but your ingesting mainly carbs. Make sure you are getting a large proportion of your calories from whatever foods you choose to eat.

3.] PRoducts that claim they’re “fat-free” or “sugar-free” usually means those ingredients have been replaced with chemicals and other additives that are even worse for your health. I’ll admit I use sugar-free syrup but only sparingly. Usually products that have are “sugar-free” are replaced with tons of sodium.

4.] Just because something has fruit as an ingredient does not make it a good food choice or meal replacement. A lot of people buy those Naked smoothies and drink them as meals, but they are complete sugar. Yes, the sugar is coming from the fruit inside, but there is no protein. You’re going to feel hungry soon after drinking because of the lack of protein. Smoothies from Jamba Juice are usually completely packed with sugar and fat dairy products. Do your research if you are concerned with the nutrition stats on your favorite smoothie from a chain or cafe. Their websites or store menus will usually let you know what you’re in for.

Those are just a few things I think people aren’t aware of.. hopefully it was helpful in some way!

Have a wonderful week everyone! Happy October!!