Thursday, July 18, 2013

Chocolate Almond Protein Bars

Get to the kitchen RIGHT NOW and make these amazing snack bars.  They are very filling healthy snack, I even enjoy them as dessert.  Lately I have been having one every afternoon for my snack!  Let me know if you try them and what you think.  I got this recipe from a friend who is very health concious. 

 Yum, look at that layer of chocolate
These are almost as good as peanut butter bars!
Chocolate Almond Protein Bars
1 cup almond flour
1 cup dry roasted almonds (I used unsalted)
1/2 cup flax meal
1/2 cup shredded coconut (I used unsweetened)
3 scoops protein powder (I used 2 scoops chocolate, 1 scoop vanilla)
1 small packet stevia
2 T honey
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted slightly
1 tsp vanilla
1-2 cups dark chocolate chips (for the top of the bars)

Place everything except the chocolate chips in food processor.  Pulse until slightly ground (depends on how chunky you want the almonds).  Press into an 8x8 pan lined with parchment paper.  Place in refrigerator.  Melt chocolate chips according to package directions (I did mine in the microwave because it is so fast).  Pour chocolate over bars and put back in fridge about an hr.  Cut into bars and store in fridge (if chocolate is too hard to cut let it sit on the counter for 10 minutes).
Mine made about 10 bars.


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Workout Wednesday

Here it goes!  I changed up my schedule this week because we are working near a different YMCA.  I also plan to get a haircut Thursday so I won't get to go to Body Sculpting.  Anyways here is the schedule for the week:

Monday:  Body Pump
Tuesday:  Walk on the Trail for 40 minutes
Wednesday:  Cardio Circuit (found this on pinterest, looks like fun)
Quick Core and Cardio Circuit 
Thursday:  Walk on the Trail
Friday:  Body Pump or Weight Lifting
Saturday:  Walking on Trail
Sunday:  Off or walk

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

What I Ate Tuesday

I am so excited about a new breakfast recipe I really like.  I have seen it on a couple blogs and have been wanting to try it for a while.  It is hard for me to deviate from my normal breakfast smoothie, but I will be throwing this in the mix often!  Cliff said, I have to admit I really liked it (he can be a little hesitant with my new healthy recipes)!  On to my day of eating

 You stir the ingredients until they form crumbles
I used almond butter instead of sunflower butter.  Topped it with bananas and mini chocolate chips.  Poured whole milk over it-YUM

 Moroccan Inspried Quinoa Salad
 I got this recipe from Kath Eats and followed it exactly.  Only thing I do different is add the spinach each time I serve it because I didn't want it to get soggy after sitting in the fridge combined.  I love this for lunches, it is a great cold lunch.

 Cara Cara Orange, which I had at lunch and a smoothie with trail mix in it for a snack

Leftover Chicken Burgers

 Rice cake with peanut butter and nutella with mini chips, Plus a small glass of milk

I had a busy day.  Work went good and I am exausted.  Hope you all had a great day!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Menu Monday

This day flew by.  I am about to take a shower and go to bed early.  I have some great meals planned for the week.  I will actually start with Sunday

Sunday:  BBQ Chicken Burgers with Baked Zucchini Fries
Monday:  Steak Potato Nachos
Tuesday:  BBQ Chicken Burgers with Sauteed Squash
Wednesday:  Goat Meat Tacos with Homemade Refried Beans
Thursday:  Leftovers
Friday:  Free

I got the Burger Recipe from Iowa Girl Eats (very good burgers) and made the following modifications:
  • Chicken instead of Turkey (what I had on hand)
  • Add 1 egg
  • Use less BBQ sauce (about 2 Tbsp)
  • Splash Worchestershire
  • Quick Oats instead of bread crumbs
  • 3 strips of bacon instead of 6
 Even good without a bun!
 We did them on our panani press because we weren't sure how good they would hold together on the grill.  They were fine so next time we will probably make them on the grill.  Also, I think it helps if you pat them out a few hrs ahead of time.
Our Steak Potato Nachos turned out good tonight.  I did homemade red enchilada sauce.

We went for a bike ride Sunday after church.  It was nice (it is always quite the task loading out bikes up)     
 Well, I think that is it for Menu Monday.  Hope you get some good ideas from it and let me know if you have any questions.  Have a great week, see you tomorrow for What I Ate Tuesday, I have a new breakfast recipe coming.