I’m already aware that pea soup sounds dull, old fashioned, bland. Normally I don’t even like peas, they’re right at the bottom of the list down there with green beans. This is probably because I grew up eating exclusively from cans, and canned green beans and peas are truly, unforgivably yuck. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I tried fresh peas and green beans, cooked correctly with seasonings or butter and actually found them tolerable. (more…)
I have to admit, I require a dessert of some kind every single night. It’s like my brain is hard-wired to crave sweets as soon as it knows dinnertime is over. But I don’t typically keep regular cookies and candy in the house – cookies and self control do NOT go together. Almost every night I eat a microwaved Quest bar or some creation like my Quest Pumpkin Pies or Pecan Pies. But when I’m craving something really rich, or need to fit some healthy fats into my macros, this chocolate avocado pudding is my go-to recipe. (more…)
Another Quest bar pie recipe?? Well YEAH! A low carb dessert with 35g protein and tastes like a cheat but fits your macros? I can’t stop making these things! You’re welcome 😉
I’ve been a big fan of peanut flour ever since I realized it was basically vegan protein powder that tastes better and has no artificial flavoring. I’m not opposed to all artificial flavorings, but a lot of protein powders just taste a bit off. Chocolate powders can taste chalky, vanilla powders can be overly sweet or leave a bad aftertaste. However peanut flour is simply peanuts with the oils removed, leaving behind the protein and nutrients for a majorly reduced calorie count. (more…)
I haven’t had an honest-to-goodness pancake in years. My favorite kind is loaded with pecans and covered in maple syrup AND butter. But that is only a distant memory, along with the extra 30 pounds I was carrying around my hips and thighs the last time I probably ate that. Nowadays I keep my calories and sugar intake in check, but I never feel deprived. I love creating healthy versions of no-so-healthy treats and my arsenal is huge. From protein puddings to low-carb mug-cakes, I have some type of healthy dessert every single night, and cinnamon is a usual suspect in those recipes.
Pizza is one of those foods that you are supposed to abandon when following a strict bodybuilding diet, and you should probably ditch when just trying to be healthy in general. It’s considered a “cheat food” and you can’t just have one slice! Pizza is addictive, and delicious, and it’s everywhere… the company party, your kid’s birthday, football night, the food court, and it can be delivered straight to your house any time you want! Resisting the urge to pizza is hard to do, I totally get it. But when you deny yourself a craving for an extended period of time, most people eventually end up binging on that food, undoing all their hard work for the week, and then experience intense regret. There must be a better way… (more…)
We’re still four months away from the most delicious holiday of the year (actually 19 weeks, but who’s counting?), but I’m already thinking about all those carbs lined up in a beautiful display of Thanksgiving glory. Sweet potato casserole is my favorite, followed closely by stuffing. But the pies… I don’t know who decided pies were reserved solely for holiday occasions, but I’m a rebel and usually have some kind of pie every week! I’ve posted my recipe for Quest Bar Pumpkin Pies, which are delicious and macro-friendly. But I don’t always want to open a new can of pumpkin for one little recipe, and let’s face it, I’m not going to actually buy a pumpkin in July. So these pecan pies were born! (more…)
Growing up, my birthday cake every year was always, always German Chocolate. My mom knew that’s what I wanted without ever having to ask. The cake came out of a box, and the icing came out of a tub. I was a simple kid with an undistinguished sweet tooth. I also had a knack for eating whole cakes without ever gaining weight. But all good things must come to an end.
Cherry season is finally here! Time to bust out the credit card because fresh cherries are expensive but so, so worth it. I’ve been tossing them in salads, on ice cream, or just into my mouth every time I open the fridge and see them. But there’s something about warm cherries in a bowl of oatmeal that just makes them melt in your mouth. Every ingredient in this oatmeal has unique health benefits and they combine to make a delicious and filling breakfast perfect for summer. (more…)
Most people prefer the gym over a home workout because of the variety of exercises available, from the squat rack, to the dumbbells, and all those machines in between. But what if you can’t make it to the gym, can’t afford a membership, can’t find a babysitter, or have another reason why the gym isn’t an option? Some lucky folks (like me) can dedicate a room in the house (or garage) to home gym equipment. But that is not required! You can get a great workout at home with very minimal equipment (or none at all!) I’ve made posts showing you how to get an upper body workout and a core workout using just a suspension trainer, which takes up very little space. Today I want to show you how you can get a full upper and lower body workout using only a stability ball, which is inexpensive and can be deflated if necessary for easy storage. (more…)
This is another Quest bar recipe, so any Quest haters out there (do you exist?) please turn back now. I realize this is the second Quest bar post in a row, and not only that, but specifically the Cinnamon Roll Quest bar. But this one is a real winner and I’m not sorry one bit to be using a “processed-food” when the macros and taste are so incredible. These four mini pumpkin pies contain over 25 grams of protein and only 1 gram of sugar from the Quest bar, and taste like real pumpkin pie! (more…)