Pumpkin Protein Breakfast Muffins

Oatmeal and egg whites is the traditional breakfast for a competitive bodybuilder but I am far from traditional. My breakfast is typically eaten at the gym between my morning clients so I don’t have much time and need something that travels well. These muffins topped with a thin layer of peanut butter hit the spot every time!

What you need:

  • 1 can all natural pumpkin
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsps. of walden farms pancake syrup (for taste)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • Stevia to taste (I use at least 6 packets)
  • 48 g of PB Fit Powdered peanut butter
  • 2 scoops (66g) GNC Sustained Protein blend in Peanut Butter Puffs
  • 120 g quick oats
  • .5 – 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk (for consistency)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 12 Parchment paper muffin cups

Pre-heat oven to 350, mix all wet ingredients first and then add the rest.

Fill 12 muffin cups evening and bake at 350 for 20-30 mins (check to see if cooked through. They will be dry if you overcook and too moist if undercooked)

Macros per muffin: 113 cals, 13g carbs, 11g protein, 2g fat

Bikini Competitor Chocolate Fudge

Yes, you read the title correctly.  Chocolate fudge that is bikini competitor approved (well, when I am more than 8 weeks from a show).  I found this recipe on teambeachbody.com and modified it a little.  They called it brownies but they came out more like fudge.  Ooeey, gooey and delicious!

Here is what you need:

  • 1 extra ripe banana
  • 6 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 4 tbsp baking cocoa
  • 2 scoops chocolate shakeology

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Instructions:

  1. Mash banana until creamy
  2. Mix in peanut butter, cocoa and shakeology and mix until dough-like consistency
  3. Spread in a 9X9 pan lined with wax paper
  4. Refrigerate for 1 hour or more
  5. Cut into 12 pieces of fudge and enjoy!

 

Nutritional Facts (per piece of fudge):

90 Calories, 5g Fat, 8g Carbs, 5g Protein

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Low Carb Pre-Workout Shake

Today is my low carb day where I only eat complex carbs with one meal.  Well, I already ate that for breakfast and now I am off to the gym to build up my hamstrings.  I need an energy boost and some protein to feed my muscles.  Today I created a yummy low carb pre-workout shake that was worth sharing.

What you need:

  • 8 oz water or unsweetened almond or cashew milk ( I used water becasue I am out of milk)
  • 8 oz unsweetened cold brewed coffee (or left over cold coffee)
  • 3 tbsp powdered peanut butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 scoop Whey Isolate Protein powder (I used snickerdoodle but you could use vanilla or chocoalte)
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1-3 packets of stevia
  • 3-5 ice cubes

Add all ingredients to blender and mix well.  Enjoy!

 

Nutrition Facts: 

226 Calories, 35g Protein, 5g Fat and 11g Carbs

 

 

Pumpkin Protein Pancakes – Bikini Competitor Approved!

As my competition approaches I have to start cutting out a lot of foods from my diet which includes dairy, Greek yogurt and bananas (just to name a few). Most of my protein pancake recipes call for smashed banana or plain Greek Yogurt.  I had the choice to give up my favorite breakfast for 10 weeks or get creative in the kitchen; I chose to get creative.  I substituted pure pumpkin for the smashed banana and added some pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon to give them a new twist.  These are amazing and meet my morning macro needs.  Top them with some Walden Farms chocolate syrup and you are all set for your day!

What you need:

  • 1 Cup Kodiak Cakes Pancake Mix
  • 2 scoops vanilla whey protein
  • 1-2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 6-8 packets of Stevia
  • 1 cup all natural canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup liquid egg whites or 5 egg whites
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cups water

Directions:

  1. Mix all dry ingredients well
  2. Add wet ingredients and mix well (batter may be too thick so add additional water until you get to the desired consistency)
  3. Pour on pre-heated griddle (~1/4 cup per pancake)

Nutrition Facts per Pancake (makes 16 pancakes):

53 Calories, 6.4g Carbs, 6.6 g Protein and .5 g Fat

I eat 4 pancakes at a time to equal: 213 Calories, 26 g Carbs, 27 g Protein and 4 g Fat

Zucchini Bread Protein Muffins – Bikini Competition Diet Approved!

Summer is in full swing and my garden is bursting with fresh veggies.  One vegetable I can’t get enough of is  fresh zucchini.  There are so many things you can do with this vegetable!  Today I had a sweet tooth (just like every other day of my life) so I made a healthy, and bikini competition prep approved, recipe for breakfast.  These muffins are not only delicious, they are high in fiber, packed with protein and contain lots of healthy vitamins and nutrients such as Vitamin A, Manganese and Vitamin C (just to name a few). To ensure I am getting enough healthy fat in my diet I threw in some Chia Seeds which are packed with Omega 3-fatty acids and tons of micro-nutrients.

So yes ladies and gents, you can eat zucchini bread for breakfast and still lose weight.

What you need:

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  • 2 medium zucchinis, pealed and shredded
  • 1 whole egg
  • 5 egg whites or 5 servings of liquid egg whites
  • 1 tsp pure almond extract
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesause
  • 2 cups rolled oats blended into flour (160g)
  • 3 scoops vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1-2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 6-8 packets of Stevia
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • dash of salt
  • Crushed Walnuts (optional)

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Instructions: 

  1. Mix shredded zucchini with all wet ingredients and set aside
  2. Mix all dry ingredients
  3. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix well
  4. Divide batter into 20 lined baking cups and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 25 minutes or until done in center. (I use parchment paper baking cups.  All others seem to stick)

Makes 20 Muffins

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Nutrition Facts per Muffin (to get these I create a recipe in myfitnesspal and manually upload ingredients while making them)

73 Calories, 8.5 g Carbs, 7.1 g Protein, 1.5 g Fat

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Chocolate Blueberry Mug Cake

Some days I just want to have my cake and eat it to.  Today was that day.  I woke up and decided I wanted to eat cake for breakfast.  Why not, it is FRIDAY!  I am 15 weeks out from my 3rd NPC Bikini competition and starting to dial in my nutrition.  Basically, I can’t eat real cake anymore so I improvised.  I did some research online and found a few protein mug cake recipes.  I have saved many of them on Pinterest, but to be honest, I never really made one.  I thought it was too good to be true.  A healthy cake that takes only a few minutes to make? Yeah, that probably can’t taste very good.   Well, I was wrong, way wrong (just don’t tell my husband I admitted to being wrong).

So here is what you need to enjoy some cake on this beautiful June morning!

Ingredients:

  • 1 scoop chocolate Shakeology
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • dash of salt
  • 2 packets of stevia
  • 1 egg
  • 2-3 tbsp of unsweetened almond or cashew milk
  • 1/4 cup blueberries (optional)


Instructions:

  1. Mix shakeology, baking powder, salt and stevia in coffee mug.
  2. Add egg and mix well (it now tastes like thick brownie batter).
  3. Add milk and mix well.
  4. Dump blueberries into mixer and press to bottom.
  5. Microwave for 90 seconds

Hot and fresh out of microwave


ENJOY!

Nutrition Facts:

1 whole cake is only 255 Calories, 7g fat, 22g carbs, and 23g protein!

Chocolate Fudge No-Bake Cookies

WARNING – This recipe is for true chocolate lovers only!   If you don’t’ like deep, dark rich chocolate then you will not like this recipe.

Chocolate Cookies

 

I found this recipe on the recipe insert that was shipped with my Shakeology and modified it to fit my needs.  The original recipe called for regular peanut butter and I substituted for powdered peanut butter to lower calories and fat while increasing serving size.

What you need:

  • 1 scoop chocolate Shakeology  (This can be purchased from my website by clicking HERE)
  • 1 shakeology scoopful;of powdered peanut butter
  • 1 shakeology scoopful of rolled oats
  • 1 tsp organic honey
  • 1-4 tbsp. of cashew milk (for consistency only)

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Directions:

  1. Add Shakeology, peanut butter and rolled oats to bowl and mix well.
  2. Add honey and mix well
  3. Add cashew milk a few drops at a time to make firm dough-like consistency
  4. Divide into 8 drop cookies, refrigerate and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts (Per Cookie):

62 Calories, 8g Carbs, 4g Protein, 1g Fat

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