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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Banana Blueberry Protein Muffins

Are you looking for a healthy breakfast muffin you can grab on the go?   I took a recipe shared by a friend and modified it to fit into a healthy clean eating plan.  To do this I simply  replaced the sugar with stevia  and replaced the all purpose flour with a mixture of oat flour, coconut flour and whey protein powder.  The  sugar wasn’t really necessary because they are naturally sweet from the banana.  I also replaced the plain Greek yogurt that the original recipe called for with fat free ricotta cheese.  This helped eliminate the need for the sugar because plain Greek yogurt can taste pretty sour.  Ricotta on the other hand doesn’t need much to sweeten it up.  Yum!

Here is what you need: 

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Wet Ingredients

  • 275 g banana smashed
  • 6 egg whites (or 6 servings of liquid egg whites)
  • 1/4 cup fat free ricotta
  • 1 tsp pure almond extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries

Dry Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats blended into flour consistency
  • 4 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 scoops vanilla why protein powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • dash of salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 5-10 packets of stevia

Preparation:

  1. Mix all wet ingredients in a bowl except blueberries (save blueberries for the end)
  2. Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients.
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  4. Pour mixture into 12 muffin cups lined with parchment paper cups or sprayed very well

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5. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes or until done in middle.

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Enjoy!

 

Nutrition Facts: 

1 Muffin is 93 Calories, 12 g Carbs, 9 g Protein and 1 g Fat

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Bikini Competitor Chocolate Protein Breakfast Muffins

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Looking for a tasty breakfast alternative to oatmeal and egg whites that you can prepare in bulk and eat on the go?  Well, then this quick and easy recipe is for you.  I typically workout early in the morning and then eat my post-workout meal/breakfast on my long drive to work.  These muffins are a quick and convenient way to eat a balanced breakfast that meets my macros while on the go.  They are moist, hearty and not to sweet.  If you are looking for a chocolate brownie or cookie alternative these are not for you.

What you will need:

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  • 226 grams of Low Fat Cottage Cheese
  • 2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 4 oz Natural Applesauce (unsweetened)
  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Cashew or Almond Milk
  • 1 container of liquid egg whites (or 10 egg whites)
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 cup baking stevia
  • 3 scoops chocolate Whey Protein Powder
  • 2 cups Oat Meal
  • 3 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Instructions:

  • Blend cottage cheese, vanilla, applesauce and cashew milk in blender until smooth.
  • Pour into mixing bowl and whisk in eggs.  Whisk for ~ 50 strokes
  • Whisk in remaining ingredients in order listed and mix well
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  • Let sit 5-10 minutes to thicken
  • Evenly pour or scoop into 24 paper lined or sprayed muffin tins
  • Sprinkle with raw cacao nibs or slivered almonds (optional)
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  • Back at 350 for approximately 20 minutes or until middle is done.  I use multi rack convection bake at 350 degree Fahrenheit.

Nutrition Facts (per muffin):

62 Calories, 1g Fat, 7g Carbs, 6 g Protein (I usually eat 4 at a time)

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