Monday, March 11, 2013

Weekend Finds & Protein Muffin Recipe!

Happy Monday Sweaties!
As I am catching up with all of you the birds are singing outside while the sun is shining and the air is finally warming up. Spring is right around the corner, I can feel it.

This past weekend Long Island got a small taste of spring and I am already finding myself wanting it more then I did before we got the little teaser. However I wasn't able to fully enjoy the beautiful weather due to a tooth infection, or at least that is what I think I am dealing with. I'll know in a few hours and hopefully be relived of this killer pain!

Anyway on Saturday I spent the afternoon food shopping with Lauren, we went to Trader Joe's and our local health food store, Sherry's.
Speaking of Sherry's they surprised me a few weeks ago with a basket of some of their favorite products from their store, some I was familiar with but most of them were new to me foods so I was really excited!

I think my favorite part of the entire basket were the cinnamon millet & flax chips, I ended up picking up another bag of them during my stop there this weekend. Thanks again Sherry's! I love you guys :)

During my shopping trip I stumbled across two epic finds:

Zico has a latte flavor!! AND it has natural caffeine.
The taste is similar to the Starbucks frappucino drinks you can find in stores and I am a big fan of this drink, definitely recommend it! I asked Zico if they are available everywhere and they said only in NYC and Amazon.

This stuff is the bomb diggity ya'll.
I love cooking with coconut oil, we know this already, but I use PAM for spraying baking sheets,pans, etc until I picked up this bad boy. I used it for the first time yesterday while making apple cinnamon protein muffins [recipe will be below] and was very happy with the results.

Yesterday was Sunday, which means MEAL PREP day for me, tooth pain or not I was not letting it stop me from being prepared for the week. I made quinoa and  tofu for lunches with a side of brussels, frozen greek yogurt bites [more on that tomorrow] strawberry and kiwi fruit salad with coconut balsamic and shredded coconut on top, and muffins.

Apple Cinnamon Protein Muffins
Makes 12 muffins

2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup egg whites[4 egg whites]
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 apple, diced and skin removed
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/2 cup plain non-fat greek yogurt [I used chobani]
2 scoops vanilla protein powder [I used Sunwarrior, thanks to my Bulubox]
2 tablespoons of sugar [I used Xylitol, thanks to Sherry's gift basket]

Preheat oven to 350
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl, and mix well
Spray your muffin tin with coconut oil spray[or PAM] and divide the batter evenly
Bake for 15-18 minutes
One muffin is one serving:

Perfect for the quick grab and go breakfast for during the week, or for potluck brunch!
Oh and 100% clean!


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