{go green}

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Green juice that is! I have an Omega juicer, and LOVE it! I try to juice at least a few times a week, but with the winter we have been having I haven’t done the best at having fresh produce on hand. It’s probably been more like once or twice a week, but better than not at all. I’ve tried lots of juice recipes and I like quite a few, but my favorite {and my boys’ favorite} is always green juice. My usual green juice always has kale or spinach {or both}, cucumber, parsley, lime {or lemon}, celery, ginger {if I have it} and green apple. Kale is becoming a very popular green, and rightfully so as it is full of antioxidant vitamins A, C, and K and is one of the healthiest foods in the world. There is another green that I like to add to my juice that often gets overlooked, and that’s parsley. Yes, parsley! It is also full of antioxidants like kale, and is a good source of iron. Parsley is packed full of healing goodness, and is a food that has the ability to neutralize carcinogens. Parsley tops the charts as one of the healthiest foods, right next to kale!

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20140227-104009.jpgHave you gone green lately??!!

Peace Out,

Nicholle

{on a quest}

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I really, really, really like quest bars. I am getting low, so this morning I placed an order and now I have my favorites on the way! I’m trying out the NEW Cookies and Cream flavor, can’t wait to try it!!! What other flavors did I order? My all time favorite {and my boys’ favorite, close with cookie dough} is White Chocolate Raspberry, I always run out of this first. Always. Then it is a close second and third with Apple Pie and Double Chocolate Chunk. Three of my favorite Quest Bars with a new flavor to try, let’s just say Tuesday will be a happy day for me {delivery is Tuesday!}. They have SO many  flavors, from peanut butter and jelly, cinnamon roll, chocolate brownie, to vanilla almond crunch, and about everything in between. You are bound to find a flavor you can’t live without! I buy my quest bars from Amazon.com, I’m a prime member so I get free 2 day shipping on them. I’ve priced them out other places and so far this is where I can find the best deals. A box of 12 ranges from $24 to $30 {with free shipping}, depends on the flavor {newer flavors are generally a few bucks more}.

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As a busy mom, a quest bar can really help me out when I need to eat something ASAP and have not prepped! For my son with SPD, chewy things are great for him{chewy foods help calm his brain!}as is protein, making quest bars a perfect fit. He loves them, and I love that they help him and are not a piece of candy {tootsie rolls are recommended to help him if he is having sensory overload, now we turn to a quest bar}.

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If you are on the lookout for a protein bar, or an on the go protein packed snack, I highly recommend Quest Nutrition and their crazy good protein bars. I have yet to try their pasta or Quest Cravings {chocolate peanut butter cups!}, but I imagine I will.

Are you on a quest?

Peace Out,

Nicholle

{tasty tuesday}

One thing that is really important to me is my family sitting and eating together for supper. Probably because I was raised that way, I have tons of great memories that come from my family sitting around the dinner table as I was growing up. We all took a break from the day and came together to share a meal, almost every night. I want my boys to grow up and remember how nice it was to have that time with their family.

Here are a couple of recipes that I have recently made. Besides being tasty, they were both quick and easy! Supper from start to finish in under 30 minutes, and even better not very many dishes to clean after! {I hate washing dishes, HATE it!}

First up, Italian Wonderpot from Budget Bytes. This was really good, next time I would love to add grilled or baked chicken and maybe some artichoke hearts {olives would be great in this too, but I’m the only one that likes them}. Head over to Budget Bytes for the recipe!20140211-093620.jpgMy boys love orange chicken, so when I found a recipe for Skinny Orange Chicken I had to try it. This recipe is from Gimme Some Oven and worth giving a try!

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Any recipes you have tried recently that were keepers? I’m always on the search for quick, kid friendly meals, that are also full of nutrients! If you have one, send it my way!!

Peace Out~

Nicholle

{recovery}

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After I have a hard/intense workout, my go to recovery drink is coconut water. Don’t be confused with coconut milk, which is higher in fat and calories. Coconut water is just that, the liquid inside of a coconut. Why would I use it for a recovery drink? Coconut water is packed with rehydrating and muscle relaxing nutrients and comes completely from nature. It has fifteen times more potassium in it than a typical sports drink and about 50 calories in a serving, versus a sports drink coming in at over 200 calories. A serving {8 oz} of coconut water has almost 500mg of potasium! Even more than a banana. Unlike a banana, which has about 27g of carbs, coconut water only has 9g of carbs….AND has 2g of protein! Of course there are lots of great things out there for post workout recovery, and not saying any are better or worse, just that this is what I have been liking after my harder workouts. It is very refreshing for me and quenches my thirst! I like Naked brand and VitaCoco….because that is what I can get locally:)

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What do you use or do for muscle recovery?
Peace Out~
Nicholle
{p.s. that Bodybuilding.com shaker bottle is the BOMB!!! First it doesn’t have a ball, instead the shaker part sits at the top of the bottle. Second it has two screw on compartments at the bottom to fit your protein powder and or supplements! I think it is called the spider shaker bottle. I only have this one, but from now on it will be the ONLY shaker bottle I will get…I got it free with my last bodybuilding.com order!}

{fall for all}

It is that time of year, sweaters, boots, jeans, and FOOD! Something about this season makes me want to eat, and not eat healthy mind you! Donuts, desserts, hot cider, coffee with of course pumpkin creamer…the list goes on. NOM, NOM, NOM! Yes, I have given in to the occasional treat {okay, let’s be honest, it has been more like daily treats}. I have been feeling more sluggish and just lower energy and I blame the treats. To get back on track, here are two amazing recipes!

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I made the squash the day before this time and just scooped it out, mashed it a bit, and put it in the fridge. I had all kinds of squash to use up so I baked it all {butternut, acorn, delicata, and pumpkin}, but I normally just use butternut squash. Also, use whatever grains you have {wild rice blends are really nice in this}. Same with the sausage, I was just using up what I had in the freezer and it worked {a spicy sausage is very taste in this, but the sweet one I used this time was also great}. Season to taste, some nutmeg or cinnamon would compliment this soup. This makes about 16 cups, so a 1 cup serving macros are {Calories: 167 I Protein: 12g I Carbs: 24g I Fat: 3g}

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I have lots of left over squash and pumpkin that I didn’t use in the soup, so I made this up this morning. I put 1/2 cup of quick oats in a bowl with 1 cup of water and 1/4 cup of pumpkin/squash, and sprinkled it with a good amount of pumpkin pie spice, then microwaved it for 1 minute. I then added 1 scoop of Beyond Driven Whey Isolate in cake batter, stirred, and nuked another 30 seconds to 1 minute {longer for thicker}. I topped it with 1 Tb. Greek God’s Vanilla Honey yogurt, and 2 Tb. granola, and then a bit more pumpkin pie spice! This was really, really, really good! Macros without the toppings are {Calories: 279 I Protein: 33g I Carbs: 33g I Fat: 3g}

Let’s lighten up this fall food at bit! My abs are not a fan of all the treats!
Peace out~
Nicholle

{snack attack}

Don’t you just love a good snack??!! I eat six to eight times a day, so I am basically snacking all day. Most of my meals are 200 to 400 calories, give or take. I feel like my body responds really well to eating smaller portions more frequently. Here are a couple of “snacks” that I have made recently. First up {torpizza}! It was about 7:30 pm and I was hungry, so I made this quick and easy tortilla style pizza after I saw one similar on my friend’s IG {check her out @anneleigh83 on instagram, she also has a blog run.eathealthy.repeat for you to follow! She posts great workouts, yummy food, and is very inspirational!}

For my torpizza, I just used what I had on hand. Of course, you can use whatever you have!

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  • 1 low carb tortilla {la banderita}
  • 2 Tb. pizza sauce {muir glen organic}
  • 1/4 cup spinach
  • 4 thin slices of tomato
  • 1/4 cup zucchini thinly sliced
  • 1 chicken sausage with apple and gouda {from costco}
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

I first got the tortilla a bit crispy on the stove top as my oven heated {I set my oven to convection bake at 400}, and then layered it with the pizza sauce, spinach, chicken tomatoes, zucchini, and shredded cheese. I then put it in the oven on my pizza stone {a baking pan would work} and just kept an eye on it until the cheese was melty and the veggies looked soft. Of course, then all I had left to do was to devour it!

{MACROS are calories: 337 I protein: 29g I crabs: 21g I fat: 15g}

Next up is an after school snack that I made for my boys {of course I had to have one, too!}. This was on the back of the graham cracker box, I changed it a bit by adding more strawberries and blueberries and omitting the banana. I also added 2 scoops of Beyond Driven protein powder in Cake Batter to turn this into a protein packed snack!

Berry Frozen Yogurt Bars

Strawberry bars

  • 10 1/2  Graham, broken into quarters {42 pieces}
  • 3/4 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries {I used frozen}
  • 1 cup vanilla greek yogut {greek gods, vanilla honey, I ran out of vanilla and also use fage 0% plain}
  • 1 cup fat free whipped topping
  • 2 scoops Beyond Driven Whey Isolate in cake batter

I left the berries as is, but if you want you could pulse them a bit in a food processor to have smaller chunks. Line a 9 in square pan with foil, having ends extend over the sides to help lift the bars out when they are done. Arrange half of the graham pieces in 3 rows of 7 on the bottom of the pan. Stir the rest of the ingredients together in a bowl until topping, yogurt, and protein powder all well combined. Spread on top of bottom graham pieces and then top with remaining graham pieces. Freeze for at least 4 hours. When time to serve, lift out of pan with foil “handles” and cut into 21 bars. YUM!

{MACROS for 1 bar are calories: 62 I protein: 4g I carbs: 9g I fat: 1g}

It’s hard to beat a good snack!
Peace Out~
Nicholle

{protein fluff}

I eat this almost daily, either on pancakes {or now waffles!}, or just in a bowl on its own. It is so simple, yet crazy good! Depending on what I need for my macros {iifym}, this is often my bed night snack and then I top it with what I have left to fill those macros. Sometimes {not very often}, I will have fat left and get to add some kind of nut butter to it. YUM! But usually I am out of fat and need just protein and carbs, so I will top it with berries or fat free granola or fiber one cereal and often all of the above. There is a key to this going from semi edible {actually, I had to throw it away} and delicious, and that is by using Beyond Driven Whey Isolate. Especially in the cake batter flavor! I tried it with other protein powders and just YUCK! BUT, with Beyond Driven it is seriously a treat in a bowl.

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So what is this magical fluff I talk about? Fat free greek yogurt with a scoop of protein powder, while mixing it together the yogurt becomes fluffy and whipped and tastes a bit like a tart frosting. SO GOOD! This is coming from a girl that dislikes the texture of yogurt, but really loves this stuff. I make this just about as much as I make protein pancakes:) As I am finishing this post, I am also finishing a bowl of protein fluff topped with frozen raspberries and frozen blueberries. Again, SO GOOD!

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Give Beyond Driven’s protein powder a try, I promise you will not regret it! And mix it up with some yogurt for some fluffy goodness!
Peace Out~
Nicholle