{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

{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!

torpizza

  • 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

{waffles}

ImageI’ve been making lots of protein pancakes, but have yet to bust out the waffle maker…until now! These protein packed waffles were so good, quick, and easy to make. Protein waffles are now a must in my weekly eats!

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I set my waffle maker to heat level of 3 (it goes up to 4), mixed all of the ingredients for the waffles together and then made two waffles {or you could make one really big one}

For the topping I mixed the regular pb2 with the caramel sauce and almond milk {start with 1 Tb. of milk and increase to get desired thickness} and plopped it on top. Then I mixed the chocolate Pb2 with almond milk {I made the first sauce thicker and then this one thinner} and drizzled over all of it. Topped it off with some raw coconut flakes and dug in! These were seriously good!

The macros for these waffles with the toppings are:

Calories: 423 I Protein: 60g I Carbs: 25g I Fat: 12g

Go make some healthy, protein packed waffles!
Peace Out~
Nicholle

{raspberry cheesecake}

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I must admit, I have one heck of a sweet tooth. I do enjoy a nice savory dish, but sweet is what is going to do it for me! Here is a simple, and AMAZINGLY delicious recipe that fulfills my sweet tooth, and what makes it even more amazing is that it is guilt free! {since I have started tracking my macros, I have to say I no longer have that guilt about eating a treat…as long as I fit it into my daily macros, I don’t sweat it, it is truly liberating!}

Raspberry Cheesecake Protein Shake:

  • 1.5 scoops Beyond Driven Whey Isolate, in vanilla caramel {this is incredible protein powder, check them out on facebook and go order some of your own, I promise you will love it!} 
  • 16 grams sugar free pudding mix, in cheesecake flavor
  • 2 tsp. raspberry extract {I started with just 1 tsp and it was good, but I wanted a stronger raspberry flavor so I added more}
  • about 10 oz water {use less if you like a thick shake, I made it thinner}
  • 4 or 5 ice cubes {again, more or less, depending on how thick you like your shake}

I put everything in my blender and blended it all up until smooth, top with some fresh raspberries if you like! {calories: 177 | protein: 37.5g | carbs: 4.5g | fat: 0g}

If you have a sweet tooth like me, go make this! YOU WILL LOVE IT!
Peace Out~
Nicholle

{a staple recipe}

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Protein Pancakes…Here is a recipe for a hearty protein pancake, with flavors of vanilla, chocolate, caramel, and peanut butter. I hope you like them! If you try them out, I would love to see how they turned out. IG them with @mom4everboys, #mom4everboys and/or #bunsandguns

For the Pancakes:

  • 1/4 cup protein powder {I use Cheater Guilt-Free Baking Mix, 100% vegan pancake, waffle & muffin mix that I purchase from http://www.bodybuilding.com}
  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 3 Tb. egg whites {1 egg}
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk {plain or vanilla, may need a bit more if you like your batter thinner, I like it thick}
  • 2 tsp. PB2 {regular or chocolate, I used chocolate this time}
  • cooking spray
  • 1/2 of a banana, sliced
  1. Mix first 5 ingredients until well blended.
  2. Heat up a small skillet on Med. to Med. Low, and spray with cooking spray
  3. Poor about 1/3 cup of batter into the pan {I cook one at a time}, wait until it starts to get brown around the edges and bubbles in the middle before you flip ({about 2-3 minutes}
  4. Should make 3 pancakes {sometimes 2 if I make them thicker or bigger}
  5. I put about 1-2 Tb. of the filling from below over each pancake as I make them, and of course stack them!

Filling & Topping

  • 1 scoop Beyond Driven Whey Isolate in Vanilla Caramel {www.beyonddriven.com}
  • 1 Tb. PB2 {regular or chocolate, again I used chocolate}
  • 3 Tb. unsweetened almond milk {may need a bit more or less, depending on how thick you want it, it should be about at syrup consistency}
  1. Mix all three together in a microwave safe bowl until well blended.
  2. Put 1 to 2 Tb. on each pancake as you make them and stack them.
  3. Put the left over in the microwave for about 30-40 seconds to turn it into a whipped protein fluff!
  4. Plop the fluff right on top.
  5. Top with banana slices
  6. DIG IN!

Calories: 392 I Protein: 53g I Carbs: 37g I Fat: 5g

Enjoy those protein pancakes!
Peace Out~
Nicholle

{protein pancakes}

I could eat protein pancakes for every meal and never get tired of them. I heart them so much! Here are a few that I have made recently, these are from my instagram @mom4everboys . The recipes for them should be posted with the pictures, but if you don’t see it and want it just give me a shout and I will get it to you! If you love those protein pancakes just as much as I do make sure to check out @thefitbaldman on instagram or www.thefitbaldman.com. He posted the most drool worthy protein pancakes (and much more), and might even love them more than I do. Might. Probably. But, maybe not.

Go make yourself some protein pancakes, trust me, you can thank me later!

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Peace Out~
Nicholle