Good Morning! I had my weekly trainer visit bright and early this morning! She is determined to have me trying new fruits and veggies weekly since I am so picky. I try to please her efforts by trying at least 1 or 2 new things a week. 2 weeks ago it was spaghetti squash, which I liked! Last week I tried a salad, which I got stuck on. This week I tried an orange (I know super strange that I never tried one before) but I loved it! I also made kabobs last night with steak, zucchini, and summer squash...not my fave! I think the issue was with the seeds though, and their texture...she suggested scooping them out. I will give it another shot!
Exercise wise she had me do an TON of stair runs today...I went up and down 2 sets of stairs 3 times, 5 different times! OUCH! My HRM said I burned 357 calories, yippppe!
She also asked how I've been doing with breakfast, and I was honest and told her I've been eating protein bars, which she doesn't like. She thinks there are too many artificial ingredients in them. She said she found a recipe online to make your own natural protein bars at home and shared it with me. It doesn't look to bad! You can find the recipe and a lot other healthy, high protein ones @ Stella's Kitchen. Here is the recipe she showed me:
Protein Nutrition Bar Recipe (click to see recipe)
Makes 10 bars
A nice meal replacement bar at a mere fraction of the cost of packaged protein bars and none of their glycerin, preservatives, or sugar, these low-fat bars are rich in fiber and taste great with a light spread of natural peanut butter across the top. Served with a protein drink, they make a well-balanced meal.
3 1/2 cups quick oats
1 1/2 cups powdered non-fat milk
1 cup sugar-free (diabetic) pancake syrup (Cozy Cottage, Cary's or Howard's brand)
2 egg whites, beaten
1/4 cup orange juice
1 tsp Vanilla
1/4 c. natural applesauce*
4 scoops chocolate or vanilla protein powder
Preheat oven to 325°. Mix all dry ingredients in bowl and blend well. In separate bowl, combine eggwhites, orange juice, applesauce, & the sugar-free syrup and blend well. Stir liquids into dry ingredients until blended. The consistency will be thick and similar to cookie dough. Spread batter on baking sheet coated with non-stick spray. Use a 9x12 baking dish if you want a thicker bar. Bake until edges are crisp and browned. Cut into 10 bars and store in airtight container or freeze.
*If you find you want a moister bar, add a little more applesauce to the recipe for softness.
**The brand of protein used in this recipe contained 200 calories, 4 g carb, 44 g protein, 2 g fat, and 2 g fiber. Use your low-carb whey of choice.
Per Serving: Calories- 157 Carbs- 23g Protein- 15g Fat- .5 g Fiber- 4 g
I will probably attempt to make these this weekend, I like the idea of spreading some peanut butter on top, mmmm mmmm I love me some peanut butter! Hope everyone has a fantastic Tuesday! xxoo