Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Trainer update and new recipe!

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.

Nutritional Information:
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


  1. I love peanut butter too! I just noticed your new are looking so CUTE and SKINNY!!!!!! :)

  2. Did I read that right? You tried an orange? Had you never had one before? hu never thought that someone would never have eaten an orange before.
    Yeah for burning teh 357 are doing great!!!

  3. I'm so trying this recipe. I've been really trying to eat more "clean" lately (i.e really cut out stuff with preservatives), but I do love my protein bars & peanut butter! I'll have to give this a whirl!

  4. Excuse me...did you just say you had never ever tried an orange? Do you drink OJ? What? This makes my mind hurt. How does this happen? It's not like a weird fruit like Mango or Kiwi!!!!

    What about organic low sugar protein bars? I have seen many peeps make them on TV before...but it's a lot of damn work!

  5. You look great - love the pic!!!!

  6. glad you changed your profile pic!:) I am going to try it hopefully they taste good! But really could anything taste as good as our zone chochlate peanut butter bars :(

  7. You never tried an orange? That's weird. Like super weird! How do you make your Harvey Wallbangers?? Or Vodka and Orange?? Poor you!

    I wonder if you could use agave nectar in those bars instead of sugar free syrup (I don't trust sugar free stuff). Agave is healthier and less blood sugar spikey, glycemically speaking. Guess I could try, right?

  8. Love your new pickie - you look awesome :-)

  9. Love the new pick and your vlog,belated happy birthday and what a result...1/2 way there. Thanks for the weight updates too

  10. My DH makes his own protein bars- for a really good treat subbing in natural almond or cashew butter- slightly more fat than PB, but OMG, so delish.

    You look so little in your picture :-)