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100_1480Today I was in the mood for just a big ol’ blob of peanut butter.  I wanted to add some stuff to it though to make it even more nutritious.  Here’s what I stirred together:

  • 2 T. peanut butter
  • 1/4 sc. vanilla protiein powder
  • 1/2 T. real maple syrup
  • 1 t. flax seed

And that’s it!  Not only did it taste decadent, the combo of fat, protein and fiber kept me full for hours!  You’ve got to try this one! 

(300 cals – so make sure you’re counting this as a meal/snack)

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Chocolate Chip Muffins

Wet

  • 2 T ground flax + 6 T water, whisked (replaces 2 eggs)
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup agave (or you could use maple syrup probably)
  • 1/4 cup organic virgin coconut oil
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 small)
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk (I used hemp)

Dry

  • 1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 T wheat germ
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of fine grain sea salt
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips

Directions: Preheat oven to 325F. Whisk the dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl. In a small bowl, whisk the flax + water to create the ‘eggs’. Allow it to sit for a few minutes. In a large bowl, mix the wet ingredients together. Add flax mixture and whisk. Fold dry ingredients into the wet ingredients being careful not to over stir.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Place batter in a pre-greased muffin pan.  Bake for 18-20 minutes. 

These are SO good!  They are best within a few days though so whatever you don’t think you’ll eat right away stick in the freezer to keep them fresh.  I adapted this recipe from one found on Angela’s site, Oh She Glows.  She’s got some mean baked goods going on at her place!

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Try this topped with Peanut Butter Banana Spread for a really great treat!

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These little suckers, my friends taste just as good as a candy bar!  For those of us healthy eaters they may even taste better!  I think they do!  I’ve even got my husband eating these for a post dinner treat.  THAT means they’re really good!

Just take a date (get the “Fancy Medjool Dates” from Costco, they make this treat SO. MUCH. BETTER) and slice open down the middle.  Remove the pit.  Spread 1/2 T. almond butter (or peanut butter) down the middle.  Line 4-5 chocolate chips down the center and put the date back together.  Savor this treat with small bites!  You will love it!  You could even put these together and bring them with you as a portable snack!

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PB Banana Spread

I feel like I am reposting all of Katie’s ideas from Chocolate Covered Katie but they’re great!  Here’s another must-do for you all:

Peanut Butter Banana Spread.  There.  I said it.  This is So. Good.  I did it a little different than Katie and I added some Agave Nectar.  Wowzers.  This is yummy.

Start by throwing a banana, 1 T. peanut butter and 1 T. agave nectar (or honey) into the blender or magic bullet.  (Here’s a picture of the magic bullet for those of you who don’t know what it is.  It is a small blender that you pulse and has cups that you screw the blade onto.  It’s great for small amounts of things and things that don’t blend easily.  When it gets caught you just take it off and shake the ingredients back down into the blades.)

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You are left with this creamy spread (only 45 calories a tablespoon) for toast, oatmeal, yogurt, ice cream, or just about anything!P1020498

If that’s not yummy enough, how yummy are these:

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I got a reminder from Krissa a while back about the tofu pudding tutorial I mentioned a few weeks, ok maybe months, ago.  Well, here it is!  The main thing I use tofu for is blending it into things.  It gives puddings and smoothies and really good thick texture.  It doesn’t have a ton of taste so it kind of takes on the flavors of things it is mixed with.  Today I am going to teach you how to make tofu pudding. 🙂

The flavor for today is Chocolate Banana Pudding.  Be creative with mix in’s here and create whatever flavor you feel like!  Warning:  I tried chocolate strawberry and it tasted like barf.  So don’t be creative and create that one.  You won’t like it, I promise. 

Start by blending a whole banana and one 3 oz serving of firm tofu.  I started the blending in my Blendtec but I wasn’t making a big enough serving for it to mix well so I transferred it to my Magic Bullet.  If you don’t have a Magic Bullet that blends single servings in small cups you may have to make a few pudding servings at once for your blender to blend this well. 

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Once this is mixed well add your flavorings.  I added 1 T. cocoa and some stevia and mixed well again.

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Of course, it needs some toppings.  I added peanut butter and a few chocolate chips.

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 See this post by Katie at Chocolate-covered Vegan for tons of tofu pudding flavor ideas!

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Dessert Wrap

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This wrap had so much sweetness and I loved it!  I also brought it with me to a museum with the kids so the chocolate chips were soft and it was so good!

I used a Flat Out wrap and spread 2 T. of peanut butter down the middle.  I sliced 1/2 a banana down the middle and sprinkled with about 10 chocolate chips and 1/2 T. agave nectar (you can use honey). 

Here it is all wrapped up and packaged to go:

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I loved it!

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So I started p90x yesterday.  I love it!  Have any of you guys done it?  I did the Chest and Back video yesterday and I am so sore today!  It feels so good.  This morning I did the plyo video.  I was really scared about this one.  I was worried it would be so hard I wouldn’t be able to get through it or would have to stop a lot.  It was totally doable, for me at least.  I didn’t have to stop at all but it kept my heart rate really high.  I loved it! 

One thing I love about it, is that it keeps me from getting bored.  There is a count down on the screen for he entire workout and also for each segment.  It is set up in circuits of four exercises that you repeat after you complete each circuit once.  The whole set up is great for exercise ADD people like me.

 I’ll keep you guys posted on what I think of it as time goes on.

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Fresh Cucumbers and Onions

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This is my favorite summer snack!  I have it pretty much every afternoon when I’m getting hungry for dinner but it’s not quite time yet.  The vinegar does something for my appetite and helps me get through that hard snacky time of day.

All you do is chop up some fresh (preferably from the garden!) cucumbers and onions and drizzle/pour on the balsamic vineger!  Enjoy this nice cool treat!

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I am back!  I had a fantastic vacation!  For more details you can see my family website at http://brandonandlindseymathews.blogspot.com in a few days for my detailed report!  I hope to be back to my regular postings!

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