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#HashTags and Moooore Pronuts…WIAW

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Hey Friends

I haven’t joined in on the WIAW partay in a few weeks so I thought I would jump in this week as I have some different lookin noms that I have been collecting over the past lil bit AND I have yet another pronut recipe for ya. Actually, this one is legit a winner! ๐Ÿ˜€

Peas and Crayons

I have decided that showing my eats weekly can get a lil dull as I gravitate towards the same things most of the time. #FoodBloggerProblemz. This gets even worse with my busy work schedule. Therefore, since I get to be more creative during the end of the week when I have my day or two off, I figured I would collect a few weeks worth of interesting (ie. not fish, greens and squash) dishes that I created in my lil ol’ kitchen.

Don’t forget to check out Jen’s page over at Peas and Crayons to check out her ALWAYS delicious looking food and to see what all the other partiers have been chowin down on this week.

For the past two weeks I haven’t had a cheat meal SOOO both weeks on Sunday I decided to “treat” myself instead to something a tad bit more elaborate and expensive. My sides are always the same as you know how much of a kabocha and greens addict I am, but the stars of the dishes were fab.

You have seen my scallop lovin before. Mmmmm…drool #ShellFishPorn

IMG_4168Simply sear off the scallops in an oil of choice (I use sesame) and they are good to go. Simply done as scallops are heaven all of their own. Please, if you make scallops, don’t pour a sauce on them. Just don’t. Oh and before you say that I sauced mine up…those are just the drippins from the pan I used to sear them off. Can’t let any scallop-y goodness go to waste! ๐Ÿ˜‰

You may have seen those babies before BUT have you seen the way I prepare and serve my steak?

IMG_4007I mean really. Those toppins tho! Lets a close up shall we…

IMG_4008#AddAllTheToppings! I’m drooling again just thinking about how amazing this BISON TENDERLOIN…yes, that’s a good quality piece of meat right there! (Thanks Whole Paycheck Foods)…was. And my forever favourite choice of toppins. Bliss in ma mouth. Light goat cheese smothered on top of my 4 ounce piece of heaven all topped with sauteed onions, mushrooms and sundried tomatoes. #FoodGasm

I even went the the trouble of marinating that baby up in some ACV, cracked black pepper, garlic powder and chili flakes before searing it and finishin it off in the oven. Again, simply done to let the bison shine through.

Would you like some veggies with your protein there? #SaladBeasts were also going strong. As you know, I am no fan of a bowl of lettuce so these were LOADED salads. Lil Miss Mighty Mouse knows how to make a salad!

Normal toss in’s include:

  • Salad base of raw kale, a new-to-me Asian Mix (SOOO GOOD and crunchy!) that has broccoli/carrot/cabbage slaw, snap peas, chunks of nappa cabbage and bok choy and radicchio, and a spring mix of sorts.
  • Roasted veggies (squash, brussels, mushrooms, onions)
  • Raw cucumber and peppers if I have any
  • Protein of some kind (fish is my favourite!)
  • Avocado (gotta have those fats or the fibrous-ness of everything will kill my tummy + green mush is yummy)
  • Sometimes I will toss in a lil bit of cooked grains (buckwheat, millet, etc)
  • My homemade tangy-spicy dressing.ย Simply add 1 tbsp lemon juice, 2 tbsp water, 1-2 tsp mustard, 1/2 tsp olive oil (or more if you like), cracked black pepper, garlic powder, rosemary and chili flakes to a lil cup and shake it all up. Lime in the coconut reference anyone?

IMG_3947So this one had kabocha as my squash of choice. My favee! For my protein I tossed in 1/2 a can of chunked white tuna (low sodium) and cracked some fresh peppa on top of it all before adding my dressing and shakin that thing about.

As good as that one was…

IMG_4030This one took the cake because it had left over baked pesto trout (best fish!) in it PLUS sauteed red swiss chard stems and toasted kale for some added crunch. I don’t know what but I love the stems of swiss chard. Is that weird? The only thing that would have made this better would have been the use of kabocha instead of acorn squash but hey, I still like acorn…just not as much as kabocha. #KabochaAddict4Life

Speaking of salad beasts

Check out my side salad that was added to my restday lunch a few weeks back..

IMG_4065Even my side salads are massive and toppin-filled. I love how high nutrient dense foods are so low in overall calories (veggies at least) that you get to load’em up. #VolumeBaby

This one had:

  • Normal salad base
  • Toasted chili kale
  • Raw cucumbers
  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Roasted brussels
  • My normal dressing

That was then nestled beside a chunk of roasted acorn squash and some baked basa topped with avocado. Good eatin I would say!

Wrappin it out again. Love those Gluten Free Oat Wraps. So easy and oh so functional! #WorkLifeEatin

IMG_4119

Stuffed to the max and yet I somehow manage to roll it up taco style.

IMG_4123Stuffed with the usuals

  • Grilled spicy (Miss Dash Extra Spicy seasoning) chicken
  • Spring mix
  • Sauteed onion and mushrooms
  • Avocado
  • Alfalfa sprouts

I also baked a lil bit in these few weeks too. Here are two things that I haven’t shown ya’ll yet.

The first was something I was super excited to make…

Crystal’s Chocolate Chip Coconut Cake. You know that I venture onto her Spoonful Of Fit’s page a lot as she is quite the lil bake-ress. This lovely cake definitely caught my eye as my next bake-for-snacks project. A few tweaks here and there and I ended up with a pretty good version. #SnackSoHard

IMG_4016One tweak I made was adding a cake batter crumble on top. This really made a yummy addition to my version as mine was lacking a tad in flavour otherwise. I was wondering if that was because the chocolate I chose was just too bitter or it’s because I didn’t add enough Stevia to make it sweet enough. Either way, the cake was pretty good BUT the topping was the bomb. I was inspired to make this topping from Morganne’s (Nut Butter Runner) Coconut Crumble topping she was having on her oats. #DoYouEvenCrumble?

IMG_4017And I thought I didn’t like coconut

I will post Crystal’s version with the tweaks I made in brackets.

INGREDIENTS: IMG_4027

  • 1 cup of oats (ground to flour) (I used 1.5 cups gluten free oats)
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt (I used 1/2 cup 2% goat yogurt)
  • 1/4 cup reduced fat coconut flakes (Let’s Do Organic brand, not necessary, but adds great texture!) (I only used 12g)
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp coconut extract (can use vanilla for less of a coconut flavor)
  • 1/4 cup baking Stevia or Stevia to taste (I used 3 Kal Stevia scoops, bought on luckyvitamin.com) (I used 4 packets of Stevia Balance)
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips or chips of choice (I used 4 squares (~20g) of Coco Polo Stevia sweetened chocolate with cacao nibs)

CAKE BATTER CRUMBLE TOPPING:

  • 1/2 scoop Cellucor COR-Fetti whey
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1-2 tbsp water
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degees.
  2. Measure and pour all dry ingredients (oat flour, coconut flour, coconut flakes, baking powder, and Stevia) into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Measure and pour wet ingredients (egg whites, Greek yogurt, almond milk, and coconut extract) onto dry and mix well.
  4. Allow to sit for a minute so the mixture settles as the batter will thicken. While it is sitting, make your crumble. Combine the whey protein and coconut flour with a tbsp or two of water or enough to make a crumbly mixture.
  5. Pour batter into a parchment paper lined loaf tin (or well greased loaf tin),ย sprinkle crumble on top and bake for approximately 25 minutes or until cooked through.
  6. Allow cake to cool and cut into 8 slices. Enjoy! ( I made it 10)
Nutrition per slice: 90 calories, 2.9 g fat, 11.6 g carbs, 4.3 g protein, 2.6 ย g fiber per slice (97 calories/4F/13C/5P/4g Fiber/1g Sugar)

My boyfriend really liked this cake and I thought it was pretty good. Like I said, the cake batter crumble really did make a difference for me in terms of flavour BUT that might have been because it needed more sweetness. Unfortunately for me, I could only have two pieces as both days I had it my tummy decided it was unhappy. Due to the fact that the cake was the only thing different I ate over those two days, I feel like it may have been the goat yogurt. #LeSigh. It’s getting pickier and pickier I swear.

Okay this post is getting long…as usual BUT I have my last recipe to share with ya.

Oh and guess what?

I entered these lil guys into Chelsea (@chelsea_lifts) and Kelly’s (@kellyufit) #MakeItBakeItMonday and I WON! Wooooo.

So like I said. These guys are legit winners ๐Ÿ˜€

IMG_4141I had a random orange in my fridge to use up…

IMG_4137And of course I was still amused with my new donut pan

IMG_4156So using up that orange I determined that chocolate orange pronuts sounded pretty good. Apparently I was right on that flavour pairing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

These are quite good. No Stevia was added to them at all as I figured the pureed orange would do the trick. The orange flavour really shines through which is really good and bright. Again, like my cake batter pronuts, they are obviously more dense than a Tim Hortons doughnut BUT these are gluten free, filled with good, wholesome ingredients AND they are not dry like many protein powder recipes are. Success if I do say so myself.

IMG_4157Chocolate Orange Protein Donuts

Makes 6

Per Donut: Calories: 121 Fat: 4g Protein: 9g Carbohydrates: 14g Fiber:4gย  Sugar: 2g

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 75g orange, peeled
  • 1/3 cup liquid egg whites

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 cup gluten free oats (grind into a flour)
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Whey
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp almond flour
  • 1 tbsp flax meal
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cacao powder or cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 ounce raw cacao nibs
  • 1 tsp orange zest

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all of the dry ingredients (except the orange zest and 1/2 of the raw cacao nibs) in a large bowl and mix well to get out any clumps. In a blender, add the the wet and blended until everything is pureed. Combine wet with dry and ensure no dry clumps are left in the batter. Stir in the orange zest. Let the batter rest for a few minutes to thicken up a tad before partitioning into your donut pan. Pour batter equally in 6 sprayed donut molds, sprinkle with the remaining cacao nibs and bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until just firm. You want them to bounce back. Any firmer and they will dry out because of the use of the whey in the batter. Let cool and then you can enjoy as is or top with a homemade icing of sorts.

I hope you like them!

Happy Humpday Friends. ๐Ÿ˜€

Do you splurge on expensive food even just for a single dinner? Ohhh yeah I do!

Other cool flavour combos for a donut? Chocolate mint? Peanut butter and jelly is probably my next version. I also need a nut free version for a friend of mine (Molly ;-))

-Chelsea

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16 thoughts on “#HashTags and Moooore Pronuts…WIAW

  1. Wow, the loaf looks so good! I need to make it. All your meals look so hearty and delicious!

    • Crystal is such a good baker! You should check her site out for more yummy treats ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks for the compliments, I like to make myself good meals or else I just don’t feel like I have done myself justice hahaha

  2. Have you ever tried quinoa? I think you’ll love it! it’s gluten free + higher in protein!

    • I have tried quinoa and it’s pretty good BUT the only issue is because I’m watching to make sure my protein doesn’t get too high, I prefer to get more meat/fish rather than getting my protein from a grain. Yes, I’m a carnivore hahahaha. Thanks for the suggestion and I really should do more veggie based meals but I’m just too attached to my carnivorous ways ๐Ÿ˜›

  3. I want to slather peanut butter all over those donuts!!

  4. You are just so amazing. You never fail to motivate me. In fact, I’ve been at the gym EVERYDAY since Monday. (Even coming in twice before 7am!). Sometimes when I see you walk by or from my elliptical machine I get giddy thinking that i am living like you. I haven’t weighed myself or anything but I know I just feel so much better. Endorphins are a very powerful thing.

    • awww you’re so sweet. Please say hi I would love to meet some of my readers and put a face to your name! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so glad that you are enjoying your workouts. Keep it up even when times get tough (exams) and you will continue to feel that amazing high.

  5. You’re amazing. So thankful for the counsel, comfort, and motivation you provide.

  6. I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your website. I started a dramatic lifestyle change…It has helped tremendously.

    Not only are your recipes simple, but they take the guess work out of calorie points. It’s a freedom that I sincerely enjoy! I’ve been able to share this joy with others, with excellent responses. People love your site.

    • That’s amazing, good for you! If you have any questions never be afraid to ask. I love answering them all ๐Ÿ˜Š thanks for spreading the word about my blog. I really love doing it and I’m so happy it can be used as a tool for others.

  7. It’s great to know that you actually love to answer questions instead of seeing it as a burden. I think it’s also great that you actually want to meet your readers.

    I have a question for you-do you know anything about Intermittent Fasting? Does it work?

    • I take comments as readers being interested in what I’m writing and wanting to know more. I’m always glad to spark a lil interest in living healthfully and any lil bit I can do to help them out in their journey I will gladly do! ๐Ÿ™‚

      I know a bit about IF but haven’t done it myself. To be brief, basically IF (intermittent fasting) is where you have a long window of fasting (not eating- can drink coffee/tea I believe and taking some supplements like BCAAs to avoid muscle breakdown if working out fasted) and a shortened window of eating. The idea here is that you have that window to get in all of your required calories for the day. For most, a 16-8 split is what is normal (16 hours fasting, 8 hours eating) and what people tend to do is ‘break their fast’ (have their first meal) as their POST workout meal where carbohydrates and protein are most important.

      I’m not sure the science behind the longer fasting window BUT I will check it out for my own interests sake as well and get back to you. As for whether it works…I have heard that if you get it down to a fine art (you are consistent with it) and you enjoy eating larger meals rather than smaller ones every few hours, that people tend to like it and you can loose weight, specifically body fat. This could be simply because your window of eating doesn’t allow for you to reach a caloric amount that is at or above your maintenance (calories required to stay at your current weight vs gaining weight). That being said, if you are not taking in enough calories than you may end up loosing weight and/or muscle mass if you are trying to weight train. There is also a scheduling thing that may occur as you should be breaking and starting your fast at the same time I believe so some thinking about what times work best for you would be in order.

      Personally I could never do it. I am having enough issues getting enough calories eating 6x per day and I am in no need for more fat loss so it wouldn’t be for me. Others also tend to like it because they say they can be more ‘flexible’ with their diets. This kind of goes in line with the whole “if it fits your macros’ or IIFYM approach where as long as you hit your macros (carbs/protein/fats), micronutrients and fiber that has been calculated for your body type and current goals, you can really choose what foods to eat…including some not so clean (or as we may perceive them) foods to hit those targets. For example, a person may break their fast following their workout with a large stack of protein pancakes (protein and carbs) and an omelet filled with spinach and mushrooms on the side (more protein, vegetables for micros and fiber). For a lil fun (or dirty) addition, they may through some M&M’s in the batter of their pancakes. Of course some people don’t choose to eat this way (incorporate heavily processed foods into their diets) but many do as a way of sticking to their macros/diet and also reaching their goals.

      I feel like I started to get a lil unorganized with my thoughts there. Does that help? IF you have any more questions please follow up ๐Ÿ™‚

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