Thursday, March 22, 2012

Microwaved "baked" Apple

I know I know--a fake and baked apple???

I was running low on time and felt a major "sweet" tooth snack attack coming on. So instead of going for the sour patch kids my loverboy keeps in the kitchen cabinet I opted for an apple. I sliced the apple, sprinkled a little bit of cinnamon on it and microwaved it for 2min. Is it the same as a baked apple? No. But did it satisfy my craving? Yes.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Peanut Butter Protein Balls.

Hey gang! I'm baaaaaaaaaack ;)

So, guess what? I'm trying this thing called "getting healthy" and seeing as I am a carb junkie (and snacker) its been a little hard to stay on track. Although I've managed to get back into the groove of working out (HIIT, walking, circuit training), I still haven't mastered my diet just yet. Diet. What a dirty word. Typing the word brings up all sorts of not-so-good-feelings. You see, its not really a diet-diet, You know kind....where if I slip up I want to curl up into a ball and cry and then punish myself by looking at before and afters online. Nope. Not that kind of diet. What I'm talking about is simply eating healthier and making better choices----one spoonful (or forkful) at a time.

Where was I going with this? Oh yeah, so since I'm a carb junkie and recovering snackaholic, I needed to come up with some healthier snack alternatives to keep my cravings at a minimum. After some snooping around the good old Web I stumbled upon various recipes for "Peanut Butter Protein Balls".

They had me at Balls. Ok, no they didn't. They actually had Peanut Butter.

I looked in my pantry (more like kitchen cabinets but just go with it) and to my surprise I had everything needed. So once I was done watching the spring finale of Pretty Little Liars---HOLY MONA--- had my suspicions about for the longest time but I digress, I decided to make these delish little morsels.

Here is my version: (yielded about 16 for me)
  • 1 cup of all-natural peanut butter (or you can use almond butter-yum)
  • 1 cup of organic quick oats
  • 1/4 flax seed
  • 2 stevia packets
  • 1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder
I poured all of the ingredients in a bowl and started mixing with a wooden spoon. That turned out to be a little bit of a fail so I just dug in with my bare hands and mixed it. Outcome was MUCH better. I then made 1-1/2 balls and put them in the fridge. I'm not sure how long they'll keep though.

Although the taste was good they came out a little dryer than I had hoped. Maybe I'll add some more peanut butter...

If you have protein ball recipes or any other recipes send them my way!