So as I mentioned yesterday, I am beginning to do Jamie Elson’s 12-Week Trainer. During those 12 weeks, I will do lots of strength training. There is basically zero cardio but I am definitely going to find a way to fit some in….cause you know…I still have 21 before 21 to accomplish 😉
In addition to the workout plan, there is also a meal plan. I’m not going to follow that. I will look at it and take it from there. Since I was going to need to increase my protein, I headed off to the store…
-frozen berries – peach, blueberries, mixed berries (on sale: 2/$5)
-pumpkin pie spice (on sale)
-unsweetened vanilla almond milk x 2 (on sale)
-crunchy soy nut butter
-zico natural coconut water x 2 (on sale: $3.50 each)
-annie’s lite gingerfly salad dressing (on sale)
-quaker unsalted rice cakes
Quick question: Why is protein powder so expensive??? I was looking to buy some whey but I ended up leaving the store without because I didn’t want to drop a ton of money on a tiny tub. For now, I am going to use this protein powder that I have:
I got it for $18 awhile ago by the time the sale and coupons were added in.
While looking at the BodyBuilding website, I found this good looking recipe for pumpkin protein bars…and I really wanted to make them. There was one problem though. I don’t have an oven. My roommate had just bought a mini cupcake maker over the weekend, so a lightbulb went off in my head. I can use the cupcake maker to make the bars! Genius.
I had to make a few adjustments, so this is what my recipe was like. Plus, I halved it.
Adapted from here.
-1 small apple
-a few shakes cinnamon
-a splash of water
1. Take the skin off the apple and core. Throw those pieces away.
2. Cut up the inside and put into a bowl. Add a few shakes of cinnamon and a little bit of water.
3. Microwave in 30 second intervals. Check to see when it gets soft. Once soft, mush until it is like applesauce. Put into a large bowl.
-1 c oatmeal
4. Measure out the oatmeal and blend in magic bullet or food processor. (Of course, you can use oat flour. Go ahead and use 1 c of that.)
5. Put that into the bowl with the applesauce.
6. To that bowl, add the rest of the ingredients:
-1/4 c NuNaturals Baking Blend
-1 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-1/2 tsp baking powder
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-2 egg whites
-1/2 a can of pumpkin (it would end up being 7.5 oz)
-1 scoop vanilla protein powder
-1/4 c almond milk
-1/4 c walnuts (optional…but I totally recommend it)
9. And now, wait. It all depends on how much batter you put into each and how hot the cupcake maker is.
10. Continue until the batter is gone.
At first, I wasn’t sure about these. Then they cooled and I really liked them! It was a lot of work making these in a tiny dorm but they are totally worth it. A great snack with lots of protein is always welcome to me 🙂
I started the plan yesterday and, well…I’m already sore! I don’t know about you guys, but I love feeling sore. What’s sore, you ask? Oh you know…my triceps, shoulders, chest, and abs…so basically everything…no big.
And your funny picture of the day a la Pinterest:
Morning Sky. I took this picture before the US Half in San Francisco. It was too pretty to pass up.
Question: Do you ever have to improvise when it comes to recipes?
Do you like being sore?