new product favorites {june 2013}

Halfpops. You know the best part of popcorn, the kernels that aren’t completely popped? These are a whole bag of precisely that. They are made in Seattle and have beautiful packaging, are certified gluten-free and all-natural.

FlapJacked Protein Pancakes. I actually won a giveaway from She Rocks Fitness and so I was sent them to try…big fan! The nutrition stats are great (200 calories, 17 grams protein, 7 grams fiber), the flavor is great and the ingredients are real.

Sea Salt & Turbinado Sugar Dark Chocolate Almonds. These aren’t anything new, but I picked them up a few weeks ago from Trader Joe’s and they make the perfect dessert/treat at night. Almonds covered in chocolate are still healthy, right? ;)

Nuttzo Nut Butters. I was sent some Nuttzo to try out and I love the ingredient list and nut variety that they use and of course the added benefits that flaxseed adds. (The flax is cracked so you can reap the omega-3 benefits!)

Blue Bottle Coffee. I picked some up at the airport in San Francisco and totally understand the hype. It’s delicious. Garden Lites Pizza Souffle. This egg and vegetable “souffle” is found in the freezer section and contains 2 servings of vegetables, 12 grams of protein and 200 calories. It was SO good! It was a bit pricey, but nice to have for a rushed morning.

Quest Protein Bars. I was really skeptical of these…but I’ve seen them raved about all over online and while I was at GNC picking a few up, the guy working assured me they were really good. Oddly enough, they are so much better when microwaved for a bit. Dare I say it was the closest non-cookie dough-tasting cookie dough product out there? They are low-carb, gluten-free, high-protein and boast a pretty simple ingredient list. (Can only be purchased online and at GNC.)

TaDah Falafel Wraps. Wow. Just go find these in the frozen section! I’m still dreaming about this wrap. This wrap had 17 grams of protein and all recognizable ingredients. (This variety is also vegan, others have feta.)

breakfast strawberry shortcake

Even though fruit seasons get blurry because you can find whatever fruit you are looking for all the time, if there was a quintessential summer fruit, in my mind it would be strawberries. I have fond memories of spending hot summer afternoons picking strawberries and bringing home flats of the delightfully juicy (non-organic) berries. We would eat them plain, probably until our fingers were stained pink or with yogurt and granola, which was my absolute favorite. So in honor of summer strawberries, I’ve got a totally delicious, totally healthy strawberry recipe for you.

If I tell you that you can have strawberry shortcake for breakfast will you kind of love me?

I won’t pretend that this strawberry shortcake tastes exactly like the typical strawberry shortcake, but I’m also not going to pretend that the typical strawberry shortcake has almost 30 grams of protein, 9 grams of fiber and is essentially low-carb.

Breakfast Strawberry Shortcake

by Emily Dingmann

Keywords: bake blender breakfast gluten-free high fiber high protein summer

 

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 2 cups strawberry halves

For the Almond Cakes

  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Cream

  • 1 cup light cottage cheese
  • 1/8 cup skim or almond milk
  • 2 scoops Vi-Shape

Instructions

Top almond cakes with strawberries and drizzle with cream.

For the Almond Cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together almond meal, egg white, oil and vanilla.

Split into 4 portions and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake for about 10-12 minutes until firm to the touch.

For the Cream

Blend together cottage cheese, Vi-Shape and milk until smooth.

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Nutrition per serving: 393 calories, 21 grams fat, 26 grams carbohydrates, 9 grams fiber, 13 grams sugar, 29 grams protein.

Disclaimer: I received compensation for this post. {Vi-Shape is a meal-replacement/protein/supplement powder in sweet cream flavor. Learn more.} Getting paid to develop recipes is pretty much my dream job, so I was thrilled at the opportunity. 

daily eats: 4.29.13

I’m currently a little obsessed with Gwyneth Paltrow’s new book It’s All Good. I’ve paged through it about 4-5 times so far. The recipes are great, the pictures are beautiful and she’s not bad to look at either. :)

I’m also coming off of a weekend in Vegas, a few days of being sick and eating out an insane amount of times. So I could use a LOT of “good” this week. Lots of good vegetables, protein, workouts and water. She is my inspiration this week!

am workout: 20 minutes of physique 57 (strength)

coffee: (duh) + 1/2 & 1/2 while I made my daily “to do” list. I never cross off as much as I would like to…

breakfast: One of Gwyneth’s (and co-author Julia Turshen’s) favorite breakfasts is avocado toast and even though it’s nothing new, I thought the addition of mayo (she uses vegenaise) was interesting. Verdict? Yes, I love it! I don’t know what it is that makes it so delicious but I’m hooked. I had a touch of vegenaise + a small avocado on 2 slices of sprouted bread.

lunch: salad (also from the cookbook) with a delicious vegan, creamy parsley dressing and all sorts of toppings: cucumbers + garbanzo beans + beets + 2  hard-boiled eggs.

snack: baby carrots + greek yogurt ranch dip

workout: 30 minutes on the elliptical + 40 minute walk (to/from gym)

dinner: While making dinner I snacked on a few olives + chips and salsa. Burgers weren’t on the original menu but they kept getting pushed back so had to be eaten tonight. I also had them last night at a family cookout and have a lunch date at The Counter tomorrow. Life could be worse and you won’t ever catch me complaining about eating burgers. :) Broccolini + onion & jalapeno on the side!

dessert: small handful of dark chocolate almonds

approximate nutrition stats: 1955 calories, 121 grams fat (53%), 145 grams carbohydrates (28%), 40 grams fiber, 33 grams sugar, 96 grams protein (20%). My Dad (who works in Cardiac Rehab) might fall over if he sees that 50% of my calories came from fat…

I know Gwyneth can be polarizing – love or hate?  

daily eats: 2.4.13

Hi! Long time, no daily eats posts. (3 months actually!)

I hope you all had a great Super Bowl (if you celebrate). I tried to catch most of the commercials and ate artichokes, chips with salsa and queso and chicken fingers. (I have no idea…but they sounded SO good!) I sipped on some wine with the snacks and then made some paleo chocolate chip cookies that my friend Erin pinned – she seriously pins the best paleo recipes.

am workout: 30 minute express physique 57. I’ve been doing the physique 57 dvds for a few months now and am a big fan. Do I look like Kelly Ripa? Not yet but I’ll keep you posted. ;)

breakfast: coffee with half & half + 2% and a banana pancake that I baked into a huge banana loaf (way easier than making separate pancakes!) – I make them with bananas, almond meal, flax meal, eggs, egg whites, vanilla and cinnamon and top with some almond butter and a small drizzle of maple syrup. Trust me when I say it is hideous (especially in fluorescent lighting). Most of us thought it tasted good… 

lunch: chopped salad with romaine, kale, cucumber and pepper + 5-6 oz chicken + 1 slice turkey bacon + 1. 5 hard boiled eggs + annie’s light honey mustard dressing.

and a cookie for dessert!

pre-run fuel/snack: few bites of applesauce for some sugar

pm workout: run! I think I might sign up for a 1/2 marathon. I really have no idea what brought this on, it kind of came out of nowhere. (maybe because I’m turning 30, maybe because I just joined a gym, maybe as an excuse to buy some workout clothes, maybe because one of the 1/2 marathon possibilities is in Santa Barbara which means I could turn it into a running and WINE weekend?!) Whatever the reason, I am literally starting at the beginning. I really haven’t done much cardio in the last few months so when I say I’m starting at the beginning I mean, I’m running: 1 mile, 1 mile, 1.5 miles, 2 miles this week. I’ll run more than just 1 mile per workout, but I need to run a mile straight, then take a walking break, then start running again. {Today’s workout ended up being about 4.5 miles total: run 1, walk .5, run 1, walk .5 and 1.5 miles round trip walk to and from gym}

snack: my new favorite – Finn Crisp cracker + deli turkey + mustard – 2 of them are about 100 calories and have more than 10 grams of protein!

dinner: “the word’s best chicken” (recipe from pinterest) + asparagus. The chicken is really good but world’s best might be a stretch, although I have made it a few times now…

dessert: paleo cookies (3)  - the cookies get really soft the next day, I think next time I’ll try adding some more almond meal and freeze them into little dough balls.

I’ll have prettier pictures on my next post, promise! :)