daily eats: 7.8.13

Hi! How was your 4th of July?

We had an amazing, amazing weekend complete with hikes, time at the pool, brunch with a friend from college, an 11th birthday party, a night out with friends, 1800 meals out (seriously) and a day at the beach in Malibu. Sunday was spent catching up on work, laundry and getting ready for the week. It was one of those weekends that just felt perfect. I wasn’t really ready to go back to work, but I’m almost ready to send my fall newsletter to the printer so I’m anxious to complete that project.

workout: 25 minutes physique 57 dvd

coffee: with 1/2 & 1/2

breakfast: 2 slices almond paleo bread with a touch of earth balance + egg scramble (1 egg + egg whites + kale + kalamta olives + feta). This was the second paleo bread I’ve tried, and I like the almond so much more than the coconut variety. The bread is made out of almond meal, coconut flour, egg whites (among other things) and each slice has 60 calories, 6 grams carbohydrates, 5 grams fiber and 7 grams protein.

lunch: was via my fit foods. I think I’ve mentioned my fit foods before, but not in much detail. They sell “fresh, healthy meals that are designed to increase energy levels and help you lose weight safe and naturally.” I’m a big fan of almost everything I’ve tried and the convenience factor is amazing. It is a little pricey (lunches run about $9-$11) but they have promotions on a regular basis. I do wish the meals had more vegetables, this one in particular (lean lemon turkey) is especially lacking.

So I rounded it out with some carrots and celery on the side and a small chocolate chip cookie made with zucchini that a co-worker brought in.

workout 2: was supposed to be a run or elliptical at the gym but I didn’t get home until almost 8pm, and the gym was most definitely out of the question. So I did what any normal person would do…

snack: …had a glass of wine, some peanuts and made brownies! ;)

dinner(s): have been really basic lately, tonight’s “freezer” menu was salmon burgers with horseradish aioli + vegetables with a touch of parmesan.

dessert: I had to taste the brownies that I’m taking over to a friend. Obviously.

approximate nutrition stats: 1713 calories, 76 grams fat (42%), 141 grams carbohydrates (34%), 26 grams fiber, 52 grams sugar, 98 grams protein (24%)

P.S. I get eyelash extensions today!!!

 

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?