Banana and PB Protein Muffins!

Lately, I’ve been really focused on eating plenty, keeping fit and staying healthy. Part of my regime is to get in at least 90g of protein per day; I also like a sweet treat that won’t harm my waistline!

Alas, Banana PB Protein Muffins were born! I used the recipe from Dashing Dish as a base and then added the peanut butter (cause I could quite frankly marry peanut butter!!) and it adds a little more protein and fats to the muffin! You could easily add in some dried fruit, chocolate chips, coco powder or adapt protein flavours…anything!

Ingredients

– 1 large banana

– 6 egg whites

– 122g low fat greek yoghurt

– 67g oats

– 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder

– 1 tsp baking powder

– 1 tsp baking soda

– 1/2 tsp cinnamon

– 12 tsp peanut butter (optional)

 

Method (makes 12 muffins)

– Pre-heat the oven to 175°C

– Line muffin tin with foil or spray with non-stick cooking spray

– Blend all ingredients (excluding peanut butter) until you have a smooth batter

– Divide mixture into muffin tins

– Place one teaspoon of peanut butter into each cup

– Bake for 15-18 minutes until golden brown

 

You should now have a gooey, banana’y, protein’y packed sweet snack!

Oaty Proteiny Cookys

I took a night off from the gym and decided to treat myself to some baking. I love baking – it allows me to relax and put my concentration into making something beautiful! I’m definitely not a pro baker – baking is far too meticulous for me, I like to throw things together and hope they work out! Hence the reason I used oats to make these bad boys.

Not only are oats better for you than flour, but they require very little attention!

These cookys are fairly guilt free (unless you eat them all in one go like me) and are packed with protein and vitamins from the fruits! I even added some dark chocolate for a little added danger! You don’t have to add the protein, that’s just for the gym freaks amongst us!

So, how did I make these ooey gooey oaty cookys? (I know I’m spelling it wrong, it’s meant to be cute and quirky)

Ingredients

2 Bananas

Splash of Unsweetened Almond Milk

Cinnamon

1-2 Scoops Whey Protein Powder (I used vanilla – feel free to experiment)

Porridge Oats

4 Squares Green & Blacks 85% Cocoa Dark Chocolate, chopped (you can use any chocolate, 85% cocoa can be very overpowering!)

6 Large Strawberries

 

Method

– Pre-heat the oven to 200°C and line a baking tray with some greaseproof paper

– Blend the bananas up until they’re pretty free of lumps. Feel free to do this with a fork/masher if you don’t have a blender!

– Add a splash of almond milk to help loosen up

– Mix in the cinnamon and protein powder

– Add porridge oats until the wet mixture is completely soaked up – but still malleable

– Add the chocolate chips and half of the strawberries, finely chopped

– Form small balls, place on baking tray and press down gently.

– Using up the remaining strawberries, chop them in half and push into the top of each cookie

– Bake until the edges begin to brown (roughly 10 minutes) The bigger the balls, the longer it takes! – there’s definitely a joke in there somewhere.

 

This recipe is incredibly easy to adapt. Change the chocolate, add some fruit, fill with a spoonful of peanut butter or nutella, or both! The oats are your oyster!

I hope you all enjoy them!

 

 

Juicin’ Life with the Nutribullet

Over the weekend my grandma greeted me with a very early birthday present – a Nutribullet! I hadn’t asked for it but I’d always wanted a blender/juicer. The Nutribullet does exactly that and I cannot get enough of it!!

Their motto is “add years to your life” – now, I’m not entirely sure that’s true but since I’ve started drinking juices, I’ve felt so much more energetic and I definitely feel slimmer and healthier in myself. I haven’t gone on a massive juice crash diet – I wouldn’t survive! – instead, I have a juice for breakfast with a slice of toast. then snack on juices during the day.

The Nutribullet isn’t like your average juicer; it doesn’t throw away the bits of fiber that are essential in the fruits and veggies, but “extracts” them. By that, I mean that it literally blends the fruits down to a juice form. You pop your fruits into the cup, flip it, press it and drink it. There are literally two parts that need a quick wash with some soapy water and you can start afresh!

It takes me about 5 minutes to make a juice in the morning and that normally gives me two portions! Because you aren’t “juicing” but “extracting” you don’t need to use masses of fruit to ensure a decent serving size. Here are some examples I’ve had this week:

The Corangery

2 carrots, 2 celery stalks, 1 orange, grated ginger, water – BLAST

Refresher

1 kiwi, 1 apple, 1 celery stalk, water – BLAST

Breakfast Juice – kind of

Porridge oats, 1 banana, splash almond milk, chia seeds, water – BLAST

Mexicana Salsa

Chillies, grilled tomatoes/garlic/red onions, corriander leaves – BLAST

The Creamy Protein Shake

Protein powder, almond milk, water – BLAST

 

I’m planning to try making soup with it this week and continue enjoying my fresh juices – I feel a berry blast coming on! To be continued…

 

Cheese and Pesto Stuffed Sweet Potato and Broccoli Burger

After a massive binge day, I figured I needed something clean and fresh to eat for my dinner! This is a recipe I came up with whilst attempting to use up all of my bits and pieces in the fridge! It’s super easy, super healthy and just 215 calories per burger! If that’s too many calories for you (crazy person) use low fat cheese or remove the cheese completely! You could also substitute regular breadcrumbs for Panko.

Either way, this cheesy, ooey gooey burger feels terribly naughty and… who doesn’t look a little naughtiness in the kitchen? Enjoy everyone!

veggie burger

Ingredients

1 medium sweet potato

1/2 floret of broccoli

Tbsp green pesto

1 slice mozzarella

1 slice goat’s cheese

4 tbsp breadcrumbs

Pinch of salt and pepper

 

Method

1. Pre-heat the oven to 220°. Cook the sweet potato until tender (either microwave or steam for 5-6 minutes). Do the same with the broccoli!

2. Blend the two together. It doesn’t need to be a smooth mixture, I used a masher to do mine!

3. Add a pinch of salt, pepper, breadcrumbs and mix well.

4. Using the mixture make four fairly wide and flat patties. On two of the patties add a blob of pesto, half a slice of mozzarella and goat’s cheese.

5. To complete, lay the two remaining patties on top and mold the edges together to create the burger formation.

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6. Stick em’ in the oven for 20-30 minutes until golden brown.

7. Indulge!

 

 

Fitness food – trying to eat “clean”

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If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed that lately, I’ve been posting a lot of fitness focused stuff. I’m a massive lover of the gym, however, usually don’t eat well to compliment. But lately, I’ve started to really clamp down on my eating habits and have discovered some fabulous recipes along the way. I thought I would share some of my favourites with you!

Mackerel Fillets and Salad

This is a quick and easy lunch! Smoked, peppered mackerel fillets are relatively cheap and full of essential fish oils and omega to keep you fit and healthy! Half a pack with a generous helping of mixed salad leaves comes in at just 320 calories!

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Cauliflower Rice 

Rice is a complex carb that really isn’t ideal to be eating late at night, but nobody can doubt how delicious it can be and how essential it is as a meal accompaniment. A healthy, carb free, alternative is Cauliflower. It sounds like it wouldn’t work, but if you get cauliflower, blend it up finely (or chop it like I do!) you’ll be left with what looks like rice! Whack it in a frying pan for a few minutes until tender and treat it like you would rice. Have it with a curry, stir fry it with some egg and vegetables… Experiment!

One serving of Cauliflower Fried Rice is roughly 300 calories (without cashews).

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Courgette Pasta

Again, pasta is a very complex carb and the devil when it comes to calorie counting! A great alternative is courgette. If you take the courgette and grate the entire length of it to form long strips, fry lightly and briefly, then treat it as you would pasta! I added some garlic and herb Philli and some chilli prawns! I was most definitely satisfied but didn’t have that horrible heavy bloated feeling pasta usually gives me!

This particular recipe has just 113 calories! You can have triple portions if you wish!

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Banana Pancakes

This recipe is a life saviour! If you’re a fan of pancakes this is for you!

The recipe calls for just one banana (mashed or blended well), two eggs and whisk it all together! What is produced is an incredibly sweet batter that once cooked, tastes just like a hearty pancake! One portion (about four pancakes) is about 350 calories.

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If you would prefer not to fry the batter, you can bake it like a frittata! I used apples to help keep it together and sprinkled some cinnamon on top for some spice! (About 300 calories)

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Snacking on the go!

I am a huge fan of snacking! But, you can quickly stack up the calories without even noticing when it comes to a good old graze! I’ve found some great, filling products that will keep you going until your next big meal!

Pork Mooli Ribbons from Marks and Spencer’s are just 150 calories for six ribbons, plus a side of carrots and sweet chilli dip! More than enough to keep you happy!

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Metcalfe’s Sweet and Salty Popcorn is utterly delicious and very light in terms of calories and fat! Dead easy to munch on the go!

For a sweet treat to help curb cravings, I nibble on Green and Blacks 70% cocoa chocolate. It’s bitter but satisfying at the same time and therefore you don’t need to eat lots of it!

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Total 0% Fat Greek Yoghurt

Whoever designed this should be given a medal! It’s absolutely divine and completely free of sin! I like to spice it up in various ways…

Almonds, Honey and Yoghurt – a great start to the morning! (60 calories)

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Or, try a tsp of peanut butter, honey, vanilla extract and some chocolate chips (optional) to create a beautifully sin-free cookie dough flavoured yoghurt! You can freeze to create your very own Ben and Jerry’s! (100 calories for a small serving)

Sweet Potato!

The queen of the root vegetables! The sweet potato is so tasty and really easy to cook! I tend to have it at lunch as it’s still quite high in carb despite being better than a white potato! I usually have it in a jacket style filled with tuna and avocado with a side salad. It’s more than enough to fill me up until dinner time!

This serving has around 282 calories! If you removed the avocado, it’s just 199!

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Salmon Trimmings

I adore salmon! However, it’s very expensive, especially when you’re living alone and only ever cooking for one! But there is an answer… Salmon trimmings! These are the cut offs when they trim down smoked salmon for serving. As far as I know there isn’t a huge difference in nutrients and they cost just 98p for a generous sized packet! I have them various ways but my favourites are:

Scrambled eggs with salmon trimmings on toast!

And

Salmon trimmings, avocado, hot pepper sauce and brown toast! (About 300 calories)

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I must say that despite this all being very healthy and quite low in calorie intake, you won’t get very far – in terms of weightloss – unless you incorporate some exercise into your regime.

I hope you all enjoy these recipes as much as I do! 🙂