Semester 1 Comes to an End

31 May

Thank goodness it’s winter holidays! This has been such a massive semester for me, so I’m glad it’s over! I’m looking forward to having the next 3 weeks for some R&R! It was my boyfriend’s (and his twin sister’s) birthday yesterday – I surprised them by coming down for the night (they live 2 hours from me) and bringing them a personalised mudcake cake from The Cheesecake Shop (YUM!), and an ‘adult party bag’ each πŸ™‚ my boyfriend was stoked to just see me! It was very cute πŸ™‚ I spoiled him rotten haha.

Motivation for this week – I’ve posted Jenna Renee Webb before, but she’s just so gorgeous so I’ll post another one of her πŸ™‚

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I didn’t cook much this week – I decided to use up the leftovers in the freezer and then just grill some chicken if necessary. I just baked some protein snacks πŸ™‚ yum!

 

Orange and Vanilla Whey Protein Muffins (from proteinpow.com)

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These are super yummy! A refreshing change from the usual πŸ™‚

Serves 5 (although I divided the mixture into 6… I prefer even numbers)

1/2 cup vanilla whey

2 whole eggs

1 cup of oats

1 tbsp orange rind

3/8 cup milk (I used almond milk but any can be used)

1/4 cup coconut flour

1/2 cup quark (I subbed in skim cottage cheese)

1 tsp baking powder

1. Blend ingredients

2. Pour into muffin tray and put half a thin slice of orange on each muffin

3. Bake at 170 degrees for about 25 minutes or until cooked

Apparently these are nice served with a dollop of Greek yoghurt but I like them plain πŸ™‚

Nutritional info: per 1/6 muffins

Calories: 157

Total fat: 4.1g

Total carbs: 13.6g

Sugar: 2.1g

Protein: 15.2g

 

The next recipe wasn’t such a success… I think they have great potential but I probably overcooked them (I don’t know what was going on with my oven but these were overcooked in about half the time!). The flavour was there but the texture just went rubbery because that’s what happens when you overcook whey protein powder! I’m determined to try this again though. I got the recipe from blogilates.com

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Carrot Cake Protein Muffins

Serves 14 (I made 12)

8 egg whites

1 cup oats

1/2 cup skim cottage cheese

4 scoops whey protein powder (I used vanilla)

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup Splenda (I used 6 serves of Stevia)

3 tsp cinnamon

1 cup grated carrot

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce (or crushed pineapple??)

(Optional: 2 tbsp raisins (I added goji berries) and/or almonds/walnuts)

1. Blend ingredients (except carrot, nuts and berries)

2. Gently fold in other ingredients

3. Spoon into muffin tray, then bake at 190 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden (evidently this wasn’t the right length of time for my oven…) and remove from the pan immediately

Nutritional info: per 1/12 muffins

Calories: 88

Total fat: 1.1g

Total carbs: 6.4g

Sugar: 1.2g

Protein: 12.6g

 

I need to get back to exam study, but I’ll leave you with this last message, which I have to try to remember, especially at times like this –

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πŸ™‚ hope you’re all having a good week! x

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