Happy Birthday To Me

10 Sep

22… is it just me or does it sound a LOT older than 21?? Quietly celebrated my birthday this year – Greek lunch with the family last weekend and my boyfriend surprised me by driving up to see me on my actual birthday 🙂 he’s the best. My heart rate monitor even had a birthday message for me haha.

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I’ve been struggling this past week with my clean eating, my bulimia, and my self-confidence; don’t ask me why but I’ve been really down in the dumps. I’m hoping that this week I can pull my head back up and find my happy place again, because I really struggle when I’m feeling like this.

 

Motivation:

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Meal plan (and this week I WILL stick to it!!):

 

Meal 1:

Blueberry protein pancakes

 

Meal 2:

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Citrus Protein Bars. These are just another version of Natalie Hodson’s protein bar base recipe and they’re really nice!! They’re perfect for the recent sunny weather here in Oz.

Serves 12

1&1/2 cups oat flour

3 scoops vanilla whey protein powder

1 tbsp baking powder

12 serves of Stevia

3 egg whites

1 cup lite coconut milk

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/4 cup no fat Greek yoghurt

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp lemon extract

1 tbsp poppy seeds

Preheat oven to 180 degrees

Mix everything together

Pour it into a sprayed brownie baking tray

Cook for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean

Nutritional info: per 1/12 bars

Calories: 88

Total fat: 1.8g

Total carbs: 8.6g

Sugar: 1.6g

Protein: 8.6g

 

Meal 3/Lunch:

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Thai Coconut Shrimp
modified slightly from the dish from www.cleaneatingmag.com – YUM!! I loveeee seafood, especially prawns.

Serves 4

2 cups chopped broccoli

2/3 cup lite coconut milk

1 tbsp salt reduce tomato paste

1 tsp ground ginger

2&1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/3 tsp red pepper flakes

Juice of 1/2 a lime

1 green capsicum – sliced into thin strips

370g raw green shrimp – rinsed

In a bowl, whisk together coconut milk, tomato paste, ginger, garlic, pepper flakes and lime juice

Simmer this coconut mixture with the capsicum in a nonstick pan over medium-low heat for 5 minutes, stirring often to prevent clumping

Add shrimp and cook for another 2 minutes, then flip shrimp over and cook for another minute (or until prawns are cooked). At this time also throw in the broccoli

Serve with either wholegrain noodles or SlimPasta (which is what I did!) or even rice/quinoa?? Sooo good!!

Nutritional info: per 1/4 serves

Calories:136

Total fat: 3.6g

Total carbs: 6.3g

Sugar: 2.7g

Protein: 20.9g

 

Meal 4:

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Gourmet Carrot Cake Muffins based on the recipe from chockohlawtay.blogspot.com.au. These are really nice but they took me way too long to cook!! It’d be fine if I had more spare time but at the moment I’m really wanting quick and easy meals. I suppose that by looking at the recipe list I should’ve guessed it’d take me a while…

Serves 20

DRY

2 cups oat flour

1 scoop (30g) vanilla whey protein powder

12 serves Stevia

1/4 cup cornflour

2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/8 tsp ground cloves

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

WET

170g firm tofu – drained

1/2 cup no fat Greek yoghurt

1/2 cup orange juice (I just squeezed 1&1/2 oranges)

2 tbsp coconut butter

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

2 tbs sugar free maple syrup

2 serves Stevia

3 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp lemon extract

OTHER

1&1/2 cups grated carrots (about 1&1/2 big carrots)

Ok so preheat the oven to 160 degrees

In a large mixing bowl mix together the dry ingredients

In a blender, whizz all the wet ingredients until smooth. Pour into the dry ingredients and fold in gently.

Add carrots and, again, fold gently

Pour batter into sprayed muffin pans and bake for around 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean

They can be topped with an icing made from:

170g firm tofu – drained and rinsed

1 tbsp coconut oil

12 serves Stevia

1 tsp sugar free maple syrup

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

I didn’t top mine with this icing because I don’t think it’ll freeze very well, but they’re yummy just as is!!

Nutritional info: per 1/20 muffins WITHOUT icing

Calories: 67

Total fat: 1.5g

Total carbs: 9.7g

Sugar: 2.4g

Protein: 3.4g

 

Meal 5/Dinner:

This is delicious and oh-so-simple!! – Easy Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken from www.thegraciouspantry.com.

Serves 8

3-4 tbsp clean taco seasoning

  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/3 tsp chilli powder

4 large chicken breasts

1 cup low sodium chicken stock

Throw everything in the slow cooker (make sure chicken is coated with mixture).

Cook on low for 6-8 hours (if you’re around, flip the chicken half way through its cooking time)

Nutritional info: per 1/8 serves

Calories: 167

Total fat: 1.9g

Total carbs: 1.7g

Sugar: 0.2g

Protein: 34.8g!!!

 

Oh, my boyfriend and I had a BBQ this weekend because it was such beautiful weather and this is what we had – a high protein delicious meal!!

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What you’re looking at is a turkey burger, kangaroo kebab, and chicken sausage 🙂 SO YUM!! My boyfriend was a bit worried about the roo and turkey because he’d never had it before but he scoffed it down and had seconds :). I love a good summer BBQ!

 

Meal 6:

WW Chocolate Mousse

 

I’m determined to have a better week this week – I will get out of bed, I will go to class, I will study, I will not eat junk/too much food, I will not watch television, and I will push myself harder at the gym. Got it? Got it.

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Chin up!!!!! x

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5 Responses to “Happy Birthday To Me”

  1. Edna N Ramirez September 14, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    Fantastic post, I really look forward to updates from you.

  2. Sheslosingit.net September 21, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    Happy birthday! Sounds like good recipes. I had some issues with my birthday this year too. I turned 38 thinking I had at least 2 years before my midlife crisis and then was informed that 35 is really the new 40, so I was over the hill for three years without my knowledge.

    Anyway, I decided to scare myself by 1) start a blog, 2) learn how to shoot a gun (this was scary as I am a Democrat) and 3) at age 38 and size 14 enter a bikini competition.

    Here are the posts, hope you like them: http://sheslosingit.net/2012/06/12/happy-birthday-blog/
    http://sheslosingit.net/2012/06/13/gun-control/
    http://sheslosingit.net/2012/06/14/the-bikini-project/
    http://sheslosingit.net/2012/06/14/the-new-40/

    Lisa 🙂

    • brizah90 September 25, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

      Thanks Lisa! My opinion: you haven’t reached a midlife crisis unless you decide you have haha. That’s so fantastic about you setting those goals, and then achieving them!! I would love to enter a bikini competition, but I’m too nervous. I saw you’re progress pics from the other day, you look great! 🙂

  3. Cassie June 12, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    Just wanted to say I made the citrus protein bars – & they are delicious!! The coconut milk must keep them moist – very yummy. Thank you

    • brizah90 June 18, 2013 at 8:42 am #

      Glad you like them Cassie 🙂

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