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Mad for Muesli

29 Mar

 

Hi Lifters!

Not much to chat about this week – other than these scrumptious muesli bars!! For some reason I was really craving them and decided that it wouldn’t be so hard to up the protein content in them. Give them a try and let me know what you think!!

Chewy Protein Muesli Bars

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These are great to throw in the bag for an on-the-go snack AND feel free to make your own modifications – I would have loved to add pepitas and almonds but there were none in the pantry. Get creative! 🙂

Ingredients:

2 cups rolled oats

¼ cup chia

¼ cup shredded coconut

1 Tbsp sesame seeds

1 Tbsp sunflower seeds

½ cup (55g) vanilla whey

Pinch of salt

¼ cup coconut butter

1 tsp vanilla essence

¼ cup sugar free maple syrup (or honey, or regular maple syrup)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celcius
  2. Mix all dry ingredients
  3. Whisk together coconut butter, vanilla essence, and maple syrup (it may be necessary to soft the coconut butter by putting it in the microwave for 10-20 seconds first)
  4. Add coconut mixture to the dry ingredients and mix
  5. Add a splash of water if too dry (mixture should be sticking together but not sloppy – I added only about 1 tsp of water)
  6. Line a baking tray with baking paper, and spread mixture out evenly. I used a 30cmx24cm tray but if you want thicker bars, use a smaller tray
  7. Bake for 10-15 minutes – longer if you want the bars to be crunchier or if you have thicker bars
  8. Once cooked, allow to cool slightly before slicing into bars (I divided mine into 16)

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Learn constantly, Love your body, Lift yourself higher x

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My Gym Buddy Returns!

30 Apr

Yes, my boyfriend is back, I gave him a big a surprise by turning up at the airport (I’d convinced him that I couldn’t make it…) and we spent a lovely w/e together just relaxing and catching up 🙂 I missed him so much!! 12 days away is 12 days too many!

 

My latest body motivation/girl crush – Jenna Renee! I want my body to look like hers!

After a w/e of treating myself (my boyfriend and I indulged in a few blocks of chocolate… naughty, but oh so delicious!) I’m ready for a week of eating clean and looking after myself.

 

Plan for this week:

 

Meal 1/Breakfast:

Pancakes 🙂 I found some sugar-free maple syrup, which tastes AMAZING so I let myself drizzle a bit on my pancakes sometimes. It’s not perfect because it contains sucralose (although any trials on the negative side effects of sucralose have only been done in ridiculously excessive amounts, so I figure a little bit here and there won’t do me too much damage!).

 

Meal 2:

Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Muffins

I’ve posted this recipe before, and I cannot emphasize enough how delicious these little baked delights are! In order to prevent myself from eating them all straight away I make sure to freeze them and defrost them one at a time 😛

 

Meal 3/Lunch:

Jamie Eason’s Meatloaf Muffins

In one of my very first posts I put up the recipe for these, and I think they’re so yummy! They’re also really convenient to grab on the go to munch on like an apple, or I like to chop up and mix with salsa/put in a psyllium crepe (recipe posted previously)/throw in a salad!

This time I altered them slightly by subbing in kangaroo mince (I’m determined to try it in everything now!) and, although they smell a bit different, I’m sure they’ll taste just as good! These are yummy but I think I prefer the turkey in this recipe… I might try a different meatball recipe with the kangaroo because I think it required different spices.

 

Meal 4:

Leftovers! Yay I love it when I find that I have enough leftovers to last me another week! This week I have plenty of Peanut Butter Layered Coconut and Vanilla Whey Protein Cakes and Chocolate and Coconut Protein Bars, so I can relax a bit :).

Also, just thought I’d chuck a photo in of my Vitamin-Rich Post-Workout Shake before it gets all blended up – you’ll see that I use Optimum Nutrition 100% Gold Standard Whey Protein and I love it! My boyfriend and I did a heap of hunting around to find the best and so far this is it! I love vanilla icecream flavour, and also have the double chocolate, but the Dymatize flavour beats that in regards to flavour!

 

Meal 5/Dinner:

Low Carb Chicken Parmigiana

I love a good chicken parmigiana and found this awesome recipe at http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/27204/30+minute+chicken+parmigiana+bake. I altered it slightly to suit me a bit better, and this is what I came up with:

Serves 4

2 chicken breasts – halved (to make thinner)

1 medium brown onion – diced

2 tsp crushed garlic

340g jar fire-roasted pepper strips – drained

450g jar lite chicken parmigiana sauce

1/4 cup fresh basil leaves

Eggplant, diced

Italian herbs

Salt and pepper

Lite pizza cheese

1. Preheat oven to 220 degrees

2. Spray frying pan lightly with oil and cook chicken breasts until browned and cooked through, then remove from pan and sit aside

3. In the same pan, cook onion, garlic, and egg plant until onion is cooked, then add jar of peppers. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add parmigiana sauce and herbs, bring to the boil, and season with salt and pepper.

4. Lay the chicken breasts out on an ovenproof dish and pour the sauce mixture on top. Sprinkle with cheese (not too much!)

5. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until top is golden. YUM!! The addition of the fire-roasted peppers is awesome! I also would have added a few olives if I’d had any on hand.

I have been searching for this lite pizza cheese EVERYWHERE after finding it randomly a few months ago… and found it again! Just in woolworths, but for some reason it tends to come and go…

 

Meal 6:

Either my Chocolate Protein Mousse or Cottage Cheese Mixture (in the photo above I mixed cottage cheese+dark unsweetened cocoa+stevia+almond milk+unsweetened desiccated coconut), whichever I can be bothered making!

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before but I live in a communal building, with a bunch of other medical students, and so I have to share a communal kitchen. Cooking all this food at once tends to make such a mess and takes so much time but I like to do it all at once to get it out of the way, and I always choose times when the kitchen is as empty as possible. Here’s a photo of the workplace….

On the plus side, when it’s empty it means I can use ALL the ovens at once, if I need different temperatures, and I can borrow some people’s pots and pans (although I ALWAYS clean them and put them away after use, because I hate when people leave mine dirty!).

I absolutely love bulk cooking at the start of the week, it gives me so much more time when I’m busy during the week and it really eases some of the stress off my mind. I’m trying to get my boyfriend to start bulk cooking because he hates having to spend so much time cooking and washing dishes every night, so this w/e I’m compiling a bunch of easy freezable recipes for him and we’re going tupperware shopping 🙂

Hope everyone has a great week – if anyone has any questions about calorie/macro content of any of my recipes, or would like any advice about eating clean etc, feel free to comment on my wall or email me – blhat1@student.monash.edu 🙂

Train mean eat clean 🙂 xx