Tag: protein

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

 

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins 1Oh my god, guys! How is it already August!? I feel like for months I’ve been waiting for Summer and now it’s almost over. What??? How did that happen!?

I didn’t get to do half of the summery stuff I planned to do, like sitting outside on a restaurant terrace slurping oysters and washing them down with ice cold rose, making the 30 minute trek to Red Hook Lobster Pound, (there is no public transportation that goes there) for the best lobster roll in NYC…totally worth it, btw. All Spring I couldn’t wait to have picnics in the park and host get-togethers on our roof, all of which has been a big fat fail so far. :(

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Why do all of my Summer plans include food?

And why do I act surprised?

What HAS happened is all the beautiful summery produce. The farmers markets here in NYC are overflowing with juicy, sun-ripened peaches, super red tomatoes and the biggest zucchinis I have ever seen!

I don’t think you can really tell from this picture, but trust me, it’s humongous!

What would you do with that giant vegetable? I mean, there are only so many zucchini noodles and stir-fry’s you can make.

Yes, muffins. My thoughts exactly.

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins 4Because isn’t dessert always the answer?

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Or in this case, breakfast. Because there are veggies in here! My favorite kind of treats are ones that do double-duty 😀

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins 6Who knew that zucchini and chocolate went so well together. I’d like to thank the person brave enough to first try this combo.

Chocolate Chip Zucchini MuffinsChocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

Makes 12

1 cup oat flour

1/2 cup protein powder

1 1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

2 small ripe bananas

1/4 cup maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla

2 egg whites or 2 flax eggs

1 cup shredded zucchini

1/3 cup greek yogurt

1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners and spray inside of liners with nonstick cooking spray.

Put shredded zucchini in a clean dish towel and squeeze out excess liquid.

In medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.

In a stand mixer add mashed banana, maple syrup, vanilla and eggs and mix until smooth. Add in zucchini and yogurt and beat again until well combined. Slowly mix in dry ingredients until just combined. Do not overmix! Fold in chocolate chips.

Evenly divide batter into muffin cups. Alternatively you can reduce the size and bake 15 muffins. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins 7 Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins 8There’s still some zucchini left over.

 

What are your favorite summertime activities? Have you done them all yet? If you haven’t, there’s still time!

 

With so much love,

Sam

 

Chocolate Chip Coconut Breakfast Cookies

Healthy Breakfast Cookies 1Hey there friends,

Happy Friday, first beautiful week of Spring, belated Cinco de Mayo, whatever else you have to celebrate.

I have a lot to celebrate this week. This past Monday my good friend and former roommate got engaged! A bunch of us were part of the surprise and it was so exciting and perfect. She laughed, she cried, she hyperventilated.

They are one of the best couples I know and I am so happy for them!

Healthy Breakfast Cookies 2Then there was Cinco de Mayo. Before last year I didn’t really celebrate this holiday except with an occasional margarita. But, last year on May 5th my sister gave birth to, no joke guys, a Mexican-American baby boy! My nephew’s birthday is my favorite thing in the world. You can’t make that stuff up.

His first birthday was full of drinkage for the adults :) Can you imagine his 21st birthday!? I kinda can’t wait.

Margarita’s for everybody!!!

Healthy Breakfast Cookies 3Lots of celebrations call for lots of delicious treats, and what’s more treat-like than cookies for breakfast!?

Healthy Breakfast Cookies 4I ‘m so guilty of getting in a breakfast rut. I have no problem eating the same breakfast for two weeks straight. Lately, its been protein pancake cashew butter roll-ups with chia seeds and blueberries, and while I’m still not sick of them, I thought it would be fun to try out a new portable breakfast option.

The breakfast cookie was born!

Healthy Breakfast Cookies 5I wanted these cookies to be healthy and something I could feel good about eating first thing in the morning. Does anyone else feel that what they eat in the morning sets up the rest of their food choices throughout the day?

So, healthy was a must and so was filling. I needed something to keep me going through my morning training sessions. I need to be focusing on my clients and not my stomach, so protein, healthy fats and fiber were also a must.

Lastly, they needed to taste great. A healthy cookie is worthless if it tastes like sawdust. These had to be chocolatey, moist and have some kind of texture. Coconut flakes and hemp seeds did the trick there.

Healthy Breakfast Cookies 6These cookies are such a great breakfast option. Two keep me satisfied for a full four hours!

They also only took one recipe test to get right, they only take one bowl for easy cleanup, and the ingredients are nicely interchangeable. Don’t have hazelnuts? No biggie! Use walnuts, cashews or just more almonds. Play around with add-ins like dried fruit. Don’t worry if you don’t have hemp seeds or are allergic to coconut. Just leave them out.

Should I stop talking now and give you the recipe!?

OKAY!

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Chocolate Chip Coconut Breakfast Cookies

Makes 12-15

1 cup almonds

1/2 cup hazelnuts

1/4 cup vanilla protein powder

1/4 cup coconut oil

2 tbsp maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla

1 tbsp ground flax

1 egg

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

1/3 cup chocolate chips

1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

1 tbsp hemp seeds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread nuts onto a baking sheet and toast in oven for 8-10 minutes. Keep the oven on. In a food processor, blend nuts until completely smooth. Add protein powder, maple syrup, vanilla, flax, egg, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt to the processor and blend for about 2 minutes. Remove the blade and mix in chocolate chips, coconut and hemp seeds.

Scoop a heaping tablespoon onto a prepared baking sheet and flatten to desired thickness. These cookies will not spread in the oven. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Store in an airtight container for 4-5 days.

Healthy Breakfast Cookies 8COOKIES FOR BREAKFAST!!!

Did you celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Tuesday? If so, how did you celebrate?

Would you ever eat cookies for breakfast? Or have you? 😉

With so much love,

Sam

 

 

Holiday Coconut Nog Protein Pancakes

Eggnog protein pancakesHi there my loves!

As you all know Thursday is Christmas and it’s a hectic time of year. I’ve been running my little (okay, big) tush around buying presents for all of my family including the newest addition, my sweet baby nephew. It’ll be his first Christmas and I can hardly wait. I have my camera charged and ready to capture every moment. Christmas is always special, but having children around really makes it magical.

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We always have a huge feast on Christmas and I look forward to it every year. I try to eat light during the day to make room for all of the yummy food, but I’m never one to skip meals, so I like to have a healthy breakfast to hold me over for the feast ahead. This recipe works double duty. If you remember last week I made a Chocolate Eggnog Crumb Cake. If you ventured to make it yourself, you would now have leftover nog sitting in your fridge. I was looking for a way to use mine up and I came up with these pancakes. They are perfect for Christmas morning, or any holiday you celebrate, when you want a special breakfast to kick off the festivities. They’re also the perfect healthy treat to curb your hunger until dinnertime.

Share them with your loved ones and no matter what you celebrate, here’s wishing your holiday is filled with warmth, joy and coconut flake snow ;D

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(adapted from Ultimate Protein Pancakes)

Makes 4-6

1 medium banana

2 tbsp ground flax

2 scoops vanilla protein powder

2 tbsp oat flour

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

5 tbsp nondairy eggnog (I use So Delicious Coconut Nog)

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup egg whites

In a medium size bowl mash the banana with a fork. Add in the next 8 ingredients (everything but egg whites) and mix to combine. In a separate bowl (or in a stand mixer) whisk egg whites until they develop stiff peaks, about 5 minutes. Add half of the whipped egg whites to the pancake mixture and stir. Gently fold in the rest of the egg whites. Be careful not to over mix.

Heat a non-stick pan to medium and coat with cooking spray or coconut oil. Pour in batter and flip when you see bubbles. Only flip once for really fluffy pancakes.

Top with shredded coconut and a drizzle of coconut nog.

 

Wishing you a happy, magical holiday!

xoxo,

Sam