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Chocolate Protein Zucchini Bread Recipe

Hello beautiful people 🙂

I know I said I would post this recipe yesterday, but I had a random change of plans and ended up not being able to post! I ended up going to Atlantic City with some of my friends from the gym to the Europa fitness expo and fitness show!

I had a great time and got lots of free samples to try out! I’ll keep you guys posted on how the different brands stack up 😉

Now, on to the main event, the recipe!

I randomly threw this recipe together the other night. I had a lot of extra zucchini laying around that needed to be used up.

I happen to own a really cool food processor, Magimix by Robot coupe, that has an attachment that easily shreds any veggie I throw into it. It’s an amazing. I got mine at William and Sonoma!

This recipe makes a large loaf, but I had already eaten most of it before this picture was taken ! Couldn't help myself ;)

This recipe makes a large loaf, but I had already eaten most of it before this picture was taken ! Couldn’t help myself 😉

Chocolate Protein Zucchini Bread Recipe

  • 2.00 scoop (42g), Protein Powder – Vanilla –I used Jamie Eason Lean Body for Her Chocolate protein.
  • 102.00 gram, Egg Whites
  • 1.50 Tbsp (15g), Unsweetened Carob Chips
  • 150.00 g, Squash, summer, zucchini, includes skin, raw
  • 1.00 oz, Love raw foods coconut flour
  • teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp water

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grate the zucchini or shred it. Mix all of the above ingredients together in a large bowl, except for the carob chips or chocolate chips. Slowly add the water to get a good consistency to the batter. You want it to be on the thicker side, but definitely pliable. Mix in carob chips or chocolate chips. Pour into a parchment lined loaf pan and bake at 350 F for 30-40 minutes or until it doesn’t look giggly anymore!

Macros:

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I topped mine with Fluff butter from D’s naturals and Bare Butter!

Topped with Bare Butter cookie dough butter , cinnamon and siggi's vanilla yogurt!

Topped with Bare Butter cookie dough butter , cinnamon and siggi’s vanilla yogurt!

Topped with D's Naturals fluff butter and green valley's kefir!

Topped with D’s Naturals fluff butter and green valley’s kefir!

Soft Pretzel Chocolate Chip Banana Protein Cookies; Paleo, Gluten Free

Guess who’s back, back, back?! Back again.. lol jk.

I’ve got quite the recipe for you lovely ladies and gents! 😉

Introducing… SOFT PRETZEL CHOCOLATE CHIP PROTEIN COOKIES !

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These are salty and sweet with a hint of banana flavor. They are gluten free and Paleo! I’ve recently discovered that I do not do well with eggs. So, no more eggs for me 😦 … They were my favorite breakfast food. I ate at least 3-4 a day, maybe that’s why I developed an intolerance!! Too much of anything is not good!

RECIPE:

  • 1/4 cup almond flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 2 scoops whey protein (I use grass-fed vanilla whey)
  • 2 TBSP coarsely ground flax seed (365 Organic)
  • 1 TBSP organic sunflower seed butter (Once Again)
  • One small banana – about 6-6.5 inches or so
  • Mega Chunks by Enjoy Life (or any other soy free, dairy free, gluten free, chocolate chips!)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/8  to 1/4 cup butter
  • Sea Salt

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  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
  2. Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl, and mix well!
  3. Use an ice cream scooper to scoop out about 10 cookies onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake at 350 F for about 25 minutes, or until solid and slightly browned.
  5. Melt a little bit of butter in the microwave, and use a culinary brush to brush the top of the cookies with some butter.
  6. Sprinkle sea salt on top.
  7. ENJOY!

*Store in an airtight container in the fridge!

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Whole-30 Review

So!

A few months back I did the whole-30!

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(This was an awesome excerpt right from the awesome book!)

It’s basically eating super clean paleo for 30 days to look and feel your best. No, it’s not easy, but if you want it bad enough it is definitely doable!

I ate no grains, dairy, sweets, added sugars, and very little fruit. I ate mostly protein like fish, lamb, beef, chicken, turkey, and pork. I also ate large servings of vegetables of all kinds, and starchy tubers too for more carbohydrates. I consumed a ton of coconut while doing the whole 30–Coconut flakes, coconut butter, coconut oil, coconut milk! Coconut is very gut healing and an anti fungal. I also tried my hand at making some bone broth. Bone broth is just that, broth that is made from leaving bones in a crock pot for over 24 hours. It is supposedly rich in amino acids and also gut healing. It’s a magical drink. (side note: The La Lakers drink some with every meal to promote faster healing and joint recovery!)

I did not do it to lose weight. I did it to “reset” my biological hormones like leptin, insulin, and coritsol. I also did it to help fix my satiety signals. Sometimes we keep eating because the food we’re eating is hyper-palatable. Our bodies naturally crave sugar, salt, and fat as a survival mechanism. So, when you begin eating something like potato chips, it can be nearly impossible to stop at just one.

Also, blood sugar spikes make you crave more food even when you’re not really hungry. Dairy, more specifically whey, will spike insulin and cause you to want more.

I loved it! At first I was a little lethargic, but as a week and a half went by, I became more energized and felt great.

I was not even trying to lose weight, but I managed to do so. The whole-30 advocates that you get out of your old “comfort foods” mentality. That means stop thinking you need a dessert with every meal or something sweet after dinner. Breaking these cultural cues is hard. Basically, you ask yourself, “am I really hungry, or am I just bored, angry, sad, tired, or just craving something?” My go to question that I got off of the whole 30 website to check if I was really hungry when I wanted more food at night was, “Could I eat fish with broccoli right now?” If the answer was yes, then I would eat more food, if no, then I would entertain myself with some other tasks.

I think the whole-30 is awesome because it works. It resets all your hormones, makes you more aware of what your eating and how good, real food should taste. It does not advocate artificial sweeteners or anything processed. It is an eye-opening experience that will change how you feel and look. I recommend it for anyone! No matter how fit you are, how out of shape you are, or whatever your situation the whole-30 helps you to “reset” and find balance!

I HIGHLY recommend the book, it is pack full of good information. You can get it on amazon, click here!

 

Here are some of my favorite meals I ate:

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First picture is Chilean Sea Bass on top of a bed of spinach, second is sweet potatoes, third is sautéed spiraled zucchini, and the fourth was one of my go to drinks. I enjoyed hot cups of green tea with lemon!

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I’m italian, so no pasta is no bueno! However, this was awesome! Italian sausage from whole foods, peppers and onions, and I put it all on top of a huge spinach salad with lots of sugar free tomato sauce!

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Eggs wrapped in pork–enough said.

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And this was my favorite of all time! I got the recipe off of civilized caveman’s website. It was SO darn good!

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My go-to breakfast was two eggs over easy, turkey breast, kale, onions, butternut squash, and half an avocado–all sprinkled with salt of course! 🙂

And here’s my transformation picture:

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Currently, I am still eating the same way the whole-30 promotes, but I slowly added certain foods back into my diet. To do this, I used Chris Kresser’s book, “Your Personal Paleo Code”. This book advocates slowly re-introducing foods back into your diet to see if you react to them.

For example, I added dairy and did not react to it, so I can eat dairy. However, when I tired to add corn, I felt bloated and lethargic, so I will no longer be eating corn.

I’m still in the process of finding what works for me and my body. It is a learning experience. Everyone is different, so you have to find what works for you.

I HIGHLY recommend Chris’s book too. You can find it on amazon at this link!

 

Hope this helped some people! If you have any questions, feel free to ask! 🙂

God Bless,

Fitgirlfab

 

Been so long!

Hey guys! It’s been forever! But I’m back!

 

Quick update for now, I’ll do a more in-depth post later.

Life has been crazy! I’ve been studying to finish my degree. I’ll be graduating in May with a degree in Economics!

It’s so exciting! 😀

Anyway, here’s a quick look at my life in pictures:

 

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I did the “whole-30” – I’ll do a post on this later.

 

 

Got these versa grips!, they work pretty well for lifting and helping grip!

 

 

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I’ve been eating healthy, REAL, foods! – more to come on this too!

 

I’ve also been learning a ton. NOT just in school, but doing my own research too. I’ve read a few books: The whole-30 book, the calorie myth by Jonathan Bailor, Robb Wolf’s book, and many more!

I’m also writing my senior economics paper on health/nutrition/agriculture/corruption. So, I will be sharing all of that too! 

 

STAY TUNED FOR SOME AWESOME INFO!! 🙂 — off to get my workout on and then take a Calc quiz!

Part 2: Protein

Protein, protein every where!

What To Eat To Build Muscle

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When I first started working out and eating healthier, I did not really know what I was doing. I just focused on eating protein because I knew that you needed protein to build muscles and be in an anabolic state–not catabolic.

I had protein cereal, protein bars, protein chips, regular food sources of protein, greek yogurt, protein powders–you get the point! Anything that was high in protein was for me! The more, the better, right?! WRONG.

This was NOT good. Too much protein overwhelms your kidneys and body system. Too much protein is harmful to your organs! Too much of anything isn’t good for you. Needless to say, I’ve cut back on protein immensely to give my poor kidneys and body a break!

I weighed about 110 pounds, and I was consuming over 180 grams of protein or more per day. Now, being more educated, I consume around 117 grams of protein per day (1 gram per pound of body weight) or even less!

>> Now let’s look into some science on the mighty macronutrient! <<

There are two types of protein: Complete and Incomplete!

Complete proteins meet all of the amino acid needs of the body. These are foods like milk products, eggs, meat, and fish.

Incomplete proteins do not meet all of the amino acid needs, but still have some amino acids. These are foods like nuts, legumes, seeds, vegetables, and grains.

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We need the essential amino acids to build the non essential amino acids. Proteins also supply nitrogen.

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Daily intake is recommended to be between 0.8 g per pound of body weight to 1 g per pound of body weight. —More on the lower side for those not training or exercising, and on the higher side for those who train and exercise to help keep the body in an anabolic condition.

HOWEVER, it is important to have all the amino acids present at the same time for protein synthesis to occur. This means, eating just legumes or nuts or any other incomplete protein won’t allow your body to synthesize the protein. Although you could eat a combination of incomplete proteins to get all the amino acids to create the proper conditions for protein synthesis.

Also, there must be adequate amounts of fat and carbohydrate in the diet, otherwise the protein will just be used as fuel and protein synthesis will NOT occur.

Protein will be synthesized when intake exceeds break down. (Anabolic hormones (aka steriods) will also increase protein synthesis of course.)

Vegetarians need to be careful to consume all the essential amino acids to ensure protein synthesis!

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So, while protein is made out to be the big man on campus for building muscle. Carbohydrates and fats are still necessary for protein synthesis, AND all the aminos must be present for proper synthesis.

Be sure to consume carbohydrates, protein, and a little fat post workout for proper recovery and to make sure your body can have a positive nitrogen balance to build those muscles!!!

 

That’s all for today folks!

God Bless ❤

Fitgirlfab 🙂

Protein will be broken down in times of stress, infections, burns, or injury.

Nutrition Series: Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates:

All carbohydrates we ingest come from plants except for some found in milk sugars and minimal amounts in meat.

There are complex carbohydrates consisting of longer chains called polysaccharides found in vegetables and grains. There are also simple carbs consisting of monosaccharides and disaccharides–found in fruits, sugar, milk, etc.

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Two types provide fiber:

  1. Cellulose in plants provides insoluble fiber–the kind we cannot digest and gets passed as the “bulk” of our stool.
  2. There is also pectin that provides soluble fiber–the kind that reduces blood cholesterol.
  • Fiber is good because it helps us move waste out of the body and helps us to feel full when eating. Fiber is fermented in the colon where bacteria feed on the waste products and help synthesize vitamin K and B12. Good gut bacteria is essential! That’s why too many antibiotics can be harmful. The antibiotics can kill your good bacteria that help synthesize certain vitamins.

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However, the big guy on campus is GLUCOSE.

Glucose is used in all cells to produce ATP. Our body can also use fat to provide energy but glucose is particularly essential to neurons and red blood cells for their energy needs. **Even a temporary shortage of glucose to the neurons can depress brain function and lead to neuron death! –So our bodies have many mechanisms to cautiously monitor glucose levels. **

Excess carbohydrates are stored as glycogen in the liver or muscles to be used in times of need, or it is stored as fat.

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Dietary guidelines suggest  45-65% of your total caloric intake should be made up of carbohydrates. However, there are populations like the Inuit who mainly eat fats and proteins, and there area populations that eat high amounts of carbohydrates.

Without carbohydrates our central nervous system can continue to survive through gluconeogenesis and ketogenesis. Gluconeogenesis is creating glucose from non-carbohydrate sources and ketogenesis refers to ketone bodies that are by products from breaking down fats for fuel.

My personal opinion on carbohydrates: Do NOT fear them. Carbohydrates are like fuel for a car. If you fuel the car properly at the required times (when you’re running out of gas), the car will continue to run. If you over fuel the car, it won’t make the car go any faster or any better (you’ll just get fat). If you do not fuel the car, the car won’t be going anywhere on its own, but you’ll be able to push the car around/tow the car (if you don’t eat carbohydrates you can function–but not at optimal capacity to endure any type of demanding activity).

Activity to try: Limit your carbohydrates for a few days. Maybe lower them to around 100 grams for a few days. Continue to go to the gym and workout and see how you feel. Most likely you’ll feel tired and lethargic. Your muscles won’t work as efficiently as before. After those few days, slowly add more carbohydrates back into your diet each day. As you go to the gym, take note on how you feel. Are you energized and lifting well? –That’s a good number of carbohydrates. Do you feel like superman or woman and could continue to workout all day? –That could mean you’re eating too many carbohydrates for your activity level and can lead to weight gain. 

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It’s all about trial and error! Every one is an individual! Find what works for YOU and YOUR body and activity level!!!

 

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Next time we’ll talk about fats in this 3 part series!

God bless!  ❤

Fitgirlfab 🙂

** All of this information came from my anatomy and physiology textbook, “Anatomy and Physiology 4th edition” by Elaine N. Marieb and Katja Hoehn **