After my workout today, I wanted something other than a protein shake. I wanted ice cream. I was hot and sweaty and I just wanted to sit down with a big old sundae and indulge.
However, I did NOT want to undo all the hard work I had just put in on the treadmill So, I made an executive decision. I would take my knowledge of what is good after a workout, banana and protein powder. I would combine these two things and make a healthy post workout snack and STILL give in to my sundae craving.
Here is what I created:
Not only did it taste A-M-A-Z-I-N-G, but it was only 3 Weight Watchers points plus for the entire sundae!
That is fewer than my famous Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake!
You simply must try this. You don’t even have to workout to enjoy this one. If you didn’t just finish a workout but just want it for a treat, just eliminate the protein powder. It will still work. Hey…you can even get crazy and add in your own “mix-ins.” Just make sure you count them!
Without further ado…the recipe!
Chocolate Protein “Sundae”
Weight Watchers Points Plus: 3 points plus (Plus additional toppings)
One frozen banana
One scoop Chocolate Protein Powder (I use Designer Whey)
Milk of Choice (I used half and half because it was all I had)
In a blender, food process, or Ninja, combine all of the ingredients.
Pulse until the banana is crumbly. Mix with a spoon to incorporate.
Then, wait for the magic to happen. As you continue to pulse the food processor, the banana will turn soft like “soft serve.” If you find that it is too thick, add a little more milk. I probably used a total of 2 Tbsp half and half in mine.
Scoop out, top with fat free whipped cream, light syrup and sprinkles (all optional of course!).
Enjoy the heck out of this one. You deserve it!
I love granola, but I don’t love 1) the price tag and 2) the high sugar content. Instead of regularly eating granola, I’ve switched to eating raw oats. I swear, it’s tasty! While I normally just dump 1/2 cup of raw oatmeal into my yogurt, I occasionally ‘dress it up’ with this fun and simple recipe. No cooking required!
1-Minute Better Than Granola Ingredients:
- 1/4 cup raw oats
- 1.5 tablespoon unsweetened coconut
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, raw and unsalted
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Mix in small bowl; serve with fruit and yogurt.
For more healthy recipe ideas, check out my book, Healthy Tipping Point: A Powerful Program for a Stronger, Happier You.
One of the major keys – Possibly THE major key to weight loss is one simple word.
In everything you do, you must go in with a plan.
First, let’s talk Food.
- Breakfasts are pretty foolproof because there are so many options of grab and go. Even if I don’t plan breakfast, I can still be successful. I usually stick with oatmeal which is a quick two minute prep.
- Lunches are another story. If I don’t plan my lunch the night before, my only choice is to either have the hubs bring me something or eat school food (blah…no thanks!). Lunch must be planned out and MADE the night before. If I don’t make it the night before, then I run the risk of either running late to work or not having a lunch.
- Snacks are the same as lunches. If I don’t pack one, I don’t have one. With my job, it is a little tricky sometimes because I don’t have the option of running out to get something. Either I have it or I do without.
- Dinners – THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IF I DON’T HAVE A PLAN! Sure, I can always stop at the grocery store on the way home and pick up something to make. However, the reality is that I am usually too tired to think that hard. I have to have a plan. Not only do I have to have a plan, I have to grocery shop ahead of time and have the food ready and available.
This has really tripped me up this past week. I didn’t really have a plan so we ate out almost every night. FAIL!
I am going to make this one of my goals for September – Plan meals and grocery shop on the weekends for the upcoming week!
Now, let’s talk Exercise
Planning is so important when it comes to exercise. Without a plan, I tend to make excuses and do without.
My best exercise program that I REALLY stuck to was when I was training for my half-marathon. I think because it was written on a calendar, I did it. I worked out every time I was supposed to! It was awesome!
With my job, I have to plan ahead to exercise by packing my workout clothes in my car. If I don’t pack them, I have the perfect excuse NOT to workout. After I get home, I have dinner, dishes, lunches and then bed…no time for working out. I have to workout BEFORE I get home. Without workout clothes, that is not going to happen!
For the month of September, I will be training for another half marathon so hopefully I will rock the exercise!
When it comes to being successful in weight loss, eating and exercise are your two biggest worries. If you eat right and exercise, the weight will come off.
When it comes to planning and weight loss, eating and exercise are your two biggest worries. If you plan for your eating, and plan for your exercise, the weight will come off!
Remember…A failure to plan is planning to fail. What steps will YOU take this month to plan for success?
Jennifer Swafford writes about weekly weigh ins, healthy recipes, product reviews, and weight loss at It Sux To Be Fat. Follow her journey on Twitter or Facebook as she goes through life’s ups and downs and takes her new healthy lifestyle one day at a time.
This week, I thought I’d share my favorite healthy ‘comfort food’ recipe - Twice Baked Goat Cheese Potatoes.
Ingredients (serves six – eight)
10 small to medium Russet potatoes
1 8-ounce package of herb and garlic goat cheese (if only regular is available, add 1 tablespoon garlic and 2 tablespoons dried Italian herb blend to the recipe).
2 cups loosely packed raw spinach
1/2 tablespoon salt, plus more for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (alternatively, you can microwave the potatoes; do 3 – 4 potatoes at a time, individually wrapped in a wet paper towel, for 6 – 9 minutes)
Rinse potatoes, stab with a fork, and rub with olive oil.
Bake potatoes for 1 hour 10 minutes or until soft.
Remove from oven and slice lengthwise. Allow 5 minutes to cool off a bit.
Carefully remove the insides of the potatoes using a small spoon. Set potato insides in bowl; lay out skins on a greased casserole dish (or two).
In a food processor, combine the carrots and spinach until blended. Remove half and set aside.
Add goat cheese to remaining carrots and spinach and blend. Add half of potato mixture and blend. Add last half of potato mixture and blend some more. Add in salt. Add leftover spinach and carrots and blend yet again. It will take a while to get everything smooth and creamy.
Carefully scoop back cheese and potato mixture into potato skins. Sprinkle tops with a generous amount of salt.
Bake stuffed potato skins for an additional 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Serve and enjoy!
Hello! My name’s Kristin and I’m the blogger behind Iowa Girl Eats, where I share my quick & easy recipe ideas, travel adventures, and workout routines. I was thrilled to receive FITNESS Magazine’s Editor’s Choice Fitterati Award for Best Healthy Eating Blog, and am excited to be posting here on FitnessMagazine.com!
I get a lot of emails from readers asking how I balance healthy eating with my husband’s meat & potatoes appetite. It’s not always easy, but here are some tips and tricks I’ve learned over the past four years of marriage to my bestie, Ben, for satisfying his appetite, while saving my waistline! (Click to keep reading!) Read more