Banana peanut butter protein shake

After a workout, it’s important to drink a protein shake to fuel your body.  I prefer Plant Fusion because it’s plant based, dairy free, and has a whopping 21g of protein per scoop! Plus, it’s full of essential amino acids that will help repair and grow your muscles.

Ingredients:

Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth. I prefer to use Oster MyBlend with Travel Bottle. It is so convenient!

Oster My Blend

Day at the Pumpkin Patch!

Phew! This year has really flown by,  Fall has been unseasonably warm. So warm, in fact, that it just feels like an extended summer. Today, I realized it’s almost Halloween and we have not visited a corn maze or pumpkin patch yet. Other than the 30+ MPH wind that blew dirt in our eyes and 85 degree temperature, we had a great time. I felt silly for telling my son (Boo) to grab a jacket on the way out “just in case”. I should have worn shorts!

Having fun at the pumpkin patch on the tractor ride!
Having fun at the pumpkin patch on the tractor ride!

I decided to surprise Boo and didn’t tell him where we were going. For some reason, he always figures it out. We went to Applejack Pumpkin Patch, and when he saw it, he said, “I know we are going there!” I have driven by it a thousand times and never really noticed it, but today, it was extremely crowded! We took the tractor ride over to the pumpkin patch first, and after searching for a few minutes, found “the one”. Boo picked it up and carried it toward the tractor, whining the whole way about how heavy it was. It really wasn’t that heavy, but he is dramatic like that.

Boo is holding his 13 lb. pumpkin
Boo is holding his 13 lb. pumpkin

Our pumpkin weighed in at a whopping 13 pounds. I paid $7.50 and took it back to the car since Boo was tired of carrying it. We went back in to play, and he ran for the metal slide first. It looked bumpy, so I passed and just watched him slide. Indeed, it was bumpy, as he blurted, “OW! My butt hurts!”

Boo smiling as he slides
Boo smiling as he slides

After the slide, we headed toward the corn maze. It was already worn down and had several trampled paths. We tried not to “cheat”, but it was difficult to tell where the real path was. After a few minutes of roaming around, we found an exit and left the maze. Boo begged me to buy tickets so he could launch pumpkins from the cannon, but after the $16 admission I wasn’t apt to spending more money there. So we opted to participate in other free activities, like the zip line (whee!), hay bale fort, and “rat race”, where contestants jumped into a giant 5 ft. pipe and proceeded to run inside the wheel down the track and back. Boo wanted me to race him, so I grudgingly obliged. That was a mistake. Note to self: if you get motion sickness, don’t jump into a circular object and run like a hamster. Ugh. Needless to say, I lost the race, and Boo rubbed it in my face. I told him, “That was NOT for tall people!”

After the “race”, we were both hot, thirsty, and tired. The concession stands didn’t accept credit cards, so we didn’t have access to water. We both agreed it was time to leave. So, we went to the grocery store and picked up Vitamin Waters (yes, I let him drink his instantly, but I did pay for them). Overall, it was a fun, yet exhausting, day. Time to make dinner

Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chunk Protein Pancakes

The recipe name is a mouth-full, but your tummy will definitely be full after eating these! I knew we were going to have a fun-filled day at the pumpkin patch, so I wanted to make sure we started off the day right with some protein-packed pancakes!

Chocolate banana peanut butter protein pancakes
Chocolate banana peanut butter protein pancakes on the griddle

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients together with a whisk.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the egg, banana, and almond milk.
  3. Gently pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, while mixing with a rubber spatula until combined. Do not over mix!
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat, and coat with coconut oil cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cup rounds of batter onto the skillet, and cook until you see bubbles on the surface, about 5 minutes. Flip with a spatula and cook for another 5 minutes*.
  5. *Batter will be extremely thick, and it takes quite a bit of time to cook through. Heat the pancakes all the way through until they are no longer gooey. I had to remove the first two batches from the griddle and microwave, covered, for one minute on half power to ensure they were completely cooked.

 

Chicken Avocado Pesto Pasta – It’s what’s for dinner

If you read about our day at the pumpkin patch, you probably figured out that by the end of the day, we  were exhausted! So, I decided to pick up a roasted chicken at the grocery store (I am a busy mom, after all) to add to the avocado pesto pasta that Boo helped me to whip up in a few minutes.

I am living a healthy, gluten-free and dairy free lifestyle, because I am intolerant to both gluten and lactose. So, you won’t find either of those in my recipes! I promise, it still tastes just as good, and you won’t even know those ingredients are missing. Once I decided to go GF and DF, I lost 25 pounds, as the workouts I was doing actually started to make a difference with my clean diet. Trust me, the key to losing weight is a CLEAN diet, not just exercising every day!

Also, I prefer to take as many short-cuts in cooking as I can (without using preservatives), as I don’t have a lot of spare time. So hopefully they save you some time, too!

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz. Gluten Free pasta (I prefer Barilla spaghetti noodles)
  • 6 Tbsp LiteHouse Freeze-Dried basil (to taste, prepared according to directions), or 1 bunch of basil
  • 2 avocados, pitted
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice (to keep the avocado from turning brown)
  • 3 garlic cloves (I like to use 1½ tsp minced garlic)
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • Sea salt & pepper
  • 2 cups cooked hand-pulled chicken (optional)

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta, drizzle about 1 tbsp of oil on the pasta, and set aside.

Make the pesto by combining basil, avocado, lemon juice, garlic, and oil in a food processor. Process until smooth, and season with salt and pepper.

Avocado pesto sauce
Avocado Pesto Sauce

Toss pasta with pesto, and add the chicken to the top. Enjoy! It was that easy.

My son loves avocado pesto pasta
Boo loves avocado pesto pasta! He ate it in less than 5 minutes!