It’s no secret that I love protein pancakes!! Since we’re in the middle of pumpkin season, I decided I should try to make a pumpkin version of protein pancakes. They did not disappoint!! These pancakes are super easy to whip up and taste like fall. The ingredient list is short and they’ll keep you feeling full till lunch.
However you celebrate Fridays, here on the blog we celebrate it with the Friday Five. This week I am sharing with you five of my favorite things that I’m obsessed with & can’t seem to get enough of! Continue reading A Few of my Favorite Things: The Friday Five
It really hard to believe that a week ago the Reebok Western Regional crossfit games were kicking off in Portland. It has been such a whirlwind week! Anyone else feel like this week went flying by? My experience at the games was nothing short of awesome. I had a great time working the Quest booth, catching some of the competition and connecting with some really awesome people. As I mentioned last week, I had no idea what to expect. I was surrounded by a bunch of fitness fans, muscle, and some really amazing athletes all weekend. I learned a lot about Crossfit too. I like to compare the games to the Boston Marathon. At Boston, these are some elite runners, qualifying to run that marathon is not for the faint of heart. Same goes with the Crossfit games. The event was Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and all athletes competed every day. There was a team competition as well as individual competition. Some of the WODs (workouts) they were doing were very hard. We are talking rope climbs, handstand push ups, olympic lifts and pull ups. So much upper body strength (hence why I was surrounded by so much muscle). 😀It was great to watch the competition and be in that environment all weekend. It was also a lot of fun introducing the amazing Quest products to so many people. I love Quest not only because they make quality stuff, but also because they are a quality company. They do what is best for their customers and for their employees, and they will not sacrifice the on quality. Their products are made with the best ingredients. I know I’m gushing, but I was reminded of this over the weekend. I’m so proud to be a part of Quest! 🙂
We met so many awesome spectators and athletes at the booth. Some were new to Quest & others were diehard Quest fans, like our friends from the Crossfit Brio team.
We worked really hard this weekend and the days were long, but we also had a lot of fun. I got a few workouts in, including a nice run on the Portland waterfront. We also discovered the most amazing sushi place in Portland. They had such an extensive gluten free menu, I wanted to order everything. I had gluten free tempura (OMG) and a dragon roll that was to die for! I have never eaten sushi at a place with so many gluten free options.
As usual, Portland was so much fun. I wish I had more time to explore, but that just means I have to go visit again soon. The experience at the games makes me that much more eager to give Crossfit a try. I found a box in Seattle that I am going to take the beginners class at. I’ll be sure to report back and let you know how it goes!
What plans do you have for Memorial Day??
If you are anything like me, you love delicious food that is easy to make. The recipe I am sharing with you today is exactly that; it’s quick, easy and healthy! In fact, it’s my favorite protein shake recipe. I rotate through a few different recipes and combinations for my protein shakes, but in the end I always come back to this one as my favorite. The best part, it’s only 4 ingredients!
The reason this is one of my favorite protein shake recipes is probably because it features the best flavor combo – peanut butter and chocolate! This shake is extra creamy and really satisfying. It’s perfect for breakfast, as a snack or after a workout. If creamy shakes aren’t your thing, I’ll show you how to customize the recipe.
The entire recipe, ingredients + instructions is listed below. First I want to take a moment to explain 3 of the 4 ingredients: protein powder, peanut butter powder, cacao powder and a banana.
My protein powder of choice is Quest. I love the different flavors they offer, they use really high quality whey protein and each scoop has anywhere from 20-23g of protein depending on the flavor. While I avoid dairy, the low levels of lactose in the Quest protein does not bother me.
You can use any brand of chocolate flavored protein in this recipe. Not all protein powders are created equal, so be sure to buy the highest quality protein powder your budget allows. Remember, expensive doesn’t mean it’s the best. Pay attention to the ingredient list, what kind of protein they are using and watch for added sugar.
Peanut Butter Powder
Are you familiar with powdered peanut butter? It’s basically peanut butter that they have removed the fat from. I like to use powdered peanut butter mostly in smoothies and prefer regular peanut butter for other uses.
My favorite powdered peanut butter is from Crazy Richard’s. Again, it is all about the ingredient list for me. As Crazy Richard’s likes to say “there is one ingredient, peanuts”. The Pure PB+ is peanut powder with added vitamins. You can use regular peanut butter instead. Just be sure that the only ingredient is peanuts! There is no need for oils or sugar in peanut butter.
Cacao powder is NOT the same as cocoa powder. It’s confusing, I know. Cacao is raw chocolate, nothing else. It’s the purest form of chocolate you can consume & much less processed. It is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber. Cocoa has very similar health benefits as long as you get a cocoa powder that has no added sugars or oils.
My favorite cacao powder is a local brand, Holy Kakow. You can find a huge selection of cacao powder on Amazon or at a health food store like Whole Foods. This is an optional ingredient, I like to add it to make it extra chocolatey. You can use cocoa powder if you wish, just be sure it is unsweetened.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake
1. Place all ingredients, except powdered peanut butter, in a blender.
2. Blend until reaches desired consistency.
3. Sprinkle powdered peanut butter on top.
**If you want the shake to have a thinner consistency, leave out the ice. If you wish, you can also increase the amount of liquid.
What is your favorite protein shake recipe?
2015 wrapped up, and while I was sad to see that year go, I was also looking forward to 2016 with much anticipation. There are lots of exciting things happening & it’s a year full of new beginnings that I canNOT wait to share with you. This is why I have chosen new as my word for 2016.
You may be wondering what this whole ‘word of the year’ thing is. It is a way people set intentions, pick something to focus on or show gratitude for during the new year. It may seem strange that I choose new, but there is so much ‘newness’ in each area of my life, I want to embrace it with open arms!
I am really excited about all the ‘new’. I haven’t reached the discomfort stage yet. I will say, I have been nervous/anxious to step out and DO, but it has majorly paid off because I am happy & loving what I am doing. I felt unsure if I was making the right decisions at time, but all the opportunities coming my way have affirmed that this is the path I was supposed to take.
So, y’all are probably dying to know what is all this ‘newness’ I am talking about.
First of all, I passed my personal trainer exam this last Tuesday! So, I am now officially a NASM CPT (certified personal trainer). I am so happy that I can finally say that!!! To be honest, it’s still sinking in. I started studying 6 months ago in July. I worked really hard, learned a lot and I’m excited to start training clients & helping people achieve their goals! I am thrilled and can’t wait to see where it will take me.
Second, I’m a Questie! I work for Quest Nutrition as part of the field marketing team. We take selfies, sample Quest products, wear Quest gear and participate in all kinds events. We spread the Quest love all around and have tons of fun while we are doing it. My regular readers know I have loved Quest products for a long time, so getting a chance to work for them is freaking awesome!
Third, I am doing a detox and loving it! Usually the words detox and love don’t end up in the same sentence haha. How is this new you ask? I have never officially detoxed before! To be honest, I always thought it would be full of suffering and depriving yourself. All detoxes are NOT created equal. A true detox, like the one I am doing as a part of the resolution challenge, is meant to ‘reset’ your body and get it functioning normally. I am eating delicious food and feel amazing! I am so glad that I decided to try something new nutrition wise in 2016. I have 3 days left of the detox, once I am all done I will share my experience/results/observations with you.
Last, but not least, the biggest ‘new’ of all… we are moving!! I am very excited, but also dreading it. I mean, I have a hard time packing for vacation, so packing up all my stuff does not sound appealing. Then there is the unpacking…. help!! The reality is this is a huge blessing & I’m thrilled. I’m dreading the move itself, but I cannot wait to be in our new place!
So, as you can see, 2016 is full of a lot of excitement! With this excitement comes a LOT of work & I am ready to take it on. Thank you for allowing me to share this excitement with you and take you on this journey with me.
What are you looking forward to in 2016???
What would you pick as your word of the year?
Now thru 8am PST Monday Aug 24th Quest Nutrition is offering FREE shipping on any order (between $15-$250) on their site! Use the code FSWEEK at checkout for the free shipping. This is HUGE people! You can order 1 box or 5 boxes of yummy Quest bars and get them shipped to you for free!! This is the perfect time to stock up for Fall.
My fav are the Quest bars. The protein powder is a close second. The bars win out over the powder because they are so portable. My fav flavor right now is the Mint Choc Chip (insert heart eyed emoji here).
If you have never tried Quest bars, order a few individual bars in different flavors. I guarantee you will like at least one of them. They are great on the go snacks and have 20g of protein!!
Below are a few recipes I have created using Quest bars or Quest protein powders in case you need some inspiration!!
Have you tried Quest products? What is your favorite flavor?!
This week is flying by! I have so many amazing things that are going to be coming up on sweetblondesfitlife.com; giveaways, cool recipes, the anniversary of my blog and more! I am not kidding when I say you don’t want to miss it. If you haven’t already subscribe here so you don’t miss out on the upcoming stuff, especially the giveaways!
In honor of #throwbackThursday, I have a video for you of all my favorite items from IDEA World Fitness Expo and BlogFest. I am REALLY excited about the items I’m sharing with you in the video, so be sure to watch it because things get a little cray (in a good way)!!!
Links to items mentioned in video:
Have you tried any of these products?
Which one would you want to try?
Stay tuned for the giveaways and exciting stuff!!