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Mint Chocolate Protein Cake!

Ahhh, back to the roots. Long ago I use to bake a protein cake almost every single day.
@thephysiquemechanic and I were talking and decided I would start throwing some recipes and content in his weekly newsletter, so here we are. .
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@muscletech Chocolate Mint Andes Cake w/ @eatenlightened mint ice cream, @waldenfarmsinternational choc syrup, cool whip, and a few more Andes pieces. Who says healthy can’t be pretty! Presentation is everything! .

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Macros:

Cals: 350

Fat: 11.6

Carbs: 45.9

Protein: 23

Ingredients:

1/2 Scoops Mint Chocolate Protein(I used MuscleTech’s)

16g Coconut Flour

10g All Purpose Flour

10g Truvia(or granulated sweetner of choice)

5g Cocoa Powder

70g Greek Yogurt(I used Whole Milk Plain)

60g Unsweetened Applesauce

7g lite butter

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp mint extract

Unsweetened almond milk or other liquid to bring together if needed

10-20g depending // Andes Mint candy pieces or other choc/mix-ins “optional”

Walden Farms Chocolate Sauce “optional”

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Instructions:

Kept this very basic and extremely quick to do as I didn’t have loads of time preparing this. I made this directly for the busy health minded dessert lover.

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Prepare your baking dish. I used a 6 inch ramekin but you could use anything you have handy.
  3. In one bowl sift together your dry ingredients(cocoa, flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt). Then mix in your add ins.
  4. In another bowl add your butter and sugar and mix. Then add in all the rest of your wet ingredients( yogurt, vanilla, applesauce, milk)
  5.  Pour your wet mix into your dry bowl and combine well.
  6. Pour your batter into your baking dish and place in the middle of oven.
  7. Bake for roughly 25-30 min. Bake time will vary depending on baking dish/protein/etc
  8. Use the toothpick test to check if cooked all the way through. Once done, remove and place on a cooling rack.
  9. Once cool, pop out of the baking dish and place onto the rack to finish cooling.
  10. Once cool, decorate however you want, slice it up and share, or wrap and freeze it to enjoy later!
  11. Enjoy! ‘

Tips/Suggestions:

For added protein add in eggs, egg whites, more Greek yogurt, or even increase your protein powder/liquid ratio

To reduce the fat amount use 0% Plain Greek Yogurt, eliminate the butter and increase yogurt or applesauce slightly, leave out the Andes candies.

6 inch ramekin works really well for personal sized cakes but you could get away with breaking this up into cupcakes, a bread loaf, or any other pan you have. Just watch bake time!

Some lower calorie options for decorative toppings would be 0 calorie Chocolate Syrup from Walden Farms, low calorie ice creams like Enlightened, Halo Top, or Arctic Zero, and use lite or fat free cool whip

In preparing my pan I like to spray with a non stick cooking spray then place a piece of parchment paper on the bottom to help prevent any sticking issues.

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Here are some things you might need!

MuscleTech NitroTech Whey Protein Powder, Whey Isolate and Peptides, Chocolate Mint, 4 Pound

WALDEN FARMS SYRUP CF CHOC GF, 12 OZ

Andes Creme De Menthe Baking Chips, 10 oz

Pure Mint Extract 2 oz

BetterBody Foods Organic Coconut Flour a Naturally Gluten-Free White Flour Alternative with a Slight Coconut Taste and Aroma, 1 Pound

Truvia Baking Blend Natural Sweetener 24 OZ(Pack Of 2)

Wild Berry Cheesecake

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Macros: per slice(makes 4)

Cals – 345

Fat – 7.3

Carbs – 42.5

Protein – 32.5

Ingredients:

(Crust)

83g Graham Cracker Crumbs

1 oz Pancake Syrup

14g Lite Butter

(Cake)

1.5 Scoops of Berry Cheesecake Protein(Muscletech’s protein is awesome)

120g Plain Greek Yogurt

2 large eggs

2 containers of Fat free cream cheese(room temp)

20g Truvia or other sweetener of choice

34g Sugar Free Preserves/Jelly –  I used Strawberry

25g Blueberries

30g Strawberries

Pinch of salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

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Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 275 degrees. Wrap your 6 in spring-fold pan in tin foil.  We will be using a water bath.

In a bowl in together crust ingredients. Add more syrup if needed to mix. Place crust in your spring form. I find crust is a personal preference, so if you want a crispy crust, pre-bake it at 350 for roughly 8-12 minutes. Let cool completely before adding cheesecake

In a mixing bowl, place in your cream cheese and beat it very well. You don’t want any lumps in your cheesecake.

Next add in your sugar, protein, jelly, and yogurt. Mix well until completely combined.

Now add in your eggs one at a time and mixing just until mixed. Scrape down the sides as you go.

Finally add in your salt and vanilla and mix well until combined.

Optional – Add in fresh berries into the mixture right before you add it into your pan.

Pour your batter into your pan, and place your cake inside a pan that can hold water. Your cake should be sitting in the middle of the oven.

For a water bath, you want to start with hot water. Get some water boiling, and once it’s boiling pour roughly 1/2 in worth of water. You want enough water in the pan so it wont all bake out during cook time.

Bake your cheesecake for 60 minutes at 275 degrees. Try not to open oven door while cooking. Once time is done, slightly crack the oven door and let it sit for at least another 30 minutes.

Once the cheesecake has reached room temp, transfer to the fridge and let sit for at least 6 hours, or overnight. You can use the freezer to help it set faster.

Cut into 4 slices, top with fat free cool whip, fresh berries, and some 0 calorie strawberry/blueberry sauce for a fantastic, protein packed dessert!

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Here are some things you might need!

MuscleTech Nitro-Tech 100 Whey Gold – Classic New York Berry Cheesecake

MuscleTech NitroTech Whey Protein Powder, Whey Isolate and Peptides, Decadent Brownie Cheesecake, 3.97 Pounds

Wilton Excelle Elite 6 x 2-3/4 Inch Springform Pan

Truvia Baking Blend Natural Sweetener 24 OZ(Pack Of 2)

Honey Maid Graham Cracker Crumbs (13.5-Ounce Box)

Walden Farms Strawberry SYRUP – Sugar Free, Calorie Free, Fat Free, Carb Free, Gluten Free – 2 Bottle

ProSups My Bar

Pro Supps MYBAR Protein Bar Variety Pack 12-55g Bars

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@prosupps_llc confetti cake crunch –
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220 cal / 10f / 17c / 20p
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Overall slightly higher macros for the size of this bar compared to competitors. 55g bar compared to usually 60-65g. I guess you take a hit in fat for a few saved macros in the carb dept. Visually pretty appealing bar with a white coating drizzled with pink and scattered with spranks. Texture on this is pretty smooth chew with a just a bit of a crunch from the spranks. Finishes smooth in the mouth as well not leaving any graininess behind. Very sweet bar, with a solid birthday cake flavor. I feel the flavor does die just a bit right at the end but overall pretty solid flavor. Overall the bar is pretty satisfying. .
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Overall – 8/10. Enjoyed this one over the PB caramel bar.

Pro Supps MYBAR Delicious Oven Baked Protein Bar (Confetti Cake Crunch), 20g Protein, Only 6g Sugar, Gluten-free, No Trans Fat, Healthy on-the-go Snack. 12 Count, Net WT 1.94 ounces

Pro Supps MYBAR Delicious Oven Baked Protein Bar (Salted Caramel Peanut Crunch), 20g Protein, Only 6g Sugar, Gluten-free, No Trans Fat, Healthy on-the-go Snack. 6 Count, Net WT 1.94 ounces

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@prosupps_llc Salted Caramel Peanut Crunch Review

220 cal / 10f / 17c / 20p
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Overall size is a bit smaller than your usual bar. 55g compared to 65g or so and it definitely feels like it’s smaller, so it’s a bit of a shock to still see 10g of fat, but carbs are relative low at only 17g. Visually very nice looking bar with a peanut filling, chocolate coating, drizzle, and scattered peanuts over the bar.(que higher fat, yet the non peanut bar I got was also 10f). .
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Mainly a peanut butter aroma with a faint hint of caramel. Very soft when biting it the bar and chews pretty good with the peanuts giving just a slight crunch. Overall flavor here lacked in my opinion. It’s like the caramel and the peanut butter are fighting for the top flavor and neither come out on top and it all gets lost. Chocolate flavor? Don’t even mention it. Enjoyable to eat, but definitely wouldn’t seek this bar out over many others. .
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Overall – 7/10 .

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@prosupps_mybar peanut butter paradise bar review –

340 cal / 13f / 33c / 30p
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Hefty bar at 88g which is nice since this is packing 300+ cals. Absolutely delicious peanut butter aroma to this bar from first ripping it open. Peanut butter coated bar with a peanut butter filling and a nougat layer with chocolate drizzle over it all. Appearance definitely is 👌 with this bar. Macro split is similar to your fit crunch or other related soft baked bars. Very very very soft and chewy texture with some peanuts scattered throughout it. Great peanut butter flavor as it’s the definite stand out here. The bar doesn’t leave a film or any grainy bits left behind and finishes smooth. I honestly don’t have much negative to say about this bar. Spot on Pro Sups, well done. .
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Overall – 9.5/10

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@prosupps my bar death by chocolate review-

Cals – 340 / Fat – 13 / Carbs – 33 / Protein – 30

Pro Supps MyBar PRO Protein Bar, Delicious Triple Layered, Soft Oven-Baked, 30g Protein, 4g Sugar, 12 count (Peanute Butter Paradise Flavor)

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88g bar coated in chocolate with a chocolate drizzle and what looks like chocolate pieces on top. Extremely soft and chewy bar that finishes smooth with no aftertaste. Great chocolate flavor without being overly sweet but definitely sweet enough. Inside looks like two layers of maybe a brownie and cake or maybe two types of a brownie 🤷‍♂️ idk but it’s delicious. .
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Overall – 9.5/10
Definitely a bar that you need to try. I absolutely loved this bar and definitely recommend this! Nom nom nom

Pro Supps MyBar PRO Protein Bar, Delicious Triple Layered, Soft Oven-Baked, 30g Protein, 4g Sugar, 12 count (Death By Chocolate Flavor)

Pro Supps MYBAR PRO Triple-Layered Oven Baked Protein Bar (Variety Pack), 30g Protein, Only 4g Sugar, Gluten-Free, No Trans Fat, On-The-Go Protein, 12 ct

Muscletech Protein Cookies

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In case you have been living under a rock, or no where near fitness related shops/people and haven’t had the chance yet to hear about some of the best protein cookies on the market, then stick around. Muscletech went to work in the lab to bring you some of the highest quality baked protein cookies in the game today. Better macros, texture, and flavor than many of its competitors. I highly recommend looking into these especially if your a fan of Len and Larry’s or BuffBake, as I find these to be much better options.

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@muscletech triple chocolate cookie review .
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350 cal / 9f / 49c / 18p .
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92g cookie so fairly decent size here. Roughly the weight of 1.5 quest bars. Chocolate base cookie with chocolate chips and a chocolate drizzle for a delicious looking treat. This cookie is also gluten free, no artificial flavors or colors. Smells very faint of chocolate. I warmed it up just a tad for some soft texture appeal😉 Good chew to it and texture is pretty solid. Just a small bit of a grainy feel well chewing. This cookie didn’t have the strongest chocolate flavor so that could be improved but overall flavor was still enjoyable to eat. So far my ratings are CCCD, PB, TC
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Overall – 7/10 .

MuscleTech Protein Cookie – Triple Chocolate

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@muscletech chocolate chip cookie review
350 cal / 9f / 49c / 18 p .
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92g cookie so roughly the weight of 1.5 protein bars, so macros are slightly justified. Nice to see lower fat in the cookie compared to LnL. Tan cookie about the size of my palm, drizzled with chocolate, and chocolate chips throughout the cookie. Aroma here is of a nice chocolate. I warmed it up and man was that a good idea. Chocolate just started to melt slightly and gave it a great warmed cookie taste. I thought texture here was great. Soft baked cookie is a great description. @muscletechnailed this IMO. Chewy, Soft, and chocolaty, all the things I want in my cookie. Definitely can’t recommend this enough. .
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Overall – 9/10

MuscleTech Soft Baked Whey Protein Cookie, Chocolate Chip, Gluten-Free, 3.25-ounce (Pack of 6 – 92g)

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Peanut butter is my second favorite flavor of the MT cookies(depending on when I try the Bday cake!). Peanut butter base with a chocolate drizzle. Absolutely delicious when warmed up in the microwave. Just a slight bit of dry/grainy texture to it. Would like to see just a bit more PB come through.

8/10

MuscleTech Soft Baked Whey Protein Cookie, Peanut Butter, Gluten-Free, 3.25-ounce (Pack of 6 – 92g)
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I haven’t had the chance to try this flavor yet as it’s brand new but I will report back when I do!

MuscleTech Soft Baked Whey Protein Cookie, Birthday Cake, Gluten-Free, 3.25-ounce (Pack of 6 – 92g)

Here are a few other pages you might like!

Protein Puppy Chow!

Maple Pumpkin Muffins w/ White Chocolate

No bake Chocolate Banana Oat bars!

No bake Chocolate Banana Oat bars!

Sometimes you just don’t want to turn the oven on. Sometimes you don’t want to have to deal with multiple bowls, utensils, and all the other usual hustle and bustle there is with baking.  I was in that mood today so I decided I would make something no bake and use the freezer instead of the oven. 

In this recipe we are going back to all the great flavor combinations. I put banana, peanut butter, chocolate, honey, and oats all into one dense, chewy, power packed protein treat. IMG_2596

Macros: (per slice, makes 9)

Calories – 311

Fat – 8.7 g

Carbs – 43.2 g

Protein – 18.3 g

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Bar Ingredients:

320g Old Fashion Oats

3 Scoops Muscletech Vanilla Whey

35g Powdered  Peanut Butter

14g Coconut Oil melted

30g Honey

350g Banana (mashed)

Pinch of sea salt (optional)

 Chocolate Layer Ingredients:

22g Chocolate Muscletech Whey 

14g Melted Coconut oil

48g Melted Chocolate Chips

35g Powdered Peant butter

30g-50g Walden Farms 0 cal Chocolate Syrup  

Instructions:

1. In a food processor place in all of your bar ingredients and blend until combined.  

2. Once blended together, pour batter into a 8×8 or 9×9 pan that has been sprayed and lined with parchment paper. Spread evenly. 

3. In a separate bowl combine all of your chocolate topping ingredients and mix. To melt chocolate chips the quick way, just put your oil in a small bowl with them and microwave in short bursts till melted. Some new microwaved even have melt options! 

4. Pour Chocolate topping over the oat layer spreading evenly. 

5. Place in freezer for at least 2 hours, but I waited a good 6 before cracking into mine! 

6. Cut into 9 squares and enjoy! I like them cold right out of the freezer! They are fantastic with some peanut butter spread over them! 

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Here are some things you might need! 

PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter Bundle, 16 oz (Pack of 2)
MuscleTech NitroTech Whey Protein Powder, Whey Isolate and Peptides, Milk Chocolate, 3.97 pounds
MuscleTech NitroTech Whey Protein Powder, Whey Isolate and Peptides, Vanilla, 3.97 Pound (1.80 Kg)
Quaker oats, old fashioned, 2 5 lb. bags, 100+ servings 10-lb
Nestle TOLL HOUSE Milk Chocolate Morsels 11.5 oz. Bag
Viva Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 16 Ounce
Pyrex Basics 8.1″ Square (2 quart)
Farberware Nonstick Bakeware 9-Inch Square Cake Pan, Gray

Here are a few other pages you might like!

Double Chocolate Banana Bread

The Big 3

Blueberry Oat Bake

MuscleTech Banana Bliss! 

Check out my latest recipe video! High Protein Pudding! 

The Big 3

Yes, It’s that simple

In my local town to often I get ask, “Hey Dusty, What’s the secret to weight loss? What do I gotta do to shed some weight?” or something similar. I live in a small town, where health and fitness is a bit behind the normal pace of things I would say. Anyway, if they are a ‘beginner’ which is 90% of the time, I always tell them the same thing. It’s not a new diet pill or the latest crash diet so no quick fix unfortunately, sorry. Water, Protein, Fiber, I say to them. Usually, I get met with, “Well, I drink plenty of water!” which usually after talking we find that they typically don’t drink nearly as much as they think, and that’s not even getting to the other two topics. I have found that before any type of diet begins, pills bought, or crazy workout regiment started, if you simply focus on improving your WATER, PROTEIN, and FIBER intake, you can drastically improve your health and body composition. 

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Water

“Think of water as a nutrient your body needs that is present in liquids, plain water, and foods. All of these are essential daily to replace the large amounts of water lost each day,” – Joan Koelemay, RD.

Now, I know you might be thinking that this is a no brainer, but I will be honest with you, I know more people personally that actually drink very little water. You get busy working, next thing you know 6 hours in and you haven’t had a drop, and many friends I have, especially shift workers will quick reach for a energy drink or coffee to help keep them stimulated verse a water to re hydrate. I’ve gotten more comments about carrying around a gallon jug of water, as it’s the typical bro stereotype, but I will be honest I think they got it right there. The gallon jug gives a not only a visual aid on exactly how much I’ve drank, but also a friendly reminder not to forget to drink some high quality H2O. 

Now, the Food and Nutrition Board recommend  women to get 91 ounces per day and men 125 ounces from all sources — water, other beverages, and foods with a high water content. I think that is a great place to start, but the problem with that is it doesn’t take into account lifestyle or body composition. That number especially goes up if you decide to add exercise into your arsenal as you will be then losing more water throughout the day, and will want to fight off dehydration. Also, don’t wait till you find yourself thirsty, as that can be a good sign that dehydration is setting in. 

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Before we even get into the fantastic diet support water gives, let’s just quick talk the plain ole health benefits it has. Dehydration is easily the first thing that comes to mind with water consumption. Studies have shown that as little as 1-3% mild dehydration can have a impact on energy levels, mood, and brain function. (1) They also show that as little as a 2% reduction can have a negative impact on physical performance. (2)  If you are any kind of laborer, someone that needs  sharp mind to complete work, or need to perform with physical demand you can see how important simple hydration should be. Drinking more water can also help with constipation (3), headaches (4), hangovers (5), and more! 

Water takes up space, plain and simple. So the most basic diet support that water is giving you is a filler. Remember when you were younger and loved any and all the soda you could get? Going to buffets or fast food with refills and slamming 2 glasses before the food got to the table. Next thing you know you’re half way into your Big Mac and realize your stuffed? That’s the power of liquid, so use that to your advantage. There was a 12 week study done were subjects consumed 16 oz of water 30 minutes before 3 meals a day and lost on average 9.5 pounds more compared to the no water pre meal group. (6) That is huge! Simply what that means is consumption of water before eating, should hopefully lead to on average less calories consumed each meal. That reduction of calories in each meal alone will trigger weight loss since the body has now entered a caloric deficit. 

Getting water through food is a fantastic way to increase overall water consumption as well as the majority of high yield water foods are great for you! With nearly 1/3 of our water consumption coming from out diet, fruits and vegetables rank highest as the best options to look into. Cucumbers, lettuce, courgettes, and radishes all come in at 95% water or higher. If you read my other article Eat more Food, Lose more weight! Save calories while dieting! you will also know that those foods are all low macro nutrient foods so you can eat large quantities of those. One study, by researchers at the University of Aberdeen Medical School, found that the natural sugars, proteins, mineral salts and vitamins in water-rich fruits and vegetables means they also supplement the nutrients lost through exercise. (7) 

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Protein 

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Chicken, fish, beef, tofu, whey, or it doesn’t matter the source just eat more of it, to a point! The DRI (Dietary Reference Intake) is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight, or 0.36 grams per pound. This amounts to: 56 grams per day for the average sedentary man. 46 grams per day for the average sedentary woman. In 2014 a survey found that American men eat an average of 100 grams of protein a day, which is almost twice the recommended daily intake for males. Women eat a bit less – about 70 grams of protein a day, or one and a half time the recommended intake for females. Both of which are higher than the DRI recommended amounts, but is it enough? 

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Dietitians of Canada and the American College of Sports Medicine recommend 1.2 to 2.0 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight per day for athletes, depending on training. Now the needs of a athlete and just someone trying to improve their diet are slightly different, but protein none the less is still a very important aspect to consider. Protein consumed evenly, spread out over the course of the day sets you up for the best success in muscle growth, but for overall body composition it seems as long as you get your protein numbers for the day you will be fine. In one study done for natural bodybuilders, research showed for active individuals, 1.2-2.2 g/kg is sufficient to allow adaptations from training. These conditions will change depending on levels of body fat, and energy expenditure. (8) 

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It also has been shown that a diet higher in protein can also lead to a better retention to LBM(lean body mass), to build on that the leaner the individual is, the higher the potential requirements for protein. (9) Diets higher in protein have been proven to result in greater weight loss, greater fat loss, and again, preservation of lean body mass. (10) Increased protein is also going to help fight off hunger cravings by increasing levels of satiety inducing hormones while reducing hunger hormones, aka get fuller faster.(11) Heck, even digesting protein burns more calories! TEF or thermic effects of food is the cause of this. The body expends 20-30% more calories digesting protein compared to carbs (5-10%) and fat (1-3%). (12) To build on that, a diet with high protein intake has been shown to burn 80-100 calories more per day. (13)

Consuming adequate amounts of protein not only is good for body composition but is also an important building block for bones, muscles, cartilage, hair, nails, skin, making enzymes, and hormones. It also helps to stabilize blood sugar, reduce brain fog, and  boost energy levels. (14)

Overall increased diet in protein is going to give the body a whole host of benefits from improved energy, better metabolism, and increased satiety. That’s going to help get you moving, losing weight, and help prevent over eating and snacking! 

Some great protein sources would be: 

Meat:

  • Chicken,  lean Beef, Pork, Turkey

Fish

  • Salmon, Shrimp, Tilapia, Sardines, Tuna, 

Eggs 

Dairy

  • Greek  Yogurt, Milk, Cheese

Legumes

  • Chickpeas, Black Beans, Kidney Beans 

Grains

  • Quinoa, Oats, rice bran

Fiber

I think fiber is one of the most overlooked, underrated aspect of nutrition and dieting. Fiber can play a HUGE roll when trying to lose weight. If you are wondering what fiber even is, it’s carbohydrates that cannot be digested. You have Insoluble fiber which act mainly as bulking or binding agents, and soluble fibers can help have an affect on health and metabolism. A recent study showed people who added fiber into their diets and changed nothing else, lost just as much weight as people following a heart healthy, low fat eating plan by the American Heart Association. (15) That study added to a growing body of evidence that people who eat more fiber tend to have healthier body weight.

Thankfully, typically high fiber foods are typically very healthy low calorie foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Some high fiber foods to look out for would be:

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Without going into detail, soluble fiber is fantastic for maintaining overall gut health. The gut has good bacteria in it, and supplying it with soluble fiber helps kick in the prebiotic effect which is believed to be very beneficial for health and body weight. (16) (17) We also know when dieting that calories are low and hunger can set in quick! Fiber is going to help aid in fending off those hunger cravings just a bit longer. Fibers with high viscosity have been shown to increase satiety, reduce appetite, and cause weight loss. (18) 

After all of that you’re probably wondering how much fiber you should be eating I bet. The national fiber recommendations are 30-38 grams of fiber for men and 25 grams a day for women. I personally think if you are consuming at least 10 grams of fiber per 1000 calories then you should be fine. If your diet is focusing on micro nutrient rich foods, then you should have no problem hitting those guidelines.

All it takes is small adjustments

As you can see it doesn’t really take much to get yourself on the right path towards your health and fitness goals. Following these 3 steps, and using them as tools can dramatically change your body composition and lifestyle without making you over haul your kitchen, commit to a drastic diet change, or get completely flustered with information that you don’t do anything! These are things you already eat everyday so it’s just focusing on improving the quality and consumption of water, protein, and fiber. Once you master those aspects,  odds of setting yourself up for diet success will be highly improved. 

Here are a few pages you might like!

Eat more Food, Lose more weight! Save calories while dieting!

Walden Farms Top 5!

High Protein Chocolate Mousse

MuscleTech Banana Bliss! 

 

 

Triple Threat Peanut Butter Cookie stuffed Buttermilk Muffins

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It’s 1895 and the world was changed as we knew it. That year Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (the creator of Kellogg’s cereal) patented a process for creating peanut butter from raw peanuts. That set the tone for the next 100+ years of mastering the craft that is Peanut Butter. You love it, you hate it, but you always eat it. Sometimes one tablespoon just isn’t enough. Next thing you know you’re elbows deep in your last Epic Spreads jar. Yeah, I’ve had those PB blackouts to, it’s okay. This is a judgement free zone. 

I was determined to create an ultimate peanut butter muffin that not only gave you the kick of peanut butter, but also was way easier to fit into your daily allowance. I didn’t hold anything back with these PB filled flavor bombs. I swear the aroma these give off well baking is enough to make your mouth water. Not only did I make the base a peanut butter flavor, but then I stuffed the muffins with Muscletech’s new PB soft baked cookie, Epic Spreads Toffee PB, and Reeses baking chips for a triple threat peanut butter overload. 

Macros: Makes 12

Calories – 187

Fat – 6.3

Carbs – 23.5

Protein – 10.8

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Ingredients:

Wet Mix: 

  • 8 oz Low Fat Buttermilk 
  • 28g Lite Butter 
  • 2 Egg whites 
  • 1 Whole egg 
  • 1 tsp Vanilla 
  • 60g Fat Free Sour Cream 
  • 56g Epic Spreads Toffee Peanut Butter

Dry Mix: 

  • 50g Truvia 
  • 60g All Purpose Flour 
  • 100g Old Fashion Oats 
  • 1.5 scoops Muscletech Vanilla Whey 
  • 12g Powdered Peanut Butter 
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder 
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder 
  • 1/4 tsp Salt 
  • 30g Reeses Baking Chips 
  • 1 Muscletech Soft Baked Cookie cut into small pieces.

Glaze:

  • 18g Powdered Peanut butter
  • Liquid to mix. I used water.  

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl melt your butter, then once melted add in your peanut butter and combine.
  3. Then proceed to add in the rest of your wet ingredients. Grab a good whisk and combine everything. Set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, place in all of your dry mix. Only add in half of your chips and cookie. Mix until combined.
  5. Optional Step* Leave out the Oats in step 4, then using a sifter, sift dry mix into wet, then add in oats to help ensure even distribution of ingredients.
  6. Proceed to use your whisk to combine your dry with your wet. Part way through you can switch to a spatula to make sure you get everything off of the bottom.
  7. Spray your muffin pan with non stick cooking spray, evenly coating each holder. No one wants muffins sticking!
  8. Evenly place your batter into prepared pan. You should have 12 pretty full muffin spots.*Batter can be refrigerated to help thicken batter, but is not needed.
  9. Once batter is distributed, evenly place remaining cooking pieces and Reeses chips on top of muffins.
  10. Place muffin tray in the oven and bake for roughly 14-18 minutes.
  11. Once muffins have baked through, take out of the oven and place the pan directly onto a cooling rack. Let sit for 7-10 minutes.
  12. After 7-10 minutes, remove your muffins from the tray and place back on cooling rack to finish cooling.
  13. At this point, take your powdered peanut butter for your glaze and mix just enough liquid to get a nice runny consistency that will be able to drizzle well, yet not to runny that it’s to watery and run right off of your muffins.
  14. Either using a piping bag, spoon, spatula, or method of choice, drizzle, cover, dip each muffin in your glaze.
  15. This point, your muffins are complete! Time to dig in! Enjoy!

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Tips and Tricks 

  • Bake muffins on middle rack or above. Cooking them on a low rack can cause bottoms to cook faster. 
  • Use the toothpick test to check if completely baked through. 
  • Look for the tops to start turning golden brown for a sign of being done.
  • Peanut Butter Protein would work just as well in this recipe.
  • These keep well in the fridge. I had them for 5 days.
  • Heat in the microwave for 20 seconds for best eating quality.  

Things you may need 

MuscleTech Protein Cookie, Peanut Chocolate Chip, 6 Count

Truvia Baking Blend Natural Sweetener 24 OZ(Pack Of 2)

Reese’s Peanut Butter Baking Chips-10 oz

MuscleTech Pro Series Premium Gold 100% Whey Powder, Vanilla Ice Cream, 2.5 Pound

Quaker Old Fashioned Oats – 42 oz

Epic Spreads – Toffee Peanut Cashew Coconut Spread

Bell Plantation PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter, Net Wt. 16 Oz.

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