Haaappy hump day, friends! Hope your week is going well. I’m currently enjoying my couple of mid-week days off before I have lots of shifts coming up. It’s going to be a busy week and a half so you know I’m loving the down time and getting things done around this place!
Monday’s meals started off a bit on a different foot from my norm. For whatever reason, I was looking for another way to fuel my morning and the Vega team did just that for me with their #FuelYourBetter campaign.
A breakfast smoothie is so strange of me. I almost always go for a hot breakfast of oats or pancakes with lots of nut butter. I guess when you really think about it though, I just swapped the oats for Vega Sport vanilla protein powder; the rest that went into the blender is banana, peanut flour, almond milk, and ice.
This is the first time I’ve had the Vega Sport protein powder and having tasted a little before making the plantain protein bread on Sunday, I knew I really enjoyed the flavor so I didn’t want to add too much to my smoothie. I was pleasantly surprised that this smoothie bowl held me over as long as it did. It was super light but very satisfying which was perfect for post-workout. I might have found my new favorite protein powder!
I had to get a little nut butter in before work so I warmed up a plantain protein bread and topped it with half almond butter and half peanut butter. I got the recipe for these little guys from Taylor and it’s so easy and delicious.
– 3 plantains
– 2 eggs
– 2 scoops protein powder
Mix all of the ingredients well and bake in muffin tins at 350°F for about 15 minutes.
I only had 2 plantains but it still worked great. I also really like the vanilla flavor in these because my plantains were so ripe that they were extra sweet!
Lap lunch at work. Nathan brought home a huge salad that was leftover from a lunch at his office and I’ve been using that for lunches this week. It’s been nice to have everything thrown together already. There are mung bean sprouts, cabbage, kidney and garbanzo beans, carrots. I’ve just been adding protein [Monday’s was spinach, fontina, roasted garlic chicken sausage from Trader Joe’s], avocado, and a little dressing.
After work I was really in the mood for something a little crunchy, but obviously needing more nut butter. I’ve been trying to get my sweet tooth to take a chill pill this week after
too much my brownie brittle obsession last week, so I opted for the carrots for dipping and another plantain protein bread. Again, I couldn’t choose between almond or peanut, but they have different benefits so technically I needed both of them.
When Nathan got home, we popped open this Sierra Nevada / Oskar Blues Beer Camp collab. It was so delicious! You really can’t go wrong with a rye bock though, am I right? Look at that color!
I’ve decided we’re the worst at meatless Monday. Last week I made 3 lbs worth of turkey meatballs and this week we roasted a whole chicken. That said, the whole chickens were $.99/lb so not only did we roast this baby up, Nathan also cut up a second chicken that I threw in the freezer. So thrifty!
This was an awesome dinner. The piri-piri chicken had great flavor [though I’m not sure I’d consider it piri-piri..] and the brussels were roasted oh so perfectly. Look at that char. Mmm!
I finished off my night with an apple. Like I said, I’m trying to kill the brownie brittle beast that I was last week so a simple apple hit the spot.
Food for Thought
What is your favorite way to fuel post-workout?