What I Ate Wednesday #121: Hell Week Eats

I love routine. I crave it. Some people are easily just go-with-the-flow kind of people. I’m not one of them. I guess you could say that’s something I miss about having a 9-5 job.. I could plan my workouts, plan my meal times.. even plan my spontaneity. I’m so fun, right?

This week is anything but routine. Will all of my jobs, today happens to be my latest start.. 7 a.m. Waking up at 3:45, 4:45, and 5:45 are totally throwing my eating schedule through a loop, not to mention, I have to work with when my breaks are scheduled at work. Monday was nuts; I worked one job from 6 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. and another from 4 – 6 p.m. I practically packed up my whole refrigerator to have the option to eat a meal or a snack, depending on my hunger, when I had a break. It was quite interesting.

Peas & Crayons What I Ate Wednesday WIAW

[Breakfast #1]
I started with a scoop of Chocolate Peanut Butter TastyWHEY mixed with coffee. I even took a video 😉

Santa Barbara Bar Peanut Chocolate Cherry
I also noshed on a bar on my walk to work. These Santa Barbara bars are delicious and you should definitely get some if you can get your paws on ’em!

[Breakfast #2]
Protein Oatmeal Egg White Oats Peanut Butter & Co Smooth
Luckily, my oatmeal packs up and reheats well. I’ve been making it the night before so I can eat it either before I leave, or during one of my breaks. And, of course, I have a jar of peanut butter with me at all times!

[Snack #1]
Trust me, I’m saving you by not snapping a picture of my cottage cheese. Ha! I did drizzle a little NuStevia Cocoa Syrup on top for a chocolatey treat.

[Lunch]
Balsamic Kale Salad Beyond Beef Fiesty Crumbles Brussels Sprouts Avocado
Balsamic vinegar, whole grain mustard, and a little EVOO is the best marinade for kale. I’m convinced the whole grain mustard helps with the massaging of the kale and gives it great flavor. I’ve been topping my salads this week with Beyond Beef Fiesty Crumbles and I have to say, it’s pretty darn tasty! It is a touch dry by itself, but I would absolutely use it in tacos, salads [obviously], etc. I’m also interested to try the Beyond Chicken now, too.

[Snack #2]
By the time I got home from job #1, I was super hungry [I don’t know how.. I’d been eating all day!] and feeling pretty snacky so I grabbed some cranberry almond bites from NatureBox and housed a bag of sugar snap peas.

[Dinner]
Spaghetti Squash Chicken Cabot Cheddar Cheese Ketchup
Thank goodness for easy, quick dinners. I had half of a roasted spaghetti squash and some chicken in the fridge. I tossed it together with some frozen beans, topped with lots of Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar and ketchup, and I was good to go!

[Snack #3]
I ended my night early with an apple and was in bed by 9:15.

At least it’s Wednesday and we’re almost to moving day. Just keep plugging along!

Food for Thought

Do you like to eat on a similar schedule everyday?

Foodie Friday: Protein Peanut Butter Cups with TastyWHEY

A few weeks ago I received an awesome shipment from Adaptogen. They must know me because I didn’t even choose my protein powder flavor and they sent me Chocolate Peanut Butter. How perfect!

I’m always on the lookout for a delicious protein powder that’s good, not only mixed in a smoothie, but simply mixed with water or almond milk too. The name, TastyWHEY, hinted that it would be meeting my requirements and I couldn’t wait to give it a try. Ironically enough, I had an afternoon workout planned that day, as opposed to my normal morning routine, so I scooped it into my new blender bottle immediately after with some coconut almond milk. It was so creamy and tasted like a peanut butter cup! It was nice and smooth too; there’s nothing worse than a gritty protein shake, am I right?

At 160 calories per scoop, this protein powder is a bit higher than what I normally use but the ingredients more than make up for it. TastyWHEY uses a proprietary combination of exceptionally high quality whey protein, along with MCT’s [want to learn more about MCT oil?], low glycemic index carbohydrates, and micronutrients that make the awesome taste that much better. Knowing that what I’m eating or drinking is made from high-quality ingredients has become so much more important to me in the past few years. There’s no doubt that the quality of ingredients has greatly impacted my health and the way I feel on a daily basis.

Back to the taste, though. I couldn’t help but make myself some peanut butter cups. It only seemed appropriate with the flavor I received!

Protein Peanut Butter Cups

Makes 3 Cups

Ingredients
– 1 tbsp coconut oil
– 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
– 1 tbsp Adaptogen TastyWHEY Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Powder
– 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
– 1 1/2 tsp peanut butter; divided

Directions
In a small bowl, microwave the coconut oil and maple syrup for 15-20 seconds until liquid. Mix in the protein powder and cocoa powder until smooth. Spoon 1 tsp of the mixture into 3 mini cupcake tins and place in the freezer for 5 minutes until hard.

Once the chocolate mixture has hardened, spoon 1/2 tsp of peanut butter to the center of each cup and cover with the remainder of the chocolate mixture. Place the cups back in the freezer to set. Once set, carefully remove from the cupcake tin with a knife and devour. Or store in the freezer.. your choice 😉

Nutritional Information
Per cup
81 Calories / 6g Fat / 4g Carbs / 1g Fiber / 3g Sugar / 2g Protein

Need Some TastyWHEY?

Of course you do! Purchase your own tub o’ protein or connect with Adaptogen!

Adaptogen TastyWHEY – http://adaptogenscience.com/tasty-whey
Adaptogen on Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Adaptogen-Science/pages/default
Adaptogen on Instagram – http://instagram.com/adaptogenscience

Food for Thought

What’s your favorite way to use protein powder?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Adaptogen Science.

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