Full Body Resistance Band Workout + Pumpkin Protein Mug Cake

It’s Friday! And it’s ALCS game 1 day! It’s unfortunate that I’m not at all excited about the Orioles 😉

Yesterday was a fun one. It started out slowly [no complaints here!]; I took my time getting ready for the gym, only to decide to pack it in after 20 minutes on the elliptical. I was just not feeling it so I went home and snuggled up with a bowl of oatmeal on the couch. It was a good trade, I’d say. I also had lunch with this gal..

Danica It's Progression

If you don’t know Danica, get with it! She just moved to the bay area a few weeks ago and it was great to finally meet in person. Hooray for transplants! Haha 🙂

Onto the big Friday fun.. Usually I’ll stick with Fitness Friday or Foodie Friday but since I have a couple goodies for you, I decided to pack it all into one post. Boom!

I put this workout together for my client today; one of my biggest challenges with her is creating lots of workouts that she can do at home with little or no equipment. Because I’m a big fan of using weights in a gym, rather than doing body weight workouts at home, this is a bit out of the norm for me. That said, I’m really happy to have this workout now because not only is it great for small spaces [hellooo watching the O’s game in my tiny apartment!], but it’ll be a great workout for when we head home next month too. Pack your bags and get to sweatin’!

Full Body Resistance Band Workout | Barr & Table

Start out with the push ups and make your way around the circle doing 12-15 reps per exercise. Once you get back to the push ups, do a round of the cardio burst. Complete 3 rounds total for a 30-40 minute heart-pounding, sweaty workout.

If the resistance band isn’t feeling quite tough enough for you, there are a couple of options to make it more difficult. First, you can cross the bands in front of you so they make an “X”. If you still want more resistance, step your feet apart a bit. Make sure you feel the burn!

And if you’re hungry after that workout [which you will be!], make yourself a little snack.

Pumpkin Protein Mug Cake

Serves 1

Pumpkin Protein Mug Cake | Barr & Table

Ingredients
– 2 tbsp vanilla protein powder [I used Vega Vanilla Performance Protein]
– 2 tbsp pumpkin spice peanut flour [I used MyOatmeal PB Lean but you can sub regular peanut flour]
– 2 egg whites
– 2 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
– 1 tbsp canned pumpkin [Not pumpkin pie filling!]
– 1/2 tsp baking powder
– 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
– Pinch of salt

Directions
Spray a microwave safe mug with cooking spray. Mix all of your ingredients together and microwave for 2 – 2 1/2 minutes, until the cake is just set. Top with your favorite toppings [like nut butters] and enjoy!

Nutritional Information
Per mug cake, without toppings

169 Calories  /  1g Fat  /  11g Carbs  /  1g Fiber  /  8g Sugar  /  24g Protein

Now that I’ve jam-packed some sweat and tasty treats for ya, get your booty movin’ and enjoy your weekend!

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Food for Thought

Do you prefer body weight workouts or sweating it out with some weights?
Any fun plans for the weekend?

Foodie Friday: Apple Pie Protein Bites

Since making Lindsay’s PB coconut trail mix healthy bites a while back, I’ve loved keeping them in the freezer and popping a couple in the morning before my workout or throughout the day if I need a little something sweet. I’m not a fan of eating a full breakfast before a workout; something light does the trick when my stomach is grumbling! And even though they lasted a while, I recently ran out. The worst.

I loved them so much that I decided I’d try my own take on the recipe with some different ingredients I had in my pantry this time around. Musselman’s big cups and apple walnut granola? Boom. These babies were born!

Apple Pie Protein Bites

Makes 32 bites
Adapted from Peanut Butter Coconut Trail Mix Healthy Bites

Apple Pie Protein Bites
Ingredients
– 1/3 cup coconut flour* [I used Bob’s Red Mill]
– 1/3 cup almond meal*
– 1 scoop vanilla protein powder* [I used About Time Whey]
– 1/3 cup nut butter [I used PB&Co.’s The Bees Knees]
– 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce [I used Musselman’s]
– 1 tsp ground cinnamon
– 1/2 tsp sea salt
– 1/4 cup Love Grown Foods Apple Walnut Delight granola

Directions
In a large bowl, add all ingredients except the granola. Mix until everything is almost full incorporated and then add the granola. Continue mixing until the granola is evenly distributed throughout. Depending on the protein powder and nut butter you use, you may want to add a little more applesauce as you’re mixing.

Using a 1/2 tbsp measuring spoon, measure out your bites and roll into balls. Place in an airtight container in the freezer.

*Note: you can use all coconut flour or almond meal but start with 1/4 cup applesauce and add more slowly. I wouldn’t use 100% protein powder as the texture will be off.

*These ingredients can be found on iHerb.com. Use code ZAF482 to receive $5 off of your first order.

 

Apple Pie Protein Bites Love Grown Foods Granola

Nutritional Information
Per 1/2 tbsp bite

32 Calories / 2g Fat / 3g Carbs / 1g Fiber / 1g Sugar / 2g Protein

You should also note that Nathan not only told me he like these bites but thought they were “really tasty!” To which I said “great! Now that you like them, I’ll let you know there’s protein powder in ’em.” Ha. Got him! 😉

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Food for Thought

What is your favorite flavor combination?

Fudge Ems!

It’s certainly no secret that I’ve been loving my Vitamix. I’ve been searching for recipes to try and also trying to come up with fun little bites too. I’ve been craving little chocolatey bites at night these days, you know, to go with red wine, and I am always looking for ways to make something healthier.

At this point, I’m sure everyone has seen variations on black bean fudge or brownies so I tried my hand at my own variation and I love the way they came out! They’re creamy, chocolatey, and have a little crunch from the cacao nibs. And each square is only 69 calories.. it’s a win-win!

Fudge Ems!

Makes 18 squares

Fudge Ems!

Ingredients
– 1 can reduced sodium black beans; drained and rinsed
– 1/4 cup Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder
– 1/4 cup Peanut Butter & Co. Mighty Maple
– 1/4 cup maple syrup
– 2 tbsp coconut oil
– 2 tbsp brewed coffee [I used pumpkin coconut!]
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 1/2 – 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
– Pinch of salt
– 2 tbsp cacao nibs [Can substitute chocolate chips]

Directions
In a high-power blender or food processor, add everything except the cacao nibs. Blend until very smooth and scoop into a bowl. Stir in the cacao nibs until evenly distributed. Line a loaf pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper and pour the fudge mixture into the pan. Spread it out evenly and place in the freezer for 1-2 hours.

Remove the pan from the freezer and, using the foil or parchment paper, lift the fudge out of the pan. Cut into 18 equal squares and wrap individually in plastic wrap. Store in the freezer. Or eat all of them immediately.. your choice 😉

Black Bean Fudge

Nutritional Information
Per square

69 Calories / 4g Fat / 2g Protein / 11g Carbs / 2g Fiber / 4g Sugar

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Food for Thought

Have you ever tried making sweets using beans?

Strawberry Yogurt Bites

One thing I love about summer is always having fruit in the house. One thing I don’t love is letting that fruit go bad, so I’m always looking for fun ways to mix it up! And the easier the idea, the better.

Yogurt dipped strawberries are delicious, but they always get so messy! So why not stuff the strawberries and jazz it up a bit while I’m at it?

Strawberry Yogurt Bites

Serves 2 (or just 1.. I won’t tell!)

Barr & Table Strawberry Yogurt Bites Chobani Dannon Oikos Vanilla Greek Yogurt Banana Almonds Cinnamon

Ingredients
8 – 12 strawberries, depending on size
1/4 cup vanilla greek yogurt
1/2 banana
1 – 2 tbsp sliced almonds
Cinnamon
Ice cube tray or another serving piece that will allow the strawberries to sit straight up

Directions
In a bowl, mash the 1/2 banana until pureed. Add the 1/4 cup vanilla greek yogurt and mix until well combined.

Using a paring knife, cut a little bowl into the top of each strawberry. Fill each strawberry with some of the banana / yogurt mixture and set into your serving piece to sit up straight. (I used an ice cube tray!) Once all of the strawberries are filled, sprinkle the tops with the sliced almonds and a little cinnamon.

Devour!

..I mean, enjoy!

Barr & Table Strawberry Yogurt Bites Chobani Dannon Oikos Vanilla Greek Yogurt Banana Almonds Cinnamon

This snack is perfect for the morning or afternoon. It’s a little sweet and also has some protein from the yogurt and almonds. Next time I might toss some dark chocolate chips into the mix. Because who can say no to a little chocolate?!

Speak Up!

What’s your favorite summertime snack?