Amazing Grass Protein Superfood

Amazing grass and FitApproach sponsored this post. All opinions are my own.

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If you follow me on social media… {SNAP: Jhiggs787} and {IG:Myhealthypassion} YOU KNOW…I have been LOVING a very specific protein powder.  Like seriously LOVING! I can’t stop talking about it.

but before I get to that…let’s talk about why I normally do not eat protein powders.

  1. I don’t like the “chalky” taste it leaves.
  2. I don’t care for the 800 million ingredients.
  3. Lots of artificial sweeteners.
  4. They simply do not taste good.

Now….I was super stoked when I received an amazing package from AMAZING GRASS. It was the best care package EVER.  I am all about on the go breakfast and I want so badly to love shakes…but never did.  But I wasn’t sure how I felt about the powder.  Because, I normally do not like them, remember all of the above statements.

I started to look at the ingredients, and I’ll be honest, I was super impressed. I LOVED that it was plant based.  Amazing Grass Protein SuperFood contains a unique blend of USDA Organic pea, hemp, chia and quinoa, delivering 20g of complete plant-based protein per serving plus 7 alkalizing organic greens and two-full servings of wholesome fruits and vegetables. Each flavor is also grain-free, paleo friendly, and can be enjoyed alone with water, added to a smoothie or almond, cashew or coconut milk. The line’s unique pea protein is the only available source that is 100 percent grown, harvested and processed in the USA, providing one of the smoothest, best tasting plant-based proteins on the market. I mean, I was excited to try it.

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Then my friends…I tasted it.  I LOVED it.  I threw into my blender a scoop of vanilla powder, strawberries, ice, water, and a heaping spoonful of peanut butter.  (I also tried the chocolate peanut butter and AMAZING) I LOVED IT! This powder has turned me into a smoothie machine.

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I never like powders, but this one is different.  I want to shout from the roof tops how much I love it.  Take my word for it, try it. You will NOT be disappointed!

Let me know if you do…you will LOVE it!!!

Are you a protein powder fan, this one has made me a believer!

Skip the Taco Bell: Quick Healthy Breakfast Ideas

I have heard a buzz about the Taco Bell Breakfast.  I am not even going to go into detail about why you should skip the drive-thur, you know why you should. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Believe me, it really is! It kick starts the metabolism and keeps your energy levels high so you can work hard through the morning until lunch.  Some people enjoy a savory breakfast, sweet, or even salty! I personally like a light breakfast but packed with protein. Unlessssss it’s the weekend, then were talking pancakes and omelets…that’s a different story!

Most mornings I am running around and I need something easy that I can grab and go!
Below you will find a few ideas of healthy, quick, and nutrient packed breakfast! 

Healthy Breakfast Ideas

 

Quick and Healthy Breakfast Ideas

 

 

  1. Overnight Oats!   Any oatmeal for that matter!
  2. My go to…A banana with a Greek Yogurt.  Chobani is my favorite! Even plain, I add a touch of honey.  Its packed with protein.
  3. An apple with Almond butter, even with a touch of yogurt!
  4. Hard boiled eggs! I will grab a banana with an egg, keeps me full til lunch.
  5. A cheese stick with a piece of fruit. Any fruit is a great option.
  6. A whole wheat waffle OR whole wheat english muffin with a tablespoon of natural peanut butter or another type of nut butter.
  7. A shake.  There are SO many ways to create a delicious shake.  Coconut milk, strawberries, a banana, spinach/kale and a touch of almond butter!
  8. Breakfast burritos.  I will be posting my recipe for my breakfast burritos soon.  I often will make them on a Sunday and throw them in the freezer! I have them for the week.  Nick Loves them too! Much healthier and tastier than the Taco Bell Breakfast craze that everyone is talking about!
  9. Nuts! Raw cashews, almonds, pecans, and walnuts.  Whatever your favorite is! Grab a handful, a cheese stick, and a piece of fruit and your set!
  10. Quiche! Again, you make ahead of time in mini muffin pans and either keep in freezer.  Add loads of veggies for a wide variety.

There you have it folks, 10 ideas for quick and easy breakfasts…and also cheap!

Since last week, I mentioned it’s time for me to get back into the swing of things! Since it is finally a tad bit warmer here in the Burgh, I am feeling motivated to keep my workouts going! Here is my plan for the week!

Monday– Workout DVD, not sure which one yet
Tuesday–POWER STEP
Wednesday–POWER Step
Thursday–Body PUMP and Cardio of choice
Friday–Rest
Saturday–POWER Step/Weights
Sunday–Walk/Run
 
What are your favorite quick and easy breakfast ideas? What is your go to? 

Three Seed Breakfast Bars

Happy Tuesday! Let’s say I may still be struggling after an awesome weekend at my old stomping grounds, Kent State! It was homecoming!! Such a blast from the past! I enjoyed every minute!

I came home early Sunday afternoon and started preparing right away for the week! Stocked up at the grocery store, baked some pumpkin carrot cake (just because I am obsessed with pumpkin), and made a delicious grab and go granola bar that is healthy.  A granola bar that you can pronounce all the ingredients, it has zero chemicals, zero preservatives, and is really yummy!

Let’s take a look at  two popular granola bars that you can buy at the grocery store, shall we?

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Check out those ingredients.  Remember, ingredients are listed in descending order by weight. The first ingredient listed is present in the largest amount. What do you think? I see sugar, corn syrup, different types of oil, partially hydrogenated oil and a few extra things that I do not know what they are, EW! This is only two types of granola bars, there are TONS of options. Some may be better and some are way worse.  Granola bars that you buy in a grocery store are not only expensive but simply just not good for us! We are not getting a lot of bang for our ‘healthy’ buck! And what I mean by that is you’re not getting a lot of dense nutrients.

The message here is stay clear of what I call “Fake Health Foods”, make your own at home that taste better and fresher. And, this recipe, for my five seed granola bars, is very adaptable! It’s as easy to make as rice crispy treats! I bought all my ingredients at Giant Eagle Market District, they have an AMAZING bulk section.  So, I was able to buy foods that are often expensive at very low costs, and in the exact amount I needed them in.  So I would recommend finding a grocery store that has a bulk section, check out Whole Foods!

Three Seed Breakfast Bars

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  • 1 1/4 C old fashion rolled oats
  • 1/3 C raw unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 C Raw Pumpkin Seeds (Green Pepitas)
  • 2 Tbsp Flaxseeds
  • 2 C Whole Wheat puffed Cereal (or regular, whatever you can find!)
  • 1/2 C Chopped dried apricots
  • 1/3 C Dried Blueberries
  • 1/4 Almond Butter (I used freshly ground)
  • 3 Tbsp organic honey
  • 3 Tbsp organic brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, spray 8 inch square baking pan with non-stick spray
  2. Spread oats, sunflower seeds, pepitas, and flax seeds on a rimmed baking pan.  Bake, at 4 min, shake pan to mix, continue baking another 4 min OR until flagrant and lightly toasted. Transfer to a mixing bowl.  add cereal, apricots, and blueberries; toss to combine
  3. Combine almond butter, brown sugar, honey, vanilla, salt in a small sauce pan.  Set over medium-low heat and cook, stirring frequently, until mixture bubbles around edges.  Pour almond butter mixture over cereal/seed mixture and stir until combined.  Then pour into your ready pan.  Coat hands with non-stick spray and press mixture down firmly to make an even layer.
  4. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.  Cut into 12 bars.

Recipe adapted from Weight Watchers 

I suggest you make these for your friends and family…today!  Yes, these may have sugar in them, however, you control how much, these are so adaptable! Unlike the bars you buy in the stores, you know exactly what your feeding yourself or loved ones! Eat these along with a piece of fruit and some coffee, your breakfast is set!

Enjoy!!

Dark Chocolate Quinoa Trail Mix Balls

Hi ALL! How is everyone today?

In Pittsburgh…We were totally spoiled in the month of March.  80 degree weather, flip-flops, and windows down.  Well…it’s April now and I had to scrape my car this morning! Not a happy camper.  To make my morning a little brighter, I had a piping hot cup of coffee from my favorite coffee shop AND a Dark Chocolate Quinoa Trail Mix Ball.  Oh such a treat.

After stumbling upon this recipe on my all time favorite food blog Eat,Live, Run, I knew I had to make these. I am always looking for recipes of things that I can grab in the AM while running out the door. I found a winner! I made theses Trail Mix balls on Monday, since then I think I have eaten the entire pan. Oops.  They remind me a lot of no-bake peanut butter cookies but also a little like bird seed (All in a Yummy fashion!). With each bite you get a taste of sweet chocolatey goodness yet healthy bites of seeds, oatmeal, and coconut. Oh bites of dried cherries too! It does not get much better than that! Mmmm….I have had them in the morning for a breakfast treat as well as after dinner for a sweet dessert.  You have got to make these…you will not be disappointed!

Who doesn’t love trail mix balls with Dark Chocolate chips in them?

For this recipe…Head on over to Eat, Live, Run.  I  encourage you all to make these…Like today!