Chocolate Proyo

Coming at you today is a recipe for this deliciousness.

Proyo

It all started this week when I ran into the store to restock my supply of Quest bars. If you haven’t tried these yet, you need them in your life. My favorite kinds are the chocolate ones (obviously), like Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and S’mores.

Quest bars

While I was there, I also picked up this protein powder the size of my face.

Cellulor protein

There are so many different types of protein powders (whey protein, protein isolate, pea protein, egg white protein…) that it can be overwhelming to choose one if you have never tried one before. The first time I bought a protein powder, I tried the Vega One protein since it is plant-based. I don’t consider myself a vegan right now, but after I ate vegan for a month last summer (Read about it here –> So what DID you eat during your month as a vegan?) I’ve tended to lean more towards that direction. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Vega One protein; it was ok but the taste just didn’t do much for me. A friend recently recommended Cellulor protein to me, so I decided to go with that one this time.

I’ve professed my love for “banana ice cream,” on the blog before, which is basically just blending frozen bananas with a little almond milk in a food processor. Check out one of my favorite combinations here. But as much as I love this cool, creamy treat, I wanted something that was higher in protein. Enter proyo!

Proyo = protein + yogurt = (deliciousness)

Pretty simple right? No Common Core math there!!

First, I placed a container of Greek Fage yogurt in the freezer to let it harden. This has been my go-to kind of yogurt lately since it is so high in protein (one cup has 18 grams), and I am always looking for ways to add more protein to my diet. I let it chill in the freezer for approximately an hour.

Yogurt

I combined it in a food processor with 1 scoop of Cellulor protein powder, 1/2 frozen banana, and enough almond milk to get things going (probably between 1/3- 1/2 cup).

Making proyo

Topped with peanut butter because you can never have enough.

Proyo with peanut butter

Ingredients

  • 1 scoop Cellulor protein powder
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • Almond milk (between 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup)
  • 1 container Fage Greek yogurt (or 1 cup if you don’t buy the single serve containers)

Directions

1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.

2. Add in almond milk as necessary to reach your desired level of consistency. Add any toppings you would like and enjoy!

Chocolate proyo

Off to do a little yoga and stretching. Have a great week!

Yoga

Let’s Chat!

  • Favorite protein powder?
  • What did you do this weekend?

Snow Day #17

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Besides last week and this one, it seems as though we’ve had a million snow days. I went to school one day last week (with a delay!) and only worked two days this week. The first snow day is always fun –  I always say there is no excited like a teacher with a snow day excited. Sleeping in and drinking coffee until noon, catching up on school work or doing some baking, while looking up to see the snow perfectly glistening on tree branches. Always a much needed break! However, after several snow days in a row, the fun wears off and I’m ready to get into a normal routine again.

My snow days have consisted of drinking my body weight in coffee and going to the gym. Besides getting some good workouts in, it’s been a pretty unproductive few days over here.

A snow day equals a movie day, right? I saw the sports drama McFarland in theaters this week, starring Kevin Cosner.  It was inspired by a true story, following the journey a coach takes to turn around a team of high school boys into a track team, eventually winning state championships later that year. I love inspirational movies, especially ones with teachers. After watching the coach motivate his players to be more, to be the best they could be, I was inspired to go back to work and get things going again! I’ve had a few challenging days lately trying to do a lot at once. Instead of feeling discouraged by the challenges and running away from them, it’s time to run over them.

There was the special 2-night Bachelor special on TV this week, so I used wasted seven hours of my life watching that. Quality TV right there, people. Any Bachelor fans out there?? Each week, I think for sure some of those women can’t get any crazier … and then they do! Both of the women that are remaining for the final week seem more genuine, though.

My mom picked me up some chocolate last week, so I’ve been trying all of the kinds.

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I had this great idea to actually measure out what a serving size would be in plastic snack size baggies, so that way I wouldn’t eat half the bag of M&M’s at once. This works really well, until you have more than one snack bag at a time.

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I actually did like doing this, though! It helped to measure out what a serving size is so I had at least a general idea of what I was eating. It’s all about that balance!

I’ve also had time to experiment in the kitchen! I first tried the Egg White and Oatmeal Protein Pancake from Julie at PBFingers pictured below. With only a few ingredients, it was quick and easy to throw together in the morning. I added in slightly more egg whites than her original recipe called for and omitted the Splenda. The combination of the egg whites and oatmeal provided 30 grams of protein – since I am a vegetarian, I am always looking for new ways to incorporate protein into my diet. This kept me full for hours afterwards and fueled me through a day of teaching and a workout later. A winning combination in my book! I liked it so much, I decided to try Julie’s Green Protein Pancake and added several handfuls of spinach before blending it all together for some added nutrition. Once you get past the bright green color, it really tasted pretty good! It just makes you feel healthy eating too; I mean, it’s green, so it HAS to be good for you, right?!

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Sorry to those of you who couldn’t enjoy the snow days this week and actually had to work. The snow is melting so it’s time to get back to it on Monday morning. Enjoy your weekend!!