Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Muffins

I am always looking for quick healthy snacks.  Both my hubs and I have busy work schedules so I like to have healthy snacks ready to go that we can quickly grab!

When I found this recipe it couldn’t have been better timing as I was having a few girlfriends over for an early brunch on the weekend and knew they would be up for trying them!

What you will need:

2 Ripe Bananas – Mashed
2 Eggs
1/3 cup of honey
1 cup of Peanut Butter – I used Kraft Light Peanut Butter
1/2 cup of cocoa powder
2 scoops of Protein Powder – I use Refuel White Chocolate Brownie Protein Powder, but you can use whatever you want
2 tbsp of vanilla
1/2 tsp of baking soda
1 tsp of baking powder
Cocunut Oil – for the muffin pan

Preheat your oven to 350F.  Mix all your ingredients together and pour equal amounts into greased muffin pan.  Put the oven and let it bake away for about 20 min, depending on your oven. This recipe made 12 muffins.  Next time I think that I will substitute the Peanut Butter for Almond Butter.

Nutritional Info: 145 Calories, 5.4g of Fat, 19.4g of Carbs, 7.8 Protein (I use the My Fitness Pal App to input my recipes and get this information)

What are some of your go to healthy snacks?

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New York! Take Me Back!

“One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.” – Tom Wolfe

We had an amazing weekend in New York City! We wandered, ate, drank, ate, wandered…well you get the idea! I’ve realized that you could continuously go back to New York City and every trip would be different.  There is just so much to see and do there, which is amazing!

We stayed at the Roosevelt hotel which is beautiful and rich in history.  Great location and great lounge, our room was a little small but that didn’t really bother us. We traveled on the red eye so by the time we got there we were pretty tired.  But the hotel was able to get us an early check in so we got to have a bit of a nap before going out and exploring the City.  Thank goodness!

Our first dinner in New York City was at 21 Club.   The 21 Club has been featured in many movies and tv shows, a couple being Wall Street, One Fine Day and one of my favourite all time shows Sex and the City! The service and food was great and the decor in the restaurant was very unique! Later that evening we had tickets to Cabaret at the Studio 54 Club.  Unfortunately we didn’t take into account how hard it would be to get a cab after dinner and so we ended up running a couple blocks to the Theatre in order to get in before the doors closed (broken shoe and all!).  Cabaret was AMAZING! Staring Alan Cumming and Emma Stone! They had the audience involved from the very beginning.  Both Mr. Cumming and Ms. Stone were so good and the rest of the cast did not disapoint either.

The following night was Valentines Day! Keith and I had reservations at Pearl & Ash, more on that later, but before dinner we decided to go to the Empire State Building. Up we went to the very top, within 20 minutes we saw 2 proposals which were so sweet! Took a couple of photos and got back in side!

And now…Dinner at Pearl & Ash…  I have been looking forward to this dinner for months and am an avid follower of their restaurant on Instagram.   As soon as we walked in the restaurant I was so happy! The staff was welcoming and quickly had us seated.  We were first seated at the front table which was really cozy set back in a bay window.  However, it was pretty cold and we ended up being moved to a back table (which I was secretly happy about because we got to see more of what was going on through out the restaurant).  The Dinner for the evening was a set menu with 7 courses. Ranging from a fried oyster to tea smoked chicken to french toast with chocolate, cherries and lemongrass. Every course was so good and hard to pick a favourite but I would have to say that the first course of a fried oyster with a cauliflower mouse was so good! And went so well with the champagne!

Our last meal in New York was at the Strip House, we were recommended to go there from our server at lunch. Inside the restaurant is decorated with Burlesque theme, from the black and white photos on the wall to the velvet wallpaper (that I want to find and put in my ensuite) to the napkins.  The menu is all a la carte the side plates are great compliments to probably the most mouth watering steaks you will ever have! We started with the Strip House Roasted Bacon with Arugula and Russian Dressing (enough said) and for our mains we ordered the filet mignon and the 12 ounce steak that they had on special that night.  For our sides we had the Roasted Cauliflower, Crisp Goose Fat Potatoes and our server sent over the Creamed Corn with Pancetta (picture whole corn stewed with creme and pancettas and then poured into small roasting dishes, top it off with breadcrumbs and then bake to perfection!).  Then when we thought we could eat anything more a slice of best home made cheesecake showed up at our table.  We were so full!

Here are a few pics from our trip!

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I can’t wait for our next trip to New York City! What are your favourite spots in New York?