Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins

Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffin

 

I am so happy with how these turned out! These are great for a quick breakfast with a smoothie or for a quick snack!

What you will need:

2 Eggs
2 Ripe Bananas
1/2 cup of Honey (Next time I might try to use a little bit less and see if it makes a big difference taste wise)
1/4 cup of Almond Milk
1 tsp of Vanilla
1.5 tsp of Baking Powder
1 tsp of Baking Soda
1/2 cup of Organic Dark Chocolate Chips
1 cup of Gluten Free All Purpose Flour (I have the Cloud 9 Brand)
Coconut Oil
2 scoops of Arbonne Vanilla Protein Powder

Preheat your oven to 350F, grease your Muffin Pan with the Coconut Oil and set aside.

Take a large bowl and add remaining ingredients and mix well.  Then spoon evenly into your muffin tin.  Mine made enough for 12 muffins.

Put your muffins in the oven, mine took roughly 20 minutes but just keep an eye on them and change the time accordingly.

ENJOY!

21 Day Clean Eating Cleanse…FINISHED!

Well that is that…I finished my cleanse! After the 2nd Week of Juicing I welcomed the 3rd week with open arms! I was so happy to eat something it wasn’t even funny!

My 3rd week was going back to how I was eating the 2nd week and reintroducing foods. I have taken a lot from this cleanse. It really pointed out to me areas in my diet that were really not good. Also I used to eat a lot at night, especially right before bed. It was nothing for me to have a bagel with peanut butter right before going to bed and then wondering why it took me forever to get to sleep? Hmmm I wonder why!s

My hubs and I have decided to bring more of a Clean Eating/Paleo diet into our lives. After reading more about the Paleo way of eating, it actually makes a lot of sense for us to follow it. Paleo is mainly Dairy Free & Grain Free and trying to eat as organically as possible. That being said, am I never going to eat pasta, rice or bread ever again? Probably not, instead of putting all these limits on myself and just setting myself up to fail, I have to realize that I will probably have pasta, rice or bread at some point again…and that is OKAY!

A lot of people that follow the Paleo Diet, follow a 80/20 rule. 80% of the time is strict Paleo and 20% of the time is not. This works for me, I honestly love food way too much to try and say that I will never have a bad carb or grain ever again in my life.

Paleo is not for everyone, just like Clean Eating or Weight Watchers or any other diet. My best advice is read into everything and ask yourself if it is something that you can do. Make sure that your diet is going to work with your lifestyle.

Now when chatting with friends I have been asked if I would do this cleanse again and I can honestly say that I definitely will! I feel more refreshed, energized and ready to start a change! I can see myself doing this again after vacations and holidays to bring myself back on track!

So thank you to my friend Mrs. Munro for giving this to me and I hope you all will continue to follow me on my foodie adventures!

3rd Week

21 Day Clean Eating Cleanse Challenge

So I have been thinking about doing a cleanse for a little while. If you go online and search for cleanses you can come up with millions of them, which to be completely honest just overwhelms me. Instead, I started talking with friends about different options and if they have done one before. My good friend Mrs. M, follows a clean eating lifestyle and was about to try doing a cleanse herself! Perfect! She passed the plan to me and I decided to go for it!

The cleanse that I decided to do is a 21 Day In Balance Cleanse. In the instructions of the cleanse it talks about being 100% organic, I am about 80% organic on mine and that is mainly because I can’t get 100% organic everything where we live. But that is okay for me!

So my main goal for the cleanse was to do a restart with my food and diet. My Hubs and I have been travelling a lot and with that comes eating and drinking poorly. Which don’t get me wrong, I love travelling and trying new restaurants and foods, but after awhile I feel sluggish and tired. So I thought just give it a shot, what is the worst that could happen?

My Cleanse is broken down into 3 weeks:

Week 1 – Elimination
Week 2 – Juices
Week 3 – Reintroduction

Especially for Week 1, I decided to plan out all my meals. It was probably the best thing that I could have done to be perfectly honest. From there I made a big shopping list and off I went!

The whole idea for week one is to start your day with hot water and lemon and then for breakfast I have a smoothie. I have been mainly having 2 smoothies:

Green Smoothie:

1 Organic Apple (with peeling, cored)
Juice of 1 Lemon
1 cup of spinach
1 stalk of celery
1/3 cup of cilantro (if you don’t like cilantro you can use parsley)
1 tbsp of chia seeds
Cinnamon
Cold Water
1 tsp Super Greens

Frozen Green Chai Latte:

1/2 an avocado
1.5 Cups of Almond Milk
1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp of vanilla
stevia to taste
1 tsp of super greens (can be found on Vitamart.ca)
Couple good handfuls of ice

I just have to say that the Frozen Green Chai Latte is amazing. I don’t like Chai Latte or Pumpkin Pie for that matter but I love this!

For lunch you need to have a solid meal.

One of my lunch meals is a green salad with a Salmon Filet, 2 cups of Green Beans, 1 tbsp of Dijon Mustard, Fresh Lemon Juice and Salt and Pepper.

For dinner I have soup and my favourite so far is the Zuchinni Cauliflower Soup!

Heat a large soup pot with 2 tbsp of coconut oil and put in 1 onion chopped and 1 large zuchinni (chopped). Once the onions have become softer throw in some basil and rosemary and then add 2 cups of chopped cauliflower add in your water and cook until your cauliflower is soft. Then carefully…pour into your blender and blend til smooth. Season with Salt and Pepper and Enjoy!

My tips for Week 1:

– Drink a ton of water! No word of a lie especially in the first couple of days when I couldn’t have coffee, I was so nauseous and had the worst headache, the only thing to stop it just for a little bit was to drink water!

– Be prepared to have headaches and be a little irritable.

– I found that when I got home I would start to cook my soup and my Hubs would start to cook his dinner as well at the same time. At first I thought it would bug me, but it helped to be cooking at the same time.

– Keep yourself busy! Evenings are probably the worst for me, that’s definitely when I like to snack so I am spring cleaning and purging my house of unwanted stuff!

– Keep a food journal! I track my meals and notes of how I am feeling through out the day

– Drink lots of Water!

I have 2 more days left for my week 1 and then I am on to Week 2: Juicing! Stay Tuned!

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