Wednesday, February 28, 2018

{Macro Friendly Chicken Pot Pie}

{Macro Friendly Chicken Pot Pie}

Hello cupcakes!

Who likes Chicken Pot Pie? I have a healthier version to share with you. 

The Macros for 1/7 of the recipe:
259 calories, 5.1 g fat, 18.2 g carbs, & 34.6 g protein

Here's what you need for the filling:
1-1/2 lb of cooked chicken breast, shredded
1 cup of almond milk
salt & pepper to taste
1 cup of chicken broth
1 pkg. of frozen beans (mine had 4 servings in the bag)
1 pkg. of frozen mixed vegetables (again, 4 servings per bag)

Here's what you need for the "biscuit" part:
1 cup of almond milk
1 egg
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder


-Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8X8 pan
-I cooked my chicken in a skillet and then saved the juices for the gravy
-In the skillet, add 2 T of arrowroot flour, 1 cup of almond milk, 1 cup of chicken broth, salt, and pepper
-Continue to stir the gravy and add more arrowroot flour as needed to make the gravy
-Once the gravy is thickened, add the shredded chicken to the gravy & stir to combine
-Next, stir in the frozen veggies and cook until the veggies are no longer frozen
-Scoop the filling mixture into the greased pan
-Next, make the biscuits in a separate bowl
-Add all of the biscuit ingredients to the bowl and stir to combine
-Add the biscuit batter to the top of the filling in an even layer
-Place the pan in the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes or until the biscuit layer is finished cooking
-Store the leftovers in the refrigerator

Yields: 7 servings

I prepped this during the weekend and I will be having it all week!


Later Taters

"It's a beautiful day, don't let it get away." 

Monday, February 26, 2018

{Aloha Protein}

Hello cupcakes!

I had the opportunity to try out some Aloha Protein and I want to share my honest review with you!

GUYS... I am obsessing over this bar! The flavor is amazing and I am totally in love with the little chocolate chips that are throughout the bar. It's all plant based, so it's vegan friendly. The bar is also dairy free, gluten free, soy free, and non-GMO. Here are my ratings:

Taste: 10/10
Texture: 10/10
Price: 6/10
 *$30 for 12 bars, $2.50 per bar*
Ingredients: 9/10
Macros: 8/10
*14 g fat, 20 g carbs, 14 g protein*
It has a pretty good balance of fats, proteins, and carbs & a super good snack to keep you full between meals. 

Now for the protein...

I was able to try the vanilla, chocolate, and banana protein powder. They are all gluten free, vegan, dairy free, soy free, contain no stevia, and nothing artificial. 

Taste: 6/10
Texture: 6/10
Price: 6/10
Ingredients: 8/10
Macros: 7/10 
4 g fat, 10 g carbs, 18 g protein

I made the recipe below using the vanilla protein. Cost is $30 for 15 servings, $2 per serving. Here is an example of the protein powder ingredients specifically for the vanilla protein powder:

Protein Blend* (Pea Protein*, Pumpkin Seed Protein*, Hemp Seed Protein*), Coconut Water Powder*, Coconut Cream*, Coconut Sugar*, Vanilla Bean*, Apple Juice Powder*, Madagascar Cinnamon*, Xanthan Gum, Pink Sea Salt, Sunflower Lecithin*, Monk Fruit Extrac

* Organic, Contains: Coconut"

Price: 6/10
 Ingredients: 8/10
Macros: 7/10
4.5 g fat, 10 g carbs, 18 g protein
*I have not tried this flavor yet, but I plan to try it this week & I will update this section*

Taste: 8/10
Texture: 7/10
Price: 6/10
 Ingredients: 8/10
Macros: 7/10
2 g fat, 13 g carbs, 18 g protein

I mixed one serving with 12 oz water & used a packet to create the recipe below. The protein shake I made was a little gritty. The cost is $30 for 15 servings, $2 per serving. The ingredients only scored an 8 because there are a little too many carbs for my liking, but I understand where the carbs came from and why they are in there.  UPDATE: let the protein powder mixed with water sit in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours and the flavor and texture improve! I would rate this flavor 8/10 when it sits for awhile. 

Overall, I like this protein powder since it is natural. I usually prefer protein powder with less carbs since I am counting my macros at the moment, but if my macros allowed I would totally fit this in for the day. It can be a great protein powder to travel with since you get some fats, proteins, and carbs. I like that there are 18 grams of protein. The cost is a little expensive for my preference, but if you are interested in getting a protein powder that is all natural & you have a food intolerance, allergy, or dietary preferences this could be a good option for you!

Now for my fun & macro friendly recipe...

DIY Protein Bites

90 grams of ground pepitas
1 serving of Aloha Banana Protein Powder
1 serving of Aloha Vanilla Protein Powder
1 T of Anthony's Goods Peanut Flour
2 T Anthony's Goods Chia Seeds
1 scoop of Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin
1/4 cup of lite maple syrup or other liquid sweetener
1 banana
2 T of chocolate chips

Yields: 12 bites
Macros per bite: 10 g. fat, 10 g. carbs, 7 g. protein

In a food processor, add all ingredients except chocolate chips. Process until all the ingredients are mixed together and a dough forms. Next, stir in the chocolate chips. Add the batter to a mini muffin pan and pack the dough down. Once all of the mini muffin areas are filled, place the pan in the refrigerator to set. Allow the protein bites to harden for about 1 hour. Store the leftovers in the refrigerator. 


"It's a beautiful day, don't let it get away." 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

{Naked Nutrition Review}

Hello cupcakes!

Today I want to share an honest review of Naked Nutrition. I will be reviewing 2 products: Naked Pea Protein & Naked BCAAs.

"Naked BCAAs are the highest pharmaceutical grade, fastest dissolving, and rapidly absorbed Branch Chain Amino Acids available. Studies have shown that BCAA supplementation improves strength and muscle development, speeds recovery, and increases endurance for men and women at all fitness levels.**"~ Taken from Naked Nutrition's website

Here are some details about the BCAAs-
-There are no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or colors
-Vegan, soy free, gluten free, and GMO free
-Includes L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, & L-Valine (3 branch chain amino acids or BCAAs)

Other ingredients: 
Natural flavors, sugar, sea salt, citric acid, sunflower lecithin, and fruit & vegetable juice (for color)

L-Leucine 2500 mg
L-Isoleucine 1250 mg
L-Valine 250 mg

35 calories, 0 g fat, 6 g carbs, & 5 g protein

Price: $34.99
Servings per container: 50
Affordability: 8.5/10
Taste: 9/10
Stir ability: 9/10

My thoughts-
I actually am loving this product. I have a 40 oz travel tumbler and I fill it up every morning for my 1 hour drive to work. I will add 1 scoop of the Naked BCAA's and a few drops of water flavoring. I drink the whole 40 oz during that hour. Once I get to work, I eat my breakfast. I feel like the Naked BCAAs help hydrate me and fuel my muscles since I wait to eat until I get to work. The flavor also helps me drink more water. This is why I gave the flavor a 9/10 & it does not taste artificial like some brands I have tried in the past. The powder stirs into my water very well. I am a little hesitant with the serving size per container. I use the scoop that came with the powder, and I don't know if there are truly 100 servings. I think I should measure the 5 grams out of the powder instead of using the scoop if I want to get the most servings out of the container. If you truly get 50 servings for $35 that's only 69 cents per serving which I feel is a good deal. I would totally buy these in the future if my budget allows. I want to mention here, supplements are just that! They are supplemental to your diet and fitness. They are not needed, but can help aid in your progress/recovery. 

"Yellow pea protein powder is an excellent source of dietary protein for vegetarians and vegans that cannot use animal / milk based proteins."~ taken from Naked Nutrition's website

Here are some details about the Pea Protein-
-Gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and soy free
-No artificial sweeteners, flavors, or colors
-27 grams of protein per serving
-only ingredient is yellow pea protein 

Price: $54.99
Servings per container: 76
Affordability: 9/10
Taste by itself: 5/10
Stir ability: 7/10
Texture: 7/10
Adaptability for recipes, etc: 8/10

My thoughts-
I am not a huge fan of the flavor or texture of the pea protein. I have found that if I create recipes with it, then I can consume it. For example, this past weekend I made a pizza crust using pea protein and it was actually really good! Naked Nutrition also have a gluten free pizza crust recipe. Personally, I would not buy this protein to consume as a shake, but rather to bake with or make smoothies with because it covers up the natural flavor of the peas. I do appreciate that it is dairy-free and easy to digest. I also appreciate that there are no added fillers or sweeteners for people who do not want to consume those things. The price per serving is only 72 cents. 

Overall thoughts-
I love the idea of "Naked" supplements because many supplements on the market are not worried about the fillers and chemicals in their products. Props to you Naked Nutrition! The company advertises that they offer free shipping on all orders, so that is also a plus! I absolutely love their BCAA's and I am hoping to try more of their products soon. 

Later Taters

"It's a beautiful day, don't let it get away." 

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