Sunday, April 30, 2017

{Maca Peanut Protein Balls} + Giveaway

Hello cupcakes!

Who's ready for another giveaway?!

If you can't tell already, I am loving Anthony's Goods products. They sell big bags of some of my favorite products for an affordable price. To check out their website, follow this link: 

I used peanut flour and red maca powder from Anthony's Goods for this recipe. 

A few quick facts about red maca:
1) Native to Peru with a long culinary and medicinal purposes
2) Helps improve energy and stamina
3) High in Vitamin C
4) Can help improve mood, reduce anxiety,
5) May help improve exercise performance
6) May have some benefits for mental functioning

For the giveaway...

I am giving two lucky winners a bag of their own red maca powder

There are two different ways to win:

1) follow @toriswholelife & @anthonysgoods on Instagram. Tag 2 friends in the comments on my giveaway post

2) Like & Follow my Facebook page: The Sweet Life: Diary of a Health Nut & like {Anthony's Goods} Facebook page. Comment on my giveaway post & tag a friend

There you go! So enter both if you wish!

Now for the fun recipe... {Maca Peanut Protein Balls}

10 g Splenda Brown Sugar Blend
1/4 c unsweetened cashew milk
1/2 serving of {Nuzest} Vanilla Protein Powder
30 g (1/4 c) {Anthony's Goods} Peanut Flour
1 tsp of {Anthony's Goods} Red Maca Powder
1 T Challenge Lactose Free Butter

Mix everything in a bowl until combined. Roll dough into 4 balls. 

Macros per ball: 83 calories, 3.4 g fat, 6.3 g carbs, 6.4 g protein

*Remember that if you change the protein or butter you use it will change the macros slightly*

These are so addicting! I literally had to put them in the fridge right away or I could have easily eaten them all in one sitting. 

If you make some Maca Peanut Protein Balls, be sure to tag me and #thesweetlife so I can see all of your fun pictures!

Later Taters

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

Monday, April 24, 2017

{Protein Cookie Dough}

Hello cupcakes!

I have a huge sweet tooth if you haven't already noticed. I am not a huge fan of pizza or fries, but give me all the brownies, cookies, & doughnuts!

Growing up, I loved helping bake cookies. One of my favorite parts was getting to lick the cookie dough off the beaters. It's funny how simple things in life can bring back such great memories. I decided to create a healthier cookie dough that could easily fit into my macro budget for the day. 

Here is what I came up with:

24 g Challenge Butter (lactose free)
10 g Splenda Brown Sugar
17 g Good Karma Flax Yogurt 
1-2 tsp sugar free, fat free Vanilla Jello pudding mix
10 g whole wheat flour
10 g {Anthony's Goods} Coconut Flour
15 g {NUZEST} Vanilla Protein Powder
unsweetened almond milk
10 g Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips

*Please note, you can substitute different butter, protein, & yogurt for the recipe, but keep in mind it may change the macros for the recipe*

Combine yogurt, butter, & sugar in a bowl. Mix until combined. Next add pudding mix, whole wheat flour, coconut flour, & protein powder. Mix until combined. Add almond milk to the batter until your desired consistency. I made mine a consistency that allowed me to roll the dough into balls so I could keep track of a serving. Lastly, add chocolate chips and stir to combine. 

Serves: 4

Macros for 1 serving: 104 calories, 5.3 g fat, 9 g carbs, 5.1 g protein

If you want to learn more about why I choose to bake with Nuzest as well as see other recipes I have created,  follow these links:

Some quick facts:
-Nuzest is pea protein powder
-Free of gluten, dairy, soy, and GMOs which makes it perfect for people with food intolerances or allergies
-100% natural vegetable protein
-Easy to absorb and digest
-Complete protein for energy, recovery, & repair
-Mixes smoothly
-comes in vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, cappuccino, and natural

As always, you can use the code "thesweetlife" at Nuzest check out to get $ off your order 

Follow this link if you want to get some for yourself: {Nuzest Shop}


Later Taters

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

Sunday, April 23, 2017

{Quest Protein Cookies}

Happy Sunday Cupcakes!
I hope everyone is having a great weekend. I love to create and bake on the weekends, and of course I am always craving cookies. These protein cookies turnout so similar to the consistency and texture of normal cookies (which is sometimes hard to do with healthy cookies). I ate half of this cookie before my workout this morning. Okay, now you probably want the recipe so here it is...

28 g Challenge Butter (lactose free)
10 g Brown Sugar Splenda
17 g Good Karma Flax Yogurt, plain
1 egg white
10 g old fashion rolled oats
20 g whole wheat flour
10 g Anthony's Goods Coconut Flour
1/2-1 tsp sugar free, fat free instant vanilla pudding mix
1/4 tsp baking powder

30 g Quest Cinnamon Crunch Protein Powder

In a bowl, combine butter, yogurt, and sugar. Mix until combined. Next add in egg white and pudding mix. Stir until combined. Then add in the oats, wheat flour, coconut flour, and baking powder. Mix until a dough forms. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lay foil on a baking sheet and spray with oil. Scoop the batter onto the baking sheet in 4 rounded cookies. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes or until the cookies are cooked through and starting to turn golden on top. Let the cookies cool for a few minutes while you make the frosting. In a bowl, add the protein powder. Add 1 tsp. of water and stir. Keep adding water a little bit at a time until a frosting consistency forms. Next, top the cookies with the frosting. 

Serves: 4

Macros per serving: 125 calories, 5.3 g fat, 11.5 g carbs, 7.6 g protein

*Feel free to substitute with different butters or yogurts, just note it may change the macros on the recipe*

Here are some tips for baking when you are tracking macros:

1) Get a food scale. I bough mine off of Amazon for about $13 dollars. This will make your measurements more precise (that's why the ingredients are in grams)
2) If you create a recipe, write down the ingredients & then enter them as a recipe in Myfitnesspal and you can easily add the serving to your daily food log & macro budget.
3) HAVE FUN! Macro budgeting is like a puzzle. I love playing around with different food choices until I reach my daily macro allowance.
4) If you are creating recipes while using macros, you may need to use artificial sweeteners to keep the carbs lower. This is not a bad thing, anything in moderation is fine! If you want to know the science behind artificial sweeteners & how your body processes them, you can watch Dr. Layne Norton's video in the Avatar Nutrition Video Resources. Basically he says consuming small amounts of artificial sweeteners will not kill you! 
5) Share your recipe with others!

As always, if you make my recipe tag me in your creation photo @toriswholelife #thesweetlife

Instagram: @toriswholelife
Facebook: The Sweet Life Diary of a Health Nut @toriswholelife

Also, I created a Facebook page where I post the links to my blog posts. I will be running a giveaway on that page, so head over and Like/follow the page so that you have a chance to win!  I will also be running a giveaway on my Instagram, so head over there & follow!

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

Thursday, April 20, 2017

{Protein Buckeyes}


I don't know about you, but during the holidays my family loves to make buckeyes. These peanut butter and chocolate candies are one of my favorite treats. Let's be honest, anything with chocolate and peanut butter is my favorite! 

I wanted to recreate buckeyes and make them healthier. I came up with this recipe:

2 scoops {NUZEST} Vanilla Protein Powder 
(Use the code "thesweetlife" to save some $)
40 g. or 2 1/2 T of Crazy Richards Creamy Peanut Butter
1/4 cup+ 1-2 T. of coconut milk or milk of choice
1/4 c Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips
1 tsp. coconut oil
Crazy Richards Creamy Peanut Butter for drizzling

Mix together Nuzest, 40 g of peanut butter, & coconut milk in a bowl. You can add more milk if needed, but the batter should be dry enough to roll into balls but wet enough to stick together. Next, roll batter into 7-8 balls. Place balls onto a plate. Next, melt the chocolate and coconut oil. Once melted, stir to combine. Top each ball with chocolate so that they are evenly coated. Drizzle more peanut butter on top of the chocolate. Place the balls in the freezer for 10-20 minutes or until the chocolate is hardened. 


These are the perfect, healthy treat or dessert. I like to store mine in the refrigerator for when I have a sweet tooth. 

If you make the protein balls, please tag me @toriswholelife and #thesweetlife so I can easily see your creations!
Happy Baking!

Later Taters

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


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

{4 Ingredient, Macro Friendly, Protein Mug Cake}

Hello cupcakes! 

Back at it again with another macro friendly recipe. 

Before I tell you the recipe, let me tell you there is only 4 ingredients. Here are the macros:

159 calories, 1 g fat, 8 g carbs, & 30 g protein

Now...  the moment you all have been waiting for... THE RECIPE!

50 g egg whites
1 scoop (30 g) of Quest Peanut Butter Protein Powder
60 g canned pumpkin puree
1/4 tsp baking powder

Mix all ingredients together into a mug or small microwave safe bowl. Once combined, scoop about 1/4 c of the batter out and save it to use as a topping. Place the mug cake into the microwave & cook for 1 -1 1/2 minutes or until mug cake is set. Remove from the microwave & top with remaining batter!

Serves: 1

There you have it! A simple, easy, & macro friendly mug cake. I love to have this about an hour before bed because it helps keep me full throughout the night. You can experiment with different toppings if your macros allow for it (or if you are not counting macros). I would add things like PB, crushed up cereal, cinnamon, pecan pieces, ice cream, cream cheese, etc. Have fun with it! 

If you do recreate the recipe, tag me @toriswholelife and use #thesweetlife so I can see your creations.

Avatar Nutrition Update:

If you have followed my journey, you know this is my 4th week counting macros with the help of Avatar Nutrition. I love the accountability and the community that comes with this service. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Avatar, its a macro coaching system that allows you to put in your info, goals, etc. and it adjusts your weekly macros based on your weekly weigh in. 

Things I have noticed since starting:
1) I am more accountable for the food I am consuming. 
2) The good habit and strict counting is really starting to sink in on week 4 (makes sense based on habit research)
3) I love creating macro friendly recipes
4) Watching Youtube videos and interacting with the Avatar Facebook community is so helpful!
5) I am starting to lose inches even if the scale isn't moving much
6) Even though I am in a moderate cutting phase, I still have so much strength and energy in the gym
7) I know that my macros are going to decrease over the next couple weeks, but BRING IT ON!
8) Create staple meals in Myfitnesspal or whatever app you use to count. This makes it easier to plan ahead. I have meals that I truly love eating, so I am always looking forward to eating. 
9) Meal timing is everything when you are cutting macros!
I will keep updating you all! Hopefully I will post some progress photos soon. Also, my plan is to cut for another 4-8 weeks. Once my cut is over, I will begin a slow reverse diet phase with Avatar to increase my metabolism.

Later Taters

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

{Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies}

Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hello cupcakes! 

I threw together these cookies the other night and they were a huge hit. My boyfriend said, "These are probably my favorite cookies you have ever made!"

I was so excited to hear him say that because I have made him many things in the past. That's how good these cookies are! I think the coconut milk fat makes the cookies so flavorful!

YOU HAVE TO TRY THESE! Here's how to make them...


2 eggs
1 can of coconut milk** read below before starting
1 c sugar of choice (I used white sugar because that is all I had)
1 1/2 c Anthony's Goods Almond Flour
1 c whole wheat flour
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking powder
dash of salt
1/2-1 c chocolate chips 
(I used Trader Joes Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips because they are lactose free, but you could also use Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips which are dairy free)


**Place coconut milk can in the fridge overnight. The next day, remove and open the can. Use a spoon to scoop the coconut milk fat off the top. This is what you will use for these cookies. Save the actual milk portion for coffee or smoothies.**

In a bowl, combine all ingredients. 
Mix until incorporated. 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
Grease a baking sheet.
Scoop cookie dough onto the baking sheet.
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the cookies start to golden on the tops.

Makes 12-15 large cookies

Later Taters

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

Monday, April 17, 2017

Nuzest Protein Pancakes

Nuzest Protein Pancakes

Hello cupcakes! 

Who doesn't love breakfast food? My favorite meal of the day is breakfast. I sometimes will even have breakfast for lunch or dinner. I made my boyfriend these pancakes on Easter morning. 

These are full of protein & fiber to help keep you full. 

2 eggs
1 scoop Nuzest Vanilla Protein Powder
1/4 c Anthony's Goods Cassava Flour
1 packet of Crazy Richards Pure PB Plus
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 c almond milk
2 tsp psyillum husks
1/2 (5.3 oz) container of plain Kite Hill Yogurt

And of course your toppings of choice!

 I used banana slices, Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips, Honey, and Crazy Richards Creamy Peanut Butter

Combine all ingredients. Let the batter rest while you heat up a pan. Grease the pan and cook the pancakes. I made 5 pancakes with this batter. 

If you want to buy your own Nuzest Protein, use the code "thesweetlife" at checkout to save some $$.

Later Taters

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

Sunday, April 16, 2017

{Protein Cheesecake}

Happy Easter Cupcakes!

I have a fun recipe to share with you and guess what... it's lactose free:


This is my fourth week counting macros with Avatar Nutrition and I am loving it. I love having the flexibility to add in some of my baked goods into my diet. Today I was craving some cheesecake, so I wanted to make a macro friendly version that also was lactose free. If you don't know already, I am lactose intolerant. I included the macros at the end of the recipe in case you are counting macros as well. 


20 g Anthony's Goods Almond Flour
20 g old fashion oats
8-10 drops stevia
35 g egg whites

90 g Tofutti Better than Cream Cheese
1 oz plain Kite Hill Yogurt
30 g Quest Peanut Butter Protein Powder
20 g unsweetened almond milk


In a small bowl, stir together ingredients for the crust. Spray a small baking dish with oil. Scoop crust batter into the dish and bake at 350 for 10 minutes or until the crust is cooked through. 

While the crust is baking, start making the filling. In another bowl, combine all the filling ingredients. The batter should be on the thicker side, but if needed you can add a little more almond milk to your desired consistency. 

Let the crust cool. Once the crust is cool, scoop the filling on to the top of the crust. Place the cheesecake in the freezer for 30 minutes or until firm. This will make the cheesecake easier to cut into pieces. 

Serves: 4 

Macros per serving: 132 calories, 7.6 g Fat, 6.8 g Carbs, 9.3 g Protein


If you make the recipe please share and use the hashtag #thesweetlife

*If you are not lactose intolerant, feel free to use light cream cheese instead of the tofu cream cheese. Just note this will slightly change the macros for the recipe.

Later Taters

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

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