Fuel Your Ambition with Myprotein

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I am very excited to tell you about my new ambassadorship with Myprotein!  When I was first approached by Marcos at Myprotein about representing their brand on social media, I thought they must be mistaken.  The men and women on their Instagram are athletes and might I add, RIPPED!  Plus, it’s protein which equals whey protein and I am dairy free.  I expressed my dairy issue to Marcos and with his kind words persuaded me to take a closer look at their products.

First, I wanted to know more about them.  I have never seen such a detailed “About Us” page on a website! I felt that they truly want you know to know they are straight forward with their customers. From their website:

“At Myprotein, we know from first-hand experience that nutrition isn’t a case of one size fits all. Each of us is unique and just like personal training, our nutrition should be tailored to fit our very own personal circumstances. From innovative supplement flavoring to making massive savings when buying in bulk, we give you the best options so you never have to compromise on your nutrition.”

Since they buy in bulk and sell direct, their prices are lower then any other site I have been on.  The wide variety of products gives you options depending on your goal or dietary needs. They have shakes for weight loss, weight gain and meal replacement.  There are peanut butter jars and protein bars/cookies.  They even have vitamins and supplements.

After checking out all the items available, I decided to try the Instant Oats which is oat flour and Protein Chox bars in the Lemon Crunch flavor.

I placed my order with Marcos via email so he can he send me some samples.  I was surprised when my box came and my coworker was struggling to carry the box to my desk exclaiming, “What on earth did you order?!”

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I was blown away! I was expecting sample sizes – 2 or 3 bars and a few scoops of the flour.  The 11 lbs of flour felt overwhelming at first but I am learning to use it wisely.  I am not a big shake drinker.  So I wanted to figure out foods I can make with it.  I am very big on breakfast so I went on to All Recipes and searched for oat flour recipes.

pancakes

I came up with one that I was easily able to alter based on what I had on hand at the time.  I made a batch with a super ripe banana and another with blueberries and honey. Both were incredible! I am a big fan of breakfast. I eat around 6:30AM every morning and try to put off my morning snack until at least 10:00AM. Two of these cakes did the trick.  They are heavy and dense but not lacking flavor. I will share the recipe at the end of this post. This 11lb. bag sells for only $14.99.

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So let’s talk about the Lemon Crunch Protein Chox bars.  I chose this even though it does have a little bit of dairy, it was the safest flavor for me to try with my other food restrictions like nuts.  I really like these bars and have been using them as a meal replacement when I need a fast bite.  They are ideal for after a run or when I am on a 4+ hour gardening marathon.  They are coated with a lemon white chocolate style icing. On the inside, it’s like a chewy fudge / nougat topped with what reminds me of a crumb crisp topping. The lemon flavor does not taste fake and it’s not super sweet either. You don’t feel like you are eating something healthy pretending to be a candy bar if you know what I mean. These retail for $24.99 ( on sale now for $19.99!) for a box of 12 bars.

Since these bars were so good, I think I will try their protein cookies next!  I can hear the chocolate chip ones calling me.

Okay – I hope you are still with me! On to the the recipes and then I promise I will stop talking LOL

You can find the original recipe for the blueberry oatmeal pancakes here but I modified this to how I made my batch. (makes 6 pancakes)

INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 cups oat flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup blueberries
1 teaspoon coconut oil, or as needed
DIRECTIONS:
1. Combine oat flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
2. Whisk eggs, honey, almond milk, and vanilla extract together in a separate bowl. Stir oat mixture into egg mixture until batter is well mixed; fold in blueberries.
3. Heat 1 teaspoon coconut oil on a griddle over medium-high heat. Drop batter by large spoonfuls onto the griddle and cook until bubbles form and the edges are dry, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip and cook until browned on the other side, 2 to 3 minutes. Repeat with remaining batter.

I just dumped it all into one bowl and mixed well.  For the banana pancakes, I mashed 1 medium banana but left some lumps. I did not have the honey on hand so I used a cup of almond/coconut milk. Then I topped it off with sunflower seed butter but it didn’t really need it.

One last thing to mention:  Their website is really a community with fabulous resources and advice from fellow Myprotein lovers.  I find new things each time I log on.

Do you use Myprotein products?  What is your favorite item? 

If not, did I convince you to give it a try? 

( There was no monetary compensation for this post.  I was given products for free to try with the intention of sharing a review with you fine people.  As always, my opinion and statements are my own. )

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Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Ok Peeps… do I have a recipe for you! Back in September, I was determined to master homemade, dairy free, pumpkin lattes.  I was not very successful in this venture but something totally yummy did come out of it.  Pumpkin pie oatmeal! I had measured out tablespoon servings of pumpkin puree and froze them on a cookie sheet then bagged them for use later.  (Note: I used plain puree not pie filling which is loaded with other crap.) Because I like this so much, I thought I would share with you fine people. 

 
1/2 c oatmeal
1 c Almond Breeze almond/coconut milk (sweetened)
2 tbsp. pumpkin puree
3-4 dashes of pumpkin pie spice
3-4 dashes of ground cinnamon
1 tsp of sugar (optional but I think it makes the dish)
Microwave as directed 
 
Sometimes I will add a tbsp. of crushes pecans and 1/4c of Craisins to mix things up a little.  Also, if you do not like your oatmeal runny, cut back on the milk.

When I think far enough a head, I will make this as overnight oats (premade but not cooked, in a container and left in the fridge to soak overnight).  I think it seems creamier but that could just be my imagination.

If you try this, I would love to hear what you think of it!

Baked Apple Oatmeal – recipe

So Sunday night I decided to get domestic and bake. One of the dishes was something that Nikki over at My Life, My Way posted back in December that was Pinterest inspired.  It’s a baked apple oatmeal cooked up in the crock pot.  If you have not seen my picture on Instagram yet, here it is:

Doesn’t it look yummy?  This really is a super easy recipe. I do suggest you use a liner for your crock pot since there will be a baked on “crust”.  Save yourself scrub time later! However, soaking did the trick for me. Also if you like your oatmeal thick, cut back just a tad on the water. 
Just add the ingredients as they are listed layering each on top of the others.

You will need:
2 apples diced ( I used gala because that’s what I had but Granny’s would be great too)
Sprinkle the apples with cinnamon.
Then sprinkle 1/3 cup brown sugar (I used light brown) over that.
Next add 2 cups of oatmeal evenly.
Top is all off with 4 cups of water. 
DO NOT STIR
Cover and bake on low for 8-9 hours.
That’s it! Easy Peasy right?
I added 1/2 cup of chopped pecans. Raisins would be good.  Or how about mixed berries or peaches with some cream added just before you sink your spoon in? 
I was also asked about the nutritional value of this dish so I worked it up on MFP as a recipe that serves 4 people ( minus the pecans )
Cals 179.4
Total Fat 1.3g
Chol 0g
Sodium 135.2 mg
Potassium 71 mg
Total Carbs 44.4 g
Dietary Fiber 4.4 g
Sugars 23.5 g
Protein 2.1 g
Vit A 11.1%
Vit C 10.8%
Calcium 8.6%
Iron 14.6%
I have to say, this was a nice treat to wake up to a house that smelled like apple pie! And the best part of course was the convenience.