Lunch

For lunch I wanted something different. I usually would have just had this all in a salad but decided that I would go a different way with the noodles and chicken. I put some shiritaki noodles and chicken in a bowl with some Bragg’s liquid amino. The shiritaki noodles really soaked up the flavor of the Bragg’s and so did the chicken. I added 100g of mushrooms to it while in the pan and they softened up nicely and I really enjoyed this. I also on the side had 2 cups of spinach, 100g of the coleslaw I made last week for the Primanti sandwich, and 60g of sauerkraut. With the sauerkraut and coleslaw I didn’t need to do anything else to the salad. The macros for the whole meal were 18c/2f/32p and had plenty there to keep me full for a while.

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Failed Waffles

I decided to try to make some waffles this morning. I have never tired before and bought a waffle maker yesterday so I was pumped for this! Turns out that my batter was not right for waffles, but the flavor was there and I think it would have been great for pancakes. First I set the waffle make at level 3 which is what the direction recommended. I ended up pouring way to much batter in and a lot of it ran out the side. Also turned out that this was way to long and it burnt the whole thing. Once I got it all cleaned up I turned the waffle iron down to level 2 and gave it another go with much less batter. While it didn’t burn it to a crisp like last time it was still having issues over cooking as you can see in the pictures below. I ended up turning it all the way down to 1 and this seemed to be the sweet spot for not over cooking. Once issue I has was that the bottom right quarter kept sticking to the iron and was struggling to get it off. The last waffle actually came out ok still didn’t have to much thickness but tasted great. I used very little batter and poured most of it on the left side of the iron as that seemed to be the area that didn’t stick. and as you can see in the pictures the one on top looks like a real waffle. This was still a filling attempt as I did get a big plate of what ever you want to call these. I’m not giving up on this because I feel the flavor is there just need to find out how to get some volume on these. My egg whites are starting to get a liquidy texture to them so it could have had something to do with it, or maybe some additional coconut flour which was pretty old so not to confident in it.  Heres what I put in the batter:

65g banana

1tbsp baking powder

1/2cup Unsweetened Almond Milk

7g MyOatmeal PBlean

1 scoop Cellucor Cinnamon Swirl whey

184g egg whites

3tsp coconut flour

cinnamon, nutmeg and Splenda

The macros for the entire batter is 35c/9f/52p and with the topping its 42c/14f/53p. Going to play around with it a bit. Once I have this figured out a bit I’ll record a video.

Tuna Casserole Video!

Finally starting to make some progress on the videos! I got the Tuna Casserole video posted today. It turns out the microphone I got does’t work with my new iMac so I am going to have to go pick up a new one tomorrow to do some of the voice over work for the rest of the ones I have prepared.  Let me know what you think and how you like the recipe!

 

Holy Cannoli!

I was inspired by yesterdays pork pastries to try some cannolis. Needless to say these came out amazing! This was my first time making protein fluff or cannolis. The macros for the entire dish was 39c/7f/37p. You can also cut some of that out by  not using the topping which is 7c/5f/1p. Also you can try something other than milk for the liquid in the fluff.

How did I make it?

Protein Fluff:

In a standing mixer combined 1 scoop of Cellucor Vanilla whey, 1.5tsp Xanthum gum, and one cup of skim milk. Blend to desired fluffiness.

For the shells:

Cut the Mountain Bread to the desired lengths and roll around your finger. I am still trying to find better ways to roll. Apply some water to the last corner to help it stick and keep the roll together. Heat in pan till crispy. Store in fridge till ready to fill.

Putting it all together:

Using a piping bag load the fluff into the bag and slowly pipe the filling while pulling out the tip slowly as it fills. Turn the cannoli around and do the say to get a full fill. Repeat for each shell. Mix the Whipped Cream Cheese and Preserves and spread on top. Thats all there is to it all thats left is to enjoy! I will be experimenting with different flavor filling and might add a little Splenda to the fluff for a bit more sweetness. One of the advantages of this was there was still a TON of fluff left so even though the cannolis alone were filling I still had a treat left after and poured a little pancake syrup in the fluff and now I am stuffed! Let me know if you guys give it a try and any recommendations. Also I am uploading my tuna casserole video now so go check that out, and subscribe to the channel so you’ll know before your read it here that I have posted new videos! Enjoy the food and the rest of your weekend!

Pi Day? Should be Tri Day!

Actually today was chest and back but I hit tri’s with chest so counting it!

How’s it going guys? Today was a pretty standard meal day up until dinner and dessert when I stepped out of the box a bit. For dinner I changed the pizza game up a bit with this new Mountain Bread wraps that I found. I decided that I would try some pastries with the toppings that I was going to do a pizza with. What did I discover?

  1. I need to work on my wrapping ability
  2. I should have cut the pastry squares differently
  3. Mountain Bread is awesome!

So as I work on my wrapping of these I am going to hold off on making a video about making them for now but I promise I will keep trying. The macros for the dish wasn’t bad at all and ended up leaving me extra room for more fun stuff for dessert. The macros are 21c/12f/34p. The fats can be reduced by using egg whites, fat free cheese and a leaner meat. I plan on trying this with some other fillings as well maybe even go a little Asian or Mexican with it to get some different flavor profiles. Let me know what you guys think and what your thoughts on some fillings could be. Thinking also of rolling some up and making some fluff and piping it inside as a “pronoli” or protein cannoli! In all I have big plans for the Mountain Bread. End this rant!

 

Only using one of the wraps gave me an additional 14 carbs to play with for dessert and I had some options that included crumbles of chocolate chip cookies which might be in the cards for tomorrow, Hershey’s cookies and cream cereal, Fiber One Cereal for that extra fiber, fruit, or what I ended up going with was Reese’s puffs! I have been afraid to go to some of the sugary cereals because I tend to start to crave them but I figure the way that my weight has been going I can keep strong and that is what I am doing! I hit 171.8 yesterday which is again a new low! So I used my standard cake recipe, topped it with some Chocolate syrup and Chocolate Arctic Zero then topped that with the Reese’s puffs. I was in heaven! Macros are 24c/10f/36p.

Strawberry protein cake with chocolate Arctic Zero, Walden's Frams chocolate, and Reese's puffs.

Strawberry protein cake with chocolate Arctic Zero, Walden’s Frams chocolate, and Reese’s puffs.

 

Maybe instead of tri day I’ll call it try day because of the different foods I tried today. The weekend is tomorrow and I plan on posting up 3-4 videos including the tuna casserole and a pizza recipe. Watch for some crazy stuff coming up!

 

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Pumpkin Pancakes, Miso Eggplant, and a Cake

Today I started off the morning with some pumpkin pie pancakes. To top them off I made a mix of Fage 0 Greek yogurt, orange marmalade, and some whipped and fat free cream cheese. I then used some Walden’s Farm’s pancake syrup to top it all off. I have been using this recipe for a a couple of weeks now and found that I can only eat them on rest days because of how they sit in my stomach they screw with me during my lifting. The macros are 47c/5f/52p for just the pancakes and for everything its 61c/10f/69p. Heres the recipe:
Pancakes:
1 Scoop Cellucor Cinnamon Swirl Whey
1 cup Pumpkin
1/2 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
1tsp Baking powder
1/4 cup Whole Wheat Flour
4 egg whites

Combined everything in a bowl and whisk till combined. Heat a pan on medium high heat and cook for 2-3 minutes each side. Continue till out of batter.

Topping:
1 tbsp Polaner Sugar Free Preserves
1/2 cup Fage 0% Greek Yogurt
2 tbsp Whipped Cream Cheese
28g Fat Free Cream Cheese

Mix in a small bowl and put on pancakes.

it was my brothers birthday on the 2nd and we went to a Japanese restaurant for some sushi and they had nasu dengaku which is Japanese eggplant with miso glaze. I only had some sushi and sashimi and was craving this dish. I held off eating it because I am on my cut right now and couldn’t get any idea of the macros. I found miso last night at the grocery store and the macros weren’t bad for a tablespoon it was 3c/1f/2p and I knew it would need thinned out a bit. I decided to give it a try for lunch. I ended up just guessing on the amount of water to add and i ended up making it a bit too thin. I then cut up 100g of eggplant into thin slices and spread the glaze on top and poked it with a fork to get the flavor throughout. I turned on my broiler and let them sit under it for 10 minutes. When I pulled it out they were nice and soft and the flavor was there. I think there are still a few tweaks here but wanted to at least get this out there and show you guys the pictures. If you have any thoughts on improving it let me know!

Finally I finished the day with a cake and topped it with chocolate whipped topping and it was GAF!

Thanks for checking it out guys. Don’t forgot to check out the other post and the videos that I posted up today and subscribe to the YouTube channel.

New Computer Mean New Videos!

Well guys I got my new iMac 27″ setup and put together a couple of videos. Its weird using a Mac for the first time since elementary school and considering I actually work for Microsoft I have to say I like the hardware but the OS is going to take sometime. While the videos I posted are getting better I am still deciding on editing software to make them better between Adobe and Final cut.

Lets get the videos going!

First I posted up my pork and sauerkraut cooking video. This is a quick and easy way to have a large amount of meals ready to go for the week using a slow cooker.

Next I put together my Shopping2Fit series first episode. I recorded what I picked up at Whole Foods the other day and got some pretty good stuff for pizza and other foods.

Let me know what you think of the videos and don’t forget to subscribe to the channel. I’ll have a few more food photos up today. With the new Adobe stuff that I am thinking about getting I will be able to do some touch ups.

Mountain Bread Pastry Test and MyOatmeal

Today for dinner I decided to give the Mountain bread that I found at Whole Foods a try. I used the rice version for this one and filled it with 60g of pork, 25g of mushrooms, 42g of spinach, 42g of broccoli, 1 slice of swiss, and 31g of pizza sauce. The top crisped up really nice but could have given it some more time so that the insides were a little hotter and the bottom and sides were a little more crisp. In all it was great tasting and I would definitely buy and use it again. Its got great macros too. the whole meal was 33c/10f/33p and the bread was 26c/1f/5p for two sheets. I can see this being used for a lot of different pastries, using a single sheet for a pie crust, or trying to make some dumplings. Going to start coming up with some ideas. Hopefully this is a product you can find and try out.

Another product that I wanted to talk about was MyOatmeal. This is custom flavored oatmeal that you can make some great flavor combination. I have two flavors, Key Lime, White Chocolate, and Graham Cracker Crust and Pumpkin Spice, White Chocolate, Graham Cracker Crust. I used steel cut oats for each combination and I have been soaking the oats overnight with some unsweetened vanilla almond milk and it comes out great! Today I had the key lime and it kept me full through my workout. They also do flavored powdered peanut butter! I highly recommend checking out http://myoatmeal.com!

Can you really eat pork and Kosher in the same day?

So today I added some Whitefish and Pike filets to my salad for lunch and it was good, but I prefer gefilte fish I was just running a little low and the fats were a bit higher. This made for a completely Kosher salad! I offset this by making a salad with pork and sauerkraut the complete opposite of Kosher. In the end I am glad that I am only Jew-ish.

So you have some what of an idea of what I was eating today but here is the run down.

Breakfast(53c/18f/49p):

I had my normal omelet with the exception of the fact that I ran out of mushrooms this morning so I had to adjust a bit later in the day. For my carbs I had three servings of Puffed Kamut with WF chocolate syrup, almond milk, and fat free whipped topping

Pre/Post Workout(34c/8f/51p):

I had my fish oil and multi before I left and on the way in took my creatine and C4. Hit a tough legs day and really pushed my self. I seemed to have pulled my right hamstring this week after two weeks ago pulling my left. After the workout I had 50g of prunes and 1 scoop of MTS Chocolate whey with 1 scoop of Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cellucor which takes like a Reese’s peanut butter cup. I also had two scoops of biogro in it.

Midmorning(8c/6f/33p):

Here is when I had the pork salad.

Lunch(26c/6f/32p):

After a few meetings I had the whitefish salad.

Dinner(42c/5f/31p):

I stopped at Whole Foods on the way home and picked up some goodies which will be part of a new series that I will release on YouTube called shopping to fit(I know I haven’t released many videos how can you have a new series). So when I got home I pulled out some of the lavash bread I bought and swapped it out for the planned pita that I was going to use. For the toppings I loaded up 60g of pork, 25g of black trumpet mushrooms, and some fat free mozzarella cheese. I put it in the oven for 10 minutes at 375 and topped it with some scorpion chilis. It was GAF!

Desset(55c/7f/34p):

For dessert I made a red velvet cake with Cellucor Red Velevet, 1tbsp of coco powder, 1tsp of baking powder, 1.5tsp of Xanthum gum, 62g of egg whites international, 30g of dried mango and some water to thin it out. To top it off I used some fat free whipped topping, whipped cream cheese and some raspberry preserves.

 

Thanks for checking out the blog. Ill be posting more tomorrow about some of the groceries I picked up. Also my new computer will be here on Thursday so I will get the videos up very soon. Don’t forget to follow me on twitter and facebook!