Only 80 Carbs All Day! Fritatta it is!

Sorry I haven’t posted in a few days I have been sick and trying to sleep it off. I was still training and hitting my macros but then getting home and trying to sleep off the cold.

So today is a rest day and this Sunday my macro’s changed. I now only get 80 carbs on rest days! I thought to my self man this is going to be brutal, and well yeah its only 11:50am and its not easy but I am pushing through! I’ll do a full day of eating later tonight but wanted to post what is getting me through the day. Here is my Buffalo Tuna Frittata made with Lana’s Egg Whites! Definitely planning on doing a frittata video shortly since I have been making them a lot the past week. So easy!

Tuna Frittata. It's bigger than the picture makes it seem!

Tuna Frittata. It’s bigger than the picture makes it seem!

So this is two serving! The whole thing is 18c/7f/79p) so about 9c/3.5f/39.5p of delicious volume eating!

2 cans of tuna
244g egg whites
24 asparagus spears

42g spinach
100g mushrooms
22g Whipped Philly Cream Cheese
Franks/Tabasco Buffalo sauce (can use only one I just ran out of Franks)

I soaked the tuna over night in the Franks and Buffalo tabasco over night to get the flavor. Cook up the tuna, mushrooms and asparagus till soft, add spinach and cream cheese and cook till the spinach is wilted, lower the heat and add the egg whites cook just slightly stirring frequently. Stick under the broiler for 4-5 minutes till cooked. Enjoy!

You can substitute out shredded chicken or salmon or what ever for the tuna if you please!

Wanted to atleast get a post up since its been a couple days. Look for more coming today got some crepes and other stuff coming!

Just say, “I love crepes”

What if you just say “I love really thin pancakes”. Hey guys and gals for breakfast today I switched it up a bit. I picked up some Michel De France crepes the last time that I was at World Market and decided to give them a try today and let me say they did not disappoint! They are very macro friendly at 9c/1f/1p for each crepe! I ended up having 4 today for breakfast which I was plenty filling even on my poverty macros, but I did hit under 170 for the first time since high school! Look out for my about me post coming TODAY and I will post some transformation photos.

So for the crepes I decided to do two eggs and bacon and two filled with a Greek yogurt filling. These crepes were actually great tasting by themselves with a nice sweetness. For the egg and bacon ones I used half a cup of egg whites in each and then a single slice of Trader Joe’s turkey bacon in each. The combination of the sweetness of the crepe with the savoryness (might not be a word but it is now) of the bacon made these taste amazing! They were almost like a McGriddle. Maybe the next time I might also add a little cheese to them for some more flavors but really it doesn’t need it. The macros for each of these crepes were 10c/2.5f/20p. Highly recommend these!

For the sweet crepes I made a filling of 1cup 2%Fage Greek yogurt, 17g of natural peanut butter, 17g of raspberry preserves, and 22g of whipped cream cheese. I thought this mixture might need some Splenda to cut the sourness of the Greek yogurt but the peanut butter and the preserves cut it perfectly! I also thought about putting some syrup on these but after eating the egg and bacon crepes and finding out that they are sweet and the filling for these was good enough that I didn’t need the syrup. Each of these crepes were 17c/10f/15p. The fat on these can be cut by using the fat free Greek yogurt.

The best part about this whole meal is that the longest part was just cooking the eggs and bacon. I microwaved the crepes for 30 seconds once I had them filled. If you can find these crepes give them a try! If not they can be ordered online at http://www.micheldefrance.com/ where you can get a case of them for $21.00. These would also be great with some fresh fruit and other fillings once I start getting a little more carbs in my diet. Hope you guys enjoy! Let me know some of your favorite fillings for crepes.

Mash it up!

Sorry for the lack of posts lately I am on my cut and have been a little sluggish and tired lately mixed with some issues at work I just haven’t had the time.

I have been hitting my steamer and some FroPro hard lately. To do with the steaming I have been making cauliflower mash and loving it. The volume that you can get out of it is amazing.

What have I been steaming? Fish, chicken, and the cauliflower. After my last trip to Trader Joe’s I have been enjoying their Dover Sole and MahiMahi so much that I picked up some of the salmon and tuna that I plan to cook up this week. Turns out when you are eating a variety of protein sources you end up having what you used to buy in bulk go bad. I bought a decent amount of fresh chicken and it all went bad by the time I decided to eat chicken so I am sticking with the frozen and pulling it out as needed. I have been seasoning the fish with some of the spices that I found at World Market. Check out the video that I posted to see some of the options. I am still at work so I am going to get to the mashed cauli recipe and will post some more later. Look for another post today. Making up for lost time!

The first thing I did was break the green off the cauliflower heads, I made two since I really like cauliflower and broccoli so I knew I would need a lot, and threw it all in the steamer to cook up till it was soft. Once it was done I put it all in Tupperware so that I can store it in the fridge and mash as needed. Here is what I had with most of the meals:

200g of steamed cauliflower

30g Trader Joe’s Tzatziki

1 egg

garlic power

salt

I also have been swapping out the egg for 62g of egg whites to cut down on the fat if I need but the whole egg makes it a bit more creamy. I heat up the cauliflower in the microwave with some water in the bowl for 2 minutes to make sure it is soft and this helps cook the egg. I toss it all in my food processor and grind still it reaches the consistency that I am looking for! For 200g of cauliflower the macros are 12c/7f/11p. Again you can cut the fat by using egg whites instead of a full egg or cut the egg all together I just like it as a binder and need the protein. Also you can substitute out the Tzatziki with ricotta, swiss or any other cheese that would melt down. Have fun with it! I plan to add some red pepper to mine tonight based on Eric Johnson’s post on the Macro Magic FaceBook page.

The other thing that has been hitting my sweet tooth lately has been protein fluff/fropro/profro/ice cream what ever you want to call it. I make the standard fluff then at the end hit it with about 4 cups of blended ice. Check out some of the pictures I’ll try to record tonight’s. I also have some goodies from nuts.com and Lana’s Egg whites that I am going to do a review of. Enjoy and don’t forget to comment and checkout the YouTube Channel for more content.

Waffle Success! New Kitchen Gadgets and New Meals

Hey guys and gals! So this week has been pretty crazy at work so I have been a bit quiet here and haven’t had time to edit any videos but I do have a shopping with and I will have a cooking with com in up soon. I did end up working from home yesterday because of the craziness and on my lunch I decided to get out of the house for a bit and went to a couple of stores. I started off at World Market where I picked up some sweets and some spices. I originally just went for some cookie called Pizzelle that someone on the IIFYM Facebook group recommended. I ended up picking up a lot more. I will show this all in the upcoming video but I wanted to talk about the Latin spice rub and that I used on some chicken today and it was GAF! I also picked up some chocolate chip coconut scone mix that took maybe 20 minutes to make and 15 of that was cooking time I’ll let yinz know how they are tomorrow when I have them for breakfast. After World Market I stopped at Sur La Table which is a kitchenware store. I picked up a Viante intellesteam and so far I am really happy with it. I have only had steamed chicken and I was excited about the new purchase so I also steamed some 94/6 ground beef for dinner tonight. Both came out awesome. I steamed tomorrows morning snack of chicken with tandoori seasoning, lunch which is some steamed MahiMahi, and dinner is Dover Sole. Check out the pictures below for some of this.

I also succeeded in making a waffle batter. They came out awesome and the volume of the meal was great! Here is the recipe:

1/2cup Unsweetened Almond Milk

1 Scoop Cellucor Cinnamon Swirl Whey

65g of Banana

3tsp baking powder

3 Eggs

92g Egg Whites

4tbsp Coconut Flour

14g PBLean custom from Myoatmeal.com

Whip the egg whites till a peaking a bit, add the rest of the ingredients and continue to mix. Heat a waffle iron and cook on medium heat. This make about 5-6 waffles which is one serving. The macros are 41c/28f/63p. I am going to work on reducing the fat by trying to pull some of the eggs out as they add 15g and also you can reduce it by pulling out the PBlean that added 6g, or use a different type of flour. I added pictures below.

Thanks for checking out the post guys and be on the lookout for videos of all the goodies I bought and upcoming waffle and cannoli videos.

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.

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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