Beef Teriyaki Manapua!

Beef Teriyaki Bun
Asian market find. Golden Coin Beef Teriyaki Manapua. I stuck it in my steamer for 15 minutes but you can also cook them in the microwave. Came out awesome and they have decent macros. A little home made dim sum. Macros for this flavor are 19c/4f/12p. I also picked up some other flavors yesterday and will post them as I eat them. The other flavors have a little more carbs but most have about 4g of fat which isn’t bad.

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Sweet Treat: Kim’s Magic Pop

Through the Macro Magic  FaceBook group, if your not a member yet you should be, I was introduced to Kim’s Magic Pops and decided to order up a sampler. I had some issues with FedEx and them being on a late train so they came a day late but they eventually arrived. They are very similar to a rice cake but kind of dissolve in your mouth in a surprisingly great texture. They are only 4 carbs per cake and since I ran out of crepes that morning and didn’t feel like picking up more since I ordered a case online that I am waiting to arrive. So here is what I made with them:

1 Blueberry, 1 Strawberry, 2 Pumpkin, and 1 Cinnamon. with an array of dipping yogurts!

1 Blueberry, 1 Strawberry, 2 Pumpkin, and 1 Cinnamon. with an array of dipping yogurts!

I took 1.5 cups of Fage 2% and mixed a variety of dips for them. In the bowl is some WF blueberry, the gold cup is caramel, the red is strawberry, and the last one is chocolate and Myoatmeal.com custom PBLean. I broke apart the pops and just went to town on the dips! This was awesome the flavor from the Pops and the dips played very well together and I was definitely full after this.

There are a bunch of other flavors and they have minis and some chocolate drizzled pops that are great as well, now I just need to find a way to walk past the drizzled without grabbing one! I highly recommend that you give these a try. I ordered two of their samplers and I think I have enough Pops to last me a couple months so you do get a lot out of the packs! You can order them at http://deliceglobal.myshopify.com/ or Amazon sells them as well. As always enjoy!

Product Review: Lana’s Egg Whites

Are you tired of having to go to the grocery store every couple days just to buy egg white? I know I am. I used to walk in and buy 5-6 cartons of the bigger cartons of egg whites then like three days later I would end up right back in the same section buying more! Then it seemed like everyone is on the egg white bandwagon so it was getting tough to find them and get them when I needed them. Looking online for a place to buy egg whites turned up a lot of places trying to sell you on powdered egg whites but I wanted to real thing. One of the companies that kept coming up was MuscleEgg but they were a lot more expensive than just buying at the grocery store even if it was more convenient. I did some more digging and found Lana’s Egg Whites. They are all natural egg whites that come in an 8lb tub and are delivered quick and frozen. I placed an order for two tubs that were $49.99 which for as much egg whites as you get it is definitely worth it. I placed the order online using PayPal but they also take credit card and received them in a couple days. While I was waiting for the tub to arrive I contacted them to get a couple of questions answered so that I could convert my recipes. They use cups instead of grams on their site but when you get the tub they tell you 1/2cup is 122g. I also had a question on how they recommend getting them out of the paint can like jug they came in. With in a couple hours I had a response to my mail and received the answers that I was looking for. They told me that they recommend putting them in like a kool-aid contain which would be great but I had trouble finding these so I improvised. I picked up a closable carafe from Target but to start I was to short to reach the bucket to the funnel in the top without spilling it all over the place. To solve this issue I grabbed a water bottle, squeezed the air out of it, turned it upside down and shoved the nozzle in the egg whites. It sucked them right up and bam! I had my egg whites.

So that kind of describes the how to get them and get them ready to be used. Now the important part. Since they are food it clearly is all about taste! They are great! They taste fresh and cook up just like regular egg whites. Best part is they are natural so they have no gums or anything in them like the ones you get at the grocery store. I have used them in making omelets, waffles and they came out better than before. I actually prefer the taste of these over that of anything that I have bought at the store. I’m not sure what I am happier about not having to buy egg whites at the store or how they taste.

The one hiccup of the process was I ordered two and only one arrived the first day. I contacted Lana and like before got an immediate response! They checked and the next day the other one arrived so something went a little sideways on the shippers, UPS, side. The best part was they were on top of it and kept in contact with me to make sure that I am happy. As someone who has worked in customer service and IT I value the importance of customer service over almost anything when I am looking at where to buy things. Lana’s has built a life long customer based on their customer service. The fact that Lana herself responded to mail shows how much they care about the customer.

Need another reason to check them out? Have you heard of Phil Heath? Yeah he’s a user of their product! Check out http://lanaseggwhites.com/ you will not be disappointed! Give them a try and let me know what you think! I could say so much more positive about them but I feel like I am rambling now!

That's a lot of egg whites. Worth every penny!

That’s a lot of egg whites. Worth every penny!

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.

Viante Intellisteam Review

Hey guys and gals happy Saturday!

Today I wanted to share my thoughts on my new steamer that I picked up the Intellisteam from Viante. The price point for the unit is a bit high at $199 but I found it at this point to be WAY worth the price! I have cooked everything from veggies to chicken and fish. It makes meal prep so much easier. All I have to do is season my meat place it in the section of the steamer, you have three basket and the one has a divider that can be removed to use larger pieces of food, set the section to what I am cooking and press the steam button. It takes about 15 minutes to steam up all my meals for the next day. It is easy to fill completely dishwasher safe. The only con that I see so far is that it does take up a decent amount of counter space but I have been able to push it back and work with food in front of it. I plan to really start expanding what I can do with it here and come up with some new recipes. Hopefully the price doesn’t scare people off and you can give it a try. Actually as a college student or some one with a smaller kitchen or not wanting to deal to much with cleaning up after cooking this is a great buy. Check out some of the pictures below for some of the meals that I have made from it. I am going to start trying to experiment with some dim sum style Chinese meals with it. I will also work on a video for the unit. Thanks for checking out the review and look forward to more! I will be doing one on egg whites today.