Low and Slow and Wrap It Up!

Yesterday I posted about my pumpkin pie oats and I decided last night that I would go with the same thing this morning just change it up a bit by putting it in the crock pot over night. Luckily my crock pot came with something called the little dipper and it was the perfect size to fit this meal in. I followed the same recipe as yesterday just let it cook sloooww over night and when I woke up the next morning I was not disappointed. I previously had only soaked the oats over night in the fridge and this was my first attempt at using the slow cooker to actually warm cook them. I sprayed the cooker with a little coconut oil because reading (yes I actually read something) online about how people would slow cook oats I found a lot were having issues with them sticking to the sides. So after I sprayed the sides I just poured the oats mixture in and put the lid on and let it roll over night!

When I woke up in the morning I was happy to see that one they not only had not boiled over but also were nice and thick! As I stirred it up in the crock pot I could feel I was scraping a crust off the sides. This turned out to be possibly the best part of the entire experience. It was filled with flavor and the texture could not be beat! Once I had them all mixed together I grabbed a bowl and the rubber spatula and got every last bit out, wasn’t leaving anything behind of this tasty treat! I tried to slowly enjoy them, the fact they were actually hot because of them being cooked really helped, but they were so good they didn’t last as long as I would have liked!  TRY THIS COOKING METHOD FOR OATS! I know it can be tough if you are trying to just make a single serving because trying to do that in a full size crock pot can be tough. That is actually the reason I hadn’t tried it because I would have had to do like 4 servings and trying to figure that out cooked is not something I had the time to try to figure out. I highly recommend trying to find a small enough pot so that you can cook this way. Tonight I think I am going to try it with my Key Lime myoatmeal.com blend and some banana instead of pumpkin, but tomorrow is another 60 carb day so it would be one serving and I might not be able to get the banana to fit. Pumpkin is lower carb so I might get it to work just wondering how key lime, white chocolate, graham cracker pumpkin oats would be? Hey YOLO right?

 

Yesterday I got an order from Michel De France with a bunch of their amazing crepes, soy wraps and some thicker soy wraps called Norigami. For my post workout meal I decided that I would give the thicker soy wraps a try heck for 1 carb, 1 fat and 2 protein why not! They were chili flavored and had chili flakes in them which made them even better! Before hitting my cardio last night I stopped at QFC and picked up some Boar’s Head and one of the meats I got was the chipotle chicken breast so I decided I would use this, some asparagus and FF cream cheese as the filling. So after a monster shoulder and arm day I hopped on the Harley and headed to the office to get work done and hammer down this wrap. One concern I had was how the wrap would hold up since it was a little thin but there were no tears or anything so it passed that test! Next of coarse is one of the most important test and that is how did it taste? Awesome! The chili flakes gave it a nice little kick along with the chipotle chicken. The asparagus gave it a little crunch and the cream cheese really balanced the whole thing out. This was a nice quick and filling meal that is holding me over till lunch pretty well. The macros for the whole thing were 7c/3f/33p! Can’t beat those poverty macros.

Chicken, asparagus, and ff cream cheese wrap!

Chicken, asparagus, and ff cream cheese wrap!

Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats

I am posting this as a menu item but not really sure how that is different. If it doesn’t show up right I’ll post it like normal. It did not post right as a menu item so I am posting it here.

This is more of a pre curser to what I am having for breakfast in the morning. I am trying to eat through some of my custom steel cut oatmeal from MyOatmeal.com. I have a White Chocolate, Pumpkin, and Graham Cracker Crust flavored steel cut oats blend. I decided to kick it up a bit. Here is my recipe for my overnight oats tonight and will have some pictures and feedback tomorrow.

80g Custom Steel Cut Oat mix
1 Cup Almond Milk
61g Pumpkin Puree
Cinnamon
Pumpkin Pie Spice
Nutmeg
Cardamom

Place all the ingredients in some Tupperware and stick it in the fridge overnight. Depending on the texture and volume in the morning I may give the double cook a try on these. I also may try these again in a slow cooker depending on how it comes out. I also may top it all off with some brown Splenda and WF pancake, but its all going to depend on what happens in the morning. Excited to get to bed and wake up for this and my frittata! The macros are 61c/7f/12p and can be reduced by doing a single serving of oats.

Update:

So this ended up coming out amazing! The pumpkin gave it more thickness and I was able to add more water in the morning to give it more volume. I ended up topping it with some Splenda brown sugar and that put it over the top. Definitely a keep of a recipe. Highly recommend you give it a try because it is easy and tastes great! Let me know if you do or if you change it up a bit and how it came out.

80g Myoatmeal.com blend, 61g Pumpkin, 1cup almond milk, pumpkin pie spice and Splenda brown sugar.

80g Myoatmeal.com blend, 61g Pumpkin, 1cup almond milk, pumpkin pie spice and Splenda brown sugar.

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!

Day of Eating 80 Carbs – Actually 60 Carb!

Update: My macros got dropped today to 60 carbs on off days! This just got real!

Well I am finally feeling better from my cold that I had and going to start playing catch up both here and on videos. I have a stuffed Poblano recipe video that I will get edited today.

I decided that today I am going to do a day of eating for you. It is my rest day and I am only getting 80 carbs. I am going to fill this out as the day goes on to help me get through the day and slow my eating down by typing it up during each meal getting my stomach fuller faster, its a mental game today! Going to be drinking a crap load of tea and water to fill me up.

Starting off with breakfast. I have been craving some peanut butter and jelly lately so I was thinking of putting together a PB&J frittata but couldn’t get my concoction to fit into the macros today after I had already put the rest of the day together. I know this goes against IIFYM because you are supposed to be able to make what ever you want fit if you can but I like to plan the day out in advance so that I do screw up and get stuck with like 1 carb no fat and 50 protein at the end of the day. So I ate what I planned and I am not disappointed. I was hoping to find a way to cut the carbs down in the morning but you’ll see why that was tough.

Breakfast(38c/12f/38p):

So I finally got around to making a new batch of the Sticky Fingers Scones that I bought last trip to World Market. This package was Raspberry White Chocolate and they were amazing. This is why I could not move the carbs I was craving one of these bad boys. You get a good size scone for 27c/3.5f/3p and they are so moist and delicious! Next flavor I have is chocolate chip and I am looking forward to those one I am out of these.  I ate this as I was getting the ingredients of my frittata ready. For the frittata I went with spinach, mushroom, green onion and the last time I was at Trader Joe’s I found bacon ends and pieces that were 0c/3f/3p for 7g, not much but with all that fat it really melted the flavor into everything, then mixed in some fat-free and whipped cream cheeses. I am eating this as I type this out and it is amazing! I topped it with a little Walden’s Farms maple syrup to play well with the bacon pieces. As you’ll see as I post other posts through the day to keep me occupied I have been on a frittata kick and have some pretty good combos worked up. So here is the recipe and ingredients of the frittata this morning. Stay tuned for the rest of the day!

Frittata(11c/7f/35p):

244g(1cup) Lana’s egg whites

22g Whipped Cream Cheese

14g Fat Free Cream Cheese

42g Spinach

7g Bacon ends and pieces

75g Mushrooms

15g green onion

What I do is heat a pan on medium heat and spray with Pam. Once the pan is warmed up I toss in the bacon to render down some of the fat and get it cooked a bit. I the picked it up with a fork and cut it into small pieces so that I got it throughout the whole frittata. I tossed int he green onions and mushrooms and then once they got a little soft I tossed in the spinach to wilt a bit. Once that looked good I added the cream cheeses and left them melt throughout the mixture. Once that looked to be spread around, its ok to have some not to melted you get these pockets of awesomeness when you are eating and just get a little chunk of cream cheese, I lowered the heat to low-mid heat and added the egg whites to cook just a bit. Once it was like the consistency of an egg soup I placed the whole pan under the broiler and let it cook for 3-4 minutes until it had a nice browned top and the edges were a little crisp. Once this one done I put on the oven mitt, DON’T FORGET THIS YOU WILL BE SORRY, and pull it out. Run your spatula around the sides and it should just slide right out of the pan. There is your breakfast! Bon appetite!

Bacon, Mushroom, Spinach, Green Onion, and Cream Cheese Frittata.

Bacon, Mushroom, Spinach, Green Onion, and Cream Cheese Frittata.

Bacon, Mushroom, Spinach, Green Onion, and Cream Cheese Frittata. Topped with syrup.

Bacon, Mushroom, Spinach, Green Onion, and Cream Cheese Frittata. Topped with syrup.

11am update and mid-morning meal(7c/3f/35p):

So about 10 minutes ago I got my message from my macro coach that things are changing for the week since I didn’t lose anything this past week. So carbs on lifting days got dropped to 155 and on off days all the way down to 60 carbs. Time to put in the tough work and modified todays meal. Unfortunately I read this after I had already made my mid-morning meal of asparagus, butter lettuce, tuna, and a Carb Master yogurt. There really isn’t much to say about this meal it was plain and simple just heated up some grilled asparagus and put it on top of the lettuce and then dropped the can of tuna and used some mustard for flavor. For a little sweetness I had a Carb Master Yogurt I found at Fred Meyer but any Krogers will have them. I had a caramel spice cake flavor to kill that sweet tooth. The macros of these are 4c/1.5f/9p which is a God send today to get me through. Time to drink about a gallon of water and tea to fill the stomach. Time to get out of the house for a bit to do something other than think about eating my next meal which is basically tuna and lettuce. Dinner also got changed from stuffer Poblanos to a chicken frittata. See you guys in a couple hours. I will continue to post other recipes and meals today to get caught up.

Tuna, asparagus, and butter lettuce salad with a yogurt.

Tuna, asparagus, and butter lettuce salad with a yogurt.

Back from the mall and lunch(5c/3f/34p):

After eating my last meal I headed to the mall to pick up some tea and while I was there I also ended up stopping at a store called Oil and Vinegar and picked up some grape seed oil to help me hit my fats now that I am low on carbs and they had some great infusions. I also picked up a rub that I am going to use on dinner and will let you know more about it then and a habanero hot sauce. I also picked up a peppermill and some pink peppercorns. I made some modifications to dinner and my afternoon snack so that I can use some of the grape seed oil with my dinner frittata and now I can get back to using my nice stainless steel cookware! Still trying to decide on the garlic or the jalepeno infusion. So now that I am home let talk lunch. As you know I had to make some sacrifices to this meal so it was 1 can of tuna, 44g of butter lettuce with mustard and pepper for flavor. After that I had another yogurt for some sweetness. Its slightly holding me over but I am ready for dinner soon. I am going to start to push through with the help of some of the new teas that I picked up. I am fighting through this!

Dinner Time(6c/18f/67p):
As much I would like to have waited a little longer to eat this meal there was no way my stomach was going to let me. So it was time to put together my frittata. I combined some chicken that I rubbed in some Zulu Africa Mix spices from Oil and Vinegar (http://bellevuesquare.oilandvinegarusa.com/herbs-spices/dried-herbs/zulu-africa-mix-70g-2-47oz.html) cooked it for about 5 minutes, added 44g of whipped cream cheese, added 1/2TBSP of jalepeno grape seed oil, then added 244g of egg whites and cooked a bit on the stove top. I ground some pink peppercorn mix and salt on top and placed it under the broiler for 4 minutes but could have gone a little longer to really get a nice crisp on the bottom and sides but what can I say I was hungry! I have to say that this was the best tasting frittata that I have made yet with all of the flavors, but of coarse I would have loved more! With this as my introduction to pink peppercorns, the smokey flavor of the chicken, and the first experience with grape seed oil I have a lot of great meals in my future. One more meal and I am making Frotein! Gotta get that high volume meal before cardio and abs to hopefully give me something to power through because my legs are shot today and I have hockey tomorrow night then start the cardio grind right back up on Tuesday!

If I had cooked it a bit longer it would have stayed together coming out of the pan better.

If I had cooked it a bit longer it would have stayed together coming out of the pan better.

Here is the seasoning behind the frittata that I used on the chicken.

Here is the seasoning behind the frittata that I used on the chicken.

Dessert Time(5c/6f/55p):
Finally a meal with some volume! I made some Frotein with True Nutrition Calcium Caseinate Cookie Dough flavor, Splenda, Xanthum Gum, 2 cups of almond milk and ice. Tossed everything in the KitchenAid then blended the ice and mixed it in with the rest. I mixed in some WF caramel and chocolate for a little more flavor. In all I think I did ok today on these low macros. Off to the gym to hit cardio and abs. My legs are so wiped out that I will be doing my cardio on the treadmill instead of the stairs today. Hope you all got something out of me telling you about how I got through this poverty day. Have a great week!
Frotein

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!

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.

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.

Omelet and Pizza

Hey guys this is just going to be a short post I have had a pretty rough day at work but wanted to at least get a post up for today.  If things slow down I am planning on posting up a quick intro to myself and what I have come from and where my goals are.

For breakfast I had an omelet with some spinach, mushrooms and ricotta cheese. Topped it with some Heinz ketchup and devoured it. Moved on to the combo of Fiber One Bran and Honey squares. Below is a picture of the omelet. Mid morning I had 2 cups of lettuce and my tuna casserole. Lunch was the same as yesterday with the chicken stir fry with mushrooms and Shirataki noodles. One the side I had a salad with spinach, coleslaw and sauerkraut. Dinner was a flatbread pizza with mushrooms and pork on Mountain Bread Corn which was awesome and pictured below. I’m going to make a cake shortly and will get that posted up but need to get my hockey stuff ready for the playoffs tonight.