Monday, November 5, 2012

Sunday Shopping List

Sunday I finally had the chance to make it to Trader Joes after not being there for a couple weeks. I can usually get what I need at the local Kroger, but I just love Trader Joes and usually find some new fun things to try out! I may have gone a little overboard since I had not been in a while, but i am sure it will all get eaten :-)

Broccoli/Carrot Slaw
Spaghetti Squash


Pork chops
Lean ground turkey
Frozen Sword Fish
Frozen Tilapia
Deli Turkey
Salmon Patties

Brown rice
Whole Wheat tortillas
Cinnamon Crumpets

Some special finds I am excited to try!

Salmon Patties. I heard good things about these and cannot wait to try them out for a quick dinner or lunch!

TriColor Quinoa:

Not a new find, but a weekly staple.....Dark Chocolate!
 And my Favorite purchase....Pumpkin Butter and Pumpkin bread/muffin Mix!! I actually bought this muffin mix last year and it was awesome, so I bought it again along with this new pumpkin butter I cannot wait to try! When they hand you samples of this stuff it's pretty hard not to buy it.

I will try and post some of this weeks meals with these groceries. I still have some things left over from last week I need to use too, like cauliflower and peppers. I will post what meals come out of all this goodness!

First week of Month 2 Insanity is complete and day 1 of the second week was finished today! Only 3 more weeks left of this insane workout!!

Protein Pumpkin Muffins

So last week i experimented with some Protein Muffins! I have been wanting to make these for a while, and I think I still have some tweaking to do, but overall I thought thy turned out great! I ate one of these for breakfast, topped it with almond butter and was kept full until lunch time!

Here is what I did, which yielded 5 muffins. Once you make them, you can put them in the fridge and just heat it in the microwave when ready to eat! I made them at night and ate on them for several mornings!

2.5 scoops of vanilla protein powder (I use whey protein powder from Trader Joes)
2 egg whites (I use eggs whites in the carton. You could also use regular eggs, I was just out that day)
4 Tbsp of plain greek yogurt
1/2 cup of pumpkin puree (I just buy the canned pumpkin puree, don't buy the pumpkin pie filling!)
1/4 cup of oats
2 Tbsp of ground Flax
1Tbsp of pumpkin pie spice (or to taste)
1 Tbsp of Cinnamon
Stevia or any sweetener to taste.

Combine all ingredients. I would combine dry and wet ingredients separately then put all together. Once mixed well, put in a greased muffin pan and bake on 350 for about 30 minutes!

Next time I would probably put a little more sweetener in there, but overall i thought they turned out great! This is a super easy, nutritious and filling breakfast to keep on hand for the week!

Yum yum! I am going to make a batch again tonight to eat on for the week! These are also great for a snack during the day!

I also made some Protein Pancakes this past week that I will be sharing the recipe for later in the week :-)

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Pics from the week

I know I have not been posting as frequently lately, but things have been a bit busy during the day, then by the time i work out, cook dinner and finally relax, it's tough to get out the computer after having looked at it for 8 hours earlier that day. But I promise I will try to get better! In the meantime, I have tried to take pictures when I can, so I thought I would do a post with some pics from the week!

Hope you enjoy!

My sweet baby in her pink winter coat:

Finally cold enough to figure how and use the gas fireplace! I thought I would miss using real wood, but this is so easy!

Lunch! Spinach, deli turkey, feta cheese, croutons and greek dressing!

Dinner one night! Bakes Salmon, roasted asparagus and quinoa with spinach and mushrooms! (I forgot to take a picture until after i started eating :-))

After dinner of chocolate milk :-)

I voted EARLY for the first time. No line, it was great!

Lunch using dinner leftovers....grilled porkchops and sweet potato fries (that got a little burnt)

Candy for the trick or treaters! This was the first year giving out candy in our new home, it was pretty entertaining......and surprisingly the kids weren't scared by our crazy dogs!

After all the trick or treaters....not much left for us....which is a good thing!