I hope you all are having a great weekend! I’m about to head out to work (so much for the ‘weekend’) but I wanted to check in before the week got started.

A few highlights from the weekend:

I think I was overdosing on the peanut butter protein powder but it is just so good.  I definitely needed a change on Friday so I threw together an old favorite…

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Protein Smoothie

Combine in a blender:

–  1/2 cup water
-1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond breeze
-1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder
– 1/2 banana
– 1/2 – 1 cup frozen strawberries
– 2 T dark chocolate cocoa powder
– 2 T chia (optional)
– dash of xantham gum (optional, just makes it extra smooth and creamy)
– lots of ice

Blend. Blend. Blend away.

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Yum!  I topped mine with a Chocolate Protein Muffin.

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Perfection.

Who says you can’t enjoy delicious sugar-free treats?!

I am not only eating protein smoothies though, I swear!!  I had to check back to a recipe from a long time ago, my Quick Stuffed Peppers for Two, and modified it for one!

I cooked the pepper in the microwave

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Then stuffed in some pre-cooked rice, ground turkey, okra, and corn.  I stirred in some salsa and baked it in the oven at 350 for about 15 minutes.

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I got these new ramekins at TJ Maxx that are perfect for recipes like this! So cute!

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On the side I made a delicious salad and called it dinner.

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Another highlight of my weekend was going to a “make your own pizza’” party last night with some of my Dietetics friends!  A few girls hosted by making whole wheat dough, fresh marina, and providing toppings.  Everyone was supposed to bring toppings to share.  I brought ricotta, red pepper flakes (necessary on pizza!), and some carrots and hummus to snack on.

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There were so many good toppings!  I used ricotta cheese, mushrooms, fresh mozzarella, basil, tomatoes, and some parmesan too!

Pre-cook…looking good…

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Post-cook…even better…!

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We also used some of the extra dough to make garlic breadsticks and cheesy break….the cheesy bread was the best!

This was not necessarily ‘LiveFit’ nutrition approved but I do think having ‘”cheat meals” is important although I do not practice having regular cheat meals and would rather keep my diet up to loose interpretation.  Smile  I enjoyed some wine as well but did not partake in the delicious brownies (staying sugar-free as I can!)

Having the pizza party was such an awesome idea and the girls did a great job hosting it.  We had so much fun we decided to make it a regular occurrence…next up is a “make your own sushi’” party!

 

Do you ever do ‘”cheat meals,” stick to a diet religiously, or practice more of loose interpretation diet like me?!

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