Chocolate PB Protein Bars

I love making protein balls, bars and any make ahead forms of food that I can carry on the go.  These are great because they are all natural, don’t have all the sugar and have a sufficient amount of protein without all the chemicals.

My husband and I also have a side business where we make and sell all natural GF protein balls for on the go on HighLinePure.com but these were some fun ones I wanted to share and pass along the recipe!

Overall they take about 30 minutes to make if you count to time it takes to freeze and set them but really are no hassle at all.  Without adding in a bunch of commentary I like to get to the point.  If you want to watch more commentary or watch videos on how to make some of these things follow me on Instagram @angiehart1 to see more.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups organic rice puffs
  • 1 cup organic oats
  • 1/2 cup all natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 scoop of vanilla plant protein powder (I use Vega One or Plant Fusion)
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup warm water

Drizzle:

  • 1/2 cup PB
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

Directions:

In a large microwave safe bowl, combine peanut butter, coconut oil and honey.  Place in micro and heat on high for 30 seconds.  Stir and add back in for 30 seconds to melt completely.

Add in the cocoa powder and protein powder and mix well.  Mixture should be thick but still wet.  If it appears too thick add more melted coconut oil and warm water until you get a smooth mixture that is thick and wet.  Add the vanilla, oats and rice puffs.  Mix well until mixture is completely coated.

Pour the mixture into a 8×8 pan and press gently to set the bars into place.  Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.  When bars are set cut up into 1″x 3″ bars and place on a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Mix the other PB drizzle mixture and melt in the micro for about 30 seconds.  Stir and make sure mixture is smooth.  Once you have a smooth consistency drizzle over top of the bar and along the sides.  Once you have finished the drizzle, set pan in freezer to cool for about 15 minutes.

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Pumpkin Protein Muffins

After a pumpkin craving struck I decided to take action and bake this weekend.  Just the smell of baked goods in the oven is enough to make you want to snuggle up on the couch with a fluffy faux fur blanket, sip on some ginger tea and indulge in delicious baked goods. When something tastes this good, it kinda feels like cheating but I call it, “clean cheating”.

Rather than add much dialog here I’ve outlined the recipe and ingredients below.  I also took some pics of the ingredients and the process along the way.  Don’t mind my photography skills as this are down and dirty shots intermittent with baking!  Hope you find these helpful!

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Combine all ingredients into a large mixing bowl:

  • 1 cup organic pumpkin puree
  • 3 large eggs (2 egg whites and 1 full egg)
  • 2 tbsp raw agave or maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 scoops Plant Fusion Vanilla Plant Protein
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4-1/2 cup almond or coconut milk

Mix all ingredients together – depending on how dense you want the muffins you can add more almond milk/coconut milk as desired.

Once all ingredients are blended spoon mix into muffin tin so its fills approx 3/4 of the way.  Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick or fork comes out clean when put into a muffin.  Remove from the oven and sprinkle with coconut sugar and almond butter topping(below).

Topping:

  • 2 tbsp agave
  • 2 tbsp well mixed organic raw almond butter

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Work snacking healthy and simple

Looking for some nutritious snacks at work without all the prep time?  There are just some days we all don’t even have time to use the restroom, so why would we have time to go out to lunch let alone prepare lunch the night before?  The alternative then becomes the processed, sodium packed foods you find in your frozen food aisle at the grocery store, salad bar at work or the nearest food emporium.  This can not only become expensive but it tends to typically contain hidden calories and fat even though you think you are eating healthy!

The other option is taking time to meal prep on Sunday or the night prior.  Now I’m a huge proponent and love to prep, but with life, work, families and etc. it sometimes becomes an impossible feat.  Most of us are not in the business of body building and have many other priorities so it becomes this monster of a task to have healthy prepared meals in advance.  Now in the absence of having prepared meals, you start to snack and if you were any where like I do, the snacks are NOT healthy!

I’m here to help make this easy and take out the guess work and added stress.  I’ve had numerous creative trials with my office snacks & lunches and as long as you have a few simple ingredients it takes 2 minutes to create something delicious and nutritious.

Things to pack for this easy snack.

  1. Plain Greek Yogurt.  I prefer Fage or Siggi’s plain because they are low in sugar (<5g) and high in protein (15-17g) per 150g container (or individual size).
  2. Granola.  Whether it’s prepared or homemade the secret is to look for natural granola without the sugar.  My gauge is typically to search for granola with 10g of sugar or less, which is hard to find!
  3. Fresh Fruit.  Always have some on hand to add to any smoothie or bowl.  Berries and bananas are a staple for me because they are easy to add.  While traveling a banana and apple work great.
  4. Protein Powder.  No matter where I am, its always on me.  Either opt for a small container or the single serve pouches are great for carrying in your purse, suitcase, cupboard, laptop bag for work and etc.  Never leave home without it.  I prefer plant based options like Plant Fusion, SunWarrior, VegaOne, Garden of Life and many more.
  5. Superfoods.  I buy bulk hemp seeds, dried goji berries, chia seeds, maca powder, spirulina and more to have on hand at all times.  These can be easily added to any smoothie or bowl and are easy to take in small plastic containers or ziploc bags.  There are many health food stores that also sell individual pouches of these items as well.

Directions:

  • Mix a scoop of the protein powder(or 1 serving size) with the greek yogurt (1 serving size).  Once you have formed a good mixture that is evening mixed you are ready to add the toppings.
  • Chop up 1/2 banana and lay the slices on the mixture
  • Add your fresh or dried fuit
  • Add 1-2 tbsp of granola

Sprinkle with your superfoods and you are ready to enjoy a tasty protein packed snack!

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Strawberry protein powder + greek yogurt 2 tbsp Goji berries 1/2 Banana 1/2 tbsp chia/hemp seeds 1 tbsp granola

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Eating for your life

People ask me daily what I eat and how to avoid temptation and stay on track. Food should be viewed as fuel for your body. Something that enables you to have energy, focus, and get through the day. There are enough struggles we deal with on a daily basis and food should not be added to the list of complications. Food can be a joy. It can be enjoyable making it, eating it and sharing with others.

Food also can be our enemy. It can be something that drains us of energy, gives us stomach aches and makes us bloat, makes our skin break out, causes weight gain and give us anxiety after eating bad food. Why not make our food work for us not against us? Why not eat things to invest in our future selves? Why not eat things that make us feel good and make us look and feel beautiful?

If we were to only look at food as something that could not only make us feel better in our daily lives, but prevent diseases, slow down the aging process and produce an unlimited amount of benefits we would all choose to eat healthy without hesitation. There is no simple solution. No diet. It’s a reset of your mindset. It’s a lifestyle. Being healthy is something we choose to do every single day. Let’s take a step back and look at the big picture. Relax. Reset and Repeat.

Getting started is the hardest part….

People are always asking me how I stay on track with my eating and how I get motivation to workout so consistently.  The answer is you need the discipline, simply stated that’s the trick.  You need a goal, whatever it may be.  You want to start with a small goal and gradually add to it or set more goals once you have achieved your initial goals.  Start with working out an extra day a week or an extra 30 minutes or just simply starting.  Sign up for a new physical activity that you’ve never tried in addition to your regular workout routine.  You need to mix it up in order to stay on track.  no one wants to get bored with a fitness regimen, that’s the quickest way to give up on your goals.

I’ve counseled many friends and family and how to get started, that’s the hardest part.  Making that decision to actually start moving forward is the biggest step.  Once you decide to get started you can start making goals and checking them off.  The more goals you achieve, the more motivated you will be to stay the course.   Here are a few tips to get you started:

1.) Choose a time of day to workout and stick to it.  Some of us are AM fitness freaks and some of us are PM fitness owls.  Whatever your preference, set a time of day that works in your schedule so you can ensure you stick to it.

2.) Try something new.  Start by trying the pilates or yoga class at the gym you’ve always wanted to try.  Not only will this mix up your routine, but it will hold you accountable to show up to class:)

3.) Be active in some way at least 3-4 days a week.  Even if its for 30 minutes, try to get in some type of activity.  If you can’t go the gym, take a walk or try an online workout class.  Get your body moving and you’ll start to build up that motivation little by little to continue.

4.) Try cooking at home.  Rather than going out to eat for every meal, try eating at home and preparing your own meals.  This is the only way to ensure you know what ingredients are being put into your meals.

5.) Be conscious of what you eat.  Starting a food journal is probably the easiest way to get started.  Whether is downloading a food tracking app like MyFitnessPal or even if its just tracking what you eat in your phone or in a notebook.  This will start to hold you accountable and give you a better idea of what you are consuming daily, which can be extremely eye opening to some.

Start with these easy steps and you’ll be well on your way to transitioning into a healthier lifestyle.  Stay tuned for more tips!  Enjoy!

 

PB Protein bites (V,GF)

One of the most vital times to replenish your body is within 30 minutes after a workout.  Throughout the years I’ve spent training and trying to get the perfect balance of when to eat and what at to eat, and this has been my discovery.  I started noticing my recovery was faster, I had more energy throughout the day, and during my future workouts I had to ability to push harder during the most challenging parts of my workout.  The right meal at the right time makes all the difference.  Your body needs the right fuel to gain muscle and improve fitness levels.

I started playing with the recipes that had the right combination of carbs and protein.  I also wanted something that would be quick and I could throw in my gym bag and eat immediately after a workout.  One of the recipes I whipped up that’s quick, easy and delicious are these peanut butter protein bites!  I absolutely love them!  I store them in individual bags in the freezer and pull them out every morning and throw them in my workout bag.

Combine the following in a large bowl:

1/2 cup of vanilla flavored protein powder( I use pea/rice/hemp & chia protein or use your protein powder of choice)

1 cup quinoa or millet puffs (found in the cereal aisle at most health food stores with no additives like sugar and etc.)

1/4 cup water

1/2 cup natural peanut butter

2 tbsp raw agave

1/4 cup cacao chips

Mix thoroughly and form into 1- 1 1/2″ balls and place on a flat cookie sheet.   Makes about 6-8 balls. Place into freezer for about 30-45 minutes.  Place into individual baggies for easy use and enjoy after a workout or enjoy as a snack.

PB Protein Bites

 

 

Meal prep made easy for clean eating

We all know it takes time to plan, shop and prepare meals for the week.  Some of us are limited on time with families, extra curricular activities, work and other demands calling our undivided attention all week.  Let’s face it, we are ALL busy people!

The worst part about meal prep is that it’s a little painful in the front end but the beauty is that it creates a lot of extra time later in the week.  By having my breakfast, lunch and typically my dinners planned all week I never have to stress about meals.  I know I’m getting all my macronutrients, in the proper portions, no matter what situation I find myself in that day.  So with proper planning early on, your life becomes much easier throughout the remainder of the week.  It’s like anything in life, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.  Whether it’s business, your finances, your health or anything in life for that matter.  Planning makes all the difference.  You won’t regret the up front time it takes once you realize how it eases up your schedule later on.

I made this cold protein packed salad to pack for lunches to accompany my fish this week.  This total prep on this salad today was about 10 minutes because I already had the quinoa cooked and refrigerated.  When I make meals I make the large portions of the cooked ingredients so it saves on prep time and I can use in other ways.  I cooked this quinoa two days prior and sautéed in water with 1/2 of a vegetable bullion cube that contained 15g of sodium.  Great option to add taste without the added salt.  I added minced garlic and pepper for added taste.  After bringing it to a boil I sautéed it covered for about 10 min or until the majority if the water was absorbed.

Black Bean Quinoa Salad

I used the following ingredients and mixed everything in this large bowl above.

1 can low sodium organic black beans

1 can organic sweet corn

1 cubed cucumber

3 chopped Roma tomatoes

1 cup cooked quinoa (refrigerated)

2-3 tbsp Liquid Aminos (soy assume alternative with added nutrients and not all the added sodium)

Recipe above made 4 servings

The salad covers my macro nutrients in terms of complex carbs and some added protein.  I also wanted the additional protein so I added fish.  The only missing macro is my healthy fat.  Grab an avocado and you’re covered.  Generally I’d use 1/4-1/2 of the avocado with my meal, depending on the size of the avocado.

I baked 1 Ahi Tuna filet and 1 salmon (both wild caught and typically found in frozen foods)

Bake at 350 for approx 20-25 min.  For added flavor the below ingredients are a natural way to season.

1/2 fresh squeezed lemon

1-2 TSP fresh ground pepper

1-2 TSP garlic seasoning

Between the two filets I made 3 portions.  Paired with my salad I have a 3 fully prepared nutritious lunches for the remainder of the week!

 

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I hope you all enjoy!  Happy Prepping!

 

Raw Green Smoothie

This is my ultimate favorite pre-workout protein packed smoothie!  I thought I would share the recipe for everyone to enjoy!

For the base, I really love to eat my breakfast with a spoon and like it a bit thicker.   However, you can make it in more of a smoothie form and drink it.  Whichever consistency you choose, its simply delectible.  Below are the ingredients.

Raw Green Protein Smoothie

Smoothie Base:

1 Frozen Banana (I peel, cut and put these into freezer bags so I can quickly access them during the week)

2  Handfulls of fresh organic spinach leaves

1 tbsp maca powder

1 scoop of RAW protein powder or your favorite protein powder.

1/2 – 1 Cup of Unsweetend or vanilla almond milk (depending on how thick you want the consistency)

1-2 Ice cubes to add thickness to the consisency

Topping: Fresh Berries + my RAW Chocolate Granola mix

Angie’s RAW Chocolate Granola

In a saucepan mix the following to a liquid state:

2 tbsp organic coconut oil

2 tbsp organic natural peanut butter

1 tbsp raw cacao powder

1 tbsp organic brown rice syrup

Add in the dry ingredients:

2 tbsp shelled hemp seeds

1 tbsp chia seeds

2 tbsp raw unsweetened shredded coconut

2 tbsp RAW protein powder or Nutrilite All Plant Protein powder

3/4 cup organic oats

*Add a sweetener of your choice.  You can use Stevia or I prefer Raw Agave syrup and I use about 1-2 tbsp depending on how sweet you like it.

Mix it all together and put in a pan or tupperware and freeze about an hour.  You can crumble pieces off as needed to add to your shakes or just break off and eat alone.  Either way, its delicious and packed with superfoods and protein.

The end result is simply delectable as a pre-workout/post workout or just a snack!  I hope you all enjoy!

My journey to achieve a healthy life

Welcome to my Blog!  I’m happy you decided to take a few minutes out of your busy life to read about my journey.  Hopefully by reading this you will find your own inner drive to be the ultimate you.  My goal is to share with you things that inspire and motivate  me while in turn, it reflects on to you to be able to provide the inspiration you need to accomplish your goals.  I will try to provide relevant information about what I do to live a healthy life from my food journal, recipes, workouts, travel, skincare and overall beauty tips.  My passion in life is to help others find what inspires them and to help you reach your goals.  To truly love yourself and radiate love, confidence and a passion for a healthy life it starts on the inside. 

I’ve really come to the realization that in order to make a difference in your life, or anybody else’s life, you have to be proactive.  Being proactive is a choice you make, every single day.  Things won’t change unless you make it happen.  This requires an extreme amount of self motivation and/or encouragement from friends and family.  The reason I mention this is because a lot of people complain about their current circumstances, but really have no drive to change direction.  Its like they want it to be magically “fixed”! 

 What is your motivation?  What drives you to be successful?  What motivates you to be the best you can be?  For me, it’s a lot of things!  For me it’s a combination of extreme self coaching, support from friends and family, a positive attitude and a drive to accomplish a goal.  Some days are definitely harder than others, and you will have days you fail.  Its ok to fail.  You pick yourself up, brush yourself off and keep going. 

People are always telling me they can’t workout like I do or eat like I do and I tell them that I’ve not always been this way.  I too had my days of eating Oreos, pizza, drinking soda and putting unlimited amount of bad, proccessed foods in my body.  Its a decision to make a change, followed by daily action steps towards your goal.  Some days you will take a step back, but you keep moving forward and eventually your steps forward will overtake your steps backwards and you will begin moving the the right direction. 

So, think about what you want to accomplish, what steps you need to take to get there and start by taking the first step TODAY.  Not next month, not next week, not tomorrow, but TODAY!