I've Got A Secret

by HEAB on February 26, 2009

My exercise today consisted of hauling the office recycling to the recycling center and 3 minutes of plank. Thank goodness I’ve eaten my body weight in carbs over the last 24 hours for such a strenuous workout. :)

Blueberry Crepes

Blueberry Crepes

Another crepe breakfast in honor of Heather’s Pancake Week.  Several commenters have asked for specific instructions for the protein crepes.  Following is my Justine inspired recipe.

To six egg whites (or 3/4 cup carton egg whites), add 1 scoop of protein powder slowly while whisking with a fork.  I’ve tried both Jay Robb‘s whey and egg white protein powders.  The whey worked much better, and for comparison’s sake if you’re using a different brand, 1 scoop of Jay Robb contains 120 calories and 25 grams of protein.  The recipe yields 2 crepes cooked in a skillet sprayed with cooking spray over medium high heat. Watch them as they cook pretty fast, about 2 minutes or less on each side.    

As far as the peanut butter frozen yogurt goes, I used Sarah’s idea of mixing Greek yogurt with peanut butter and then allowed it to freeze for one hour.  Easy and makes a delicious crepe topping!

The stats for this breakfast were 483 calories, 14 grams of fat (26%), 26 grams of carbs (22%), and 60 grams of protein (60%).  Another protein filled & very filling breakfast!

Blender, blender, I missed you at lunch yesterday!  To make up for it, I’ve had 2 bowls of blended grains since last night, and I used a secret ingredient for one of them.  You’ll have to read to the very end to find out what it was. :)

Simple Vanilla Barley

Vanilla Barley

For this bowl, I combined 1 cup cooked barley with 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk and then heated the mixture on the stove-top until warm.  Into the Vita-Mix it went, and that’s it.  Toppings included a sprinkle of carob chips and a blob of my homemade almond walnut butter.  Simple recipe and simply delicious.  This makes for a very inexpensive dessert.  Barley is ultra cheap when bought from the bulk bins at your local health food store.  

Secret Ingredient Bowl (for my soy free friends!):

Chocolate Oat Pudding

Chocolate Oat Pudding

This bowl was definitely high on my list of favorite blended grains!  I cooked 1/2 cup of oat bran on the stove-top, and while it was still warm, I poured in into the Vita-Mix with 1/2 frozen banana, and about 1/2 TBSP cocoa powder. Then came the creamy factor.  I fear soy may me bothering me again, and so I’m trying to limit my intake.  So, instead of tofu, I used…1/2 avocado.  What a great addition my friends!  Avocados work great in raw desserts, and I don’t know why I hadn’t thought to use them in one of my blended grain bowls before.  For the most amazing raw chocolate frosting, simply blend 1 ripe avocado with equal amounts of cocoa powder and maple syrup.  The combo makes a great pie filling as well!  Always a hit at our dinner parties, and people are shocked when I tell them the ingredients…which usually leads to a Vita-Mix demo. :)  

What’s your favorite secret ingredient?

Oh, and to all my beloved foodies, check out this link for a quick laugh: http://i39.tinypic.com/24w7ed0.jpg. Hilarious, yet so true!!!!

Last thing, I promise!  Chocolate Covered Katie, the brilliant inspiration behind all of my blended grain bowls, is giving away an entire box of Jocalat bars by Larabar. Read all about it here.