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Friday, March 6, 2015

Recent Things: Ugly But Delicious, Online Shopping Addictions & Snack Obsessions

Recent Things in the Southern In-Law World

Why hello lovely ones! I'm not sure where this week went... actually, I'm not sure where any week goes... well... other than in the past..... but it's Friday and it's time for our weekly Recent Things post! So let's take a look at what we've been up to this week, shall we?

There's lots of delicious eats, workouts, sneak peeks and weekend plans to share to let's get onto it! >> 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Recipe: Mango & Banana Protein Muffins

Gluten Free Mango Banana Protein Muffins - low fat, gluten free, high protein, low calorie, sugar free, clean eating recipes

I'm one of those people who sometimes doesn't know how to let things go. 

Whilst I don't hold grudges, I do have a problem when it comes to recipes and foods. You see if something doesn't work out the way I wanted it to or there's a food I don't like when trying it for the first time, I can't give up. 

I keep on trying. I find myself determined to fix things so that I will like them. 

Case in point? Last week I told you how I thought protein powder was disgusting - and this week I'm sharing a protein muffin recipe with you that contains protein powder.

I had a big ol' bucket of protein powder that I didn't like on its own or mixed in smoothies, but I knew I could find a way to make it work. There was one protein powder that didn't get that far, but I knew Growing Naturals' Original Rice Protein Powder had potential. I was going to make it work. 

And ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh baby baby did I do just that. 

Healthy Banana Mango Protein Muffins - low fat, gluten free, high protein, low calorie, sugar free, clean eating recipes

With a gigantic ripe mango sitting in the fridge and brown bananas in our fruit bowl begging to be used up, I set to work on creating some protein muffins. I had three aims in particular; they needed to be high protein, they needed to use the protein powder in an undetectable way and they needed to taste amazing. No pressure, right?

The pressure may have been on, but I do well under pressure and these muffins were even better than I expected - so much so that I rushed out to the store to get more mangoes and bananas and have made (and devoured) three batches since that very first one. 

Unlike most protein muffin recipes, these are fluffy and light and delicious (not dense and blah like others I've tried) and no one would have any clue that they're jam packed with protein. Each of these little beauties has over seven grams of protein in them and only around 85 calories - so you can grab a couple for a quick, easy and filling snack!

But let me share the recipe with you so that you can make them yourself! >>

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Recipe: Healthy Roasted Pumpkin and Feta Quinoa Bowls

Healthy Roasted Pumpkin and Feta Quinoa Bowls Recipe - low fat, gluten free, vegetarian, clean eating friendly, lower carb, high protein, healthy

You can spend hours on dinner, use a dozen different ingredients, follow a million different steps - but the truth is, sometimes the best dinners are the simplest ones. 

One of Jesse's favourite dinners is this quinoa bowl. It's actually quite funny that this is one of his favourites as he used to despise quinoa - simply because it was different. Then he saw me eating this a few times and asked if I could make it for the both of us and he's been hooked ever since. 

The ingredients in the bowl change, however, quinoa, roasted pumpkin and feta always remain the constant because it's a combination you just can't go wrong with.


Gluten Free Roasted Pumpkin and Feta Quinoa Bowls Recipe - low fat, gluten free, vegetarian, clean eating friendly, lower carb, high protein, healthy

I love adding avocado to these bowls (because this girl has a serious avocado obsession as of late) whilst Jesse doesn't think it works (because he doesn't really like avocado) and often we'll add in some grilled chicken or crunchy roasted chickpeas (just add them in to roast with the pumpkin) for a protein boost. 

On nights where we're busier, I'll make up a big batch of quinoa on the weekend and either keep it in the fridge for a quick dinner base or freeze portions so they're ready when I need them. That way, all I have to do is roast the pumpkin and put everything together!

But let me share the recipe with you so you can whip up a bowl yourself! >> 
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