Happy Friday! And Happy Memorial Day Weekend! My “big plans” for the weekend include teaching yoga, some gym time, some yoga related study time and definitely plenty of relaxation. I’ve made the decision that I’m not going to be obsessive about my macros and might even take a whole day off from tracking. We’ll just see how it goes! Moving on to today’s post… today I’m checking in for a Friday Favorites. Here it goes!
All this time I’ve been trying to make protein waffles complicated. WHY!? I’ve been missing out on these beauties for too long!
I was watching random videos on Amanda Bucci’s YouTube channel and she kept talking about how good these protein waffles were. I didn’t quite believe something so simple could be so delicious but I decided to give it a try. The ingredients are: a scoop of protein powder (30 grams, whey/casein blend), 1 egg, 1 tsp baking powder, and a little bit of water (somewhere between 2-4 Tbsp in my experience).
Turn your waffle iron on high, be sure to spray with cooking spray, and then use the batter to make two delicious, fluffy on the inside, crunchy on the outside waffles. I’ve been cooking mine for about a minute to a minute and a half.
I can’t recommend them enough!
IIFYM Friendly Desserts
I am loving being on an “If It Fits Your Macros” (IIFYM)/Flexible Diet plan. I’ve been super consistent on this plan without being miserable. One of the best parts of my IIFYM plan is that I can eat dessert. WOOP WOOP! A definite favorite are Yasso Greek Yogurt Bars.
So far I’ve tried the mint chocolate chip and chocolate chip cookie dough flavors and both really, truly taste like real deal ice cream (and I’m an ice cream snob). Another current favorite is Halo Top ice cream. I know everyone has been talking about Halo Top for a while but I was extremely hesitant. For the high price tag I was afraid I was going to wind up with something like Arctic Zero (which doesn’t taste like ice cream at all in my opinion). My sister finally convinced me and I picked up three different flavors during a 10:30pm grocery store visit last week.
As you can see it was a super healthy haul of zero calorie Monster, Yasso Greek Yogurt Bars and Halo Top ice cream 😛 . So far I’ve had the Peanut Butter Cup, Birthday Cake, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavors and all three were delicious. I am amazed at how close it is to real ice cream for the amazing macros. Another item I would definitely recommend!!
Trader Joe’s Red Lentil Pasta
If you remember from my Trader Joe’s Grocery Haul I had picked up some red lentil pasta to try. Yet another item I would recommend! If you eat it plain it taste just like lentils, but it adapts really well when combined with other ingredients. I’ve tried it mixed with cauliflower, butter and mozzarella cheese; as well as with spinach, red sauce and colby jack cheese (pictured below). I love that’s it’s not as decimating to my carb macros as other pastas and the texture is great (so long as you don’t overcook of course)!
Chris Blue Won The Vocie (and Miley Cyrus is coming back!)
I am a big fan of The Voice and was rooting for Chris Blue so I was so happy when he won this season. To “celebrate”, I figured I’d share my favorite clip of him from this season.
So freaking good!!! Also, Miley Cyrus is coming back next season! I’m not a huge Miley Cyrus fan but she’s totally fun to watch as a coach. Oh, and she killed it singing her newest single.
The Sun Has Come Out!
I feel like it’s been raining ALL week… because it pretty much has been. The sun finally came out today and, man, does that feel good! I took advantage of it during lunch and sat outside with the Coop Man while I ate my tacos from Chipotle (corn tortillas, chicken, black beans, pico de gallo, hot salsa and lettuce).
I wrapped up at work early, headed to the gym for leg day, and then came home to get this post finalized and published.
Thanks for stopping by today! What are some of your current favorites?