March 25, 2012

Chocolate Protein Ice Cream

Posted in Dessert, Snacks tagged , , , , , , at 4:26 pm by realityishealthy

I’m back at home in my own apartment again, and seem to have lost my entire social life to my bachelor thesis. Sounds like a good time, right? Well… Not so much. But the plus side is that this is the last thing I need to complete before I have a bachelor degree in computer engineering. Yippee!

On a different note, not sure if other places in the world had to change their clocks this morning, but in Europe we had to spring forward one hour. Let me tell you, waking up to workout this morning was so much harder than normal. I really could have used the extra hour of sleep, but after I got to the gym I felt awesome.

Afterwards, I decided that I would treat myself a little with a healthy protein snack after my workout. I decided to make chocolate protein ice cream. I was in chocolate protein heaven while eating this. It seriously tasted like a fudgesicle, only better! This would not have been possible if not for the amazing website iherb.com. I just got my new package with my chocolate protein powder, and my stevia powder. Remember, if you want $5-$10 off used the coupon code ZUG220 at checkout. Anyways, here’s the recipe:

Chocolate Protein Ice Cream

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Ingredients:

Plain Greek yogurt (mine was a 300g container)

1 scoop Chocolate protein powder (I used ChocoRite)

2 pinches of stevia

Instructions:

Makes three servings.

This may be pretty self-explanatory, but I’ll go through the motions anyways. Just put your scoop of protein powder into the yogurt, and mix until fully combined. Then add stevia to taste. I ended up using about two pinches. Now, if you don’t have chocolate protein powder, cocoa powder works as well, and powder sugar or splenda can replace the stevia. After getting the desired taste, put in the freezer for about 20 minutes. Take out and stir, and put in the freezer for another 20 minutes. Keep repeating this part until you get the desired consistency. The more often you stir it will help avoid icing and keep it creamy. I did this only twice because I was really impatient to enjoy it. Hehe. Either way, it was one of the best after workout snacks I’ve come up with!

March 18, 2012

Honey Baked Grapefruit

Posted in Breakfast, Dessert, Snacks tagged , , , , , at 10:11 pm by realityishealthy

First of all, this is the best thing ever! When I started eating clean I had to up my meals from two a day (apparently that’s a big no-no) all the way up to 6 a day; 3 meals and 3 snacks. The first couple weeks were terrible. I walked around feeling full and bloated constantly. Now though, its all good.

I’m always trying to come up with healthy ways to eat my nighttime snack. I was always one of those people who always had dessert. A chocolate bar before bed, some gummy worms while I relaxed, some nerds while doing homework. Those kinds of things. These days, fruit is my candy.

I’ve always loved grapefruit, even though the only reason I first tasted it was because it was pink. My only vice with grapefruit was that I always smothered it with sugar to get it taste just right. That was until I stumbled across this recipe…

Honey Baked Grapefruit:

Ingredients:

1 grapefruit

Honey to taste (I used about 2 tbsp)

Instructions:

This is probably the easiest thing to do ever. First preheat the oven to 175 C (about 350 F). Then just cut the grapefruit in have and put one tablespoon of honey on each half. Spread it around so that you cover everything.

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Place the grapefruits in a a lasagna form or another dish because some juice will come out. Place them high up in the oven and bake for about 10 min. If you like a little crunch, use the fan setting on the oven the last 3 minutes or so and the honey will crystalize. When the grapefruit is finished it will be golden around the edges, and the honey will bubble a little. You can eat it warm or wait until it cools down. Either way the honey will have seeped into the grapefruit giving a sweet, yet still a little tart, taste.

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I also like to have this for breakfast. Its simple, fast and tasty. And remember, grapefruits are super good for your skin, and one grapefruit gives you over 50% of your daily vitamin C intake!

Sweet Potato Fries

Posted in Snacks tagged , , , , at 3:10 pm by realityishealthy

In my last post I wrote that sweet potato fries are the perfect side dish for filled zucchini, so I figured that I would share the recipe that I adore. Today was the perfect day to make them, because I have been feeling very snacky and we have all that corned beef and cabbage sitting in the fridge, screaming for me to eat it, but I managed to keep away and stick to my fries (which are just as delicious in their own way).

The best thing about sweet potato fries is that they are healthier than normal fries, they have more flavor than normal fries, and they are super, duper easy to make!

Sweet Potato Fries

Ingredients:

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Sweet potatoes washed, not peeled (I used 4, about 1 potato per person)

Extra virgin olive oil

Your favorite seasoning (I used lemon pepper and fresh chili powder)

Instructions:

First things first, set your oven on 225 C (450 F).

Scrub you potatoes as best as possible, since we are keeping the skin we want them clean. I like to keep the skin because that’s where all the vitamins and fiber are. If you don’t like the skin, peeled potatoes work just as well.

Then just cut the potatoes anyway you like; in strips, in cubes, in wedges, it all works. Try to make sure that they are about the same thickness, but if they aren’t its not that big of a deal. Personally, I am not a good potato cutter, so mine are never really pretty, but they still taste amazing.

On the first batch, lightly coat you baking sheet with the virgin olive oil. We are going to put some on top too so you don’t need too much, just enough so they don’t stick.

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Pour a little olive oil in a bowl and add your spices. If you don’t want to add spices and just want the potato flavor, skip the olive oil on top (it will also make for crispier fries). Then take a basting brush a lightly coat the fries. You should only fit about one potato on each baking sheets, or else they won’t bake well. 2012-03-18 13.22.32

Then set them in the oven until you have your desired crispiness. I like mine soft so I leave mine in for about 10-15 min. On the following batches, there is no need to put more olive oil on the baking sheet if you use the same one.

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March 11, 2012

Sour Coated Grapes and Chocolate, Sea Salt Covered Bananas

Posted in Dessert, Snacks tagged , , at 9:07 pm by realityishealthy

So the past couple of days I have been visiting my parents and my sister. They live about 10 hours away from me, and with me being in my final year of my bachelor degree, I don’t  usually have much time to come visit. I was, however, very lucky this semester. I had almost 2 weeks free between the end of my internship and the start of my bachelor thesis, so I have decided to split the days between my sister’s house and my parents’ house.

Now, me and my sister share somewhat similar ideas about eating clean. We often share recipes, blogs, and send each other pictures of our concoctions all the time. My parents on the other hand, not so much. My mom will eat it if its made for her, my dad on the other hand likes ‘real’ food. So, as you can imagine, I eat a little more unhealthy here than I normally eat at home. Its kind of nice though to have my mom making dinner again, and enjoy the desserts regardless of what they are made of, all the while knowing its only temporary.

Now that I’m done with my little introduction as to why I’m posting another two less than healthy recipes, I’ll get on to the good part.

Sour Coated Grapes:

Ingredients:

2-3 large bushels of grapes

1 large box Sugar Free Jello Lime or Lemon Flavor

Instructions:

Super easy. Dump the packet of Jello into a bag. Rinse the grapes so that they are all wet. Then dump the grapes into the bag and shake. Added bonus, jump around the kitchen to some music while shaking the bag to burn some extra cals, and get out some excess energy. After the Jello is distributed over the grapes, either put them in the fridge or freezer to chill. Personally, I adore frozen grapes, so I let mine sit in the freezer for a couple hours before I enjoyed, but leaving them in the fridge is yummy too.

The best thing about these are that they aren’t even that unhealthy.

10 green grapes is about 34 calories.

1 serving of Sugar Free Jello 10 calories and that’s  1/8 of the large packets.

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Chocolate, Sea Salt Covered Bananas

Ingredients:

1 Dark Chocolate Bar (mine was 100g)

2 Medium Sized Bananas (7 in. long), chopped into coins

Crushed Sea Salt

Instructions:

Break the chocolate bar into chunks and place into a bowl. You can go one of two ways here: either put the bowl in the micro wave in 30 second increments stirring thoroughly each time until there are only a few chunks left that will melt by the heat of the already melted chocolate, or prepare a water bath and float the bowl with chocolate in it allowing the chocolate to melt slowly. I chose to use the water bath, because I am slow at the whole dipping and dunking thing and the chocolate doesn’t harden again if you leave the water bath simmering.

After you have melted your chocolate, dip the chunks of bananas into the chocolate until they are covered and then place them on a piece of parchment paper. If you want, you can then sprinkle some sea salt on the top. Keep doing this with all the chunks of bananas.

Once again, you can place them in the freezer or in the fridge to chill. Frozen bananas have a very special taste that I love, so I left mine in the freezer for a couple hours before enjoying.

The calories here are a little steeper than in the sour grapes.

One medium sized banana is about 105 calories.

My chocolate bar was 500 calories per 100g (so the whole bar).

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I like to eat these for dessert. But not both the grapes and the bananas at the same time, or all at once. The good thing about freezing them is that they can last awhile, so you can spread the calories over a week or more!