Peanut Butter Cup Protein Pudding

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I spend a lot of time in the gym. Training for my second bikini competition, I’m at the gym 6 days a week to lift heavy weights. Part of making sure that the time I spend lifting is most effective, is refueling with the proper nutrition when I finish. Why? Your body needs the carbohydrates […]

Single Serving Double Chocolate Protein Cake {MMAZ #69}

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The last time we featured chocolate on Meatless Mondays from A-Z, I failed miserably. When I chose Xocolatl for this week’s ingredient, it was my chance to redeem myself. So when I found myself in the kitchen on Sunday on the fourth failed attempt, I was honestly frustrated. With my final 1/3 cup of applesauce, […]

Healthy Mocha Mousse {MMAZ #44}

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One of the things that’s going to be tricky with my competition diet is the cook week of Meatless Mondays from A-Z. Eating specific amounts of protein, starch, & veggies at each meal makes recipes a little trickier than I’m used to. But this week, I figured it out! I enjoyed this for my final […]

Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans {MMAZ #34}

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Recently, I feel like I rarely have time to sit down and relax. There’s so much going on between work, workouts, friends, & family that there’s little time to just sit and relax. Good stuff, but it still leaves less time that I would like for laziness. I do enjoy being lazy from time to […]

The Recipe That Wasn’t {MMAZ #33}

So far I’ve gotten pretty lucky with Meatless Mondays from A-Z. Even when I don’t know what to make, an idea comes to me by Sunday night. I had a few ideas floating around in my head this week, but I couldn’t figure out the details. I tried a spicy chocolate ball/cookie, but it didn’t […]

German Chocolate Donuts & Donut Bites

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I have a confession to make. When I was choosing this group of ingredients, I chose walnuts because I thought of this idea. A little like I cheated, I know. But I think you’ll forgive me when you taste these donuts. The funny thing is that I was sure this was a recipe failure. I […]

Chocolate Spice Cake {Recipe}

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A few weeks ago, I was in charge of bringing dessert to a couples dinner organized through church. It’s an informal monthly dinner with 4 other couples around our age – none of whom eat a vegan or vegetarian diet. I’m pretty sure one couple said their favorite food was meat when we first exchanged […]

Chocolate Pumpkin Croissants

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When we finally got to dessert at our pairing dinner, we really didn’t need another course. But sometimes it’s not about needing another course – it’s just good! Luckily, this recipe is quick and easy I decided to wait until after dinner to make it. That gave us a nice break to make a little […]

German Chocolate Pancakes (with a surprise inside)

Most days, my breakfast of choice is a smoothie — quick, easy, and packed with fruits & veggies. Last week, I was in the mood for pancakes, but also love the energy kick of my morning greens. Then I had a thought…if I can slide veggies into a smoothie, why not pancake batter? I started […]