Cranberry Orange Skinny Muffins

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I simply adore these little festive muffins. They taste amazing cut in half and broiled in the toaster oven topped with some honey or spray butter. They make an amazing on the go breakfast or snack. They contain no artificial flavorings or sweeteners or any refined sugars. They are great for low carb, low fat diets and those who are gluten intolerant.

Ingredients:
-2 egg whites
-1 and 1/2 servings True Nutrition vanilla hydrolyzed whey (Discount Code: Eatingbrofood)
-1/2 cup fresh cranberries
-Orange zest
-Juice or half an orange
-1 cup oat flour
-2 overly ripe bananas
-1 tsp. baking powder
-3 spoonfuls baking Truvia
-1 tbsp. coconut oil
-1 tsp. vanilla extract
-1 spoonful low fat Greek plain yogurt

Directions:
-Mash bananas with potato masher or blender or food processor
-Zest orange and add half the juice to a bowl
-Add rest of ingredients to bowl and mix
-Add to sprayed loaf pan or greased 12 cup muffin tin
-Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 25-30min

Macros: Fat (g): Carb (g): Protein (g): Calories:
Macros for 1/12 muffins 2g 9g 4.6g 70
Macros whole loaf 24g 111g  56g 844

*Makes 12 Muffins*

May your Faith be Louder than The Objections of Others

Never pass up an opportunity to learn and grow no matter how much pressure you get to stay a bystander. I was nervous to compete in my first powerlifting competition. I had many people try to put down my dream and tell me I was making a rash decision. They told me if I was serious about my training I would have paid a trainer to teach me or paid 150 dollars a month for some ritzy gym.

What they don’t know is I have been serious about weight lifting for over two years now. The objections, “you could really hurt yourself” or “wow you must emasculate so many guys” simply became background noise to me. Some oppositions even fueled my preparation and helped me train stronger and smarter because I wanted to prove them oh-so-wrong.

It also helps having spent years networking online building my online turned real life fitfam. These people have become a wealth of knowledge throughout my fitness journey. They have helped me find strength plans online or have given me weights, splits and reps to work with to meet my goals.

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My first meet was the Shenandoah Open Raw Bench Press-Deadlift Championship. Although I only competed on one lift and it was unsanctioned it was a great way to get the feel for a meet. I was shooting for a PR at the meet and I went in and did exactly what I was hoping for. I lost weight for the meet as I expected to do and competed at the 123 lb. weight class but ended up weighing in at 120 lbs. Even though I weighed a little less than I wanted to I was still able to pull 285 lbs. as my final attempt for a new deadlift PR!

The meet also allowed me to key in my training and really focus on improving my deadlift, form, grip and strength. At my next meet I plan to complete a full powerlifting meet competing on deadlift, squat and bench. My bench and squat need a lot of work but I know if I work hard and train properly I will be amazed at the results.

My Deadlift Warm-Up at the Meet:

  • 138 lbs. X 8
  • 155 lbs. X 5
  • 185 lbs. X 3
  • 205 lbs. X 1

Deadlift Final Attempts:

  • 1st attempt: 235 lbs. completed
  • 2nd attempt: 255 lbs. completed
  • 3rd attempt: 285 lbs. completed
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  • (Me powering through 285 lbs.)

That’s It Zesty Bars Review

I have always loved the That’s It bars for their simplicity. They never add extra sugar and are sweetened only by fruit. They make an amazing pre-workout snack to have before working out because they are portable quick to digest carbs. I always carry them around with me as a pick me up before I lift. They have no preservatives and are simply just fruit and spices.
Apples & Cinnamon
This is my favorite out of the Zesty product line. It tastes just like fall and makes me feel like I’m cozying up by a fire with a glass of mulled cider.

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Apple + Mango & Chili
This bar has a kick to it. If you are sensitive to spice this might not suit you but I found it to be refreshingly different. If you love dried mangos this could be your new favorite energy bar.

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Apple + Pear & Ginger
This had an overwhelming ginger flavor. It was not equally balanced with the pear and apple. It was a bit gritty as well. This wasn’t completely terrible but also not my favorite.

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Overall I would recommend these bars to anyone looking for an easy way to get more fruit into their diet or looking for convenient healthy carbs. If you sign up for their mailing list you can get 15% off today at http://www.thatsitfruit.com/.

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Apple Butter Turkey Breakfast Sausage

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Got in the fall mood and made apple butter cinnamon turkey sausage. This is a great way to use up that extra apple butter. They also freeze nicely and make a great breakfast side.

Ingredients:
-1 pound ground turkey 93/7
-1 tsp. Cinnamon
-1 tsp. Garlic powder
-2 tbsp. Kyvan apple butter
-1 cup finely diced green apples
-1 tsp. coconut oil

Directions:
-Heat a skillet with Pam and add the finely diced green apples, add the coconut oil and cinnamon and half of the apple butter
-Cook on low to medium heat until apples are browned
-Add the turkey to a medium bowl and the heated apples
-Mix together and add any of the seasoning leftover and the rest of the Apple butter
-Flatten the mixture into 16 patties and cook them on a greased skillet but do not over crowd the pan
-Serve with scrambled eggs or as the meat on a homemade sausage Egg McMuffin

Macros: Fat (g): Carb (g): Protein (g): Calories:
Macros for 1 Turkey Patty: 2.4g 2.3g 5.6g 52
Macros for All: 37.6g 37.3g 89.4g 840

*Makes 16 Patties*

1 Minute Protein Birthday Bowl Cake

This is the BEST way to cap-off your macros at the end of the day. Feel free to mix it up using different cake mixes, protein powders and low-fat ice creams. Let me know if you try other combos! Also make sure you are using A BOWL a mug will not fit all this goodness!

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Birthday Bowl Cake Ingredients:
-1/2 serving Funfetti cake mix
-1/2 scoop Optimum Nutrition Birthday Cake Whey
-1/2 serving vanilla bean Halo Top
-1 tsp. baking power
-1 egg white
-1 spoonful of plain Greek yogurt
-Sprinkles for on top

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Directions:
-Spray medium glass bowl with Pam spray
-Mix together all ingredients but the Halo Top and Sprinkles
-Put mixture into sprayed bowl
-Microwave for around 1 minute, 30 seconds
-Top with Halo Top and Sprinkles

Macros: Fat (g): Carb (g): Protein (g): Calories:
1 Cake with Ice Cream 2 g 25 g 19 g 194

*Makes One Serving*