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Recipe: Protein Cake

June 28, 2012

PhotobucketThis is something I’m still tweaking and so far I’ve only made a single serving for myself, but how could I not share a recipe for chocolate protein cake with you?

Ingredients:

  • 1 scoop protein powder (I used Vega because it’s what I had leftover from my vegan days, you could substitute anything here)
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 heaping tablespoon natural peanut butter (I used crunchy)
  • 1 squirt agave syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Water

Mix all the ingredients EXCEPT the water together in a coffee mug. Add water by the tablespoon until the mixture reaches a cake batter consistency. Microwave for 1 minute on high. It comes out as a light and fluffy cake similar to angel food. I plan to make a larger version of this cake in the oven this weekend for a dinner party. I’ll update with adjustments to the recipe once I have a feel for how baking with protein powder works.

Back on Track

June 26, 2012

PhotobucketDespite my knee being slightly more crunchy sounding today I’m feeling great. I was originally going to post about hitting my quickest mile time to date this weekend, except I crushed that time with a new PR of 11:22 mins this morning. Mind you, this is after a leg day with Lyndsi yesterday. I may be a little swollen, but nothing hurts and it feels great to be getting back into my old habits.

Speaking of habits I need to clean my diet up a bit too. Without lots of cardio (due to the knee) I’m up on the scale 2.5 lbs–which is 1.2% bodyfat. I’m dedicating myself to at least 30 minutes of cardio daily and NO FROYO. Those decisions alone should help, but I also need to choose lean meats like chicken instead of pork. Geezus, I do love pork, though. AND I’m dropping my calorie intake a little bit. I want to be at 28% bodyfat in two weeks when I weigh in next.

Recipe: Salmon Wraps

June 22, 2012

PhotobucketSam cooked me a delicious salmon and asparagus dinner on Wednesday, which sparked an idea of a quick–uncooked salmon meal for hot days when you don’t want to run anything in the kitchen.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of cooked salmon (or flaked leftovers)
  • Greek yogurt
  • Spices (dill, course sea salt and black pepper)
  • Chopped black olives
  • Whole-seed mustard
  • Crumbled blue cheese (optional), feta or goat cheese would work too
  • Romaine leaves

Mix salmon with Greek yogurt and spice to taste. Layer salmon spread, mustard, chopped olives and cheese (if you’re using cheese) in romaine leaves, roll up and eat! This is a great lunch to pack for a picnic and assemble on location, or something you could set out buffet style for a party. We’ve also talked about doing a similar meal as a replacement for tacos.

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PhotobucketIn the past I’ve posted about the difficulties of eating right and working out on the weekends. To avoid falling off the wagon over weekends Sam and I have taken some proactive measures. We registered for the Prost8k this Sunday, which is a race raising money for Prostate Cancer prevention (AND also Sam’s first race! We’re jogging the 5k if anyone is interested in joining us). I’m also going to try out a free Saturday class at Track Town Crossfit. They offer a free class every Saturday morning in exchange for a canned food donation. They also have punch cards available for purchase ($200 for 10 visits), so if I like it I’m considering buying one so I can drop in a couple times a week. Lastly, we ordered some Ketosis test strips which measure the amount of ketones in your urine. These let us know if we’re eating low carb enough for our diet to be working–considering I’ve had an upset stomach the last week there has been a lot of carbs in my diet lately, but I’m excited to see the change as I get back on track.

As I’ve always experienced: eating well and working out during the week isn’t difficult because my work schedule provides structure. If we can consistently keep ourselves active on the weekends (bike rides, trips to the coast to jog in the sand, hiking, etc.) we’ll be setting ourselves up for success and results–all it takes is a little planning ahead!

PS: The image for this post is a webcomic from Toothpaste for Dinner. You should check the whole site out; you’ll burn calories laughing.

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Recipe: Low-Carb Pizza

June 14, 2012

PhotobucketTo many’s displeasure I have begun recovering from whatever bacteria attacked my stomach/GI tract. It takes a bit more than vomit and diarrhea to take me out; and, following THAT appetizing thought, I want to share this amazing recipe for low-carb pizza.

Everyone loves pizza! If you’ve been watching your carbs for awhile you probably miss eating toppings and melted cheese. Luckily you can fashion a bastard crust out of cauliflower, mozzarella and egg.

Crust:
1 Cup Riced Cauliflower
1 Cup Grated Whole Milk Mozzarella Cheese
1 Egg
1 Tsp Kosher Salt
1/2 Tsp dried Thyme
1/2 Tsp dried Oregano
1/4 Tsp Coarse Ground Black Pepper

Pour onto greased pan and spread to edges (if you can, I really recommend finding something smaller with a lip to help mold it)Bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes. then let cool for 10 minutes.

We topped ours with mozzarella, turkey sausage, caramelized onion and garlic, black olives and green bell pepper. For sauce we diluted tomato paste with a little water and added spices to taste.

Pop your topped pizza back in the oven at 450 for 10 more minutes.

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My Chocolate Savior

June 7, 2012

PhotobucketSince I’m injured and less active overall right now, I’ve been watching my carb consumption like a hawk–considering hawks are birds of prey, this analogy is actually very literal. Anyway, I have been having terrible chocolate cravings, but until yesterday have just been trying to ignore them.

However, while at the Kiva yesterday Sam spotted these low-carb ChocoPerfection bars. We tried the chocolate almond and it was actually really really good. With only three net carbs and zero sugar these bars are an excellent choice if you’re on a diet. They have A LOT of fiber and the chocolate taste is actually satisfying and not artificial at all. The only barrier to my not consuming these daily is the price ($4.39 a piece when you buy a box of five from their website), but it’s fantastic to know there is now an option when I’m craving chocolate that isn’t going to stall my forward progress.

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