Beet Protein Pancakes [Recipe]

The (Christmas) beet goes on.

I’m so festive-feeling that even I want to slap me.

But how awesome are red pancakes in the winter?!  Especially with they’re delicious and trimmed in white.

Oh… and they have a not-so-hidden healthy ingredient.  Beets lend their color to these festive ‘cakes.  It’s strange, yes.  But I’m telling you… it’s good!

Beet Protein Pancakes

I use the new Quest vanilla milkshake protein powder in my pancakes.  It’s flavor really is fantastic, and it bakes like a champ.  These tasted like a beet milkshake pancake.  In a good way.  Really…. 

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Thai Peanut Baked Tofu + WIAW

Don’t fight the festive.

My former Grinch-self is kicking me in the shins.

As advertised, Vegas and I got a tree.  Vegas did the lights (after a debate over whether wrapping or running lights up and down is better).  We hung ornaments.  There was Christmas music and champagne.

This, after being opposed to Christmas decor of years.  My former self thought it was a waste of time and money, not to mention messy.

Our tree

My new smiley-self loved every minute of it.

(And that’s not just the wine talking.)… 

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Red Velvet Protein Shake [Recipe] + Santa Speedo Run

I ran down the street in my underwear this weekend.

It was Christmas underwear…. which makes it totally acceptable…

Atlanta holds a Santa Speedo Run every year.  I’ve always been curious and had friends who’ve run… but this year curiosity killed the cat.  I paid money to run down Peachtree Street in my undies.  Thankfully, it was a pretty warm day and the “race” was only 1.5 miles.  And it was for charity!  It was a fun way to stay active and donate to a good cause on the holidays!

ATL Santa Speedo Run… 

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Treat Yo’ #strangebutgood Self [Holiday Cookie Recipes]

Happy Month of Indulgence!

You know it’s true.

A lot of people try to fight it… but this is the one month of the year when you have to indulge a bit.  I’m not saying go overboard with a bean feast, but don’t be trying to deprive yourself.  It will only drive you crazy.  Treat ‘yo self!

In the spirit of treats, today’s #strangebutgood is dedicated to some of my favorite holiday cookie recipes.  Some strange, some just indulgent, and one that’s even healthy.

Chocolate Sea Salt Cookies… 

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A Case of the Tuesdays + WIAW

Total monkey.

There’s nothing more distracting than wanting to be somewhere you’re not.

Actually, I don’t really care where I am.  It’s more about who’s with me.  The company makes the location.  Which is why yesterday I had a case of the Tuesdays.

Case of the Tuesdays

But now it’s Wednesday.  The next sunrise I see will be with Vegas.  With the first Christmas tree I’ve had in 5 or 6 years.  And flowers.  I bought a poinsettia for the first time ever.  Who am I?!

ATL sunrise

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This WIAW I turned out a lot more prepared-looking than it felt!  Either way, it was good.

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Read on for my eats, and then check out Jenn’s blog for everyone else’s delicious creations!

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Breakfast:

After my morning cocktail, I ate my morning sludge.  While baking a pie.  ‘Tis the season!

Breakfast was a concoction I’ve been eating a lot lately.  TVP and oats made with carob powder, cinnamon, chcolate liquid stevia, and an egg white.  Topped with blackberries. It’s actually really good!

TVP Carob Oats

Mid-Morning Snack:

Arugula salad with raw zucchini, pepper, and fresh lemon juice with my Sizzlefish salmon. I really love salmon.  Would it be acceptable to eat it every meal?

Salmon and Arugula

Lunch:

Shredded up no-salt deli turkey with red bell pepper and tossed with salsa, nutritional yeast, and balsamic vinegar.  With one of my Apple Carrot Protein Muffins for dessert.

Turkey Salad and Muffin

Mid-Afternoon Snack(s):

I was feeling a bar.  Have you guys tried Think Thin bars?  I think they changed formulas… for the better!  I got this at Whole Paycheck Foods (obvi).  That Pumpkin Spice.  Get.  It.

Think Thin Pumpkin Spice

Dinner:

This… well… it was a little hurried.  But whatever.  Corn tortilla topped with red peppers, egg whites, nutritional yeast, and one tasty local #yolkporn moment.

#yolkporn

Dessert:

Milkshake Greek yogurt bowl topped with popcorn, chocolate chips, and cocoa powder sauce.  I used the new Quest vanilla milkshake protein powder, which I love.  It was an excellent post-workout dessert.

Milkshake Greek Yogurt Popcorn Bowl

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Is it just me, or has this been the longest week ever?  An. Tici. Pation.  (Name that movie.)

What is your favorite oatmeal mix-in?  Besides nut butter… too easy! ;)

What’s your favorite holiday decoration?  I love having a real tree – they smell so good! 

Apple Carrot Protein Muffins [Recipe]

I’m not big on repeats.

There are too many new things to try!

A new twist on an old recipe seems acceptable though.  Especially when you don’t have much else in your fridge!  I’ve been meaning to make my Apple Carrot Muffins for a while, actually.  They were really good, and I remembered that the originals led to a great race time.  A time I could never hit 3.5 years later…

Saturday morning had a similar results though!  I ate 2 muffins before heading to the gym and PR’d a couple of tricep exercises on sleepy, rainy morning.

Apple Carrot Protein Muffins… 

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Turkey Goat Cheese Lasagna [Recipe]

Tradition has never done it for me.

Shocking.  I know.

I’ve mentioned before what a terrible Southerner I am.  I don’t like fried okra, creamed corn, or cornbread (with the exception of this recipe)… I can leave 99% of the traditional Southern stuff behind.  This includes traditional Thanksgiving food.

This year I fled to Arizona where these were the new classic appetizers:

Classic. And klassy.

Classic. And klassy.

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Pumpkin Pie Protein Ice Cream + WIAW

Winning is my favorite thing.

Really… everything is a competition.

I saw this sign walking to a meeting yesterday and literally laughed out loud.

I was wrong

Sometimes being wrong isn’t SO bad.  I’d decided never to date again.  Vegas has ruined me.  So… I admit it.  I was wrong.

But I am still never, ever having babies.  Take that, Universe.

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This WIAW I ate a whole lot random food after getting stranded an extra day out West.  First time in my life I missed a flight!  Didn’t feel like a mistake after I made it though. ;)

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Red Velvet Protein Balls [Recipe]

Thanksgiving is over.

Officially… we’re still celebrating!

I am of the belief that you cannot begin with the Christmas festivities until Thanksgiving has passed.  And – for the love of god – don’t even think about Christmas before Halloween!

Now that we’re officially past Thanksgiving, I bring you Christmas Balls.  I’m not trying to discriminate and leave out Hanukkah… but I couldn’t get through a blog post about blue balls.  So these strangely good (for you) balls are red.  Red Velvet, in fact.

Red Velvet Protein Balls

I made these with my favorite flower-sender in mind.  Side note: the flower sender is hereby known as Vegas, as that is where the flowers originate.

Vegas loves red velvet cake.  Since I’m in Arizona with Vegas this Thanksgiving holiday (how’s that for confusing?) and these days my favorite activity is making Vegas smile, I bring you post-Thanksgiving, pre-Christmas balls.

Not just any balls though!  These red velvet-y delights are protein-packed and get their red tint from… beets!  How’s that for strange?

Red Velvet Protein Balls

In conclusion, Vegas and I wish you a pre-Merry Christmas (and Hanukkah) from Arizona the day after Thanksgiving.

Now, bust out your healthy balls and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year!

Merry Vegas

Guess who’s is who’s…

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Red Velvet Protein Balls

Red Velvet Protein Balls

  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I used Growing Naturals Rice)
  • 1 T coconut flour
  • 1 scoop Cocoa Cardio*
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp honey
  • 1/2 T coconut oil
  • 4 Drops Capella Flavor Drops, Cake Batter (or 1/4 tsp vanilla)
  • 1/4 C unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Combine wet ingredients.  Mix in wet, adjusting milk as needed.

Roll into roughly 4 balls.  Put in freezer for your own safety storage.

Note: I order my Cocoa Cardio on iHerb (use discount code USO924 for $5-10 off your order!).  If you don’t have beet powder, you can use tsp beet powder and 1 T cocoa powder.  You can also use pureed beets here, but you’ll probably need to cut the milk in half (I haven’t tried it).

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How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week? The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends! Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.

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Remember to use #strangebutgood in any Tweets and Instagrams of your creations. :)



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I can’t write about balls without giving Lindsay a shout out.  Thanks for inspiring me daily, my baller brother!

Do you ban and Christmas (or Hanukah) celebrations until after Turkey Day?

What is your favorite ball flavor?

Spicy Butternut Mac ‘n Cheese. With Bacon. [Recipe]

I don’t always make mac ‘n cheese…

…but when I do, it’s for flower-senders.

When the sender of the flowers came to visit, I had to make mac ‘n cheese by request.  Of course,  I couldn’t just make a normal recipe.  It had a strange twist or two, but I assure you it was good! Apparently I’m on a butternut squash kick!

Even done with a Laura-like spin, you don’t go wrong with a pan of cheesy noodles!  And… ahem… it would be the perfect side for a bird next week.

Spicy Butternut Mac 'n Cheese… 

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