Easy, High Protein Breakfast Scramble

scrambleOne of my goals this summer was to eat more protein — and for me, the most reliable meal of the day is breakfast. I NEVER skip breakfast. My parents always made sure we ate the “balanced breakfast” they always advertised in the cereal commercials growing up, and I took that lesson through college and into my adult life.

Funny enough, I didn’t actually eat eggs until I was an adult, living in NYC and completely broke. I knew I had to start eating eggs because they were healthy and cheap – and definitely better for me than $1 street-cart bagels and off-brand cereals. I had a former roommate make me every kind of egg around, and as an egg beginner, settled on scrambled. (As a aside, my now-favorite is poached, hence my love for eggs benny.)

Scrambled eggs were not enough, and this quickly turned to a new breakfast routine as I was able to afford more and more throughout my time in NY.

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Add some protein to your day with this quick and easy scrambled egg breakfast, recently edited to be easy, low calorie, and super high protein!

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Iced Coffee Protein Shake

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If you read my summer checklist, one of my goals this year was to eat more protein. I’ve started a wedding diet that includes tracking my macros alongside a heavier workout schedule (like teaching 7 spin classes a week!) – but in truth, I’m using the wedding as an excuse to live a just a bit healthier and ease into my newly-strict gluten free diet.

Turns out, eating more protein is REALLY HARD! I was doing some research around Pinterest and came across a coffee protein shake recipe put out by Blender Bottle. I am an iced coffee hound, so this one really struck my eye. It looked good!

It was not.

Seriously, it was terrible. The shake was at once watery and thick, with way too much banana and none of the taste of coffee.

That’s when we started playing around with our own recipes. Every Sunday, we make about 3.5 gallons of iced coffee to keep in the fridge for the week in giant mason jars. The process is a bit of a pain, but it saves us so much time, and we get to try beans from all the trips we take around the country! (Currently, we’re drinking a bean made for a coffee company in Lancaster, PA that we picked up on our road trip to the Taylor Swift concert in DC.)

I used probably 2 jars full creating this recipe, but we’ve finally settled on something we like that tastes like coffee (not water or protein) and has a smooth, shake-y texture. Plus, each scoop of powder has 25 grams of protein, which SIGNIFICANTLY amps up my protein intake for the day.

We did the hard work for you — so get drinking!

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Iced Coffee Protein Shake
Serves 2
3 cups chilled coffee
1-2 scoops protein powder – we use Ascent Protein, it’s gluten free and has zero artificial ingredients
1/2 to 1 cup almond milk
1 handful ice cubes

Put all ingredients in a blender and mix until ice is crushed. Enjoy! (with a metal straw, because the otters of the world love you)

Looking for more breakfast ideas? Check out my recipes for:
Eggs Benny Bonanza
Yummy Acai Bowls
High Protein Breakfast Bowls (coming soon)
Scrambled Eggs with Summer Corn Salsa

 

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Summer Checklist 2018

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Super great news – my first year at my doctorate program is over! While we only had about one month off last summer, we were blessed with 10 days off between the spring semester and the summer session, and we’ll get TWO WHOLE MONTHS off this coming summer.

With wedding planning in full swing and a bunch of projects on my list, the timing couldn’t be better. If you remember, I made a summer checklist last year and managed to finish most of it – but not all. Here’s what I hope to accomplish with my time off this summer:

1. Wedding Lawn Games DIY
This is a biggie. Our wedding is in October, in a huge field behind a gorgeous barn, and the entire setup was designed to accommodate lawn games galore for our guests to enjoy until twilight hits. On the list? Mr. & Mrs. Cornhole, Ring Toss for the kids, Giant Jenga. Stay tuned.

2. Finish our Farmer’s Porch
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Last year, I started painting our farmer’s porch with a haight-style blue on the ceiling, and my grand plans were going just fine until Mike proposed (not a bad distraction!) With a half-painted ceiling and a still-chipping floor, it’s fair to say that NO progress has been made in the last 6 months on this project, especially with summer weather hitting so late here in RI.

Goal for this project – July 4th.

3. Start and Maintain a Perennial Garden
I have always wanted to keep a flower garden, and this was never possible in NYC with my minimal apartment space and non-existent yard. I dug out a small garden last year and planted some hosta and hydrangea, just to test and see if the soil would keep for flowers this year.

IT DID!

This year, I planted a ton of different perennials, and I can’t wait until they bloom – IF they bloom! I’m so excited to share the progress I’ve made with my lillies, roses, and other plants this summer.

4. Refurbish a Found Park Bench
At the start of the summer, our neighborhood associated voted to replace the benches along our walking path. However, the bench at the end of our street, though rusted and a bit worn, was in perfectly good working condition. Mike, our neighbors, and I have taken this bench under our care and have decided to refurbish it to enjoy in our own yard.

It’s going to be beautiful – black metal supports with an early American oak style for the wood slats. We’d love to have this one done by the 4th as well to accommodate our guests for the fireworks.

5. Read 2-3 Books for Pleasure
During the school year, I resent reading a bit. Articles upon articles loaded with statistics and scientific writing have made me lose a bit of my luster for a good book. This summer, there are a few books I’d love to read – in particular, the new Gillian Flynn book that they’re making into the HBO Show, Sharp Objects. Beach reads a-go-go!

6. Master the At-Home Workout Routine
Now that I’m teaching spin classes 4 times a week at a local studio, I barely have time to enjoy the other workouts I love during the school year, like running and TRX. With the wedding coming up I’m feeling the heat when it comes to “bride body,” and I’m hoping this free summer will give me the opportunity to enjoy more of the workouts I love. We also just purchased a new paddleboard, which I’m excited to learn how to use and get some of that core strength I’ve always been lacking!

7. Eat More Protein
Along those same lines, Mike has been totally revamping his diet and has seen a ton of success losing weight and recomposing his figure. I hope to do the same in the coming months before the wedding, and beyond – especially since I’ve just found out I have Celiac Disease (more on that later). Protein has always been a struggle for me, but we’ve found a few ways to inject more protein into every meal that I’m excited to share.

8. Get Organized!
The forever task. There’s SO MUCH STUFF in our house, and the collection keeps on growing. A MAJOR task that we started this winter that I’m hoping to finish is our basement. When I say that it’s literally a pile of tools, surfboards, boat accessories and garden supplies, I’m not exaggerating. Things keep piling up, and there’s a lot of potential with the space. A big goal for Mike this summer is to make that space functional for us to take on more DIY projects – like the homemade bar cart he’s hoping to construct in the fall.

9. Find 3 New Go-To Recipes
A goal I always like to set myself each season is to find go-to recipes that are easy to put together for either me or Mike that we both actually like, that’s healthy and clean, and now that I’ve got this new dietary condition, that’s gluten free. I’ve always eaten gluten free because the diet makes me feel better – even my mood! – but now that it’s more medically necessary, I’m looking at this change as an opportunity to really refine my skills in the kitchen.

10. Redecorate our Bedroom
Last but not least – the bedroom. We recently built our own platform bed from scratch and it really upgraded the look of the room. Between that and the dresser I repurposed to be more “nautical” last year, the room is coming together. It’s a weirdly shaped space, and a lot of it is empty now that we’ve also removed a set of twin bunk beds that used to live there. My mission – make our room a cozy hangout spot for us and Reese Witherspoon the dog to rest in.

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Yummy Breakfast Acai Bowls

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Acai bowls – basically smoothies on crack. These yummy bowls make a great breakfast – so long as you monitor how much sugar you’re taking in! (Spoiler alert- the bowl in this picture is super sugary, so it’s great 30-45 minutes after a morning workout.)

To serve 2-3 adults for a healthy breakfast, blend 3 packets of Sambazon Acai (you can find this at Whole Foods), 1 banana (frozen or fresh), 1 cup of frozen blueberries, 1 cup of frozen strawberries, 2 cups of coconut milk, and 2-3 scoops of protein powder. The protein powder is key, especially if you’re watching your diet – the extra protein will make this bowl much more filling.

To turn it into a smoothie you can grab for your drive to work, just add a bit more coconut milk and a few ice cubes.

Top the bowls with whatever you desire! Granola is a great topping to make the bowls more filling. Try making my Homemade Granola Recipe for a gluten free granola option. I like to add a tablespoon of peanut butter and a drizzle of honey, and often I add coconut flakes.

Acai bowls & smoothies are a yummy, filling breakfast that will boost your protein intake for the day. Enjoy!

 

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Quinoa Pizza Bites

More from the gluten free files… these DELICIOUS quinoa pizza bites I tried out last week! Based on this yummy recipe from Wonky Wonderful that I found on (where else?) Pinterest.

With marathon training in full force, and having a sensitive stomach, there’s this awkward period between when Mike gets home from work, when we go running, and when we actually eat dinner that we are typically starving – because it’s dinner time for normal people. To adapt, I’ve been trying to find healthier (but hearty) snacks to tide us over until our real meal. When I spotted this recipe, it seemed like a great way to boost our protein and carb intake while not spoiling our appetites or upsetting our stomachs.

Check out the recipe below.

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