I am always on the go-go-go.
... jetting out of the house in the morning, to the gym, then off to work, cruising all over the ATL, visiting my clients homes. Jane Honda (my car) and I are pretty tight.
I'm out of the house by 8 or 8:30, and usually not home again until 3:30-4:00.
What's a girl to do for sustenance on the road? When we first moved here, I was hitting up the salad bar at Whole Foods, droppin' Benjamins like it was no ones business on super over priced (but ridiculously delicious) fare. In an effort to reign in my frivolous spending on food, I've started packing small meals and snacks with me. (A protein shake after my workout just doesn't cut it until I get home again).
I pack things like nuts, berries, cherry tomatoes, tuna packets, almond butter and apple, cheese sticks, cooked oatmeal, navel oranges, kiwi, bananas, and various protein/meal bars.
In an effort to get away from super processed bars, I took a gander at making my own this evening. I had bananas practically spilling out of my freezer, waiting to be used up. Who isn't a sucker for banana bread muffins? And chocolate-y?
They're perfect! Everything I could have dreamed of in a protein muffin! Super portable, too. And, much like banana bread, I have a feeling they're going to taste even more delicious as the banana flavor develops over the next few days.
They're practically fat free - and I did that on purpose. I like to slather mine in ridonkulous amounts of nut butter. I like to TASTE my fat, and get it all over my FACE.
Banana Brownie Protein Muffins
Makes 12 muffins
3/4 cup (about 2 medium) frozen & thawed bananas
3/4 cup egg whites
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt (I used Fage 0%)
1/2 cup oats
2 tbsp coconut flour
2 scoops protein powder
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
Directions: Mix all of the dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl, mix all wet ingredients together. Slowly fold both mixtures together until well incorporated. Preheat oven to 350. Line a muffin pan with silicone baking cups. Spray baking cups with non-stick cooking spray. Spoon the batter into each of the 12 muffin cups. Place in the center middle rack and bake for 18-20 minutes.
If you would like these to be plain Banana Protein muffins (just like regular banana bread!) then use vanilla or unflavored protein powder and nix the cocoa powder.
Macros: 75 calories, less than 1g of fat, 3g fiber, 9g protein, 6g carbs
These are naturally sweetened from bananas (they are part of the carbohydrate count), but I did not count the fructose (the sugar from the banana).
The trick to sweetening these up naturally is in the treatment of the banana. When bananas are brown and spotty, throw them in the freezer. When you're ready to use them, sit them out on the counter for a few hours to thaw. This is THE trick to a truly sweet, extra banana-y, flavor.
A few other photos from the day ....
Getting down and dirty, fogging up the Spin room this morning!
A fabulous lunch of tender greens, goat cheese, egg whites, ground turkey, all scrambled together. Strawberries for dessert.
So much furriness!
My heart is happy today. <3
Do you have a favorite use for brown, spotty bananas?
I just throw them in the freezer until I can think of something to do with them. Sometimes, I throw them in my oatmeal or anytime I'm using a shake with greens in it.
Rescue or breeder?
Favorite class at the gym?
I love Spin class! Interval training. So much speed work, hills, tempo work, etc. It's great for keeping me in race shape without ever really having to run. ;) Because, you know how much I hate running. But I love racing. ;)
Best part of your morning?
My oatmeal! It is like, THE BEST, part of my day. That either makes me really sad, or really, really sad.
I give it UP for the oats!