I thought I'd share some protein packed goodies today. Protein is crucial for building and repairing muscles while strength training and those of us who lift know that there is nothing more important in our diets. Our muscles are made of amino acids (the good ol' building blocks of protein), so we need extra protein to keep 'em growing! First up..
Spinach & Feta Stuffed Turkey Burgers;
Ingredients (1 serving)
- 112g Lean Ground Turkey
- 14g/1 tblsp Feta Cheese
- Teeny Bit of Egg White
- Onion - chopped
- Celery - chopped
- Spinach - fresh or frozen
- Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, mix all ingredients in a bowl, form into a ball and place onto a lightly greased baking pan. Form into a "patty" shape and bake for about 20 minutes or until internal temp reaches 170.
I dipped mine into honey mustard (sounds like an odd combo, but it was delicious!)
The burger itself clocks in at right around 215 calories, .5g carb (from the cheese) and 25g protein.
If you want to make more than 1 serving, use 1lb of ground turkey and 1 whole egg :)
Cookies n' Cream Sludge;*
If you are out of the sludge loop, like I was, it's basically a mixture of protein powder, peanut butter and water..frozen. I switched it up a bit and it turned out tasting exactly like cookies n' cream icecream. Excellent.
(SO sorry about the crappy cell phone pic/bad lighting! I'm not thrilled about it either)
- 1 scoop of vanilla whey protein
- 32g/2 tblsp of chocolate almond butter (I'm sure chocolate peanut butter would work find too)
- Vanilla almond milk (add a little bit at a time until you get a good consistency, not too thin, not too thick)
- 1 or tblsp of vanilla greek yogurt (I used it to thicken up the mixture a bit)
Mix ingreidents together until you get the desired consistency (mine was thick, but a little runny..I know that doesn't make sense, but you'll know what I mean when ya make it). Pop it into the freezer for an hour or so, remove, thaw and eat.
I know a lot of people like to toss in a couple spoonfuls of cream cheese to make it even thicker, I was out of cream cheese though =\ but this still came out incredible.
This has around 310 calories and 30g protein (without the added greek yogurt).
- 1 Scoop of Vanilla Whey Protein
- Half of a Frozen Banana
- 4 oz Vanilla Almond Milk
- Handful (around 40g) Blueberries
- 1 cup of ice
Mix in blender and enjoy :)
191 calories and 25 grams of protein.
And an amazing snack idea...orange slices with chocolate almond butter and greek yogurt..
...As are most things when paired with chocolate!
That's all for now, I have a busy couple of days coming up and I'm wiped from de-icing everything after the storm we were just slammed with!
Enjoy the rest of your week :)
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