Some of My Current Favorites

Woofta! It’s been a little while since I’ve posted on here! I’ve been pretty busy with classes, work, physical therapy, and observing at physical therapy appointments for the past month or so. But good news — I graduated from Physical Therapy a few weeks ago, and I can no officially run pretty much pain-free without a knee brace! (For those of you who don’t know, I injured my IT Band back in November). Anyway, there have been multiple instances where I had plenty of time to at least do a quick post on here, but honestly I am always to lazy #collegeproblems 😛

Today I figured that I should probably really get on that, so here I am! I don’t really have an actual plan or something, like a recipe, to post about, so I just decided to post about some of my recent favorite food/health products!

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We’ll just start out with this picture above because they look cute. 🙂 These are some pancakes I made yesterday before my workout! (Check out my post about these on my Instagram page: @laurensfitlife)! I’m going to let you guys in on a little secret: I have a waffle/sandwich/panini make in my dorm. Illegally. Haha! I got it about a month and a half ago, and it was so worth it! I mean, I know I’m not going to get caught or get in trouble because the “health and safety” checks they do at my dorm building are totally lax. The RA literally knocks on the door, opens it, checks to see if the light on the fire alarm is still blinking, and then leaves. So I figured it wasn’t too risky to bring this into my dorm room. 🙂 Anyway, I used Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes mix for these waffles. IF you have never heard of these, check them out at Target or online! I have used this mix a lot and I definitely swear by it! It makes the fluffiest yummiest waffles (or pancakes!) and they’re very versatile! You can just make them as it says on the box, or you can add your own touch to them too! I love doing both!

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Next on the list of some of my recent favorites are these! Okay, I won’t lie — this popcorn has been one of mine (and my mom’s) HUGEST weaknesses pretty much since forever! I there are several different brands of bagged popcorn (all with minimal ingredients) that we both love! These are the really big bags that you can find at Costco! Confession time: I can finish off one of those bags by myself in three sittings (probably in a shorter amount of time if I let myself! haha).

Also, I am super super pumped about French Toast Crunch’s comeback! I would ramble on about his too, but I think you pretty much get the idea. 😛

And don’t get me started of that peanut butter. Salty. Caramal. Jif. Whips. That it all. 🙂

And lastly in that picture, I also enjoy me some Cellucor C4 Fruit Punch preworkout on those days where I’m not feelin’ it! I love the flavor and it definitely gives me the tingles to make my workout that much better!

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The last thing I’m going to post about today is Boom Chick A Pop Sweet Barbeque popcorn. Since I already talked about my undying love for popcorn, I won’t say too much about this. Usually I just stick with the regular popcorn flavor, but this flavor sounded pretty good, so I gave it a go! Boy, am I sure glad I did! This flavor combo is absolutely fabulous! I highly recommend you try this flavor, especially if you’re a barbeque fan!

Well, that’s all for today! I hope you enjoyed this random, pointless post! Haha 😛

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Chocolate Cherry Protein Waffle

Well folks, here I am again with yet another waffle recipe! Today I did a HIIT workout at home and I planned to refuel with a protein waffle. Starting last night I was trying to decide what kind I would make. For some reason I was having the hardest time, but I finally settled on Chocolate Cherry since we have home-dehydrated cherries in the freezer and fresh cherries in the fridge!
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The funny thing is that I used to never like cherries. I only liked cherry flavored things (like fruit snacks). But I finally tried them again a few weeks ago and discovered that I like them!

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Recipe:
•1/4 cup Oat Flour
•3 tbsp + 1 tsp Chocolate Protein Powder (I used whey)
•1 egg
•1 tbsp Coconut Water (or just a tad but more if you’d like)
•2 tbsp Dehydrated Bing Cherries (I used ones that my dad dehydrated [which means no yucky additives!])
•A couple drops of Cherry Flavoring (extract or essential oil)

Directions:
1. Turn on waffle iron to preheat.
2. Mix together all ingredients.
3. Spray waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray (I used coconut oil spray).
4. Pour batter into iron once preheated.
5. Top with toppings of choice! I topped mine with Walden Farms Marshmallow Fluff, some fresh Bing Cherries, Walden Farms Pancake Syrup, and Hemp seeds! (I forgot to add cinnamon — gasp!)

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Apple Cinnamon Protein Waffle

Another day, another waffle! For Waffle Wednesday I decided to make up a recipe for apple cinnamon waffles.
The combination of apples and cinnamon is undeniably delicious, which means putting that combination in waffle form could not possibly disappoint! And I was definitely right! 🙂
So here you have it!

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Ingredients:
•1/2 cup Oat Flour
•2 tbsp About Time Cinnamon Swirl Protein Powder (or protein powder of choice)
•1 Apple (I used Braeburn), cored
•2 tbsp Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt
•1/2 tsp Coconut Sugar
•1 tsp Cinnamon
•4 tbsp+2 tsp Coconut Water

Directions:
1. Preheat waffle iron.
2. Cut up (dice) about half of the waffle and put into bowl with some coconut sugar and cinnamon (both to taste), and microwave for about 20 seconds.
3. Mix together all ingredients and pour into waffle iron.
4. Top waffle with the other half of the apple, and other topping of choice. I did chia and hemp seeds, cinnamon, coconut sugar, Walden Farms Pancake Syrup, and a dollop of Walden Farms Marshmallow Fluff!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Protein Waffle

So I’m just going to cut to the chase here: I officially am in love with creating waffle recipes! I may even be unhealthily addicted.

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Today was my first day of training for work, so what better way to fuel up than a waffle? (If you said none, you are very much correct 🙂 ). For the past few days I’ve been thinking about making a pretzel-themed waffle and boy, am I glad I tried it! The texture wasn’t 110% perfect, but it definitely was not one bit bad at all! (If that whole comparison even makes sense haha). Either way, I feel that this recipe is worth sharing, so here you have it!

Ingredients:
•1/2 cup Oat Flour
•1 tbsp Chocolate PB2
•2 tbsp Chocolate Protein Powder
•1 tbsp Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt
•1 tsp Coconut Oil
•5 tbsp Coconut Water
•about 1/4 cup Broken Up Pretzels

Directions:
1. Turn on waffle iron to preheat.
2. Mix together all ingredients. *Make sure you add the pretzel pieces only right before you pour the batter into the waffle iron to prevent them from getting too soggy.*
3. Pour mixture into waffle iron.
4. Top waffle with your desired ingredients! I topped mine with Walden Farms Pancake Syrup, hemp seeds, PB2, cinnamon, and a dollop of Walden Farms Marshmallow Fluff!!

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I hope you enjoy this recipe! Let me know what you think if you try it. 🙂

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Peanut Butter S’mores Protein Waffle

Woofta! It’s been a little while since I’ve posted (really it’s only been about a week, but we’ll pretend like that’s a long time)! To be honest, the reason why I haven’t posted in the past week is because I haven’t really had anything to post about. 😛 But guess what?! I definitely have something to post about now!

This morning I decided to go for a long run, which I haven’t done for about two weeks now. Lately I have been focusing much more on weight training and lifting than on cardio, and I’m absolutely loving it! Although, it was pretty nice to hit the roads again after my mini hiatus! At the beginning of my run I was feeling like what am I doing? I definitely don’t feel like going very far. But I just kept running because I know when going for a run it takes a little bit to get in the mood and kind of forget you’re actually running! So I kept going, and I ended up going farther than planned!

So what was I thinking about during my run that made me forget I was running, you may ask? I was thinking about breakfast! There was one thing I knew for sure: I wanted to try and create my own waffle recipe. My first idea (which I actually though of yesterday) was to make a strawberry rhubarb waffle, then later on yesterday I thought maybe I should try a peach waffle. But while running today, I decided you know, a s’mores waffle sounds delicious right now!

So what did I make after getting home and doing a 20 minute Crossfit AMRAP? You guessed it! I made a wonderful Peanut Butter S’mores Protein Waffle!

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I apologize for the terrible quality of these pictures — I was a little more focused on how much I wanted to eat the waffle instead of trying to take superfantastic pictures!

 

This was my very first time making up my own waffle recipe, so I was excited, but I was really trying not to get my hopes up too much in case it didn’t turn out well. But low and behold, it turned out great! In fact, the texture even reminded me of s’mores because the outside was crispy and the inside was soft and a little gooey-ish! So without further ado, here is the recipe!

 

Peanut Butter S’mores Protein Waffle

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Oat Flour (I grind up my own oats)
  • 1/2 Scoop (~22g.) Chocolate Whey Protein (or protein of choice)
  • 1 tbsp Chocolate PB2 (or other peanut flour)
  • 2 tbsp Walden Farms Marshmallow Fluff
  • 4 tbsp Skim Milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 tbsp Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Cinnamon to taste (if you’re like me, this is a pretty decent amount!)

 

Directions:

  • Turn on waffle iron..
  • In a bowl, mix together all ingredients
  • Spray with Coconut Oil spray (or any other kind).
  • Once waffle iron is preheated, pour in waffle mixture.
  • My waffle iron beeps when it’s done, but I kept my waffle in for a couple extra minutes.
  • Top with Walden Farms Marshmallow Fluff, Walden Farms Pancake Syrup, Chocolate PB2, Cacao Nibs, and Cinnamon! (You can play around with this to your liking 🙂 )
  • Enjoy!

 

If you try this recipe out, let me know what you think!