If you haven’t figured it out already, cooking is my therapy! It sooths the soul & mind while putting my cravings to rest. During times (like this) when I’m dieting hardcore prepping for my next competition, I find cooking more exciting! It’s like a puzzle- very challenging because I have so many more limits to my experimentations than when I’m not actually dieting! My restriction, and those of most competitors, consist of the following (or should I say the following foods are a NO-NO when dieting for my show): NO WHEAT, SOY, DAIRY (except Whey), SUGAR, GLUTEN, & lower sodium choices……The Yes-yes’s include: only “good fats”, starchy carbs, whole grains/oats, lean proteins, veggies, & well there is no AND, that’s just about it! LOL! Cravings during these “hard times” are more of TASTE cravings rather than hunger. So most of the time while baking goodies within the boundaries, I find satisfaction in just mixing up some batter, licking the spoon, & taking a sample bite of the finished product- for Blog posting purposes only of course! 😉
My brain works like a food diary/calculator/nutritional facts bank when it comes to eating, cooking, or when the cravings begin! I immediately go into problem solving mode figuring out how to fit in the flavors I’m looking for without compromising my clean competition diet, meaning without taking away any of my much needed proteins, without adding additional carbs or empty calories, etc…
This sick, twisted, torturous, masochist body of mine chooses to head to my kitchen. I live all by myself (except for my two lady friends…the mutts!) but I swear to you, it feels as though my kitchen is alive- no joke, this room talks to me! LOL! The cabinet doors, oven doors, the microwave, & fridge come to life- like something out of a Muppet show- I’m telling you! HAHA! Hey, I’m not going nuts here- if you love food, &/or cooking the way that I do then I know you feel the vibe I’m talking about when you enter the one room in your place that truly comes to life. My imagination runs wild in here & turns my thoughts & ideas into reality. It’s refreshing & scary at the same time because in the blink of an eye I could literally self destruct & sabotage all the work I’ve put into my body in this one little room. It’s frightening & I Love it! I’m a live-on-the-edge kind of girl! I like to play with fire…and food! HAHA! Okay so if I haven’t scared you away then please read on because we can all relate to the cravings….dieting or not, we are all human, & who doesn’t enjoy a lil flavor in their life, Right?!
HERE ARE TWO DESSERTS & TREATS- SIMPLE & TO THE POINT…NO ENTRÉE MENU HERE, JUST STRAIGHT UP YUMMY SWEET TOOTH CRAZING FIXES…
This spawned from the traditional “whey-in-a-shaker” meal. I wanted to BITE into something & this did the trick!
MICROWAVE HIGH PROTEIN CAKISH-CUP
- 1 SCOOP WHEY (I used Pro5’s cookies & cream flavor)
- 1 T. 100% PUMPKIN
- 2 EGG WHITES
- 1/8 tsp BAKING SODA
Mix ingredients in a coffee mug or small bowl. Pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Check consistency- I like it a lil mooshy/watery around the the bottom & cupcake-like on top. But if you’d prefer ours a bit firmer put it back in the microwave for another 15 seconds or so (total of 45 seconds). Then EAT! If you need a fat in this meal you can add peanut butter on top when it’s done or sprinkle flax seed or if you’re not dieting top it with a glop of Cool Whip free! ENJOY!
MAKES 1 PROTEIN CAKE-CUP
PER SERVING: 200 CALORIES, 40g PROTEIN, 1g FAT, & 4 CARBS!
Don’t let the zucchini throw you off! These are yummy chocolate-y brownie bites that will satisfy you plus they only have 3 carbs per serving & less than 1g of fat!
CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI BROWNIE BITES
- 2 SCOOPS WHEY
- 1 CUP 100% PUMPKIN
- 4 EGG WHITES
- 1/8 tsp BAKING SODA
- 1/8 tsp BAKING POWDER
- 1 CUP of SHREDDED ZUCCHINI (ABOUT 2 SMALL OR 1 LARGE ZUCCHINI)
- 1/4-1/2 CUP COCOA POWDER (More, ½ cup, for a richer chocolate flavor OR less, ¼ cup, for a milder chocolate flavor)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
Pour the batter into a cupcake pan lined with cupcake papers or spray with a non stick olive oil spay/PAM. (12 CUPCAKES) OR you can use a
greased 8X8″ brownie pan. Place in the center of the oven rack for 30-45min.- check if they are done by poking the centers with a
toothpick or wooden skewer or chopstick- if it comes out clean (no batter moosh on it) then they are done.
- Remove from oven & let them cool slightly.
Remove from tray then EAT! If you need a fat in this meal you can add peanut butter on top when it’s done or sprinkle flax seed or if you’re
not dieting top it with a glop of Cool Whip free! ENJOY!
MAKES 12 BROWNIE BITES
PER SERVING: 50 CALORIES, 8g PROTEIN, 1g FAT, & 4 CARBS!