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Pumpkin Protein Recipes

pumpkin Tis the season for pumpkin everything.

I realize it's super cliche to go ham on everything pumpkin spice. The thing is, I love pumpkin all year round, but this time of year it's EVERYWHERE and I can't help but get a little over excited.

As usual, I prefer to keep my recipes lower sugar and higher protein because it feeds my muscles and keeps me from anxious sugar rushes and crashes.

Here are some of my latest creations..enjoy!

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PUMPKIN WAFFLES (gluten-free)

Inspired by Amanda Bucci's one carb waffles

  • 1 Scoop PEScience Snickerdoodle Protein
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • pumpkin spice
  • water if needed
  1. Mix your batter to desired thickness - only a splash of water if it's REALLY thick.
  2. Heat waffle iron and spray with coconut oil or cooking spray.
  3. Place batter in middle of iron and spread out with a spatula.
  4. Remove when green light goes off.
  5. Optional: cut in half, fill middle with Chobani pumpkin spice yogurt and syrup, top with the same, and peanut butter if your really like living on the edge. Add a little more pumpkin spice and you're good to go!

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HIGH PROTEIN PUMPKIN PUDDING (gluten-free, vegan)

  • 1/2 pack of gelatin
  • 1 block soft tofu
  • 1 large can pumpkin puree (or 2 normal sized cans)
  • Almond milk
  • 3 scoops PEScience Snickerdoodle Protein
  • Vanilla extract
  • Sugar-free maple syrup
  • Pumpkin spice
  • Truvia (if desired)
  • Gluten-free graham crackers for topping (if desired)
  1. Add boiling hot water (around 1/2 cup) to half a pack of gelatin. Do a full packet and more water if you want more gel to your pudding. Stir for around 5 minutes until fully dissolved.
  2. Blend tofu, pumpkin, almond milk, protein powder and flavorings.
  3. Slowly blend in gelatin.
  4. Put in a large baking tray or container and refrigerate around 3 hours.
  5. Serve with graham cracker crumbles, a drizzle of maple syrup and a dash of sea salt!

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EASY PUMPKIN PUDDING FOR 1

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 scoop PEScience Snickerdoodle protein powder
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • Pumpkin spice
  • Truvia (if desired)

Simply mix and enjoy!

MY EVERY DAY PUMPKIN SPICE CAPPUCCINO

Ok this is my guilty pleasure. I brew Trader Joe's Pumpkin Spice coffee blend, then froth some half and half with vanilla stevia and top with pumpkin spice. I'm hooked!

How To: Count Macros on the Go

After my last very brief post, a few people reached out to me and asked me for tips on tracking macros while traveling. IMG_4061

While I wasn't perfect on the road, I did do many things that kept me on track as I cut for my competition.

I probably could have skipped the Mai Tais in Hawaii... but that wouldn't be any fun now would it?

So here are my top tips for staying on track...

1. Plan Ahead

Plan your days ahead as much as possible. Research restaurants and grocery stores near where you'll be staying and see what's available to you. You can also bring certain things with you - personally I like to bring ziploc bags of protein powder, oatmeal, and then basics like individual peanut butter and tuna packets. This isn't totally necessary, but can save a lot of time and money.

My makeshift kitchen in Hawaii

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2. Master the Grocery Store

Google maps makes it easy to find nearby grocery stores. If you have no kitchen in your hotel room (we didn't in Hawaii), find staples that can be made with hot water from the coffee maker, and if possible request an empty fridge in your room. The key is to buy things you can easily track in MyFitnessPal with a basic entry or barcode scan. I like portion controlled food because it saves me from myself (I will inhale a bag of trail mix before I realize it's 600 calories and triple my fat allowance for the day). Things I like to buy:

  • Pre-hard boiled eggs
  • Tuna packets
  • Tuna and bean salads
  • Oatmeal
  • Protein bars
  • Greek yogurt
  • Pre-portioned packs of nuts or nut butter
  • Vegetable packs
  • Chocolate milk (hey, it's a great recovery drink!)
  • Giant water jugs to make sure I stay hydrated

Road snacks Gillian style

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3. Overestimate When Eating Out

I'm always shocked when I look at the calorie content of restaurant items. They tend to be very high because let's be real, butter and oil make everything delicious. When possible, try to plan your delicious meals out ahead of time and plan the rest of your day around this. Even before I tracked macros, my general rule of thumb was to eat light protein all day to bank for a good dinner.

If the restaurant you're going to has nutritional information listed online, use that, or MyFitnesspal to enter it in before you go. Otherwise, look up individual items from a dish on the menu (most restaurants have menus online) and overestimate everything. For example, if you're going to have salmon and potatoes, enter a potion and a half of each, and add in 2 tablespoons of oil separately to be safe. It's still risky, but will give you a good idea on how to bank your macros for the rest of the day. When possible, stick to items that are raw - sashimi, ceviche, grilled, steamed, have no sauce or a light sauce. You can also request this at a restaurant. Cream sauces and salad dressings in general pack a TON of hidden calories, so if you can live without them. do so.

If you have no idea where you'll be eating, you can always plug in a higher calorie generic restaurant meal ahead of time to be safe, or just be really fussy with your ordering when you go. (It's also ok to take a night off every now and then.)

4. Be a Social Butterfly, But Don't Try to Please Everyone

One of the hardest parts for me about dieting is trying not to please everyone. I will generally go out of my way to make people comfortable, and sometimes that means saying yes to dessert, or a glass of wine that is poured, when I don't necessarily want or need it. But this doesn't get me closer to my goals. So I've learned to be very open with people about my goals, to say no twice if needed, and to find ways to still have a good time and share delicious things without going ham. In the past few weeks we were travelling with a large group in Hawaii and LA, and I did my best to stick to smart choices like vodka soda if we were out, and to always have snacks on hand. I also learned that if you're open with people about your goals in a non-defensive way, they're usually very curious and supportive.

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Crazy water girl

Now when it comes to tracking alcohol in your macros you want to be careful. Alcohol is metabolized slightly differently by the body than any other macronutrient. It has 7 calories per gram and should be tracked. Excessive consumption may stall progress, but in moderation, as long as you stay within your calorie/macro target, it is fine. I like to count alcohol as a carb, and have it entered in 'My Meals' manually on MyFitnesspal. To calculate alcohol as a carb- take the number of calories of alcohol you will consume and divide that by 4 to get the grams of carbs to count.

You can also calculate alcohol as a fat, although personally I don't like this approach since it's more like a sugar, and take the number of calories of alcohol you will consume and divide that by 9 to get the grams of fat to count.

5. Get Sweaty

One of my favourite parts of travelling is working out! I know that sounds crazy, but it's so much fun getting creative with exercise somewhere new. I like to find local gyms, hikes, and sneak out for morning runs. It's another fantastic way to get acquainted with a place and explore. If you push yourself a little harder than you might at home, that extra glass of wine or two won't hurt your progress as much.

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6. Accept Imperfection

It's kind of impossible to be perfect while travelling. And if you are - you're going to be a pain in the butt (I refuse to bring my food scale into a restaurant). While counting macros is most successful when you're meticulous, it can get obsessive. My goal is always to be stubborn about my goals but flexible in my methods - life is too short not to drink a cocktail by the pool.

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I hope that helps! Please feel free to ask any questions in the comment section.

x

Gillian

Light Zucchini Alfredo and Fitmark Bag Review

Ingredients:

  • 1 Zucchini
  • 2 Laughing Cow cheese triangles
  • Splash of lemon
  • Parmesan and herb seasoning
  • 4 oz shredded chicken

Macros: 8C/12F/39P

For Lean for Life clients: 1/3F, 1P

  1. Spiralize noodles
  2. Get a big ban and turn heat to high, add cheese. noodles and chicken to pan
  3. Stir on high for 1minute and add splash of lemon + seasoning (splash of milk optional)
  4. Stir another minute or so until noodles soften
  5. Serve hot