• Pumpkin Protein Shake

    Back in 2011 I shared a recipe I found for a pumpkin protein smoothie… you can see it HERE.  After the gym today I wanted to make some kind of yummy meal shake since it was kind of lunch time and I wouldn’t have a lot of time after picking up Timmy from school before we went to the library. Also, there’s a new shop here in Enterprise that sells Herbalife shakes. I’m a bit obsessed with them but am trying to cut back since all the yummy ones have soy and I want to avoid that. Also, I don’t have a job to fund my Herbalife shake addiction.

    ANYWAY, I wanted to make a shake. I found some shake recipes online and saw they use a tablespoon of instant pudding mix. Um, yes please?! I’ve been making some with Mounds pudding mix but changed it up today and busted out the cheesecake. OMG.

    I’m not really sure the nutrition content in this. If you want to know you can plug it all in somewhere. I figured its going to be meal sized calories since I kind of just tossed ALL THE THINGS in the blender and turned it on.

    pumpkin protein shake

    Toss all of this in a blender until it looks like a hot mess- 

    • 1 sc vanilla whey protein powder
    • 1 sc vanilla meal shake powder (I use nature’s bounty but it ALSO has soy along with whey. I just cant win)
    • 1 tbs ground flax
    • 1 tbs chia seeds
    • 1 tbs instant cheesecake pudding mix
    • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
    • A couple shakes pumpkin pie spice
    • 2 big handfuls spinach (I keep a bag in the freezer for this)
    • 1 cup lowfat milk (Id use almond if I had it. but I dont.)
    • ICE.

    Blend all that goodness together. It was really tasty! Especially with all this talk of pumpkin spice lattes floating around the internets…I needed something fall-y that wasn’t going to make me sweaty or drive 45 minutes to get it…

    protein pumpkin shake


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  • Jamie Eason’s Pumpkin Bars

    It’s PUMPKIN season, y’all! Living in Korea can suck sometimes when it comes to getting things at the commissary. I swear people hoard when they find things in stock and then you never know when it will be back again. Thankfully I have a person on the inside that let me know when the canned pumpkin was coming back. Timmy and I headed out and stocked up on a few cans (and coconut oil while it was there again!) Don’t worry, I didn’t go nuts and clear the shelves. Isn’t that rule #1 of extreme couponing? Dont be a shelf clearer? Not that I have any coupons for pumpkin but you know what I mean.

    Anyway, back to the title. I have plans for some overnight crock pot pumpkin oatmeal but wanted to make something now! I went for the Jamie Eason protein bars. Seemed like a better snacky option than a lot of other recipes I found on Pinterest.

    For those of you who don’t know Jamie Eason you can find out who she is HERE and check out her Live Fit program HERE.

    She has a lot of recipes posted up on BodyBuilding.com but here is the pumpkin protein bar…

    pumpkin bars

    Pumpkin Protein Bars

    ½ C Xylitol Brown Sugar Blend (Ideal)
    1- 4 oz. jar baby food applesauce
    2 tsp. ground cinnamon
    1 ½ tsp. ground ginger
    ½ tsp. ground clove
    1 tsp. baking powder
    1 tsp. baking soda
    ½ tsp. salt
    2 tsp. vanilla extract
    4 large egg whites
    1- 15 oz. can of raw pumpkin
    2 C oat flour
    2 scoops vanilla whey protein
    ½ cup almond milk
    ½ C chopped walnuts (optional)
    Preheat the oven to 350.
    Spray a 9 X 13 Pyrex dish with non-stick spray.
    Combine first 11 ingredients and mix well.
    Add the final 3 ingredients (4, if adding walnuts), and mix until incorporated.
     Spread batter into the Pyrex dish and back for 30 min.
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