Chocolate Cinnamon Protein Muffins Recipe

Happy Tuesday! One more day into the work week. Sigh…
 
Anyways, today has been a great day so far, and if you can believe it I have created ANOTHER muffin recipe. I think I am going to start a muffin cookbook, no? Before we get to this, I must back up to last nights dinner. It was a quickie but a goodie (TWSS) . see also : Apple Cinnamon Protein muffins
It started with a simple garden salad with mushrooms, red pepper, carrots, romaine and cucumber. It was dressed in some apple cider vinegar and no-salt seasonings
 

 

Next course was roasted broccoli, broccoli slaw and chicken meatballs!
 

 

They are spinach and fontina from Whole Foods
Roasted garlic tomato sauce and a garlic & herb Laughing Cow wedge
So good! I re-heated this bowl about two times after it was hot. I like my hot food HOT
 
For some dessert I made a quick min protein cake in a mug
 
  • 1/4 C wheat bran
  • spoonful unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 TBSP eggwhites
  • 1/3 scoop BSN protein powder (cinnamon roll)
  • extra cinnamon
  • dollop of cottage cheese
  • Microwave for more or less 1 min
  • Topped with Better n’ PB (I do not use this in place of PB, its just a sweet extra condiment every now and then!)
Today started great. I also realized that I am going to get the INSANITY kit! I can’t wait to start. I got some emails and comments from people on the program and after reviewing it and thinking about it, I’m up for the challenge. I am not getting this DVD to ‘lose weight’ however I am getting it because every now and then I get in a fitness rut (Yes, the trainer even gets bored of ho-hum exercise) I can’t wait to incorporate this program into my routine. The best part is one of my friends ordered it with me!! I can’t wait to start! I will give full reviews and updates of course. see also : Pumpkin-Gingerbread Muffins recipe
1/2 C oatmeal, 1/2 banana, 1 TBSP flaxseed meal, fresh Bloobs!
I had a berry chia protein muffin (1/2 a couple hours later)
 
Greek yogurt with some flax flakes and crunchy PB was on the menu for snack time!
I know lots of bloggers like to mix all their yog messes, but I prefer to take a spoonful of each of the innards rather than mixing it all into one bowl. It makes it more fun to eat!
 
 A cortland!
I came home SO hungry and threw myself together a killer wrap
  • 3 oz low sodium turkey breast
  • Romaine
  • Sprouts
  • Tomato slices
  • 1 LC wedge
  • Garlic Dijon Mustard
  • tiny bit of salsa for some kick
I also had some dippage into this garlic lovers hummus
So good. I love hummus, I could eat it all day long
 

 

Wrap in a bowl? Sure, why not.
So pretty, but not for long. 
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I went to the gym shortly after this for a workout with my trainer which was KILLER. I am not going to post the whole workout, but lets just say I am hurting right now. I did lots of twisting core work which I love. I truly think that if one knows how to properly engage their core and use it in the right way, this is the key to a flat stomach. Hundreds of crunches is not the answer. This is a main reason I am looking forward to INTENSITY. There is SO much plyometric, twisting, core engaging movements
 
I came home to a Smoothie!
  • 1 Scoop Biochem smoothie
  • handful of frozen berries
  • 1/2 C almond milk
  • 3/4 C skim milk
  • 4 frozen pieces of mango
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Then, I got creative in the kitchen with ANOTHER MUFFIN RECIPE!
 
Chocolate Cinnamon Protein Muffins
 
Ingredients
  • 1 C oatmeal
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • .5 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 3 scoops protein powder of choice (I used vanilla & cinnamon)
  • 2 heaping tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (will use 3 next time)
  • 2 eggwhites (or 1 egg)
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 C unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 tsp stevia powder (optional, don’t use if you don’t want them super sweet)
  • 1/4 C milk of choice (I used almond milk)
Method
  • Mix everything in one bowl until well incorporated. Place in muffin tins and bake at 350 for about 18 minutes
This is the cacao powder I use.
 
 

 

I placed a frozen blackberry on each one (for fun!)
Post cooked. Yummay
 
Oh, these were SO moist. You can even see the steam coming off the muffin

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Now for some fitness info!

A while back, my brother sent me an email asking me if I had to choose one exercise to do for the rest of my life (or the best 1 exercise that you can do in the gym) what would it be? Apparently he had a bet going with some co-workers and asked me because he thought I may have some more insight.

I have to say, that I believe the squat is the best exercise to do in the gym. If I had to choose one exercise to do, it would be the squat. I believe that the squat is the single best exercise for working the lower body: quads, hamstring, adductors, core stabilizing muscles and glutes.

In addition to your lower body, the squat builds your entire body. Everything from your feet to your arms. By loading all that weight on your shoulders, it takes a very strong core to hold all the weight and keep balanced. Your legs get the majority of the work and your arms even help support the bar which works them as well.

Another reason it builds your entire body is because the more muscles you use in an exercise, the more natural muscle-building hormones you release into your body. Squatting releases these hormones like a rapidly so your body can use them to build your muscles everywhere in your body.

It is also a killer exercise for your body is because of the main areas it targets (your core and legs) Your legs keep you standing upright and your core helps balance your entire body. Without legs and a core you can’t even walk! They’re both the powerhouses of your body and extremely important, so train them well.

The squat is a fantastic exercise, lastly because  it plays into daily life, almost every day. Think about how many times a day you have to squat down to pick something up, or move something heavy from the floor to a table? The squat gets your body in tip top shape to make daily tasks easier, not to mention tone your entire body!

Some variations on the squat

Plie squat

  1. Begin in a wide stance with toes out at a 45 degree angle. Your knees will need to stay alined with your toes, so don’t go out too far.
    2. Bend the knees and lower down into a squat, keeping knees in line with toes, abs contracted and back straight.
    4. Only go down as low as you can without compromising your flexibility or your balance.
    5. Push back to start without locking the knees.

Jump Squats

  1. Stand with feet hip width apart & balance weight on your heels with your toes facing forward, bend your knees and lean forward slightly to keep your knees directly over your toes
  2. Hold your hands together in front of you, as they will help with the ‘jumping momentum’
  3. Jump up as high as you can and come down lower than if you were doing a normal squat. You should be lifting up hard with an explosive movement, and as your weight comes onto your toes,use your calf muscles to push your feet off the floor to get as much height as possible.
  • what is your variation on the squat that you would recommend?
  • Do you have 1 great recipe and always seem to make variations on it?
  • What was your favorite candy growing up as a kid? Mine was 5000 grand! Man, I loved those

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