What The Situation (and You) Should Do When He (or You) Runs Out of Protein Powder

I woke up this morning to do my usual routine of Gym-Take care of my skin-Laundry; and OH NO no more protein powder!! I thought to myself “what would The Situation do?”, and opted not to go in that direction (he would probably give up the day all together, poor himself a glass of Ron Ron juice, and hit The Shore). But for those of us who aren’t so lucky to be making $100,000+ an episode, we have to think flexiand continue out our day as usual.

There is no need to opt for a different breakfast when you run out of protein powder. You can always enjoy your farm fresh eggs or warm gluten-free oatmeal during the weekends, but during the week let’s stick to smoothies shall we? They are super fast, super powered, and super easy on digestion. Drinking smoothies for breakfast gives your digestive system the time it needs to wake up and start doin’ its thang without the shock of a heavy meal first thing in the morning. Since smoothies are basically liquid, they take little energy to digest and your body can absorb the nutrients right away for instant energy to kick-start your day. Adding protein to your smoothies balances your blood sugar levels and keeps you feeling full until your next meal. Protein is a must!

Ran out of protein powder like me? Have no fear! There are so many other great super foods you can throw in there to make up for the powder. If you’ve filled up your pantry like I have, then you will have all the ingredients on hand.

The Situation’s (and yours) average protein probably contains between 20-30 grams per scoop. The smoothie I made this morning (without protein) contains 20 grams of protein. All from plants! I made it with hemp seeds (10g), flax (3g), almond butter (3g), spirulina (3g) and spinach (1g). I threw in some maca for extra stamina and hormonal balance – we all know how jacked up The Situation is on testosterone (and he will probably LOVE the fact that it improves libido as well), and a tablespoon of coconut oil for instant energy and healthy fats. I added some berries for natural sweetness instead of the highly processed sugar found in most “body building” protein shakes; and voila, a protein smoothie without the powder! Put it in a to-go cup and you’re ready to continue your GTL.

Protein Smoothie without Protein Powder

1 cup frozen strawberries

1 cup spinach

3 tbsp hemp seeds

1 tbsp ground flax

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 tbsp almond butter

1 tsp maca

1 tsp spirulina

1/2 cup almond milk

1 cup water

irish moss, optional

Directions:

– place all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth, enjoy.

Quickie Quinoa Stir Fry

I have been SO busy lately it’s crazy. Two weeks ago I was just your average natural foodie, dreaming of the day when I would start blogging about my recipes and get my plant-based career moving. I was taking so many pictures of food but not really doing anything with them. Fast forward to two weeks later…

Now I am working every day of the week, blogging, demo-ing locally made quinoa snack crisps, cleaning pulp off the ceiling, recipe creating at 6 am, making enough onion bread to always be smelling like onion bread, have a website in the works, and in my spare time shopping for industrial juicers and glass straws online and designing my business card. I am loving life right now, but with everything going on I can barely find time to make food for myself – sounds extremely ironic I know. One can only survive off smoothies and kale chips for so long (actually one can survive off of smoothies and kale chips nutritionally, but I love my variety and foods with texture).

So one night after an all-day juice grind, my body was craving a solid meal. It wanted protein, it wanted fiber, it wanted colour, and it wanted it NOW! I needed something quick and satisfying. There is nothing quicker and more satisfying than a stir fry. Stir frys are great because you never really need to follow a recipe. You can throw the kitchen sink in there and it will always taste delicious and nutritious. There are 3 components you need for the perfect stir fry:

1) Veggies – throw in whatever veggies you have in the fridge; roots, greens, night shades, whatever

2) Grains – quinoa is super easy and super fast to make. 12 minutes and you are done! It’s also a complete protein and high in fiber.

3) Protein – organic sprouted tofu is non-GMO, easy to digest and a good source of calcium.

It’s that simple. No recipe required, just plants. And soooo good. That’s what you call staying flexi.

Quickie Quinoa Stir Fry

1 cup cooked quinoa

1/2 package organic sprouted tofu, cut into chunks

2+ cups fresh veggies, chopped (I used onion, broccoli, red pepper, spinach, and kale)

1 clove garlic

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp tamari

1 tbsp sesame oil

cayenne pepper to taste

Directions:

– mix one cup quinoa and 1.5 cups water in a pot. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 12-15 minutes.

– while quinoa is cooking, heat a pan over medium heat. Add oil, garlic, and onion (if using) and sautee for 2 minutes

– add rest of the chopped veggies and cook for 8-10 minutes, until veggies are tender. Add greens last

– stir in the cooked quinoa, tamari, and sesame oil.

– serve and enjoy!

Hey Chickie

A great go-to snack that is pretty much a staple in any plant-based diet is hummus. Good ‘ol hummus. Its nutty and buttery flavor goes so well with raw veggies, spread on crackers, or used as a condiment in a wrap for lunch. It used to be my “drunk munch” at the end of my night during my bar-hoping days. HOOOOMMMMUUUSSSS I used to say while shoving it into my mouth. But you get my point – you’re always in the mood for hummus.  The main ingredient that gives hummus its addictive rich texture is chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans but who really calls it that anymore?).

Chickpeas are awesome. They are an excellent source of folate which is so important for proper circulation, and they are super high in protein and fiber. The saying goes the more you eat the more you toot…but not in my kitchen! I’m gonna share a little trick with you, shhh. When cooking chickpeas, or any other beans, throw in a piece of kombu (a type of seaweed) and/or any spices that you think will go well with the dish you plan to make. This helps break down the gassy sugars that are found in beans which makes them much more easily digested.

The protein and fiber from chickpeas are also great because they keep you feeling full and help stabilize blood sugar levels. And we all know no one wants wonky blood sugar levels these days! So that’s my spiel on chickpeas, and what better way to enjoy them then in a nice homemade hummus.

I happened to use sprouted chickpeas in this recipe because I was doing a 3-day raw challenge when I made it, but this recipe works using cooked ones too. I like to add excessive amounts of parsley and lemon to mine because of their detoxifying properties since detox is pretty much my middle name, but feel free to take it easy.

Chickpea Hummus

2 cups chickpeas

1/2 cup tahini

1/2 medium onion

1/2 cup olive oil

2 tbsp lemon juice

1/4 cup parsley, chopped

splash of tamari

pinch of sea salt

Directions

– throw everything into a blender or food processor and process until smooth.

This hummus goes amazing spread on a slice of my raw onion bread with some tomato slices and sprouts. Raw onion bread recipe is coming up tomorrow…