BCAA Strawberry Melon Chiller

“When it comes to fitness, BCAA’s (branch chain amino acids) should be a part of every serious athletes daily supplement routine.  Not only will it help in building & maintaining the body you want, but getting your gallon+ of water in everyday has never been easier… or tastier!  This BCAA Strawberry Melon Chiller will have you fully hydrated and refreshed!”

Dear SoCal heat wave, you suck!

It’s been hovering around 100° here in San Diego for a week now and with these soaring temperatures, I’ve almost completely melted already.  I suppose I should feel somewhat fortunate that it’s been a fairly mild summer in terms of heat, but when each breath I take outside makes me feel like I’m suffocating I much rather just sit here and complain to you:) The heat simply just drains the life out of me and sucks out every small bit of energy I may happen to have (which isn’t much these days)!

Fortunately for me, PEScience has me 100% covered with staying fully hydrated with their new flavors of Amino IV’s (Strawberry Breeze and Mango Splash… OMG)!  For the past 2+ years now, I’ve woken up EVERY single morning and immediately started my day with 48 ounces of water & my Amino IV’s.  I don’t even have my first meal of the day until I’ve finished all of my water/BCAA’s. It’s a habit I’m thankful to have started years ago and have NO plans of changing, ever!  SO SO SO delicious and especially refreshing when it’s this hot!

Not only am I able to easily get in my gallon+ of H20 each and everyday without a hitch, but I’m utterly convinced these branch chain amino acids have played a HUGE role in helping maintain all the muscle I built prior to my spinal disease diagnoses last year.  With training and lifting off the table for me, I’m certainly not building anymore muscle in my lifetime, but I’ll be damned if I let all that hard work fade away without putting up a fight.  My Amino IV’s are certainly helping me in this battle!!!  Muscle mass has obviously been lost not being able to lift properly, but I know without a doubt in my mind I’ve been able to maintain a good deal also simply from my regular Amino IV’s routine!

Unfortunately, most people aren’t aware of what BCAA’s are, let alone how beneficial BCAA’s are in their training, recovery and overall muscle maintenance.  These should be paramount in your daily routine if you are looking to “tone up” and reshape your body!

“BCAAs are key ingredients to consume no matter what type of athlete you are: Bodybuilding, powerlifting, long distance runner, or sprinter. If you work your muscles…BCAAs should be a go-to supplement.

But the majority of the BCAA products on the market are just that…BCAAs, not a whole lot else. There are a few industry-funded BCAA studies out there with good results. But we feel these products are missing something essential…literally!

The body runs off what we call Essential Amino Acids. These are amino acids that your body cannot make on its own. They must be consumed via diet. You see, when your body goes to make new protein, like the protein that make up your muscles, it requires that all of the 9 essential amino acids be present, not just the 3 BCAAs.

Your body starts by making muscle protein to build muscle mass. It incorporates the BCAAs into the growing protein chains, and then your genetic code calls for an essential amino acid. So what happens if you don’t have EAAs present?

1. The new protein is terminated. You simply do not benefit.

2. Your body breaks down a pre-existing muscle protein (known as “catabolism”) in order to get the missing amino acid. The net effect is loss of muscle mass.

Now most of us should have sufficient EAAs if we are on high protein diets, but if you are going to be taking a supplement with leucine or BCAAs, why just assume you have sufficient amounts already in your body? Amino IV’s provide each essential amino acid in EVERY serving.”

And even if you don’t believe the science behind BCAA’s, these Amino IV’s by PEScience will have you addicted to drinking your gallon+ of water upon first sip!  Seriously… even after I’ve finished my water for the day I still crave MORE, even more so with this disgustingly hot weather!!!   For those particular times when I’m done with my first serving and still craving more, I get a little creative with my drinks!  One of my favorites is blending my Amino IV’s with water and frozen fruit!  It makes for an amazing afternoon “cocktail” and refresher!

Any fruit would work and even if it’s not frozen, just add some ice and prepare to drink drink drink!  I’ve used pineapple, mango, and mixed berries… all equally delicious.  However, last week I attempted a frozen drink with watermelon and was HOOKED!!!  I actually tried it two ways and since I couldn’t pick which I liked better, I’ll share both variations with you:

Of course it all starts with the Amino IV’s… Strawberry Breeze this time, please & thanks.

Bodybuilding Cocktails

If you want to use the watermelon as your “cup” or if you happen to make a batch for a couple of servings (tag your #swolemate haha), simple level off one side of the fruit then scoop.

Bodybuilding CocktailsAdd watermelon, water, and a scoop (or two) of Amino IV’s to a blender and mix until smooth.  You can also freeze the cut watermelon prior to blending to make the drink extra slushy!  Low calorie, low carb, and lots of yummy!!!  Pour the mixture back into the hollowed out watermelon, add some extra pieces of watermelon, and enjoy!
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Or if you don’t need the fancy “cup” for presentation… pour it right into a chilled glass!  Either way, one sip of this and it’s game over.  You WILL come back for extra servings!

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30% OFF PEScience AMINO IV’s & ALL Other Products using coupon code ‘corina’ at checkout www.PEScience.com

STRAWBERRY MELON CHILLER

Mint Chocolate Baked Donut Holes

When it comes down to donuts, you could either eat one regular store bought donut OR eat an entire batch of these mint chocolate BAKED donut holes!  Sometimes the choice isn’t crystal clear, but most of the time I know exactly what I would choose!

Ah, the donut.  Sweet, fluffy, fried goodness.  A weakness for many, but personally… I simply can’t justify eating that amount of macros on only a few bites.  Since I prefer volume eating on most occasions, I would much rather eat a larger portion of something to feel satisfied and regular donuts would definitely leave me feeling hungry immediately after I swallow those few bites.  So, you can usually only find me enjoying a store bought donut every now and then!

However, when the donut craving comes around I simply whip up a batch of baked protein donuts!  While its certainly not the exact same as eating a regular donut, it sure is satisfying being able to eat a couple of handfuls of them!  Whole grains and high protein will also help to keep me satisfied for much longer!  And because I’m such a fan of “finger foods”, I turned my regular donut recipe into donut holes with the simple switch of the pan & baking method.  My daughters cake pop maker STILL comes in very handy around here!

For this batch, my heart was begging for some mint chocolate action… I’m a sucker for the flavor combo.  Mint chocolate everything (and if you add a little coffee to the mix, its mint mocha everything)!!!  First things first though.  Make the batter and bake them off!  Using the cake pop maker, the entire batch will take about 10 minutes.  If you are using the batter in a donut pan or mini muffin pan, the batch will take about 15-20 minutes.  Now you see why I chose the cute little cake pop maker :)

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Once you have them all baked, they are ready to go!  Little, fluffy, minty, chocolatey, donutty bites.  Why stop there though?  How about a little extra chocolate glaze?  And this glaze won’t give you nearly the same sugar high that regular donuts will.  It’s just a mix of these chocolate chips and a smidgen of coconut oil! Melt them together in the microwave until completely smooth, stir, and viola!  Although if you are anything like me, you will lose 1/2 the batch before you even get to the glazing & topping.  As soon as I pull the donut holes out of the cake pop maker, they barely ever make it onto a cooling pan!

Mint Chocolate Protein Cake Pops

And again… why stop there?  Macros are SO darn good on these donut holes, you can afford a few chopped bits of your favorite mint chocolate candy (any would work, but I chose Andes mints).  Extra flavor and some added texture!  Did you know you could actually find pre chopped Andes mints now in many baking sections of regular grocery stores???  Hello time saver, I love you.

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Mint Chocolate Donut Holes

Serves 40
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 5 minutes
Total time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup 'Dark Chocolate' Kodiak baking mix
  • 1 scoop 'White Chocolate Mint' PEScience protein (30% OFF coupon below)
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup 'Mint Brownie' MuscleEgg egg whites (or 1 whole egg)
  • 1 1/4 cup milk of choice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 75-100 drops stevia extract or sweetener to taste
  • 20 Andes Mints (cut in half)
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil (** TOPPING **)
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped Andes Mints (** TOPPING **)

Directions

1
Combine all donut ingredients (except halved Andes mints) and mix until smooth. Preheat cake pop maker and coat with non stick spray. ** You can also use this batter as muffins or mini muffins. Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes (mini muffins)/ 15-18 minutes (regular muffins).
2
Pour 2 tsp batter into each cake pop mold, add Andes mint, cover with additional batter, close lid, and cook 3-4 minutes. Repeat with remaining batter.
3
Prepare chocolate coating by adding chocolate chips and coconut oil to a small bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds, stir, and repeat in 15 second increments until melted and smooth. Drizzle pops with chocolate and sprinkle with chopped mints if desired.

Note

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION: calories- 37, fat- 2 gram, carbs- 4 grams, protein- 2 grams PER serving (WITH topping)

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Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

“These irresistible EASY BAKE chocolate salted peanut butter cookies are rich, thick, and delicious!  And with just just over 100 calories per cookie, you’ll definitely be eating a handful at a time!”

Next to chocolate chip, peanut butter (anything) will usually beat out any other cookie option I’m presented with.  When faced with the choice between the two, I flip flop back and forth so I’m actually going to call it a tie for first!  And luckily for me, my daughter really has a disdain for all things peanut butter (weirdo), so batches of FRESH peanut butter cookies are almost all MINE (if my husband isn’t around that is).  I usually seem to time my peanut butter cookie baking around my husbands schedule… if he’s at work, I capitalize on it!

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Although plain peanut butter cookies are delicious on their own with a tall glass of cold milk, I wanted to kick things up a notch and add some chocolate.  Oh glorious & beautiful DARK chocolate!!!  I could have easily thrown some chocolate chips into this batter, but knew it wouldn’t give me that richness I was seeking.  I wanted something to linger on my tastebuds and get stuck to every millimeter of my mouth.

These cookies right here?  Yup, so rich it’s almost like eating a spoonful of peanut butter and chasing it down with sip of chocolate heaven.  A fun drizzle on top would work also, but dipping is much funner because it’s messier!

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That’s not all though.  Yet another kicked up notch.  Salt!  If you haven’t had chocolate salted something, you are doing yourself a disservice my friend!  The little touch of salt not only brings an additional taste bud to the party, but brings out even more flavor from the peanut butter & chocolate.  It truly is a bite of heaven.

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Don’t go crazy with the salt though… you only need a teeny tiny sprinkle!  A little goes a long way here and the end result… perfection.  I couldn’t even wait for the chocolate to harden on these before I shoved one (or two) into my face!!!

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After a few minutes, the chocolate will harden and will be ready to store.  Good luck getting them into your cookie jar or storage container though.  It’s going to be hard to contain yourself around these!  Really though, look at the texture on them.  Moist, rich, and utterly perfect!

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Salted Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies

Serves 15-18
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 12 minutes
Total time 17 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup 'Cookie' BuffBake peanut butter (or peanut butter of choice)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup 'Chocolate Caramel' MuscleEgg (or 1 whole egg)
  • 1/4 cup 'Crunchy Peanut Butter' Kodiak baking mix
  • 2 tablespoons milk of choice
  • 100 drops stevia extract or additional sweetener of choice
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt

Directions

1
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2
Combine all cookie ingredients into a large bowl. Mix until thoroughly combined. Divide and scoop cookies onto parchment paper. Bake for 10-12 minutes until cookies are just set (cook longer for a crunchier cookie). Remove from oven and let cool.
3
Prepare chocolate coating by adding chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small bowl. Heat for 30 seconds in the microwave, stir, repeat in 15 second increments until completely melted. Dip each cookie in chocolate and sprinkle with pink sea salt.

Note

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION: calories- 111, fat- 8 grams, carbs- 8 grams/fiber-1 gram, protein- 4 grams PER COOKIE