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Banana Blueberry Low Carb, Low Fat, High Protein Muffins

Ingredients:

1 large ripe banana

3/4 cup egg whites

1/4 cup whole wheat flour

2/4 cup oats

1/2 cup greek yogurt

2 servings protein powder (2 scoops)

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 cup blueberries

1&1/2 tbsp hemp seed (optional)

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Put all dry ingredients in blender or food processor and blend until smooth

Add all wet ingredients except for blueberries

Blend until smooth

Fold blueberries in

Pour mixture into baking cups

Bake 11-15 minutes

 

Nutrition info:

Serving size: 1 muffin

Calories: 80

Fat (g): 1.7

Carbs (g): 7.8

Protein (g): 8.2

Green Banana Protein Smoothie

I have struggled for a while now with my protein intake- I never seem to get enough of it! In the honor of being healthy and making my body feel good, I have decided to start tracking my food and counting my macros. This means that I need to eat more protein. Now, I have never been a protein shake lover and when I have had them I am forcing them down. But, thanks to some playing around with my blender, I have found a way to drink 33 great grams of protein without the need to make a face. All of the sugar found in this smoothie is also completely fruit based from the OJ and banana.

Ingredients:

1/2 banana

1&1/2 handfuls of spinach

1/2 cup OJ (100% juice, not from concentrate)

1/3 cup greek yogurt (I recommend Dannon Oikos triple zero vanilla)

1 serving protein powder (I use Isopure Whey Isolate- has 25 grams of protein per serving)

A few ice cubes

 

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth!

 

Nutrition info:

Calories: 273

Fat (g): 0.2

Carbs (g): 35.7

Protein (g): 33.9

 

Grief

I am studying right now to become a rad. therapist. When I had my mock interview for the program a couple of weeks ago, I was told that one of the biggest things I will be asked about is how I handle death. I don’t know how I will handle answering these questions when I am asked, because in all honesty, I have not dealt with many deaths in my life. When I was 15, my grandpa died from cancer. That is the only person that I have known personally that has died- I have never had a close friend or immediate family member die besides him. When he died I don’t think I ever even really processed it. I went to his funeral and saw him lying in his casket and never even really felt sad. I don’t know if it was because I knew that was just his body and not him, or if it was because I wasn’t really very close to him. I saw my dad upset and I think that was what affected me the most. Death is just such a weird concept to me. One second, you are here, your consciousness is in your body, and the next second, it’s gone from your body.

I heard an idea a few minutes ago (weirdly from Westworld) that gave this general idea: Sometimes when you lose someone, your grief is all you have left of them. Thus grief can be prolonged on purpose by the individual who has lost someone in order to keep close all that is left of the lost person.

This blows my mind to think about, because I can imagine it to be so difficult for some people to get over the loss of someone, but at the same time, I have never experienced any of the sort so I cannot quite understand it. Without ever being in a devastating situation, how can I know how I will handle it when I am working in and around it every single day?