Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Product Review: GButter

I'm an active person and I'm trying to grow some muscles here, so choosing good foods and eating plenty of protein are important to me. Gbutter is a high protein spread made with nuts, whey protein, and sweetened with stevia. It's non GMO if you're concerned about that. So it sounds great, right?
But how does it taste? AMAZING. I could eat this straight out of the jar. I wouldn't mind diving straight into a pool of gbutter. 
I really can't decide on a favorite flavor - they're all so good. I recommend the butter pecan flavor on a baked sweet potato with cinnamon. I love using the brownie batter flavor for topping protein pancakes or Protein Cheesecake or anything really. 

It's not the same texture as peanut butter, more gooey? It's hard to describe but I love it! Brownie batter isn't just the name either. If you microwave it, it's a healthy brownie! 

Use code: "gbuttermeg" for a discount! 

Nutritional Stats per 2 Tbsp:

Brownie Batter:
115 calories
6.7f
5c
10p

Cookie Dough:
157 calories
9f
5c
14p

Cinnamon Bun:
150 calories
10.1f
2.4c
7p

Butter Pecan:
130 calories
8f
4c
10p


Photo from: https://www.pureformulas.com/g-butter-126-oz-352-grams-by-g-butter.html 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Don't Break Your Neck

People say the phrase "break your neck" more often than you might realize but it's something that I notice now. Why?

In May of 2015, I suffered a broken neck and spinal cord injury. I'm typing these words with fingers that I didn't know if they would ever be able to type again. I was standing at a concert and a stage diver landed on my head. I still remember the indescribable feeling that came across my body in that moment. I lay on the ground, unable to move or speak, feeling trampled by the crowd.

Another concert goer picked me up and carried me out of the crowd. My body was paralyzed and I could hardly speak. An ambulance was called and I lay in the dirt outside of the venue.

The process from this point forward was a bit of a blur. I was put in a neck brace and put on a stretcher. The man in the ambulance told me I was probably just stunned and would be surfing on my beach vacation next week.

In the hospital, I was hooked to a million things, tested, scanned and rolled around like a human burrito. Thankfully, I couldn't feel anything. The next day, I had surgery. My C4 vertebrae was fused and a metal cage was put in.

The recovery phase began slowly at first. I regained the use of my legs first. The doctors could not tell me how much I would recover. Through time, rehab, and physical therapy, I could eventually walk, jump, and even write very sloppily. Central Cord Syndrome affects the hands and arms more than the legs. I never knew how much I value the use of my hands.

Along with this, all of my muscles basically died. I don't understand it fully but I couldn't even lift a plate or close the glove box in the car.

I continued with physical therapy, exercises, and walked every day. There are a lot of little quirks I have come across with the spinal cord injury. (I've had unexplained stomach pains, numbness affected by the weather, heart rate slowing and very urgent bathroom situations XD) Overall, I'm grateful to have recovered as well as I have and they say the recovery process can continue up to a year and a half.

I can run up to 5 miles, hike, and even do pushups and type and write again. I will never be the same as I once was but I'm learning to deal with it knowing that I may need help with things sometimes and that is okay. Life goes on.

Protein Cheesecake!

I'm a huge fan of cream cheese in general. I mean, it's delicious savory or sweet. You can spread it on a cracker with salmon, you can spread it on a cupcake with sugar, you can make it into a cake, you can make it into a ball. Any way, I'll take it.

So upon seeing delicious looking protein cheesecake all over instagram, I had to try it, it was only a matter of time. I decided to try my first time halving the recipe. I really liked it! It probably couldn't get passed off as a slice of Cheesecake Factory cheesecake but for a true fan of cream cheese and cheesecake, this really hit the spot. I may have tasted and fallen in love with the batter too. Salmonella, what?

So here's what I did:

Ingredients:

1 ( 5.3 oz) Light & Fit Vanilla Greek yogurt
1 (8 oz) package fat free cream cheese
1 single serving packet of Quest Salted Caramel protein powder
1 egg
1 egg white
2-3 tbsp truvia
1 tsp caramel flavoring

Method:

Mix softened cream cheese, yogurt, egg and egg white with a mixer.

Add in remaining ingredients and beat until smooth. Pour in a sprayed loaf pan (since this is a halved recipe).

Bake at 250 F for 20 min.

Increase temperature to 300 F and bake for an additional 30-35 minutes.
Swirl Walden Farms Caramel Syrup before baking for a fun spin on the classic!

Remove from oven and cool. Store in the fridge.

Makes 4 slices.


Nutrition per slice:

Calories: 127
Fat: 1.3
Carbs: 7.1
Protein: 18.9

It had a great creamy texture and the flavor was sweet with that cream cheese tang! My dad tasted it with skepticism and said it was good with kind of a custard flavor! I was inspired and slightly adapted this from Fuel for Anna and Eat Lift Repeat.

Layered with granola and Walden Farms Caramel Syrup