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My thoughts on protein powder- Thinking Out Loud

Hello friendly friends and welcome to another Thinking Out Loud Thursday! What's on my mind today? Protein powder for some reason!

Do you use protein powder?
Do you not like the idea of using protein powder?
Do you think protein powder tastes like chalk? (just wondering- I've heard it been said before)

If you read my blog, you know I use protein powder. Vegan protein powder. This one to be exact:
I love the ingredients list:
Vanilla being my flavour of choice, although I do like the chocolate flavour too. (You see, here in Australia, we don't get cool flavours like pumpkin pie, cookie dough, strawberry milkshake.. etc. We get chocolate, vanilla or no flavour. Yes.)
There's a big debate about protein powder. On one side there are people who drink it daily after workouts to feed there muscles and help in recovery or simply drink it because they don't much like meat/ are vegan / vegetarian  and then there are those who believe you can get all the protein needed from whole natural foods- even if you train everyday or are vegan/ vegetarian.
I hear both sides and agree with both too. I guess that's a weird thing to say and is actually impossible.. but I do.
Here's my opinion (remember everyone has their own :)

I believe it is possible to get enough protein from natural everyday foods whether you are a body builder, vegan, vegetarian and so on.

I believe protein powder is a handy tool for those who may need extra protein but are short on time/ energy.

I believe there are good and bad types of protein powder (more heavily processed and full of sugar vs organic + more natural types)

I believe the inclusion of protein powder in the diet can be very helpful.

I believe protein powder should not be the only source of protein in your diet. It should not supplement meals etc.

I do not believe protein powder is a food group and if it is used as one, I can't see the benefits.

To sum it up, I don't see protein powder as either a bad guy or a good guy, I just see him as a guy who can help a brother out when needed.

I use protein powder. I like the taste of protein powder. I find protein powder quite helpful.
I would say I have protein powder about 2-3 times a week. Not every day, just on days when I feel like I need a little extra protein boost, because I'm constantly on the run/ don't have much time to plan my meals and so they may be lacking in the protein department- never usually the veggie department though ;)
A big bowl of roast veggies.

I don't just shake it up with some water though... I make the most of the yummy flavour it provides.
For example:

In vanilla berry ice cream:

Brekky protein balls:

Mixed into my rolled oats:

Made into chocolate cheesecake ice cream:

Perhaps my favourite of all, the extremely thick chocolate green smoothie:

So that's my thinking on this matter... out loud of course!
Don't forget to head on over to the wonderful Spoons for some more Thinking of the Out Loud variety and a chance to find new blogs and inspirational words of wisdom!

Thoughts, questions and queries always welcome!

See ya later! :D

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WIAW #33- Simple, yet delicious!

Hello everyone! Happy Wednesday! Happy yet? ...

How about now? Good :) You have to be in a good mood, especially when scrolling through endless pictures of food! (well that usually puts me in a good mood anyway:)

Thanks as always to Peas and Crayons for such a brilliant link-up each week!

Let's see some eats!

After a lovely 20-or-so minute run (don't really track the time) and a date and a fig as my pre-run snack, I had breakfast!
Which consisted of a smoothie made of 1 chopped frozen banana, 3 big scoops of greek yoghurt, a scoop of organic vegan vanilla protein powder, a handful of spinach and a splash of almond milk:
Drank alongside some overnight oats in a jar:
I simply filled up half the jar with fruity muesli and chia seeds and topped almost to the top with almond milk, stirred and put in the fridge overnight
Peek-a-boo inside:

Unfortunately I didn't believe my half a carrot was worthy of a photo. Just kidding- I forgot ;P

Lunch was simple- yet utterly delicious (it was what I was craving so it tasted 10 000 x better) with brown rice, mixed four beans, peas, corn, sliced tomato, green and red capsicum and spinach:
Some times my body just screams for simple, plain flavours and veggies... and I love it :)

My afternoon snack consisted of a glass of soy milk:
A plate of fruit (delicious sweet white flesh peach and black seedless grapes)
Ergo- fruit and soy milk! :)

For din-dins, I was still in my simple, plain flavours mood and made myself a plate of steamed veggies (pumpkin, sweet potato, potato, parsnip, brocoli, baby asparagus and brussels sprouts) and two poached eggs topped with some salsa:
I never seem to have a problem with filling half my plate with veggies- my problem seems to be squishing all the veggies to the side so I can fit something else on the plate!
After dinner I had a small handful of nuts (I'm always super hungry on run days) and was nicely satisfied! :)
That's what I ate!

How about you?
What did you eat this Wednesday?
Do you sometimes crave simple, plain foods? This tends to happen on a pretty regular basis for me!
Do you like poached eggs with salsa? I seem to love this combo!

Bye for now folks! :D

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The smoothie bowls are back in town!

Hi folks, how are we all today? I'm pretty fabulous because it's almost Summer here in Aus. The good fruit is coming back in season. The bright sun is warming up the place and I've been craving smoothies like it's no body's business. Especially smoothie bowls!

I started this blog back when it was Summer, so if you're a long term reader, you've probably seen a few of these bowls... however they seemed to disappear for a bit in winter in favour of my warm comforting oats!
Don't believe me? Here's a look at the past few weeks:

Cannot get enough!
This is my kind of cereal and milk!
All the granola in the pics are home made and you can find lots of different recipes for them on the blog here, here, here, here and here!
There are also heaps of different smoothie recipes on my recipe page:) So get cracking on those smoothie bowls. It sure does beat soggy flakes of processed stuff in bland milk!
I am not a creature of eating the same thing day-in-day-out, so I either change up the smoothie.. or change up the granola. Usually just the flavour of the granola, but the other day I changed it's very form!
My smoothie base consisted of 1 chopped banana (didn't have any frozen ones left) a handful of mixed frozen berries, a big handful of spinach, 3 big scoops of greek yoghurt and a splash of almond milk all whazzed up in a blender until smooth. Poured into a bowl and placed in the freezer until ready to eat.
I wasn't ready yet because I was making my granola.. balls:
All I did was make a typical granola (1/2 cup muesli in a bowl with 1/3 cup almond milk and 1 tablespoon of peanut butter heated together in microwave and then rubbed into muesli) and formed into balls, before baking in oven at 180 degrees celsius for 15 mins until golden. Left to cool slightly because you don't want a warm smoothie!
 It's like the breakfast version of meatballs in sauce :D
Ok, probably not the best comparison, but you have to admit they look quite similar ;)

Before I go I wanted to leave you with a smoothie no bowl included that was absolutely fabulous and that you should make right away (It would work wonderfully in a smoothie bowl too :)
 This was 1 chopped frozen banana + 1 handful of frozen red grapes + 3 scoops of greek yoghurt (omit if vegan- or sub in vegan yoghurt) a splash of almond milk (it all depends on how thick you want your smoothie)
 It's extremely creamy and makes you question whether or not you added ice cream to the mix! Seriously, if I hadn't made this myself I would be interrogating the maker to prove there was no cream/ ice cream- frozen bananas are amazing!

Your turn!
What's your favourite smoothie?
Do you like green smoothie? I know some people get freaked out by them- not me!
Smoothie bowls- best things ever or what?

Bye for now friends! :D

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The midday meal

A hard topic that one.
It's not breakfast and it's not dinner, so you can't have solely breakfast foods or dinner foods. It's kinda got to be a mix of the two.
For some people. If I want pancakes for lunch I'll have em'! This past week however I've had some pretty great containers of lunch! (Tupperware is a saviour when packing food for school!)

This yummy looking box was quinoa, raw veg (carrot, capsicum, red onion, corn and tomato), with a parsley and coriander pesto-y thing (few sprigs coriander, few sprigs flat leaf parsley, a small spoon of dijon mustard, pinch of cumin, lots of spinach, olive oil and some lemon juice- all whazzed up in a food processor)
I felt a bit more like the veg of the cooked variety after that and so made a roast veg salad thing with roast carrot, potato, sweet potato, pumpkin, beetroot, suede and parsnip mixed with lentils and chili tofu and spinach:
Check out this bit of pumpkin...
Seriously- that is my idea of perfection! Love roast veggies. :)
Weekend lunches have to be my favourite though. More time to make something awesome:
 Grilled sandwich with hommus, mashed pumpkin, spinach, veggie patty, grilled capsicum, eggplant, zucchini and mushroom, with some sliced tomato- all grilled in a sandwich press :D
 Everything that didn't fit in the sandwich! (I was quite hungry)
Sunday's lunch:
 A hum-un-go-saurus salad with... drum roll please...
Spinach, kale, parsley, red cabbage, carrot, cucumber, strawberries, peas, corn and 2 torn up veggie sausages.
 No, I didn't even consider if everything would work together. I knew it would ;)
Sometimes I just crave a big bowl of raw veggies!

What would a lunch special be without a big ol' Steph sized sandwich!
 That, my impressed friends, is two slices of home made spelt/rye bread spread with hommus, topped with mashed lentils, spinach, avocado, sliced tomato, purple cabbage, grated carrot, grated beetroot and some cucumber. :)
Give it a hat... and then admire the beautifulness that is this sandwich!
Good thing I was hungry that day.

Wait. I'm always hungry...

Details :)

What about you?
What's your favourite lunch?
To you like big ol' salads?
Do you like putting those big ol' salads between two slices of bread?

See ya later guys! :D

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