Monday, June 17, 2013

Tri-Life with Kelly the Culinarian


I asked my friend, Kelly the Culinarian, to share with us one of her favorite healthy sweet treats.  Even endurance athletes have a sweet tooth and I thought you might be interested in a new recipe. 

Cooking with Kelly: Chocolate Microwave Protein Muffin

When I first started losing weight, I found it very difficult to get enough protein. I don't eat a ton of meat and I wasn't sure where else I could find 100 grams of protein each day. I was really excited when I found this protein muffin recipe at Smoothie Girl Eats Too. By popular demand, here's the recipe I enjoy the most:

Homemade Microwave Protein Muffin
2 egg whites
3 Tablespoons unsweetened applesauce (or pumpkin puree)
2 Tablespoons whole wheat flour (Can sub 1 Tablespoon of coconut flour)
1/2 Tablespoon flaxmeal
1 Tablespoon unsweetened baking cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 Tablespoon Splenda (optional)
1 Tablespoon semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)

Whisk the egg with a splash of water until frothy, then whisk the applesauce in before adding the dry ingredients. Place half of the batter in a microwave proof bowl, sprinkle the chocolate chips on the batter, then top with the remaining batter. Microwave for between two and five minutes, depending on your microwave. I typically nuke these for 2:45.
It's great because you get a chocolate fix for less than 200 calories along with 11 grams of protein. Every bit helps!

My favorite fix is with the coconut flour, no chocolate chips, topped with 2 Tablespoons of natural peanut butter. Yum!

A little about Kelly: 
Tell us a little about yourself:
I am a foodie turned athlete with my eye on a 2014 Ironman. My blog, KellytheCulinarian.com, is all about living a life of balance, so it's a space where decadent desserts live in harmony with race recaps.
As a runner, what made you want to cross over to triathlons?
I started as a runner and saw a video on YouTube of an Ironman and decided it would be my new goal. At that point, I only owned a $60 Huffy from KMart and lacked a proper swimsuit. I wanted to be more than just fit - I wanted to do something epic.

What has been your favorite part of tri life vs. running life so far? 
Triathlons and running have a lot in common, but I think what I like about triathlons the most is the different pace of training. I don't feel like I'm beating myself up every day because I'm using different muscles and challenging myself in different ways.
Follow Kelly on her Blog and Twitter

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