Congratulations, my friends, you have survived another week.
This is especially true if you’re reading this on a Friday, like today, and even more especially true if you’ve been slogging through work with that flu that’s been going around… or if your boss is the human version of a particular disgruntled feline.
As a reward for making it through the week, I decided we should definitely get a little treat. Yes, I know, that is a genius idea.
I mean, we’ve been good all week, right? Eating nutritious (and fabulous) eggs for breakfast, making good protein choices wherever possible, keeping healthy weeknight dinners fun, and staying accountable for diet and workout choices (by any means necessary, including posting it all online…) True? True.
As I mentioned on Monday, I made a bet with myself that I can do three weeks of posts, Monday through Friday, each with a day-of-the-week topic. This means that you get two more weeks of this rad schedule:
Monday: Breakfast Monday – in which you get one or more amazing + healthy breakfast recipes. (Week one)
Tuesday: Tips Tuesday – involving helpful tips about cooking, life, and/or fitness. (Week one)
Wednesday: Wild Card Wednesday – in which I may provide anything from a radical new recipe to cat memes for your viewing pleasure. (Week one)
Thursday: What I Ate on Wednesday and Weekly Workout – It’s a twofer. I thought maybe you’d like to see what I REALLY eat on a day to day basis… whether or not you judge me for it afterward. Plus, workouts I actually did over the week/ how to do them. (Week one)
Friday: TGIF Dessert Day – It’s the weekend and we want our cake. Only these cakes won’t make you heavier by next Monday, so you can keep up with those awesome goals of yours.
So far so good, if I do say so myself. And of course, my opinion is the only one that matters. Which is to say, that is a complete and utter lie… Of COURSE I need your feedback. These are going on for three weeks, and three weeks only, baby, unless you like them! Kay? Hit me up in the comments and tell me whatcha think.
Meanwhile, please treat yo’self to this Friday yummy that will do right by your healthy lifestyle.
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Flourless Dark Chocolate + Blueberry Protein Bars
1 (15-oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/3 c. packed chocolate protein powder
¼ c. (23 g) cocoa powder
¼ c. Stevia powder
¼ c. peanut butter*
½ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
¼ c. egg whites
¼ c. agave syrup (or brown sugar/ maple syrup/ honey)
1/3 cup (70 g) sweetened dried blueberries** (you could also try fresh or frozen)
*doesn’t make bars peanut-flavored + adds protein, but could sub coconut oil instead, too!
**If you don’t want blueberries in your protein bars, and/or you want a sweeter bar, substitute in 70 g of pitted Medjool dates for the blueberries.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. and spray an 8 x 8” pan with cooking spray.
Throw everything – except the blueberries – into your trusty food processor. That is, unless you are using dates instead! If using the dates, be sure to blend them in really well. Blend it all until it is very smooth.
Mix in the blueberries with a rubber spatula, and then scoop everything into the prepared pan. Smooth down the surface and pop in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until just baked through.
Cool on a wire rack for a few minutes before cutting into squares! Dig into one or two before or after a workout for sustained energy and clean muscle-building!
Makes 16 bars
Nutrition per bar: 88 calories; 2 g fat (1 g saturated); 13 g carbs; 2 g fiber; 5 g protein