Are you balancing your fitness books?

Broken piggy bankI was inspired recently having read a great article by Bryan Krahn on having to earn the right to moderation. Gritty and well written, the article asserts that before you back-off on your next visit to the gym and simply go through the motions, be sure that you’ve earned the right to moderate your efforts.

Most interestingly, to help actualize the concept, Bryan uses the analogy of a bank account, with deposits and withdrawals. This mental model is useful, because it helps people understand the notion that just as with money, your fitness books need careful balancing. In his specific example, moderation–a withdrawal–can only be made if you have the funds in your fitness account. That is, you’ve been making regular deposits–hard workouts–to build a surplus.

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Chocolate Cherry Muffins

Chocolate Cherry MuffinsOf late, the wife and I have been experimenting pretty hard with all sorts of protein baking; just one of the many advantages of sharing a passion for health and clean eating.

Oftentimes, the choice of what to bake is dictated by what we have in the house, and this week, it was cherries.

The biggest challenge with any sort of protein baking is the process of substituting flour with protein; it’s seldom a simple per-volume swap, and of course, every single protein powder is a little different too. All in all, this makes for a lot of experimentation in the kitchen!

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Cinnamon Raisin Protein Pancakes

Cinnamon Roll PancakeIt was time for a modest refeed this weekend and I was on the hunt for a high protein, high carb pancake option. However, I also wanted one that was low in fat too. After stumbling across this post by the Daily Burn, I discovered this little beauty from The Slender Student.

And the best part? The macros! As much protein as carbs, all healthy natural ingredients, and low to no fat! Perfect!

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Chocolate Almond Coconut “Cookie Dough”

Chocolate Coconut Almond Cookie DoughLooking for a quick and easy recipe for a healthy treat? Well here’s a super-simple “cookie dough” recipe that makes an awesome grab-n-go snack; and only four ingredients too!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 4 tbsp   Coconut flour
  • 4 tbsp   Almond butter
  • ~3 scoops   Protein powder
  • 60 pieces   Chocolate chips (optional)
  • ~1/2 cup   Almond or regular milk
  • Truvia or Stevia if you want it a little sweeter

Any protein powder will do, and the exact amount will vary somewhat depending on the brand and type of protein. I used BioTrust Chocolate for mine, and three scoops was about 60g or so of protein. I also added some Guittard dark chocolate chips to mine, that’s where the extra sugar and a little saturated fat creeps in to the macros. I also used regular 2% milk.

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