Just Strong

It’s a struggle when everyday society expects you to look a certain way. Let it be the media, being a professional athlete, dancer, or just in life. I’ve been seeing a lot of women on social media comparing themselves to others and it’s daunting!

Growing up, I always saw being skinny was perfection. Mind you, I was surrounded by professional dancers that had bones sticking out. I used to idolize that. I used to see that I needed to look like that. Be smaller.

Thanks to CrossFit, I found my way out of that hurdle and see food as fuel for your body and weights to keep me healthy. It makes me feel strong, capable, and has taught to appreciate and love my body in ways I never thought I could.

While I’m in a significantly better place, I still struggle and by no means am perfect or have it all figured out.

Today, people see muscles on women as gross, steroid looking, fat, too big, unhealthy, you name it. I’ve heard it all.

When is there going to be a day when women stop body shaming others instead but lift and bring each other up. Sadly, it’s an issue for women who are just naturally skinny as well.

I’m here to show that you’re not alone if you’ve struggled with body image or self love.

There’s no need to be perfect to inspire others. Let people be inspired by how you deal with your imperfections. Strength comes from within.

Have faith in your abilities. Self-realization and success comes from having confidence. Believe in yourself. You are stronger than you think you are. Stay humble.

Here’s to all you ladies out there. Don’t stop doing what you love. Be proud of your strength!

I’m excited to be a part of Just Strong. I love their message for the ladies. Visit http://www.JustStrong.com and use the 10% off discount code: AMANDAZUB10 when you check out.

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Vegan Lemon Blueberry Protein Mug Cake

All this rainy, cold weather lately has been making me wish it were spring already. Mother Nature has been crazy. But let’s talk about how good this recipe is. Who doesn’t love lemon and blueberry together? This one tastes almost just like my lemon blueberry pancakes I’ve made in the past. Talk about a trip down memory lane. It’s so flavorful and really hits the spot. I made this recipe with Equip Foods Prime Plant in vanilla. It is 100% plant protein. But really any vanilla flavor plant based protein will do the trick.

Prime Plants Vegan Protein Powder | A Blend of Hemp Protein, Sacha Inchi Protein, Pea Protein and Pumpkin Protein | (Vanilla)

If you tried the recipe on my last blog  Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Mug Cake you’re going to like this vegan, healthy, low calorie recipe. I’m not a vegan, but sure love eating this delicious treat!

Vegan Lemon Blueberry Protein Mug Cake

Servings: 1

Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: 1-3 min
1 scoop vanilla plant protein (I used Equip Foods)
1 tbs coconut flour
½ tsp baking powder
¼ milk choice or water (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
¼ tsp lemon zest
2 tsp juiced lemon
Small handful of fresh blueberries
1. Grease mug with coconut oil spray (any cooking spray will do)
2. Combine dry ingredients in mug
3. Add wet ingredients with blueberries (save some for the topping!) and mix. Batter should be creamy. If needed, you can add more liquid.
4. Place in microwave and heat for 60 seconds or until center is done.
5. Top it off with some fresh blueberries.
6. Let it cool down a bit. Blueberries will be hot. Enjoy!
Side hacks: If you do not have a fresh lemon on hand, 1/4 tsp lemon extract will work just fine. Careful not to overload on it!


Nutrition Facts: 181 calories, 7.1 g fat, 18 g carbs, 17 g protein

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Mug Cake

The other night, we were catching up on a Netflix show and all the sudden it got super quiet. Justin’s head was in the pantry. My husband was having a sweet tooth and asked me if we had cookies. Now, if you know us, we don’t buy sweets at the grocery store because it would be gone in one day. I had homemade ice cream I made the other day and he still didn’t want it. Really? It’s ice cream dude.

I thought about a lot of things we had before the mice ate all of our goodies a while back. Don’t ask me how. So, I decided on making mug cakes. I’ve seen them all over Pinterest. I thought “they can’t be hard”. I looked up recipes to see what we have that’s in our pantry and started making it. I used cocoa powder, coconut flour, water (I didn’t have milk), and an egg. I wasn’t a fan. It came out okay. I was more worried about it not being cooked. It ended up over cooked, too dry, and too thick. I decided to sweeten it up with melted peanut butter. It was better but by the 3rd bite, I was already full! It was enough for two people. Justin ate his own, all of it, and regret it.

One day, I received Equip Foods in the mail and was excited to use their products. I looked on the back of their protein bags and saw you could use their protein to bake in anything! It sparked my creativity from there and I decided to whip up my own mug cake recipes. It’s super easy! It satisfied my husbands sweet tooth with no guilt! I can definitely make these if I catch him rummaging our pantry again.

Their protein doesn’t have whey and tastes just like brownies. But don’t worry I do enjoy plant based protein and am working on a recipe for my vegan friends! Just you wait. The recipe can also be vegan friendly, please see note below. This one is particularly one of my favorites. I LOVE peanut butter and chocolate. The pumpkin will keep the cake moist. You won’t even taste it. Don’t have it? Use unsweetened applesauce. Not paleo-friendly enough? Just don’t eat the peanut butter. You’re going to love this high-protein, low-carb, healthy, guilt-free treat!

100% Grass Fed Beef Protein Powder, Paleo Friendly, Packed With Collagen and Gelatin, Nothing Artificial, Only Three Ingredients, 2 lb (Chocolate)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Mug Cake

Servings: 1
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 1 min
1 scoop chocolate protein (I used Equip Foods)
1 tbs coconut flour
½ tsp baking powder
1 lg egg
¼ cup milk choice or water (I used water)
1 tbs 100% puree pumpkin
¼ tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp peanut butter (for topping)
1. Grease mug with coconut oil spray (any cooking spray will do)
2. Combine dry ingredients in mug
3. Add wet ingredients (except peanut butter) and mix. Batter should be creamy.
4. Place in microwave and heat for 60 seconds or until center is done.
5. Top it off with melted peanut butter
6. Enjoy!
Sorry about the peanut butter mess, I got too excited!
Vegan notes: You can use plant protein in this recipe. Omit the egg and just increase the milk til it’s a creamy batter.

Side note: My protein was already sweetened with stevia. If needed, you may use 1/2-1 tsp of sugar depending on kind.

Nutrition notes: 307 cal, 15 g fat, 11 g carbs, 35.5 g protein (I used Equip Foods Prime Protein, water, not milk and peanut butter is included)