Vanilla Zucchini Protein Mug Cake

So, I’ve got this garden and it’s literally giving birth to multiple zucchinis a day that it’s so hard to keep up with them! Not that I don’t love them or anything crazy. Just stop growing!

Zucchinis or not, I’ve been giving them away to friends, neighbors and eating them on almost a daily basis. They are super good for you. Rich in fiber, very low glycemic load, and fill of potassium and vitamin A and vitamin C.

And you can do anything to it. Eat it raw, grill it, bake it, sauté it, or add them to your baked goods which is what I’ve been doing lately. I’ve been adding so much zucchini in my oats for breakfast. Keeps me filled for the rest of the morning!

My awesome neighbors invited us over for a 4th of July BBQ and I made this Paleomg’s recipe for chocolate zucchini bread and added my own dark chocolate syrup to drizzle over it.

It stirred up the idea to do a protein mug cake. I love how moist and delicious it is. Not super sweet but super easy to make!

Just gather up these ingredients below. Mix the dry in a separate bowl before adding in the wet with the zucchini. It should be a green dough consistency. Don’t let the color freak you out, it’s from the greens in the Vega powder! Pour mix into a greased mug or soufflé dish (really, whatever you have on hand will work). Microwave for 2 minutes and you have your DELISH moist mug cake. Sit back and share this with your partner or not!

*vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free

  • Nutrition Facts: 174 cal, 5 g fat, 15 g carbs, 23 g protein (without white chocolate chips)
  • Dairy-Free Berry Protein Ice Cream

    When I first received an ice cream maker as a gift last year, I became obsessed with it and made every flavor in the book. Even a raspberry Merlot sorbet! Yes, with real wine!

    Then, I learned of my Leaky Gut issue and decided to take things back a notch immediately. It’s in the middle of the summer and store bought dairy-free ice cream can take a toll on your budget. I mean, healthy food IS expensive.

    But it doesn’t have to be! I decided to whip up some dairy-free ice cream of my own. This one is super delish and has me coming back for more. People! Moderation is key!

    Gather these super, super easy ingredients below and dust off your ice cream maker!

    Mix them all together in a separate bowl, add to your ice cream maker, turn it on and let it run for 10 minutes. Make sure you come back and check on it a few times. Over churned is not a pretty look!

    Pour the creamy mixture into a tupperware and stick it in the fridge overnight or at least 2 hours. Remove from the fridge 15 mins before serving.

    Top it off with your favorite chocolate syrup (I make mine homemade with almond milk), fresh berries, or shredded coconut. Really, whatever makes your heart go wild!

    Here’s mine with fresh berries. Enjoy!

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    Nutrition Fact:

    Serves 4 – 202 calories, 14.5 g fat, 7.8 g carbs, 8.8 g protein

    *Note: Vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free

    My Journey With Stomach Issues: Part Two

    If you’ve read my recent blog My Journey With Stomach Issues: Part One, I’m still blown away by this process.

    I’ve never even heard of “leaky gut”. I mean, I really have but I thought it was where number two was “leaky”…right?

    WRONG.

    “Leaky Gut” is actually a condition some doctors may or may not tell you. You can go to their office and tell them the symptoms such as chronic stress, irritable bowl, mood swings, not getting enough sleep, etc.

    “Here’s a Lexapro and Xanax ‘script, you seem down and really stressed. You also should be exercising, eating healthy and getting more sleep.”

    But wait?….I do ALL of that. FYI: I never picked up those ‘scripts. I feel better when I eat healthy, I work out often, and I try to sleep through the night. Deep inside something STILL wasn’t right. For years I suffered and often hid my symptoms in fear of dumb people.

    In my case, it’s not a full blown Leaky Gut. Symptoms still include:

    • Chronic stress
      • I have this constantly. Because of my disability. It’s quite hard to explain because it’s like trying to walk on water.
    • Mood swings
      • This often happens if I don’t eat healthy or workout.
    • Joint pain
      • I was diagnosed with Chondromalicia of my right patella.
      • I constantly have neck issues from the way I do my job. My loupes save me from most of the work but sometimes you have to adjust the position to the needs of the patients.
      • Headaches. I get them weekly. I am so sick of taking the NSIADS.
    • Fatigue
      • I had this often. And still couldn’t sleep through the night.
    • Digestive issues
      • Again, constantly. Never normal. Even on healthy eating.
    • Skin issues
      • I’ve had eczema for as long as I can remember.
      • Acne never really goes away.
    • Food sensitivity
      • I would always feel sick eating certain foods but never really knew what food was actually causing it. Was there something in my salad? Could it be that fish taco I ate?

    Few weeks later, it’s all improved. And keeps improving.

    • Don’t even need that MRI for my knee
    • I sleep like a baby drunk on milk
    • I’ve eliminated a lot of the food sensitivities from my diet, including whey and casein
    • I have more energy and less brain fog.

    The flush begins and to be continued… 🙂