Fast Re-cap [ + High Fiber/Protein Cocoa Orange Muffins]

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I’ve been known to be a little long-winded on my weekend re-caps, but am going to try to make this one as short as possible. I also have about 20 photos to share, so “short” is a relative term. But, it was a great weekend with lots of fun, lots of food and lots of movement.

Friday: I taught my regular “Friday Happy Hour” block of classes (Spinning and Bodypump) at the gym, and my wonderful friend Beth came along! To help motivate her to get through almost 2 hours of classes, I brought along an extra bottle of fitmixer Amino to share.

Both classes were awesome and I left feeling that same high that I get whenever I teach at the gym! Greg was working on dinner when I got home, which was our typical Friday night meal of pizza. Since my fitmixer bootcamp diet emphasizes the amount of protein that I should be getting for each meal, I decided to use one of my P28 bagels as a crust- since it has 28 grams of protein!

It worked beautifully- and tasted great!

I followed it up with an awesome dessert (under 100 calories!)- a chocolate-orange protein muffin with sea salt and an Adora calcium disk (which adds 30 calories) melted in the middle.

I’m addicted to these and have been having them as my last snack of the day all week.

Here’s the recipe:

Chocolate Orange High Fiber + Protein Muffin

2 T unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Now Foods brand)

1 T coconut flour

1 T pumpkin puree

2 T egg whites

2-3 T unsweetened almond or flax milk

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp orange extract OR about 6 drops NuNaturals Orange Stevia OR orange zest

1 packet stevia

pinch of salt

Combine all ingredients together in a small bowl or coffee mug. The batter should be somewhat thick. Microwave for 3 minutes, or until center is cooked all the way through. I like to finish mine off in the toaster oven to make the edges crispy. Optional- sprinkle sea salt on top.

Nutritional content: 88 calories, 3.5 grams fat, 10.5 grams carbs, 8.5 grams fiber, 8 grams protein

Saturday is my newly designated rest day, so Greg and I got up in the morning and took the boys for a long walk.

We spent the rest of the day running errands- including dropping off my precious Macbook pro to get a new hard drive and more memory. (Eek!) My computer is 6 years old, and is considered “vintage” in the Mac world. Good grief. Considering the ridiculous amount that I paid for it, I’d really like to wait a few more years to upgrade to a new one. Hopefully getting this work done will extend the life of it a little longer!

We stopped into the Trail House (which is as close to we get to REI in Frederick) and I did my best Lindsay Cotter impression.

And had Chipotle for lunch.

And later, an apple with peanut flour protein dip, inspired by Laura.

We played with the pups

Look at this handsome face!!

I’m talking about Jackson, but Greg’s pretty handsome too. ;)

We made grilled steak and shrimp salads for dinner

And spent the rest of the night watching a few episodes of Real World Season 3 on Hulu Plus… only 1 episode left!

Sunday morning started bright and early with me heading off to the gym and Greg hitting the mountain bike trails. I did the “full house” fitmixer bootcamp workout before teaching spin, and it was intense!

The bootcamp workout took about 20 minutes and just required a deck of cards- nothing else (and the photo of my sweaty-mess self was after only 20 minutes!). Each suit is a different exercise and you perform a specific exercise as many times as the number on the card reads. So for example, if I drew a 10 of hearts, I had to do 10 burpees. (Jacks, Queens, Kings and Aces = 11 and Jokers were sprints). Correction- Aces = 11, Face cards = 10. Oops- guess I did a few extra!

Man it was butt-kicking and I hated loved it!

Just so you know, when I went searching for a deck of cards in my house on Saturday, this is what I found.

I don’t know where the Little Mermaid deck came from, the but naked men cards were a gag gift that my friend Katie and I got in Vegas almost 10 years ago! I decided that the Little Mermaid cards were probably a little more appropriate.

After teaching spin class, I came home and put the Vitamix to work.

I love that sight. If you own a Vitamix, you know what I’m talking about.

A few minutes later:

Sun Warrior Vanilla Warrior Blend, blueberries, banana, peanut flour with chia seeds and some cereal sprinkled on top. SO good.

Greg and I had offered to help our friends Ashley and Neal move into their new apartment, so we headed to Rockville to meet up with them later in the morning. I joked that we should start a moving service because we did it in record time! And there was a lot of stuff! It definitely helps that Ashley is stronger than most men I know. :)

I know that these two were VERY happy when it was all done!

And Ashley and I agreed that moving is pretty much the best overall body workout ever! I love her. :)

(Why yes I do live in my Blend t-shirt…)

I was REALLY glad that I didn’t do Bodypump that morning- definitely didn’t need it!

After leaving their apartment, Greg and I hit up REI for the Anniversary sale, but left a short time later due to it being insanely crowded. We were super hungry by this point, and as predicted, hit up Whole Foods for the salad bar.

I picked up a few grocery items, including this:

I hadn’t seen this flavor of Arctic Zero before and couldn’t help digging in on the way home! The coffee flavor is good, but chocolate is still my favorite (which is odd, because I don’t really like chocolate ice cream). I love that I could eat an entire serving of it, and it was only 37 calories. If this stuff wasn’t so expensive, I’d probably eat a container every day (and not feel the least but guilty)! And yes- the entire container has only 150 calories and tons of protein. One SERVING (a 1/4 of a container) of most types of ice cream have more than that!

By the time I got home, it was already late in the afternoon, so I got to cracking on my weekly prep stuff. I also managed to pull off a fantastic dinner in a very short amount of time:

Baked sole with squash and tomatoes, burnt baked kale and a Japanese sweet potato. It doesn’t look pretty, but it sure tasted great!

What a great weekend- another one that came to a close way too quickly.


Today marks three weeks left of school (Yes!!) and the second week of fitmixer bootcamp. I am feeling awesome about how week one went and have a lot of motivation to go forward. Plus, my Monday morning weigh-in states that I am down 1.2 lbs (even though my first weigh-in was last Wednesday). I’ll take it!

How was your weekend?




  1. ahh, love it! i really do wear that hat way too much. You look great in it!! What a full weekend, but a lovely one. Love the steak and the artic chill. Now go add pb flour to it! hehe.

    • You look adorable in that hat! I’d wear one all the time too if I had a cute “hat head.”
      I added pb flour and milk to it last night- and topped with a few pretzel bits. OH MAN.

  2. I pretty much live in my Blend shirt too – it’s just so dang COMFY!
    And my deck of cards were CoffeeMate cards. Don’t ask me where they came from, I have NO idea! :)

    • I know, I’m thinking of ordering a few plain t-shirts from the American Apparel site. There was a store in Boulder- I should have stocked up!

  3. Sounds like a fun weekend – I love that Saturday is your rest day now, that’s awesome!! I wish I could fit in longer stuff during the week and do the same (yes, I’m jealous!!). This weekend was lots of fun — race + beer fest + relaxing + delicious dinner out!

    • It’s definitely easy to fit in these workouts for bootcamp, since they’re all 30 min or less (but then there’s the days where I teach for 2 hours…)
      Saturday is the best rest day for me, because I’m not feeling pressured to wake up early and get my workout in. It’s nice to just sleep in now (even if “sleeping in” is usually only til 7 am!)

  4. You had me laughing out loud at my desk a couple different times during this post!! 1) When you said to look at the handsome face, and I knew you were going to say something about it being Greg’s and 2) those playing cards. I WISH you would have taken the male model ones to the gym!! That would have been HILARIOUS – those gym guys would’ve been speechless! Your meals look super yummy too – especially that P28 pizza. Where do you get those bagels again?

    • PS – weekend was good. Bought new running shoes at REI!!! Yay 20% off coupon, and my boss got me a giftcard. So it was all free :) Then I went on a 2 mile run to break them in. I LOVED them!

    • Lol. The cards are CRUDE. Totally x-rated. :)
      I get the P28 bagels at Wegmans, which is like the Disneyland of grocery stores (I think they’re just on the east coast). You can order them online though- from Amazon. I’m going to check with the folks at P28 and see how people can get them easier.

  5. 3 weeks left of school SO EXCITING!!!! i’m definitely heading over to check out the P28 bread! and i’m still waiting on my fitmixer bcaas i ordered a few weeks ago! hurry up fitmixer!! haha

  6. WHERE DO YOU GET THE PROTEIN BAGELS?! I need those in my life! i finally broke my real bagel addiction and have been eating the bagel thins, but they arent enough protein for me. ive tried the chocolate peanut butter arctic zero ice cream and its fine, obviously not the real deal but good enough for those of us who can pretend things like protein shakes are froyo ;-) so happy to hear you are doing great with the bootcamp! i know my weight loss and now maintaining is mostly due to eating a high protein diet!

    • I get them at Wegmans. Do you have those? I think they’re based in New York (don’t know about the city though!).

  7. What are the ingredients that make the ice cream so low in calories?

  8. Are you making your profile public on my fitness pal? I’m on there and just curious :)

  9. Fun seeing the elaborations behind the instagrams! Love you!

  10. doing your own css? check out content width and content .p width. should fix your prob.

    its because your post fits the current width you have. but the home page it doesn’t because of the date on the left hand side.

    • for a quick fix…replace .post{padding:0 0 40px 0;}

      with .post{padding:0 150px 40px 0;} in your css stylesheet.

      it fixes the home page alignment, but i can’t see how the post aligns w/ those dimension. but hey, it’ll fix your home page. ;)

  11. Um, yeah, I want everything in this picture (except Greg b/c that would be awkward—hello sister wife!!) Chipotle rocks my socks off, I’m eating it way more often seeing that it’s just bout on every corner here. And thank god for salads! I bought a bunch of greens last week so I’ve been feasting on salads with varying proteins non stop.

    And that picture of you and Jackson? I die!

  12. That sounds like a GREAT weekend :) I love that you call it “happy hour” workouts. ROCK on!!

    • Yeah, we all like to call Bodypump Friday Happy Hour- because at the end of the day, it makes us feel better than downing a couple of cocktails would!

  13. I don’t know if you have a Kroger near you, but my Kroger sells Article Zero for cheaper than Whole Foods. It’s still not *super* cheap, but it costs less than getting self-serve frozen yogurt.

    • Boo- we don’t have Kroger. I’m hoping Wegmans starts carrying it though. The two organic grocers in my town have it, but it’s super pricey there too.

  14. Have you ever mixed Arctic Zero with [soy, almond, coconut, regular] milk? It’s good, like a milkshake.

  15. I think I’d be more excited for the Little Mermaid cards…I also think that I’m five.

    I love artic zero. I can’t eat it now because it’s not vegan but I felt satisfied that I could eat a pint without feeling too guilty except ’cause of the cost.

  16. I just had a sweet potato protein ice cream bowl… but now I kind want to make one of those muffins too. LOL!

    Glad you liked the PB dip. I’m a little addicted. :)

  17. yay im so excited to try that recipe!! ive been wondering how im going to use that orange flavored stevia..thanks for the idea!!

    btw, seriously u didnt use the nudie playing cards? haha those are the best. i remember my friends and i played with them once in high school and one of the guys looked like my friends got weird hah.

    • LOL! The guys on the playing cards are SO gross! My friend and I were DYING when we looked through them the first time. Lots of porno ‘staches going on!

  18. ultimate good friend: helping them move. I HATE moving…with a passion. I always hire movers…it’s expensive but it saves me a trip to the therapist. BTW Glenn splurges on those artic zeros…he’s obsessed!

    • We hired movers when we moved last year, and will ALWAYS do it in the future. It’s worth EVERY PENNY.

  19. loving hearing about fitxmixer!! moving is the best workout… but totally sucks. love that arctic zero stuff. i was trying to figure out how to make it, but i don’t have any monk fruit handy. lol. your playing cards crack me up.

  20. Lindsey says:

    Hi Lauren,

    I’ve loved reading your blog for quite awhile–I’m a fellow Marylander & BodyPumper–but I’ve never commented. I’m a terrible cook, but I have to say your cocoa muffin was SO simple and really delicious. I made the recipe into 3 little muffins in my silicone muffin cups. I’m restarting Weight Watchers after having great success about 6 years ago and I think your recipes will help me a ton this time around! Thank you!

  21. How did you get the adora disk to melt in the middle; like did you put it in before or after cooking? That muffin looks so good; can’t wait to try it!!


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