WIAW: Pumped Up Meals

Hey guys!

Well, time flies when you’re having fun. It’s already time…

Time to party!

And it’s also time to change things up for our little shindig…I’m totally excited about the theme Jenn picked for this month…

Fun…Food…& Fitness!

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I’ve really been having a great time finding my groove again when it comes to fitness (and taking the time to take silly pics of myself at the gym)…I’ve actually been excited to get to my workouts instead of just seeing them as another something to mark off the to-do list.

Along with all that sweating though comes time for refuel.

Protein = Muscle Recovery

Plain and simple!

So I thought I’d share with you guys some of the meals I turn to to make sure I’m getting enough protein to refuel my muscles…I mean, if my legs are gonna get me through that killer Kickboxing workout, the least I could do is give them a little reward!

First up, breakfast!

When I’m not diving head first into a Carrot Cake Parfait,

I’m usually enjoying a nice big bowl of Egg White Oats!

Sometimes with fruit…

And sometimes with crushed chocolate hazelnut biscotti from my favorite Mama Bird! 😉

Or sometimes, all I want are eggs…

Gotta love that staying power…and I know how to appreciate a perfectly runny yolk!

But other times, other times…it’s all about the pancakes!

Coconutty Protein Pancakes to be exact!

Lunches lately (thanks to the night shift) have been more breakfast oriented…not that I mind one bit! Especially when it involves a nice hot cup of coffee…

And an Orange Creamsicle Protein Muffin

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Or a yogurt bowl…

Or maybe even some Protein French Toast!

Recipe coming oh so SOON!

My dinners lately have been a whole lot of these:

Build-a-Bowl to the rescue! This one with quinoa, cottage cheese, Lox, kholrabi, cucumber, and tomatoes!

Bowls of cottage cheese with lox and cucumbers…with crackers for dipping…

Or a veggie wrap filled to the BRIM with hummus, fresh farmer’s market produce, sprouts, and feta cheese!

And apparently all this protein eating seems to be paying off…

Isn’t he cute? My little muscle? I kinda want to name him! 😉

What is your favorite protein packed meal?

What exercise are you enjoying lately?





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52 Responses to WIAW: Pumped Up Meals

  1. where/how do you buy your lox? i’ve never bought it, would like to, but is it canned? fresh? i just don’t know. haha.

    oh and hello there tricep. looking good <3

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      I get mine from the seafood section…you can find it in plastic packages in the refrigerated area. I got this batch from the sushi counter at Publix. I love it when they have leftover scraps for sell because it’s usually in a small enough package that I don’t have to worry about eating it 14 times a day just to use it up before it goes bad.

      And Mr. Tricep says, “hey bayyyyyyybay! 😉

  2. Jennifer says:

    Happy WIAW! What a pretty veggie wrap.

  3. Brittany says:

    Your food looks so delicious! I’m trying to incorporate more protein in my meals so these gave me some yummy ideas!

    Nice triceps you’ve got there!

  4. Meg says:

    Would you look at that tricep!!!!!! Gee girl 😉 Ok why don’t I know you FOR REAL!? I would eat everything on this post!


    love you

  5. Emily says:

    I swear, your food pictures are always gorgeous…and leave me drooling!
    I’ve been working on incorporating more protein into my meals lately and have absolutely fallen in love with lentils and protein smoothies! Both are delicious and smoothies are the perfect way to get refueled and refreshed after my workouts!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Thank you, Emily! I agree, smoothies are the perfect post-workout fuel…especially on a hot summer day! I love making them super thick so you can eat them with a spoon! Just like ice cream…only better! 🙂

  6. Protein smoothies with an array of yummy toppings! I’m totally loving spinning and strength training at the moment. That carrot cake parfait looks amazing btw!

  7. You’re such a great photographer,Heather! I adore your food pictures,I bet you could even make the most yuck-y meal delicious,seriously!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Aww, thank you so much, Kat! The trick is to add color to EVERYTHING…no one wants to see a bowl or plate full of brown! haha!

  8. @pluvk says:

    WHAT is in that wrap?! It looks so delicious!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      It’s an Italian Flat Out Wrap with sundried tomato hummus, yellow zucchini, sprouts, tomatoes, feta cheese, and a sprinkle of salt-free Italian seasoning…had it for dinner last night and it was maaaaaaaaaaarvelous!

  9. i love eggs and oats and yogurt bowls! they are all awesome ways to get protein in after a work out!

  10. LOVE your exercise faces, Heather! 😉 The wrap looks delicious, too!

  11. I’m the same way about protein! Getting enough protein on a plant based diet was difficult at first but it’s gotten easier. Off to check our your orange muffin recipe. Totally into veggie wraps with hummus right now!

    [Fitness, Health and Happiness]

  12. I love all the protein packed breakfasts! I need to check out a ton of those recipes! I love just eggs for protein in the morning. It’s that or a protein pancake, or Greek yogurt…so many options, I love my protein!

  13. Your veggie wrap looks awesome! I love stuffing mine with hummus and feta cheese too.

    My favourite protein packed meals are Greek yogurt with fruit and granola, egg white oatmeal, fried eggs with spinach and quinoa, and tofu/tempeh rice bowls!

  14. You really do have some pretty good eats girl! Feel free to come make me breakfast any time! 😉

  15. Hi, friend! All of your photos look so beautiful! [Including the ones with you in them…duh. ;)]

    Glad you are “getting your groove back” in the gym. I’ve been…running. [Gasp!]

  16. deirdre says:

    So glad I skipped over here from WIAW! I’ve been wanting to add more protein to my meals, but other than eggs, meat and beans wasn’t sure what meals to make- these all look so good! You’re on my RSS now! WOOT!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Yay! I’m so happy you skipped on over here too! Welcome! Glad to have you as a new reader, Deirdre! 🙂

  17. Lindsay says:

    Oh god that carrot cake parfait looks so dreamy. I’m definitely gonna have to have like a million of those as soon as I’m done moving today. I love a perfect runny yolk especially when it like oozes over some toast or some rice.

    I love your photos. They make me so happy. How do you make your little photo collages?

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      I’ve been using the free Picasa program to make all of my collages for the last couple of months, but there isn’t as much freedom inside the collage (with each picture) to manipulate them as I’d like so I’ve been tinkering around with Pic Monkey for the last day or so and it seems to be more of what I’m looking for. Pretty sure I’ll be making the switch soon!

  18. I’m an egg ADDICT. Seriously, I think I might grow feathers and start clucking soon 😉 they’re always my “go to” protein packed meals…

  19. Reading your posts always make me so hungry. Seriously! Great eats

  20. You’re the funniest. For Serious.
    I’m diggin’ everything and so happy about your little tricep. I’m assuming you’ve got another one to match on the other arm? 😉
    I’m loving cottage cheese lately. It’s seriously fun and although many people are skeeved out by the texture, I love it because of the texture- the bigger the lumps, the better!
    I’m signed up for water zumba which I’m psyched about!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Oh my gosh, ME TOO! I messed up and grabbed a small curd the other day and was so disappointed! Haha! And yes, Mr. Tricep has a twin brother…although he’s not quite as pronounced on my non-dominant arm…we’ll have to work on that now, won’t we?

      Water zumba, huh? That sounds like the perfect way to hide my dancing inability! Tell me how it goes!

  21. Hannah says:

    Parfaits are my weakness….they truly own my heart! Happy 4th of July 🙂

  22. Yayyy hello Mr. Tricep, lol 😉 It’s all those eggs, no joke!

  23. You always make my day brighter so thank you ahha you are too funny. I am jealous of yoir little tricep though! Tri-ceppy. Say it with an Italian accent. Like Giuseppe but triceppy lol no? Okay. Haha anyway, I have yet to make egg white oats. I’m kinda scared it will taste like “glue” as I’ve heard some people say but then again others love it. I’ll have to just suck it up, get some oat bran and make it already.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Haha! YES! Gotta have the accent! Of course, now I’m craving meatballs! Lol

      Try the oats, I promise they don’t taste like glue…at least not if you follow my recipe…not sure WHAT those other girls are adding! 😉

  24. WOW! Everything looks so healthy and delicious. I loved this whole post. Thanks for the inspiration!

  25. Jessica says:

    The carrot cake parfait sounds and looks amazing! Thanks for sharing the link…I think I know what’s for breakfast tomorrow!

  26. All your pictures are gorgeous! Plus that carrot cake parfait looks too die for!

  27. You are ROCKING your workouts, and looking AWESOME!! Hot, hot, hot!!
    Thanks for all the different protein options. I sometimes tend to fall into a rut!
    I love cottage cheese, but never really make it into a savory dish (except in lasagna). But adding lox… NOW you’re talkin’!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Aww, shucks! Thanks woman! Though, I don’t think I could survive half a day in your shoes…MyFitnessPal update of the day: OatmealLauren just burned 263,531,749 calories running around like a mad woman at the gym! 😉

      And I always love to inspire…the lox and cottage cheese was incredible, and the cucumber slices really lightened it up. So fresh!

  28. Carly Clark says:

    How do you snag those gym photos? haha I feel like everyone is looking at me when I try to take one in the mirror;not that they don’t already stare at this teenage girl lifting some weights 🙂 And about that lox, do you use a specific brand? I love me some salmon and that is lookin good right about now!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Haha! Usually I go into one of the empty activity rooms to workout so I’m by myself, but the other day someone walked into the room as I was taking a pic of myself flexing in the mirror! Yeah, I tried to make it into a, “Oh you know I thought I saw something on my arm at the same time I was responding to a text…” It was 100% smooth! 😉

      I try to pick up the lox that is sold at the sushi counter at my store. They sometimes sell little cartons of scraps for a pretty cheap price. That way I don’t have to worry about it going bad before I get a chance to eat it!

  29. I love your faces at the gym. Those are the best. 😉

  30. teabagginit says:

    love that TKO workout and all those eats! my favorite protein meal has got to include eggs! i’ve been making them sweet and savory depending my my mood but they’re always delicious and runny yolks for the win! 🙂

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Oh yeah, that’s my girl! LOVE runny yolks! And I gotta give it to you for the sweet eggs…not many people out there believe me when I say they really are tasty!

  31. You know I appreciate all of these protein ideas on my recent quest for constant protein. 🙂

    That carrot parfait is going to have to be snack today.

  32. Congrats on being the first to post at this week’s WIAW! I don’t know if it’s just me, but it always seems like a race… But maybe that’s just because I always come in LAST 😀

    My favorite protein packed meal is either at breakfast with protein banana ice cream, or at supper when I load up on grilled meats and pistachios!

    I have been doing Just Dance and swimming. Also, before the kids I babysit wake up every morning I do a toning exercise (<<< That one's probably my fave!).

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Haha, I totally get what you mean! I’d be lying if I said I didn’t giggle a bit to myself when I realized I timed it right for the first spot! It’s kinda like winning an Ebay auction at the last second! Lol

      Love the sound of protein banana ice cream for breakfast…that needs to happen in my kitchen very soon! And I noticed my gym now has that Just Dance class, but I don’t know anything about it. If it’s anything like zumba, I think I’ll spare the other members the embarrassment that is me trying to learn choreography…I’m so not kidding!

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