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Fifteen years ago, I was twelve years old and received a treadmill for Christmas.
I don’t remember asking for this gift. I also don’t remember being crazy excited about it. But, after going out for the seventh grade cross country team on a whim the fall before and plans to join the school’s track team that spring, I knew I would use it.
Now that I am older and I look back on all the gifts I have received throughout my life, this treadmill may be one of the best gifts that I ever received.
This is because that treadmill turned out to be so much more than just a treadmill: That Christmas, I received the gift of love for fitness and have carried that with me into my adult life.
As I moved into high school I became a strong athlete for the first time in my life. I was fit and easily the fastest runner on the field hockey and lacrosse teams. I capped off my college years by running my first half marathon and have had a great time running many of the silly themed races that have cropped up in the last few years with my friends.
Because running has been such a huge part of my life for the last fifteen years, my body now craves cardio. It puts me in a good mood, I sleep better, and my skin looks great. Making time to work out is part of my everyday routine.
However, I am by no means a gym rat. I like spin and Pilates classes and I am still a fan of the treadmill. (I have even learned that at a good fast walking speed and a little incline that it is a great place to crank out a blog post!) I am also not the kind of girl who is into “bulking up,” but I do know that protein is a vital nutrition component, especially when working out, so it also has a place in my diet every day.
I especially love getting my protein in the morning.
Protein helps to wake up your body by revving your metabolism and bringing alertness to your brain. A breakfast with protein energizes me for the busy day and gives me the fuel to get to gym after work.
I have five little free range hens in my backyard and their eggs were a great source of protein every morning this summer. Every Sunday I would hard boil a dozen eggs and my husband and I would grab a couple on our way out the door throughout the week.
But now the days are shorter and it’s much colder outside so the hens are not producing eggs as often as they would throughout the summer months. I needed to find a new protein solution that was as easy to eat in the morning as a hardboiled egg so I began researching protein powders.
However, I nearly wrote them off after about three minutes of research. There are so many different protein powders out there yet much of what is on the market is full of highly processed ingredients, chemicals, preservatives, and added sugars (possibly GMO sugar beets, too). I make an effort to eat as real as possible, why would I blow that all away first thing in the morning?
Then I was introduced to ALOHA, a whole super food and plant based protein powder that is completely free of anything artificial.
Between their product philosophy and beautifully simple website, I was eager to give the ALOHA protein powders a try. They also have a free 14 day trial (while supplies last) with the benefits of becoming auto enrolled into the monthly subscription plan. This allows you to simply try out their products without paying for the service first! Check it out here.
When it arrived I “ohh’ed” and “awe’ed” over the product’s pretty packaging and excitedly made my first smoothie. I was so impressed with the taste — it was delicious. I almost felt like I was drinking a dessert, not breakfast.
But, I wanted to see what else the ALOHA protein powder could do.
A friend of mine from that seventh grade cross country team, Katie, is now really into body building. She has found success in different competitions and it has been neat to follow her transformation from a little, bity runner’s build to big, strong, and sleek muscles on Facebook.
She also loves to bake and often posts #foodporn worthy shots of treats she enhances with protein. I had only made breakfast bars that didn’t require baking with protein powder before, so I reached out to her for a little advice before I gave baking a try.
Katie said that she loves to make pancakes (making them five days a week… these must be good!), muffins, cookies, and even truffles with protein powders. She shared that she either substitutes half of something, like flour or sugar, for protein powder or just adds it into the recipe while increasing the amount of wet ingredients to get the appropriate consistency.
Katie also mentioned that baked goods made with protein powders sometimes don’t need to cook as long as their conventional counterparts because the protein tends to dry things out more quickly.
With Katie’s assistance and my ALOHA protein powders I decided to create a breakfast bread using flavors of the Holiday season like cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.
The spices combined so well with the vanilla protein powder. The complimentary flavors were also great for the first week of December!
This spiced vanilla protein powder bread was a perfect solution for my need for a quick, protein packed breakfast. And, I could feel great about everything in it thanks to the super clean ALOHA protein powder.
- 1½ cup of almond flour
- 2 large scoops ALOHA vanilla protein powder
- ½ tsp. unrefined sea salt
- ½ tsp. aluminum-free baking powder
- 1½ tsp cinnamon
- 1½ tsp. all spice
- 1½ tsp. nutmeg
- 4 tsp. ground ginger
- ¾ cup coconut nectar
- 3 eggs, pastured and/or organic if possible
- ½ cup melted coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine all dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
- Combine all wet ingredients together in a bowl.
- Pour combined wet ingredients into dry ingredient bowl. Stir to combine.
- Pour batter into a greased loaf pan.
- Bake for 40-50 minutes.
PS- In addition to protein powder ALOHA also carries a green juice powder called The Daily Good Greens that you can just add to water and get a surplus of excellent nutrients. This stuff is amazingly refreshing and sure beats busting out the big, old juicer! Can you say “convenience?!”