Raspberry Lemon Protein Mug Muffin – Single Serve

A Raspberry Lemon Protein Mug Muffin is a quick and easy solution to breakfast in the morning - or as a healthy, single-serve dessert before bed!I know it’s not spring yet, but I’m getting the fever to make delicious yummy things that remind me of warm weather.  My recipe for Raspberry Lemon Protien Mug Muffins reminds me of the lemon pound cake that has always been a family favorite, but typically reserved for dessert on special occasions. Single serve, and super yummy, this easy-to-make mug muffin makes a delicious morning meal or satisfying swap when you need a sweet treat at night.

calcium). This could vary slightly on the protein powder you are using.

If you think you don’t have time to make a scratch breakfast in the morning, especially a “muffin,” think again! This muffin is mixed up right in the mug and “bakes” in the microwave in 2 minutes or less.  You’ll be digging into warm, moist, lemony goodness before the coffee is even done brewing – plus, the only dishes to wash are the mug and your spoon! Win-win!

When life hands you lemons, ask for something with more protein!

Another win is that you’re fueling yourself well for whatever the day holds. Between protein powder and an egg white, there is plenty of protein to keep you from getting hungry before lunch  — plus, it’s under 200 calories and gluten-free.  Here are the specifics:  182 calories, 17g protein, 21g carbohydrate (5g sugar), 4g dietary fiber, 3g fat and calcium). This could vary slightly on the protein powder you are using.Meyer Lemon Raspberry Protein Mug Muffin I used Meyer Lemons in my recipe which are less acidic and slightly more sweet than a traditional lemon (actually, they are a hybrid lemon-orange) and I love the blemish-free large ones from Frieda’s Produce! Look for these beauties packaged up in a cellophane bag in your produce department.

What’s your favorite quick-fix for breakfast? Have you ever had a Meyer Lemon? Please share in the comments below – XOXO, Jennifer 

 

Meyer Lemon Raspberry Protein Mug Muffin
Raspberry Lemon Protein Mug Muffin
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Enjoy a warm, delicious breakfast ready start to finish in 5 minutes! You'll be fueled with protein for your workout, run or busy morning. Gluten Free.
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1 serving 2 minutes
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1 serving 2 minutes
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Meyer Lemon Raspberry Protein Mug Muffin
Raspberry Lemon Protein Mug Muffin
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Enjoy a warm, delicious breakfast ready start to finish in 5 minutes! You'll be fueled with protein for your workout, run or busy morning. Gluten Free.
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 2 minutes
Cook Time
2 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 2 minutes
Cook Time
2 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: serving
Instructions
  1. In 12 ounce mug, add egg whites, egg white, lemon juice and lemon zest. Whisk together with fork until well combined.
  2. Add in protein powder, oat flour and stevia, if needed. Stir until combined.
  3. Add raspberries and gently fold in.
  4. Place mug in center of microwave and cook on high for 60 to 120 seconds, until batter no longer raw (but it will be very moist). Actual cooking time will depend on the strength of your microwave.
  5. Stand by and watch muffin cook so that it does not overflow -- if it starts to rise too much, simply stop microwave, let it settle, and then restart.
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Tuna Avocado Toast with Tangy Lemon Crema #BeeHealthy

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It’s a New Year and I’ve made a pledge to continue yet another year of striving to be the best me I can be. I’ll stay on this path (although there are always a few detours) by making nutritious food choices, exercising in some way every day, stepping outside my comfort zone with personal challenges and just being at peace with myself. While I don’t have a lot of resolutions (sounds so shaming), I do have one oath of an epicurean nature to make – never make a rash judgment that prevents a delicious healthy food trend from meeting my mouth.

What delicious healthy food trend, you ask? I’m talking about avocado toast, the creamy and crunchy hookup that has been buzzing all over the Internet. I’ve seen avocado toast in some form or fashion on every social media channel imaginable in the last few months, but I dismissed the toast and topping as not protein-rich enough for my diet (although I don’t mind eating an entire avocado in one sitting – wink, wink).

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But then, I had a moment of clarity yesterday while trying to come up with a quick healthy meal from the pantry – what about tuna fish?!  I always keep a few cans of tuna from Bumble Bee Seafoods to elevate salads, sandwiches and simple ingredients into yummy and healthy meals. For example, my recipe for Fiesta Tuna Quinoa Salad is still a make-ahead favorite for a whirlwind week as is my Speedy Salad Nicoise.

Tuna is a simple (and frugal) way to add a host of nutrients to your diet, including lean protein, healthy fat, and important vitamins and minerals.  I’m a fan of the single-serve, 2.5 ounce pouches of Bumble Bee® Premium Albacore Tuna and Light Tuna because the packages don’t require a can opener, messy draining, or any cooking!

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Tuna, Avocado & Radish Toast with Tangy Lemon Crema
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Tuna, Avocado & Radish Toast with Tangy Lemon Crema
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  1. Lightly brush tops of bread with olive oil and set under broiler until lightly brown on top. Remove from oven and set aside.
  2. Cut avocado in half, remove seed and score flesh inside of skin. With a spoon, scoop out one half of the scored avocado and add to bowl with lemon juice, garlic and sea salt. Mash together very well. Add in the other half of scored avocado and mix lightly to combine – this will keep a chunkier texture.
    How to Score Avocado
  3. Spread equal portion of avocado mixture on the top of each toast. Top each toast with just a little over ½ ounce of tuna fish and sprinkling of radish slices.
  4. In another small bowl, wish together Greek yogurt, lemon juice, lemon zest and hot pepper sauce until incorporated.
  5. Drizzle lemon crema over tops of toast and garnish with pea shoots.
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Baked Gingerbread Protein Donuts with Lemon Glaze {Gluten Free} #AlohaMoment

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With the holiday season in full swing AND my plan to carbo-load for the Dallas Marathon (which was on Sunday, that’s another story for another day), I broke out of my normal eating routine last week to indulge in some scrumptious baked goods! Even though I had Christmas cookies and a big bun with my burger, I was mindful of not eating a ton of low-quality carb crap.

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Despite the marathon carbohydrate mission, I wanted to keep balance in breakfast. My days are just much more productive when I’ve started off with enough protein. One trick I rely on to up my intake is to sneak protein powder into recipes for pancakes, muffins, quick breads and such. My favorite recipe coming out of the oven this week was a batch of Baked Gingerbread Protein Donuts with Lemon Icing – and these little delights are gluten-free and paleo-friendly and actually low-carb enough for me (and hopefully you) to enjoy any day!

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You will not believe the delicious homemade seasonal scent that wafts through the house as these donuts bake. Am I tempting you yet? Keep reading for the recipe!

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Yup, I stirred Aloha Premium Protein Powder right into the batter (and even icing) for these delicious baked donuts. Aloha comes either in a big tub or packets – I like the pre-portioned packets for convenience and each one features 18 grams of plant-based protein along with vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients. Perfect for vegetarians, vegans and everyone, this great-tasting product (which comes in chocolate and vanilla) helps ensure that you’re getting the complete chain of amino acids. Plus, there are no artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, animal products, fillers or chemicals of any kind. Gluten-Free Baked Gingerbread Donuts - TheFitFork

I also want to mention that my donut recipe below is also gluten-free and fits in with a Paleo style diet – made with protein powder along with almond meal, stevia and other healthy ingredients, these donuts not only taste good but will keep you feeling good.

Baked Gingerbread Donuts with Lemon Glaze Recipe

Ingredients for donuts:

  • 3/4 cup almond meal
  • 1 cup gluten-free baking blend
  • 2 packets Aloha vanilla protein powder (reserve 1 Tablespoon for icing)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon stevia powder (1:2 stevia to sugar ratio)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons unsulphured blackstrap molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Ingredients for glaze:

  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon coconut butter
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Aloha vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon stevia powder (1:2 stevia to sugar ratio)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  1.  Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
  2. In medium bowl, mix together almond meal, gluten-free baking blend, protein powder (2 packets minus 1 tablespoon), baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and stevia power,  making sure there are no clumps.
  3. In another bowl whisk together eggs; whisk in molasses, coconut oil and vanilla. Mix together these wet ingredients with dry ingredients until well-combined, but not over-stirred.
  4. Spoon batter (or use piping bag) into 12-count mini donut pan, filling approximately 2/3 full.  Bake in 350 F degree oven for approximately 12 minutes, or until turning golden brown.
  5. Remove donuts to baking rack to cool completely.
  6. Meanwhile, mix together coconut milk, coconut butter, remaining 1 tablespoon protein powder, lemon juice and stevia. Drizzle over cooled donuts and sprinkle with lemon zest.
  7. Makes 12 mini donuts.
Chocolate Berry Smoothie

Blend together one packet Aloha Protein Powder with 12 oz. almond milk, 1/2 cup frozen berries and ice, as needed.

Also as a clean-eating, fitness enthusiast, I enjoy a smoothie or recovery shake made with protein powder for my morning meal or recovery. But, I can be picky about texture, taste and macros when it comes to supplementation.  A chocolate berry smoothie made with Aloha Premium Protein Powder is one of my go-to beverages after an intense workout during warmer weather (I aim for between 10 – 20 grams of protein within 30 minutes to assist with muscle recovery). But, it’s also smart to start off the day with protein, so I often mix Aloha into a hot morning drink, in nut butter, or in all types of batter – like with the Baked Gingerbread Protein Donut recipe above!

If you’d like to sample Aloha Premium Protein Powder (while supplies last), check out their free 14 days trial (a monthly subscription, but no-hassle to cancel if not right for you). You can also follow them on Facebook (Aloha), Twitter (@aloha), Pinterest (@alohamoment) , or Instagram (@alohamoment).

What is your favorite way to use protein powder?

Penne For Your Thoughts? Shrimp & Snap Pea Pasta with Lemon Gremolata

shrimp snap pea pasta with lemon gremolata

Oh my goodness, I almost let National Pasta Day go uncelebrated and in my house full of noodle-lovers, that would be an unforgiveable offense.  I’ve grown my three sons into their teens on some form of pasta or another – they get that gene from their dad who lived exclusively on macaroni and cheese with tuna fish until age 29 (when we got engaged).

Carbs, carbs – yes, traditional pasta has carbohydrates. Even though I eat a higher protein diet, I do enjoy a little taste of carby comfort now and then – especially when it’s topped with a kaleidoscope of my favorite fresh produce.  I want to share with you my recipe for Shrimp & Sugar Snap Pasta with Lemon Gremolata — it may seem a little “out of season” considering the boom of butternut squash and pumpkin recipes this time of year but, trust me, it’s a welcomed ray of sunshine for your supper (and the leftovers pack nicely for lunch). Oh, and since Austin is still in its endless summer season (which I expect to last until the beginning of November), I will just continue to enjoy wearing flip flops, summery tops and just-picked-from-the-garden pasta dishes.

I adapted this pasta salad recipe from one I’ve taught in classes on behalf of the Texas Beef Council. Of course, that recipe used sliced sirloin (always a good choice) but I just knew it would be good tweaked with shrimp, chicken or just extra vegetables.  Feel free to make substitutions, this recipe is super accommodating. For example, if sugar snap peas aren’t in the market, substitute blanched green beans or lightly steamed baby carrots. Also, use the noodle you prefer – like gemelli, corkscrew, bow ties or penne! The light and vibrant Lemon Gremolata dressing will find its way into the nooks and crannies of the pasta and really pulls all the flavors together. Enjoy!

Shrimp & Snap Pea Pasta with Lemon Gremolata Recipe

  • 1 lb large shrimp, tails on but peeled and deveined
  • 2 cups fresh sugar snap peas
  • 4 cups cooked gemelli, corkscrew or pasta
  • 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, cut in halves
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Freshly grated lemon peel
  • Chopped fresh parsley (optional)

For Gremolata Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  1. Bring water to boil in large saucepan. Add peas; cook 2 to 3 minutes until crisp-tender. Drain; rinse under cold water. Combine peas, pasta and tomatoes in large bowl. Set aside.
  2. Whisk Gremolata Dressing ingredients in small bowl until well blended. Toss 2 tablespoons dressing with pasta mixture. Set aside.
  3. Add olive oil to medium skillet and bring to medium-high heat. Add shrimp and garlic to skillet and cook for 3 – 4 minutes, stirring constantly, until pink. Season with pepper.
  4. Remove shrimp from skillet and add to pasta mixture. Add remaining dressing to pasta mixture; toss to coat evenly. Garnish with additional lemon peel and parsley, if desired.
  5. Serves 4.
Tip -- Zest your lemons BEFORE juicing!

Tip — Zest your lemons BEFORE juicing!

 

The Hipster Berry | Blackberry Lemon Smoothie Recipe

blackberryDid you know that professional “flavorists” have named the blackberry as a flavor that will be trending over the next year?  That makes me pretty happy because I love sweet, juicy black berries and I’ve noticed my local grocery store doesn’t yet seem to know just how hip and happening these little brambling beauties have become. Despite the crescendoing cool factor, blackberries are often the cheapest berry in the produce section — shhhh!

 

You may be most familiar with blackberries in jam, syrup or baked up in a country cobbler or atop a pretty little dessert like my Lemon Chia Seed Tea Cakes with Blackberries. But blackberries also pair pleasingly well with unusual flavors such as pepper, ginger or balsamic vinegar. Of late, I’m seeing blackberries used as a feature ingredient with chefs and bartenders crafting delicious drinks, dinners and desserts everywhere from food trucks to fancy-schmancy venues, aren’t you?! It’s time to get creative making both sweet and savory dishes featuring blackberries – here’s a delicious and nutritious smoothie recipe to get you started:

berry lemon smoothie

Place ¼ cup lemon juice, 1/3 cup fresh or frozen blackberries, 8 ounces almond milk and ½ cup cottage cheese in a blender. Pulse on and off for about 1 minute, or until smooth and creamy. Serves 1.

Blackberries aren’t just the cool kids in the fruit basket, they are also super healthy — but you probably already knew that! The seeds of blackberries are rich in Omega-3s and the plump flesh is packed with vitamins and other nutrients including fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese.Serve them with other berries for a bonanza of healthy benefits — a side perk, the pairing will make strawberries, blueberries  and other (ahem) less fashionable fruits seem suddenly much more interesting.

blackberries

Blackberries make a sweet and simple snack during the summer — remember to hydrate too!

CookingLight.com has a Guide to Blackberries that will help you select the best basket (or bushel) at the market. While you’re there, check out the mouthwatering gallery for Blackberry Recipes for summer entertaining inspiration.

Don’t want to miss the Grilled Pork with Blackberry Sage Sauce:

pork tenderloin with blackberry sage

Wash it down with a Blackberry Margarita! Yee-haw!

black berry margarita

Cottage Cheese, Please! Lemon Chia Tea Cakes with Berries Recipe #GlutenFree

The following post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Daisy Cottage Cheese.

Today, it’s cottage cheese, please! But, as I kid, I expressed my displeasure with this curd-style dairy product with the same gusto that was reserved for having blood drawn, getting grounded, having to babysit my brother instead of hang out with friends  — no, please, please, please don’t do this to me!  Crying, screaming, gnashing of teeth and so on. Boy, how times change! I barely wince at a needle prick, never get in trouble with my parents anymore and would welcome the opportunity to spend more time with my brother.  And . . . as you probably have guessed, I now love cottage cheese!

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When I headed down to the store to get my carton of Daisy Cottage Cheese, I noticed that the brand has rolled out new packaging – it’s so catchy with the white carton, blue lid and signature flower. It’s easy to figure out if you’re buying delicious full-fat Daisy (dark blue lid) or low-fat Daisy (light blue lid) — these little details matter, especially if I’m in a rush! But a great carton isn’t the only #DaisyDifference when it comes to stacking up this product against similar seeming cottage cheese brands on the shelves.  Daisy Cottage Cheese just plain uses better ingredients (and fewer) than the competition. Made from only four ingredients, this stuff is straightforward and simple – just the way it should be. I feel confident serving Daisy to my family knowing it isn’t gunked up with unnecessary additives, preservatives and thickeners.

Nutrition Label for Daisy Low-Fat 2% Cottage Cheese

Nutrition Label for Daisy Low-Fat 2% Cottage Cheese

What I’ve found as a mom and athlete is that cottage cheese is a great way to pack a wallop of protein into any meal of the day– even snacks and treats! Did you know that a ½ cup serving of 2% Daisy Cottage Cheese has just 90 calories and 14 grams of protein – getting me well on my way to achieving my daily protein requirement.  As a runner and fitness enthusiast who often works out two times a day, I require extra protein to help my body recover and rebuild muscle.  It’s so easy to add cottage cheese to a smoothie, a salad, or on top of a baked potato – I even blend up cottage cheese to transform it into a creamy sauce and silky, smooth baking ingredient.  Plus, since our family is on a budget, I really appreciate the value that cottage cheese offers as a protein source.

In honor of spring and all its fresh flavors, I whipped up this yummy batch of Lemon Chai Tea Cakes with Berries. It’s a healthy dessert that is balanced with protein – actually, I think it would also be great for breakfast!   As a bonus, this recipe is gluten-free and doesn’t have a lot of added sweetness – only a bit of honey and lemon curd. 

lemon cake cottage cheese

Lemon Chia Tea Cakes with Berries Recipe

  • 2 cups gluten-free oat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cup 2% Daisy Brand cottage cheese
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup lemon curd
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

Sauce and Garnish

  • ½ cup 2% Daisy Brand cottage cheese
  • ¼ cup lemon curd
  • Blackberries and raspberries
  1. In large bowl, mix together oat flour, baking powder, chia seeds and salt until combined.
  2. In blender, mix together cottage cheese, lemon juice, lemon curd, honey, vanilla, eggs and oil until smooth.
  3. Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients, stirring until just combined but not over mixing.
  4. Spoon batter into 4 free-standing paper baking cups (4” diameter) or 8 standard size muffin tins.
  5. Bake for approximately 20 – 25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center pulls clean.
  6. While muffins are baking, make sauce by adding ½ cup cottage cheese and ¼ lemon curd in blender; blend until smooth.
  7. To serve, spoon sauce over cooled tea cakes and top with berries. Serves 4.

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So Zesty! Lemon Citrus Spaghetti and Shrimp Recipe

jennifer fisher - thefitfork.com - lemon citrus spaghetti shrimpLemons make me happy. First, they are yellow, which just happens to be my favorite color. They add a little pleasing pucker to drinks and desserts. Lemons are loaded with vitamin C and potassium, and the scent of lemon really lifts my mood.  So, when life hands me lemons, I feel utterly elated. Tonight I used a windfall of this wonderful fruit to create a Lemon Citrus Spaghetti and Shrimp!

Lemon Citrus Spaghetti with Shrimp Recipe

  • 3/4 lb large shrimp, peeled but with tails intact
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 4 ounces whole wheat spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 4 clementines, peeled and sectioned
  • 1 lemon, sliced thinly
  • 1 lemon (zested and juiced)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
  • Sea salt, to taste

 

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Place the shrimp on a sheet pan with olive oil, salt, and pepper.  Toss well, spread them in 1 layer, and roast for 6 to 8 minutes, just until pink and cooked through.


Meanwhile, drizzle some olive oil in a large pot of boiling salted water, add the pasta, and cook al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Slice one lemon very thinly. Zest the other lemon, gathering about 1 tablespoon. Squeeze the juice from the zested lemon. Peel and section clementines.

citrus lemons clementines

Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, stirring for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add wine, clementine sections, zest from 1 lemon (about 1 tablespoon), juice from 1 lemon, and lemon slices. Bring to a light boil and cook for several minutes until ingredients are heated through and alcohol in wine is cooked off.

While still hot, add shrimp and pasta to the skillet and toss.  Season with sea salt to taste and garnish with chopped fresh parsley.

Serves 2.

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