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Friday’s Favorites: Protein-Packed Finds – Part Two

Friday’s Favorites: Protein-Packed Finds – Part Two

Are you ready for round two?

Last week’s installment of Friday’s Finds, which focused on the essential nutrient, proved to be insanely popular, so I hunted down more protein-packed meals and products. However, this edition includes one thing its predecessor did not – meat products.

Enjoy! 🙂

Bubba Burger Turkey Burger

As you might have read, one of these lean patties made an appearance Wednesday on a bed of spaghetti, tomato sauce and sauteed veggies in my Turkey Burger Spaghetti Bowl.

Each burger provides five grams of fat and 25 grams of protein for only 160 calories. The patties are pretty plain and taste like . . . turkey, but a little seasoning and good toppings go a long way to pump up the flavor.

Body Fortress Super Advanced Whey Protein – Chocolate

My EAS Lean 15 Vanilla Cream Protein Powder is pretty tasty, but how could I not try a chocolate variety as well?

Body Fortress’ chocolate powder has slightly different nutritional stats, but it‘s pretty similar to the EAS brand. One scoop of this chocolate powder packs 15 grams of protein in each 85-calorie scoop. Two scoops of the EAS vanilla cream flavor provides 15 grams of protein for 100 calories.

The chocolate flavor isn’t as creamy but doesn’t taste chalky. Not to mention, it’s cheaper than every other brand I looked at in Walmart, which sells all protein powders for a lot less than its competitors. A two-pound tub cost me about $14.

P.S. I can’t wait to try this and that flavor. Let’s see how long I can last before I buy this variety too. Any bets?

Trader Joe’s Smoked Apple Chardonnay Chicken Sausage

I know this is a horrible picture. I threw away the pretty part of the packaging, so bear with me and my one remaining icy link. 🙂

I’m currently headoverheels in love with these links! Consider this sausage the hot dog’s sophisticated cousinrich and smoky with a bit more class due to the hint of chardonnay and apple.

Each sausage provides 16 grams of protein and six grams of fat for 140 calories. Slice a few links and saute with sliced red peppers and onions Use the mixture to replace the bacon and scallions in this pasta dish, and you’ve really got a protein-packed meal.

Trust me- the perfectly paired flavor combinations in this dish will really make you feel like a chef; both you and your eaters will be full and happy. I completely forgot to take a picture of this meal, but it was so good that I doubt it will be long before I make it again.

That’s all the protein-packed finds I have for this week, but I’ll be back next week with additional ways to incorporate these products into different meals. Happy Friday! 🙂

Note: I was not compensated for reviewing the products mentioned in this post. All opinions are my own.


  1. What is your favorite brand/flavor of protein powder?
  2. How do you incorporate protein powder in meals/snacks other than shakes?

Related HGG Posts:

Weekend Breakfast: Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Protein-Packed Overnight Oats in a Jar


Lusting After Beef  


Of Possible Interest:

The Benefits of Protein –

Protein-Packed Lunch Recipes – Eating Well 

37 Protein-Packed Recipes to Keep You Full – Women’s Health

Friday’s Favorites: Protein-Packed Food Finds

Friday’s Favorites: Protein-Packed Food Finds

If you follow me on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook or Google +, you might know that I’ve been obsessed with protein lately.

How much protein do women need? How much do I need personally? What foods are good sources of protein? Can consuming too much protein be harmful to your health? The list questions I’ve asked myself goes on and on.

After reading several articles and tips, I used Kashi’s protein calculator to easily find my recommended intake.

Even though I eat plenty of protein on a daily basis, there are definitely times (Fridays during Lent, ahem) that I might not meet my recommended value. Considering I’m not a huge fan of seafood, Fridays as of late have inspired me to look for products and meals that pack the protein but don’t include meat .

After some research, I stumbled upon some delicious and inexpensive protein-packed options, which I described below for this week’s edition of Friday’s Favorite Food Finds.

Enjoy! 🙂

Note: I was not compensated for reviewing the products mentioned in this post. All opinions are my own.

Greek Yogurt Pancakes via Peanut Butter Fingers

Yogurt and  baking soda magically combined to create some of the fluffiest hotcakes I’ve ever eaten.

I love my buttermilk pancakes for one. However, these flapjacks might be my new favorite, especially since the Greek yogurt keeps me full for hours.

Breakfast Cookie Dough Cereal via The Fitnessista

This healthy dessert-turned-breakfast actually tastes like cookie dough, and the combination of oats and peanut butter squashes hunger for hours.

I’m not kidding. It’s unreal. Try it, now. 

Kashi Go Lean Cereal, Original


Since we’re on the cereal train, let me tell you about the latest new-to-me box of goodness.

This simple cereal packs whole grains and a whopping 13 grams of protein per cup for only 140 calories! Need I say more?

Jif Natural Peanut Butter Spread 

Sometimes I get so caught up in finding “unusual” or new peanut butters that I forget how much I love the simple, creamy taste of Jif. This peanut butter works well in recipes; spreads easily on toast; melts perfectly in hot oatmeal; and tastes good straight from the jar.

P.S. It also tastes pretty darn delicious in the cookie dough cereal shown above.

Bell Plantation’s PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter

I actually resisted buying this powder for a while because I love the fat in peanut butter and know it’s good for my body, especially when recovering from a workout. However, I finally gave in to my curiosity and ordered this above-pictured bag from Amazon last week.

Two tablespoons of this powder provide five grams of protein, 1.5 grams of fat, and a flavor that’s pretty close to actual peanut butter. I’ve devised a few good ways to use it on days where I’ve already consumed plenty of fat but crave a nutty flavor.

Recipes to come soon!

Blue Diamond Lightly Salted Almonds

If you haven’t noticed, I’m pretty much a nutcase, and the addition of these almonds to this list and my favorites page further proves the point. 😉

EAS Lean 15 Protein Powder, Vanilla Cream Flavor

I never thought I’d be a protein powder fanatic, but this stuff tastes heavenly when blended into a smoothie; stirred in a cup of hot vanilla almond milk; and swirled into a bowl of yogurt topped with strawberries.

This powder is definitely a quick-fix for workout recovery and/or protein deficiency.

Have a great weekend, and don’t forget to check out past Friday Favorites below if you missed them the first time around.

Friday’s Favorite Finds: Food and Music

Friday’s Favorite Food Finds: Pick-Me-Ups

Friday’s Favorite Food Finds: Salsa, Yogurt, Snack Bars

Easy Homemade Margherita Pizzas

Easy Homemade Margherita Pizzas

Warning: The following recipe might make you swear off delivery pizza for the rest of your life.

Here’s what you need to make margherita pizzas at home in less than 30 minutes:

1. An excellent recipe for homemade dough (I substituted white whole-wheat flour for the all-purpose flour.)

2. A few simple toppings – good sauce; sliced tomatoes; fresh mozzarella; minced garlic; a sprinkle of pepper; and shredded Parmesan cheese to be exact

 3. A few leaves of fresh basil

4. Hungry mouths to feed!

Enjoy the praises you receive after making these easy, cheap and delicious pies. You know I sure did. 😉


  1. What is your favorite pizza dough recipe?
  2. What are your favorite pizza toppings?

Related HGG Posts:

Grilled Chicken Pita Pizzas 

Pizza, Healthified

Spicy English Muffin Minis 

Of Possible Interest:

Pizza & Beyond! 15 Recipes for Pizza, Flatbread, and More – the Kitchn

Over Easy: Egg on Pizza – the Kitchn

Hunting Down a Good Pizza Stone – the Kitchn

Whole-Wheat Blueberry Waffles

Whole-Wheat Blueberry Waffles

Fridays during Lent are officially breakfast-for-dinner days since I can’t eat meat, and this Friday was no exception. However, yesterday was special because my best friend spent time with me before my spring break ends Sunday.

Because my BFF is a blueberry fanatic, and we didn’t have enough bread to make french toast, we settled on whole-wheat blueberry waffles. I searched online for a good recipe and stumbled upon Todd’s Famous Blueberry Pancakes, which I  used to make waffles. I figured that if they’re famous, they must be good!

Regardless, I was a little nervous to make these from scratch. However, I must say that these were really easy to put together and quite good for my first attempt at homemade waffles. The first batch was kind of dense and doughy, but the second batch was light and crispy, just as waffles should be.

My BFF and I opted for a little butter and New York maple syrup to top the first waffles off. Then, we decided to try peanut butter, which was absolutely delicious.  However, we both realized afterward that cinnamon would have been perfect. It’s a good thing that there’s always a next time.

Makes about 6 waffles (or 12 pancakes)


  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, thawed


  1.  In a large bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking powder and sugar. In a small bowl, beat together egg and milk. Stir milk and egg into flour mixture. Mix in the butter and fold in the blueberries. Set aside for 1 hour.
  2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

It’s fun to cook for my family instead of just for me. I can’t tell you how much I’m going to hate returning to school (a.k.a. cooking for one). I just keep telling myself that I’ll be home for the summer May 2. After enjoying the large kitchen, sleeping late and the beach, I realized that spring break is such a teaser.

Until next time,