For real…how did I not know about this stuff? Holy crap, it’s good. Joey felt the need to satisfy his nerd-jones and looked it up on Wikipedia (because the Pocky website has no English…), and apparently “Men’s Pocky” just means that it’s made with bittersweet chocolate. This box had two little packages in it with a serving each of these tiny, chocolate dipped pretzelly sticks of magical happiness. One serving is pretty low fat/calorie/carb. As such, Pocky will be making a repeat appearance in Chez Weaver.
My other piece of food inspiration comes from Deb of Smoothie Girl Eats, Too. I’d never read her blog before, but I’d heard about her Protein Muffin recipe on a couple of my favorite blogs. Any time someone promises me a muffin the size of my hand that is low calorie/carb and full of healthy fats, I’m game. Add the convenience factor of microwave cooking, which requires precious little effort on my behalf, and you can bet on my making it.
RUN, don’t walk, to your fridge right now. Make this. I’m not going to duplicate her recipe here, because I want you to go to her site and read about this. However, I’ll tell you the substitutions I made:
- subbed 1 tbsp brown rice protein powder for the cocoa powder
- subbed peanut flour for the coconut flour
- subbed applesauce for the pumpkin
- used 1 egg instead of 2 whites
- used Stevia as my sweetener of choice
- added 1 tbsp chocolate chips
I microwaved it in an egg drop soup container, so the resulting muffin looked like a pint-sized (literally, because egg drop soup containers are 16 oz) personal cake!! Last night, I topped mine and Joey’s muffins with some Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter (1/2 a pack each). Guys, the possibilities with this recipe are endless…I’m seeing red velvet muffins, carrot cake muffins, pumpkin pie muffins….
Oh, and to put your mind at ease, we don’t have any Kleenex at the house, so the roll of TP is for runny noses only.
Tonight, we’re going over to Joey’s parents’ house to cook dinner for Mother’s Day. On the menu? teriyaki steak, chicken, and shrimp kabobs with pineapple fried rice. I’ll let you know how it turns out.