Thursday, June 20, 2019

The Friday 5

Hi, happy Friday and happy first official day of Summer – wahoo!!

It’s been a very fun birthday week over here. I’m officially 39 and the final year of my thirties is off to a great start! 🙂 We’ve had such a great week, and we are looking forward to celebrating the first weekend of summer with a Dave Matthews Band concert (we have friends visiting from NYC), spectating a CrossFit competition, and my cousin’s baby shower. It’s going to be a busy one for sure!

Today’s Friday 5 is all about food and beauty, including my newest dairy-free protein powder obsession, an easy gluten-free mug cake recipe, and a Counterman product Mal loves (and I use, too!).

I hope you have a fabulous summer weekend!

1. Nuzest Smooth Vanilla Vegan Protein – I feel like I’m constantly on the hunt for a good plant-based protein powder. Ever since I discovered that I’m sensitive to beef, I haven’t been using beef collagen in my morning iced coffee and have been experimenting with other options. (I use marine collagen.) I recently found Nuzest: 100% plant-based, vegan-friendly, pea protein, dairy-free, gluten-free, GMO-free, and naturally sweetened. It does settle in my iced coffee a little bit, but not as bad as some other plant-based protein powders. The smooth vanilla flavor is unreal and what ultimately sold me. It’s not artificial-tasting or gritty – very smooth! 🙂 Oh, and the Fresh Coconut flavor is also awesome!


2. Rose Gold Wine Tumbler with Lid – Wine tumblers are a must for summer! They keep wine cold on the beach or at a BBQ, and the lid makes it so wine doesn’t go everywhere when you’re playing a game of frisbee. I personally love the rose gold color, and the reasonable price. By the way, you can get one for FREE – click here.

3. Gluten-Free Funfetti Mug Cakes – I can’t get enough of this single-serving dessert lately! It’s so easy to make and so darn delicious! And best yet, it only requires 2 ingredients and a couple of minutes in the microwave. It’s the perfect single-serving dessert when you’re in the mood to celebrate! Dairy-free and egg-free.

4. Counterman Clarifying Toner Pads – Not just for the guys! I started using the toner pads I bought for Mal, and now I’m hooked. I love using them in the morning when I’m just not in the mood to wash my face. It’s a great way to refresh my skin with practically zero effort!

5. Lavash Lash Eyelash Growth Serum – I debated getting eye lash extensions for weeks and weeks. (If you follow me on Instagram, you probably remember the debate!) I love how they look, but they’re expensive and a pain in the butt to keep up. I ended up purchasing this Lavash Lash Eyelash Growth Serum (for only $30), and I am SO IMPRESSED by the results. My lashes look visibly longer in just a few weeks of applying it nightly. I’m a big fan!!

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Question of the Day

Do you have a favorite dairy-free protein powder?


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21 Keto Bread Recipes

Thanks to Courtney Hamilton at for today’s keto recipe roundup.

One of the biggest challenges on the keto diet is curbing your cravings for carbs.

We’re used to filling up on bready things to feel satiated, so it makes sense that we reach for a sandwich when we’re low on energy. Going keto typically means that you need to give these foods up, but luckily, it is possible to whip up keto-approved loafs, rolls, and more that cut carbs while delivering the same chewy crumb you crave.

This recipe list has everything from fluffy almond flour sandwich bread to low-carb and keto-friendly snacks, like buttery garlic bread. On the sweeter side, there’s moist zucchini bread dripping with gooey, sugar-free dark chocolate, or a quick and easy blender batter blueberry-studded sweet loaf.

Sate your bread cravings with these keto-friendly recipes, and cut the carbs while doing it.

#1 PaleoHacks | 3-Ingredient Keto Cloud Bread

This fluffy keto bread is lighter than air because it’s not weighed down by any flour whatsoever.

#2 Diet Doctor | Keto Garlic Bread

Whip up a big bowl of zucchini noodles with marinara sauce and pair it with this keto garlic bread for the perfect keto alternative to pasta night.

#3 PaleoHacks | Amazing Low-Carb Keto Bread

This keto-friendly take on sandwich bread uses plenty of eggs to incorporate air, making the dough super light and fluffy.

#4 With Food and Love | Hearty Seed Bread

Switch up your idea of whole grain bread with this keto version made with crunchy seeds like pepitas, sunflower, flax, and chia.

#5 PaleoHacks | Cauliflower Bread Sticks

Become one of those people who makes genius use of cauliflower with this low-carb take on garlic bread sticks.

#6 Health Starts in the Kitchen | Everything Bagel Keto Bread

Missing bagels? This bread takes all the best parts of an everything bagel and makes them keto.

#7 PaleoHacks | Paleo Cauliflower Garlic Bread

Cauliflower strikes again in this garlicky bread. It’s best topped with creamy avocado and olive oil!

#8 Wholesomelicious | Keto Sandwich Bread

Pile this sandwich bread high with your favorite keto toppings—we’d go for sliced turkey and creamy avocado, ourselves.

#9 PaleoHacks | Keto Raspberry Bread

Sweet breads can still have a place on the keto diet, as you’ll find with this delicious raspberry loaf.

#10 PaleoHacks | Keto Biscuits with Coconut Flour

Coconut flour is the ultimate low-carb solution in these fluffy biscuits, just waiting to be slathered in grass-fed butter.

#11 Keto Connect | Keto Pumpkin Bread

You’ll love this sweet, crumbly pumpkin bread, packed with warm fall flavors.

#12 Ditch the Carbs | Coconut Flour Low-Carb Zucchini Bread

Zucchini packs in so much moisture in this low-carb zucchini bread, it’s almost cake-like.

#13 Sweet as Honey | Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Made with sugar-free chocolate chips, this chocolate zucchini bread is an indulgent yet keto-friendly treat you can feel good about.

#14 Sugar-Free Londonder | Fluffy Keto Buns

These keto buns are perfect for breakfast, as a snack, or as a dinner roll side.

#15 The Harvest Skillet | Macadamia Nut Bread

Who knew ground macadamia nuts could be transformed into crisp, tasty bread?

#16 Nutrition Refined | Psyllium Flatbread

These psyllium husk-based flatbreads are a low-carb alternative to naan and pita. Yum!

#17 All the Nourishing Things | Blender Batter Keto Lemon Blueberry Bread

Channel spring with this lemony blueberry loaf that you can mix up right in the blender.

#18 Mad Creations Hub | Keto Hemp Seed Bread

Incorporate healthy hemp seeds in both the batter and exterior in this crazy nutritious bread recipe.

#19 Sugar-Free Mom | Low-Carb Blueberry English Muffin Loaf

Part English muffin, part bread loaf, this blueberry-studded treat is all keto.

#20 Low Carb Yum | Coconut Flour Psyllium Husk Bread

Keep this coconut flour bread on hand to serve with your favorite meals. It’s super easy to throw together!

#21 The Castaway Kitchen | Keto Thins

Sate a stubborn carb craving with these soft and chewy keto buns.

Thanks again to Courtney Hamilton from Interested in seeing a certain recipe or roundup of a certain category—Primal or Primal-keto? Let us know below!


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Birthday Cake Peanut Butter Cups

Last week while Mazen was home we did several small kitchen projects. Earlier in the year we enjoyed making snack balls together, so Mazen asked to make something similar. I’ve been reading about “protein fudge” on the internet for years, and so we decided to give that a try. I used this recipe by Julie as inspiration. We went with a birthday cake flavor profile while still sticking with peanut butter as the main ingredient.

Birthday Ingredients

Our birthday ingredients included sprinkles (naturally), butter extract (something I bought years ago but rarely use!), oat flour, and vanilla protein powder instead of chocolate. I will say that Arbonne’s protein is made with Stevia and I think the fudge came out with a detectable Stevia aftertaste, so your type of protein powder might change the flavor one way or another. Please note!

A Kid Friendly Recipe

Mazen needed a little help measuring, but this recipe otherwise is almost 100% 6-year-old approved!

Obviously adding the sprinkles was the highlight.

No Bake // Store Frozen!

You do need to store these in the freezer so the coconut oil doesn’t melt.


Birthday Cake Peanut Butter Cups

  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tbsp oat flour (ground up oats, could probably leave out)
  • 1/2 tsp butter extract (optional, could sub vanilla)
  • Sprinkles (as much as possible)
  1. Heat peanut butter and coconut oil in a bowl in the microwave until melted, 20-30 seconds.

  2. Stir in protein powder, oats, and butter extract.
  3. Portion 1 tablespoon at a time into a mini muffin tin.
  4. Top with sprinkles. Note heavier sprinkles might sink to the bottom so chilling first might help.
  5. Chill in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  6. Store frozen.

These would likely work with almond or sunflower butter too!

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Chicken Apple Salad Recipe

This chicken apple salad recipe is a wonderful salad to take for lunch!

There are few things I enjoy more than a fabulous salad. And it’s been my experience that the simpler you keep things, the… Read more →

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