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Meal Ideas with CAULIPOWER Cauliflower Tortilla Wraps

Recently, I was given to the opportunity to try CAULIPOWER Cauliflower Tortilla Wraps. I’ve tried CAULIPOWER pizza crust before but neer the wraps. In case you wondered, the brand CAULIPOWER is all capitalized.

CAULIPOWER tortilla wraps can be found in the refrigerator or freezer aisle of most grocery stores if you are local Wegmans and Sprouts both have CAULIPOWER tortilla wraps.

This post is sponsored by CAULIPOWER Cauliflower Tortilla but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

 

 

I do believe that cauliflower can be an excellent addition to any diet, but your body still needs carbohydrates too. Life is full of balance. Balance is the key for anyone, runner or not.

CAULIPOWER wrap
You can find a coupon for $2 off CAULIPOWER Tortilla Wraps here

A few things about CAULIPOWER Cauliflower Tortilla Wraps:

  • Vegan and dairy-free
  • Available in Original and Grain Free
  • Naturally gluten, wheat, and preservative-free
  • Cauliflower is the first ingredient
  • Ready in minutes, using your microwave or skillet

So what did I want to make? As someone who is out of the house for long hours more often, I thought easy wraps would be a good idea. I could make CAULIPOWER Tortilla Wraps and pack them for lunch.

Keep in mind; my “Recipes” are basic and fast. Am I a foodie? No. Do I like to eat well during the day? Of course, who doesn’t? I don’t enjoy spending hours in the kitchen waiting for my meal to cook.

I made a couple of different CAUIPOWER Tortilla Wraps.

Wrap 1: Cheesy Beef Wrap

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 slices provolone
  • Greens (I like arugula)
  • 4 CAULIPOWER Wraps

CAULIPOWER wrap

Directions:

  • Preheat skillet on medium to high heat.
  • Cook beef 8-10 minutes until there is no pink. Add cheese on top
  • Transfer into a bowl and add greens.
  • Place on wrap.

CAULIPOWER wrap

You can store these in a Tupperware and eat them for on the go for lunches. They are a great way to meal prep.

Wrap 2: Chick Pea Wrap

  • 12 ounces salsa
  • 15 ounces chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Red or White onion
  • 4 CAULIPOWER Wraps

CAULIPOWER wrap

Directions:

  • Preheat skillet on medium to high heat.
  • Combine chickpeas and salsa in a medium saucepan.
  • Cook and occasionally stir until all of the liquid has absorbed and the chickpeas have turned reddish.  This takes about 8 minutes.
  • Add to wraps.

The Chick Pea Wraps keep better, so it’s easier (less messy) to have them later in the week.

CAULIPOWER wrap

Thank you to CAULIPOWER for sponsoring this post. Plus, right now, you can save $2 with this coupon.

Questions for you:

Hae you tried using CAULIPOWER Cauliflower Tortilla Wraps?

Hae you tried cooking with Cauliflower?

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Adding Collagen to Oatmeal

As most people know, I’m a Vital Proteins ambassador. In exchange for a couple of products, a month I post about ways to use collagen or the benefits.  For the last few months I’ve included a lot of smoothie recipes.  In the summer, I want nothing more than something cold and refreshing after a run.

Now that it’s getting cooler, I want something warmer.  So I decided to share the oatmeal I’ve had lately after runs. It doesn’t matter if it’s a short or long run, easy run, or workout, I have food within 30 minutes.  I do believe it’s one reason I’ve recovered faster from races and runs in general.

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Protein Oats:

Ingredients
1/2 cups Milk.  You can use whatever you want milk wise. I’ve been using almond milk.
1 cup cup oats
1 Serving Banana Cinnamon Whey Protein
1/2 cup pumpkin
Cinnamon and Nutmeg to taste

Topping Ideas:
Berries and Fruit.  I’m a fan of warm peaches and pears right now!
Nuts: Almonds, pecans…anything
Nut Butters.
Brown Sugar
Whipped Cream: Did you really think I wouldn’t include this?
Syrup
Greek Yogurt for the extra protein

Instructions
Mix the milk, pumpkin, and oats.
Cook the oatmeal according to the directions. I’m not fancy so I just use the microwaveable kind.
Add the collagen after it’s done cooking.
Add toppings and sweeteners if you feel like it.

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As the weather gets cooler I enjoy a lot more warmer foods after a run.

Other Collagen Related Posts:
Why Collagen Post Run?
Differences of Collagen Peptides and Gelatin
Top Benefits of Collagen
Hair and Nail Benefits of Collagen
Skin Benefits from Collagen

Thank you Vital Proteins for allowing me to continue as an ambassador!

Questions for you:
What are your favorite oatmeal toppings?
Do you crave different foods in the winter versus summer? 

Vanilla Almond Recovery Protein Smoothie Recipe vital proteins
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Vanilla Almond Recovery Protein Smoothie Recipe

I thought by now, we would be dealing with colder weather and I would be making some hot, pumpkin spice, beverage…but here we are!  An 80 degree September day!  I’m still drinking smoothies after runs, but the fact that I’m drinking a recovery smoothie is something I’m proud of already.

As many people know by now, I’m a Vital Proteins Ambassador. As an ambassador, I get to try products and authentically post about them.  I’m not being paid, but if Vital Proteins and Collagen has helped me, it will more than likely help someone else too.

You can learn more about the benefits of Collagen here.

Each month I try and post a recipe I’ve been personally using.  Some I hesitate to call “recipes” because they are: add these things and put into a blender.  Maybe I should say, I try and post “flavor combinations”.

With the heat, I’m still enjoying smoothies.  This month I’ve been enjoying the Vital Proteins Banana Cinnamon Whey.

Vanilla Almond Recovery Protein Smoothie Recipe vital proteinsI’ve made a smoothie after each run or workout to recover faster and honestly, I have been!  After runs, workouts, and races, this smoothie is the first thing I’ve had.

I’ve mentioned before in passing, but I’m not a peanut butter, “diehard”.  I like nut butter, but I don’t go through them weekly.   I’ve been including them into my diet to both up calories and to include more “healthy fats” in my diet.  I find adding some almonds and nut butter (whatever I have on hand) keeps me fuller for longer.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Scoops Banana Cinnamon Whey Vital Protein
  • 1 Cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 Cup Oatmeal
  • 1 Tablespoon Almond or Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Almonds

Add ice and blend.

So that the smoothie isn’t “protein-rich” or “fat rich,” I also added oatmeal which actually blends well and I’m proud of how it turned out.  I like the Vital Proteins Why because it contains protein which I’ve found to help recover faster.

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Here are more Vital Protein Collagen posts:

Skin Benefits from Collagen

Recovering with Collagen Protein

Hair and Nail Benefits of Collagen

Differences of Collagen Peptides and Gelatin

Recipes:

Vital Proteins Recovery Smoothie

Questions for you:

Are you good about consuming calories after a run?

What is your smoothie recipe?

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Vital Proteins Recovery Smoothie

It’s probably hot where you are, but that is because it’s now summer.  I like the heat, but the days where I want hot chocolate after a run are gone.  Yes, I still do have hot coffee though.  Anyway, lately with the weather, I’ve found myself craving more smoothies.

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This year, one commitment I made to myself was getting protein after each run.  I used to be terrible about eating right after a run.  It wasn’t because of lack of hunger, but because I was usually ten minutes late and floundering around trying to get somewhere on time.  Something I could have fixed many moons ago. This year I’ve been a lot better about getting protein and giving myself a little bit more time.

I wrote a post about having Vital Proteins after reach run.  Lately, I’ve enjoyed two scoops of the beauty collagen strawberry lemon. The Strawberry Lemon Beauty Collagen contains 12 grams of collagen peptides which help aid recovery.

I know it’s nothing new, and many runners have enjoyed post-run or workout smoothies, but it’s more new to me.

After running, your body needs a blend of both carbohydrates and protein.  Getting this within 30 minutes is something I’ve been working on all year, and I’m proud I’ve been much better about it.  I’m not a fancy chef, but this is the “recipe” I use.

Recovery Smoothie:

Ingredients:

1 cup yogurt
1/2 cup milk (I prefer almond milk)
1 cup Berries (Recently I’ve been in a blueberry or raspberry mood.  It just depends what is on sale)
2/3 cup ice
2/3 cup ice
2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen (Lately I’ve used the beauty collagen, but I’ve used most of the flavors.  A runner-up second favorite is Whey)

Put in blender. Eat.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I do find that I recover faster when I make an effort to have protein after a run.  During the colder months, I preferred the bone broth or flavorless (that I would mix into hot cocoa).

I am a Vital Proteins Ambassador but all thoughts and opinions are my own. I am not being paid for this post.

Here are more Vital Protein Collagen posts:

Skin Benefits from Collagen

Recovering with Collagen Protein

Hair and Nail Benefits of Collagen

Questions for you:

Are you good about consuming calories after a run?

What is your smoothie recipe?

 

Food

Why I Stopped Posting Recipes

I have gotten a lot of questions of why I decided to stop posting waffle and pancake recipes as well as my once a year recipe.  The truth is I posted a year’s worth of pancake and waffle recipes.  I could have kept going and created new and strange waffles.  I was running out of ideas and the more recipes I posted, the slightly stranger and weirder they became. Perhaps later on I’ll add new recipes but for now it was a perfect time to end.  I was moving, I haven’t been eating too many waffles lately and it was getting stale.  I also don’t see myself ever becoming a food or recipe blogger.

As someone with a degree in health and 16 credits in nutrition classes I learned quite a bit about what is healthy and what is not.  It is different than the blogging world “healthy”.  At my house we aren’t eating strange foods you can only obtain at the highest shelf of trader joes.  We are happy with regular peanut butter vesus super almond deluxe.  We are happy eating eggs and toast versus oatmeal.  We are happy eating simple recipes that take about 5 minutes to make.   We would rather go out to eat a few times a week then buy 15 dollar jars of peanut butter or shop at high end grocery stores.

Sure we experiment in the kitchen sometimes (see this dessert pizza).  Literally we just added ½ cup cocoa powder to normal pizza dough and topped with peanut butter…but we don’t cook fancy and gourmet recipes.  Let alone go into the kitchen and create new recipes.

dessertpizza

If I want to cook a brand new recipe (fat chance) then I’ll probably google “easy/simple and quick recipe for ______”.

A while ago I thought I could fashion some interesting and creative food posts but then quickly realized that isn’t for me.  The only way my food looks decent most of the time is through 5 or 6 instagram filters and the blur technique.

So yes, while I enjoy eating and would consider myself a “foodie” while eating at restaurants I don’t enjoy cooking and cooking fancy foods.  So in reality I don’t have much to share.

Questions for you:

Do you enjoy cooking? Baking?  Being in the kitchen?

I enjoy being at the fridge and would rather eat cold leftovers then take time to cook a brand new fancy dish.