Coconut Encrusted Zucchini Rounds

Coconut Encrusted Zucchini RoundsIt’s a gorgeous summer day during Fourth of July week and I’m…sitting in a Starbucks writing this blog post. Womp womp wommmp. I was planning on being at the Jersey Shore soaking up the sun today, but on Friday night my boyfriend broke his hand during a charity MMA fight (he won though—I’m sure he’d want me to clarify that haha), so travel was out of the question. I’ll still be heading to the Vineyard soon though, so I’ll stop complaining and get to today’s delicious snack recipe. :)

Coconut Encrusted Zucchini Rounds Coconut Encrusted Zucchini RoundsThese coconut encrusted zucchini rounds are SO GOOD. Soft, juicy zucchini slices coated in a crispy coconut crust—the texture is so on point. I may or may not have eaten the entire first batch by myself in under 10 minutes…

Coconut Encrusted Zucchini Rounds

Coconut Encrusted Zucchini Rounds

Yield: 24 bites

Coconut Encrusted Zucchini Rounds

Soft, juicy baked zucchini slices inside a crispy coconut crust.

Ingredients

  • 1 zucchini
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • ¼ heaping cup shredded coconut (you can use sweetened or unsweetened)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk
  • ½ tsp sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cut zucchini into 1/8-1/4” slices.
  3. Beat egg and coconut milk in a small bowl. Mix coconut flour, shredded coconut and sea salt in a separate bowl.
  4. Dip the zucchini slices into the egg mixture then into the coconut mixture, making sure they’re evenly coated. Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, flip slices, and then bake for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until outside crust is golden brown.

Notes

Try to spread the coconut flour thinly and evenly over the zucchini. If there are globs not fully adhered to the egg mixture, they’ll remain powdery when you place in the oven.

http://pumpsandiron.com/2014/06/30/coconut-encrusted-zucchini-rounds/

Coconut Encrusted Zucchini Rounds Coconut Encrusted Zucchini Rounds

Anyone else putting in a short workweek before the 4th? How many out-of-office email replies have you gotten today—I’m at three… :)

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Nutty Strawberry Protein Smoothie

Nutty Strawberry Protein SmoothieHello from California! I’m actually writing this yesterday on the plane so no updates on the Stitch Fix & LUNA blogger vacay—if I were to take a stab at foreseeing the future though, I’d say I’m having a blast today! And now that I’ve totally confused you…

Nutty Strawberry Protein Smoothie

I don’t regularly supplement my diet, but after a particularly long or intense workout (for example, when I take back-to-back megaformer and spinning classes), I do pay more attention to my post-exercise nutrition. In general, I don’t think of diet/nutrition as a science or numbers game, I just make an effort to put more of the good stuff and less of the junk into my body each day. It works for me. But that being said, if you’re working out regularly, you absolutely need to be getting enough protein so that your muscles can repair themselves and strengthen (grow).

Within 30(ish) minutes of finishing a tough workout, I try to have a snack or meal that’s high in protein—and I like to keep it easy. If I workout before breakfast, that might mean I’ll have a couple scrambled eggs or a smoothie packed with protein as my morning meal. If it’s later in the day, I’ll grab a piece of toast with almond butter and bananas, or maybe a quinoa salad topped with nuts.

Nutty Strawberry Protein Smoothie

If I’m going the smoothie route, I’ll typically just put protein-rich foods into the blender—spirulina, hemp seeds/protein, a handful of nuts, peanut butter, etc. Don’t get me wrong, I love spirulina and hemp protein, but unless you’re making a green smoothie, it turns everything brown. When my friends at Game Plan Nutrition sent me a sample of their vanilla whey protein powder, I couldn’t wait to make a strawberry smoothie that actually looked like a strawberry smoothie. Beautiful, right?? :)

Nutty Strawberry Protein Smoothie

Not only is it beautifully pink, but it’s SO GOOD–I really loved the taste of Game Plan’s vanilla protein with the almond and berry flavors. Also super important to me, Game Plan doesn’t use any chemicals or hormones in their protein powder.

This smoothie is also super filling. I made this thinking it’d be a single-serving but I had to split it into two. And I think I’m going to start topping all my smoothies with crushed nuts from now on because the texture added by the almonds was unreal.

Nutty Strawberry Protein Smoothie

Nutty Strawberry Protein Smoothie

Yield: 16 oz

Serving Size: 8 oz

Nutty Strawberry Protein Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used a Game Plan sample pack = 30g)
  • 1 heaping cup fresh strawberries, greens removed (7-8 depending on size)
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • Handful crushed almonds (put some in the smoothie, top with the rest)

Instructions

  1. Put everything in a blender, top with some crushed almonds and enjoy!
http://pumpsandiron.com/2014/06/11/nutty-strawberry-protein-smoothie/

You will fall in love with this smoothie! Let me know if you try it out. And you can check out Game Plan HERE.

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Minty Green Grape Juice

Minty Green Grape JuiceIt’s kind of ironic that I post juice recipes on Sundays—the day of the week typically dedicated to hangovers, “cheating” on your diet and eating your feelings. Oh well. :)

Anyway, mint is by far my favorite herb to add to juices. You don’t need much to taste it, but I’d recommend sending it through the juicer with harder produce to maximize the yield.
Minty Green Grape Juice

Minty Green Grape Juice

Yield: 8-10oz

Minty Green Grape Juice

Ingredients

  • 4 sprigs mint leaves
  • 1 heaping cup grapes
  • 2 handfuls spinach leaves
  • 5 large kale leaves
  • 1 cucumber

Instructions

  1. Run everything through the juicer.
  2. Add the loose grape on top of the springy kale to maximize juice yield.
  3. Push the mint through with another harder piece of produce to maximize its juice yield.
http://pumpsandiron.com/2014/06/01/minty-green-grape-juice/

Minty Green Grape Juice
What are your favorite juice combinations using mint?
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