Pumpkin, Polar & Studies

6 Sep

Can you feel it? That slight chill in the air, pumpkin spice and everything nice…yes fall is near people! I just started my fall semester at my new school a couple weeks ago and I am more than confident in knowing that I picked the right major for me. Nutrition has become such a passion of mine these past few years and I truly love it! Some people underestimate the time, effort, and difficulty of the field and let me just say…it is ALOT of work.  It’s going to be hard but in the end it will be so worth it.    Not only has school started but another perk is that I got my brand new Polar ft40 watch a couple weeks back and I am in love with it!  It monitors my heart rate, calories burned, duration, and the percentage of fat burned during my workouts.  It’s awesome and I highly suggest checking out Polar watches on amazon if you’re into getting good sweat sessions in a few days a week and want to keep track of how much your’e burning.

Instagram has become such a great motivational community for those dedicated to nutrition, health and fitness and if you follow me on there I’m sure you’ve noticed a few of my recent foodie posts! One of them is pumpkin protein bars..so here’s the recipe for those babies!

Pumpkin Protein Bars

 

Ingredients

  • 1 (15oz can) pureed pumpkin
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup stevia or truvia
  • 1 1/2 cups oat flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2 1/2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (optional)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  1. Spray a 13×9 inch baking dish and preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine first 5 ingredients in a bowl and mix well
  3. Add remaining dry ingredients to a separate bowl and mix (not walnuts, cranberries, or seeds)
  4. Add wet ingredient mix to dry and mix well
  5. Now you can mix in the walnuts and cranberries if you have chosen to use them
  6. Spread the batter into the baking dish
  7. Evenly top with pumpkin seeds and bake for 35-40min
  8. Remove from oven and let cool for an hour
  9. Cut into 24 pieces and eat up!

These taste great with  a little almond butter or honey!

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2 Responses to “Pumpkin, Polar & Studies”

  1. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli September 30, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    I’ve seen a lot of people with the Polar watches. I have a Garmin Forerunner and it’s “supposed” to keep track of calorie burn and heart rate, but it’s almost always wrong. It works just fine for outdoor runs but inside, I guess it has a hard time matching up with a satellite. :-/ Of course, I guess I COULD read the owners manual and see if there are any ways to fix this, but eh, I’m a rebel! 😉

    Love the look of these pumpkin protein bars…especially with the honey drizzled on top! Yum! Do you use whey protein powder in these? And how big is the scoop?

    • NutritiouslyPlated September 30, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

      I love the polar watch so much! Sometimes I just wear it while I’m cleaning to see how good of a workout I’m getting! Haha but for these I used sunwarrior vanilla my absolute favorite and the scoop is a bit smaller than other powders.

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