protein bombs

protein bombs is not a sexy name for a breakfast food—but that’s fitting because these little gems aren’t going to win a local beauty pageant. however, protein bomb is what they are called because that is exactly what they are. papa fritz and i recently started the p90x program and are really enjoying it. we’ve completed the first 30 days and have decided to incorporate the nutritional plan into the next 30 days to see if it has an impact on our results. they recommend a high protein (lean, of course) diet for the intensive exercise regimen, and so i developed these portable protein bombs for weekday breakfasts.

the adjustment to the program has been challenging. more than anything, time management has become our primary focus. we have chosen to work out in the evenings after fritz goes to bed, because that works best for our schedules. that means that we need to eat dinner with him at 6:30, which in turn means that it can’t take more than 30 minutes to prepare. add to that the requirements of this nutritional plan, and we are left with limited options. i’ve opted to do a lot of prep for our meals on sunday, which frees up time late at night when we should be getting into bed. it’s working so far, but i’ll keep you posted…

protein bombs

protein bombs

  • 10 egg whites + 3 whole eggs
  • 1/2 pound turkey bacon (or regular bacon)
  • 1 pint baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 oz. baby spinach leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • non-stick spray

preheat your oven to 350 degrees and use nonstick spray to coat the insides of a muffin tin. set aside.

using a bowl or a large measuring cup with a spout, whisk the egg whites and eggs together and set aside.

heat a medium pan over medium high heat and add the olive oil. toss in the sliced mushrooms, salt and pepper (to taste) and stir for a few minutes until they begin to soften. once this happens add the garlic and continue stirring for a few more minutes. begin adding the spinach by handfuls until all wilts, then remove from the pan to a bowl.

return the pan to the heat and wipe out any liquid that remains from the vegetables. cook the turkey bacon in batches until browned and then cut into chunks.

evenly distribute the turkey bacon and vegetables into the muffin tins and then carefully pour the eggs into each cup. (you will need to use a fork or your finger to move the filling around so that the eggs penetrate all the way to the bottom of the muffin tin.)

pop into the oven and cook for 20 minutes, or until the eggs are set. wrap individually and keep refrigerated. when ready to eat, pop in the microwave for 30-35 seconds. enjoy!

notes: there is no cheese in this because the dairy intake on the p90x nutritional plan is a little restrictive (not very, but enough that i was unable to put cheese in these). you could add cheese to this very easily, and i’d recommend either a nice feta or a sharp cheddar. i have not tried, but i suspect that these would freeze very nicely, just thaw in the fridge overnight for breakfast and then heat according to the recipe above.

wii fit

i dusted off the wii fit last night in an attempt to recapture the waistline of a bygone era. there was actually a layer of dust on it, and it announced to me that it had been 345 days since i’d last logged in. guilt trip! truly “fit” people will look at this post and think “wow, the wii fit? really making a commitment to exercise, aren’t you?” and to these people i say, “eh, kinda.”

i want to be thinner, i really do. i know i’d be happier if i were in better shape, i’d feel better, i’d sleep better, and hauling around my gigantic child would come easier (more on that in a moment). but i honestly do not have a lot of free time these days. fritz is…needy. in a few months i think i’ll be able to pop him in the jogging stroller and go for a wog (a walk/jog) or sit him down in the basement with some toys while i do a pilates dvd, but with bottles and naps it’s just a little too hard right now. anyway, the wii fit still kicks my butt. i don’t know if this is because i’m morbidly obese or if it really is a solid exercise program. the wii fit claims it is the former. jerk.

anyway, after i did my yoga/strength training combo, i decided to weigh fritz. i had to use a “guest” mii since i haven’t created one for him yet, and i loved when it realized his age and made him a baby. seeing his mii crawl onto the screen is also adorable. i like that my mii has someone to hang out with too, she was looking a little forelorn (and chubby) in the wii fit plaza.

Wii fit

anyway, the wii told me that i needed to hold him and that it would subtract my weight from the total, giving us his weight. perfect! we stood there and it measured us (…measuring…measuring…measuring…) and then told me that my ten month old child is just shy of 25 pounds. 25 freaking pounds! i’m hoping that there is some sort of calibration issue (which would explain my weight as well, thankyouverymuch) but if not, wow. just wow. the kid isn’t fat, he’s got rolls of course, but he is slim. much slimmer than i expected my baby to be. he eats like a horse though, and i guess it must be settling into his legs or something, because the kid just keeps gaining weight.

anyway, back to me! i’m trying to set a goal for myself to do some wii fit every day or so. i don’t want to set unrealistic goals for myself (i know just how much “alone” time i get in a day, and it’s not much), but i do think i should be able to make it a habit. and they say that’s the hardest part!