Over the past week, I have used some vacation days during the holidays which gave me time to test some new, healthy, clean eating recipes.

My favorite new recipe was for Chocolate Protein Brownies, which was adapted slightly from Jamie Eason’s recipe for homemade chocolate protein bars. They are moist and delicious and have the consistency of chocolate brownies or bread pudding.


  • 1 cup White- Whole Wheat Flour (Jamie recommends Soy Flour which may boost the protein count- but I am not sure about the flavor)
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 scoops clean protein powder (I used MRM 100% All Natural Whey Protein Powder – Dutch Chocolate)
  • 1/3 cup Stevia or Agave Nectar (Optional for sweetness. I used the Agave Nectar option)
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar free apple sauce or berry flavored baby food (I used apple sauce. Berry may help bring out the chocolate flavor)
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened Baking Cocoa  (I used Hershey’s)
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Mix wet ingredients together in a medium sized bowl.
  4. Mix together wet and dry ingredients until fully blended- but not over mixed.
  5. Add batter to a 7″ X 11″ pyrex cooking dish coated with a non stick cooking spray.
  6. Bake 30 minutes.
  7. Let cool and enjoy! Makes about 12, decent size servings.

I plugged the recipe into the My Fitness Pal recipe calculator. If cut unto 12 servings, each serving has about 90 calories, 15 grams of Carbs, 7 grams of Protein and a trace of fat.

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Unfortunately, our schedules no longer aligned, I had to find a new trainer and eventually found Terri, my current trainer. Terri used to be a competitive body builder and she took my workouts to the next level. But, there was still something missing.

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In late October, my husband and I went to see the INBF Monster Mash- Bodybuilding Competition in Marlborough, MA. Wow! I left understanding that I have a lot of work to do to get ready!

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