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High Protein Crepes

Thank you Vital Proteins for sponsoring this post so I can share the recipe for these high protein, easy to make crepes!

I'm the type of person that is incapable of sleeping in on the weekends and ALWAYS wakes up hungry. It seems so early and miserable if my alarm ever goes off at 5:30AM during a week day, but for some reason my eyes often shoot open at 5:30am on a Saturday of their own accord.  I mean, really???

Since I often find that way too early to actually get out of bed for a weekend day, I normally lay around in bed for awhile, scroll on my phone, and start planning what type of breakfast I want to make! I typically plan my breakfast out in advance during the week days, but I don't plan for breakfasts on the weekend and just make whatever I'm in the mood for.  One recent Saturday morning when I was up at the crack of dawn I started craving some CREPES!!! I did some scrolling, looked at a few different recipes, then finally tried my own version at about 7am when I got out of bed and let me tell you: they were GOOD!!!

So good that I've been craving them every weekend since! The best thing about these crepes is that they are super high in protein from using Vital Proteins Banana Cinnamon Collagen Whey in the recipe. Along with starting your morning packed with protein, you will also get added health benefits: this supplement combines grass fed whey protein with collagen, probiotics, and natural hyaluronic acid for better hair, skin, nail and even gut health!

You can fill/top the crepes with whatever you are in the mood for, but I've been a fan of caramelized bananas, peanut butter, and a "cheesecake" filling using greek yogurt! Even if you don't have much on hand you can really make these crepes with only two ingredients: whey protein and egg whites.  I added a little sweetener and vanilla extract to my crepes for added flavor, but as long as you have egg whites (I used carton egg whites but regular whites separate from an egg would be fine too)  protein powder, and either a mini frother or a little elbow grease with a whisk, you can easily make this breakfast pretty quickly.

When you add in all the toppings and fillings this breakfast actually packs over FIFTY grams of protein in it! Come prepared with your appetite, or split a serving with someone sweet in your life ;)

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Your Whims Wednesday #372 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party:

Fall D├ęcor by The Fogue Abode

Pumpkin Spice Waffles by Delightful E Made
 The ultimate fall breakfast! These Pumpkin Spice Waffles are great for a weekend brunch, and even better for freezing and toasting for an easy weekday breakfast. Made with simple ingredients, these delicious pumpkin waffles will be a new family favorite!

Haloween Monster Treats Using Kataifi Dough by All That’s Jas
Fuzzy and mummy looking kataifi monsters recipe

Bacon Trapped Water Chestnuts by Simply Stacie
Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts - Everyone goes NUTS over this easy appetizer. Whole water chestnuts are wrapped in bacon and marinated in a sweet/savory sauce.

Thanks to all who linked up! Grab a button if you were featured :)

Now... onto this weeks party!

Your Whims Wednesday #371 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party:

Fall Embroidery Hoop Wreath by Lolly Jane
fall embroidery hoop wreath

Ginger Peach Moscow Mule by Delightful E Made
A delicious twist on the classic Moscow Mule recipe! Made with just a few simple ingredients, this Ginger Peach Moscow Mule combines the cold, crisp flavors of ginger beer with fresh peaches. Cheers!

Chile Relleno Breakfast Casserole in a Mug by Home Cooking Memories
Chile Relleno Casserole in a Mug Recipe

Peaches and Cream Salad by Butter with a Side of Bread
This easy Peaches and Cream Salad only has 4 ingredients and comes together in less than 5 minutes.

Thanks to all who linked up! Grab a button if you were featured :)

Now... onto this weeks party!

Almond Butter Collagen Balls

Thank you Vital Proteins for sponsoring this post so I can share the recipe for these quick and easy almond butter collagen balls.

When my life gets busy I often order healthy meals from a local meal prep delivery company to make sure I have healthy food options on hand when I don't have quite enough time to do my own meal prep.  I'll order some meals for my boyfriend as well, and recently my local meal prep company came out with some high protein snacks that they now offer in addition to regular meals and my boyfriend requested that we get an order of some high protein peanut butter balls they added to the menu.

We got the balls in our next delivery...and they were GOOD.  Like, really really good.  But I literally could not justify the price of paying for them when I looked at the ingredient list.  It was so basic that I knew I could make my own version in much less time than it would take to meal prep chicken and veggies! I figured I would save my money for the meals that actually really helped save me time on the weekends being able avoid meal prep, and try my own recipe for some nut butter balls!

Instead of using regular vanilla protein powder I used the vanilla collagen peptides from Vital Protein to give these balls some extra health benefits along with the protein. Collagen supports bone and joint health, and promotes healthier hair, skin, nails and digestion! I transformed these basic balls into a wellness powerhouse just by making one simple ingredient swap from protein powder to collagen.  That's why I love using collagen as a protein source now: you get so many other benefits from it and it's normally an easy swap in baking or making desserts!

No baking is needed for these treats though: it literally only took me 15 minutes to mix up all the ingredients and form them into balls.  You can drizzle some chocolate on top if desired, pop um in the freezer for a bit to harden up, and voila.  Good to go!

I also added flaxseed to these balls to give some extra fiber and used almond butter instead of peanut butter because that was all I had on hand.  Honestly I think any nut butter would work for this recipe - I used a smooth, creamy natural almond butter that was not sweetened so I did add some extra sweetener to the recipe.  If your nut butter is sweetened already you may want to omit that. I also used sugar free syrup as a low carb binding agent and sweetener, but you could sub honey/maple syrup for a less artificial option. 

Overall, these little balls are pretty hard to mess up and tasted great! I made them this weekend as a little surprise gift for my boyfriend before he left for a week long work trip to take along with him as a snack, but surprise surprise he forgot them and left them at home.  As a 36-year-old who constantly is forgetting his own toothbrush when we take weekend trips together and has to borrow mine (ICK) I'm not all that surprised.  I'm also not all that mad about it though...because now I have these yummy little bites to snack on all by myself while he is gone!!!

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My Girlish Whims Book Club #10

It's the season for reading! I've gotten a little behind on my updates - I've been an avid little reader lately from summer vacation so I better get this review shared so I can share my next one in not too long! 

My last in-person book club met last week for our one year anniversary! I'm so glad I decided to start a local book book: I truly call these ladies my friends now and most of them I didn't even know before book club started.  We read The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand and met at Paladar Latin Kitchen in King of Prussia, PA.  One of the families from this book actually lived near King of Prussia and so this town and some local attractions were actually mentioned in The Perfect Couple which I thought was pretty cool! No one in my book club had ever read anything by Elin before (who is one of my most favorite authors) but they all enjoyed the book and we all of course enjoyed some good wine and conversation over out met up :)

Here's the full round up of the the last four books I've read since my last update!
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Maybe In Another Life

By Taylor Jenkins Reid. Synopsis from Amazon:

From the acclaimed author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and After I Do comes a breathtaking new novel about a young woman whose fate hinges on the choice she makes after bumping into an old flame; in alternating chapters, we see two possible scenarios unfold—with stunningly different results.

At the age of twenty-nine, Hannah Martin still has no idea what she wants to do with her life. She has lived in six different cities and held countless meaningless jobs since graduating college. On the heels of leaving yet another city, Hannah moves back to her hometown of Los Angeles and takes up residence in her best friend Gabby’s guestroom. Shortly after getting back to town, Hannah goes out to a bar one night with Gabby and meets up with her high school boyfriend, Ethan.

Just after midnight, Gabby asks Hannah if she’s ready to go. A moment later, Ethan offers to give her a ride later if she wants to stay. Hannah hesitates. What happens if she leaves with Gabby? What happens if she leaves with Ethan?

In concurrent storylines, Hannah lives out the effects of each decision. Quickly, these parallel universes develop into radically different stories with large-scale consequences for Hannah, as well as the people around her. As the two alternate realities run their course, Maybe in Another Life raises questions about fate and true love: Is anything meant to be? How much in our life is determined by chance? And perhaps, most compellingly: Is there such a thing as a soul mate?

Hannah believes there is. And, in both worlds, she believes she’s found him.

Do you remember those adventure books you could read as a pre-teen where you had an option to choose one outcome of the story and then “flip to page 70” or choose another outcome and “flip to page 90” to see what would happen instead? That’s what this book almost reminded me of – but instead of getting eaten by a dinosaur if you chose option number 1 and have the story end; or making it to the buried treasure at the end of the book if you chose option 2…you actually got to see two different story lines play out for an entire novel.  I picked up this book because The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo has been one of my most favorite books I’ve read with my book club so far, and this is the same author who wrote that book.  It was fun to watch the two different story lines play out in this book.  Sometimes a new conflict came up in one story line earlier than the other story line and it was pretty interesting waiting to see how the conflict would play out in the other version of the story.  Overall I found it to be a very heartwarming book: I don’t know quite what my takeaway was for if we really only do have “one soul mate” or what level “chance” plays in determining our fate…but I do know I liked the book and found it interesting to read a story that literally had two different endings that both seemed to work out to satisfy me as the reader when the book was done!