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Back when I got pregnant with Abbi, my goal was lose the baby weight by the time she was 6 months old.  I know they always say “it takes 9 months to put it on, and it takes 9 months to take it off,” but I was determined.  I didn’t make my 6 month goal, but I was back to normal by 9 months, and I was ok with that.  I also had a goal to lose an extra 10 pounds by 1 year, but by the time I got pregnant with Easton, I was pretty much the same weight that I was when I got pregnant with Abbi.  Once again, I made a goal to lose the baby weight by 6 months, and be down another 10 in a year.  Well, Easton turns 9 months old on Friday, and I’m happy to say that not only is the baby weight gone, but I am down 4 pounds.

As a food blogger, it’s not always easy to keep your weight in check.  Especially during the holiday season, when treats and parties are abundant.  The biggest thing that I have learned that works for me is nothing crazy, nothing drastic.  It’s watching my portions, and knowing when it’s worth it to splurge and when it’s not worth it.  I did calorie counting for several weeks, which totally opened up my eyes as to what I was putting into my mouth and how quickly everything really can add up.  I have also learned that the quality of food that you eat really makes a difference, as well.

I have also found that supplementation can also play a big part in helping you become healthier.  I’ve tried so many different things over the years.  But nothing has really stuck with me for the long run – until now.  About 10ish years ago, I did one of those body transformation programs that has you drinking protein shakes 3 times a day and eating chicken and broccoli.  And while it did help me to “transform” my body, by the end of that program, I was so over those protein shakes that I couldn’t even gag one down.  They weren’t good at the beginning, and they were absolutely unbearable at the end.  I’m a normal kind of girl and couldn’t stick to that kind of hard-core eating lifestyle, but to this day, I have a hard time even stomaching the thought of a protein shake.

But several months ago, I had my first taste of Muscle Nog.  And I’m telling you – this stuff tastes good.  Not only does it taste good, but if you are looking for a way to add some protein into your diet, this is the way to go. I’ve seen other egg proteins on the market, but Muscle Nog is the first to introduce a nutritionally complete, 100% bioavailable egg protein powder.  What does this mean?

Every other egg protein powder currently on the market is spray dried junk. Spray drying is performed at close to 400 degrees F. Eggs denature and begin to cook at 126 degrees F., and at 400 degrees nutritional and bioavailable components are destroyed.

Spray dried powders are not completely soluble, 80% bioavailable, and taste bad. Muscle Nog is NOT made with spray dried egg. We use a proprietary process to slowly pull water from the egg without ever heating the liquid egg above 125 degrees F. What we have left after taking the liquid egg through this gentle process is a nutritionally complete, fully soluble, delicious egg white crystal with the same nutritional content, biological value, and bioavailability as it had when it left the shell.

This is not necessarily a weight loss product, but it is a way to get those quality nutrients into your body.  Egg whites are not just for body builders!!  I encourage you to check out their website for more information.  This really is an amazing product!

For fun, I’ve created 3 different recipes using this product.  And I may be working with them in the future to develop more recipes, so I’d really love to hear what you think about this kind of product.  It really was super versitle to work with – and delicious, as well!

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Chocolate Berry Protein French Toast
 
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A protein packed version of a breakfast favorite.
Serves: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • ½ cup frozen berries
  • ½ teaspoon sugar or sugar substitute
  • 1 scoop Choco Nog
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ¼ cup vanilla almond milk
  • pinch cinnamon
  • 2 slices whole wheat bread
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, combine the berries and sugar and let sit until the berries have thawed and macerated.
  2. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. In a shallow bowl, whisk together the Choco Nog, water, almond milk and cinnamon. Dip each side of each slice of bread in the mixture, and then place in the pan. Cook until golden, then flip. Serve with the berries.

 
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Eggnog Smoothie
 
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A holiday favorite - made healthier!
Serves: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 ounces vanilla yogurt
  • ⅛ teaspoon rum extract
  • 2 scoops Nilla Nog
  • ⅛ - ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • handful of ice cubes
  • cinnamon and nutmeg for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a blender, combine all ingredients except the cinnamon and nutmeg garnish and blend in a blender on high speed until mixed. Serve garnished with a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg.

 
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Muscle Nog Recipes {and a giveaway!}
 
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Festive flavors are added to this protein packed snack.
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 (3.4-oz) package sugar-free chocolate instant pudding
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 scoops Choco Nog
  • ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • crushed candy canes, for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the pudding mix, milk, Choco Nog and extract for 2 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap touching the surface, and refrigerate until set. Serve with crushed candy canes on top.

 
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Want a chance to win some Nog? Muscle Nog is giving one of you the chance to try out their delicious egg protein!  One of you will win one jug of Choco Nog and one jug of Nilla Nog – a $105 value!

Here’s how you can enter:

Mandatory: Comment below and let me know your best weight loss strategy.

Want extra chances to win?  You have 6 bonus ways to enter!

Follow me on Facebook
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Note: for any of the extra entries, make sure you leave a separate comment for each.

*This giveaway is open to US residents.
*This giveaway will be open from today until Thursday, December 15th at midnight MST. The winner will be emailed on December 16th, 2011.

Are you interested in trying out Muscle Nog?  Head over to their website, and enter the code tasteandtell and receive 30% off of your total order!  Don’t wait until the first of the year to start your new fitness goals!!

**Disclosure:  I was provided product to create these recipes, but I was not compensated in any way.  This is a product and a company that I totally believe in, and want to share with all of you!  The giveaway is being provided by Muscle Nog.**

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66 Responses to Muscle Nog Recipes {and a giveaway!}

  1. Avoidance…avoid the treats at work and the worst ones at parties like the plague. I find that if I totally ignore them and never try anything, I can tame the beast :)

  2. Jen says:

    Everything in moderation, as well as exercise. Working out will give me more leeway with what I eat. And I know that if I completely deprive myself of the “good stuff,” then it won’t be long until I have a huge binge fest.

  3. Jen says:

    I follow you on facebook

  4. Jen says:

    I follow muscle nog on facebook

  5. Omg, my husband would FLIP if I won this. He is a protein powder fiend!

    My best weight loss tip is to watch everything you put in your mouth. Nibbles and tastes really add up. So do liquid calories.

  6. I followed Muscle Nog on FB!

  7. I followed Muscle Nog on Twitter!

  8. Sarah H.P. says:

    My best weight loss strategy is simple: eat healthily by consuming fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and exercise several times a week! Whole, healthy foods do not have to be rabbit food, there are lots of ways to make delicious meals with good-for-you ingredients!

  9. Oh I would LOVE to try this! My best weight loss tip is to just keep the goodies out of the house. I have no self-control.

  10. Sarah H.P. says:

    I’m now following you on Facebook!

  11. And I followed Muscle Nog on Twitter

  12. roseann says:

    eat less and exercise!

  13. roseann says:

    i follow you on facebook!

  14. roseann says:

    and i follow you on twitter!

  15. roseann says:

    i follow muscle nog on twitter too

  16. roseann says:

    and i am a fan of muscle nog on my fb

  17. Magsie says:

    It totally sucks that there is not a miracle drug out there somewhere that just zaps out all the fat. I’ve finally put all the fad diets away and I’m down about 40 with 100 more to go. The only consistent way I’ve found is to count calories, eat healthy, and exercise. I’ve been trying to find ways to get protein in my diet though… this sounds like an awesome way! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Kim says:

    I supplement with whey protein, but I have never tried egg protein. I am very interested in trying the egg protein as even the best whey is not very tasty. My tip: choose unprocessed and fresh foods.

  19. abbi says:

    Realize what you are eating – after tracking for awhile, it was eye-opening! I eat whatever I want and exercise a ton but sometimes need to take a step back and think about it!

  20. abbi says:

    I like you on FB!

  21. Katrina says:

    This is great! My best weight loss strategy is counting calories!

  22. jennifurla says:

    Good on you, I am 6 months preggo today.

  23. Vanessa says:

    The best weight lost strategy is cutting carbs! I have cut my carbs since September and have lost 25 pounds. Im eating a lot more protein and eating only healthy carbs, such as vegetables. I also switched to only drinking water and coffee with Truvia instead of sugar. Muscle Nog sounds like a great product and I would love to try it!

  24. Vanessa says:

    I like you on FB!

  25. Vanessa says:

    I follow you on Twitter.

  26. Vanessa says:

    I follow Muscle Nog on twitter.

  27. Danielle says:

    I keep the temptations out of the house and then they’re not there when I get my late night cravings!

  28. Barbara says:

    Portion control – only 1 serving, no snacking after dinner.

  29. Erin says:

    I just let myself have what I want…as long as by the end of the day it’s under 2000 calories. Then I decide if it’s worth it to eat like that 1000 calorie blizzard or not…and usually it’s not!

  30. Margaret says:

    I try to stay active throughout the week so I don’t feel guilty eating what I want to eat!

  31. ooh i’d love to try this–i’m always looking for ways to get more protein!

    my best strategy is to get up and get my workout out of the way first!!

  32. Chels R. says:

    How cool is that and congrats on meeting your goal and then some ;) I’ve found that since having kids, maintenance is the hardest part and since my husband works an hour away from home and I’m a stay at home mom whom home -schools, my me time for the gym is in the evenings when I least feel like going, but it beats waking up at the crack of dawn and climbing out of my warm bed to try and stay awake on a treadmill. LOL! I have such a sweet tooth, but baking up all these delicious treats is like eating them. I don’t feel the same craving to eat them because I took such care to make them, lol…not sure if that makes sense or not.

  33. Leanna says:

    I’m not into necessarily weight loss strategies–just feeling good and healthy. That’s why I’m starting to eat the Primal way :)

  34. teresa says:

    oh my gosh, i LOVE LOVE this! my friend and i were just talking about how to make a protein egg nog smoothie, you’ve made my day. i’d love a chance to win this stuff.

  35. teresa says:

    i’m following you on fb!

  36. teresa says:

    following muscle nog on fb. i should really look into twitter.

  37. Lindsay says:

    Excercise and eating in moderation. Heavy on fruits and nuts for protein!

  38. Lindsay says:

    Like on fb!

  39. Joanne says:

    MEGA congrats Deborah! That’s awesome!

    Food blogging is NOT easy on the waistline, but I think my problem is stress eating more than the blogging. Working on it.

    My best healthy living tip is to exercise exercise exercise and to live an active life! Why drive/take public transportation, when you can walk, etc!

  40. Ty Gray says:

    I follow taste and tell on FB.

  41. Ty Gray says:

    I follow Muscle Nog on FB

  42. Kristy says:

    Oh that egg nog looks fantastic! And congrats on losing the baby weight – especially while food blogging. Like you said, it’s not an easy thing!

  43. Lauren says:

    My best weight loss strategy? Running! I’ve found when I’m diligent with excercise, I’m more encouraged to keep my eating in check and not undo my hard work!

  44. Lauren says:

    My best weight loss strategy? Running! I’ve found when I’m diligent with exercise, I’m more encouraged to keep my eating in check and not undo my hard work!

  45. Holly says:

    My best weight loss strategy is to cut back on processed flours and sugars, avoid deep fried foods, and drink lots of water. Also, exercise as much as possible and eat lots of leafy greens and veggies. During the holidays, try to eat sweets in moderation.

  46. Moderation and portion control. I know for me when I start to totally deprive myself of things that is when I break and eat WAY more than I should!

  47. jenny says:

    out of sight, out of mind- If I don’t have it in the house, I can’t eat it- I have a crazy sweet tooth so if ice cream is around, I want to eat a small bowl of ice cream as an evening snack with the kids- If there isn’t any ice cream (or cookies or brownies or cake), then I don’t have an evening snack- I’m not eating the snack because i’m hungry or bored… i’m eating it because I love ice cream (and cookies and brownies and cake)!

  48. Dereth Atkins says:

    If I plan out my day of meals and snacks first thing it is just part of my “to do” list and I tend to get it done. I always try to eat some protein in the afternoons as a snack so this would be perfect. Thanks!

  49. Amanda S says:

    Honestly the best “diet” for me is not to diet at all. It may be cliche at this point to call it a “lifestyle change” but that’s really the only thing that works. Just being aware of the calories/points/fat/what-have-you that is in what I’m eating is enough to make me self-aware enough to make smart choices. Well, most of the time :)

  50. Carrie says:

    Good for you Deborah for being down 4lbs at 9mo’s post pardum! Mind you… during the Holidays!! I’m 3 mo’s post pardum w/ Madelyn (my 3rd child) I’ve got a stubborn 10lbs I’d like to loose… but my blog is dooming me! I bake way too much, I try to give as much away as I can but during the holidays I can’t resist my 3 best friends, butter, chocolate, and cheese!

  51. Kim says:

    My best way to lose weight is to increase fiber and start counting Weight Watchers points again.

  52. Kim says:

    I follow you on Facebook.

  53. Kim says:

    I follow Muscle Nog on Facebook.

  54. Shandi says:

    My weight loss/maintenance strategy is eating frequent, small meals. I nosh all day long, but I do my best to make sure my snacks are healthy choices. Breastfeeding has also been my best friend! Not only does my 10-month-old suck half my calories, I also find myself wanting to eat better FOR HIM. It’s a win-win.

  55. Shandi says:

    I “like” Taste and Tell on FB!

  56. Sara M says:

    More protein and vegies, less carbs!

  57. Sara M says:

    I like taste and tell on facebook!

  58. Gianna says:

    Everything in moderation and staying active.

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