High Carb Day and PlantPOWER

I have one more day till I am on the ferry to New Hampshire to get ready to leave for Austin. I will be touching down at approximately 12:30 on Tuesday. Can we talk about how excited I am?! Austin, from what I have heard, is an amazing city full of people who are super outdoors and health oriented. Sounds right up my alley!

So yesterday was high carb day on my carb cycling plan. I can’t believe I only have a week and a half left. These three weeks are flying by and are not nearly as painful as I thought they would be when I first read about how to carb cycle. I woke up craving a bowl of oatmeal to refeed those carb stores, which were seriously depleted. You should have seen me at the gym the night before. I was so tired that I busted out a leg workout looking like a zombie. All the boys were like where’s all your usual energy. Complete. Carb. Depletion. But it was all worth it when I had the best bowl of fall deliciousness in the morning. Tasted like maple pumpkin bread pudding. Keep in mind I haven’t had any added sugar in weeks and squash tastes sweet to me right now. 😉 It even made my veins pop right out of my skin when the carbs finally hit my system! Insane to watch.

Pumpkin Pie Protein Oats
Serves 1

Ingredients
¼ cup Old Fashioned Rolled Oats (Not instant)
¼ cup Oat Bran
1.25 cups of water
1 tsp Maple Extract
¼ cup Organic Canned Pumpkin
5 drops liquid Vanilla Crème Stevia
1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder (I used Sunwarrior Vanilla)
Pumpkin Pie Spice (to taste)
Cinnamon (to taste)
Sliced banana (optional)
Peanut butter protein frosting (optional)

Directions
Cook the oats, oat bran, and water until they are thick and creamy. Turn off the heat. Add in the maple, pumpkin, stevia, and protein powder stirring until combined. Scoop into a bowl, top with sliced banana, peanut butter protein frosting, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. Enjoy!

This is a perfect segway into the next part of this post. Powercakes.net and theloveofkale.com are doing an October Challenge called plantPower. This is basically a challenge to incorporate more plant-based foods into your diet. Since I love veggies and I am all over challenges I figured I could most definitely add this in over the next month. The only tricky part is that I will be travelling for the first 10 days of the challenge. Have no fear! I have a plan. 😉 Fail to plan, plan to fail. There are no excuses in my book for breaking this prep and training that I have been hard at work on these past couple of weeks. So here is my plan!

I have a low carb day planned for the day I will be on a plane/in airports for 10 hours. This sounded tricky at first but I came up with a solution. I am going to bring 2 cucumbers, some protein powder, an empty blender bottle, an apple, some almonds, and a protein pancake. This should hold me over till my roommate and I arrive in Austin and can make it to a Whole Foods for some serious good eats for lunch. It may not be the most delicious eats in the world, but it’s better than the alternative in my book. Austin is an awesome place to be during this challenge, even while traveling, due to the insane amount of healthy restaurants and farmers markets all over. So I am actually not even remotely concerned about being able to eat clean while there. I chose this place for a reason… Or so I like to tell myself. Sounds better than I basically just said hey why not and picked up my life. You’re only young once, right? Yes, that picture is the real life drive I will have to do in less than a month.

Austin, Texas has one of the biggest Whole Foods in the country and I am so excited to see it! I know that’s a weird attraction for some, but if I could be a personal food shopper my life would be complete. I love food shopping and grocery stores way more than the average human being.

Be prepared for lots of pictures heading your way over the next week. I plan on being very active on the ole blog, instagram, and twitter. It’s been far too long and I want y’all to basically be with me this trip! I hope everyone has a relaxing Sunday. Mine will be spent packing and moving some furniture around before my trip. Oh yeah and go Patriots! We are playing the Bills at 1 pm. Get psyched! Even if you aren’t a Patriots fan, who doesn’t love football Sundays?!

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