Protein Birthday Mug Cake – A Fail Story

Ok, you guys. I’ve been dying to make a mug cake (all the cool kids are doing it) and well, I failed. THREE TIMES. I just recently ordered some Birthday Cake protein powder from Muscle&Strength and It’s amazing. Definitely tastes like cake. Or a sugar cookie. A frosted sugar cook. And it has sprinkles in it. WIN. Obviously I need to make a mug cake with it, right?! I should have let the fact that I’m horrible at baking anything be a hint that this wasn’t a project for me.

Protein birthday mug cake - fail

Anyway, I tried a recipe. It looked great! I topped it with some vanilla Greek yogurt and a few extra sprinkles…then I cut into it. Whoa. It was like….a really, really dense bread. Like it had a ripping sound to it. Like a sponge? A really…dense sponge. Yuck.

Birthday Cake Protein Mug Cake - Fail

Take 2. I realized I used baking powder instead of soda. Hopefully that’s where I went wrong. Nope. It was SLIGHTLY less dense but bueno. I made the kids eat that one. And like me, they said it was bad yet they ate the whole thing anyway.

Protein Birthday Mug Cake - Fail

This time I decided to find a recipe with an added ingredient. Coconut flour! Maybe that’s what it needed to be more cake like and less….bad. And it was the tiniest bit better. I, of course, forgot the sweetener (again) so the flavor wasn’t what I had wanted but at least the texture was a teeny tiny bit more edible.

Protein Birthday Mug Cake - Fail

Moral of the story: I can’t bake. Even when that baking is done in a microwave. But, the birthday cake protein powder from Optimum Nutrition is so amazing and makes one heck of a birthday cake shake! Who needs a mug cake anyway. #teamshake


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Clean Pizza Dough, Fast!

Hey y’all! Today I just wanted to touch base with y’all and share a clean pizza dough recipe that popped into my Facebook feed. My internet has been down and I have been pretty twitchy about it. There’s only so much you can do from a phone. I’m back up and running now and have a fun medicine ball circuit coming at you soon! So for now, pizza!

Quick Clean Pizza Dough -

Clean Pizza Dough –

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1ish cup greek yogurt

That’s it. I added a little more yogurt because it wasn’t all coming together…then added a little more flour when it was a little too sticky. You want to be able kneed it all together and roll it out with a rolling pin and not have it be super sticky.

This made tw0 10ish inch pizza crusts. I didn’t roll the kids out as flat and it had to cook longer than mine that I rolled a lot thinner. They cooked for about 30 minutes but I would set your timer for 25 minutes and check to see how they look and adjust from there. It all depends on how thin you make it.

Taste wasn’t awful. Pretty floury though so maybe next time I’ll try adding some herbs or garlic to it (or both!) to make it more fun. It’s no Mellow Mushroom crust but when you want something healthier than a pre-made store bought crust this is definitely an easy recipe to keep on hand. And the kids liked it! Double win.

Quick clean pizza dough -

Italian Pasta Soup Recipe

It’s SOUP season! Finally. Winter has found us here in Alabama and the chilly temps means it’s time to make all the soup. I was really wanting something brothy with pasta and a quick Google search helped me find a couple recipes to go off of.

And BAM! Soup. And it was soo good.

Italian Pasta Soup Recipe -

If you want to try this soup with your own family this is what you do (if you aren’t actually a cook and throw things together without really measuring)…

This soup needs:

  • Pasta. Choose your fave. 2.5-ish cups dry pasta, cook al dente, drain, and set aside.
  • Chicken, cooked and chopped or shredded.
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can white beans (or red. Whatever you like!)
  • Pepper, parsley, oregano, & garlic and herb Mrs Dash (or garlic powder and any other spices you like. Maybe red pepper flakes! That would be good.)
  • Spinach, frozen or fresh. I used a bag of ‘power greens’ that I keep frozen and scooped out 1 cup.
  • 32oz carton of low sodium chicken broth

Cook your chicken and pasta and set aside.  Heat up broth with beans (drained), tomatoes and spices. Stir in pasta, chicken, and spinach.  Simmer for a few, then eat! Add cheese on top and eat with some crusty bread if you’re feeling crazy. I didn’t…but I did eat 2 bowls.

This was the perfect soup for a cold day. Not too heavy but still packed with flavor. What are your favorite soups when its cold? Are you more of a creamy or brothy kind of person?

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