Premier Protein–Your New BFF for Weight Loss

I get a lot of requests each week to partner with certain products, links to articles, advertising – most of which I just immediately delete after receiving them because I am not going to promote anything that I don’t already use, or think that other people will find value with.

I am happy to say that I am a Premier Protein Ambassador!  I tried to jump on the protein bar/protein shake bandwagon several times.  Only one teeny tiny problem.  Turns out most of those have some sort of ingredient in them that makes me need to find a bathroom within five minutes after eating/drinking such products.  Not going to name and any names (ahem, Pure Protein, EAS, Atkins, – just to name a few).

So I tried Premier Protein after Instagram Weight Watcher peeps were buying these 2 smart point shakes and adding them to a two shot espresso from Starbucks.  A great, quick on the go mini breakfast as I like to call it – for only 160 calories and a whopping 30 grams of protein.  I recently bought an espresso machine at Goodwill, so now can make my drink to go at home, saving me $2.17 a day. Open-mouthed smile


I recently made vanilla coffee protein pancakes using the powdered protein mix:

coffee protein pancakes

But yesterday?  Holy balls, I made the best fluffy protein pancakes out there. 

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I am calling these Elvis Banana Pancakes because they have banana, peanut butter AND bacon.  And each fluffy pancake is only 4 smart points.  I use the Weight Watchers recipe builder to figure out  the points using my exact ingredients, so please don’t go by the nutrition label that is auto generated on generic ingredients.  My guess is that each pancakes is about 170 calories.


Elvis Protein Pancakes
Serves 8
A great, protein packed breakfast using Premier Protein.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
326 calories
37 g
71 g
17 g
8 g
9 g
131 g
67 g
12 g
0 g
7 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 326
Calories from Fat 147
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g
Saturated Fat 9g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 71mg
Sodium 67mg
Total Carbohydrates 37g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 12g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. • 1.5 cups flour
  2. • 3 teaspoon baking poweder
  3. • 1/2 teaspon salt
  4. • 2 tablespoons powdered peanut butter (I used PB2)
  5. • 1/4 cup sugar
  6. • 1 large egg
  7. • 1/4 cup Premier Protein vanilla milkshake protein powder
  8. • one 11 ounce container of Premier Protein prepared bananas and cream shake
  1. Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, peanut butter powder and protein powder and mix with a whisk, just until combined. Add in the egg and bananas and cream shake, and using a fork, mix just until combined. It’s okay if it’s a bit lumpy. Now here is the secret to fluffy pancakes. Let your batter sit a minimum of 15 minutes to let the baking powder do its magic. I used a 1/3 measuring cup to get 8 fluffy pancakes. Just cook with a lid on your pan between flips – because these are so fluffy, the lid helps steam the pancakes so they cook in the middle too.
My Bizzy Kitchen
For my breakfast yesterday I took the top pancake (4 points) used my sugar free syrup (1), ate all the banana and blackberries, the tablespoon of real bacon bits (1) and the two slices of peppered bacon for a very filling and protein packed 6 point breakfast.

I have also tried their protein bars:


They are 8 smart points.  I’ve eaten half for breakfast on the train before work if I am extra hungry, and saved the second half for the train ride home so I don’t feel like I have to eat the second I walk in the door.



I also like to chop up half a bar and top it on my parfaits for a bit of texture.  I think the chocolate one tastes just like a snickers bar.

I now have found these products at Walgreen’s, CVS, Walmart and Sam’s Club.  Sam’s Club by me (Chicago area) is the cheapest – a 12 pack for only $16.68. 

Have you tried Premier Protein yet?  If other protein products bothered you in the past, I’d recommend trying these.  I am down 15 pounds this year, and I think in part because I’ve been able to drink a 2 point shake on my train ride home and have time to make a sensible dinner instead of coming home starving and driving through the Burger King drive through.

Enjoy your Sunday!

Weekly WI +1.8

With my attitude adjustment, my mind set suddenly shifted and I had the perfect Weight Watchers day, despite a gain of 1.8.  I passed by all the pastries at the farmers market and bought more of my favorite mushrooms. 

I packed an egg white omelette with 2 tablespoons real bacon bits and Trader Joe’s lite mozzarella (4) topped with 1/3 cup canned potatoes that I sautéed in 1/2 teaspoon ghee and paprika (2). 

The mango I got at Sams Club is still rock hard and not very flavorful 😞 

I had a last minute document I had to get out and wasn’t able to go to my Weight Watchers meeting, so I will attend my local one tomorrow.  I finally left for lunch at 1:45 and walked to Mariano’s to get some soup to go with my roast beef roll ups. 

I took pictures of my lunch and seriously thought it looked like food scooped out of the garbage. 

What you have there is deli roast beef stuffed with baby spinach, topped with mustard and giardiniera, steamed broccoli and vegetarian chili. Lunch came in at 7 points.

Someone signed up for night secretary so I had to stick around.  After working on my own stuff for an hour, the attorney came up to my desk at 6 and said he didn’t need my help anymore. I was able to catch the 6:25 express train and got to my train station at 7:30.

I have timehop to thank for my dinner.  Long time readers will remember I wasn’t working last May so had all the time in the world to get the perfect shot.  This was last years photo of my grilled shrimp scampi with crispy polenta.

It was getting dark by the time I finished making my dinner – my pictures don’t do this dinner any justice:

And because my house is still a construction zone, check out where I had to put my light box.

I am pretty sure that’s how professional food photographers roll. 

With my coffee creamer and a serving of Trader Joe’s kettle rice cakes, I came in at 29 points for the day.  Now I just need to string a lot of on track days together to see a loss on the scale this week.

I’ll leave you with cute dog pics – hope you have a wonderful long weekend!

Attitude Adjustment

Last night I was reading through some of my old blog posts while the construction crew were working.  I was told unequivocally that I was not to help.

And not surprisingly, I read several posts where I put myself down because either I had an impromptu dinner out and didn’t make the best choice.  Or I hadn’t been to the gym in a week.

If someone told me they went out with friends and had a burger, would I tell them they have no self control and just give up?

So I am going to try to treat myself as I would anybody else.  As my friend Lynne said, it’s time to say goodbye to the struggle bus and jump on the self-love bus.  I hear the seats are much nicer on that bus 🤣👍🏻


I had a breakfast parfait yesterday and when I went to put it in my stemless wine glass, I pulled it out of my desk drawer and it was broken 😞 so I give you a parfait …bowl.  One cup plain Chobani (4) 2 tablespoons of granola, craisins and slivered almonds (4) with mango and kiwi.

My sister had to stick around her office so I was on my own for my lunch time walk.  I walked north, found a giant Jewel on Ohio and State street (good to know), and picked up a cup of tomato soup at Potbelly’s.

I had a turkey lavash wrap (4) with the soup (4) and apple for dessert.

I lucked out last night – no one signed up for night secretary so I got to leave at 5:00.  Show of hands how many times you pin a recipe, look at it every time you see your boards, and never make it?! 🙋🏻

I’ve seen buffalo cauliflower bites for a while.  This recipe finally happened because I took the easy route and bought cut cauliflower at Trader Joe’s.

I just cleaned out my deep fryer so I had fresh oil.  I made this batter for one cup of cauliflower: 1/8 cup flour, 1/8 cup seltzer, 1/2 t. Garlic powder, 1 teaspoon everything but the bagel seasoning.  I didn’t add salt to the batter, nor did I salt the cauliflower when it came out of the fryer, because the Frank’s buffalo sauce has plenty of sodium.

Dip cauliflower into batter to coat. Deep fry for 4 minutes at 350 degrees.  Then toss in buffalo sauce.  The batter is 2 points, the oil is 1 and my Chobani ranch dressing made with Hidden Valley packaged ranch dressing mix came in at another point. 

Four points for this whole plate 🙌🏻👊

The verdict? Delicious.  Next time I am going to batter the cauliflower and refrigerate it for 30 minutes to see if I can get it crispier, but this definitely cured my jones for chicken wings.


The dogs have been beside themselves with all the clutter and construction mess and noise – I feel like telling them “I get it!”  Roman sat on my lap for a good 30 minutes, which is unusual for him, he’s always on the move when not sleeping.

I am happy to report that the floor has been  installed! Only thing left is the trim and the steps which they will do tonight.

The kadults are also going to be painting the paneling the same grey that is in the living room. Oh, and Hannah painted my back door red 🤗

I truly am grateful for all their hard work. The only room left to do will be my kitchen, but that will have to wait a bit.  Let’s first clean up the mess before making another one. 🤣

I am on my way to weigh in.  Jenn is meeting me there. She’s also doing a giveaway on her blog with the G.H. Cretors popcorn – just leave a comment for a chance to win. 👍🏻

Happy Thursday – make it a great day! 


Being diabetic, I go to the doctor twice a year.  Once a year with the endocrinologist and once with the nurse practitioner.  Yesterday’s appointment was with the nurse. I missed my last appointment because I just started working downtown so couldn’t take the day off.  My last appointment was a year ago.

Of course the first thing they do is weigh you. I got on the scale, and with clothes on, weighed 164.

We go to the room and she starts entering stuff into her computer and she said “wow, last year at this time you weighed in at 179!”

And my only thought was “I still feel really fat.”  I should be proud of the loss, but I’ve been on the struggle bus lately and I am trying to get the bus drivers attention so that he can pull over and I can get off.


It was nice to have a leisurely breakfast yesterday.  Have you guys bought Trader Joe’s lite mozzarella? It’s only 1 point an ounce and melts really well.

I made a low carb breakfast burrito for 6 points.

My doctors office is right near a giant Japanese grocery store. I had forgotten about these Yaki-Soba noodles.  Only 4 points a serving.

I love how they are portioned out. Because they are cooked, that leftover beef stirfry was ready in about 6 minutes.  8 points for lunch.

I ran some errands (Zen your package is on its way!) and went to the gym. The first time in I don’t know how long. I did a treadmill walk on an incline and even though I walk a lot, I felt so out of shape.  I have to make the gym part of my routine again.


My store had tomatoes for .39 a pound, so I made a big pot of marinara sauce.  I made penne pasta with Italian sausage for 13 points.

  Jacobs Dad came over around 6 and they started working on the back room flooring. My house was built in 1922, and the room isn’t square so it’s a bit of a challenge – they worked until 11 last night, and they think it will be done today.

Here is how it looked this morning. I plan on getting an area rug like the one I have in the living room:

I also need to find a new chair for that room too.  I am hoping with the long weekend we can put Hannah and Jacobs stuff they don’t need in the attic and get my dining room and living room back in order.

It’s rainy today, so my sister and I may have to walk the under ground pedway today.  Kym, I’ll take pictures for you 👍🏻🙌🏻

Happy Wednesday – make it a great day! 

Under Construction 

I have the day off from work today for my six month diabetes doctor appointment.  It was nice to sleep in a bit and make breakfast tacos.

On Sunday I was walking in my back door, and my stained carpet stairs finally got to me and I pulled it out.  While the kadults were at work.  I am impulsive like that.  

This is what was under the carpet. And about a billion staples.  I had no real plan, other than to sand them, paint them and add a runner. 

When I got home from work last night my house was definitely under construction.

Jacob bought me hardwood flooring and his Dad who is a professional carpenter and floor installer was here to help.  I asked Jacobs Dad how much he wanted for his time and he said “just cook me a ribeye steak and we are even.

So moving all the stuff out of this back room, I did not do my fit test for Insanity. The chaos is even higher around my house, but I have to accept this loving gesture and not let the mess get to me.

My bedroom is usually my sanctuary- but now that’s filled with stuff.

And since the dining room and living room are  full of boxes from when the kadults were going to move out, this tiny spot in my kitchen is where I ate my dinner.

Hannah wants to tear out my kitchen next, but I am hoping they’ll finish this project before moving on to the next 🤣👍🏻

I’ll be sure to show after pics – and hopefully I’ll carve out some space in my house today to get my fit test done. 👍🏻

Make it a great day! Are you impulsive when it comes to a house project?? Hopefully I am not the only one 😜

Vanilla Coffee Banana Protein Pancakes

I have five words to say about this weekend.  I ate all the food.  I didn’t eat a lot of one thing (i.e. deep dish pizza by myself), but I ate a lot of little things.  I didn’t track all my food. I woke up with a taste for apple fritters, but cooler heads prevailed and I made a hash waffle.  This time topped it with 2 tablespoons shredded cheese so the top is nice and crispy, which the sides are kind of mash potatoey.  You know what I mean Open-mouthed smile

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I had some errands to run.  Ran to Tuesday Morning for some tissue paper, and bought a small bag of gummies at the check out and ate the whole thing while driving around.  300 calories (not even sure about how many points).   Came back from running errands and sliced up cheese and had cheese and triscuits – did I weigh out my cheese or measure out my crackers.  Nope.  I had plans to meet up with my step-son Joe and his wife Lizz for Lizz’s brothers high school graduation party.  Make up on – with jewelry!

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Within five minutes of getting to Lizz’s parents house, I was presented with all this food:

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In case you don’t know this, the Mexican community makes A LOT OF FOOD.  Later Lizz’s dad threw grilled chicken on my plate.  Her Mom presented me with fresh homemade corn tortillas, two salsas, guacamole and chips.  Oh, and Modelo beer.   I had three over the course of the evening, which I now know is 12 points.  Even with all this stuff, I was trying to make better choices, and basically could drink this chile de arbol salsa.  I dipped all my food into it.  I asked her what the recipe was, and when she got to “then I add a cup of olive oil” realized I’d probably eaten 4 tablespoons of olive oil.  Amazing stuff though!

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That salsa above was just as amazing, but I could tell had all fresh ingredients.  Didn’t even mind the onions!  Lizz’s Dad was the BBQ chef:

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The chicken was outstanding. I am not sure if these were chicken quarters, just cut in half?

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It was great to catch up with Joe and Lizz.  The weather held out, and while it didn’t rain, when it got dark, it was chilly enough that you could see your breath.  I was still wearing a short sleeved sweater and was fine.  However, Joe and Lizz have been living in Texas going on five years, and have lost their midwest skin.  I was happy when Lizz changed into comfy clothes!

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Those are Lizz’s cousins – I loved being behind the scenes of this mini photo shoot 😀

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I realized after I got home that I never got a picture of Joe and I that wasn’t silly – but this will have to do. 😀  I still can’t believe I met Joe 17 years ago already.  He was a chubby little 10 year old when I first met him and this fall he’ll be 28 years old.  Crazy!

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Sunday morning I had the house to myself.  The kadults had to work at the coffee shop, and I got to meal prepping and recipe developing.  I tried a protein powder muffin – epic fail.  Then decided to make protein pancakes and these were amazing.  Made with Premier Protein vanilla whey protein powder, this recipe made 4 pancakes for a total of 6 smart points.  I actually started to put all of them on my plate, but decided to eat two, and if I was still hungry, could always go back for more.  Two was plenty!

Vanilla Coffee Banana Protein Pancakes (makes 1-2 servings)

  • 1 ounce vanilla protein powder (about 1/4 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons strong cold coffee
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 mashed banana

Mix the protein powder, flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon together with a whisk.  Add remaining ingredients and mix just until combined.  Let the batter sit for 15 minutes to let the baking powder do its magic.  Cook for about 2 minutes a side over medium low heat.  I made a syrup of PB2 mixed with a teaspoon of real maple syrup.

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I have to regroup this week.  I am back to my old habits of doing great Monday through Friday, and then throwing all my hard work in the garbage by not tracking over the weekend.  The hamster wheel that kept me at the same weight (or gaining and losing the same five pounds) all of 2016.

So guess what I am bringing back?  INSANITY!  I started Insanity back on June 1, 2013.  I declared that June was going to be Insane.  I am not going to lie, a little piece of me was like “why not just wait until June of 2017.”  But I know me.  That would only give me more of an excuse on not to keep track because I am getting “back on” June 1.

Tonight is the fit test.  Back then I did the workout between 8-9 at night.  I am always home at that time, and in the beginning the workouts are only 35 minutes long.  Totally doable.  

Zen, I am shipping out your package tomorrow – I realized I never responded to your email, I will shortly! 😀 

Happy Monday!  I am actually looking forward to work this week because my boss that keeps me really busy is out of the country for the week on business.  I am finally going to have time to organize my files/desk/emails.  Jenn, can you walk today?  I need to text you.

How was your weekend?  I’d love to hear your highlights.  Mine, of course, was seeing Joe and Lizz. 😀

Weekly WI +2.4

Happy Friday!  Let’s start off by chosing a winner of my G.H. Cretors popcorn giveaway!

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Congrats Zen!  Shoot me your mailing address at 

I was raised on popcorn and tomato soup. This is still one of my favorite things. Now I make popcorn in the microwave using a glass popcorn popper.

Thursday is WI day.  It was a gorgeous morning, sun was shining, it was probably around 70 degrees.

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I’d been on track since last Sunday – and really didn’t go over too much last Friday or Saturday, so I was a bit shocked by a +2.4 gain.  But such is life.  As the WW slogan goes, it’s #beyondthescale.  I realized I could do one of two things.  Just say “fuck it” and eat like shit the rest of the day, week, months – or get my shit together and move on.  I chose the latter.  I still have to look at the postives:

  • I am still down 15 pounds for the year (I hadn’t lost 15 pounds in the last two years!)
  • I am still wearing size 12 pants
  • I am more than the number on the scale
  • Giving up is not an option

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Corner bakery is in the lobby of the WW building.  I accessorized my breakfast by getting scrambled egg whites (so fluffy!) and a side of their potatoes.  This plate is only 6 smart points and even though I had to pick through the shallots in the potatoes, they were delicious.

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Even though work was busy (my boss is going out of town next week) I managed to get to the WW meeting.  The topic? How to handle stress.  Not shockingly, I wasn’t the only one who uses food as a crutch in good times and bad.  The WW leader admitted that she finds herself eating things she shouldn’t out of boredom.  Another gentleman who is lifetime after losing and maintaining a 40 pound weight loss, continues to come to the weekly meetings, because the second he decides that he’s “got this” is when the pounds start coming back.  He needs the weekly accountability of stepping on the WW scale vs. the one at home, where he can justify to himself whatever the number is on the scale.

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I hit the ground running when I got back to work and didn’t put my salad together until nearly 3!  Leftover grilled chicken, sweet potato and zucchini over chopped romaine, carrots and cucumbers.  Guys, if you haven’t tried Olive Garden’s light Italian dressing, it’s amazeballs.  Two tablespoons for 1 point.  So good.   My salad was only 5 points, leaving me with 20 points going into dinner, so I got the .99 iced coffee at Dunkin Donuts for my train ride treat – just a splash of skim milk – 1 smart point.

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I defrosted chicken tenders yesterday morning, not really knowing what i was going to make, when I opened the fridge and saw Taco Bell fire sauce and immediately thought tacos.  While I cooked the chicken I munched on 12 tortilla chips with a mini guacamole (7).  My tacos were pan fried in Pam and 1/2 teaspoon of ghee – the corn tortillas were so crunchy – filled with sauted yellow pepper, romaine and chopped tomato.  With a side of watermelon, my dinner was 13 points.

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As a Weight Watcher ambassador, I am part of a private Facebook group – one of the members suggested we do a “#wwambassadorsharethelove” exchange.  We got paired with another ambassador, we decided on a dollar amount to spend, and exchanged some of our favorite things.  My penpal Leslie sent me the cutest package yesterday.  It’s funny because I thought “I can’t wait to use these socks this fall!”  I used them last night because our temps got down to 41 degrees last night. 

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Um, how cute are these mason jar measuring spoons?!   Robin, I totally thought of you when I saw these.  (If you need to learn how to make a mean meatball – you need to check out Robin’s post on making the perfect meatball!)

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My timehop was bittersweet yesterday.  Four years ago this week Tony and I road tripped to visit my step-son Joe and his wife Lizz.  We met their dog Cinnamon Bun for the first time.  That was such a fun time.  I remember Tony and I enjoying so much brisket, sausage, etc.  By day four we were both like “should we maybe eat a salad to give our bodies a break?”

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It was at the end of this trip that I realized that I needed to get in shape after seeing the photos from this trip.  It began the Summer of Insanity – I may need to bring that back this summer!

And five years ago last night, Tony and I were enjoying what we loved most – sitting outside, cocktails, music and our dog Ed.  I actually think Ed would have liked Rummy and Roman.

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Life has changed so much for me in the past few years.  I need to accept the change and make the most of it.  While I can be sad for not having the life I thought I would (growing old with my husband), we only get one turn around this merry-go-round of life, so I best make the most of it.

I had the strangest dream this morning.  Tony had passed away, and for some reason I had a motorized scooter that had to be returned otherwise I was going to be charged $1000.  But it wouldn’t fit in my car so I had to ride it back to the store.  It was so slow, and as I sat in it I realized “what if I HAD to use this scooter?”  I immediately jumped out, and ran with it as I pushed it back to the store, vowing to never take my ability to run for granted again.

Guess who’s getting their running shoes on this weekend?