Protein Bars — A Recipe

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Protein Bars; a Recipe

by Kayla Howard

You know all those, “Computers for Dummies” and “Dating for Dummies” and “Exercise for Dummies” books?  Guess what, I found?  A “Why You Need Protein in Your Diet”… and yes, it was “for dummies”.

Actually, I enjoyed reading the article “for dummies”, because it broke things down to a level that anyone can easily and quickly understand.  That’s something I love doing myself– making it simple.

Basically, your body needs protein for a myriad of vital functions.  If you need the reasons, Google them.  However, I think we all know that protein in some form is necessary for human existence.  If you are exercising, your body needs even more protein to build muscles.  I’ve been doing a little experiment for the last 3-4 weeks called “Mission More Protein”,… because anything is more fun if it’s a high level “mission”!

The results of my experiment have delighted me to say the least.  I’ll admit, I have a terrible time eating enough protein.  In fact, before I started Mission More Protein, I was lucky to get 20 grams in each day.  My ratio was really out of balance amid fats, proteins and carbs. 

Here’s the deal though: it’s really hard to eat enough food that is high in protein.  You can have meat, eggs, cheese, peanut butter, nuts, almonds, etc., — but I find those foods are heavy, and hard to consume in great quantities in one day. 

My solution was to start trying A LOT of different protein powders.  These are some of my favorites so far…

#1 Balance Complete by Young Living, which I’ve started drinking for breakfast mixed with Hemp Protein.  I love this because it also has lots of vitamins, minerals, probiotics and fiber — lots of fiber!  It agrees with me nicely.

#2 Nutiva Hemp Protein in Vanilla flavor is AWESOME! It is grainy, and it is earthy, but I like it.  I mix it with Young Living’s Balance complete to up the total protein grams of one drink.  This is also high in fiber and Omega-3s!

Oh yes, — I still have not told you the results of my experiment!!  After just a few weeks I’ve noticed much less fluid retention, and therefore, size and weight loss.  I feel more energetic and my muscles are becoming more defined!

As promised, here is your recipe:

Chocolate Peanut Protein Bars Recipe (adapted from Spark People)

1 cup natural peanut butter, almond butter or sunbutter

3 Tablespoons honey

1 1/2 cup chosen Protein Powder

1 cup old fashion oats

1-2 Tablespoons cocoa powder

2-5 Tablespoons goat milk (water, coconut milk, etc…)

Warm the peanut butter and honey until softened.  Add the remaining ingredients, slowly adding the liquid until you’ve reach a consistency that is moist but crumbly/clumpy.  Press the mixture into an 8×8 inch pan and refrigerate.  You can also make patties, like I did in my picture above.  ENJOY!

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