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!