Eating enough protein is important, especially if you're on a diet and looking to muscle up a bit. But if you find yourself in a time crunch or you've had a really intense workout, it can be difficult to muster the time or energy to even get out the blender for a protein shake, let alone make an omelet. Skip the need to wash dishes with these excellent, easy protein powder peanut butter balls, which you can prepare ahead of time and grab for breakfast or a post-workout snack:
- 2 cups crunchy peanut butter
- 2 cups mashed ripe bananas
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
- 2 scoops Naturade Pea Protein, Chocolate
Combine all of the ingredients thoroughly in a large bowl. Using your hands or a melon-baller, shape the mixture into about 25 walnut-sized spheres. Then, place the protein balls onto a parchment- or wax paper-lined container so they are separated between layers and won't stick together. Freeze for at least two hours before enjoying. These high-protein snacks don't keep well if left out, so keep them frozen until you are ready for a post-workout protein boost. You can use any of your favorite protein powders in this recipe, but a great option is Naturade 100% Whey in Chocolate.
If you're always on the go and don't usually have time to eat a big breakfast, there are other delicious ways to get your protein. Why not try an icy, blended protein drink that combines sweetness and a caffeine boost for a dessert-like breakfast to keep you full until lunch? Check out our quick, easy recipe for a vegan protein chocolate blended drink:
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups of ice (about 10 cubes)
- 1/2 cup of soy or almond milk
- 1 scoop VeganSmart All-In-One Nutritional Shake, Chocolate
- 1/4 cup strong brewed coffee or 2 shots of espresso
Put all of the ingredients in a blender and combine thoroughly. If the consistency seems too thin, add more ice. If it seems too thick or chunky, add more milk. For a more smoothie-like consistency, substitute the milk for 1/4 cup of plain yogurt. If you don't feel like making coffee or espresso, instant coffee is an easy substitute – just add 1 tablespoon or more depending on your preference. You can also vary the recipe by leaving out the coffee and adding frozen fruit and substituting VeganSmart All-In-One Nutritional Shake in Vanilla.
Football season is upon us! Die-hard football fans have been waiting weeks for watching games with friends on Sunday afternoons, but so have serious snackers. Let's face it, for those of us who feel ambivalent about football, it's still a win-win situation – hang out with good friends and eat tasty foods. If you're a hardcore snacker but want to find some healthy options so you can eat to your heart's content, look no further. Here are some of the most delicious football snacks that won't leave you feeling guilty and that definitely don't lack in flavor:
Rather than getting your fill of veggies as a pizza topping or with a creamy, bad-for-you dip, one good way to enjoy them is roasted or baked, and slightly salted and peppered. Edamame is an immature soybean that is packed with protein and fiber and low in fat. It also contains vitamins A, C and E, as well as vitamin K and folate, which are good for heart health. The easiest and one of the most delicious ways to prepare soybeans is to buy them shelled and frozen. Give them a good rinse, pat dry with a clean kitchen towel and then spread them out on a foil or parchment-lined baking sheet, making sure there is no overlap. Drizzle them with grape seed or olive oil, sprinkle with salt and a generous dose of pepper and toss them with your hands before sliding them into a 400-degree oven. Bake for 30 minutes until the edamame are slightly brown and crispy, and serve right away. Roasted edamame makes an excellent, easy party snack. You can also roast protein and fiber-packed chickpeas in the same way, using salt and drizzling them with honey.
Greek yogurt dips
If you can't imagine throwing a football get-together without having some sort of creamy dip, you can make a delicious and healthy one with nonfat or lowfat Greek yogurt. Here are three delicious dips you might want to try:
- Something sweet: Mix Greek yogurt with nut spread, and top with a drizzle of honey and chopped walnuts. For an extra boost of protein, mix in Naturade Pea Protein (vanilla). Serve it with sliced apples and strawberries.
- Something savory: Make an avocado dip to serve with whole wheat pita chips. Mash two avocados, stir in one 6-ounce container of plain Greek yogurt, some chopped cilantro one tablespoon of lime juice and chopped jalapeno and coarse salt to taste. If you want a smoother consistency, combine these ingredients in a food processor.
- Something for veggies: A sun-dried tomato dip makes an easy, spicy addition to any football party, and you can serve it with sliced veggies or multigrain crackers. In a bowl, mix 8 ounces of softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt and 1/4 cup of chili sauce. In another bowl, pour 1 cup of bowling water over a 1/2 cup of sun-dried tomatoes and let them sit for 10 minutes. Then, combine the yogurt mixture with the tomatoes, 1/2 cup of diced red bell pepper, two to three chopped green onions, one clove of minced garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of celery seed and cayenne pepper to taste.
Mozzarella di bufala
Fresh mozzarella is incredibly delicious, high in protein and lower in fat than many other cheeses. Serve it with fresh tomato slices or cherry tomatoes, chopped basil and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar for a classic Caprese salad. For a twist, serve the mozzarella on top of a tomato slice with avocado on top. It's a bright, healthy and delicious snack that your football friends are sure to enjoy.
If you're trying to pack in the protein to build lean muscle, you don't have to eat only salmon, chicken and other meats. Aside from the prep work to make your high-protein meals tasty, you might actually be craving something sweet. So, skip dinner altogether and go straight to dessert. Here's our recipe for a sumptuous, high-protein, almost-healthy cheesecake to get your sweet fix while staying on track with your diet plan:
- 1 cup of almond meal
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tablespoon date paste or nut butter
- 1/2 cup of fat free cream cheese, softened
- 1/3 cup cottage cheese
- 1/4 cup VeganSmart All-in-One Nutritional Shake (vanilla)
- 2 whole eggs
- 1/4 cup milk, any kind
- 2 tablespoons sweetener
- Fruit toppings, if desired
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and prepare a 9-inch spring form cake pan by lining it with parchment paper, or use 10 liners in a cupcake tin for miniature cheesecakes.
- Combine the almond meal, almond milk and date paste in a bowl. Use a spoon to press the crust mixture into the cake pan or lined tins.
- In a mixer, blend the cream cheese, cottage cheese and milk until smooth, about 2 to 3 minutes, and then add the eggs.
- Blend in the VeganSmart All-in-One Nutritional Shake (vanilla) and sweetener until the mixture is silky smooth. Mix all ingredients for about 1 minute.
- Pour the filling into the pan and bake the cheesecake for about 30 to 40 minutes.
- The cheesecake is done when the top looks set but it jiggles a bit in the middle. Don't worry – it will set as it cools!
- After it rests, serve with your favorite whipped cream and berries or other fruits.
Total Soy Best Recipe Contest
Second Prize Winner
Submitted by A. Parsons of Parkersburg, WV
1/4 cup cold water, ice cold, 3/4 cup ice cubes, 2/3 cup peeled cucumber, seedless, 2/3 cup honeydew melon, Zest of half an orange, 1/8 cup fresh mint, 3 scoops Naturade Total Soy Vanilla Flavored Meal Replacement Mix. In blender or smoothie maker, combine water, ice cubes, cucumber, melon, orange zest, and mint and blend. Halfway through blending mix in two scoops of vanilla flavored Shake Mix. Process until very smooth. Garnish serving glass with additional orange zest curls, orange slices, cucumber slices or honeydew slices. Enjoy!
- 6 oz raspberries
- 9 oz strawberries
- 100gms acai frozen bar or 4oz blueberries
- 1-2 bananas
- 1 cup almond milk
- Blend 1 banana
- 1 cup blueberries, 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon each honey and lime juice, 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 cup ice
- 4-6 frozen coffee cubes
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- splash of flavored coffee creamer (sugar free)
- 1-2 tsp. coco powder
- 1-2 scoops pea protein vanilla
- 1 scoop lite whip cream
Blend together in a blender until all mix and enjoy!
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon coconut aminos
1 tablespoon fish sauce
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
4 cloves of garlic
1 1/2 pound shrimp, raw, peeled
Melt the coconut oil in a big skillet over low heat. Mince the garlic and throw it in with the coconut oil. Keeping the heat low, stir for two to three minutes. Throw in the shrimp and sautee until pink – about four to five minutes. Stir in the coconut aminos, pepper and fish sauce, and sautee for another minute. Plate your shrimp and turn up the burner under the skillet. Heat the combined oil and liquid in the pan for a minute or two and pour over the shrimp. Finally, top each serving with a tablespoon of fresh cilantro.
Your breakfast doesn’t have to be boring. Spruce it up with some pea protein and fresh fruit. This will give you enough power for even the biggest training sessions or a super hard day ahead.
• 1/2 Oats
• 2 scoops of Naturade Pea Protein
• coconut milk.
I’m Dustin, and this is my son Boston… First, I’m a dad before anything else, after that I’m a 31 year old vegan expatriate Hoosier living right outside of New Orleans, LA.
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