We all know that kids can be quite picky when it comes to eating healthy. Chocolate bars and chips always top veggies and whole grains.
What if you could make a recipe that was disguised as an unhealthy treat?
These chocolate-covered protein bars from Zahlmann Zoo Crew contain a whole lot of healthy ingredients, but your kids will never know it! Plus it’s packed with protein to help your kids growing healthy and strong. Here’s the simple recipe for you to try out on your kids:
Homemade protein bars
Here’s what you’ll need:
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 cups dry oatmeal
1/4 coconut oil or butter, melted
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup water
1 mashed banana
2 tablespoons flaxseed, ground
2-4 scoops Naturade Total Soy – Chocolate protein powder
1 large dark chocolate bar or ½ cup chocolate chips
First, take your ripe banana and mash it up (this is a great way for the kids to get involved in the cooking process). Then add in the oatmeal, flaxseed, protein powder, coconut flakes, raisins, melted butter or coconut oil, peanut butter and water and stir until all ingredients are fully mixed. Transfer the mixture into a parchment-lined baking tray (8×8) and smooth it out over the pan. Next, take your chocolate bar and break it into smaller pieces into a microwave-safe bowl. Pop it in the microwave for about one minute, or until the chocolate is fully melted. Pour the melted chocolate all over the mixture so it covers every last inch. Once finished, place your creation in the freezer for at least two hours to give it that protein bar consistency. After the time is up, take it out of the freezer and cut it into 10-12 bars and serve!
We see gluten-free recipes and food on TV and in the grocery store. Gluten is a protein that exists in most diet staples like pastas, cereals, breads and desserts. It's often a crucial ingredient when making baked goods due to the puffy and fluffy quality it gives them. However, some are either allergic to gluten or choose to take it out of their diet for other health reasons. Adhering to a gluten-free lifestyle doesn't have to mean having a diet that's devoid of delicious taste. Here are a few altered recipes to try out from Feastie for your next dessert:
Baked Thin Mint Cake
Fat: 2 grams
Sugar: 2 grams
Protein: 6.25 grams
What you'll need:
1 tablespoon Naturade Total Soy – Chocolate
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 tablespoon psyllium husk
1 tablespoon mesquite
1-2 tablespoons coconut sugar
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
3 tablespoons water
Grab a bowl and mix your protein powder, cocoa powder, mesquite, psyllium husk, sugar and baking soda. Next, add in the peppermint extract and stir in water until combined. Place the mixture in a ramekin, mug or large cupcake/muffin pan. Place in the microwave and bake for about 60 seconds. If you prefer the oven, preheat it to 350 degrees and bake for about 20 minutes – although time varies depending on the oven, so keep an eye on it. Let cool and feel free to top it with coconut oil or coconut butter or eat it plain.
Grain-free Vanilla Berry Protein Cake
Fat: 11.7 grams
Sugar: 8.4 grams
Protein: 17.8 grams
What you'll need:
1 tablespoon coconut flour
1 tablespoon coconut butter or other nut butter
2 tablespoons Naturade Total Soy – Vanilla
¼ cup egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon applesauce
¼ cup fresh or frozen berries
5-10 drops of stevia
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Grab a small bowl and mix all ingredients but the berries until all the elements are fully combined. Once mixed, add in the berries of your choice. Next, drop the mixture into a 1 cup oven-safe ramekin. Finally, bake in the oven for about 25 to 28 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Baking times will vary depending on the oven, so keep an eye on your dessert to avoid burning the sweet treat.
Protein is a staple in the diet of anyone looking to lose weight or bulk up. You could incorporate protein into your daily diet through nuts, fruits, veggies, meat and fish. Others choose to whip up a meal replacement shake. But oftentimes, when people are in a hurry, it's easiest to just grab one of those store-bought protein bars that have been sitting in your cupboard. Unfortunately, many of these bars are loaded with sugar. Both your taste buds and your body would appreciate a homemade protein bar – don't worry, they're super simple to make! And with this rich chocolate protein bar recipe adapted from Muffin Topless, you won't even know you're eating healthy:
Here's what you'll need:
2 scoops Naturade Total Soy – Chocolate
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons unsweetened baking soda
1 cup oat flour
½ cup stevia (or another zero calorie sweetener of your choice)
½ cup liquid egg whites
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
4 ounces water
8 ounces unsweetened applesauce
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grab an 8×8 baking pan and coat it with nonstick spray. Mix the dry ingredients together, then add the wet ingredients and stir the entire mixture until smooth. Pour the mixture into your baking dish and pop it in the oven for about 22 minutes if you like softer bars. If you prefer bars that are more firm, leave them in for about 25 minutes. Finally, take your delicious bars out of the oven. Allow them to sit at room temperature for a few minutes to cool. Once they've cooled, cut into nine bars, refrigerate and enjoy!
These homemade protein bars contain only 3 grams of sugar, approximately 102 calories, 3 grams of fiber and only 1 gram of fat.
Protein is a commonly heard word when it comes to bulking up and shedding pounds. While protein can be found in an abundance of foods, it’s easy to get your daily dose via protein powder. It’s easy to make a quick post-workout meal replacement shake that is going to help your body recover from the workout, boost your immune system, stabilize your blood sugar and make you feel full.
But when you think about ingesting protein, losing weight and toning your muscles, the last things that you would be thinking about are probably dessert, chocolate, sweets and so on. But with that magical ingredient called protein powder, you can whip up a treat that will promote muscle growth and satisfy your sweet tooth without leaving you feeling guilty. Get ready to bookmark this recipe adapted from the blog ProteinPowder:
Chocolate Protein Filled Dark Chocolate Protein Cups
⅛ cup Naturade Total Soy – Chocolate protein powder
⅛ cup of chocolate hemp protein powder (optional)
1 tablespoon hulled hemp seeds (or any nut you prefer)
1 tablespoon 100 percent cocoa powder
1 tablespoon coconut flour (or ground almonds)
4 squares of 90 percent chocolate
¼ cup milk
1. Grab a pot and a glass bowl. Melt two squares of chocolate in the glass bowl sitting on the pot with boiling water.
2. Once the chocolate has melted, divide it into four muffin cases, moving it around so there’s chocolate on the bottom and sides. Pop this in the freezer for 10 minutes.
3. Make the filling by mixing all of the remaining ingredients together. The final finished product should be a creamy mixture. Feel free to get creative here by adding some hand-picked ingredients like chili powder, brandy, orange peel or peanut butter. Feel free to add anything you think would go great in your chocolate treat.
4. Take the muffin cases out of the freezer and fill them with the mixture you’ve created, pressing this down to help create shape.
5. Melt the other two squares of chocolate over the muffin cases and filling. Stick them back in the freezer for 10 minutes, and there you have it! Enjoy.
Breakfast, as they say, is in fact the most important meal of the day. However, people often either get bored with the breakfast options or they simply don't have time to chow down on anything before they head out the door. If they knew exactly how breakfast was helping their health, they might make time.
Eating breakfast is essential because after about eight to 12 hours without food, your brain and muscles are depleted of the energy they need to function. The glucose contained in foods as well as other nutrients like vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber and protein are what helps to keep you healthy.
Why is protein at breakfast important?
Breakfast also aids in controlling body weight and may keep you from overeating later. Think about it, if you didn't eat breakfast that morning, you're likely going to stuff yourself when it comes lunchtime – squashing the myth that skipping breakfast makes you lose weight. If you choose food in the morning that is packed with protein, you'll be helping your body even further. A protein-rich breakfast can not only keep you full longer, it can help with improved concentration and focus, whether you're at work or taking a test. The amino acids produce neurotransmitters, which are an important part of the brain's communication system.
Thankfully, your morning protein meal has been shown to help with weight control. It helps keep you full throughout the day, so that you're not grabbing for empty calories. Check out this delicious banana bread protein muffin recipe from @dashingdish that will make you look forward to breakfast again. Not only is it super easy to grab when you're on the go, it's filled with seven grams of protein, two grams of fiber and only 58 calories per serving.
Banana Bread Protein Muffins
¾ cup egg whites
¾ cup ripe banana
¾ cup oats
½ cup plain low fat Greek yogurt
2 scoops Naturade Total Soy vanilla protein powder
¼ cup baking stevia or ½ sweetener of your choice
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp cinnamon
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray the muffin tin with a nonstick cooking spray of your choice or line with silicone or foil liners.
2. Put all ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
3. Divide mixture evenly throughout all of the muffin tins.
4. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
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 Pea Protein. 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!
2 cups skim milk, 2 scoops Naturade Pea Protein, 3/4 cup vanilla flavored yogurt, 1/3 cup pumpkin puree (not pie filling), 1/2 tsp. roasted ground Saigon Cinnamon, 1/2 tbsp. maple syrup, 1 tbsp. brown sugar, 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, 6 ice cubes, Whipped cream, 2 tsp. roasted ground Saigon cinnamon, 1/2 caramel syrup, Toasted pecan halves. Combine the first nine ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth. Pour smoothie mixture in 4 martini glasses and equally garnish each with whipped cream, roasted ground Saigon cinnamon, caramel syrup, and toasted pecan halves. Enjoy! Serves: 4 total time:10 minutes
Naturade Pea Protein is:
- Vegan Formula
- 100% Soy and Dairy Free
- 100% Gluten Free
- 100% Cholesterol Free
The Naturade® research and development team is proud to introduce Naturade Pea Protein™. Pea Protein is a natural plant-based protein that is derived from yellow peas (Pisum sativum), also known as “split peas.” This product is highly soluble, easy to digest, hypoallergenic – and it tastes great! Naturade Pea Protein™ is formulated using only the highest quality pea protein isolate available. Its phenomenal amino acid profile includes nine essential amino acids. Since essential amino acids cannot be synthesized by the human body, they must be supplied by our diets. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins and are used by our bodies to support our bones, muscles and connective tissues.
Naturade Pea Protein™ is all natural and contains no animal by-products, no artificial flavors, no artificial sweeteners and no artificial colors. We use non-GMO pea protein that is 100% gluten-free, cholesterol-free, soy-free and dairy-free. Each great tasting vanilla shake provides an excellent source of vegetable-based protein and is suitable for low-carbohydrate dieters, vegetarians, vegans, children, athletes and anyone needing extra protein in their daily diet.
Total Soy Best Recipe Contest
Grand Prize Winner
Submitted by J. Nelson of Crab Orchard, WV
2 cups skim milk, 2 scoops Naturade Total Soy Vanilla Flavor, 3/4 cup vanilla flavored yogurt, 1/3 cup pumpkin puree (not pie filling), 1/2 tsp. roasted ground Saigon Cinnamon, 1/2 tbsp. maple syrup, 1 tbsp. brown sugar, 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, 6 ice cubes, Whipped cream, 2 tsp. roasted ground Saigon cinnamon, 1/2 caramel syrup, Toasted pecan halves. Combine the first nine ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth. Pour smoothie mixture in 4 martini glasses and equally garnish each with whipped cream, roasted ground Saigon cinnamon, caramel syrup, and toasted pecan halves. Enjoy! Serves: 4 total time:10 minutes
Total Soy Best Recipe Contest
Third Prize Winner – 1 of 5 Third Prize Winners
Submitted by J. Hilton of Rocklin, CA
3 scoops Naturade Total Soy Chocolate Powder, 3/4 Cup water, 3 egg whites, Fat-free whipped topping, if desired, cocoa powder, for dusting, if desired. Place Naturade Total Soy Chocolate Powder, water, and egg whites in blender. Cover and blend on high for 1 minute. Pour into 4 small serving dishes and chill 2 hours. When ready to serve, top with a dollop of whipped topping and a sprinkling of cocoa powder, if desired.
Total Soy Best Recipe Contest
Third Prize Winner – 1 of 5 Third Prize Winners
Submitted by S. Bray of Stone Mountain, GA
1 cup of milk (whatever variety you prefer), 2 scoops of chocolate flavored Total Soy, 2 Tablespoons natural peanut butter, one pealed frozen banana, 1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed, 2 teaspoons of honey, ice cubes. Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. We make these for breakfast. Everyone loves it.