Protein Fun – Semi Paleo Style

Hey everyone, so lately i’ve been in the routine of juicing some kale, an apple or two and some berries every morning mixed with my protein shake (original flavour, with 1/2 an avocado and 1/2 a banana), but i have a feeling that i might be craving some “imitation carbs” in the near future so here are some recipes.

Cinnamon Swirl Protein Bread (adapted from Jamie Eason)

Nutrition Facts:

Makes 16 squares
Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup palm sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut flour+ 2 scoops whey protein
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (Almond Breeze)
  • 1/3 cup or 1 4oz jar of baby food applesauce or unsweetened applesauce

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Spray an 8 X 8 inch Pyrex dish with non-stick spray.

In small bowl combine: (set aside)

  • palm sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

In a large bowl combine: (whisk together)

  • 1 1/2 cups coconut flour+ 2 scoops whey protein
  • 1 tbsp baking powder

In a medium bowl combine: (whisk together & add to lrg bowl)

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (Almond Breeze)
  • 1/3 cup or 1 4oz jar of baby food applesauce or unsweetened applesauce
Pour a shallow layer of batter into the loaf pan (about 1/4 of the batter).
Sprinkle heavily with half of the cinnamon/sugar mixture. Repeat with remaining batter & cinnamon/sugar on top.
Draw a knife through the batter to marble. Bake for 24 to 28 min. Let cool for 10 min. Bread will be dense.

Almond Coconut Balls (natural protein not whey):

3 cups Raw Walnuts, Almonds, Macadamia: Food Process until crumbly but not
like a flour or too fine

Stir in 1 tsp organic cinnamon

Melt 1/3c coconut oil.

Stir into oil: 1/4c coconut nectar and 1 tsp pure vanilla.

Pour over nuts and stir together.

Shape into balls and roll ball into a small bowl of unsweetened coconut
flakes.

Refrigerate!

Choco-Coconut Protein Bars

Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups raw pecans
  • 2 servings chocolate protein powder
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1/4 shredded, unsweetened coconut
  • 2 oz of quality dark chocolate or “Enjoy Life” chocolate chips from Bulk Barn (pre packaged)
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons agave nectar (to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Warning: These taste kinda like chocolate chip cookie dough and become VERY addicting. They are great as a post-workout snack because of the 3:1 carb:protein ratio and the abundance of nutrients.

Directions: Place pecans and protein powder into a food processor and blend until the consistency of a light powder. Add dates and process until incorporated. The mixture will still be powdery at this point.

Add in shredded coconut and chocolate (chips, grated, or chopped), and mix just until evenly combined. Add agave nectar and vanilla, and blend until mixture is evenly sticky and forms into clumps.

Place mixture into an 8×8 baking dish, and press flat. Freeze for 1 hour, remove from baking dish, and cut into 18 squares. It’s recommended to eat 2 – 3 for post-workout recovery .

micronutrients breakdown per bar:
Fat: 13g
Carbohydrate: 12g (2.5g of fiber)
Protein: 4g

The question remains, Is protein powder paleo? …my Answer, no. Do i use it? YES.
Whey powder can be made from grain-fed cows, and be pasteurized, which means growth factors, amino acids, enzymes and other nutrients are nowhere near levels occurring in raw dairy. Even if you buy the all egg white protein there is still soy lecithin in it , and grass-fed protein might actually cost you an arm and a leg.
Why do I continue to use it? … Well I enjoy my sleep and I sleep in till the last-minute so my shakes in the morning are quick and easy. Also, when i come home from a work out, the last thing I feel like doing is making a balance protein meal, so I jam the blender full of fruit (complex carbs) and add my scoop of natural flavoured protein.
Theres also lots of research on if protein powder is still useful after being baked.
http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=550872&page=1
Hopefully you all try them out and let me know how it goes 🙂
Ciao
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