Thanks for the great response to my quick and easy recipes suggestion! From now on I’ll start posting any random recipes as Quick and Easy Eats, alongside my fancier recipes.
As I said on my Egg and Veggie muffin recipe post, I’m trying to increase the amount of protein I eat as it has a number of benefits for my body* which include:
- More staple energy levels (a big one for me at the moment!)
- More consistent hunger levels
- Weight loss
Of course protein is excellent post workout for building muscle to!
*this is how it works for my body, remember we are all different!
I do try and get protein from whole foods sources including good quality animal proteins like free range chicken, turkey and eggs, fish like tuna, salmon and mackerel and organic beef and pork as well as plant based proteins such as beans, lentils and quinoa. Sometimes I’ll have greek yoghurt, but generally I don’t find that cows milk products work that well for me so I keep them at a minimum. Alongside these whole food sources I will supplement with protein powders fairly often.
I don’t think protein powders should replace whole foods, but they are useful when I need something quick and convenient that will offer me the benefits listed above. My fave protein powder without a doubt is Sun Warrior. It’s a completely vegan brown rice protein powder available in chocolate or vanilla. Alongside that, I also love plain whey protein from grass fed cows and some flavoured protein powders as well, which admittedly are poorer quality and but cheaper and still do the job. What I have found with protein powders and recommendations is that it’s a very individual thing. I love Sun Warrior, but some people I’ve recommended it to aren’t huge fans. Look for sites that offer some sample size packs to help you decide.
When Finley was very young and cluster feeding most evenings, I loved Quest protein bars to keep my energy levels up and hunger levels down while I was pinned to the sofa. I would love to buy more Quest bars but they aren’t cheap, so I’ve been experimenting with creating my own protein snacks. A big shout out must go to Nicky from Proteinology who, in my opinion, is the Queen of protein snacks and sweet treats and the chocolate chip cookie dough fudge recipe I’m about to share is most definitely inspired by her creations.
Here are two quick and easy protein snack recipes for your enjoyment!
- 1/2 cup chocolate brown rice protein powder
- 3/4 cup of nuts (I used walnuts, almonds and macadamia nuts)
- 6 dried dates
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- Pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp water
- 1. Blitz the nuts in a food processor until finely chopped.
- 2. Add the protein powder and dates and process again until the dates are chopped.
- 3. Melt the coconut oil. Switch on the processor and drizzle in the coconut oil.
- 4. Add the chia seeds and salt and process again, slowly add the water until the mixture clumps together.
- 5. Roll the mixture into balls and refrigerate.
- Keep in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze for up to a month
- 1 cup of vanilla whey protein
- 3/4 cup almond butter
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- Pinch salt
- 1/3 cup dark choc chips
- 1. Line an 8x8 tin with cling film
- 2. Mix the protein powder and almond butter together. Melt the coconut oil and combine with the mixture. Add the pinch of salt and chocolate chips and mix again.
- 3. Pour into the lined tin and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until hardened.
- 4. Remove from the tin and cut into 16 squares. Store in the fridge.
- Replace the chocolate chips with cacao nibs for a cleaner version.
Do you use protein powders? Do you eat a lot of protein?