My Protein Picks

Protein is a macronutrient, along with carbohydrates and fats, that is essential to our diet to maintain proper body function.  My top protein picks (as seen above) include: ground turkey/chicken, salmon, nut butters (preferably almond butter), skinless boneless chicken breast, almonds/mixed nuts, quinoa, chickpeas, Greek yogurt (plain 0%), and beans/lentils.    Why is protein soContinue reading “My Protein Picks”

Vanilla Chia Pudding

Combine in a lidded container: 2 cups vanilla unsweetened almond milk 6 tbsp chia seeds 2.5 tbsp maple syrup 2 tsp vanilla extract Mix with a spoon. Store covered in refrigerator for at least 4 hours before consumption (the longer you wait, the thicker it will become). The chia will soak up the almond milk,Continue reading “Vanilla Chia Pudding”

Toasted Coconut Cocoa Bars

Bar Ingredients: 3/4 cup ground pecans 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted 1 cup quick cooking oats 2 tbsp cocoa powder 1 tsp chia seeds 1/4 cup honey 1 tbsp egg whites 2 tbsp almond butter chocolate chips as desired For the top: 1/4 cup shredded coconut 2 tbsp creamed coconut, melted Directions: 1.Preheat oven toContinue reading “Toasted Coconut Cocoa Bars”

The lowdown on Quinoa

Quinoa is an ancient grain with substantial nutritional content, which is why I prefer to choose quinoa over rice and other grain products. Quinoa contains all 11 essential amino acids therefore, it is a complete protein source (Perfect for vegetarians!). This is rare for plant-based foods. 1/4 cup Quinoa (uncooked) contains 6g of protein versus whiteContinue reading “The lowdown on Quinoa”

Blueberry Bliss Oven Baked Oatmeal

Ingredients (serves 2): 3/4 cup oats 1 cup skim milk (or almond milk/milk of choice) 2 tbsp maple syrup 2 tsp cinnamon 1/4 cup frozen blueberries 1/4 cup crushed pecans 1/2 banana, sliced Directions: 1. Preheat the oven to 350F 2. Mix oats, skim milk, maple syrup, cinnamon and frozen blueberries together in an oven-safeContinue reading “Blueberry Bliss Oven Baked Oatmeal”

Protein ‘Cookie Dough’ Bliss Bites

Ingredients:  1/4 cup Almond Butter, softened 10g protein powder (I used SunWarrior natural raw vegan protein) 1 1/4 cup almond flour 3 tbsp maple syrup 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips Directions:  Mix all ingredients together, roll into balls, and put in the refrigerator to chill. Eat chilled.