Healthy protein snacks

APPLE CINNAMON CRUNCH PROTEIN MUFFINS

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1 1/2 cup wheat flour
1 cup Growing Naturals Vanilla Blast Protein
1 cup organic cane sugar
1 cup butter (or butter substitute)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups apples

1 cup almond milk

Mix dry ingredients.
Cream sugar and butter.
Add dry ingredients. Slowly add milk. Once all ingredients are combined. Fold in apples.

Bake for 25-30 minutes at 375. Cool and top with organic sugar and cinnamon for a crunch

My protein powder of choice is Growing naturals protein, today I am reviewing the vanilla blast pea protein let me tell you a few reasons why I simply love it:

It is plant based and contains no animal products

it is dairy and soy free, since many people have allergens to these 2 things that is worth knowing

it is low fat

it contain 15g of protein per serving

6g of carbohydrate

3g of sugar

0 cholesterol

3g of branch chained amino acids (BCAAS) These are the building blocks of muscle, you need these to repair and build muscle effectively

it is made from NONGMO raw peas

no artificial sweeteners

no artificial flavorings or dyes….this is something that is widely used by many other protein companies

the pea protein is an amzing source of iron…30% of your daily value in one scoop! nice!

Now lets get down to taste…the vanilla blast pea protein tastes like cake batter to me, It can stand alone in a shaker bottle mixed only with water or almond milk and still taste just great. I have done this many times on the run. More often I choose to use it in protein shakes/smoothies with other ingredients but I have had many protein powders in the past that cannot stand alone in a shaker bottle on their own. The vanilla really pops in this product and it has a great texture too. I have been using it for abut 3 years now and it has helped me achieve new muscle growth,and great recovery. I literally look forward to making shakes with it.  Here is one I just recently made if you are looking to get more fat burning fiber rich foods into your life then this is an excellent snack or breakfast shake to treat your body to!

PINEAPPLE VANILLA COLADA

1 CUP OF FRESH OR FROZEN PINEAPPLE

1/4 CUP FRESH OR FROZEN BLUEBERRIES

1 BANANA

1 LARGE HANDFUL OF SPINACH OR KALE

1/2 SEEDLESS CUCUMBER

1-2 PIECES OF CELERY

1-2 tbsp UNSWEETENED SHREDDED COCONUT

1 SCOOP OF GROWING NATURALS PEA PROTEIN VANILLA BLAST

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BUTTERNUT SQUASH PROTEIN BREAKFAST BOWL

1 cup of steamed or raw butternut squash, sweet potatoes would work fine as well as any grain or oatmeal of choice

1 scoop of growing naturals protein flavor of choice

1 fresh or frozen ripe banana

1 cup of fresh blueberries

about 1/2 cup of plant milk of choice

a few dashess of cinnamon

BLEND IN FOOD PROCESSOR EVERYTHING BUT THE BLUEBERRIES

once it is all blended then top it off with fresh blueberries, more cinnamon and your choice of toppings, I used a TBSP of almond butter in this one.

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MUSCLE BITES

This makes enough for about 10-15 bites depending on how big you roll them

1 cup of pitted dates

2 scoops of Growing naturals chocolate protein (WWW.GROWINGNATURALS.COM) good stuff check it out! Quality protein

1 TBSP raw cacao powder

blend all of these ingredients in a food processor…if it is too thick just add a drizzle of plant milk such as almond or coconut to a good consistency. when you are done you can start rolling them into bite size balls. I chose to roll these in raw cacao nibs and unsweetened shredded coconut. You can also enjoy then just as they are!  They are a delicious snack to power you up!  Depending on the size I will usually have 2-3 as a snack paired up with a piece of fruit or a simple green smoothie. enjoy!

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PUMPKIN PROTEIN ICE CREAM (NICE CREAM)

One of my very favorite snacks in the fall and winter is pumpkin protein ice cream!!

I always use growing naturals protein powder, it comes in the raw pea protein vanilla blast or you can get raw rice protein in the chocolate or vanilla flavor, both are amazing! Now on to the recipe

This makes enough for 1 hungry ice cream loving person

1-2 frozen peeled bananas

1 scoop of GROWING NATURALS PEA OR RICE PROTEIN (www.growingnaturals.com)

abut 1/3 cup of pumpkin puree

a dash of maple or vanilla extract is optional

a few dashes of cinnamon, and nutmeg

unsweetened vanilla almond milk, use just a little to get a desired consistency, you can always add more

If you have a vitamix or blendtec blender you can throw everything in there and it will make it into a soft serve ice cream in about 1 minute

Before I got my vitamix I just cut up the fully  frozen bananas into the food processor with the S shaped blade with all the ingredients and a drizzle of almond milk and blended it until desired consistency.

You are done! eat and enjoy!

TRY OUT DIFFERENT MIX INS LIKE CHOCOLATE PROTEIN WITH STRAWBERRIES OR VANILLA PROTEIN WITH COCONUT. options are truly endless!!

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