Chocolate Protein Bars

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Ingredients:

Dry-

2 cups oats

2 cups chocolate protein powder

½ cup slivered almonds

½ cup dried cranberries

1tsp cinnamon

 

Wet-

1/3 cup natural nut butter of your choice

¼ cup almond milk

¼ cup apple sauce

½ cup dark chocolate

1tbls vanilla essence

 

½ dark chocolate (extra, optional)

 

Method:

Mix all dry ingredients together in large bowl

Put all wet ingredients in separate bowl and microwave until chocolate is melted

Add wet to dry ingredients and mix until completely combined (may require some muscle)

Push mixture down into lined pan until surface it flat

If using additional chocolate, melt and spread over top

Refrigerate or freeze until set and keep refrigerated

Progress Report

If anyone is interested I lost 1kg over the two days that I only ate protein. It’s normal to loose/gain 1kg everyday due to water weight and body waste so my answer is no, it wasn’t worth it.
I ate boring meals, had no energy, was dizzy all the time and I think I walked into a few walls.
On the upside I wasn’t hungry, although hunger is only one reason for eating.
If anyone is interested in trying a pure protein weekend for themselves, and I really do think that it should be done for no longer than two days at a time, here’s a list of allowed foods to help you out:

Meat and poultry

  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Light ham
  • Lamb
  • Bacon
  • Game meats
  • Deli meats
  • Turkey
  • Veal
  • Pork tenderloin

Egg

  • Egg white

Seafood

  • Fish
  • Crab
  • Lobster
  • Shark
  • Oyster
  • Prawn
  • Seafood extender

Vegetarian

  • Tofu
  • Lentils
  • Chickpeas
  • Dried beans (kidney beans, black beans etc)
  • Vegetarian sausages
  • Vegetarian mince

More info: http://www.bodytrim.com.au/protein/protein-foods-for-weight-loss

Pure Protein Tuna Pies

I decided to try a pure protein weekend. I’ve heard a lot about the weight loss kick start and wanted to see for myself if it works. If you’re unfamiliar with the idea of it, basically all you can eat for two days is protein foods which include egg whites, lean meat and fish and protein shakes made with water; that’s about it. Meal sizes are meant to be about 100g for women and about 50g for snacks.
It’s been easy to stick to, in the way that the rules are so clear but it’s also been difficult. I’ve experienced dizziness and deflated energy levels but I’ve also hurt my back, so I’m not needing energy to go to the gym. If I was going to the gym these last couple of days I don’t think it would be worth it.
I’ve basically been eating only chicken, tuna, egg whites and protein shakes but here’s a recipe that made dinner last night slightly less boring.
I can not wait until tomorrow morning to weigh myself and see if this actually made any difference! Although I still strongly believe the number on the scales is an inaccurate (and sometimes depressing) way to track your progress.

Ingredients:
4 egg whites
1 x 95g can of tuna in spring water
Mixed herbs

Method:
Preheat oven to 175oC
Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites until bubbly

Drain tuna and add to egg whites
Add mixed herbs and gently mix in
Poor mixture into mini pie tins or any other suitable tin (You could make even smaller ones with a cupcake tray)
Bake until cooked all through
TIP: To check if they’re cooked shake the tin and see if any uncooked egg white breaks through the top

After Workout Protein Shake

I’m sure a lot of you have heard about post-workout protein shakes, but why exactly do we do it?

When we’re sore after a workout it’s because we have heaps of tiny tears in our muscles caused by intense contracting during the workout.
Protein repairs these tears and the fastest way to get it to the muscles is by having a liquid protein shake immediately after your workout.
If you’re worried the protein will make you bulk up, don’t panic. Protein only repairs muscles, it doesn’t build muscle. If you do want to bulk up, there are specific protein shakes with mass amount of carbs which helps build the muscle as well as repair.
When buying protein, make sure you go to a proper supplement store and get the right one!

Long story short: A post-workout protein shake will stop you being sore the next day which means you get to continue to work out with more intensity and lose more weight.

Chocolate Protein Balls

Ingredients:
1 cup chocolate protein powder
1/2 cup cocoa, sifted
1 cup oats
1 1/2 cups coconut
1/3 cup macro natural almond spread
3 tbls honey
1 tbls hot water
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup almond milk
Extra coconut to roll

Method:
In a large bowl combine chocolate protein powder, cocoa, oats and coconut

In a medium bowl add almond spread, honey and hot water. Microwave for 30 seconds and mix together until runny. Add Vanilla.

Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and roughly mix through. Slowly add almond milk and mix all through. Roll into golf sized balls and roll in extra coconut. Balls should be able to hold their shape.

Place on a plate/tray not touching each other and place in the freezer until set. This recipe makes about 30. Once they are set chuck them in a container in the fridge and they should last you about a week depending on how many people steal them.

My Favourite Breakfast

Not only is this my favourite breakfast but it’s also great for when you’re in a rush. I can not stress enough how much easier clean eating has been since having my chocolate protein powder. I couldn’t do this without it. Even though protein supplements are mostly used for a post workout shake to aid in muscle recovery they are also great in so many recipes and I just can’t go passed the chocolate flavour.

Read the instructions on the back of your protein and if it says one scoop of protein to 175grams of water, use that ratio to create this amazing breakfast with full fat Greek yoghurt. I love the flavour of ISO sensations chocolate fudge but I’ve also tried GNC Chocolate Low Carb Delite and I would recommend that as well.

It may look like a small breakfast but because of all the protein it should keep you satisfied and full until your next meal.