Since I’ve been home I’ve been trying to get into a new routine, it has only been a week today since I stepped back in Toronto. I joined a gym exactly one week today and have been there everyday (except saturday – due to my massive hangover) since I’ve joined. I’ve also been looking at pinterest for ideas on how to get protein after working out. Last year, when I was working out Katelyn and I tried protein powder, it was disgusting! I must have gotten a bad brand or something I don’t really know, all i know is that we tried to put it in a smoothie and it was actually repulsive. I was completely put off my protein powder and protein shakes but I loved protein bars. Katelyn and I looked up recipes and we found one we used, which was pretty good. Basically we melted honey and peanut butter and we mixed those two together with some oats and protein powder until it became a consistency that we were able to put in a pan and let sit over night in the fridge. They obviously weren’t that healthy and were more of a treat.
These last couple days I’ve just been browsing different types of recipes when I stumbled upon a website called Desserts With Benefits [ http://dessertswithbenefits.com ]. It’s a blog with a whole bunch of healthy but delicious recipes. I found a non-bake, high protein, high fiber, gluten free and vegan recipe called Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bars. I bet everyone reading this is thinking about how good cookie dough is right now and let me tell you the batter from the recipe absolutely tastes like cookie dough. I could have eaten the entire bowl of batter but that would have been way too much protein in one sitting. I was skeptical about buying protein powder again because of my previous experience, but after looking up sunwarrior, which is what the recipe used I was convinced that I wouldn’t have an issue with it. I went to the GNC in town and they did not carry that particular brand of protein and they also did not carry brown rice protein powder, which is what the recipe calls for. I called Popeyes to make sure they had brown rice protein before trekking over to the store. They also did not carry sunwarrior but I settled for Heartland Gold, it’s a certified non-GMO protein powder, it’s hypo-allergenic, gluten, soy and lactose free and it’s suitable for vegetarians. I’m not vegan, not a vegetarian, gluten-free, soy-free or lactose-free by any means but I wanted a protein that taste good and is healthy, or healthier than others. I bought an 800g tub, which was $30 (honestly I know nothing about how much protein should be so I naturally just handed over my credit card and was on my way). The rest of the ingredients were $12 from bulk barn. I did make two substitutions in the recipe because I couldn’t find it in store and they were way too expensive. Stevia extract, which is one of the ingredients costs about $20 for a 4oz bottle and you only need half a tablespoon so I decided to look up the equivalent, which turned out to be 1.5 cups of sugar … oops oh well. Butter extract was the second thing I did not find in stores and at the bottom of the recipe it says, if you can’t find it or aren’t going to use it then just add more chocolate chips, which I did generously. After following the instructions for this non-bake recipe I put the tray in the fridge. I hope that by tomorrow the bars will have hardened (I just checked on them and they are still pretty soft). I will definitely report on how that turns out.
As mentioned early, I strongly disliked protein shakes. Today after my workout I decided to give them another go with my new protein powder. I added one scoop to 250mL of non-sweetened Almond milk and it was absolutely delicious and I will now be having a protein shake or a bar after each workout. Oh, another thing about the bars is you can just eat them as a snack and it doesn’t have to follow a workout. Remember, they are healthy – it’s definitely a better option than chips (which I’ve been staring at for the past couple days and have really resisted myself, so let’s hope my bars turn out tomorrow or I’ll be munching Ketchup chips after my workout!).
I’m posting the direct link to the recipe. If anyone has any other protein bar recipes they would like to share with me I’d be MORE than happy to take them and try them out.