Chocolate Cranberry Protein Balls

Diet, Paleo, Recipes, Snack

New Protein ball recipe! These have a chewier texture and have the option to be coated in cocoa powder which actually adds a slightly bitter taste. Also I was out of my regular protein powder so I used a new kind – Gold Standard 100% Whey Chocolate Malt. I think they’d taste pretty much the same with any brand. Hope you enjoy!

Chocolate Cranberry Protein Balls

1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 T. almond butter
4 tsp. water
1/6 C dried cranberries (about 15 dried cranberries)
1 T coconut flakes
1 T cocoa powder for dusting (optional)

Directions: Mix protein powder, almond butter, and water together in a small bowl until thick batter mixes. Add in dried cranberries and coconut flakes. Then, using your hands section the batter into 6 equal sections and roll into 6 balls. (Optional) Roll each ball in the cocoa powder. Eat right away or refrigerate for later.

Nutrition: 52 calories per protein ball.
(3.9g carbs, 2.1g fat, and 4.6g protein).

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6 Health benefits of Asparagus

Cooking, Dessert, Diet, Dinner, Paleo

Happy Monday everyone! I am reliving this amazing Paleo Feast from Saturday night consisting of fresh Alaskan salmon, sauteed asparagus, and my ohh so easy Cinnamon Baked Banana (for dessert). Everything was so simple to prepare and so incredibly delicious!

Now, most people would focus on the gorgeous salmon filet, but today I want to explore asparagus and why it may be a good idea to incorporate it into your diet.

a line of asparagus
According to an article from Medical News Today, asparagus “is one of the best natural sources of folate” and with that comes some key health benefits:

 

6 Health Benefits of Asparagus

1. Decreased risk of birth defects (when consumed during pregnancy)
2. Lowered risk of depression
3. Maintaining a healthy heart
4. Osteoporosis prevention
5. Cancer prevention
6. Better Digestion

Read more about the benefits of asparagus and find ways to easily incorporate it into your cooking HERE.

7 Ways to Make Bacon

Cooking, Diet, Paleo, Snack

Any Paleo warrior knows that bacon is a key staple in our diet. It’s delicious, it’s filling, and it’s dynamic (usable in sooo many different recipes). Here are 7 different ways to make bacon at home.

  1. On the stove
  2. In the oven
  3. In the microwave   
  4. On a griddle
  5. On the grill
  6. On a George Foreman
  7. In the waffle maker!

I’m keeping the post short and sweet because the two sources I pulled from today already did an excellent job describing their cooking techniques. I definitely encourage you to visit the kitchn and one good thing. The second site is very thorough and it even includes ways to use the left over bacon fat.

I would say ‘enjoy!’ but already I know you will since after all, it’s bacon. 🙂