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.

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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.

Cinnamon Baked Banana

Dessert, Diet, Paleo

This is the easiest dessert ever. It has 3 ingredients and takes 3 minutes to prepare. If you have a crazy sweet tooth like me, you’ll love this because the sweetness in the baked banana will satiate any sugary cravings for the rest of the night and the fiber helps fill you up. Hope you enjoy!

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Cinnamon Baked Banana

1 banana
2 pinches of cinnamon
1 T honey

Directions: Heat toaster oven to 350 degrees. Place foil on baking sheet and spray lightly with PAM spray (any kind). Slice banana in half, the long way. Drizzle honey over banana and sprinkle cinnamon on top. Bake for 5-10 minutes or until banana is soft.

Tip: Also really good with sliced apples. Substitute apple for banana and follow directions as is.