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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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. 🙂

Not all Bacon is Created Equal

Breakfast, Diet, Paleo, Snack

I found this article in the Huffington Post and thought it was pretty cool. As a bacon fanatic, it’s good to know which brands taste better and are better for you. Here are the findings:

The Best & Worst Bacon Brands At Grocery Stores, According To Consumer Reports

Best In Show: Kirkland Signature Regular Sliced Consumer Reports: Kirkland Signature was the only brand Consumer Reports rated “Excellent.” It’s available only at Costco, and was in the midrange of price at 47 cents for each 2-slice serving. There’s a catch, though, even if you already have a Costco membership: it’s sold only in increments of four 1-pound packages.

Among The Best: Oscar Mayer Thick Cut Consumer Reports: Oscar Mayer’s Thick Cut came in second in the Consumer Reports test, with a “Very Good” rating. It’s a bit cheaper (at 42 cents a serving) and slightly lower in calories than the Kirkland.

Among The Best: Great Value Lower Sodium Consumer Reports: Walmart’s in-house brand, Great Value, came in third. It had lower sodium than all brands rated “Very Good” in the Consumer Reports taste test except Niman Ranch Maple Uncured, which costs nearly twice as much.

Among The Worst: Oscar Mayer Turkey Consumer Reports: Oscar Mayer’s turkey bacon got the highest ratings of the three in the Consumer Reports article, but it also had the most calories and sodium of the bunch.

Among The Worst: Jennie-O Turkey Consumer Reports: Jennie-O Turkey bacon got the second-lowest ratings of all bacons tested.

Worst In Show: Butterball Turkey Original Consumer Reports: Here’s the good news: Butterball Turkey Bacon is the cheapest and least caloric bacon tested by Consumer Reports, with just 25 calories in each 11-cent slice. The bad news? It tasted the worst.


 

Quick Note: Before you run to the store, check out what Self Magazine said about choosing bacon and staying health conscious.

The healthiest bacon choices are “uncured, reduced-sodium center cut bacon.”

So, depending on how serious you are about being Paleo… looking at HOW the bacon is made is definitely something to look at.

Anyways, happy bacon shopping!