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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Mexican-style Stuffed Bell Pepper

Cooking, Dinner, Paleo, Recipes

Just created a new taco dinner alternative using a gorgeous orange bell pepper. The pepper adds a nice crunchy aspect and the meat helps you pack in the protein.

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Mexican-style Stuffed Bell Pepper

Ingredients:
1 small onion
1 medium or large tomato
1 bell pepper (your color of choice)
1 lb. ground beef or ground turkey (the less fat % the better)
1 packet of taco seasoning (your choice)

Directions: Wash the vegetables. Cut off the bell pepper top and cut out the white insides. Rinse the inside of the bell pepper quickly to get rid of any seeds and set it on your dinner plate.

Dice onion and tomato and throw into a small-medium pan.  Throw the ground beef into a large pan and turn both burners onto medium-high. Cook the meat until it’s browned (the tomatoes and onion mixture can cook for the same about of time) stirring occasionally.

Drain excess oil from meat pan and add 1/2 cup of water. Place back on stove and add the tomato and onion mixture and the taco seasoning. Cook for 5 more minutes. Using a large spoon, fill the bell pepper with your meat mixture and serve!

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(meat mixture)

Coffee time

Paleo

Good morning all! I’m starting off my weekend with a hot cup of Joe and wanted to document a couple tricks that may help as you continue your journey of going Paleo.

Keeping it Sweet, Strong, and Paleo

1. Buy flavored coffee

Flavored coffee is the best! You get all different kinds of flavors without the extra calories of a flavored syrup. It may take a little getting used to, but you’ll feel lighter and less-full making the swap.

Try: Dunkin Dounut’s Chocolate Glazed Doughnut flavor or Archer Farms White Chocolate Macadamia Nut.

2. Use honey or other natural sweeteners.

Skip the artificial crap and use natural sweeteners. Sweet n’ low, Splenda and other low calorie sweeteners are filled with all kinds of chemicals that are extremely bad for your health. You can read more about that here, but for now – just remember the extra 10-20 calories associated with staying all-natural is worth it.

3. Use almond milk, or soy milk

The Paleo diet does not included milk or dairy products so steer clear of regular milk. Your gut will thank you. I also recommend buying your milk unsweetened and organic if possible.

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4. Make it strong

Making your coffee strong (or buying the darkest blend at your local coffee joint) is an easy way to limit your intake and therefore your calories. This is especially helpful if you add honey, milk and other items.

5. Make it a smoothie

If you are tight on time, try making a mocha protein smoothie! I also do this in the afternoon sometimes for that extra umph to get me to 5PM.

Hope these tips are helpful! Comment below if you have any other suggestions.