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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Vanilla Coconut Protein Balls

Paleo, Recipes, Snack

Protein / energy balls are showing up all over the place so I decided to make a batch and see what the rage was all about. I created this recipe from what I had in my pantry and they turned out really delicious.

My thoughts on the protein balls in general – they are a great way to get extra nutrition and energy. If  you make them ahead of time, they are a good ‘grab n go’ snack and are easy to eat. These Vanilla Cocnut Balls and a lot of the other recipes I saw online have a decent amount of protein in them, but they also have a decent amount of (healthy) fat content in them. So, they are definitely good for you but make sure you watch how many you eat at a time.

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Vanilla Coconut Protein Balls

1 scoop Fitmiss Vanilla Chai protein powder
2 tsp almond butter
1 T honey
3 T shredded coconut

Directions: Mix protein powder, almond butter, honey and half of the shredded coconut together in a small bowl until thick batter forms. Then, using your hands section the batter into 5 equal sections and roll into 5 balls. Roll each ball in the remaining shredded coconut. Eat right away or refrigerate for later.

Nutrition: 64 calories per protein ball.
(5.1g carbs, 3.5g fat, and 3.9g protein).

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!