Snack Guilt Free with these smart and delicious picks
Written on the 21 January 2015 by Studio Pilates
Guilt free snacking with these smart picks!
Açaí Smoothie Bowl
2 cups (250 g) frozen blueberries
1 banana (frozen) will give a thicker consistency. Strawberries are also greatuse 1 cup.
handful baby spinach leaves (optional)
1 tablespoon acai powder or acai berries
1 tablespoon goji berries
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 serve organic pea protein
1 cup nut or seed milk, water or pure coconut water depending on the consistency and taste you want
2 handfuls fresh blueberries and strawberries for the top Use other fresh fruits if you prefer.
1 banana, sliced
Sprinkle of seeds and nuts
Combine the frozen blueberries, banana, spinach, superfood, protein, goji berries, chia and nut milk into a high performance blender. Blend until smooth and creamy adding a little more milk depending on the consistency you like. Pour or spoon into 2 bowls. Garnish the tops with fresh berries, banana, nuts and seeds. This yummy smoothie bowl is also delicious with granola.
Add pineapple in place of banana. It's rich in bromelain that aids digestion and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Use pumpkin seed milk in place of nut milk it's high in zinc for optimum immune function.
Add a probiotic supplement that can will help support gastrointestinal health.
Add more protein to pump it up if you need it.
Nutritional info per serve:
Protein: 20 g
1 cup (100 g) almond meal (ground almonds)
1 cup (100 g) flaked almonds
1 cup (75 g) organic desiccated coconut (see notes)
1/4 (80 g) cup honey
1/4 cup (60 ml) macadamia nut oil
1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda
1 tablespoon water
Combine almond meal, flaked almonds and coconut. Combine honey and oil into a small pot and heat gently. Mix the bicarb and water then pour into the honey pot and mix until it starts to froth. Pour into the dry nut ingredients and mix through until combined. Add a little water if needed to combine which will help them stick together. Form into 22 cookies
Bake in a low pre heated oven 120 C (248 F) for about 30 minutes until golden. Cool and enjoy.
Nutrition per serve:
Protein: 2 g
NOTES: rolled quinoa can replace the coconut in this recipe.
Protein Power Balls
330 g raw whole almonds or walnuts
60g Organic Pea Protein
16 fresh dates, pitted
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon natural vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
coconut, goji berry, cacao, nuts for rolling
Throw almonds into the food processor with cinnamon, protein powder and cocoa then process until the mix looks crumbly. Add dates, vanilla extract then process again until the mix starts to come together. Add a splash of water if you need to so that mixture is soft and forms a soft ball.
Form into 14 decent sized balls. Roll in coconut or any other of my suggested coatings and store in the fridge until you feel like a snack or quick meal on the run.
Store in the fridge for up to 4 weeks if they last that long!
Nutrition per cookie:
makes 14 total
Protein: 8.2 g protein
Recipes adapted from Teresa Cutter - The Healthy Chef