Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Double Chocolate Protein Waffles

Hi friends!  Happy Tuesday :)  I hope you're having a fantastic day.  Today, I have a little bit more free time than last week.  The weather here is beautiful, so before I go to teach tonight, I'll probably take a short walk outside.  If spring could just come now, I would be completely happy with that....but my heart tells me we have a couple of snow storms in the weeks ahead :)

Today, I have a new to me find to share with you. Now that I'm doing more barre work and am looking to tone up a bit more, I'm trying to focus on incorporating more sources of quality protein in my diet.  If you've noticed, I primarily consume a vegetarian diet, with seafood about 2x a week and chicken 2x a month.  I don't necessarily eat this way for health reasons, I eat this way because it's what I like, although the benefits of a vegetarian diet are incredible.  I don't like red meat and I never have and no, don't says things to me like "you aren't an American then".  I don't like setting food "rules" or restrictions, so this way of eating works pretty well for me!  However, while I get enough protein to meet my needs, I'm probably cutting it close to the end of not getting enough on some days. 

I bounced around the idea of buying brown rice protein powder - but only if I could find one I liked.  I purchased one from Whole Foods a few years ago, the Jarrow brand I believe, and it was so chalky and just awful.  The blog world is all a buzz with Sunwarrior, which I would love to try, but I don't want to shell out lots of money if I'm not going to like it.  I've heard Nutribiotic is pretty good, so I did a little research.  Then, I found that they sell Organic Brown Rice Protein - the reviews I read stated that people like it just as much as Sunwarrior.  I tried it this morning in my waffles and I am officially obsessed!  

Did you know that if you want to gain lean body mass, you only need to take in around an extra 14 grams of protein per day?  It makes those people that go balls to the wall with crazy amounts of protein at every single meal seem a little nuts doesn't it.  You can only absorb around 30 grams of protein at a time anyway... so as always, it's better to have meals that are high in fiber, with protein and a small amount of healthy fat.  Surprise, surprise. 

Originally, when I created this recipe, I wasn't expecting it to turn out nearly as well as it did.  I was expecting to need to make a few tweaks, but that didn't happen.  I never would have known that these waffles contained protein - incredible :)

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Double Chocolate Chip Protein Waffle


2 tbsp Bob's Red Mill All-Purpose gluten-free flour
1 tbsp vanilla protein powder
1 tbsp almond flour
1 tbsp flax seed, ground
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 packet stevia
2 tbsp dark chocolate cocoa powder
1/4 cup milk + 2 tbsp
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp coconut oil
1/2 tbsp chocolate chips (I used Sunspire! Only 20 calories!)

1. Combine dry ingredients in a small cup, add wet ingredients.  Stir to combine.
2. Set aside, about 20 minutes, until batter thickens slightly - add chocolate chips.
3. Cook in a pre-heated waffle iron, about 4 minutes, until edges are crispy and waffle removes easily from the pan. 

What's your favorite use for protein powder?