Friday, January 17, 2014

Protein Packed Cookie Dough Bites

 Hi there! TGIF!  Who is ready for the weekend?  I know I am :)  Tomorrow, we're meeting with a travel agent to discuss our plans for our honeymoon.  I'm excited to plan a warm and beachy vacation in the midst of the midwestern winter.  Where is that groundhog again?

Anyway, after that I'm meeting up with my BFF for lunch, sneaking in a workout with my fave in our basement gym and going to one of my favorite restaurants for a birthday dinner for two of my other best friends!  It should be a busy Saturday.

That being said, one of my 2014 goals is to get in the best shape of my life for our wedding.  My fiance and I have been working out together, which has been awesome.  I started out needing help just to hold the bench press bar - ours is probably about 40 lbs - and now I can do at least 5 on my own.  Paul helps me finish the set by making sure the bar doesn't deck into my face when I do negatives.  I've been working on pull ups too, using the same negative method.

Now, I can do a decent amount of negatives on my own and the rest I do using the simple human trash can that used to be in our kitchen... normal people would use a chair!  I've started doing intervals at the gym during my runs and it makes them so much more fun!

I've never been a big meat eater, so once thing I'm trying to be conscious of is to add more protein to my diet.  As an RD, I'm an advocate for trying to obtain the macronutrients, naturally, through whole foods.  However, sometimes for my personal diet, they could use a boost.  I always try to buy protein powder from natural sources and stick to whey, brown rice or pea protein.  Designer Whey is easy because you can purchase it at the store, where my other faves such as Plant Fusion and Perfect Fit are only available online.

I've seen recipes for cookie dough bites floating around the internet for awhile and over the past few years have made a few of them.  I played around with ingredients that I had laying around in the kitchen and came up with these bites... they taste amazing.  They also pack about 5 grams of protein each - choose 2 as a quick snack while you're on the go or as a recovery snack for your workout.

Protein Packed Cookie Dough Bites


2/3 cup cashew meal
1/3 cup gluten-free oats
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
3 tbsp honey
1/2 tbsp vanilla
1 tbsp dark chocolate chips

1. Place chocolate chips into small food processor, grind until fine. Set aside in small bowl.
2. Place cashew meal, oats and protein powder into food processor, pulse to combine.
3. Add honey and chocolate chips, pulse until combine
4. Use your hands to roll dough into balls. Enjoy!

The perfect snack with a cup of tea :)  See ya later, I'm off to foam roll and watch a little tv. Have a great weekend!

What's your favorite protein packed snack? 

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