Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Protein Princess Tip: Eliminate Shaker Smell

Ok, so this post isn't related to cooking with protein or recipes, however it is a good piece of advice that I was encouraged to share after speaking with a friend today.

So we all know that smell, right?  For some reason, whatever happens in that shaker bottle when we are done with it, if it isn't washed right away it smells like death.  And after time, the smell just seems to stick to the bottle no matter how many times you wash it.  Don't throw out anymore bottles!  There is an incredibly simple solution to this.  Fill the bottle with warm water, squirt in a dose of vinegar (a few tbsp will do) and let it sit for a little bit.  When you rinse your bottle, it should be smelling like new again! How many dollars have been wasted throwing away smelly shakers?  Don't waste no more money throwing them out.... now you only need to remember not to lose them! :)

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Order Form

Thanks everyone for the continued support!  I am loving all the positive feedback and am overwhelmed by the number of orders I have received!  Please use the order form located on the right of the page to place orders from here on out.  At this time I am accepting cash or email money transfers only.  I am currently in the process of setting up PayPal to make ordering easier for you!!

Thanks again!!



Sunday, 9 December 2012

Cranberry and Almond Gingerbread Biscotti

Enjoy this biscotti with a friend over a nice cup of tea or coffee.  
Excellent idea for a Holiday gift! :)

It's that time of year! When the smell of gingerbread fills your house and the wet, cold air outside makes us want to snuggle down with a hot cup of something and a little something sweet with warm flavours of ginger and cinnamon.

This biscotti is a protein power house and full of great nutrition compared to 'normal' cookies  Made with quinoa flour and protein powder, no added refined sugar or fats, it's as healthy as it is satisfying!

Preheat oven to 300 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

1 and 1/2 cup of quinoa flour
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 and 1/4 tsp ginger
1 and 1/4 tsp cinnamon
handful chopped almond
handful dried cranberries

1/2 cup of brown sugar substitute (Splenda, Sugar twin, etc)
1/4 cup molasses
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract

In a medium bowl, whisk together first 6 ingredients.  Stir in almonds and cranberries.

In a larger bowl, whisk together eggs, molasses, sugar substitute, and vanilla.  Combine the dry ingredients with the wet mixture and stir together until well combined.  Place mixture onto cookie sheet and form into a slightly flattened log shape.  Bake for 30 minutes, removed from oven and let cool slightly on a cooling rack.

When log is cool enough to handle, slice biscotti into 1/4-1/2 inch pieces, line off on cookie tray, cut side down and put back into oven for another 10 minutes.  Turn cookies and continue to cook for an additional 5 minutes.  Place biscotti back onto cooling rack to cool.  The will crisp as they cool off.

Cooking With Protein Tip # 2

When making recipes using protein powder, remember not all proteins are created equal.  Your scoop might be bigger or smaller than mine, which may require a little manipulation of ingredients to acquire the correct texture or consistency for your mixture.  Note that in all of my recipes, the scoop in the protein that I use measures to approx 1/4 cup, so judge accordingly.

Also keep in mind that all protein powders have different nutritional values, so the nutritional content will vary from my recipe to yours depending on the protein used.  I break down the nutritional value as a guide only, not to be taken as gospel.

Finally, another thing to note is that not all protein tastes the same.  Some are sweeter, some are blander.  So if you use a protein powder that is not particularly sweet, you may want to consider adding few tbsp of  artificial sweetener, such as Splenda, to your mixture to reach the desired sweetness.  Although you and I may make the same treats using the exact same recipe, the end result can be different because of the flavour of the protein used.

Just a couple of things to keep in mind when cooking with protein! :)

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Price List

If you want to try anything on this site but don't care too much for the kitchen or have the time to bake, I am now taking orders and will make it for you!  I haven't got a price on all items yet, but here is what I have so far:

Protein Peanut Butter Cups:  Just like your favourite candy bar, only 100% cleaner and 100% guilt free!
15-18 pieces for $15.00

Cranberry Almond Gingerbread Biscotti: Enjoy this biscotti with a friend over a nice cup of tea or coffee.  Excellent idea for a Holiday gift!
18-20 pieces for $18.00

 Chocolaty Balls of Energy:  A great source of preworkout energy, and post workout nutrition, dates are a wonderful addition to a well balanced, healthy diet.
16 balls for $20

Yummy Fudgy Protein Bars:  One serving of this bar makes a great mid day or post workout snack.  Loaded with the natural health benefits of flax seeds, chia seeds, psyllium husk, and hemp hearts, and a good dose of complex carbs and protein.
8 bars for $18

Chocolate Walnut OR Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies:  Using almond flour and protein powder as the main ingredients in this recipe, these cookies are full of protein.  One cookie makes a great afternoon snack (delicious dipped in milk!) or 2 cookies as a post-workout.
                                                     9 cookies for $18

Banana Muffins: Moist and delicious, these muffins are a nice little treat when you want something sweet!
9 muffins for $18

Monday, 3 December 2012

Chocolate Walnut Cookies

Very similar to the banana chocolate chip cookies, these cookies are soft, chocolaty, and packed with protein.  Using almond flour as a base, rather than refined wheat flour, these cookies are bursting with post-workout protein and chocolaty decadence!  By swapping out the walnuts for chocolate chips you can make yourself a double chocolate, chocolate chip cookie.  Mmmmmm.

1-2 mashed ripe bananas 
3 tablespoons almond butter 
1 teaspoons vanilla extract 
1 teaspoon baking powder
4 Tbsp cocoa powder
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon 
Pinch of Salt 
1 cup almond flour 
2 scoops chocolate protein powder
¼ cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  

With a mixer, combine mashed banana, almond butter, vanilla, baking powder cinnamon, and salt. 
In a separate bowl, mix together almond flour, protein powder and cocoa powder.  Add to wet mixture, along with walnuts and stir until all ingredients are combined.  Using a spoon (and greased hands to help the batter not to stick) form into balls, place on cookie sheet and press cookies slightly flat on top.  Bake for 11-14 minutes or until cookies are firm to touch. Remove from oven and transfer to a cooling rack.  This recipe makes 9 cookies.  

Nutritional Value: 160 calories; 15g carbs; 4g sugar; 9g protein; 10.5g fat

Serving Size:  One cookie as a snack or two cookies post workout

Saturday, 1 December 2012

**How to leave comments on posts**

So it turns out that people have been trying to comment on my posts and can't! :(  So I looked into it and I think that the reason is this:  If you notice that in the comment box it says "post as" and then gives you a drop down box.  The default selection in this drop down box is 'Google Account' so this will automatically prompt you to sign into google.  Instead of this choose either "name/url" or anonymous in the drop down and you can comment as you please without having to sign into anything.  If anyone knows of anyway that I can eliminate this option and allow people to just comment normally, please let me know!!

Hope I start getting some comments now! :)