Can we talk about snacks for a bit. I know I am not the only mom out there that struggles to get her kids to snack healthy. It is a constant battle over chips, cookies and candy versus fruits and vegetables in our household. I know you feel me!! Yes, the struggle is real!! Much less being a busy mom just trying to stick to a solid nutrition and fitness routine without grabbing something from the pantry or falling victim to the work breakroom that always seems to have some sort of bad for you but great tasting foods, like doughnuts!
While we are on the topic of protein, let’s talk about the importance of using a quality, preferably undenatured, whey protein supplement. According to research performed, undenatured whey contains many bioactive compounds including antibodies and enzymes that have multiple beneficial effects. When the whey is denatured, these bioactive compounds are destroyed. Undenatured whey also contains numerous di-peptides (amino acid pairs) and tri-peptides (amino acid triples). If the whey is denatured, it is broken down into single amino acids and no longer are functional.
Several benefits of consuming undenatured whey protein researched include:
- Building lean muscle mass
- Helps the body heal and repair injured tissue
- Boosts your immune system to help fight infection
- May have anti-aging benefits
- May help to increase serotonin activity, promoting restful sleep
- May help to decrease stress
- May help to improve mood and memory loss under stress
- May increase your metabolism and help satisfy your appetite
Why are a lot of protein supplements in the market today not utilizing undenatured whey you ask? It is because undenatured whey protein is extracted by cold-membrane filtration and is a costly process. So when choosing a protein supplement remember the saying “You get what you pay for and You are what you eat”!
Now back to these little bites of peanut butter dark chocolate heaven that are to die for!!! They are super simple to make, packed with protein and taste like an indulgent treat. They literally taste like peanut butter fudge with dark chocolate chips sprinkled throughout. I grab one of these bites as an indulgent treat in the afternoon when the sugar cravings hit me, plus the protein helps to fuel my after work gym time.
Ohhh and did I mention that my son gobbles these up like no tomorrow! Now that is a win win nutritious snacking situation!
- ¾ Cup of Vanilla Protein Powder (find a top quality undenatured whey one- I can recommend the one I use just message me!)
- 3 Tablespoons of Creamy Peanut Butter
- 1 tsp Honey
- 2-3 Tablespoons of Vanilla Almond Milk
- ¼ to ½ Cup of Dark Chocolate chips -depending on how much of a chocoholic you are! ; )
- Measure all ingredients and place into a large bowl.
- Mix until thoroughly incorporated. If mixture is a bit dry add a splash of almond milk. Too wet, add a pinch of protein powder.
- Take a spoonful of dough and roll into a ball, continue with the rest of the mixture.
- Store in refrigerator for up to one week.
Information regarding undenatured whey research is referenced from the following article by Dr. Michael Colgan.
Hey everyone, I’m Jillian! I am so excited to share this blogging journey with all of you! I am very passionate about food and nutrition! For me, cooking and baking is a stress reliever from the day-to-day craziness that comes with being a wife, mother of two beautiful (yet energetic) kids and a full time job as a software solutions consultant. I am a self-taught cook/baker and have loved every bit of my food journey!
Being an admitted fitness junkie I strive to utilize whole foods in my cooking to have that nutritional balance that supports my personal fitness plan. One of my goals for blogging is to bring simple to prepare dishes using fresh ingredients that provide exceptional flavor to your family.