Homemade Chocolate Protein Bars

I love my sweets! My splurge it is having a chocolate chunk cookie from Starbucks, but I can’t do that everyday &  stay lean.  Luckily there are delicious recipes that satisfy my craving & still allow me to stick to clean eating.

Homemade protein bars are perfect, and my favorite is the Chocolate Protein Bars.  They are a staple in my frig.  I make these often because they are easy to tote to class or work & they are great for a quick pre-workout snack!  This recipe is from Jamie Eason, a fitness model and writer.

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Ingredients:

1 cup Oat Flour

(I grind my own oats in a Vitamix or you can find in the health food section of your grocery store)

4 Egg Whites

2 scoops Vanilla Whey Protein Powder

½ cup organic stevia

½ tsp Baking Soda

¼ tsp Salt

8oz Berry flavored Baby Food

3 tbsp Baking Cocoa

4oz Water

*I throw in 1/4 cup of dark chocolate morsels or carob chips halfway into the cooking time:)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix dry ingredients (oat flower, vanilla whey protein, baking soda, salt, baking cocoa) together in a large bowl.
  3. Mix wet ingredients (egg whites, Splenda, Truvia, or Ideal, Berry flavored Baby Food,Water) together in a medium sized bowl.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix together.
  5. Spray cooking dish with a non stick butter spray and add batter to dish.
  6. Bake 20-30 minutes in oven.

Makes 16 squares, serving size=2 bars.

Calories:  96

Fat:  1.4 grams

Carbs:  12 grams

Protein: 10 grams

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Low Carb Lunch, Italian Turkey Burger With Carrot Fries

Lifting weights and working out can leave you with a big appetite. Usually the low carb meals don’t satisfy that hunger.  Into the kitchen you go looking for something else to take the edge off.  You know the routine, you open the frig stare at it for a few minutes, shut the door and open the pantry and stare inside it for another minute or two;)

This meal with its’ mouthwatering spices will knock off that hunger and the bonus is you will have plenty of leftovers to freeze.  If you are craving a burger this savory patty will make a great sandwich between Ezekiel Bread.  The Italian Turkey Burger recipe is from fitness model, Jamie Eason.  I have coupled it with baked carrot fries on the side, and a big green salad would be a great addition to the meal.

 

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Italian Turkey Burgers

Nutrition: Makes 8 (5 oz burgers)

144 calories

1 g fat

3.5 g carbs

27.6 g protein

Ingredients:

2 packages of ground extra lean turkey breast

4 medium zucchini, grated

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp onion powder

2 tsp dried basil

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp black pepper

* I usually omit the basil and oregano and use 2-3 tsp. of Italian seasoning.

Directions:

Set broiler on high, arranging rack so that burgers will be about 2 inches from the heat.

In a large bowl, combine grated zucchini, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, dried basil, oregano, pepper and then turkey. Mix well (I get in there with my hands and mix) and scoop out 4 to 5 oz portions. Mixture will be really moist so for easier clean up, use a foil lined baking sheet, prepped with non-stick spray.

Place burgers in oven and broil for 7 minutes. Carefully flip each burger and continue to broil for another 7 minutes on the other side. Serve warm with your sides.

I found the Carrot Chip recipe online and it is wonderful!

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