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Almond joy protein fudge

November 6, 2014
Protein fudge

It’s November, you know what that means: there are candy and treats available just about everywhere you go. Every appointment I go to temps me with some type of goodie, at the end of the day I need a healthy reward for not sticking my hand in every single candy jar I see. This is the perfect little bite of chocolate, almonds, and protein to keep me sane and not feeling deprived. It’s sweet enough for me, but feel free to adjust the level of sweetness to your preference.

Ingredients:

• ½ cup Chocolate Formulx Recovery Protein Powder
• 1T unsweetened cocoa powder
• 2T coconut oil (melted)
• 3T coconut flour
• 1T almond butter (creamy, natural)
• 6T unsweetened vanilla almond milk or water
• 4 vanilla stevia/sweetleaf drops
• 1 ounce (1/4 cup) almonds roughly chopped
• 1-2T coconut flakes (unsweetened or sweetened depending on preference)

Directions:

1. Combine first seven ingredients and you should get a stick but pliable mixture. Add in chopped almonds.
2. Line a freezer safe container (I used a 7.5 inch by 1.5 inch Purex container) with wax paper, grease the wax paper with cooking oil (trust me).
3. Spread the mixture out in the container. (If it’s too sticky to spread add more milk, but don’t add so much that it becomes liquid-y.) Top with coconut flakes.
4. Freeze for 10-12 hours, remove from container and cut into bite size pieces for a delicious source of emergency Almond Joy chocolate protein.

Let us know if you try it!

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Formulx caramel dip (Gluten Free)

October 16, 2014
Caramel dip

Looking for a healthier way to celebrate October? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered with this delicious, healthier caramel dip.

If you have been reading my Formulx blogs and recipes for a while now, you know that I love to throw dates in just about everything I want sweet. Medjool dates, in particular, have a soft creamy texture that mimics caramel in all the best possible ways. However, while caramel has zero nutritional value, dates are packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber. In fact, dates contain B Vitamins B-5 and B-6, which play important roles in metabolism, liver function, red blood cell development, and mood regulation. They also contain important minerals such as potassium and copper. Potassium plays an important role in nerve impulses and muscle contraction. Copper supports collagen repair and energy production for tissues. Lastly, they contain a bit of fiber, which is filling and aids in healthy digestion.

Although dates are calorie and carbohydrate dense, as you can tell, calorie for calorie you get a whole lot more nutrition using dates as a sweet treat versus processed refined sugar. Someone who eats nutritious and mostly whole foods is going to look better and feel more energized than someone who eats processed foods and refined grains.

I love that Formulx Vanilla Natural Recovery Whey Protein helps bring together the combination of pureed dates and almond milk into a thick, creamy, and delicious dip that’s almost too good to share. It also packs a little protein punch into a treat that would normally not have any. Formulx Protein + Fiber + B-Vitamins + Minerals in a healthy dip that taste like candy? What are you waiting for? It’s time to start celebrating fall!

Formulx Caramel Dip (Gluten Free)

Ingredients:

• 10-12 medjool dates, seeds removed
• 6 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk + 6 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk, divided
• 1 scoop Formulx Vanilla Natural Recovery Whey Protein

Directions:

1. In a food processor, process the first 6 tbsp of milk and dates until smooth consistency is achieved.

2. Add Formulx Vanilla Natural Recovery Whey Protein and 3 tbsp milk. Turn on food processor and process until desired consistency is achieved. Add the remaining 3tbsp of milk if dip is thicker than you would like it.

3. It can be eaten right away, but it’s best chilled for at least an hour before serving.
Try it out, and let me know what you think! Goes delicious with apple slices as shown above! If there’s anything you’d like me to make a recipe for in particular, comment below!

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Protein pumpkin pie chia pudding

October 2, 2014
Protein Pumpkin Pudding

Happy October! So today’s recipe combines the benefits of whey protein with two nutrition packed superfoods: chia seeds and pumpkin.

You’ve probably heard that using whey protein can help the body gain or protect muscle mass, recover faster, and help keep you full, potentially aiding in weight loss. However, you might not have heard of or maybe just haven’t tried chia seeds before. Chia seeds are extremely hydrating and naturally packed with tons of electrolytes. These electrolytes seep into chia gel which is formed when chia seeds come into contact with liquid. These tiny little powerhouse seeds are also known for their extremely high fiber content. Fiber is an important nutrient often missing in our diets; it aids in digestion and may help keep you full. Chia seeds are also considered a prebiotic, meaning they feed the healthy intestinal bacteria that keep digestion moving along normally. This is crucial since 80% of our immune system is in the gut! As if that wasn’t enough, chia seeds and pumpkin are loaded with antioxidants that help the immune system fight free radicals, protecting the body from heart disease and cancer. Specifically, pumpkin is packed with antioxidant Vitamin A which is essential for eye sight, healthy skin, and a strong immune system.

If you’ve never had chia seed pudding before you can expect something close to the consistency of a tapioca or rice pudding. This recipe can be used as a post-workout snack or use the larger portion for a healthy breakfast that tastes like your favorite fall dessert! Speaking of dessert, this pudding would also make a great healthy option to outsmart your sweet tooth.

The below recipe makes about 2-3 servings

Ingredients:

• 2 scoops Formulx Vanilla Natural Recovery Whey Protein
• ½ cup pumpkin puree (the puree not the pumpkin pie filling)
• 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
• 1/8 tsp pumpkin pie spice
• ½ tbsp honey
• ¼ cup chia seeds

Directions:

1. Whisk together Formulx Vanilla Natural Recovery Whey Protein, spice, honey and milk.
2. Add in puree and whisk until completely smooth.
3. Add in chia seeds and whisk until well combined.
4. Let chill in the fridge 8-10 hours.
5. Add more milk, honey/coconut sugar/desired sweetener (if it isn’t sweet enough for you) and fun toppings like dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds if desired!*

Nutrition Facts** (1/3 of recipe):
Calories 182, Fat 6g, Carbs 14g, Fiber 6.5g, Protein 17.5g
Daily Values’s: Vitamin A 131%, Vitamin C 14%, Calcium 25% Iron 47%

Nutrition Facts** (1/2 recipe):
Calories 273, Fat 9.4g, Carbs 20.9g, Fiber 9.8g, Protein 26.2g
Daily Value’s: Vitamin A 196%, Vitamin C 21%, Calcium 38%, Iron 70%

*I like to add less milk to begin with to make sure I get a nice thick pudding. I added about another ½ of milk to this recipe to make it nice and creamy.

**Nutrition Facts do not account for any toppings.

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4-Ingredient Formulx protein bars

August 26, 2014
Formulx_protein_bars

As a Dietitian, one of the things I regularly get asked about are protein/energy bars. Bars are a tasty way to quickly provide good nutrition in our constant, on-the-go lifestyles. There are a few considerations, however, to keep in mind to choose the right one for you.

Ingredients. The first thing you should know is that there is no set definition of what constitutes a protein or energy bar. I’ve seen “protein bars” at the store that have less protein in them than a handful of almonds (about 6 grams.) That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it’s just not providing a lot of protein to support muscle recovery. Pre-packaged bars are generally marketed as “healthy” foods but are also typically loaded with tons of added sugar and preservatives to help make them taste good and last on the shelf for two years or longer. That’s not really providing you optimal nutrients or real food. Therefore, I first recommend looking for a bar that is made up of whole food high-quality ingredients that you can understand. I also look for the bar to contain whey protein simply because it has been demonstrated repeatedly in research to be safe and effective at supporting muscle growth, recovery and aiding you to feel fuller longer. I also prefer whey isolate for its rapid and easier digestion properties when compared to whey concentrate.

Nutrition. Next, consider the ratio of protein, carbohydrates, and fat in the bar. If the ingredients are “clean” and recognizable, the next thing I look at is macronutrients. Like most people I might eat them for breakfast, a pre-workout snack, a post-workout snack or a healthier dessert option, sometimes they even become a quick on-the-go part of lunch. Since I eat them at all random times of the day and night to satisfy my hunger, I look for one with a good balance of carbohydrates, fat and protein. Whether it’s an “energy” bar (higher in carbohydrates for energy) or “protein” bar, I typically like for the bars I buy to contain at least 10 grams of protein. This helps ensure they will satisfy my hunger and help keep me full.

Calories. Another consideration is to be careful of extra calories, especially if you are trying to lose weight. If weight loss is the goal, it’s easy to quickly undo the calories you expended with just one bar (depending on the bar and workout of course.) If you are trying to promote fat loss, it’s usually a good idea to limit to 200 calories or less per bar.

Here is my 4-ingredient recipe to make them at home:
Usually the bars that are made from high-quality good ingredients are rather pricey so I started playing around with making my own bars with Formulx Natural Recovery Whey Protein. I like this recipe a lot because its whole food ingredients provides a strong punch of antioxidants and phytonutrients in a convenient form.

Ingredients:

• 1 cup almonds
• 7-8 pitted medjool dates (about 1 cup)
• 1 cup frozen berries*
• 2 scoops Vanilla or Chocolate Formulx Natural Recovery Whey Protein

*Picture shown with blueberries, I’ve tried cranberries which was fantastic as well!

Directions:

1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until just combined.
2. Line a freezer-safe 7×5 dish with parchment paper.
3. Flatten out mixture in dish and freeze for 12 to 24 hours.
4. Once mixture is frozen you can cut into desired amount of bars and wrap them individually in saran wrap for an on the go healthy energy bar. Keep extra stored in the freezer*.

*Note these bars won’t every freeze all the way, but they get solid enough to cut into bar form.

Provides 197 Calories, 8g Fat, 20g Carbohydrates, 11g Protein

Feel free to modify this recipe to fit your preferences, pick your own favorite combination of nuts, berries, and Formulx Protein Powder.

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Orange creamsicle protein smoothie

July 29, 2014
Formulx Creamsicle Smoothie

An ode to your favorite childhood Popsicle, this refreshing upgrade for your taste buds is the perfect healthy summer treat. I don’t want to jinx it or anything, but this dessert-like smoothie made with orange, peach and vanilla flavors might just be your new favorite smoothie! Here’s what you’ll need.

Ingredients:

1 Orange, sliced and frozen
1 Peach, sliced and frozen
2 scoops Formulx Natural Recovery Vanilla
2 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk (or other milk of choice)
1 tablespoon honey (if desired), or a few drops of Vanilla Creme Sweetleaf Extract

Directions:

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until desired consistency is reached.
Serve with cool straw as shown in picture and enjoy!
Serves 2 so invite a friend over! Or hog it all for yourself, it’s that good.

For more Formulx recipes check out our Recipes page or you can also find more at my health and fitness blog linked below!

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Formulx fans agree : “VANILLA ROCKS!”

August 28, 2013
vanilla-rocks-recipe

Yes, our chocolate flavor is delicious too but vanilla has been working overtime to become our fan favorite. It’s tasty, mixes very well with all the fruit you love to toss into your shakes, and it’s perfect for recipes. Speaking of recipes, we recently found this mornings powerhouse thanks to our friend Juli Bauer at PaleOMG. Yes, it has Natural Recovery Vanilla powder too!

Carrot Breakfast Protein Cake

Prep time: 10 Minutes. Cook time: 35 Minutes. Serves 8!
Ingredients:

2 large carrots, finely shredded

2/3 cup Almond Butter
2 eggs
3 tablespoons raw honey
35 grams (1 scoop) of Natural Recovery Vanilla
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 cup raisins

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Shred carrots as this as possible. Place in large bowl.
3. Add almond butter and eggs. Mix well.
4. Then add honey, protein powder, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. Mix well
5. Fold in raisins.
6. Grease an 8×8 glass baking dish with coconut oil, pour batter into the dish and place in oven.
7. Let cool before cutting.

Note: Makes 8 pieces of cake which means you can invite 7 friends over to join you for a snack; you can make enough for the week and then double dip on Sunday; or you can get greedy and put the OMG in PaleOMG. Your call. Either way – enjoy!

Make sure to check out Juli’s. blog for a bunch of tasty, protein-packed treats you can make at home!