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Tested: DIY Protein Powder II

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Oatmeal….yummmmmm!

Hemp Seeds…delicious!

Quinoa…complete protein perfection!

Garbanzo beans (chickpeas)…nutty awesomeness! (when cooked)

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All of these ingredients grounded into a fine powder, blended with a cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, banana, and honey……a test kitchen disaster.  Folks, the taste was a little rough, but great if you’re into drinking bean flavored milk.  I originally added two tablespoons of the DIY Pro-powder to my normal morning smoothie, but found the garbanzo beans (chickpeas) to be extremely overpowering.

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When adding only one tablespoon, the taste was less extreme and sweeter.  The drink itself was somewhat bearable, but far from enjoyable.  Well, at least I could taste a little bit of the sweetness from the milk and the banana, but the bean flavor was still pretty pronounced.  Soaking the beans overnight and adding a few to the milk and banana mixture may be the solution, but has yet to be tested.

The upside of this kitchen nightmare is that all of the ingredients were things that I had on hand.  In general, aside from the hemp seeds, the ingredients are inexpensive.

There’s potential with this protein combination if I skip the chickpeas, but I think I’m going to play around with a few more ideas as well.

Folks, it ain’t over!

‘NOT SO YUMMMY’ – DIY Protein Powder

1/3 cup oats (not instant)

3 tbsp raw hemp seeds

3 tbsp quinoa

3 tbsp garbanzo beans, uncooked

* Blend ingredients in a food processor or heavy-duty blender until fine powder if formed.

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Healthy Journey!

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Test Kitchen: Powder Power I

So I’ve been thinking about buying protein powder again for breakfast shakes.  I’ve tried some in the past that tasted freakin’ fantastic.  Almost like drinking a milkshake.  While others were just hell-no-I’m-never-trying-that-again.  My search for the next best thing led me to the wonderful world of Amazon.  After venturing into the world of Prime for less than a minute, filtering through endless list of options, I couldn’t find the strength to pick my bottom lip up from off the floor.  Maybe I’ve been out of the protein powder loop for a while, but is it me or have these manufacturers lost their minds?  They want 60 bucks for a jar of powder?

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I quickly opened up another tab and began to search for DIY protein powders and after reading through several recipes, I wanted to kick myself.  Why didn’t I think to do this before?  These recipes include all natural ingredients that are simple and inexpensive.  I’m pretty resourceful.  I have plenty of protein options in my kitchen already: hemp seeds, garbanzo beans, lentils, almonds, walnuts….and the list goes on.  Now I know my makeshift powder won’t taste anything like the fingerlickin’ goodness I’ve tried in the past…

Or will it?

Testing

1/3 cup hemp seeds

1/3 cup oats

1/8 cup lentils

Want to know how it turned out?  Stay tuned to find out…

Photo Courtesy of:

http://israelmatzav.blogspot.com/2010/10/jaw-dropping-statement-of-day.html

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Anything Goes in a Bowl Power Lunch

Power Lunch Annie

 

Alright, I’m not going to bore you with an extensive list of ingredients and tedious steps on how to make a healthy lunch.  If you’re like me, you don’t have the patience to read through chapters and chapters of steps.  ‘Work smarter, not harder’ is what I believe in and Folks, this recipe is the result of that philosophy.   The following ingredients are just guidelines simply because they were leftovers.  You can alter this recipe as much as you want, just remember to keep it simple and healthy.

 

Power Lunch

 

If you don’t have leftover quinoa, black beans, mushrooms, grape tomatoes, mushrooms, and kale, NO PROBLEM.  Use whatever whole grains and fresh veggies you have in the fridge.  I often find myself wondering what in the heck to do with veggies that are close to going bad or I’m just not in the mood to eat alone.  The solution?  Throw everything together  in a bowl.

Power Lunch Bowl

 

 

Chop your veggies into small pieces or keep them chunky if you prefer.

Afterwards, put ingredients in microwavable bowl and heat for 2-3 minutes until mixture is warmed through.  Not a fan of warm salads?  Feel free to skip the heat.

Finally, add a serving or less of your favorite dressing. (Read food labels and pay attention to serving size.  Some dressings are well over 120 calories per serving.)

DIG IN!

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Substitute Ideas:

Whole Grains: Quinoa, Wheatberry, Barley, Brown Rice, Farro, 100% Whole Grain Pasta (Make sure packages are labeled 100% whole grain or 100% whole wheat)

Veggies/Fruit: Carrots, Onions, Spinach, cucumbers, cubed sweet potatoes, apples, pears, blueberries, melons

Protein:  Chicken, Beef, Salmon, Chickpeas, lentils, tofu

Dressing: Whatever rocks your world (Just make sure it’s low in calorie or use less if it’s not.  Better yet, shake things up a bit and make your own healthy concoction.)

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Lemon-Almond Encrusted Salmon

This is my favorite manly meal.  I never considered eating almonds, lemon, and salmon together.  I cooked this fish the other day and fell in love with it.  No more boring fish meals allowed!!!

Lemon-Almond Encrusted Salmon

(This week’s Brown Bag Secret Ingredient: Almonds)

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(Makes 2 Servings)

1/2 cup raw almonds

1 tsp dried parsley

1 Tbsp lemon zest

1/2 tsp lemon pepper

Salt (to taste)

1/4 tsp paprika

1 large egg

2 wild salmon fillets (6-8 oz. each)

2 tbsp olive oil

  1. Toss almonds into blender or food processor.  Blend until almond become powder with a mix of pea size chunks or smaller.  This creates a fabulous texture.
  2. Add almond mixture to bowl along with parsley, lemon zest, lemon pepper, salt, and paprika until combined. You may choose to skip the salt given most lemon-pepper spices also have salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat large egg.
  4. Pat salmon fillets dry with paper towel then dip top in egg until coated well.
  5. Next, coat top of salmon fillets with seasoned almond mixture.  You can lightly press the mixture into fillets to help it stick.
  6. Heat olive oil in large pan (medium-high heat).
  7. Lay fish in pan, presentation side down first.
  8. Cook 5-7 minutes, flipping fish half way through cooking time.
  9. Almonds will toast while cooking giving fish an awesome texture!

Add fish to a bed of green salads for a healthy dinner with tons of protein.

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Oat & Fruit Bake

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Oats & Fruit Bake

(Makes 6 Servings)

2 med. Bananas, mashed

2 med. Apples, grated

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1 cp oats

¼ cp walnuts, chopped

¼ cp slivered almonds

½ tsp baking powder

¾ tsp cinnamon

Dash of salt

1 cp almond milk

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp coconut oil

  1. Grease 2-quart baking dish with coconut oil.
  2. Preheat oven at 375 degrees.
  3. Mix all ingredients in medium bowl.  Pour mixture into pan.
  4. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until top is brown.  Let cool 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe adapted from: http://www.annies-eats.com/2011/09/12/baked-oatmeal-with-fruit/

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Roasted Chickpeas with Garlic and Sage

Looking for a healthy side dish or tasty snack?  Look no more!

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Roasted Chickpeas with Garlic and Sage

(Recipe Adapted from: www.delicioustv.com )

2 c. chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2-3 T. olive oil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
3-4 (or more) pineapple sage leaves
Salt and pepper

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.  If you don’t have foil or parchment paper, lightly coat baking sheet with cooking oil of your choice.
  3. Cut or tear sage leaves into small pieces.
  4. Put all ingredients on baking sheet and toss until evenly coated.  Make sure each chickpea is even coated with oil.
  5. Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes or longer.  Turn pan halfway through baking time.  Chickpeas should turn brown before removing from oven.
  6. While chickpeas are still hot, sprinkle with your favorite seasoning.
  7. Enjoy

Tip:

Store leftovers in airtight container for up to four days.

Check out these link for more ideas:

Honey Cinnamon Chickpeas

Spiced Chickpeas

Roasted Chickpeas and Raisins 

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