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)

ingredients

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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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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Quinoa Chickpea Banana Pancakes

Wow, that title’s a mouth full! But what a mouth full of deliciousness it is.  If you’re looking for a way to get rid of extra garbanzo beans (chickpeas) or just want to try something new, then you’re in the right place.  I found this recipe on the back of a bag of quinoa flour, but made a few adjustments.  Feel free to do the same.  These pancakes are packed pull of protein, whole grains, and the right amount of sweetness.  Well, they’re not as sweet as you!

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Quinoa Chickpea Banana Pancakes

Makes: 4 servings

(Recipe adapted from: http://www.mamatinas.com)

1/2 cup Quinoa Flour

1 cup 100% Whole Wheat Flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tbsp ground cinnamon or pumpkin spice

1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)

2-3 ripe banana

2 tbsp sweetener (optional)

1 cup almond milk

1 whole egg

1 cup chickpeas, cooked and drained (rinse if using canned)

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

2-4 tsp coconut oil (use more if needed)

  1. Stir together all dry ingredients (quinoa flour, wheat flour, baking powder, protein powder, spices).
  2. Blend wet ingredients (bananas, sweetener, milk, egg, chickpeas) in blender or food processor until smooth.
  3. Add wet ingredients into dry mixture and stir until combined.
  4. Add vanilla extract last.
  5. Heat large non-stick skillet over medium heat.  Add 1-2 tsp coconut oil to pan.  Oil will melt quickly.
  6. Pour about 1/4 cup of mixture into pan.  Depending on size of pan, you may be able to fit 3-4 pancakes in pan at one time.
  7. Flip pancakes over after 2 minutes of cooking or until small bubbles appear.  Depending on the intensity of heat from your stove, you may have to flip sooner.
  8. Enjoy

Substitutes

  • If you’re not a fan of nut milks, feel free to use dairy milk.
  • Banana drive you crazy?  Use unsweetened applesauce to taste.
  • Use any of your favorite spices.
  • Vegan?  Skip the egg and use 1 tbsp of chia seeds mixed with 3 tbsp of water.  Let the mixture sit for about 10-15 minutes and you’ll be good to go.
  • If you’re using canned chickpeas, be sure to rinse them to get rid of the extra salt.
  • Use ripened bananas as sweetener instead of agave, white sugar, brown sugar, and other options.

Toppings:

  • Almond butter or any nut butter
  • Honey
  • Molasses
  • Preserves
  • Unsweetened Applesauce
  • Syrup (if you just have to have it)
  • Banana Slices
  • Apple Slices
  • Berries
  • Dried Fruit
  • Nuts

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