P.S.- These protein-rich snacks and smoothies are also a great way to boost your energy in the midst of a tiring day and/or should you be having a case of the mid-afternoon slump at work. So keep scrolling!
- No Bake Energy Bites
- Cherry Vanilla Smoothie
- Quinoa Protein Bars
- Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie
- Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
No Bake Energy Bites
The easiest form of energy bites for all you busy (and lazy) ones out there.
Recipe: Gimme Some Oven
1 cup dry oatmeal
2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup ground flax seeds
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like.
Cherry Vanilla Smoothie
Can’t think of another post-workout craving that’s as yummy as this smoothie!
Recipe: Muscle & Fitness
1 1/2 tsp all-natural almond butter
3/4 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup frozen cranberries
1 cup dark, pitted cherries
1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
1/2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp pure agave nectar
Blend all the ingredients in a blender on medium-high for 1 minute or until smooth.
Quinoa Protein Bars
We’d written about how quinoa was loaded with all the right proteins and fibres to help you resist hunger pangs. Read here.
Recipe: Skinny Ms.
1/3 cup quinoa
2/3 cup water
16 whole dates (no sugar)
1/2 cup raw almonds with skin
1/3 cup natural crunchy peanut butter
1/4 cup dark or semisweet chocolate chips
Add quinoa and water to a small saucepan, cover and bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook approximately 15 minutes or until all water has been absorbed. Cool to room temperature and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
Add dates, almonds, peanut butter and cold quinoa to the food processor and pulse until well combined. In a small saucepan, add chocolate chips and melt over low heat. Spread a thin layer of chocolate over the top of each protein bar, return to the refrigerator and allow chocolate to harden.
Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie
You already knew these two are great sources of protein—so we brought them together!
½ cup plain yogurt
½ cup milk
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 lg handful spinach
½ tsp vanilla
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
This one’s a relief because you can’t ever get over hummus and pita bread, can you?
Recipe: Skinny Ms.
2 roasted red bell peppers
1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1/4 cup tahini
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Add chickpeas, roasted peppers, lemon juice, garlic, tahini, olive oil, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper, to a food processor or blender. Pulse until pureed. If desired, drizzle with olive oil just before serving.
Image Credits: Gimme Some Oven, Muscle & Fitness, Prevention, Skinny Ms.