That’s what I’m telling myself anyway. Protein is good, candy is bad — right? I mean, it is almost Halloween anyway. And the chocolate just seems to be staring me down every which way I turn.
Luckily, the friendly people at NuZest sent me some packets of protein to try (they must have heard of my struggle!) and I played around with some different recipes while I fought my chocolate craving.
The first recipe I tried was a mocha recipe with their cappuccino flavored protein powder. I had never tried coffee flavored protein before, and since I love ALL THE COFFEE, this one had to be first.
I mixed about a cup of cold brew coffee with the cappuccino protein powder and a splash of milk. Threw in a few ice cubes and blended. The directions on the packet say to shake in a shaker bottle, but we all know how well I follow directions…
The flavor was great. Not gritty, no weird aftertaste, and the best part — the ingredients list is very short. This is possibly the cleanest protein I’ve tried so far. The shake ended up being “frostier” than I like, which sometimes happens when I blend protein with just liquid and ice. I predicted adding fruit to a shake would help with that, and I was right.
The next recipe I tried was with the smooth vanilla flavor. I added some orange juice and a very ripe banana, plus a little ice. Oh yeahhh, that gave me the smooth consistency I like. The flavor was amazing. Like an orange dreamsicle without all the extra calories and junk ingredients.
Finally, I decided to step outside of the box with the chocolate protein powder and make a snack instead of a shake. My kiddos love “energy balls” and I was thrilled to be able to make a snack for them that didn’t have extra weird ingredients. So I whipped up a batch of chocolate protein energy balls!
I mixed one packet of NuZest rich chocolate protein, 1/4 cup rolled oats, 1/4 cup crunchy peanut butter, and 1 Tbsp honey in a bowl and stirred until the spoon was no longer effective. Then I used my hands to mash it all together and form little balls of yumminess.
My completely un-uniform method of rolling out these chocolate protein energy balls ended up making about 10 bites. That’s just enough for us to snack on for one day. Normally I would double or triple the recipe and save some for later. I would also refrigerate them so the peanut butter and honey became a little more solid… But when your snack smells and tastes this good, you just skip the whole refrigeration step. 😉
Thanks to NuZest for allowing me to try out this tasty, clean, vegan, soy-free protein! I am always looking for a great protein product to try since I don’t typically eat a lot of meat. This is a great protein powder, and one I would highly recommend! If you want to check out NuZest protein for yourself, head over to their website. They have a lot more recipes, and their own version of energy balls as well. 😉
I want to know: What’s your favorite protein snack?