Hello My Wonderful Followers and Happy Wednesday!
I am so excited to share this post with you. At the end of May I had a company called Vital Proteins reach out to me and send me some protein powders to try. Of course I was really excited, because 1) I have never had a brand reach out to me and want to send me something, and 2) because I love protein because as we know I am all about the #gainz. I had seen Vital Proteins all over my social media accounts, and had seen a bunch of people that I follow using their products and loving them, so I was really excited to give it a go. And on top of that I am really excited to be sharing a new kind of post with you guys, and hope that I can do more recipe/food posts like this. Comment below if that is something that you definitely want to see!
A little more about Vital Proteins
Vital Proteins is unlike any other protein powder that you have used, at least for me it was that way. They utilize collagen, an essential protein produced by the body, in their products. And essentially why they do this is in order to promote good bone, skin, hair, nail, and joint health. The collagen proteins that they use are sourced from pasture raised cows in Brazil and New Zealand and wild caught fish in Hawaii. So instead of trying to help make you bulky and muscular like other more standard protein powders, Vital Proteins works to improve parts of your body that are essential for living and moving and doesn’t solely focus on muscle growth.
A big reason why I was intrigued and wanted to try Vital Proteins was because they aim to improve bone and joint health, a thing that I need help improving because #arthritislife.
Now into the recipes:
I spent a good chunk of my time yesterday looking for recipes, and baking. I searched all over Pinterest for recipes that I could use my Cocoa & Coconut Whey Protein Powder in, and that were gluten and (mostly) dairy free. I knew that I wanted to do some kind of protein ball because those are easy snacks for me, and I also wanted to try some kind of baked good. So I scoured Pinterest and landed on these two recipes, and let me warn you before we move on:
- I am not a food photographer
- I am not the world’s greatest baker
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s move into the recipes.
Peanut Butter, Vital Proteins Cocoa & Coconut Water Protein, Maple Syrup, Coconut Flour, Vanilla, Chia Seeds, Chocolate Chips, and Coconut Shreds
I linked the Pinterest recipe at the top for those of you that want to try it out. This recipe was so easy! Literally all you have to do is combine all the ingredients, make balls, and then throw them in the freezer. I added chia seeds to the balls, and rolled them in some coconut shreds, and they tasted so good. They are really peanut buttery though, so if you don’t like peanut butter maybe don’t try these out. The peanut butter kind of overpowers any other flavor so I couldn’t even really taste the protein powder, however I think if I try a more chocolate based protein ball the flavors from the powder might come out a little better.
Vital Proteins Cocoa & Coconut Water Collagen Whey, PBfit, egg, chocolate chips, baking soda, honey, vanilla extract
This one didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped, and a big reason that I think that happened is because the recipe called for cocoa powder and instead I used the protein powder. Another big reason I think it didn’t turn out is because I used parchment paper instead of just spraying the pan, so some of the batter sept through the paper. But they tasted pretty good! I think they might be missing a little something, but I am not quite sure what. My mom described them as more of a fudgey brownie, and said that they taste great! Plus I got this recipe from Skinny Taste, so they are relatively low calorie and high protein!
I also received a canister of Collagen Peptides. And I decided to get these because they are flavorless and you can mix them into any drink. If you follow me on Instagram (@marg.fitness) you would have seen that I was mixing the collagen peptides in with my coffee in the morning, which I liked because it was giving me extra protein and I couldn’t even taste it. I will say though, the serving size is two scoops, and I only used one because the scoops are enormous and I didn’t want my coffee tasting like powder. Also in this picture I have some chocolate coconut water which I 10/10 would not recommend putting in your coffee.
And there you have it!
My first recipe post is coming to a close, I hope you all enjoyed this kind of post and let me know if you try out the recipes or Vital Proteins! Also, comment below if you want to see more healthy recipes on the blog.