A Sweet Revolution

The protein bar market is completely saturated with high-sugar, high-carbohydrate, fattening varieties that claim to be healthy but are actually comparable to many candy bars. Hidden ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners and hydrogenated oil packed into many protein bars create a world of confusion for those looking to find a healthy, nutrient-dense meal replacement or workout recovery snack.

As you know by now, I am a HUGE fan of protein bars and find great joy in discovering the gems out there that are low in carbohydrates, high in fiber and contain little to no sugar. My most recent moment of delight came after enjoying the vegan, organic Raw Rev Glo bar in all of its glory.

Raw Revolution Organic Bars

Each of the five flavors bring something different to the table, but my favorite is the Dark Chocolate Cashew & Mint because of its refreshing minty taste, the heavenly chunks of Italian dark chocolate that melt in your mouth and the subtle crunch of organic chia seeds. This bar is also the flavor with the fewest calories of the Glo line with just 170 calories and 9 grams of fat.

All Raw Rev Glo bars are vegan, Kosher, non GMO, dairy free, vegetarian and gluten free, making them ideal additions to any diet. What I love most is the soft texture, which makes it not only delicious to enjoy on its own, but also makes it easy to use in high-protein recipes like my Protein-Packed PB&J Cups!

As you bite into the sweet peanut buttery goodness of the two peanut butter flavors (Creamy Peanut Butter & Sea Salt and Crunchy Peanut Butter & Sea Salt), you’ll fool your tastebuds into thinking they’re enjoying fresh scoops of peanut butter right out of the jar. If the bars are too soft and oily right out of the package for your taste, I recommend popping them into the refrigerator for an hour or so and they’ll become a bit more solid and chewy (just how I like them!)

Raw Rev Glo protein bars satisfy with just the right size, texture and bit of crunch without the high sugar content of similar bars. They are all made with raw, organic ingredients such as hemp protein, virgin coconut oil and sprouted flax seeds, among others, which means you can enjoy every last crumb without a bit of guilt.

Guest Recipe: Power Nut Smoothie

A smoothie is a quintessential meal-on-the-go when you’re running out the door in the morning, need some nourishment after a tough workout or just want a healthy late-afternoon treat. The great thing about smoothies is that they are completely customizable and cater to anyone’s taste! I love creating my own unique concoctions in the Edible Epiphanies kitchen, but what I enjoy even more is having my Edible followers share their fabulous recipes!

Edible fan, Caitlin, recently shared this nutty, protein-packed creation with me and I just had to spread the word. It is incredibly easy to make, provides a sweet balance of nuttiness, with a crunch of inflammation-reducing seeds, and is sweet enough to satisfy even the biggest chocolate craving! See the recipe below and have fun making this one at home:

Ingredients:
  1. 1 scoop Quest Peanut Butter Protein Powder
  2. 1 Frozen Banana
  3. 1/2 cup Ice
  4. 1 cup Almond Milk
  5. 1 tbsp. Chia seeds
  6. 1 tbsp. Ground Flax Seed
  7. Optional: 1 tbsp. Almond Butter
Directions:

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend on medium speed until smooth. Pour into your favorite mug, glass, mason jar or bottle, and enjoy!

Quest Protein Powder

Protein-Packed PB&J Cups

Peanut…peanut butter…and JELLY! We all know the song, we all know the sandwich, but what may be unknown about this delightful little creation that I whipped up in the Edible Epiphanies kitchen: It’s jam-packed with protein! On top of that, it tantalizes the tastebuds with a little sweet and saltiness, and comes in a perfectly fit package to enjoy any time of day. This no-bake treat takes just minutes to prepare and will surely be devoured in even less time!

Ingredients:
  1. 1 Raw Revolution Glo Creamy Peanut Butter & Sea Salt
  2. 1 tbsp. Strawberry Jelly
  3. 2 tbsp. Buttery Pecan Arctic Zero
  4. Toppings of your choice!PB&J Cups
Directions:

Take the soft Raw Rev Glo bar and remove it from its package. Use the palm of your hand to flatten the bar on a pan or countertop.

Once the bar is flattened, soft and easy to mold, place it in the cup of a small muffin pan to use as a mold for your peanut butter cup. Use your fingers to shape and blend the bar so it forms a small cup. IMG_3845

Slide a spoon along the edges to slowly slip the protein bar cup out of the muffin pan and grab your strawberry jelly.

Spoon the strawberry jelly into the cup and smooth it out along the inside to create a soft inner layer. Scoop out a large spoonful of Buttery Pecan Arctic Zero (this flavor works best with this recipe because of the buttery, nutty compliment to the protein bar, but feel free to use another variety!) and place it into your protein peanut butter cup on top of the jelly.Now you can add your favorite toppings! I suggest chocolate candies, chocolate peanut butter cup bits, nuts or whipped cream, but the sky’s the limit!Protein PB&J Cups

I hope you enjoy this delicious, protein-packed, sweet and salty treat!

 

Protein Power Toast

Avocado toast is all the rage these days and everyone seems to have their own take on the recipe. After all, this protein, healthy-fat and complex carbohydrate-packed snack is an ideal meal to get your day started or refuel after a tough workout. One of my favorite recipes is quite simple, but I love it because it satisfies hunger and tastes amazing!

Ingredients:
  1. Two pieces of toast (Our pick: Nature’s Own Whole Grain Sugar Free Bread)
  2. One can of white albacore tuna packed in spring water
  3. Two tbsp. of Mayo (Our pick: Paleo-friendly Primal Kitchen Mayo)
  4. 3/4 avocado
  5. 1/2 tsp. pepper
  6. 1/4 lemon
Directions:

Lightly toast the bread and place on a plate. Open the can of tuna and drain the water. In a small bowl, mix the tuna and mayo. Squeeze lemon and sprinkle pepper over the mix. Stir well. Spoon the tuna onto the bread.

Toast with tunaSlice the avocado in half and squeeze a small amount of lemon onto the avocado half. Slice small slivers of avocado and place onto the tuna.

Avocado toastPlace thin avocado slivers onto both pieces of toast, sprinkle with a small dash of pepper and enjoy!

Avocado toastFor an added punch of protein, mix lowfat cottage cheese into the tuna/mayo mix or place a small spoonful of cottage cheese between the tuna and avocado slices.

Have an avocado toast recipe of your own that you’d like to share? Send your recipe to contactedible@gmail.com and I’ll share it on Edible Epiphanies!

4 Food Blogs You Need to Follow

When it comes to recipes, tips or even opinions on food, it seems that everyone has something to say these days. Fortunately, I’ve done my homework to compile a list of top food bloggers who definitely know what they’re talking about! I surveyed foodie platforms from around the United States to share my favorite blogs based on content, recipes, readability, photos, and personality, and I’m fairly certain you won’t disagree with my picks. Check out these four blogs you need to follow immediately:

1) Minimalist Baker

Toasted Coconut Pancakes

Toasted Coconut Pancakes

Why I love it: This easy-to-read and easy-to-navigate blog is beautifully illustrated with food photography that perfectly captures every tiny detail of the recipe. After first glance, you’re immediately drawn to the creation that will soon grace your own kitchen countertop. My favorite aspect of this blog is that wife-husband blogger team, Dana and John, only create recipes that require 10 ingredients or less, one bowl or one pot, or take 30 minutes or less to prepare. The best part? Most of her recipes are vegan and gluten free! One of my favorites is this recipe for Toasted Coconut Pancakes…mmmm…

 

2) Pinch of Yum

Korean BBQ Steak Bowl

Korean BBQ Steak Bowl

Why I love it: Elementary-School-Teacher-turned-full-time-Blogger, Lindsay, takes readers on a culinary adventure through gorgeous snapshots of exquisite creations that make you want to run to the kitchen and pull out your sauté pans. She doesn’t stick to one type of special diet, so her recipes appeal to any and all tastes. Her recipes inspire with influences from all over the world, including Mediterranean quinoa bowls, Korean barbecue steak and Spicy Brazilian burritos, just to name a few.

3) Cooking Classy

Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes

Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes

Why I love it: Food enthusiast and Recipe Developer, Jaclyn, is clearly passionate about everything she whips up, and her enthusiasm is contagious through her posts. While her recipe repertoire is extensive, she really shines in her ability to create and photograph sweets. She has dedicated sections that showcase brownies and bars, cake and cupcakes, cookies, desserts, ice cream and chilled desserts, and many more! Only downfall – because the site is so graphic heavy, loading is a bit finicky, but trust me, the recipes are worth the wait!

 

4) Budget Bytes

Jewel Pasta

Jewel Pasta

Why I love it: Let’s face it: most of us are not millionaires. We don’t have wads of cash lying around to spend on high-end ingredients from natural food stores. We live on a budget, just like food lover and number cruncher, Beth, of Budget Bytes. Beth helps you create meal masterpieces within reasonable budgets that many of us are accustomed to. Take this Jewel Pasta recipe for example…your guests will think you spent many jewels on the ingredients, but it will really only cost you about $4.50!

Whether you’re cooking on a budget, looking for ways to spice up your next date night, or need a sweet treat to impress your kiddos, these food blogs will provide you with the know-how to get cookin’! Didn’t see a blog on this list that you feel everyone MUST know about? Send me a note at contactedible@gmail.com.

Happy Cooking!