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

Guest Recipe: Arctic Cookie Mash

Edible Epiphanies recently ran a “Healthy Dessert Contest” for the chance to win a FREE pint of Arctic Zero! I was overwhelmed with the incredibly delicious and creative recipes that my community members submitted, and it was nearly impossible to choose just one. A unique recipe by Ralph Esposito of Danbury, CT made my mouth water and I knew this was the recipe I had to try. The contest winner was kind enough to share his creation with the Edible Epiphanies community, so check it out, try it out and let me know what you think!

Quest into the Arctic Cookie Mash

Quest into the ‘Arctic Cookie Mash’

Ralph Esposito

Ingredients:

Cookie Dough Quest Protein Bar:
     – Cut into small circles uses an apple corer
Cookies & Cream Arctic Zero
Protein Frosting:
     – 1/2 scoop chocolate pea protein
     – 1/4 tsp cocoa powder
     – 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
     – Sprinkle of cinnamon
     – Add water to frosting consistency 1 tsp at a time

Directions:

Top the Quest cookie dough and Arctic Zero with the frosting, and mix. You have your smart Arctic Cookie Mash! This is one of my favorite pseudo-cheat meals. It takes a quick five minutes to prepare, it’s a great study break snack for your brain, and it won’t put you in a sugar crash moments later. Enjoy!

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Which Whey Should I Go?

As you continue to work toward eating healthier, scouring health food stores for gluten-free meal options and integrating more balanced nutrients into your diet, it’s easy to become obsessed with researching all the health trends out there today. Finding every morsel of information about what you’re putting in your body is the best thing you can do for yourself. To truly understand where your food comes from, what ingredients are in it, how those ingredients affect your body, and why you have cravings for certain foods can all be important pieces of data that will help you along your path of healthy living.Cookies & Cream Arctic Zero

It’s critical that you really listen to what your body is craving, and as you know from my recent posts, I am a huge fan of two particular products: Arctic Zero and Quest Protein Bars. After trying several varieties of both, I decided it was time to “look under the hood” to identify the ingredients that were in both products. Lo and behold – they each contained one ingredient in common: Whey Protein.

So what exactly is Whey Protein?

According to Medical News Today, Whey protein is a complete protein that contains all 9 essential amino acids and is low in lactose content. You may have seen this ingredient at the top of the list on products such as protein shakes, powders, bars or supplements, and it provides a number of valuable health benefits, including help for:

  • Weight Management
  • Cancer Prevention
  • Asthma
  • Cholesterol Management
  • Blood Pressure Regulation

If you’re not a “protein powder person” who prefers to obtain their nutrients from natural foods, then you can get Whey protein from lactose-based dairy products, such as:Dairy

  • Cow’s or goat’s milk
  • Cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Ice cream
  • Yogurt

If you are lactose-intolerant, sensitive to lactose or if you’re simply choosing to abstain from dairy in your diet, then I highly recommend Arctic Zero and Quest Protein Bars, as these are both low in lactose content.

Do you supplement with Whey Protein or recommend any great Whey Protein products? COMMENT BELOW!