whey protein

Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Did you know that big bag of Progenex sitting in your pantry has more uses than one? Sure you can mix it with water post WOD or milk when you’re feeling fancy, but how about when you need a decadent little bite mid-day to keep your hunger at bay? Well that’s when you mix it with peanut butter. Yes you read right, Progenex more muscle blended smooth with peanut butter and naturally sweet dates is the perfect little bite to give you high quality protein, carbs, and healthy fat so you can satisfy that sweet tooth and get on with your day!

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Peanut Butter Protein Bites

Makes 8-10 bites

Ingredients:

  • 4 Medjool Dates, pitted
  • 4 tablespoons Natural Chunky Peanut Butter
  • 1 scoop Progenex More Muscle
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds, ground (optional)

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a small food processor and blend until combined. Roll the mixture into 8-10 small bites (roughly sized between a teaspoon and a tablespoon). Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Notes: If you’re not using Medjool Dates (the bigger ones) then use about 6 regular pitted dates. Definitely go for the natural peanut butter here. We want good quality healthy fats, not processed sugar that gets passed off as a healthy fat. You can use any flavor More Muscle you’d like here! I was really digging the cookies & cream because you get those little cookie pieces in there, but the chocolate was really good too.

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MMMM  YUM. Look at all that delicious. Don’t go overboard on these (It’s very easy to… trust me… I know.) The high fat content isn’t great for quick release into those muscles of yours (which is what you need immediately post WOD) so try not to have them as your go-to post WOD snack. They’re better when hunger strikes outside of that hour window on either side of your workout.

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smooth operator

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, smoothies and shakes are something we all need to be careful with. It’s just so easy to overdo it. Too much protein: you’re gonna pee it out or store it as fat. Too many carbohydrates and simple sugars from fruit or sweeteners: you’re gonna spike your blood sugar and store those carbohydrates as fat. We get a whole lot of benefit from eating our foods whole.

She had a terrible day, but now she's happy because smoothie.

She had a terrible day, but now she’s happy because smoothie.

Smoothies are, however, a great way to get protein, fruits, veggies, and healthy fats all in one glass. Not to mention that smoothies are easy for everyone to digest, both figuratively and literally.

Shakes and smoothies are especially helpful for athletes working to put on muscle mass or for recovery after intense workouts. The best time to provide our bodies with quick digesting nutrients in the form of a shake or smoothie is immediately post workout. Use these smoothies to get the nutrients you need after your WOD (within 30 minutes to an hour after aka your window of gainz).

Smoothie Recipes:

Go Hearty

  • 1 cup milk (your choice)
  • ½ cup rolled oats or steel cut oats
  • 1 banana
  • 2-3 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ½ cup liquid egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
  • 5-6 oz. vanilla or plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup ice

Directions: Add all ingredients to a blender. Turn on and blend until smooth

 

Go Green

  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • ½ small avocado
  • 1/3 banana
  • ¼ cup pineapple
  • 3 strawberries
  • handful of spinach
  • ¼ cup water
  • ice for desired thickness

Optional:

  • ¼ cup uncooked steel cut oats
  • ½ celery stick

Directions: Add all ingredients to a blender. Turn on and blend until smooth

 

Go Simple

  • 1 scoop whey protein
  • 8 oz. unsweetened almond milk
  • ¾ cup berries
  • 2 cups raw spinach
  • 1 tablespoon chia or flax seed

Directions: Add all ingredients to a blender. Turn on and blend until smooth

Smoothie recipes adapted from bodybuilding.com