Fitness Crazed Foodie
Lover of all things food and fitness related
I have tried a lot of protein bars over the years, and for a while I think I had one every day. I felt like it was the only snack that would keep me full in between meals. However, recently I have tried to ween off the daily Quest bar and start snacking on homemade, no-additives protein balls instead. These protein balls are very easy to make; they are just a liiiitle messy. 100% worth the clean up, I promise.
This ooey-gooey snack hardens into dense and flavorful protein balls once they sit in the fridge for at least an hour. I recommend bringing one or two with you to work or when you're on the go, and they will satisfy your sweet tooth and snack craving simultaneously.
2 cups oats
1 1/2 cups peanut butter
1/4 cup light or sugar free maple syrup
4 scoops chocolate protein powder
1/4 cup fat-free milk or almond milk (may need a little, but start with this)
1/2 cup raisins
In a blender, add all ingredients but the raisins. Blend until everything is incorporated. It may be clumpy, so take out of the blender and stir in a bowl by hand to combine. Add in the raisins. Mix it up and form into balls. To give you an idea on serving size, for this recipe I made 16-18 balls that are about 125 calories each.
Keep them refrigerated.
I know you've all been anticipating my play by play descriptions of my favorite dishes in Thailand, so here it is!!! Well maybe you haven't been waiting around your computer for this, but I've been so excited to write and share about the crazy new flavors and dishes I experienced across the world.
We spent a lot of time learning about the food culture through exploring all the outside markets, trying new things, and taking a cooking class. In the cooking class in Chiang Mai, we learned all about spices and ingredients that aren't widely known in America. We tasted sauces and curries that are made of ingredients that are hard to find in America, and that was something very special. I tried to appreciate everything new I tried, whether I liked it or not, because I knew how authentic and unique each experience was.
I'll write a little bit about what is in each of the most memorable dishes, but if you search on Google or Pinterest the title of the dishes I'm sure you can find great recipes for them. Some of the ingredients will be scarce in the average American grocery stores, but I recommend going to the speciality Asian aisles or stores and you will find everything you need to make an authentic dish.
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