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Raspberry Chocolate Coconut Slice
Line a 28 x 18cm slice pan with baking paper.
Place the dates, nuts, cocoa and coconut oil into the bowl of a food processor and process until the nuts are finely chopped and the mixture holds together.
Press the mixture into the slice pan and then chill in the freezer while you prepare the filling. Wipe out the food processor bowl.
Combine the raspberries, nuts, coconut, protein powder and maple syrup in the bowl of the food processor. Pulse until the raspberries and coconut are finely chopped.
Spoon the mixture over the base and gently press to get an even layer. Return to the freezer for at least 1 hour before serving.
Scatter the slice with grated chocolate and raspberries and then cut into slices. Allow to sit at room temperature for a few minutes before serving.
Leftover slice is best stored in a sealed container in the freezer.
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Place the dates and almonds into the bowl of a food processor. Process until the mixture forms crumbs.
Divide the crumbs between 6 glasses and firmly press together.
Wipe out the processor bowl.
Drain the cashew nuts and combine with the coconut milk, protein powder, honey and coconut oil in the food processor. Process until the mixture is thick and creamy.
Pour over the crumb base and then refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Preheat the oven to 180 C. Chop the rhubarb into 2cm chunks and arrange in a baking dish.
Drizzle with orange juice and sprinkle with coconut sugar.
Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes or until rhubarb is tender. Allow to cool.
To serve, top each cheese cake with rhubarb.
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Banana Chocolate Ice Cream
Place the bananas into a blender with the rest of the ingredients, cover and blend until smooth.
Pour into a loaf tin or plastic container, cover and freeze until firm.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Mousse
Scoop the flesh from the avocado into a blender, add the coconut cream, cocoa powder and protein powder, honey and peanut butter. Blend until smooth.
Spoon into 4 bowls and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Decorate with coconut, berries, chocolate etc…
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Protein with a five star rating
As one of the important building blocks of our body, protein is essential in every cell. Made up of smaller components called amino acids, protein is utilised for energy, cell building, healing, hormone reactions and even blood sugar balance. A diet with adequate intake of protein is essential for optimum health.
What is Protein?
There are 22 amino acids, classified as essential or non-essential. Essential amino acids are named as such because they cannot be made by the body. As a result, they must come from food. Animal protein sources are the best sources of essential amino acids, but it is possible with some effort to combine plant-based foods to consume all of the essential amino acids.
Protein has a number of vital roles in the body, including:
- Growth and repair
- An essential part of building and maintaining muscle mass
- Providing energy
- Regulating important metabolic processes
- Supporting the immune system
- Supporting healthy skin and hair
- Assisting in maintaining a healthy hormone balance
When do you need more protein?
- Growing up. A teenager needs more protein to fuel their workouts, especially as their body is still growing and uses more protein in general.
- Starting an exercise program. If working out is new to you and you’re trying to build muscle, you’ll require more protein than you normally would.
- Workout increased and intensified? If you normally work out for half an hour a few times a week, but decided to train for a half-marathon, then your body will need more protein.
- Recovering from an injury. Athletes with sports injuries frequently need more protein to help them heal.
- If you’re going vegan. People who pursue a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle eliminate a number of common protein sources from their diet, including meat, chicken, and fish, and sometimes dairy and eggs as well. There are a number of protein sources that include beans and vegetables, however, a Vegan’s dietary supplementary sources of protein would include pea, rice, soy, mixed grains or hemp seed, helping to ensuring that they get all essential amino acids daily. Plant protein is the ideal alternative to whey, milk or egg and these choices are also suitable for lactose-sensitive individual.
A low carb diet also helps to regulate your blood sugar, because all sugars are carbohydrates, and all carbs eventually break down to sugars. With your blood sugar levels stable, you won’t experience cravings for sugary foods, or experience the highs and crashes associated with fluctuating blood sugar (or more serious problems such as diabetes). People who follow a ketogenic diet (low carbohydrate, high fat and protein) generally feel consistently energetic and healthy, and have smaller appetites than before, meaning they eat less without even thinking about it, which also helps them lose weight.
A Big Five stars
Red Seal’s Fit Protein range all carry a five star health rating, providing a low fat, naturally sweetened and a highly bioavailable protein option using New Zealand’s pure ultra-filtered whey protein concentrate, Skim Milk Powder and Soy Protein to make a pleasant easy-to-drink shake.
Adding a shake such as Fit Protein Formula or Fit Protein Shaping is an easy way to help support a weight loss regimen, fitness programme or simply to boost your protein intake for the day.
- Busy people who have limited time who need a fast meal fix!
- People who want to gain lean mass and muscle, especially after exercise
- The elderly to ensure that they are getting enough protein
- Those trying to control food cravings and those looking to lose weight
- People on a gluten free or sugar free diet
- Those on a Ketagenic or high protein diet
- Those looking for added protein in their diet
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