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Chocolate Protein Balls
Place the dates in a food processor and pulse until they are sticky and smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until the almonds are finely chopped and the mixture comes together.
Form the mixture into 15 balls, roll these in your choice of coating.
Store in the fridge in a sealed container.
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Mix the oats, cottage cheese, protein powder and egg yolks together in a bowl.
In a separate bowl beat egg whites until just stiff, using a metal spoon gently fold the egg whites into the oat mixture.
Heat a frying pan over a medium heat; add a film of oil to the pan. Cook the hotcakes in batches by dropping tablespoons of batter into the pan, cook until bubbles appear and pop, turn and cook until golden and cooked through.
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Recharge Protein Smoothie
Place all ingredients into a blender, cover and blend until smooth.
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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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