Hearty Protein Veggie Muffins

These stick to your ribs muffins are full of flavor. Packed with collagen protein and healthy vegetables with just a touch of sweetness – perfect for guilt free on the go. They make a great breakfast, lunch or pre-workout snack.

1 small sweet potato
1 medium zucchini
2 carrots
1 1/4  cups flour
1 cup oats
1 T brown sugar
1 scoop PE Chocolate Collagen
1/4 c mini chocolate chips
1/2 t salt
1 T baking powder
1 cup milk
1/4 c vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 t vanilla

Preheat oven to 425. Grease a muffin tin.
Peel sweet potato and carrots. With food processor set to grate – process vegetables. Once your vegetables are grated, remove them from bowl and switch to chopping blade. Pulse  vegetables until finely processed being careful not to turn them to mush. Use paper towels or cheese cloth to remove excess water. You should have about 2 cups of vegetables.
Add vegetables to large bowl. Add the dry ingredients including the chocolate chips. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
In medium bowl beat wet ingredients together until light. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Blend just to combine.
Fill muffin cups about three quarters full. Bake 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a muffin comes out clean. Enjoy!Veggie Muffins

Chocolate Strawberry Banana Smoothie

There is nothing like a classic with a new twist. Strawberry Banana Smoothie with Chocolate Collagen Protein – delicious, protein packed & seasonal. Great for breakfast on the go!

1/2 a frozen banana
7 strawberries
1 scoop PE Chocolate
1 cup of milk to a blender

Add all the ingredients to a blender and process to desired consistency. Enjoy!

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Get Outdoors & Get Some Health Benefits

Taking a walk outside in the winter – let’s face it – sometimes it’s hard to do. Sure it’s sunny and pretty out there – but it’s so cold! Here are just a couple of reasons why it’s worth it to bundle up and head on out there. We all already know that exercise is good for us. Turns out a walk outside in the winter has extra health benefits. So fill your thermos with InstaBroth and get out there!

  1. You’ll burn more calories. Yep! Trying to stay warm and trudging through the snowy landscape will rev up your metabolism. According to weightwatchers.com, “Walking may just be the simplest way to stay active — it improves circulation, mobility and balance, helps you lose weight, and even works to prevent osteoporosis. All you have to do is put one foot in front of the other!”

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  2. You’ll boost your immunity. According to alive.com, “Exercise is a proven immune booster: walking for just 20 minutes a day can help strengthen your immune system. And walking briskly for 45 minutes five days a week has been shown to reduce the risk of catching a cold by one-third.”
  3. You’ll reduce your stress. According to alive.com, “Our brains are hardwired to appreciate nature, and winter scenery is incredible: snow-dusted mountain peaks, clouds misting across the sky … you get the idea. Being in nature can make you calmer and less likely to brood.”
  4. You’ll feel more peaceful. According to weightwatchers.com “Walking outdoors in winter is extremely invigorating and almost meditative,” says Suzanne Nottingham, an American Council on Exercise spokesperson. “It’s like you’re part of nature, walking in the midst of howling winds, blowing snow and a bright sun. And it’s quiet; not many people are out.” Earl Gray Tea, Halos & a Scoop of collagen

When you return from the outdoors, make yourself a healthy hot chocolate using Protein Essentials Chocolate or Unflavored Collagen to warm yourself. Or continue to destress after your walk with calming tea infused with a scoop of Protein Essentials Collagen

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Dinner Smoothie w Collagen Protein

The dinner smoothie. Perfect for days when you ate more than you planned throughout the day. Late business lunch? No problem – dinner smoothie. Load your smoothie with healthy fats and collagen protein – it will be easy on your gut and the glycine in Protein Essentials collagen can help to induce sleep.

1 heaping cup spinach kale mix
1 small frozen banana
1 T nut butter
1 scoop Chocolate Protein Essentials
1 T groud flaxseed, pumpkin seed, sunflower seed combo
1/2 T chia seed
1 T chopped pistachio
1/2 c almond milk

Add all the ingredients to a blender. Process until desired consistency is achieved.
Enjoy!

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Bourbon Balls Covered in Chocolate Protein

2 c crushed Nilla Wafers
1 1/2 c finely chopped, toasted pecans, separated
8 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 c heavy cream
1/4 c light corn syrup
1 t cinnamon
1/3 c bourbon
1/2 scoop Protein Essentials Chocolate Collagen Shake Powder

Combine crushed wafers and 1 c pecans in a large bowl, set aside. Place the chopped chocolate in a separate bowl, set aside.
In a small saucepan combine cream, corn syrup and cinnamon. Bring just to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Pour the cream mixture over the chopped chocolate and whisk to blend the cream into the melting chocolate. Let cool briefly, then add in the bourbon.
Pour the chocolate mixture over the crumb mixture and stir well to combine. Place in the refrigerator to chill for 30-40 minutes.
Add 1/2 scoop Protein Essentials Chocolate Collagen Shake Powder and remaining pecans to low bowl or plate. Stir to combine.
Form the chocolate mixture into balls using a melon baller. Roll balls in the Protein Essentials Chocolate Collagen Shake Powder and nut combination. Arrange on parchment paper. Store in airtight container in a cool place for up to 1 week. Enjoy!

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Bourbon Balls Covered in Protein

 

 

Adapted from original recipe which appears on the Epicurious website here.

Chocolate & Pineapple Smoothie

Easy, healthy, lightly sweet and satisfying – Protein Essentials Chocolate Collagen Protein shake with almond milk and frozen pineapple chunks. This is the way to start your day; 21 grams of protein and under 200 calories!

1 scoop Protein Essentials Chocolate Collagen Shake
1 c almond milk
3/4 c frozen pineapple chunks
4 ice cubes

Blend until desired consistency is achieved. Enjoy!

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