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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Sweet Potato, Banana, Oatmeal Chocolate Collagen Smoothie

Here is a thick and creamy shake you are going to love! It is the perfect combination of tasty, satisfying and healthy; gluten free, high fiber & protein – plus loads of vitamin A.

1 scoop Protein Essentials Chocolate Collagen Drink Mix
1 c almond milk
1/2 frozen banana
1/3 c frozen roasted sweet potato
1 packet Nature’s Path Organic Foods Qi’a Oatmeal

Add all the ingredients to your blender and mix until desired consistency is achieved. The chia seeds, buckwheat, hemp and quinoa from the Qi’a really add to the thickness of this smoothie and take it to a new level. Enjoy!

 

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Using a Protein Shake for Weight Loss?Learn How to Choose the Right One.

The right protein powder can be an excellent tool in weight loss if you choose one that is low calorie and great tasting. According to Women’s Health “….getting some of your daily protein in powder form can save you tons of calories. It turns out, protein powder is the lowest-cal way out there to get your protein. That’s because protein powders contain little if any grams of fat or carbohydrates, so all of their calories come from protein.” 2

In addition to looking out for fat and carbs, you should choose a protein powder that does not contain a lot of added sugars. Aim for 2 grams of sugar per serving. According to the Cleveland Clinic, people watching their sugar or with diabetic concerns should look at ingredient labels and pick protein powders without added sugar. “Patients who have diabetes should choose protein shakes without added sugar (don’t choose protein powders with sugar listed as one of the first three ingredients). It’s also best to look for a shake that’s low in carbohydrates (less than 5 grams per serving).” 1

dscn3474It is really important to read the ingredient labels, because not all protein powders are the same. According to Active Times, “Many poor-quality protein powders have a lot of fillers and other cheap ingredients that affect the overall quality and bioavailability of the protein. It is important that the protein is bioavailable and easily digested because that means you get more bang for your buck, and you’ll get the most amount of protein to your muscles, which is what you want!” 3  Livestrong echoes that sentiment, “Some higher quality protein powders deliver all the nutrients you need and help your muscles to recover from exercise or simply help you boost your daily protein intake, while others lack quality, purity and even taste.”4
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Protein Essentials delicious Chocolate and Mocha Collagen Protein shakes deliver on all fronts! Our shakes are low fat, low carb and low sugar – packed with premium quality collagen protein. Plus PE collagen protein with Peptan utilizes a unique combination of 18 amino acids which offers a complete musculoskeletal health solution, including specific mobility benefits not found in any other proteins. Protein Essentials Protein Shakes are the ultimate clean collagen protein powder combining the highest quality pasture raised protein, convenience and great taste!

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1 http://www.womenshealthmag.com/food/protein-powder-guide
2 https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2016/02/7-tips-choosing-best-protein-powder/
3 http://www.theactivetimes.com/fitness/nutrition/how-choose-best-protein-powder
4 http://www.livestrong.com/slideshow/1010717-8-things-consider-choosing-protein-powder-5-top-picks/

Almond Butter Protein Squares

These delicious little no bake treats make a perfect on the go breakfast or a healthy 3pm slump snack!

1/4 c raw almonds
3/4 c almond butter
1 1/2 c rolled oats
1 scoop Protein Essentials Chocolate Collagen Shake
1 T pure maple syrup
5 T coconut milk
1/2 T coconut butter
1 T coconut sugar
1 t kosher salt
2 T mini chocolate chips, divided

Line an 8X8 pan with parchment paper, or lightly grease the pan. Set aside.
Toast the almonds in a dry pan over medium low heat until fragrant. Once cool enough to handle, chop and set aside.
Add the almond butter, oats, Chocolate Collage Shake, maple syrup, coconut milk, coconut butter, sugar and salt to food processor. Blend until combined. Add 1 tablespoon of the mini chocolate chips. Pulse twice.
Firmly press the mixture into the prepared pan.
In a small bowl mix the remaining tablespoon of mini chocolate chips with the chopped almonds. Sprinkle over the top of the mixture. Lightly press the topping into the mixture. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour, overnight is best. Cut into squares. If the squares are too crumbly, put them back in the refrigerator for longer. Enjoy!

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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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Decadent Protein Mousse Single Serve

1 scoop Protein Essentials Chocolate Collagen Protein Shake
1 T organic peanut butter powder
1 T coconut butter
2-3 T almond milk
splash of vanilla

Add all the ingredients to a ramekin. Microwave for 20 seconds, stir like mad. Add more or less almond milk to achieve desired consistency. Take this up a notch by adding toppings; pistachios, granola, berries, diced apples, chocolate chips…….Enjoy! Approximately 23g protein and 233 calories.

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Overnight Oats with Chocolate Collagen

This recipe makes about 3 servings with 189 calories and 10 grams of protein per serving. Now that is a good way to start your day!

3/4 c oats
1 scoop Chocolate Protein Essentials
1 T  flaxseeds
1/2 T chia seeds
3/4 c almond milk
1 small banana, sliced

Put the oats in jar or bowl with a lid. Add 1 scoop Chocolate Protein Essentials, flaxseeds and chia seeds, stir. Add almond milk and sliced banana. Gently stir as to not smush up the bananas too much. Cover with lid and refrigerate overnight.

In the morning stir again. Heat up for 30-40 seconds if desired. If you like a little crunch with your oatmeal, add toppings! Toppings could include: more flaxseed, almond butter, diced apples, almond milk, granola, chopped nuts, pepitas, a dusting of Chocolate PE……..Enjoy!

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Easy Chocolate Sandwich Cookie

Delicious Sandwich Cookie for one – heavy on the protein? Yes, please! (Approx 12g protein)

1 T mascarpone cheese
1/2 scoop PE Chocolate or Mocha
2 gluten free graham crackers

Mix the PE Chocolate or Mocha with room temperature mascarpone cheese until well combined. (You can do it with mascarpone straight out of the fridge – it will just take more elbow grease!) Spread the chocolate mascarpone combo between two gluten free graham crackers. Enjoy!

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