Optimum Nutrition No-Bake Almond Butter Protein Bars

By, Brett Bauer I love making homemade protein bars since there are so many different variations you can do. Try these out with a kick of Caramel Toffee Fudge! INGREDIENTS 1 cup Almond Butter 1/4 cup Honey 1/4 cup Agave 9 scoops Optimum Nutrition Caramel Toffee Fudge Whey 1 1/2 cups Quick cooking Oats 1 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder   DIRECTIONS 1. Mix Almond Butter, Honey and Agave in a microwaveable dish and heat for a minute 2. Mix well and stir in protein powder. 3. Add Oats and Cocoa Powder and mix gently. 4. Spread into an 8×8 baking dish 5. Slice into 16 squares 6. Refrigerate for 1 hour   NUTRITION FACTS (per square) Calories  210 Protein 17 Carbs  14 Fat - 9

Quinoa & Garbanzo

By, Charlotte Snow   Yields: 4 servings Cooking time: About 35 minutes   Ingredients: 1 cup quinoa 2 ¼  cups water or low sodium stock ½ cup garbanzo beans ½  cup slivered almonds or any nut ¼  cup chopped fresh parsley (pinch of sea salt optional)   Directions: 1. Rinse quinoa in fine mesh strainer until water runs clear. 2. Boil the water and add quinoa and salt, (optional) cover and reduce heat. 3. After 15 minutes add nuts and garbanzo beans to top; do not stir. 4. Cook 5 minutes more, until all the liquid is absorbed. 5. Remove from heat, add parsley, stir and fluff with fork, cover and let sit for 3-5 minutes and serve.

Paleo Friendly Banana Nut Bread

By, Brett Bauer This is a simple recipe for banana bread lovers who want to keep it Paleo friendly! INGREDIENTS 4 bananas 4 eggs 1/2 cup almond butter 4 tablespoons melted grass fed butter 1/2 cup coconut flour 1 tablespoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 pinch of sea salt DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 2. Combine bananas, eggs, nut butter and grass fed butter in a blender or mixing bowl and mix well. 3. Add coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla, sea salt and mix well. 4. Grease a 9x5 pan and pour in batter and spread evenly. 5. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. 6. Remove and flip onto a cooling rack.   NUTRITIONAL FACTS Per Slice (makes 8 slices): Calories - 157 Fat- 13 grams Carbs - 8 grams Protein - 6 grams

Sweet Potatoes with Lime and Cilantro

By, Charlotte Snow Want to make sweet potatoes, but you have this crazy idea they only come topped with butter and marshmallows?  Here’s a great, fresh tasting recipe, adding zest to this amazing food!   Sweet Potatoes with Lime and Cilantro Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 30-40 minutes Yield: 4 servings   INGREDIENTS: 4 sweet potatoes 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro 2-3 limes olive oil, sea or pink Himalayan salt (optional)   DIRECTIONS: 1.   Wash the sweet potatoes and bake them whole, in their skins, at 375 degrees until tender, about 40 minutes. 2. Wash and chop cilantro leaves. 3. When sweet potatoes are done, slit open the skin and place on serving plate. Season with salt and a sprinkle of oil, if you like, then squeeze fresh lime juice all over, and shower with cilantro leaves. 4. An added step for those of you who want to sweeten it up a bit… Sprinkle a packet of Truvia over top of the potato.  You’ll have a sweet, savory, zesty sweet potato!  Enjoy!!

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