Friday, March 15, 2013

Friday's Favorites: Protein-Packed Food Finds

If you follow me on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook or Google +, you might know that I've been obsessed with protein lately.

How much protein do women need? How much do I need personally? What foods are good sources of protein? Can consuming too much protein be harmful to your health? The list questions I've asked myself goes on and on.

After reading several articles and tips, I used Kashi's protein calculator to easily find my recommended intake.

Even though I eat plenty of protein on a daily basis, there are definitely times (Fridays during Lent, ahem) that I might not meet my recommended value. Considering I'm not a huge fan of seafood, Fridays as of late have inspired me to look for products and meals that pack the protein but don't include meat .

After some research, I stumbled upon some delicious and inexpensive protein-packed options, which I described below for this week's edition of Friday's Favorite Food Finds.

Enjoy! :)

Note: I was not compensated for reviewing the products mentioned in this post. All opinions are my own.

Greek Yogurt Pancakes via Peanut Butter Fingers


















Yogurt and  baking soda magically combined to create some of the fluffiest hotcakes I've ever eaten.

I love my buttermilk pancakes for one. However, these flapjacks might be my new favorite, especially since the Greek yogurt keeps me full for hours.


Breakfast Cookie Dough Cereal via The Fitnessista




This healthy dessert-turned-breakfast actually tastes like cookie dough, and the combination of oats and peanut butter squashes hunger for hours.

I'm not kidding. It's unreal. Try it, now. 

Kashi Go Lean Cereal, Original


 

























Since we're on the cereal train, let me tell you about the latest new-to-me box of goodness.

This simple cereal packs whole grains and a whopping 13 grams of protein per cup for only 140 calories! Need I say more?
 

Jif Natural Peanut Butter Spread 



Sometimes I get so caught up in finding "unusual" or new peanut butters that I forget how much I love the simple, creamy taste of Jif. This peanut butter works well in recipes; spreads easily on toast; melts perfectly in hot oatmeal; and tastes good straight from the jar.

P.S. It also tastes pretty darn delicious in the cookie dough cereal shown above.

Bell Plantation's PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter



I actually resisted buying this powder for a while because I love the fat in peanut butter and know it's good for my body, especially when recovering from a workout. However, I finally gave in to my curiosity and ordered this above-pictured bag from Amazon last week.

Two tablespoons of this powder provide five grams of protein, 1.5 grams of fat, and a flavor that's pretty close to actual peanut butter. I've devised a few good ways to use it on days where I've already consumed plenty of fat but crave a nutty flavor.

Recipes to come soon!

Blue Diamond Lightly Salted Almonds




If you haven't noticed, I'm pretty much a nutcase, and the addition of these almonds to this list and my favorites page further proves the point. ;)

EAS Lean 15 Protein Powder, Vanilla Cream Flavor



I never thought I'd be a protein powder fanatic, but this stuff tastes heavenly when blended into a smoothie; stirred in a cup of hot vanilla almond milk; and swirled into a bowl of yogurt topped with strawberries.

This powder is definitely a quick-fix for workout recovery and/or protein deficiency.

Have a great weekend, and don't forget to check out past Friday Favorites below if you missed them the first time around.

Friday's Favorite Finds: Food and Music




Friday's Favorite Food Finds: Pick-Me-Ups




Friday's Favorite Food Finds: Salsa, Yogurt, Snack Bars

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