Protein Yogurt Cheesecake!

I’m not a cheesecake lover but this one is simply amazing: low in calories, high in protein, very easy to make, end extremely delicious! When I cook it at home I can’t even notice how quick it’s gone. 

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Yield: 8-10 pieces, prep time – 20 min, cooking time –  about 60 min. Total time – about 2 hours.

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Total calories per piece:  about 200 kcal

Protein – about 15g

Carbs – about 10-12g

Fat – about 7-10 g


Ingredients

Crust:

  • 1.5 cups crushed crackers
  • 2 Tbsp. melted coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp. almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar free syrup (optional)

Cheesecake Filling:

  • 8 oz light cream cheese (I use 3% Philadelphia)
  • 12 oz fat free greek yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg whites (2 Tbsp. liquid egg whites)
  • 2 scoops vanilla whey protein
  • 1-3 tsp. sweetener of your choice (I use stevia + 1tsp. sugar free lemon cheesecake syrup)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 250 F
  • Mix Filling ingredients! Let the mixture sit out in room temperature
  • Put the filling mixture aside and start working on the Crust
  • Mix crushed crackers with coconut oil, almond milk and syrup
  • Put parchment paper into a form and plop the crust onto the parchment paper.
  • Pour the cheesecake filling onto the crust
  • Bake the cheesecake for 30 minutes at 120C.
  • Then bake for 45 minutes at 105C!
  • Let it cool COMPLETELY for a few hours/overnight in the fridge to set!
  • Decorate with berries, fruits or compote
  • Enjoy!

 

Pumpkin sugar, gluten, dairy free protein Pancakes

I’m a bit pancakes fan. These recipe is, probably, one of my favourites,  as the pancakes are delicious, quick to make (about 15 minutes), and also gluten, dairy and sugar free. 

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Yield: 6 pancakes, prep time – 5 min, cooking time – 10 min, total time – 15 min.


Ingredients
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil (melted)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond/soy milk
  • ½ tsp. cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 cup almond/oat/buckwheat flour
  • ¼ cup ground flax seed
  • 1 scoop whey/soy protein powder
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • a pinch of cinnamon
  • pure maple syrup
  • toasted walnuts/almonds/peanuts, optional

Directions

  1. Heat griddle to 300 degrees F (or heat a skillet over medium heat)
  2. Combine the pumpkin, eggs, coconut oil, almond milk and vinegar (or lemon juice) in a large bowl. Mix well.
  3. Add flour, protein, flax seeds, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt and stir until well combined. Batter will be slightly thick.
  4. Lightly oil griddle or skillet surface with coconut oil. Pour batter onto griddle using an ⅛ cup measure or a heaping tablespoon. Pancakes are ready to flip when bubbles pop on the surface of pancake. (about 3 minutes).
  5. Continue cooking other side until golden brown.
  6. Enjoy with pure maple syrup (homey) and some toasted walnuts on top. pumpkin5

Enjoy!

SOURCE: http://lettucebehealthy.net/2013/10/25/pumpkin-protein-pancakes/

Protein banana bread


Ingredients

  • 1 cups oat flour + 1 cup whole wheat flower + 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1-2 scoops whey protein powder (optional). I use bannoffee pie flavour.
  • ½ tsp salt (optional)
  • 8Tbsp coconut oil, plus 1 tsp. for greasing
  • 1 Tbsp. stevia
  • 2 Tbsp. honey (optional)
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • mixed crushed nuts and dried fruits (optional)
  • 85ml/3fl oz unsweetened almond milk mixed with 1½ tsp lemon juice
  • 1 lemon zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

  2. Mix together flour, baking soda, salt and protein powder into a large mixing bowl.

  3. In a separate bowl, combine coconut oil butter, stevia and honey together until light and fluffy.

  4. Add the eggs, mashed bananas, almond milk and vanilla extract to the butter.

  5. Add crushed nuts and dried fruits to the butter.
  6. Grease a loaf tin and pour the cake mixture into the tin.

  7. Transfer to the oven and bake for about an hour.

  8. Remove from the oven and cool in the tin, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely before serving.


Bon appetit 

What protein is the best for your health

There is a wide range of protein powders currently. The protein content, quality and value of ingredients used can vary enormously, as can the digestibility and absorption qualities of the supplement. Different types of protein also serve different needs. The array of products found on shop shelves can be bewildering, so here is a quick review with some guidance on what you should be taking.

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1.) Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC)

WPC is the most common source of protein you can find in shops. The protein content of such products usually varies between 70-80%. Some experts believe that WPC is a good option for non-professional fitness practitioners, and for those who are simply looking to increase their protein intake. As a qualified nutritionist and an expert in fitness and bodybuilding I would consider WPC as a suitable option even for advanced users. It can be mixed with carbohydrates in a post-workout shake to boost recovery, and 80% protein content is usually sufficient for most needs.

Recommendation: take it after weight training or mix it in your morning oats after fasted cardio for quick recovery and a metabolic boost. Ask your nutritional adviser to calculate the optimal intake for your needs.


2.) Whey Protein Isolates (WPI)

At between 90-100%, WPI protein content is higher than WPC. This means that the product itself is cleaner, and is of a higher quality. WPI has great absorption and digestibility due to its chemical form; it enters the bloodstream almost immediately following consumption, which is why it’s perfect for a post-workout shake. You can also use WPI if you are on a ketogenic diet (i.e. a no carbs diet), as it’s an absolutely pure source of protein that won’t impact the production of keton bodies (the primary source of energy when you’re on a zero carbs diet).

Recommendation: Do not follow a ketogenic diet on your own without qualified and experienced nutritionist supervision. It could cause hypoglycemia and other health problems.


3.) Hydrolysate Protein (HP)

Experts consider HP as the highest quality protein because of its chemical properties and absorption qualities. However, pure HP is not often found on shop shelves, but is usually found mixed in with other kinds of protein such as WPC and WPI. Manufacturers mix sources for two principal reasons:

  • To decrease the production price without any significant compromise in terms of quality;
  • To provide your body with proteins with various speeds of digestibility, in order for the body to retain its protein supply for a longer duration.

4.) Casein Protein

Casein is a slow-digesting protein. There is a completely different mode of thinking behind casein supplements than with other types of rapid-absorption protein powders. Depending on one’s metabolism, the body needs up to 5-7 hours to fully digest casein; this is why it is perfect as either a meal replacement or a bedtime snack.

Recommendation: Do not take casein after fitness activities as it will only enter the blood stream a few hours later, leaving your body starved of vital nutrients. You can take casein as a bedtime snack by mixing it with a small amount of water. Due to casein chemical properties such a mix will create a mousse-like texture, and could be taken as a desert.


5.) Soy/Pea/Rise/Hump Protein

All plant-based proteins can be taken to increase protein dietary content. They are suitable for vegans, and can potentially be a great way of fortifying their constitution with essential amino acids. However, keep in mind that all vegetable proteins have an incomplete profile of amino acids. According to Gastellu and his colleagues at the International Sport and Science Association, plant-based proteins should ideally be mixed with other sources such as WPC, WPI or HP (which are also suitable for vegans in the majority of cases) in order to provide the body with all the necessary building-blocks for its recovery and maintenance.


Tatiana Dmitrieva,

(OpenMindPortal, OMCommunications, Fit&Treat founder, ISSA Qualified nutritionist, double European vice bikini-fitness champion)

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