There isn't anything that a gargantuan jar of natural peanut butter can't fix. Dealing with a lot of stress from work? Eat peanut butter. Assignment due tomorrow? Peanut butter. I'm the kind of person who eats peanut butter by the tablespoon - straight out of the jar. By doing so, my cravings were never really satisfied and I ended up skipping meals. I ate constantly for emotional reasons, and by the end of my food rampage, I felt wracked with guilt.
A few weeks ago, I finally found a way control my passion for peanut butter without having to eliminate it from my diet altogether. Rather than consuming the condiment by itself, I've been incorporating it into smoothies and energy balls. I add a bit of protein powder to the mix so that I immediately feel full and stay that way. This definitely keeps cravings at bay and it has trained me to eat when I'm actually hungry, instead of bingeing when I encounter the slightest bit of stress.
Earth's Whey is an excellent protein powder because it isn't loaded with added sugar and hundreds of chemicals. I'm so skeptical about popular protein powders because they come with a lot of extra "stuff". Earth's Whey is made with only three ingredients: whey protein, stevia, and a natural source of flavor (either cacao nibs, vanilla bean, or fresh strawberries), depending on the variety that you use.
I think I've found my new best friend. I love to know exactly what I'm putting into my body and Earth's Whey makes it easy. The powder doesn't taste metallic, it doesn't use any artificial colours or preservatives, and it pairs really well with peanut butter recipes. I mixed their Holland Chocolate flavor in my kale and peanut butter protein smoothie, and I used Sweet Swiss Vanilla in my coffee-raisin protein bites. I hope you'll like these recipes as much as I do. They require no cooking, they'll boost your energy, and they satisfy all the cravings.
Kale Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie
Makes 1 large serving
1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 heaping handful of torn kale
1 heaping tablespoon of natural crunchy peanut butter
1 scoop of chocolate protein powder (I used a packet of Earth's Whey: Holland Chocolate)
- 5 ice cubes
Pour almond milk into your blender first. Tear kale leaves from stem, and shred into pieces before placing into blender. Add peanut butter, protein powder, banana. Pulse until smooth. Add ice cubes, and blend again until smooth.
Coffee-Raisin Protein Bites
1 cup of rolled oats
1/2 cup chia seeds
2 tbsp ground medium-roast coffee (I used the Dean Blend from Jimmy's)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Earth's Whey: Sweet Swiss Vanilla)
1/2 cup natural and smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup honey (can use agave)
A scant handful of sunflower seeds
A scant handful of raisins
- 2-5 tbsp water
Pulse all ingredients in a blender until it forms a paste, scraping down the sides as needed. If the mixture feels a bit dry, add water by the tablespoon. Take a tablespoon, and use your palm to roll the mixture into bite-sized energy balls. Place in freezer for 10-20 minutes, then serve immediately or transfer to fridge.
*Disclaimer: I received the protein powder packets as a gift from Earth's Whey SuperFood, however all opinions are completely my own.
About the Author
Alessandra Hechanova is a highly caffeinated long-distance runner with a penchant for puns. She is the Community Manager for PumpUp, an inspiring mobile health and fitness community. When she isn’t toying with typography or serving up a smoothie, she’s struggling to achieve the elusive pull-up.