Since I work for a company that makes premium, high-quality protein powders, it’s fun to experiment with recipes that include protein powder. As of late, I’ve been creating DIY protein bars on the weekends to enjoy during the week. All the recipes I’ve found online all boil down to the five steps below. So each Sunday, I create bars using ingredients I have on hand or that I’m particularly craving using the formula below. Enjoy!
I usually bake with Designer Whey (my favorite!) but have been recently experimenting with the 100% plant-based Essential 10 Protein. I like it because it’s soy-free, vegan, and non-GMO. Please let me know what protein bar combinations you come up with using my formula above. Enjoy!
Tyler and I love discovering the local brands that inhabit San Diego County. In addition to the hundreds of amazing breweries, SD is beaming with awesome brands that embody the laid back, healthful, and socially conscious lifestyle that is so prevalent in the area. Because Tyler and I both work for local brands, we love to support fellow California-based brands. I am stoked to share two great local brands who’s products I was actually fortunate enough to win in an instagram contest!
Treasure: STRGHT skateboards// Headquartered in Vista, Ca, STRGHT skateboards are handmade and focus on classic and vintage board shapes and modern innovations. My STRGHT board (pictured) features hand etched multi-layer artwork that will last a lifetime. The texture of the artwork acts as grip tape. No more replacing grip, or having ugly dirt spots from your shoes after you ride. Watch how these boards are handmade here: video.
Treat: Perfect Bar // Headquartered in San Diego, Perfect Bar is a family operation that focuses on high-quality, whole-food ingredients. Each bar contains 20 superfoods so you can be certain you are getting a perfect dose of vitamins and minerals. Because Perfect Bars contain organic honey, you will find these bars in the refrigerator section. I can usually only eat a half a bar at a time because they are so incredibly dense and packed with natural sugar. If I’m prepping for a huge bike ride, a whole bar is awesome. Portion control is key with these bars!
Cheers to local San Diego treasures and treats.
Cheers to #NeverLastRun
Tyler and I try to squeeze in a ride or two each week after work. One of the most surprising parts about riding at this time, especially in the summer, are all of the scents, especially the food scents! The scent issue is compounded by the fact that I get extremely hungry on bike rides! It’s not too bad at first as we leave our house but we are turn south along the coast from Carlsbad to Encinitas, we pass several oceanfront campsites. I don’t usually have an above-average sense of smell, but I’m telling you, it’s something about the time of the day mixed with the increased hunger from cycling. I can literally smell the difference between Oscar Mayer, Nathan’s, and Kirkland Signature brands os hot dogs. When we finally get past the campsite and into Leucadia, my nose (and growling stomach) have a bit of a break then it’s time to turn around and do it all again. At this point, most people have moved on to dessert and I smell s’mores. Lots and lots of s’mores. Finally, on the home stretch, we have the pleasure of riding past a San Diego institution: Pizza Port. Not only do I smell the delicious Pizza but I smell the hops in the freshly brewed beer! Torture I tell you, simply torture.
The lesson learned here: even if it’s a quick 25 mile post-work ride, bring snacks! I like PROBAR Bolt Organic Energy Chews or Skratch Labs Fruit Drops
With all of my wanna-be triathlete training, smoothie bowls have been the highlight of my morning as of late! I love the texture of the toppings vs. your typical in-a-glass smoothie. It’s also a great way to sneak protein and delicious super foods like hemp hearts, bee pollen, maca, and chia seeds into your life. And, depending on how much time you have, you can get really creative with the topping design (it’s kind of soothing, like one of those stress relieving mini gardens with the rake). OR just throw the toppings on, which, let’s be honest, is my usual go-to move!
Chocolate Protein Smoothie Bowl
- 1 scoop Aria Women's Wellness Protein Powder
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 avacado
- Handful of spinach (fresh or frozen)
- 1 teaspoon maca powder
- 1 teaspoon cocao powder
- Sliced banana
- Sliced strawberries
- Hemp hearts
- Chia seeds
- Goji berries
- Unsweetened coconut flakes
- Bee pollen
- Blend base ingredients together in a high speed blender.
- Add toppings of your choice. Get creative and enjoy!
- Add additional almond milk if base is too thick.
- Or if too thin, add more blueberries.
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