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Protein is essential for building proper hormones, to ensure your immune system is functioning at it’s best & building muscles… just to name a few things!

As a society, most people get enough protein if they eat meat, but more and more women are coming to me in a very protein-deficient state.  The two biggest symptoms I see with this:  low energy & frequently getting sick.  When I bring up more protein, the conversation usually comes to protein bars.  Are they good or bad?

As a general rule, I like to have people stay away from most protein bars.  If you read the ingredients, they usually include loads of sugar {even high-fructose corn syrup}, additives, preservatives, dyes & other junk that isn’t great for our bodies.  I encourage my clients to make their own version of protein bars – that way you know what you are eating and giving your body what it really needs.

Here is one of my favorite bar recipes, they are quick,easy & yummy!  Try them for a pick-me-up snack the next time you are hungry!

No-Bake Easy Protein Bars

DRY:

  • 1.5 c Oats
  • 1/2 c Shredded Coconut (I used sweetened)
  • 1/2 c Raisins (or date chunks, cranberries, craisins, dried cherries/mangoes/apricots/etc. Any dried fruit will work- Nutrition stats calculated with CRAISINS.)
  • 1/2 c Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 c almonds, chopped
  • 3 scoops Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Flax Seeds
  • 2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1.5 Tsp Cinnamon

WET:

  • 1 Ripe Banana (mashed)
  • 1/2 c Maple Syrup (or agave, yacon syrup)
  • 1/2 c Peanut Butter (or any nut butter, i.e. almond, pecan, cashew, etc.)
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

Directions

Combine all DRY ingredients in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, mash ripe banana, and add all wet ingredients.Pour wet ingredients into dry, and mix well.

Spread mixture into 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish lined with plastic wrap or waxed paper. Press until flat.

Place dish in freezer for a few hours, or until firm. Remove from dish and carefully cut into 15 squares/bars or logs. For easy grab-and-go snacks, wrap bars individually in plastic wrap.

Store in fridge or freezer for up to a month. These bars soften quickly at room temperature.

Makes 15 protein/granola bars.

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Marie

I teach you how to take your health into your own hands and educate you to choose the foods that will make you healthy. I'm a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant and I specialize in helping women balance their crazy, beautiful hormones so they can live the life they want!

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