Guys. Seriously. How is it that people can consume Vega smoothie mix?
I’m trying. I really am. And it still tastes like dirt mixed with sweetener. Blech. Come ON, vegans! You can do better!!!
Background here – I’ve started, at least temporarily, eating a soy-, wheat-, and dairy-free diet. Which puts my usual whey protein powder for my occasional breakfast smoothies up on the back shelf for a while. [Side note – a teammate once tried out a new high-protein eating plan and couldn’t figure out why her guts felt like crap. She was lactose intolerant. She didn’t realize that WHEY is derived from dairy. No way? Wheyyyy…]
So naturally it was over to Vega – made from the sounds-as-delicious-as-it-tastes mixture of pea protein and hemp protein. Mmmmmm! gaccckkkk! I’ve made a good go of it, but it wasn’t long before I was looking for alternatives.
Always a fan of just eating real, unprocessed food whenever logistics allow, I came across this great Green Thickies website (links at the bottom) with a zillion homemade protein and meal replacement smoothie recipes. Behold! A gluten-free, raw, no dairy, no soy, protein shake!
From Green Thickies:
Sounds yum, right? guess what – it IS! And it doesn’t taste like you just slid face-first into home plate either.
Moving on in my quest for delicious tasty cheap easy healthy stuff… the energy bar was next on my hit list. This one is from Real Food Real Deals, and mimics one of my favourite store-bought pre-practice snacks, Lara bars. Lara proves that it doesn’t take a lot of junk to make something healthy and tasty – all of their bars have only 4 or 5 ingredients that you could buy yourself at the regular ol’ grocery store. So I was pumped to see a recipe for make-it-yourself Lara-style bars!
WARNING: I have not tried this yet… but I fully intend to. Beat me to it, and tell me how it went in the comments below.
From Real Food Real Deals:
Blueberry Lemon Larabar Recipe
1½ cups nuts (I used 1¼ cups walnuts and ¼ cup sunflower seeds; pecans or almonds would be good too)
1½ cups dates
½ cup dried blueberries
1 tsp. lemon zest
- If you don’t have dried blueberries, you can dehydrate 2 cup of fresh or frozen berries in the oven. Set the temperature to 175 degrees and bake for 3 to 4 hours. The final product should be chewy.
- Combine all the ingredients in a food processor. Mix together until a paste forms, but don’t process the mixture for so long that you can’t see little specs of each ingredient.
- Line a 9×5 inch loaf pan with wax paper. Press the mixture evenly into the pan.
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
- Cut into 18 squares and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Seriously though, I KNOW that I am going to cut these into wayyy fewer pieces than 18. Probably more like 8. And so should you – you’re working hard out there as a Roller Derby Athlete!
SO – like I said, I haven’t tried the Lara bar recipe yet. Try either of these and let me know in the comments what you thought! I want to hear from you!