How do you keep full and focused when you’re trying to eat healthy and meet your clean eating goals? It can be such a challenge! Especially when you’re craving something amazingly delicious and/or chocolate.
You know what I’m talking about.
That day when you’re convinced a cupcake would be the most glorious and amazing food that had ever crossed your lips, but you know you’ll be regretting it when it doesn’t really taste as good as your imagination says it will and the sugar rush will totally interrupt the good habits you had created.
Luckily, you don’t have to give in to that sugar demon. There are options out there to help you – or even to help you make a super delicious treat that will actually be delicious and not be filled with nasty chemicals of yuckness! One of my current favorite options is Purely Inspired Organic Protein Powder that you can find at your local Walmart. If you’ve read my work or following along with me on my clean eating journey on social media, then you know I’m a stickler about ingredients.
I want clean food.
And I’m delighted to tell you that yes, it is possible to find good, clean, organic food – and even a protein powder – that still tastes delicious and can help curb that craving for foods that end up being more disappointment than joy. Honestly, if a cheat ever did match up to my expectations, then I would have a much different view of cheat foods or cheat days, but as it is – I’m much happier avoiding them.
But back to the topic on hand – protein powder and how I used it to make super delicious, gluten-free, chocolate protein pancakes!
I had the opportunity to try the Purely Inspired French Vanilla and Decadent Chocolate Organic Protein powders recently and let me tell you – they are super terrific. My very favorite way to use them was to add them to my coffee – it’s a super quick, easy, on the go way to have the protein I need to feel full and avoid the hangry happening during the morning, plus it was a special coffee treat and we all know I love my coffee, right? But my very favorite part of the protein powders was what they are not –
The protein powders are non-GMO and contain no gluten, dairy, soy, or cholesterol. One serving gives you 20 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber, 2 grabs of sugar, 140 calories, all in a fruit and vegetable blend that has no artificial sweeteners, colors, or flavors. Seriously! All of that awesome without nasty chemicals – and they taste amaaaaaaaazing. I’m excited to be able to pick these up at Walmart for $19.97 for the 1.5 pound containers.
There is so much that you can do with a protein powder, and I had the best time experimenting with recipes. I love to have extra food on hand that I’ve already prepped and packaged so that I am never so absolutely hungry that a bad snack happens. Having healthy food ready in advance is amazing to me.
It isn’t very often that I find packaged foods that meet my requirements for healthy and clean, and even less often that I find something healthy and clean that my husband happily takes in to work with him at the steel mill for one of his snacks. But I did – I was also given a chance to try Mission1 bars.
My husband and I tried these organic, gluten-free bars available in Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Cookies and Cream flavors – and then the rest of them mysteriously disappeared because with 21 grams of protein in each bar, he decided they were perfect snacks for his busy work day! We love that they are free of mystery chemicals with no artificial ingredients. They’re organic, convenient, and you can pick them up at Walmart in a 4-pack for $6.94 or by the bar for $1.84.
Check out this amazing deliciousness –
We really enjoyed trying the protein bars and now we have a new food that we know about that is healthy, easy to grab, organic, and filling enough to help my husband make it through the work day (he has long, busy days) that usually involve running up and down the stairs several times. He’s already planning to pick some up at Walmart for his next hunting trip, I think.
But – back to the original story!
I love experimenting with recipes, and I also love breakfast. I wanted to do something a little different from the normal shake or muffin or energy bite with the organic protein powder, so my first idea was chocolate crepes that had an avocado or sour cream filling.
I wanted to make crepes for you, but then after about the fifth batch that turned out more like pancakes than crepes, I remembered – I’m terrible at making crepes.
But I make some amazing pancakes, so let me share them with you!
- 1 egg
- 1 scoop Purely Inspired Decadent Chocolate
- 1/4 c gluten free flour mix (I've made it with coconut flour before too!)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 2 TBSP flax or chia seed mixed with 1 TBSP water (or you could sub in 2 TBSP avocado)
- 3/4 c water (or almond milk)
- Mix all of the ingredients - I put all mine in my Vitamix and then blend away! If you don't feel like getting out the blender though, you can mix in a bowl.
- Transfer mixture to bowl or measuring cup and place in freezer until ready to use.
- Preheat ceramic-lined pan by placing it on burner over medium heat (I use Green Pan so I don't have to use oil to cook!) or other skillet. If you're not using a ceramic-lined pan, you'll need to use an oil of some kind to make sure it doesn't stick.
- When the pan is warm, remove the mixture from the freezer and scoop onto pan. I use about 1/4 cup for each pancake.
- If you're using a griddle and have room for all your pancakes, woo hoo! If you're not, simply place the mixture back in the freezer until you're ready to use it.
- When the edges are more matte than glossy and there are bubbles in the pancake (not breaking, though), it's time to flip. Flip pancake!
- After a few minutes when the pancake is dark on the bottom, it's done. You'll want to make sure your pancake is cooked through. If it's not, put it back in the pan for another minute or two.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Acorn for the #ProteinAtWalmart campaign. All opinions are my own.