What is your go to food choice?
How about those kiddos? What kind of snacks are they reaching for?
I have tried to make it a habit of providing healthy snacks available for my whole family. I know all too well that if I don't they (ok myself included) will go looking for high sugar and junk food snacks filled with empty calories. I would rather my littles have nutrient dense foods, wouldn't you? Fruits & Veggies are great but it can be tough getting those little people to eat healthy proteins throughout the day.
I have gotten more creative in the kitchen the last several years.....and that is saying something because I am NOT a cook. My passion for nutrition in no way reflects my cooking skills. Although, the change to a healthy lifestyle has forced me to expand my knowledge and skills in the kitchen, for sure! If it weren't for blogs and Pintrest I would be severely lacking, still. But, I'm a teachable girl and I can get creative if I set my mind to it. However, IT HAS TO BE SIMPLE! I have been know to take a couple recipes and tweak them to make them my own. These Banana Oatmeal Protein Muffins are one of those. Did I say simple ? These little guys are sooo yummy, protein packed, have clean & nutrient dense ingredients, low fat, and did I say so yummy?
The best part about these muffins are that I have added extra protein.
Did you know? Proteins are the building blocks for bones, muscles and cartilage. This means that if you are working out proteins are super important in your recovery. I could do a whole blog on proteins.....but not today. We will save that for another time. However, one of the quickest and cleanest ways I add protein in my diet is with the Shaklee Life Shake Protein. Here are a few reasons why I use Shaklee protein.
- 24 grams* of protein, including 16 grams of ultra-pure, plant-based, non-GMO soy protein with precise ratios of 9 essential amino acids, optimized for high protein quality
- Added leucine to help preserve lean muscle and achieve a healthier weight
- A powerful patent-pending combination of prebiotics and one billion CFU of patented probiotics
- Omega-3 (ALA) to support heart and brain health
Are you hungry for a snack? I am! Enjoy!
Banana Oatmeal Protein Muffins
3 ripe bananas (mashed)
1 ½ c. Old Fashioned Oats (ground to flour consistency)
2 scoops Shaklee Vanilla or Plain & Simple Energizing Shake Mix
4 egg whites
1tsp. baking soda
1tsp. baking powder
½ tsp cinnamon
¾ c. Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt
Preheat Oven to 350. Combine dry ingredients in a food processor or mixer. Slowly add mashed bananas and eggs alternating between them until batter is smooth. Then add Greek yogurt until completely mixed. Bake in mini muffin pan 12-15 minutes or Full size muffin pan for 30-40 minutes.