These were supposed to be chocolate truffles with a hidden ingredient but I got so carried away grating an excess of roast beetroot that I was unable to hide the purple vibrancy of the mix. I tried to smother them in a thick dusting of cocoa powder but there was no fooling my diners – I practically had to force the kids to swallow them. I wouldn’t let it put you off trying the recipe though, teenagers are renowned for gagging on healthy vegetables and these moist little treats could be just your cup of tea.
I was recently sent a load of protein powder shakes from Kinetica Sports and initially thought they would make good emergency lunch supplies to stash in my desk drawer for those days when I haven’t had time to prepare a chicken salad. I don’t tend to use a lot of protein powders anymore, they aren’t real food and so don’t fit that well with my attempts to stick at the Paleo diet but they are probably a better option than ready-made sandwiches.
The different protein shake brands tend to differ in the mucosity (texture) and flavour scales. I regularly used Myoplex diet as a breakfast option, one sachet would make a full pint of a flavoursome and filling shake although it did admittedly score highly on the slime scale with a similarity to raw egg nog. In comparison, for the same calorie count, Kinetica Whey Protein shakes make a thimble-full of a slightly powdery liquid with no hint of slime at all but an entirely disappointing flavour with an artificial aftertaste.
The emergency lunch supplies were ferried back home for the addition of a little creativity……
- 3 tbsp Coconut Flour
- sachet of Whey Protein Powder (chocolate)
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 2 large roast beetroot (note that this was too much and one smaller beetroot would be sufficient)
- milk to mix (feel free to use coconut milk if available)
The general consensus seemed to be that the flavour was ok but the texture was considered disturbing by most. A thicker paste is probably advisable and go easy on the beetroot.
Kinetica also sent me some ready-made protein bar snacks and these were rapidly devoured by the family. So if you don’t fancy my beetroot treats but like the idea of a protein hit, you wouldn’t go far wrong by trying Milk Pro Toffee.
I doctored this recipe from the Protein POW website which is a great resource for protein powder recipes, the original chocolate and peanut butter bar looks a lot more appetising than my version.