If you are trying to lose weight, you may have heard how important it is to eat protein first thing in the morning. Most experts say to eat 25-30 grams of protein within 30 minutes to 1 hour of waking. Slow carb dieters call this “30 within 30” when referring to this practice. Giving the body this early serving of protein in the morning helps prevent cravings throughout the rest of the day and helps sustain energy.
I wake up pretty early, around 4:30-5 a.m most mornings. I don’t set an alarm clock, this is just how my internal clock works. When I wake up I am completely awake, no chance of falling back asleep. So over the years my habit has been to enjoy this time alone by reading my Bible and devotions with a cup of coffee. I like to put a scoop of collagen in my coffee. This contributes about 11 grams of protein to my 30 within 30.
I needed a small something that I could eat with my coffee at 5 a.m. without having to cook that would contribute another 15-20 grams of protein. I probably won’t have these every day since they do have nut butter, but it’s a good start. I can have two of these quietly with my coffee while I read in the mornings.
1/4 cup almond butter or crunchy peanut butter (natural, unsweetened)
1 scoop Pristine Protein Powder
1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring (or vanilla)
2 tablespoons of Gentle Sweet
1 tablespoon chia seeds
2 Tablespoons cacao nibs (or if you prefer, use Lily’s Stevia Sweetened chocolate chips)
Put everything in a bowl and stir until combined. It’s very thick, so you may have to “mash” it as opposed to stirring. When it is well combined roll the mixture into 4 equal size balls.
For Trim Healthy Mama followers, this is considered an S.
Nutrition information below copied from myfitnesspal.com
|Amount Per Serving|
|% Daily Value *|
|Total Fat 18 g||27 %|
|Saturated Fat 3 g||16 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0 g|
|Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g|
|Trans Fat 0 g|
|Cholesterol 0 mg||0 %|
|Sodium 82 mg||3 %|
|Potassium 30 mg||1 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 14 g||5 %|
|Dietary Fiber 6 g||24 %|
|Sugars 3 g|
|Protein 16 g||33 %|
|Vitamin A||0 %|
|Vitamin C||0 %|
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Good Morning Protein Poppers
- 1/4 cup almond butter or crunchy peanut butter (natural, unsweetened)
- 1 scoop Pristine Protein Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring (or vanilla)
- 2 tablespoons of Gentle Sweet
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 2 Tablespoons cacao nibs (or if you prefer, use Lily's Stevia Sweetened chocolate chips)
- Put everything in a bowl and stir until combined. It's very thick, so you may have to “mash” it as opposed to stirring.
- When it is well combined roll the mixture into 4 equal size balls.