Optional: If you like it sweeter, you can add a banana, 1-2 T sweetener like honey or maple syrup, or a tiny bit of monkfruit or stevia if you prefer lower sugar, which is what I used. Or try it with shaved dark chocolate and/or strawberries.
How to Make This Keto-friendly Chocolate Vegan Protein Pudding
Start by combining the macadamia nuts and cashews into a bowl. Cover and soak overnight or give them a “quick soak” by adding near-boiling-hot water and soaking for 1 hour. Overnight will get you a smoother consistency though. Drain the water once done.
Add the rest of your dry ingredients to a food processor or high powered blender (I used my Vitamix) and pulse. Slowly add the oat milk a little bit at a time until you get the consistency you’re looking for (taste frequently!). I blended mine for about 2-3 minutes on medium.
Scoop the pudding into a bowl. Cover and chill overnight, ideally (or at least a couple hours if you can wait that long). Serve as-is or with some fruit/dark chocolate and you have yourself a very tasty and healthy dessert!
This plant-powered protein pudding will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days. You can probably freeze it too, but I haven’t tried so proceed at your own risk! 😉
Fat: 29 grams
Carbs: 17 grams (4 grams of fiber, 1 gram of sugar)
Protein: 18 grams
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It’s not often you find a protein balls recipe that’s vegan, grain-free, Paleo / keto-friendly, has no added sugar, requires no baking, and still tastes delicious.
But that’s exactly what we’re bringing you with this new recipe. As you’ll see on our recipes page, we’ve made several variations of protein balls before but this one is quite unique.
It has a combo of several “superfood” nuts and seeds, including pistachios, walnuts, flax, chia, and coconut. Toss in some Pure Food Vanilla Protein Powder with Probiotics and you get a nutritious, guilt-free snack or dessert that kiddos will enjoy too (my 6-year-old had a blast preparing and eating these, as you’ll see in the pics that follow).
Health-wise, here are just a few of the perks:
Walnuts can help you improve cognitive (brain) function and also reduce the risk of other diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, depression, and type 2 diabetes, which are risk factors for the development of dementia.
Pistachios have a high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory potential. Among nuts, pistachios also have a lower fat and energy content and the highest levels of K, γ-tocopherol, vitamin K, phytosterols, xanthophyll carotenoids, certain minerals (Cu, Fe and Mg), vitamin B₆ and thiamin.
Flaxseed is a rich source of the omega-3 fatty acid, alpha linolenic acid, the lignan secoisolariciresinol diglucoside and fiber. These compounds provide bioactivity of value to the health of animals and humans through their anti-inflammatory action, anti-oxidative capacity and lipid modulating properties.
Coconut meat contains MCT oil, or medium-chain triglycerides. That’s the extract that people put in smoothies and coffee. MCT oil has unique benefits. It seems to lower two key hunger hormones, cueing a person to eat less. And MCTs convert more easily into energy compared with other sources of fat, like animal meat, so athletes consider it workout fuel.
Chia seeds contain healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, polyunsaturated fatty acids, dietary fiber, proteins, vitamins, and minerals. Aside from this, the seeds are an excellent source of polyphenols and antioxidants, such as caffeic acid, rosmarinic acid, myricetin, quercetin, and others.
Pure Food Plant-based Protein Powder contains a multi-source protein blend that’s just as effective as whey with the digestive side effects. And unlike other plant proteins, it’s 100% organic, high in fiber and contains no sugar.
If you’re looking for a healthy brownie treat you don’t have to feel guilty about, you’ve come to the right place.
Now, my criteria for “healthy” is admittedly a bit more stringent than most.
So this is definitely not a sugar bomb like your typical brownie. But check out these impressive nutrition #s:
10 g protein
6 g fiber
4 g sugar
And not only it is low in sugar, it’s free of dairy, gluten, and soy … perfect for vegan, vegetarians, and anyone with food intolerances!
Here’s the recipe:
Homemade Healthy High Protein Brownie Recipe
What’s In It:
1 cup applesauce
1 cup oat flour
~1 cup chocolate protein powder (I used 8 scoops of Pure Food Cacao Protein)
1 tsp. vanilla extract (or real vanilla bean powder if you can afford it)
1/4 tsp. salt
2 T coconut oil (divided into two 1 T servings)
optional: 1/4 crushed nuts like walnuts or pecans (I used 1/4 cup walnuts)
optional: dark chocolate chips (I chopped up 1/4 of an Alter Eco Blackout Bar for this recipe, which has 90% cacao content)**
How to Make It:
To make your own applesauce, blend the 2 peeled and cored apples with 1.5 cups of water.
Add the oat flour, protein, vanilla, salt, 1 T coconut oil (and nuts and dark chocolate if you go that route). Mix thoroughly.
Grease an 8″ x 8″ pan with the remaining T of coconut oil. Spread the mixture evenly onto pan.
Cook at 325 degrees F for 20-25 min.
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours then cut into 9 bars.
If you’re a clean eater, you know how hard it is to find a good healthy protein bar these days. Most contain some type of junk your body just doesn’t need: dairy, gluten, soy, sugar (in many cases, unfortunately, it’s all of the above).
My criteria for a “healthy” protein bar are quite simple. It should have:
1.) Only organic, real food ingredients, and
2.) No added sweeteners. Sugar should come from only real fruit sources like dried fruit … I don’t touch anything with over 10 grams.
If you want to make your own healthy protein bar, here’s one of my favorite recipes.
In this post, I’m going to show you how hundreds of others have used Pure Food to produce some pretty awesome results.
Whether you want to lose weight, put on some lean muscle, improve your energy levels, or most importantly, feel better, I’m confident the recipes and techniques I’m going to share below will help you.
There are lots of recipes in this post. I split them up between 1.) Smoothies and 2.) Food. I will continue to update it constantly, so bookmark it so you can come back if you need some inspiration!
Without further ado …
How to Use Pure Food Plant Protein Powder and Real Meal in Smoothies
First off, use a blender for best results. The powder will mix okay on its own but it’ll taste smoother coming out of the blender.
Since Pure Food has only clean, healthy ingredients without the fillers, so-called natural flavors, and sweeteners other plant protein brands use, the taste is earthy and natural and your taste buds and gut may need time to acclimate to the probiotics. If you’re new to plant-based proteins and/or probiotics, start with one serving and work your way up from there.
GIVE PURE FOOD TIME TO WORK
Pure Food will help you feel better and you will experience noticeable improvements in your health if you give it time to work.
We recommend at least 14 days to allow the probiotics in our Plant Protein Powder products time to colonize in your gut. The probiotic strain we use, by the way, has been clinically shown to boost immunity, improve gut health, and help your body digest plant proteins better.
Like any good health or fitness product (and it should go without saying), you need to make a commitment to yourself by eating cleaner and exercising if you really want to see results fast.
Pure Food Smoothie / Juice / Liquid Recipes
First off, if you haven’t done so already, download these free recipe cards featuring 20 of my favorite recipes for Pure Food Cacao and Vanilla Protein (you can also use REAL MEAL with any of them…although that product mixes great on its own!).
Here are 7 of our most popular smoothie and juice recipes using both Pure Food Cacao and Vanilla Protein:
Simple Chocolate Banana Smoothie
1 scoop Pure Food Cacao Protein Powder or REAL MEAL
Some of these recipes were sent to us by customers and others were created by us. You’ll find tasty-yet-healthy overnight oats, protein balls, cookies, brownies … even bread for all you carb-lovers.
Some of these recipes require baking and some don’t. Cooking/high heat denatures some of the nutrients in any food, including Pure Food, so I cook with mine sparingly.
But these recipes are a nutritious way to satisfy your sweet tooth (disclaimer: they’re not going to taste the exact same as their “regular” sugar- and junk-filled counterpart). With that said, we think they’re pretty darn good.
Take muffin pan. Spray with coconut oil. Create little muffins by rolling dough in your palms. Drop in muffin pan. Bake 8-10 minutes at 380 degrees. (note: I added about 5 minutes of cooking time since my muffins were larger. If you do 8 smaller ones stick with 8-10 minutes and see if they’re done).**
Keep refrigerated after baked.
If you want them heated, heat them in microwave for 3 minutes at 20% power.
**I made 4 large muffins and ate one as a post-workout snack. As you’ll see below, if you go that route you get a solid 345 calories, 10 grams of fiber, and 19 grams of protein!
Put the dates in a food processor and turn on for about a minute.
Add pecans and pulse 8-10 times.
Stir in the almond flour, protein powder, and coconut milk powder. Turn on food processor for 1-2 minutes.
Use a sharp knife to chop up dark chocolate into fine shavings and combine with slivered almonds in a bowl.
Roll the dough from the food processor into balls. Roll each chocolate protein ball in the bowl of slivered almonds/dark chocolate shavings.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread your protein balls into 5 rows of 3 (or however many you want).
Refrigerate overnight. They’ll be ready to eat the next day. They should keep in a tupperware in the fridge for about a week.
Nutrition Facts (per ball … this recipes makes 15 balls):
9 g fat
9 g carbs (2 g fiber, 5 g sugar)
5 g protein
Here’s the final product:
These chocolate protein balls would be a hit at any holiday party (and gives you a funny ice-breaker starter because someone is sure to mention the Schweddy balls skit). Or just make them as a healthy snack like I did. Either way, you’ll be happy you tried this awesome recipe.
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Before I get into my ingredients and nutrition facts reviews and analyses for Soylent’s protein products, let me say this …
I love the idea of Soylent: a convenient, inexpensive way to get a full meal.
If you take a closer look at the ingredients and nutrition panel though, there are a few red flags you need to be aware of if you care about the foods you put in your body.
In this Soylent review, you’ll find out exactly why.
Click/tap the links below to jump to each section …
Let’s have a closer look at the nutrition facts for both Soylent bottle (liquid) and pouch (powder). We’ll start with Soylent Drink.
Soylent Drink 2.0 is the current version of their liquid ready-to-drink bottle, which is now available in three flavors: Original, Cacao, and Nectar. 1.8 is the current version of the powdered formula. Here are the nutrition facts labels for each:
Soylent 2.0 Drink Nutrition (Original):
Soylent 2.0 Drink Nutrition (Cacao):
Soylent 2.0 Drink Nutrition (Nectar):
Soylent 1.8 Powder Nutrition Facts:
Upon first glance, you might think these are healthy.
Here’s where this review gets a little ugly though if you’re a Soylent fan.
Each “meal” has between 9 and 15 grams of added sugar. Newly proposed recommendations provided by the WHO encourage limiting added sugar to less than 5% of your total energy intake each day. That’s just 100 calories’ worth of sugar (or around 25 grams) for someone who eats 2,000 calories per day!
So 60% of the sugar you’re supposed to eat in an entire day is in a single serving of Soylent Powder!
According to Soylent’s website:
The Soylent recipe is based on the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and is regulated as a food by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Uh, call me crazy, but where does the IOM (or any other respectable health organization) recommend 15 grams of added sugar in a single meal?!
But this isn’t even the worst part.
We haven’t gotten to the ingredients yet …
First, I’ll call your attention to this graphic from Soylent’s website:
As you can see, the ingredients in Soylent are:
Notorganic (which means there’s a high likelihood there are chemical pesticides and herbicides in your meal replacement shake)
Here are the complete ingredient lists for Soylent’s current releases of their Drinks and Powder:
Soylent 2.0 Drink (Original):
Soylent 2.0 Drink (Cacao):
Soylent 2.0 Drink (Nectar):
Soylent 1.8 Powder Ingredients:
These sounds more like chemistry experiments than real food.
There’s a lot of cheap fillers and additives in those ingredients lists but I want to call your attention to a few, in particular, you might want to consider avoiding …
Click on the links below to read about the potential dangers and side effects of the following Soylent ingredients. I’ve summed up each in parentheses too.
Soy Protein Isolate (cheap protein source usually produced from GMO and chemical-ridden soybeans; derived using petroleum-based hexane; common allergen and cause of inflammation)
Natural Flavors (the 4th most common ingredient on food labels; consist of a “natural” extract combined with potentially hundreds of chemical compounds that food companies don’t have to disclose, thanks to the FDA)
Maltodextrin (GMO corn-based starch used to thicken processed foods)
Soy Lecithin (GMO soy-based thickener/emulsifier that may promote inflammation)
Sucralose (artificial sweetener that caused cancer in animal studies; still approved by the FDA for some crazy reason)
What Does Soylent Taste Like?
I didn’t case for the taste for either Soylent bottle (2.0) or pouch (1.8). It’s kind of like a thick, malty mush. Not gag-worthy by any means but not good either. The Cacao and Nectar Drinks tastes better but that’s because they use so-called “natural” flavors (see link above).
I’ve heard that earlier versions were too sweet so they reduced the sweetness level in the latest version. It’s still too sweet for my liking.
Its grey color is a little off-putting for me but this may not be an issue for others.
I realize this is only my opinion about how Soylent tastes and not a very objective answer. If you’d like to hear what others have to say, check out the answers to this question on Quora: What does Soylent taste like?
One of Soylent’s biggest draws is its cost—it’s pretty cheap. This comes as no surprise when you look at their list of unhealthy, processed junk ingredients.
Here’s how much Soylent costs:
Soylent Drink 2.0 Original Price:
$34 for 12 bottles ($2.83 per 400 kcal serving) or $32.30 for 12 bottles with a monthly subscription ($2.42 per 400 kcal serving)
Soylent Drink 2.0 Cacao Price:
$39 for 12 bottles ($3.25 per 400 kcal serving) or $37.05 for 12 bottles with a monthly subscription ($3.09 per 400 kcal serving)
Soylent Drink 2.0 Nectar Price:
$39 for 12 bottles ($3.25 per 400 kcal serving) or $37.05 for 12 bottles with a monthly subscription ($3.09 per 400 kcal serving)
Soylent Powder 1.8 Price:
$64 for 35 meals ($1.83 per 400 kcal serving) or $154 for 35 meals with a monthly subscription ($1.54 per 400 kcal serving).
It seems like every time I blink, there’s another Soylent recall …