Not tossing $50 protein powder (pic)
Thursday, July 25, 2013
So about a year or more ago...a friend bought into the pyramid business of ViSalus. To support the friend, I bought some $50 product (that was the lowest possible purchase) but knew I wasn't very likely to drink protein shakes etc. and attribute any success to the product.
Anyway, I tried adding a serving to my morning Greek yogurt and fruit smoothie. I had debilitating stomach/GI pain for several hours at work. I was beginning to believe I had serious and fast acting medical problem. Some alone time at home relieved me of this worry. This experience assured that I would never have a protein shake again.
Vexed over my investment and precious cupboard space, I considered my options-give it to a not-so-great or masochistic friend? keep it as a gastrointestinal weapon if I ever get in a bad relationship or work for another horrible boss? make a really bad day "crappier"?
No, of course not! Pinterest and creativity to the rescue.
I paid attention to protein powder recipes and brought my own creativity...and did a little research on why the evil side effects. My solution was to bake (heat creating a chemical reaction to minimize impact) into something with fiber (to help it keep on moving through the system).
In general I think protein bars are unappetizing and yucky tasting for the most part. I figured I could give an oatmeal cookie recipe a make over and turn it into a protein bar. They do not taste like amazing oatmeal cookies at all. They also do not taste like yucky protein bars at all. They taste like a decent snack or breakfast bar. Before they are baked, the mixture is actually super delicious. Defying their cookie origins, they taste better cold than warm out of the oven IMHO. They are certainly tasty enough that I will finally use that cursed $50 bag of ViSalus protein powder.
I will probably experiment with other nuts, seeds and fruits. Maybe swap brown sugar into the recipe instead of honey to make it less healthy and more cookie like around Christmas time. All in all, it's a reasonably healthy snack. I called it Nutty honey protein bars and it is posted on SparkRecipes.
And for the record...it's 14 hours after I ate one and I feel great (aka no tummy troubles)!