Don’t underestimate the power of protein…
Did you know that protein is an essential nutrient and is used to build and repair tissues, make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Protein is also an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.
Our body breaks down protein into amino acids which are then used to form enzymes, hormones, repair tissue, cartilage etc.
Protein is essential in hormonal balance, exercise recovery, growth and amount needed depends on age, gender and weight.
You see we all require different amounts and that varies as we get older and the uses of protein within the body.
Children require it to build and repair cells, enzymes, and hormones, and to provide energy. But also protein rich foods m supply varying amounts of zinc, magnesium, B vitamins (thiamin, niacin, vitamins B-6 and B-12), and vitamin E. Teenagers need extra protein for hormone production especially during puberty when protein needs are greater. Child bearing women need good sources of protein as well as hormonal balance support. Exercise requires our body the need for added protein for muscle repair and recovery. So it’s vital that at each stage of our life, we provide our body with adequate amounts of protein.
Some amino acids known as essential amino acids can not be formed in the body and must come from food.
But protein doesn’t just have to be a protein shake, did you know that foods such as oats, nuts, seeds, legumes, beans, wholegrains, soy, peas, quinoa all provide amazing plant based sources of protein…but you can’t beat a delicious sweet protein packed snack.
Chocolate Protein Muffins
1 cup oat flour
1/4 cup beltr protein oats oats
1/4 cup naturya cacao powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1 ripe banana mashed
1/4 cup manilife peanut butter
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup plain yoghurt
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
Ombar Dark Chocolate chunksh
In a bowl add the dry ingredients and mix well
In a small bowl add the banana and mash until there are no lumps, add the milk, yogurt, peanut butter, salt and extra virgin olive oil and mix well.
Pour this wet mixture in with the dry ingredients along with apple cider vinegar and dark chocolate (broken into chunks) and gently fold together.
Spoon the mixture into muffin cases and pop into the pre heated oven at 170c for approx 16-18 minutes or until a skewers comes out clean.
Allow to cool and enjoy.