I have chatted about meal prepping before. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. It’s really that simple. It is for this reason that each and every week, I spend 2 to 3 hours, prepping and organizing Sheldon and my meals for the week.
I’m not at home all day, I only get home at 6:30 or so, so the only meal I eat at home is dinner. Sheldon literally comes home and eats and then he is out the door again. If our meals weren’t prepped and planned, and packed away neatly in their own tupperware, we would both be stopping at the nearest Woolies or Kauai…sound familiar? This is so unnecessary and is also so expensive! Sheldon loves the protein bars that are sold at Woolies and at the counter of the Kauai. He works at the gym and they are right there so I don’t even blame him…It was for this reason that I decided to make my own version of the protein bars that are sold at the gym (or in the queue at Woolies). I wrap them in some clingfilm and he keeps them in his pocket 🙂
I added some Nature’s Nutrition superfood mix, which is completely optional, but I have noticed the biggest difference from focusing on the micronutrients I am putting in my body. I have seen improvements in my energy levels, skin, digestion (which was a huge issue in the past), nails and even my sleep patterns…I love their products and I don’t gain anything from mentioning them in a recipe (I’m not that type of girl)…If I find something I love, I’ll tell you 😉 Anyway, here’s the recipe before I ramble on for too long…
This is a no bake recipe. Everything is chucked into one food processor and what’s even better- If you make them on a Sunday, they will literally last 2 weeks, if stored in an airtight Tupperware in the fridge!!
No bake protein bars
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup goji berries
- 3/4 cup raw almonds
- 1/4 cup raw walnuts
- 1 scoop vanilla whey protein
- 2 heaped TBS Nature's Nutrition Natural vanilla
- 1 TBS unsweetened almond milk
- 3 to 4 pieces of 70 % dark chocolate, melted (Optional)
Line a baking tray with some cling film and set aside.
Add the almonds and the walnuts, as well as the protein powder and superfood mix, to a food processor and blend until relatively fine, it doesn’t matter if some pieces of nuts are larger than the others.
Add the dates to a microwave safe bowl and heat for 45 seconds- I find that this softens them without having to soak them in water.
Add all of the ingredients, except the almond milk, to the food processor and blend until a sticky dough forms.
Lastly add the almond milk and blend again- a ball should now start to form.
Press the mixture tightly into the prepared tray and pop into the fridge to set.
Leave for a minimum of 2 hours and cut into slices.
Melt the chocolate and drizzle over the bars. Pop into the fridge to harden. (Optional)