The Primal Diet that I committed to over summer has really stuck with me; already being gluten free it was the next step down the path of healing my gut, and I've never felt better than I do now. More energy, never lethargic and best of all cramps, bloating and skin problems have all but disappeared *please don't jinx*.
Cutting down on carbohydrates such as rice and grains is one of the Primal Diet's most important principles. As they are however a large source of calories in a standard diet they need to be replaced by extra fat and protein for the body to function and thrive. Whilst meeting these goals at mealtimes is becoming more intuitive for me, it is snack times where I'm most likely to slip up and eat a chocolate bar or lots of sushi.
With that in mind when choosing healthy snacks, it makes sense to create meals with ingredients high in healthy fat and/or protein whilst keeping the sugar content low. So I picked these two products: Smooth Almond Butter and Impact Whey Protein in Vanilla (Stevia).
So is whey protein primal? Mark puts it best:
"It isn’t strictly Primal (and certainly not paleo) in that it wasn’t available to Grok, but it can be an effective, occasional high-protein meal replacement with most – if not all – of the potential allergens mitigated or negated."
That's good enough for me.
Next up I made the ultimate dessert for when all you want is ice cream and chocolate. It really hit the spot without making me feel like I had nose dived or over indulged.
- Greek yogurt mixed with vanilla whey protein
- 70/80% dark chocolate
- Raspberries - heated to make a compote
- Almond butter
- Dried fruit
- Mixed nuts
- Chia seeds
This was served in a wine glass to make it feel a bit more special
Phew, thank God that's out of sight. I love almonds and this butter is 100% nuts as well as being naturally high in healthy fat and protein.
My final recipe could either be transported into a cup for portability or served in a bowl topped with yummy things like I did below.
- Frozen raspberries
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 heaped teaspoon almond butter
When comparing the stevia blend to the standard vanilla, I have not noticed any noticeable difference in flavour. There's no bitter aftertaste or unblendable clumps, so all in all I would recommend this product to anyone who wants a great all-round protein powder without adding any unnecessary sugar.
For more recipes using these products and other primal-approved foods, please check out my instagram @blondeandgrainless
Thanks to MyProtein.com for sending me delicious food - have a look at their discounts page!