Today's Eat-Clean Diet Vegetarian guest blogger, Amber Phillips, is here to share her vegetarian story and her delicious No-Bake Protein Bars. Take it away Amber...
Tosca while working at a chiropractic clinic while pursuing my undergrad degree in Kinesiology. The massage therapist at the clinic would often bring Oxygen in for others to read. I was hooked after looking at my first issue (~2005)! I’ve been a subscriber ever since. Back in those days I was a sponge for every recipe, however, approximately 3 years ago I decided that meat just really was not for me (seafood being the exception).
I was already a believer in The Eat-Clean Diet, however cutting out meat meant that several of the recipes were hands off (or required a little creativity to modify and maintain a similar nutritional profile). As someone who teaches fitness classes, yoga, and runs marathons I was concerned about getting enough protein to fuel my muscles. Ever since, I have been longing for the day that The Eat-Clean Diet Vegetarian was released…alas, it’s here!
I look forward to blogging about my experiences in the kitchen…and how they translate into the gym, on the stage, and on the pavement!
My absolutely favourite recipe is for No-Bake Protein Bars:
1 cup evaporated skim milk
5 scoops chocolate protein powder (I use whey isolate)
5 Tbsp natural peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup quick oats
½ cup oat bran
¼ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
¼ cup dried fruit (I like Craisins)
¼ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/8 cup hemp or flax seeds
Water as needed
Mix all dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Add peanut butter, mixing as best as possible. Slowly add water, start with ½ cup as you just want the batter moistened, not runny. Spray an 8x8 baking dish with cooking spray. Spray the spatula as well. Pour batter into baking dish. Use sprayed spatula to flatten. Cover dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours to set. Cut into squares and freeze. I take one out in the morning and eat after my morning run. Delicious!