Chocolate Protein Bombs

Ingredients:
8 pitted dates
1 scoop (about 25g) protein powder (can use unflavored powder, or chocolate or vanilla for a sweeter taste)
1/4 c finely chopped peanuts
4 tsp maple syrup
2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder

How to make it: Combine the dates, protein powder, half of the 1/4 cup of peanuts, maple syrup, and cocoa powder in a food processor. Pulse until combined. The mixture should be slightly sticky so that it can be rolled into a ball. If it’s too dry, add another date. If it’s too wet, add a bit more peanuts or protein powder. Roll a heaping tsp into a ball and roll in the remaining peanuts. Yields 8 to 10 balls.

Source: Alexandra Caspero, R.D., owner of weight management and sports nutrition service Delicious-Knowledge.com.

Chia Pudding

Ingredients:
1 ripe banana
2 Tbsp protein powder
1/2 c + 1 Tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 1/2 tsp chia seeds

How to make it: Blend together the protein powder, banana, and milk. Stir in chia seeds and let sit until gelled, about 3 hours. Serve plain or with berries on top. Makes 1 to 2 servings.

Source: Alexandra Caspero, R.D., owner of weight management and sports nutrition service Delicious-Knowledge.com.

Ingredients:
1/3 c rolled oats
1 banana, sliced
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
2 Tbsp chopped walnuts
1 c water

How to make it: Combine water and oats in a bowl, and microwave for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir and let sit for 1 minute. Mix in the protein powder, sliced bananas, and walnuts, and serve. Makes 1 serving.

Source: Mike Roussell, Ph.D., R.D., Men’s Health nutrition advisor