Strawberries and Cream Protein Bars
Dairy and soy free strawberries and cream protein bars are so easy to make and are a great way to lose weight by not eating the wrong foods.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Fisher. The opinions and text are all mine.
We had a fitness facility growing up and up at the front desk there were protein bars and drinks that people could buy. I HATED them. No matter how hungry I got while working I never ate one. Like, ever. They were chalking and so packed with junk it actually made me sick to my stomach. Fast forward 50 years, or so it feels like, and I’m a hungry mama who is very aware that life is a gift and bodies need to be a priority. I need healthy snacks and these strawberries and cream protein bars are fitting the bill.
I love that Fisher Nuts teams up with The American Heart Association every February. Cade has a smaller heart murmur that we keep an eye on with his cardiologist but most importantly he has to stay in shape and keep up his protein. And we all know that three times now my life has been preserved so I feel a great responsibility to keep my heart and body healthy.
We are big believers in protein and nuts, preservative free like Fisher Nuts, to stay on top of our nutrition. Both are great for heart, brain and maintaining health weights. So we thought we would share a few of our tricks for healthy bodies.
Tips For Maintaining a Healthy Weight
- Drink lots of water.
I know you hear that a lot but it really is true. I personally never even drink pop but that’s a personal choice. You’ll even have more energy staying hydrated.
2. Get active at least 4 times a week
Now I know the struggle is real, especially with a new baby in the house, but just find ways to be active even when you can’t work out. Run up and down the stairs each time you have to go to a different floor in the house, or do a squat on each step. Heck, do squats and lunges while you brush your teeth or blow dry your hair, I do! The point is to get moving so that heart will keep moving for you!
3. Eat at home 90% of your meals or Pack a lunch
One of the trickiest things about eating out is the portions and extra calories. A salad is a great choice but loaded with meat, cheese, dressing and all the fixins you just devoured more calories than you realize. At home you’re more thoughtful about how much you eat and what you’re eating, so start cooking more. We have a healthier recipes section on the site and a HUGE (over 6,000 pins!) healthy recipes board on pinterest for ideas.
4. Start buying whole almonds
I know that almonds don’t entice you as much as that chocolate covered granola bar, but it’s a no brainer. Start training your body to make better snack choices and snack between every meal so you don’t end up over eating or under eating (under eating only makes your body hold on to calories because it thinks you’re going to starve it. Which you are by skipping meals so knock that off!). We love preservative free Fisher nuts and no, we didn’t have to say that.
5. Protein, protein, protein
Protein is not merely for the greasy guys at the gym trying to bulk up or the women trying to compete in bikini competitions. It’s for every day people to maintain a healthy weight and energy. I always put a scoop of protein and a few almonds in my green smoothies in the morning or I snack on protein bars like these at some point in the day and I promise it helps me stay in the same size jeans. Add protein to your diet.
Strawberries and Cream Protein Bars
- ¼ Cup Fisher NutsPecans
- ½ Cup Fisher Nuts Almonds
- ⅓ Cup Vanilla Protein (We use Complete or Vega)
- 2 Tablespoons Honey
- ½ Cup Maple Syrup
- 2 Cups Gluten Free Flour Blend or Coconut Flour and Almond Flour Blend
- 2-3 Tablespoons Coconut Milk or other dairy free milk
- 1 Cup Freeze Dried Strawberries * see note
- 1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
- In a blender, blend the nuts until smooth like almond butter, stopping and allowing it to cool if it starts to heat up at all.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the nut butter, protein, honey and maple syrup.
- Add in the flour and stir with a spoon. The mixture will be crumbly, add coconut milk a tablespoon at a time until you can squeeze the mixture in your hand and it holds together like pie dough. You may add more milk if needed but be careful to not overdo it.
- Fold in the berries and chia seeds and press into a parchment paper lined 8x8" baking pan. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, slice and store in ziploc bags in the fridge for up to 1 week.
I often need a healthy afternoon snack and this is it!
Trying to figure out healthy dinners? Us too and this one is a favorite.
Don’t completely give up treats, just have them in a healthier way!