To whey or not to whey? That is the question. I have read a lot of contradictory opinions on whether whey protein is good for you – and on whether women should be taking it. This is what I have learned: You won’t automatically bulk up by taking protein supplements. It isn’t just for increasing calories for bodybuilders. Protein powder ensures your muscles have the protein that they need to tone up. There are many low-calorie options available. Adding protein helps you to recover after a workout. If you are working out effectively, your body will store the protein and it will help you to continue to burn fat all day long. Oh, and one final point? Protein makes your bones, nails & hair stronger and healthier. Winner.
Armed with this new knowledge and ultimately, peace of mind, when Motion Nutrition got in touch to offer me some Organic Raw Cacao Whey Protein to play with, I had to say yes. I wanted to make something really quick and simple to get some protein in post-workout in the morning. Often, if I have managed to squeeze a workout in the morning, I don’t then have time to start preparing eggs and a full breakfast because I need to get into my emails and tasks for the day, so I often leave the omelette until lunchtime and make a quick smoothie or protein shake. That’s all well and good, but sometimes a liquid breakfast isn’t enough, so I decided to make some simple chocolate protein flapjacks to munch on for breakfast instead.
2 tablespoons of crunchy peanut butter (I love Meridian as it’s all-natural)
1 tablespoon honey
1 scoop Organic Raw Cacao Whey Protein powder (Motion Nutrition comes with a scoop)
1/2 cup wholegrain rolled oats (uncooked)
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa for extra flavour (I used naturya blends organic choc powder for a superfood kick)
- Mix the peanut butter and honey in a bowl and microwave for 20 seconds.
- Add the rest of ingredients and mix together until crumbly but not dry.
- Press down into a tray and refrigerate for minimum 20 minutes.
- Cut into squares and keep refrigerated.
Enjoy your chocolate protein flapjacks!