There’s something about the holiday season that gets many of us (myself included) craving that cinnamon-y, nutmeg-y taste. Maybe it’s the cozy feeling that is associated with these flavors, reminiscent of childhoods of gingerbread cookies and cold winter nights snuggled up by a fireplace. Unfortunately, most places we find these delicious flavors are hard on our waistlines: Christmas cookies, candies, caffe lattes and the like. Here’s an idea for a delicious snack, laden with spice and flavor that packs a whopping 21 grams of protein, for just 175 calories!
OK. First, I need you to open your mind to this. It sounds like an unusual combo, but trust me, it tastes amazing! I got the idea to combine these flavors from a cooking website where the spices are combined with peanut butter to make a spread. I thought I’d take it a step further and convert the flavors into a super healthy, protein powered recipe!
- 1/3 of a 500g container of no salt added cottage cheese (pictured). ‘No salt added’ is key – as far as I know, in Canada, only Safeway carries it
- 1 tsp light peanut butter
- 2 packets of Splenda
- cinnamon to taste
- nutmeg or allspice to taste
- a few drops of vanilla extract
This tasty combination makes a great part of breakfast – remember, it’s so important to have lots of protein in the morning, as this helps to keep you filling fuller through the day.
The other option is to use a small blender or Magic Bullet to whip these ingredients together, and then freeze until semi-solid – tastes like a Christmas Cheesecake!
- calories: 175
- protein: 21 grams
- fat: 5 grams
- carbs: 9 grams
I bet this could be tasty with a little bit of pumpkin thrown in there too… if you try it, let me know how it goes!
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