Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Protein Truffles

Last week, Kerrie, Katie (one of our DTFN coaches), and I grabbed lunch at Whole Foods. We were on the verge of “hangry,” so a couple of treats ended up in our shopping basket, including a box of Better Bites, a “top 8 allergen-free” treat from a bakery located in Austin, Texas. This post is not sponsored in anyway; Kerrie had just heard they were good, so, of course, we needed to see what they were all about. I mean, taste-testing new healthy products is all part of the job!

Well, the “Sun Better” bites were 8 million times better than I expected them to taste. I’m not even kidding you, I probably said, “Ohmigod, these are so good” like 10 times while eating one, which is another awesome thing about these little treats. They’re actually a good size, so they’re not gone in a single bite. You truly have a chance to enjoy it, which also inspired my Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Protein Truffles recipe below. I wanted to make a tasty treat that is rich and wonderful, but not gone in a hot second.

In addition to being a substantial treat, these Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Protein Truffles are so ridiculously easy to make. They only call for 6 ingredients (and you could probably skip the vanilla extract if you really wanted to) and most of them you probably already have in your kitchen. I’ve made these truffles again and again – in large part because of their fast factor, but also because they’re a legit dessert. I typically feel satisfied after eating just one. Plus, they are endlessly customizable by switching up the peanut butter with another favorite nut butter, protein powder and extract flavors, kind of chocolate coating you use, or by giving them a tasty coating of sprinkles, cocoa powder, or chopped nuts. The possibilities are endless!

And, finally, these little bites of heaven have an awesome macronutrient breakdown with 5g of protein, 8g carbs, and 10g of fat, which means they’ll easily “fit your macros” without blowing up your day. I hope you guys love these Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Protein Truffles as much as we do. They’re definitely a treat that’s here to stay in our house!

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Ingredients:

Filling

  • 1/4 cup protein powder of your choice (both chocolate and vanilla work well)
  • 1/4 cup smooth (salted) peanut butter (I highly recommend Teddie)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Chocolate coating

  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil

Directions: Combine ingredients for filling in a small mixing bowl until fully blended. Divide batter and roll into 6 balls. Refrigerator balls for 2 hours until firm. In a separate microwave-safe bowl, add chocolate chips and coconut oil. Heat in the microwave in 30-second intervals until chocolate is fully melted and then stir until smooth. Roll balls in melted chocolate and then place on a plate/tray with wax paper. Place plate/tray in refrigerator and allow chocolate to harden before enjoying. Try not to eat them all at once! 😉

Makes 6 truffles

Macros: P 5 C 8 F 10



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Christmas 2017

^^ Look who stopped by our house for a glass of ‘nog with mommy on Christmas!

Did you know when your parents live at different houses Santa comes twice?! This lucky little boy got SO many presents this year from everyone who loves him – he has more grandparents than I can count!

He spent Christmas Eve with Matt and did round I of gifts and a special homemade biscuit breakfast over there and then came to our house at 9 and did more presents! (I cannot wait to play Operation with him this week!)

The theme of this Christmas in our house was Hot Wheels (Thomas-inspired), and the boys have a huge track set up in the basement.

I got the world’s fluffiest robe!

Mid-morning we went out to T’s family and had brunch (eggs, bacon, breads!) and exchanged gifts.

I’m a lucky girl! I got this awesome planter and our first Sonos speaker!

John made his famous stuffed Christmas pizza:

We headed home mid-afternoon to prepare for Christmas dinner, which we hosted for T’s parents.

He made BBQ chicken on the Big Green Egg. I made a big mac and cheese casserole. And we both contributed to a salad.

I am sure there were 1,000 sugarplums dancing around in this head that night. He slept in his new over-the-bed tent surrounded by new animal friends 🙂

You know what I’m looking forward to? January! It used to be my least favorite month of the year, but these days I love the minimalism that comes with the clean slate theme. I am feeling more inspired than ever to minimize and organize. Home Neat Home, here we come!

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Nothing Like a Primal Kitchen Restaurant Party to Close Out 2017!

Inline_Balloons_OpeningIt’s hard to believe a year ago Primal Kitchen Restaurants was still a vision in the making. This year has truly been our inaugural year with the opening of our first two locations in South Bend, Indiana, which launched in July 2017, and Culver City, California, which opened its doors in September.  And we were thrilled to end this amazing year on such a high note—genuinely a weekend for the books in Culver City. December 8-9, Primal Kitchen Culver City hosted their official grand opening party to celebrate our first restaurant opening on the West Coast.

The weekend was filled with raffles, games, prizes, menu samples, wine tastings by FitVine Wine, and even a book signing with our co-founder and the godfather of paleo, Mark himself. Our friends from Paleo Treats and Icelandic Glacial also got in on the fun by setting up booths filled with free samples and free swag on our outdoor patio.

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Mark as well as Devyn and Kyle Sisson, the Culver City franchise owners, and their staff had an amazing time meeting and talking with everyone who came out for the celebrations. It was an afternoon of good food, good vibes, and great people! In Mark’s words, “It was heartwarming to hear the thanks from people who have been searching for a restaurant like ours for years.”

We can’t tell you how much we appreciate all the love and support that we’ve received from our loyal followers, and we can’t wait to spread the #cleaneatingmovement across America!

A Look Towards 2018!

RosevillePrimal Kitchen Restaurants has some big things in the works for 2018! We have just announced that we will be opening a new restaurant in Roseville, CA! Just 20 miles away from downtown Sacramento, we are aiming to have this location opened by March! We are also making great progress with our location in Santa Cruz, CA, which we are hoping to open by April!

With those two locations in the works, we’re actively looking for new cities to expand in! Are you interested in bringing Primal Kitchen Restaurants to your city? Check out our franchising opportunities, and join our family today.

From all of us at Primal Kitchen Restaurants, we want to wish you the happiest holiday season yet! And we’d love to hear your Primal Kitchen Restaurant wish list for 2018. What cities would you love to see us in?

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High Low High – Christmas Edition

Good morning! I can’t believe Christmas is over just like that. I hope you had a very merry one! Our holiday overall was really great, but there were a few bumps in the road along the way. Of course, I could share how “perfect” it was for us, but, as you guys know, I like to keep it real over here on CNC, so here’s a little recap of both the highs and lows from our Christmas!

HIGH: A fun partner workout at Salt Shack. It was the “12 Days of Christmas,” which is one of my favorites. I teamed up with Marisa and enjoyed the first 3/4 of the workout.

LOW: Messing up my hip/back during the workout. It wasn’t one single thing – it was just an injury waiting to happen. After the workout, it hurt pretty bad, but I could function for the most part. The pain got worse and worse over the course of the afternoon, so, by the time Mal got home, I was in agony and no amount of OTC painkillers helped (at all). So, we dropped Quinn at a friend’s house and headed to the ER for some heavy-duty pain killers and muscle relaxers. Since then, I’ve managed to stand up straight and walk for short periods of time, so I’m making progress. I have an appointment with a doctor tomorrow afternoon, so, hopefully, I’ll get some answers then.

HIGH: Christmas Eve at my Grammie’s house! 

LOW: Quinn throwing up in the car on the way home. Whomp whomp. He didn’t eat dinner at my Grammie’s house (just some popcorn and a few bites of a Christmas cookie), so maybe he was just car sick? He was acting fine otherwise.

HIGH: On Christmas morning, Santa came!!! 

LOW: Quinn only had one present (+ a few stocking stuffers) to open because the scooter that we attempted to assemble on Christmas Eve was faulty. It was Radio Flyer brand too, so I’m surprised it was such crappy quality. It was such a buzzkill.

Thankfully, he’s 3.5 and didn’t seem to notice! 🙂

HIGH: Quinn got a “Green Grimlock” from Santa!!! 

He was SO EXCITED. It was the only thing he asked Santa for this year.

LOW: Snow preventing my family from coming to our house for Christmas brunch. 

HIGH: Mal’s family making to our house for Christmas brunch! 

HIGH: Opening presents with family. 

The Batcave from Papi was a huge hit with Qman!

As well as The Big Book of Bugs and bug catcher from his cousins.

And the grizzly bear slippers from Papi!

Question of the Day

How was your Christmas? Any highs and lows to share?

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