Sweet n’ Sour Chicken

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I’m always looking for a healthier alternative to sugar loaded recipes! After much research I came up with this yummy recipe using VitaFiber syrup and very little sugar.  It’s loaded with dietary fiber instead of sugar! Be sure to get your hands on this yummy fiber goodness here.

RECIPE:

Yield: 4-6 servings

INGREDIENTS:

SAUCE:

  • ½ cup VitaFiber syrup
  • ¼ cup Xylitol (can use any granulated sugar)
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp arrowroot powder
  • 2 Tbsp cold water

CHICKEN:

  • 4 Chicken breasts (appx. 6oz each), tenderized and cut into chunks
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1-½ bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup pineapple, chunks
  • S&P

METHOD:

  1. In a small saucepan over high heat whisk all sauce ingredients except the arrowroot powder and water and bring to a boil.
  2. Whisk together arrowroot powder and cold water and add to the sauce ingredients, reduce heat and let thicken (should take about 1-2 minutes). Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Pound chicken with mallet and cut into chunks, season with salt and pepper.
  4. Heat oil in large frying pan over medium heat, add chicken and cook for about 5-8 minutes or until no longer pink. Add the bell pepper, onion and pineapple cooking until just tender.
  5. Add sauce ingredients to chicken and stir until combined. Serve with rice.

 

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Raspberry Tahini Cups

I always try to come up with healthier versions of sweet treats around Valentine’s Day as it is a big one for chocolate! My new found love for tahini is in sweet treats! It’s pretty tasty and way cheaper than nut butters. You can sub any nut or seed butter in this recipe with the same results. I added LeanFit protein for extra protein and VitaFiber to make it sugar free and a fiber boost! Recipe as follows:

Raspberry Tahini Cups

Chocolate Shell:
•¾ Cup dark chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
•1 tsp coconut oil

Filling:
•4 Tbsp tahini
•1 Tbsp coconut oil
•2 Tbsp VitaFiber IMO syrup
•2 Tbsp LeanFit vanilla whey protein powder
•2 tsp Powdered raspberries* (Optional)

Method:

Yield 10 mini cups. I use a silicone liner but paper cups will work as well.

  1. Melt chocolate and coconut oil over double boiler until fully melted.
  2. Using a small spoon coat muffin cups on bottom and bring up edges using the back of the spoon, place in freezer to harden. Remove from freezer after about 10mins or until chocolate is hardened and add second coat of chocolate to walls of liners and place back in freezer.
  3. Start your filling by mashing all ingredients together until combined, if your mixture is a little hard, place bowl over warmed water (from double boiler) to melt the coconut oil and tahini together better.
  4. Remove cups from freezer and portion filling into each cup coming almost all the way to the top and then top each cup with remaining chocolate and spread until covered (sprinkle freeze dried raspberries on top if desired). Place back in freezer to harden.
  5. Store in fridge (2 weeks) or freezer (6-12 months).

*Note: To get powdered raspberries I took freeze dried raspberries and pulsed them in my coffee grinder until I got a fine powder. I used this to
stir in and sprinkle on top of cups. You can also stir in nuts or chocolate chips if desired.

Cashew Oat Protein Bars

First off a huge welcome back to Canada VitaFiber!! Now available here. Super happy to be working with them again! We’ve missed you! Ok now for these yummy healthy protein bars. Recipe as follows:

Cashew Oat Protein Bars

Ingredients:
•1½ cups oats
•½ cup cashews, chopped
•1½ scoop LeanFit Chocolate Whey
•1 cup peanut butter
•½ cup VitaFiber syrup
•2 Tbsp almond milk
•⅓ cup dark chocolate chips

Method:
Chop cashews into small pieces or blitz in food processor, combine with oats and whey and set aside. In small saucepan over medium-low heat combine peanut butter and VitaFiber syrup until just combined, remove from heat, stir in almond milk and mix until smooth. Add peanut butter mixture to dry ingredients and fold together with spatula or your hands, fold in chocolate chips (make sure the mixture has cooled or they will melt; place in fridge for about 10mins). Press into parchment lined dish (I used a loaf pan for thick bars but a 12×12 pan will work as well). Place in fridge to harden and slice into desire bars (I got 16 bars). Store in fridge or freezer.

Macros: (16 bars)
Calories: 197 | Carb: 18g (7g Fiber/4g Sugar) | Fat: 12g | Protein: 7g

Chocolate Oat Protein Bars

I’ve been wanting to make some oat bars for a while now and finally got to it! These are super simple to make with only 6 ingredients. I topped mine with chocolate because chocolate makes everything better, you can totally omit this step if you prefer but I don’t reccomend doing that 😂

I use VitaFiber syrup in my recipe for sugar free/high fiber but you can substitute any sticky sweetener such as maple syrup, honey or brown rice syrup with same effects. I use my favourite Organic CompleteGreen protein powder by LeanFit. I’ve also found a new local product for my peanut butter called Fatso, the ingredients are amazing with healthy fats and fiber, yummy peanut butter taste, chia seeds and a hint of sweet coconut, I’m in love ❤

RECIPE:

Chocolate Oat Protein Bars

Ingredients:
•3 Cups rolled oats
•2 Scoops LeanFit CompleteGreen protein powder
•1 tsp cinnamon
•1 Cup natural peanut butter (Fatso PB)
•½ Cup VitaFiber syrup or honey/maple syrup
•2Tbsp Almond milk
TOPPING:
•100g of chocolate + 2Tbsp coconut oil, melted

Method:
Combine rolled oats, protein powder and cinnamon in large bowl, set aside. Melt together peanut butter, syrup and almond milk then add to rolled oat mixture, stir together until well combined. Line loaf pan with parchment paper and press down mixture into pan, place in fridge to harden. Melt chocolate and coconut oil together, pour over cooled oat mixture and place back in fridge to harden. Slice into 16 bars (I sliced into 8 then slice in half). Store in fridge for up to 2 weeks, in freezer for up to 6 months or at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Lemon Coconut Protein Doughnuts

National doughnut day calls for a new doughnut recipe. I thought lemon and coconut sounded pretty good so I created this delicious recipe🍋🍩

I use VitaFiber syrup in my recipe but you can substitute any sticky sweetener such as maple syrup or honey. VitaFiber is a high fiber sugar substitute. Check their website out for more info, It’s an amazing product.

For protein I use LeanFit, they have an All-in-One protein that bakes amazing which I used in this recipe. A plant based or whey protein should still work ok if that’s what you have on hand, using whey might lead to a little drier doughnut though.

Here is the recipe 👇🏽

Lemon Coconut Protein Donuts

Ingredients:
Yield 8-10 donuts

DONUTS:
½ cup oat flour
½ cup LeanFit All-in-One protein powder
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ cup shredded coconut
¼ cup applesauce
¼ cup VitaFiber syrup or maple syrup
¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 egg

FROSTING:
125g cream cheese
½ scoop LeanFit vanilla whey
1 Tbps VitaFiber syrup or maple syrup
1 tsp lemon juice

Coconut & lemon rind for garnish

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease donut pan. Combine all dry ingredients in bowl. Whisk together wet ingredients in separate bowl then fold the wet into dry ingredients. Place batter into a Ziploc or sandwich bag, cut corner and pipe into donut tray. Bake for 10-12 mins. Repeat with remaining batter. Let donuts cool before frosting. Whisk frosting ingredients together until smooth and spread onto donuts, garnish with shredded coconut and lemon rind.

Double Chocolate Protein Muffins

At just 99 calories per muffin, these chocolaty muffins are the perfect healthy snack!

And you’ll love that they are high in protein and fiber using LeanFit Naturals Protein and VitaFiber IMO. They are also packed with antioxidants. Check below for the recipe 👇🏽

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE PROTEIN MUFFINS

Yield 12-14 muffins

INGREDIENTS

Dry
•1 cup Gluten Free Only Oats Oat Flour
•2 scoops LeanFit Chocolate whey naturals
•1/3 cup cacao powder
•¼ tsp salt
•½ tsp cinnamon
•1 tsp baking powder
Wet
•2 eggs
•½ cup VitaFiber syrup *see below for subs
•½ cup 2% Greek yogurt
•1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
•1 tsp pure vanilla extract
•¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
•1/3 cup Lily’s Sugar Free dark chocolate chips

METHOD
1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line or grease 12 muffin tin.
2. Mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
3. Beat eggs, syrup, Greek yogurt, applesauce, vanilla and almond milk in separate bowl.
4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and fold everything together. Be careful not to over stir the batter (If to dry add 1-2 tablespoons of milk if needed).
5. Fold in chocolate chips.
6. Evenly divide the batter among muffin tin (I got 14 muffins). If desired, add chocolate chips on top of each muffin.
7. Bake between 15 to 20 minutes, or until you can pierce the muffin with a
toothpick and it comes out clean.
8. Let cool on wire rack.

MACROS

Calories: 99 | Fat: 3g | Carb: 12g (Fiber 4.1g / Sugar 1.2g) | Protein 7g

*Can substitute maple syrup, honey or any sticky sweetener in place. A granulated sugar could be used but you may need more liquid, adjust accordingly.

Chocolate Protein Eggies

I created these last year for Easter and knew I had to make them again this year. Instead of making them large, I made them smaller so if you want to eat 1, 2 or 3 you can! I also have included my homemade chocolate recipe that I used to coat the eggies. Recipe below.

Chocolate Protein Eggs

Ingredients:

•2 Scoops (64g) Chocolate LeanFit 100% Whey Naturals Protein
•½ Cup Coconut Flour (can swap for ¼ cup casein & ¼ cup coconut flour also for higher protein)
•¼ Cup Almond Flour
•¼ Cup Cacao Powder
•¼ Cup Nut Butter (I used Cashew butter)
•¼ Cup VitaFiberIMO Syrup (Can sub maple syrup/honey)
•¼ Cup Almond Milk

Method:

Mix together all dry ingredients in bowl and set aside. In medium saucepan heat nut butter and VitaFiber until smooth; stir in almond milk. Using spatula add nut butter mixture to dry ingredients and press together then use your hands to knead dough together (add more almond milk 1Tbsp at a time if too dry). Split dough into 12 even pieces or 24 if you want smaller pieces. Using your hands form each batter piece into egg shape, place on parchment paper and then store in fridge to firm. Coat in your favourite melted chocolate or make your own as below.

Macros: (12) *Large size
Calories: 98 | Carb: 10g (Fiber 6g/Sugar 1g) | Fat: 5g | Protein: 7g

(24 for smaller size – macros halved)

Homemade Chocolate

Ingredients:

•¼ Cup Coconut Oil
•¼ Cup Cacao Powder
•2-4 Tbsp VitaFiberIMO Syrup (or maple syrup/honey/liquid sweetener)

Method:

Heat coconut oil to a liquid and stir in cacao powder and sweetener. Coat protein eggs and pour leftovers into molds or silicone muffin cups for a snack later.