Whole30 Pho

One thing I’ve always wanted to make was Pho and during my 4th Whole30 was the first time!

I had a large batch of bone broth that I made the weekend before that had to be used so this was the perfect time.

Instead of rice noodles in traditional Pho I used zucchini “noodles” to make this Whole30 compliant. Of course you can use rice noodles if you are not following Whole30. I use a spiralizer but if you have a julienne peeler that works great too!

Whole30 Pho

Serves 4

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 Chunk (thumb size) fresh Ginger, peeled and sliced into chunks
  • 3 Garlic cloves, sliced in half
  • 3 Whole star anise
  • 2 Whole cloves
  • ½ Cinnamon stick
  • 10 Peppercorns
  • 5 Cups Bone broth or whole30 approved broth
  • 12oz cooked, thinly sliced pork sirloin (alternate chicken or beef sirloin)
  • ½ Cup Shitake mushrooms, chopped (alternate white or brown mushrooms)
  • 1 Cup Bok choy, chopped (alternate kale or spinach)
  • ½ Yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ Jalapeno, thinly sliced (seeds removed if you don’t like spicy)
  • 1 Medium Zucchini, spiralized or julienned
  • Cilantro and lime for garnish

Method:

  1. Place ginger, garlic, star anise, cloves, cinnamon stick and peppercorns in large pot with a splash of broth and cook over medium heat until fragrant about 3-5 minutes. Add remaining broth and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes.
  2. Thinly slice your pork or protein of choice (unless you have some already cooked). I seasoned mine with a little salt, pepper and ground ginger.
  3. Strain the broth removing all the spices and return broth to medium heat. 
  4. Add mushrooms, bok choy, onion and jalapeno and cook for about 10-20 minutes until veggies are soft and flavours develop. 
  5. Spiralize or julienne your zucchini and place into serving bowls.
  6. Ladle soup into bowls over “zoodles” and top with fresh cilantro and lime. Optional add some bean sprouts too!


Hope you enjoy as much as I did. I had leftovers for lunch!

Dark Chocolate Protein Eggies

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Happy Easter! These eggies are super easy to make an alternatively can be made into balls or bars if desired. Enjoy!

Recipe:

Ingredients:

•1/4Cup + 2Tbsp Chocolate protein powder LeanFit Protein
•1/4Cup Cacao or Cocoa powder
•1/4Cup Coconut flour or Casein
•1/4Cup + 2Tbsp Almond milk or choice
•2Tbsp EnjoyLife chocolate chips

Topping:
50g Dark chocolate
1tsp coconut oil

Method:
Combine protein powder, cacao powder and coconut flour with fork; add almond milk and mash together until combined (should be thick batter), add chocolate chips and mix in until incorporated. Line dish with parchment paper. Using small cookie scoop or your hands scoop even portions out and place on parchment lined sheet. With your hands create “egg” shapes and place back on parchment lined sheet, place in fridge while you prepare chocolate. Melt chocolate in double boiler and add coconut oil and stir until all melted. Drizzle and dip eggies with chocolate (I did half whole chocolate shell and half chocolate drizzle). Yield 9-12 eggies.

Macros (12): (using coconut flour/includes topping)
Calories: 74 | Fat: 4g | Carb: 6g | Protein: 4g

recipe note: If you like a sweeter treat add 1-2Tbsp maple syrup or pinch of stevia.

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Recipe adapted from ProteinPow recipe on bodybuilding.com

Orange Red Velvet Protein Blondies

These are super delicious! I used blood orange and beet powder to get the pink hue of these protein treats. I adapted the recipe from my Lemon Protein Blondies I made a while back. They are super moist, low in fat and high in protein. Perfect for Valentines Day too ❤ Recipe below.

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Orange Red Velvet Protein Blondies

Ingredients:

• 1 Cup oat flour
• ½ Cup (52g) vanilla whey protein powder (I used Kaizen Naturals Isolate)
• ¼ tsp pink Himalayan salt
• 1 tsp baking powder
• ½ tsp Cinnamon
• 2 tsp beet powder
• ½ Cup freshly squeezed orange juice (I used blood orange)
• 6 egg whites
• 2 tsp xylitol
• 1 Cup unsweetened applesauce

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease 8×8 glass dish with coconut oil (or use parchment paper). In large bowl sift oat flour, whey, salt, beet powder and baking powder together. In separate medium bowl mix together orange juice, egg whites, xylitol and applesauce. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until well combined. Pour into prepared dish and bake for approximately 25 minutes. Cool and slice into 12 squares.

For the chocolate drizzle i took a couple tablespoons of Enjoy Life chocolate chips, melted then stirred in 1tsp coconut oil and 1Tbsp warm almond milk, stir until smooth. Drizzle over cooled blondies.

Macros per serving: (12)
Calories: 81 | Carbs: 11g | Fat: 1g| Protein: 7g

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Superfood Protein Bars

These homemade protein bars are very easy to make, full of nutrients, peanut butter and chocolate! Of course you could omit the chocolate but I don’t recommend 😉

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They are gluten free, high in protein and vegan when using plant based protein powder. You can also use whey protein if desired.

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Here is the recipe:

Superfood Protein Bars

Ingredients:

•2 Cups large flake oats (divided)
•½ Cup protein powder (I used Vega vanilla)
•½ Cup mini chocolate chips (enjoy life foods)
•½ Cup chia seeds or ground flax (I used ¼ cup of each)
•½ Cup chopped dried fruit or raisins (I used chopped dates)
•1 Cup natural peanut butter
•½ Cup Almond / Coconut milk
•¼ Cup Maple syrup or VitaFiber

Method:

Pulse 1½ cups of oats in food processor until flour consistency (if you have oats ground yield about 1¼ cup grounded). Add all ingredients in bowl and mix with a hand mixer until well combined. Line 8×8 dish with parchment paper and press down evenly. Place in fridge to harden up for about 1 hour. Slice into 18 bars. Drizzle with extra chocolate if desired.

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Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Protein Muffins

Peanut butter stuffed muffins … that is all 👌 Peanut butter and chocolate together are my favourite!

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These turned out quite dense but just delicious!

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Here is the recipe.

Ingredients:

PB protein center:

•¾ cup vanilla protein (Vega used)
•¾ cup creamy peanut butter
•2 Tbsp coco oil, at room temperature
•½ tsp vanilla extract

Muffins:

•1⅔ cups organic whole wheat flour
•¾ cup organic cocoa powder
•1 Tbsp baking powder
•1 tsp cinnamon
•Dash salt
•1 cup plain 0% greek yogurt
•½ cup + 2 Tbsp almond milk
•1 tsp vanilla extract
•½ cup scant coco oil, at room temperature
•½ cup xylitol
•½ cup coconut sugar
•2 large eggs

Frosting:

•250g cream cheese, at room temperature
•½ cup creamy peanut butter
•½ cup vanilla protein
•½ cup plain 0% greek yogurt
•1-2 Tbsp maple syrup (optional)

Method:

Preheat oven to 350°. Line 22 cupcake tins with a double layer of paper liners.

For filling:

Combine protein, peanut butter, coco oil and vanilla in bowl. Beat on medium speed until well combined and mixture holds together. Roll into 22 balls, place on parchment lined baking sheet and chill in freezer while you make batter (15-20 minutes).

For Batter:

Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl with whisk. In a liquid measuring cup, stir together greek yogurt, milk and vanilla. In large bowl, beat coco oil and sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time, scraping down bowl as needed. Add greek yogurt mixture to sugar mixture and combine. Create well in dry ingredients and add wet, with mixer on low speed or by hand mix just until incorporated. Spoon a tablespoon or two of batter into liners. Place one chilled ball of peanut butter filling into each cupcake well and top with remaining batter. Bake for 12-18 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to wire rack and cool completely before frosting.

For frosting:

Beat together cream cheese, peanut butter, protein powder and greek yogurt until smooth. Pipe frosting onto cooled muffins and eat! Add sprinkles If desired.

Yield 22

Recipe notes: If you don’t want to use protein, replace with powdered sugar. Xylitol can be replaced with any granulated sugar as well.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Truffles

Always looking for a healthy high protein snack and I could live off chocolate and peanut butter! Here’s a healthy high protein recipe for you!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Truffles

➡Ingredients:
•1/2Cup peanut butter
•1/2Cup powdered peanut butter (PB2)
•1/2Cup chocolate whey protein
•2Tbsp maple syrup
•1tsp pure vanilla extract
•1/4Cup + 1Tbsp almond milk

Drizzle:
•2Tbsp chocolate chips, melted

Method:
Combine all ingredients in stand mixer or use hand mixer until well combined. Roll into tablespoon size balls and place on parchment lined sheet. Place in fridge while you melt your chocolate. Melt chocolate over double boiler or in microwave. Drizzle over balls. Store in fridge. Yield 12.

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Enjoy

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