The Fit File: Fall into Fitness Recipe

Hey, Pumpkin.

It is the time of year again for pumpkin flavored foods and the leaves peacing out. As exams are in full swing and sports are well under way, it is important to always be prepared with healthy snacks to keep your body happy and fully functioning! It is also important to note that protein is a very essential part of our diet, and because our bodies cannot store protein as it can carbs and fats, it’s important to consume some protein throughout the day. Protein comes from a Greek word called “proteos” which means “the first one” or “of prime importance.” Protein is the building block for building and repairing muscle that we break down throughout our busy days here at Loras. As a busy college student like many of you, I have always looked for healthy on-the-go protein bars, but most protein bars for sale look like a chemistry experiment on the ingredient list using many unhealthy fillers, artificial flavors and colors. Because of the unhealthy protein bars on the market and their high prices, I decided to make my own homemade protein bar recipe! Fun fact: I love to bake. So, if you like this recipe, let me know and maybe I’ll drop a few more of my recipes off at the “Lorian” in the future. I don’t know about you but I loooove pumpkin, and it is also a superfood! Did you know that?! It is a very low calorie vegetable and is rich in anti-oxidants, dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It may have a cute name, but it is one seriously power packed veggie. Below I have the recipe I created and make in the fall when life gets busier. I bake a pan of them, put servings into zip lock bags in the refrigerator, and grab one when I’m on the go. I hope you enjoy! Until next week, your helper in health,

The Fanny Pack Girl

Kylie’s Protein Pumpkin Bars

Ingredients
2 cups oat flour
4 scoops vanilla protein
1 tbsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. allspice
½ tsp. nutmeg
8 egg whites
¾ cup stevia or Truvia
15 oz. (1 can) raw pumpkin
8 oz. water

Optional “cream cheese” frosting
2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 cup vanilla protein
1 tbsp. cinnamon

Directions:

1.     Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.     Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl.
3.     Mix all wet ingredients together in a separate bowl.
4.     Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix together.
5.     Spray glass Pyrex dish with non-stick spray.
6.     Pour ingredients into dish.
7.     Bake 30-40 minutes. Enjoy!

Calories: 130
Fats: .8 grams
Carbs: 20 grams
Protein: 11 grams
< Makes 16 servings >

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