So these protein brownies came about because I’m trying out this modified detox diet (via the D.Tox program at Lifetime Fitness). It’s modified because I’m adjusting the rules a bit to fit my lifestyle/goals but here are the things I’m following:
- No added sugar (means no honey, maple syrup, or dark chocolate. Only cocoa powder, stevia, sugar alcohols and molasses…and fruit)
- One cup of tea/one pre-workout instead of any coffee
- No peanuts
- No soy
- No gluten
- No dairy
- No alcohol (okay I had one cheat glass of wine…I drink very little as it is though.)
Those last two I’ve been doing for months with the exception of trying to add them back in and see how it goes. But I’ve decided its better to leave them out, or eat in extreme moderation.
Things about this diet I’m choosing to ignore:
- No eggs
- No canned products
- No corn – I don’t eat corn but I use baking powder. It’s so minimal though it doesn’t matter much to me.
- My meat is not organic/free-range/pasture-raised/costing me my soul.
That being said I’m also working on…
- Getting more Omega-3’s
- Limited caffeine and alcohol = better sleep/reduced anxiety
- No added sugar = better sleep/less inflammation
So I knew that without my dark chocolate fix after each meal I was gonna go bonkers this week. That’s why I decided to make these brownie bites. They were not really thought out beforehand. I just kind of went with what I knew works and makes the right consistency and added stuff I thought would be valuable to the nutrient profile. So let’s break it down:
- Walnuts = healthy fat, especially good source of Omega-3’s
- Flaxseed = also a good source of Omega-3’s
- Vegan Protein Powder = lean protein…always looking for more of that (and yes my protein powder is approved on this diet – sweetened with stevia!)
- Banana and Prunes = natural sweeteners that also give the dough it’s stickiness. Bananas are a great source of potassium (an electrolyte we need to maintain fluid balance) and prunes keep things moving in the GI tract.
- Cocoa Powder = Zinc and Magnesium (minerals that aid in recovery and sleep quality)