Protein is a generally under consumed nutrient in our typical diets. It’s easy to get most of our calories through carbohydrates and fats, especially with boxed meals, fast food and snacks and treats. It’s usually harder to get protein calories.
Did you know at NSS a good guideline for grams of protein per day would is 1g of protein per pound of body weight (on the top end) to .75g of protein per pound of body weight (on the low end)?
So a quick calculation to determine what you should shoot for…
Body Weight x 1 = top end grams of protein daily
Body Weight x .75 = low end grams of protein daily
This number might seem rather large and difficult to get to, and we understand that.
If you aren’t able to get in that many grams just through eating your typical diet you may need to supplement your protein.
High quality supplements like Quest bars and Quest protein powder drinks are a great, generally low calorie, convenient and cost effective way to do this.
But one other is to prepare high protein snacks, to consume just as you would a supplement - generally low calorie, convenient and cost effective. This also keeps variety in your supplementation.
A few weeks ago we hosted a Quest protein baking contest. We were fortunate enough to receive 11 entries. 11 entries which the coaches at NSS had the pleasure of taste testing…yeah, it’s a tough gig!
Each and every one of these entries was high in protein and had its own unique and enjoyable flavor. From Perfectly Protein-ed Perch to Protein Cookies, they were all a hit!! However this was a baking contest, which means we did have to determine a winner.
Although it was difficult, and the voting margin was extremely close one of these tasty recipes did come out on top. The recipe from Kim Morrissey, for Parmesan Ranch Crisps, that we are highlighting in today’s post.
¼ cup protein powder
½ cup almond flour
¼ cup fine shredded parmesan cheese
1 T Hidden Valley Ranch dip mix
1/8 cup chicken broth
-Mix all ingredients.
-Roll into dime-sized balls and place on parchment paper about 3 inches apart.
-Place sheet of parchment paper on top or use one small piece to flatten each crisp individually.
-Flatten to 1/8” or less with rolling pin (as thin as possible).
-Remove top piece of parchment paper (optional).
-Bake at 400 degrees until brown.
-Makes 3 dozen.
Thank you to all who participated and congratulations to you Kim for winning a tub of Quest protein powder.
Remember we said we had 11 entries? Well make sure and keep an eye out for the next one which will come early next month, and so on and so forth until we have outlined each and every contestant’s tasty treat!