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No-bake Homemade Protein Bars

high protein slice

By Guy lawrence

Guy: Big thanks to Keira Rumble for this simply awesome homemade protein bars recipe. These no-bake hazelnut, cacao protein bars can be thrown together in a snap and tastes fantastic!

Over to Keira…

Keira: For those of you that know me, you will all know that my sweet tooth is insatiable. Having recently taken myself off dairy, gluten and more importantly sugar – I thought my life would be a living nightmare. But in fact, I have found it quite easy to make this transition.

This little high protein bar is packed full of goodness. Not to mention it is delish AND it helps cures that post dinner sweet tooth or is a great on the run treat. Using ingredients such as cacao that is high in antioxidants, magnesium and phenylethylamine (mood enhancer) along with coconut butter that enhances thermogenesis which in turn increases fat burning; this recipe will be making a regular appearance in my fridge.

Ingredients (base):

  • 1 cup hazelnuts
  • ½ cup raw cacao powder
  • 2 scoops 180 Natural Protein Superfood
  • 2 teaspoons stevia (if desired)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 1 teaspoon of organic almond butter

Ingredients (ganache):

  • 2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of stevia (if desired)

Method:

no-bake protein barsYou will need a small food processor for this. Blitz the hazelnuts until just crushed (about a minute). Add cacao, stevia, protein powder, coconut oil and if you want it a little bit more nutty, add a teaspoon of almond butter.

Blitz again until combined (about another minute).

Line a freezer safe tray/Tupperware container with baking paper and pour in, pressing down firmly and evenly. Pop in freezer for 15 minutes.

To make the ganache, whisk all of the ingredients together and then pour over slice. Pop back in freezer until ready to serve.

You can view more of Keira’s recipes here.

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Is coconut oil the ultimate fat burner for weight loss?

coconut oil for weight loss

By Guy Lawrence

Eat fat to burn fat, sounds counter-intuitive right? But coconut oil is a staple in my daily diet and it’s one of the first things I’d recommend to anyone if they are looking to burn fat for weight loss. I can also recommend watching this video interview with Christine Cronau on the benefits of natural fats when you’ve got some spare time… It really cuts to the chase!

When I was working in the fitness industry, the amount of people that would ask me about fat burning and fat blocking products was unbelievable (think high caffeine and guarana). They generally speed up your metabolism which will come with longer term side effects. The reason for this is that they elevate your heart rate which will end up raising cortisol levels. If you know anything about cortisol then you will understand that this prompts the body to hang on to body fat (hint: I feel this is why stressed people struggle to loose weight).

Why coconut oil for weight loss?

Without trying to get technical, coconut oil is a saturated fatty acid that is predominately a MCT oil (medium-chain triglycerides). This is very different to most of the vegetable oils on the market today.

The short and medium-chain fatty acids which can be found in coconut oil (and grass-fed butter which I use too), are sent directly to our liver and used directly for energy. So this means:

  1. It does not get stored in fat cells as easily as long-chain fatty acids, and produce ketones which gives us a steady source of energy
  2. Enhances thermogenesis which increases fat burning
  3. Helps eliminate food cravings with increased feelings of satiety

According to Christine Cronau’s book the Fat Revolution, there are studies of participants that were fed the same diet which was not designed for weight loss. But some of them were fed medium-chain fatty acids and they lost weight, whilst the weight in the rest of the group remained the same.

It also compared diets with three types of fat intake. Low fat, monounsaturated fat and coconut oil. There was a 60% reduction in fat storage for the groups consuming coconut oil.

So what’s the magic dosage?

If you do not consume many natural fats including coconut oil, start in small amounts or the toilet may come calling. Add a teaspoon to a smoothie, or if a sugar craving comes calling eat a teaspoon straight from the jar as this will kill those cravings. Cook with it or just start adding it to things where you usually wouldn’t. I have it in a high fat smoothie most mornings.

I consume up to 3-4 tablespoons of coconut oil a day. But I eat a low-carb and natural high fat diet, especially after getting my DNA results back.

So if you are on a weight loss plan, eliminate sugar, grain, soy and all processed fats & oils. Increase your coconut oil up to 2-4 tablespoons a day for your steady source of energy and over time you will feel the magic happen!

Do you use coconut oil? Are you worried about saturated fat? Are you a weight loss plan but are frightened of fat? Would love to hear your thoughts… Guy

On a side note: I truly enjoy writing these posts, hence our frequent blog posts. At the end of the day though, these are just my thought’s and feelings around a topic I’m passionate about. I encourage everyone to do their own research and check out the facts for themselves.

If you did enjoy the post and got something from it or have something to share on the topic, I would love to hear your thought’s in the comments section below. If you feel others would benefit from this then it would be great if you could share it using one of the icons below (Facebook etc). Cheers, Guy…

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