Looking for a quick, easy to make snack that is chock full of protein to give you the push you need pre-workout? Look no further! We have the perfect twist on the classic rice crispy square treats – minus the unhealthy marshmallows and using high-fiber oatmeal and traditional rice cereal together.
You can use whatever flavor of protein powder you like for this recipe but we LOVE the CATALYST BY STRENGTH.COM Natural Vanilla Whey Protein Powder in this recipe. It mixes in smoothly and tastes so natural.
In addition to getting in a punch of protein, these Rice Crispy treats are jammed with other nutrients that your body needs to stay strong and keep you going.
Honey is a natural source of energy that can instantly enhance endurance and performance and decrease muscle exhaustion. Consuming honey pre-workout can have some amazing benefits on energy levels and recovery times as the carbohydrates in it provide fuel to the body. Honey can increase power, speed and endurance because it is a time-released carb source, meaning it doesn’t produce a sugar spike and crash, but instead provides a slow, steady release of glucose into the blood. Honey may also contain as many antioxidants as spinach, apples, oranges and strawberries.
Protein is one of the most vital nutrients to the human body, especially to athletes and health enthusiasts. Consuming at least 0.8-1g of protein per pound of body weight is crucial for repairing damaged muscle tissue. Whey protein isolate (WPI) is the highest yield of protein available. WPI is a natural byproduct of cheese production, but WPI’s special manufacturing process removes excess fats and lactose. Since protein is not stored and needs to be ingested, Catalyst by Strength.com’s low-sugar/low-fat 3:1 isolate and concentrate blend ensures that protein will be rapidly digested and absorbed into your bloodstream followed by the slow release concentrate to make sure you don’t miss a beat. Your muscles that are working or have just finished working out will have an abundance of amino acids to use for muscle growth and repair.
Almond Butter is another great source of protein. Almonds have been found to be particularly helpful at preventing the development of cardiovascular diseases, are low in saturated fat and high in unsaturated fat and work to reduce cholesterol in the blood. Regular almond consumption is believed to also help people trying to lose weight.
Oatmeal is loaded with complex carbs, which digest slowly so you receive a steady release of sugar into the bloodstream. This allows you to get consistent levels of energy throughout your workout instead of a spike and crash. Complex carbs are great fuel for high-intensity workouts.
2 tbsp Butter
1/3 cup Raw Honey
1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract, No Added Sugar
1 scoop 100% Whey Protein Powder Vanilla
1 1/2 cups Rice Crispies
1/2 cup Plain Oatmeal
1/4 cup Smooth Almond Butter
1 dash Cooking Spray Non-Stick
Spray a 9″x9″ glass baking dish with cooking spray.
Melt butter and stir in honey, almond butter and vanilla in a large pot over low heat
Remove from heat and stir in protein powder, oats and rice cereal
Press the mixture into the baking dish and put in the refrigerator for 20 minutes
To read the full recipe, visit the link here: http://www.livestrong.com/recipes/recovery-rice-crispy-treats/#ixzz42QrE3R9I