Written by Sarah Curran
Valentine’s Day Treats
Valentine’s Day is often full of treats and sweets, which can make it pretty tough to stay on track with your nutrition plan. Here are some great snack ideas that will help you stay in your macro range but taste delicious too (sharing optional!)
Crustless Marshmallow Protein Cheesecake
This is a brilliant recipe that will serve more than just two people. You can make a crust for the cheesecake but just make sure to add in the extra calories to the totals per slice. Some great crust ideas would include blended up nuts and dates pressed into the bottom of the tray before baking, or you can simply use some ground up biscuits with some melted coconut oil to help it stick together before pouring the cheesecake mixture on top.
If you want to keep the calories low, simply bake it as described without the base! Divide into 6 portions.
345g Fat-free Cream Cheese
350g Fat-free Yoghurt
Pinch of Salt
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
#1 Blend all the ingredients together in a blender until they are fully combined.
#2 Spray an oven-safe deep dish with 1 calorie cooking oil spray so that it is easier to remove slices of the cheesecake when it is baked. You can also line it with baking paper if you wish to slice it outside of the dish.
#3 Preheat the oven to 160, then pour the mixture into the dish. Bake the cheesecake for 33 minutes, then lower the temperature to 90 and bake for a further hour.
#4 After this time, the cheesecake will not be fully set but allow it to cool before placing it into the fridge overnight to firm up further.
#5 The next day sprinkle some mini marshmallows and chopped strawberries on top and enjoy!
High Protein Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Super simple to do yet really delicious while also contributing to your five a day! Impress your partner with these last minute treats, the healthier alternative to indulge this Valentine’s Day!
50g Melted High Protein Chocolate
Punnet Of Strawberries (200g)
#1 Wash the strawberries and remove the stalks.
#2 Melt the high protein chocolate in a bowl over hot water.
#3 Dip the ends of the strawberries into the chocolate then lay them on a tray lined with non-stick paper.
#4 Chill in the fridge until the chocolate hardens. Enjoy!!
Strawberries And Cream Protein Fluff
A favourite of many dieters, protein fluff is super low-calorie yet packs a lot of volume, making it really satisfying for anyone in need of a low-calorie, high protein treat!
60 ml Skimmed Milk
140 g Frozen Strawberries
2g Xanthan Gum
#1 Blend all the ingredients in a blender until the mixture is smooth and without lumps.
#2 Pour this mixture into a bowl and then get an electric whisk.
#3 Whisk the mixture so that it becomes light and fluffy and gains volume. This may take up to ten minutes.
#4 Top with some dried coconut or grate some high protein chocolate on top and enjoy!
High Protein Crispy Treats
Great for the kids to help with! High protein crispy treats are delicious and healthy. Make Valentine’s Day extra special!
190g Smooth Peanut Butter
#1 Begin by lining a baking tin with baking paper. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over hot water and microwave the peanut butter for a few seconds to make it easier to mix. In a large bowl, mix together the melted chocolate, peanut butter and also the honey.
#2 Stir in the high protein crispies and mix together so that it is fully combined.
#3 Using a spatula, pour the mixture into the baking tin and push it down so that it spreads evenly across the tray.
#4 Freeze the tray for about an hour so that the mixture becomes firm. After this time, you will be able to remove the treats from the tray as one large slab.
#5 Avoid the temptation to eat it as it is and cut it into 12 squares. Keep it in the fridge so that they stay firm.