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High Protein, No Powder: Real Food Protein Bars & Smoothies

The average person needs 50-80 grams of protein per day.  If you’re trying to build muscle or improve overall healthy, you may need more. The problem is that commercial protein supplements contain dangerous chemicals and are so processed, that the human body does not know how to properly digest them.  The protein in the supplements cannot be properly absorbed and used by the body, and sometimes, can even cause the body to be weaker.

High Protein, No Powder:  Protein Bars and Smoothies Make with Real Food is an eBook written to educate consumers on the dangers of commercial protein bars and protein powders.  These artificial foods are filled with toxins, unnecessary sweeteners and have extremely dangerous effects on the body. See below for my interview with Tiffany from Don't Waste the Crumbs and two of her recipes.

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Why did you decide to write your ebook?
I started an exercise program that highly promoted shakes with powder and protein bars.  Since I was new to real foods, the junk in powder didn’t quite jive with what I had been learning.  So I sought out a better way using real food - the whole story is in the book too.

What do you hope to achieve with the release?
I really want people to realize that they don’t have to rely on store-bought, commercialized protein to achieve a “high protein” diet.  I also want them to know that powders can be very dangerous – like all processed foods – and to start thinking about what they’re eating before taking a bite.

Why do you think it’s necessary for smoothies not to rely on protein powder?
Because it’s completely possible to do it without powder.  And most powders contain ingredients that are highly processed and not great for the body.

What has the response been like so far?
The response has been awesome.  There are many bloggers on board with the promotion, and several hundred people have subscribed for updates on the book.  Readers also named it as one of the top books they looked forward to reading in a recent eBook bundle sale.

What are your future plans?
Myself, to keep blogging and probably write another non-recipe eBook in late 2014.  For the book, equip the readers with what they need to get it done NOW.  Re-evaluate reader needs based on feedback later in the year to re-address the 1st edition.

Here's the list of the bar recipes:

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Cherry Pistachio Bar

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¼ cup fresh dates, room temperature & roughly chopped
¼ cup pistachios, shelled
2 Tbsp hemp hearts
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp dried cherries, halved if large
1 tsp coconut oil

Place dates in a medium bowl and set aside. Combine nuts, hemp and seeds in a food processor and pulse for 30 seconds to 1 minute - until nuts have released their oils and large chunks become very small. Add extract and pulse again for 10 seconds.
Add nut mixture to the dates and knead together with your hands, breaking up larger chunks of dates while massaging the mixture together. Knead until everything is thoroughly combined and sticky, approximately 1 minute.
Add remaining ingredients to the bowl and continue to knead until everything is evenly distributed, especially the coconut oil. The mixture is done when it retains its shape when squeezed into a small ball.
Eat immediately or pour the mixture into a mold, packing down firmly. The tighter it's packed, the better the bar will turn out.
Refrigerate for at least one hour. Slide a knife gently around the edges to loosen the bar and turn the mold over to remove. Wrap individually and store bars in the refrigerator or freezer.

Here's the list of the Smoothie recipes:

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Strawberry Key Lime Smoothie

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1 cup hemp milk
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1 Tbsp white beans
1 cup loosely packed spinach
½ cup banana (½ medium)
1 cup strawberries, quartered
3 key limes, juiced
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup coconut water (optional)

Add ingredients in the order listed to the blender and process. If the smoothie is too thick, add optional liquid and blend a second time.
Makes one smoothie.

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