I have a confession for you all. This is a safe place, judgement free, right?
There are days when I haven’t even made it out of my pajamas yet when a craving for cookie dough hits. I love and have always loved cookie dough, cake batter, brownie batter, or an other form of uncooked baked good (except pancake batter- that stuff is not tasty at all).
Unfortunately, I know better than to reach for a hit from the Pillsbury tube first thing in the morning, or really ever for that matter. Loaded with processed oils, sugars, chemicals, and preservatives, my knowledge of what’s in it prevents me from even buying it at the store.
Does that mean that I don’t still want it? Come on, I’m only human after all.
I can’t tell y’all how many times I’ve od’ed on batter and dough. It’s so magical going down, yet it always ends poorly. That’s why I decided to embrace my urge for the buttery, sugary, doughy goodness, so I create a cookie dough recipe that wouldn’t leave my blood sugar a wreck and my stomach in knots. In fact, it will actually do your body GOOD instead of harm.
So can we talk protein powder for a second? If you want to get straight to the recipe, that’s cool too. Just scroll on down. BUT, a lot of y’all have been asking me what I recommend and what I like. So now it’s show and tell time.
The world of protein powders is a mysterious place. I know before I started educating myself, I was so overwhelmed by the sheer variety of protein sources, flavors, diet-specializations, and so much more. I usually would fall for the women-targeted marketing ploys, picking whatever powder seemed to include words like lean, fat-burning, or slim.
Over the past six years, I’ve tried A LOT of protein powders, and I’ve studied-up on the stuff, too. I’ve slowly eliminating ones I do not like or ones I know are loaded with garbage. While there’s a lot of solid choices out there for a variety of dietary needs, there’s also a lot of junkola. Added sugar, soy, gluten, and artificial flavors and preservatives are just a handful of things you can find in an average, off the shelf powder.
Three main sources of protein I would steer y’all toward are egg, beef, or rice protein. I’ve played around with more vegetarian-based powders, too, such as pea protein and things like that. I use them occasionally without any problems, yet I know my digestion and other bodily functions are pretty stable. If you have any digestion issues, I would stay away from legume-based (pea-protein) powders, since legumes are known for being irritating to most people’s guts (bloating, gas, and all that jazz).
Below are a few of my favorites that I’ve been using lately. I can sometimes find them at specialty grocery stores like Sprouts or Central Market, but Amazon is my go-to for any supplements or protein powders. I’m pretty sure Amazon has been a huge contribution to my positive transition from big city Dallas to the quieter life of Corsicana.
1. Vital Proteins Cocoa and Coconut Water
With collage peptides and whey proteins, this protein powder is one of my favorite vanilla varieties. Sourced from 100% grass-fed and pasture-raised cows, this powder also has the added benefits of probiotics (yeay digestion) and flavanols (yeay antioxidants). Two scoops is only 140 calories, 4 grams of sugar, and 27 grams of protein. It has a little cholesterol and sodium, but I wouldn’t be worried by that since it’s sourced from beef, which naturally contains both of those. Remember, dietary cholesterol doesn’t necessarily contribute to your overall cholesterol!
2. Great Lakes Gelatin, Unflavored
At only 43 calories and 11g of protein per TABLESPOON, this powder is a nutrition powerhouse. Sourced from kosher beef, this unflavored powder is loaded with amino acids to help rebuild our body’s connective tissues, cells, bones, tendons, skin, hair, ligaments, and nails. I love that it can be mixed into hot or cold beverages, too.
3. Mattole Valley Vanilla Goat Milk Protein
While I know diary is not Paleo, I’ve found my main reaction to dairy is acne. Luckily, it doesn’t seem as bad if I consume goat dairy (hellllooooo goat cheese). I haven’t tried sheep dairy, but I’d be willing to try it, too. I love the slightly tangy flavor that this powder has that is the same tang I love about goat cheese. So, if you dig goat cheese, I think this could be a winner for you. Sourced from pasture-fed goats without hormones and antibiotics, the company minimally processes the milk to ensure maximized nutritional integrity.
4. SunWarrior Chocolate Protein Powder
If you prefer a plant-based powder or maybe you rock the vegan life (hey, you’re pretty much Paleo minus the meat and eggs), this one has been my favorite so far. Organic, no soy, no dairy, no gluten, non-gmo, and no added sugar make this a clean choice. It is sweetened with stevia, so if you’re thrown off by the aftertaste of stevia you may want to stay away. I don’t mind it, especially by the time I add it to other ingredients for a smoothie.
Now for the goods, the recipe that you should probably stop what you're doing right now and go whip up. Can you eat this cookie dough straight from the bowl with a wooden spoon? Maybe I already did...
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bites
Go get your weekend started off right, y'all. Treat yo self to some guiltless cookie dough. You made it through the week. You totally deserve it!
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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