Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Lately it has been so nice outside that the last thing I’ve wanted to do is stay inside to meal prep. Yesterday, instead of getting started on my prep, I took a few more minutes on the deck to enjoy the sunshine and browse for some new snack recipes.

My criteria for adding a new snack to my meal plan included the following:
• Quick and easy to prep
• Simple ingredient list
• Protein packed
• Delicious

Not rocket science right? After a drawn out Pinterest session, my stomach rumbled and I realized it was time to get to work in the kitchen. This week I am adding in Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls which I based off a recipe on bodybuilding.com.

So clearly I’m sharing this recipe, which means they turned out to be as delicious as expected. I will warn you though that they are a little messy to make and mine ended up looking significantly worse than they tasted! While they looked rough, they tasted good and even smacked my sweets craving right out the window, without compromising my macros.

Wine & Fit’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls

This photo is from bodybuilding.com ….mine didn’t turn out so pretty!

Ingredients
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup steel cut oats
3 scoops Advocare Muscle Gain Vanilla
1-2 tablespoons dark cocoa powder (add more or less based on your protein powder flavor – if you use chocolate protein you won’t need as much to get the rich chocolate flavor)
1 small handful of dark chocolate chips
1 tablespoon honey

Directions
1. Dump all your ingredients into a mix bowl and stir to combine.
2. Form 1-2 inch balls (You’ll get about 5 servings/10 balls from this recipe)
3. Place into the freezer for 30 min before enjoying – if you don’t plan on sampling your recipe you can just place them in the fridge overnight

These are great for a quick snack but be sure to keep them chilled until you’re ready to eat them!

Give it a go, put your own spin on it and have these ready to grab when the day gets crazy or you don’t want to be inside cooking. Come back and share what twist you tried!

You can find the original recipe here.

Cheat Day White Wine and Honey Pizza

It’s friday! Aka – Cheat Day for many who are focusing on eating well but still need to splurge now and then.

We found this great recipe on one of our favorite sites, Tablespoon, that we just had to share.

White Wine and Honey Pizza Dough

WineHoneyPizzaCrustFromTablespoon

Ingredients
6 tablespoons water – depending on how dry the dough feels you may need slightly more or less
2 tablespoons white wine – Use something you enjoy drinking to pair with the dish, Pinot Grigio is a great option!
3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour – For a healthier option substitute whole wheat flour

Directions
1. In a large bowl, combine white wine, 4 tablespoons water and yeast and whisk until yeast dissolves.
2. Add honey, salt, olive oil and stir to combine.
3. Add in flour and work with fingers or a spoon until the dough comes together.
4. Pour dough onto a lightly floured countertop and knead about 2 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. Add the extra tbsp or two of water if the dough seems really, really dry (but try to avoid it). If dough is too wet add a little more flour.
5. Pour kneaded dough into a lightly greased medium bowl, cover and let rise until doubled, about 1-2 hours.
6. Preheat oven to 500°F.
7. Put risen dough on a pizza stone or parchment paper-lined baking sheet and spread out with fingers into desired shape.
8. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough until it’s as thin as you like.
9. Top the dough with 1/2 cup tomato sauce, some oregano, basil and mozzarella cheese (or whatever toppings you desire) and bake for about 10 minutes or until lightly brown.
10. Serve immediately.

Load it up with veggies you need to get rid of or keep it simple with sliced tomatoes and spinach; your call! Give this recipe a go and come back to share what you thought and pictures of your final pizza!

*Originally from from Tablspoon.com, can be found here.

Grilled Flat Iron Steak

I’m a HUGE fan of red meat! Many people who are looking to be health conscious cut red meat out of their diet completely and stick to chicken, fish and turkey. As long as it is being cooked in a healthy way (aka not frying or overloading with sauce) and is a lean cut of meat then the average person can still be health conscious while eating red meat.

I love this recipe because it is done on the grill, one of my all-time favorite ways of cooking.

• 1 cup sea salt
• 1/2 cup paprika
• 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons white pepper
• 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons garlic powder
• 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cumin
• 1/4 cup onion powder
• 3 tablespoons cayenne powder
• 3 tablespoons dry mustard powder
• 3 tablespoons black pepper
• 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 4 8-ounce flat iron steaks

1. Preheat your grill to medium-hot.
2. Combine all of your spices in a large container to make the spice rub.
*You will only be using a small amount of this rub but it is much easier to make a big batch and save the rest for later.
3. Mix 2-4 tablespoons spice rub with 4 tablespoons olive oil, and rub some into each steak. Sprinkle some extra seasoning on if desired.
4. Grill steak until medium-rare to medium, about 7 minutes.
5. Let meat rest for 10 minutes, then slice across the grain.
6. To serve, divide slices from each steak among plates. Serve with roasted onion wedges and salsa.

Great side dishes for this include mashed sweet potatoes, wild rice or a salad. You could also take the meat and use it as a meat in a large salad if you’d like!

This dish pairs wonderfully with a Malbec! Ask for help picking one at your wine store or browse this list for some great options. I highly recommend sticking with Malbec’s from Argentina.

*recipe adapted from the recipe found here.

Baked Tilapia with White Wine and Tomatoes

I LOVE tomatoes, they are one of the favorite things to buy in the produce section/at the farm market or to pluck from the garden and eat immediately. When I found this Tilapia recipe with tomatoes I was sold before I even know there was wine included!

Tilapia and Tomato

For this quick easy dinner you will need:
4 four-ounce tilapia fillets
1 can diced itallian tomatoes
1 small onion, chopped
1/4 cup white wine, a Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio works great

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Pour yourself a glass of the white wine to enjoy while you cook!
3. Combine your can of tomatoes and chopped onion together
4. Place the tilapia fillets in a single layer in a baking dish and pour the tomato-onion mixture over the top
5. Drizzle the white wine evenly throughout the dish
6. Bake for 20 minutes, then stir around the tomatoes and lift the fish to allow the juices to get underneath
7. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Stir again, and check for doneness. The tilapia should flake easily with a fork. If not, return it to the oven for an additional 5-10 minutes.

Enjoy with a side of brown rice or a nice garden salad and a glass of your white wine!

*Photo credit and the recipe this post is adapted from can found here.