I love the holidays. I get to visit my grandparents in Louisiana, enjoy some downtime, and experience some epic southern-style food. My grandmother's southern recipes are truly special. This year, I used them as inspiration for my own take on holiday foods. I've recreated delicious traditional dishes with more protein and less sugar.
If you want to enjoy holiday fare without worrying about what damage you're doing to your waistline, you need to try these recipes. They're easy, yummy, and boast excellent macronutrient profiles. Bring any of them to your holiday get-together, and I guarantee you'll be the talk of the evening. Or, if you're feeling selfish, make a pie for yourself and enjoy it as a post-workout treat!
So, grab your apron and a mixing bowl. It's time to spend some time in the kitchen. Let me know how your recipes turned out and what additions you made in the comments section below. Happy baking!
Chocolate Pudding Pie
This is one of the simplest recipes imaginable. All you need is five ingredients and a mixing bowl. Easy as it is, this recipe tastes so good. It's cool and creamy, but the best part is that it's full of muscle-building protein!
fat-free milk 1 cup
fat free chocolate pudding 1 package
fat-free cool whip 4 oz
Chocolate Casein Protein 2 scoops
- Combine pudding powder and casein.
- Stir in milk and Cool Whip until mixture is thick.
- Pour mixture into chocolate pie crust and let it cool in fridge for 30 minutes before serving.
Try adding sprinkles, a spoonful of Cool Whip, or mini chocolate chips as a delicious garnish. Or, if you have a tight rein on your carbs, do away with the pie crust and make an epic chocolate pudding.
Serving Size: Per slice, recipe makes 8
Pumpkin Protein Oat Bars
These yummy bars are perfect for a post-workout treat. Pack a couple in your gym bag so you have easy access after you're done training. Seriously, these bars are so good you'll make them a permanent part of your Sunday food preparation.
pumpkin 1 cup
oats 1-1/2 cups
Vanilla Protein 2 scoops
stevia 1/2 cup
peanut butter 1/2 cup
vanilla 1 tsp
cinnamon 1 tsp
carob chips 2 tbsp
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
- Combine oats, protein powder, Splenda, cinnamon, and carob chips.
- Add pumpkin, vanilla, and peanut butter, and thoroughly stir until the mixture has a cookie-batter consistency.
- Pour batter on a greased or foiled cake pan. Distribute evenly.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes and enjoy!
Serving Size: Per bar, recipe makes 20
Sweet Potato Parmesan Patty
These little bites of deliciousness began as an experiment and are now a regular part of my meal plan. I like them for every meal! They're best right after they're done cooking, but they heat up well, so you can pack them as part of a healthy lunch.
sweet potatoes 1-1/2 cups mashed
parmessan cheese 1/4 cup
egg whites 2
onion powder to taste
olive oil 2 tbsp
- Cook a large sweet potato in the microwave until it's soft enough to mash.
- Add parmesan cheese and egg whites to the warm potatoes and stir well.
- Place a nonstick frying pan on medium to low heat and add oil.
- Spoon the potato mixture into the pan to make a circular patty.
- Spice the potato patty as desired and sprinkle more parmesan on top.
- Carefully flip patty and add spice the opposite side.
- It should take 2-4 minutes to cook each side of the patty, depending on your preferences. The parmesan side should be nice and crisp.
Serving Size: Per patty, recipe makes 6
Protein Chai Latte
Chilly winter evenings often call for a cozy blanket and a hot, tasty beverage. No need to waste carbs and calories on a sugary drink. Try this smooth, protein-packed tea latte that will make any regular evening special.
cinnamon casein 1 scoop
decaf chai spice mix 1 tsp
- Boil water.
- Pour water into mug and add casein and chai spice mix.
- Stir until well-combined.
- Sip and enjoy!
Some types of protein do not respond well to hot water. I have found casein works the best, and even creates a frothy latte layer on top. Mmmmmmm!
Serving Size: Per 1 cup
Protein Pumpkin Pecan Pie
The holidays don't live up to their name without some pumpkin pie. This year, bring this healthier recipe to your family celebration. No one will be able to tell the difference between this amazing pie and the sugar-laden one they're used to having.
cinnamon 1-1/2 tsp
cloves 1 tsp
allspice 1/2 tsp
ginger 1/2 tsp
pumpkin 1 can
egg whites 1/2 cup
fat-free milk 1/2 cup
brown sugar stevia 1/4 cup
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Combine cinnamon, cloves, allspice, ginger, salt, Splenda, and protein in a bowl.
- Add eggs, pumpkin, and milk to the bowl and stir.
- Pour pumpkin mixture into the pie crust and spread evenly. Arrange pecans on top.
- Bake for 45-55 minutes and enjoy.
Serving Size: Per slice, recipe makes 8