Prioritizing Protein and Peanut Butter Cups Recipe
As the building block of muscle, protein is essential for growth and increased strength. Monitoring muscle growth through protein intake is essential if one wants to achieve or maintain a desired physique. Protein can be found in many forms and in many things, but most individuals consume proteins through their food. This does not always mean eating meat, as almost all foods contain some form of protein. Supplements are also a common way to intake protein as many implement powders and premade shakes into their daily routines in order to meet a certain goal. Consuming one gram of protein per pound of body weight is a common method used to understand the amount of protein one should consume in a day. For example, an individual weighing 130 pounds should eat 130 grams of protein per day in order to see consistent muscle growth.
Eating meat is the most popular form of protein intake, however the effects that meat can have on the body long term can often lead to heart disease and risk for diabetes. Consuming plant proteins is also common, however the ingredients in these proteins can be harmful as they often contain harmful chemicals and pesticides that can be damaging to the body’s central nervous system. It is best to maintain a balanced diet in order to achieve a certain protein intake on a daily basis. Consuming multiple forms of proteins daily through natural foods is one way to ensure a positive change in physique.
I have found that increasing my protein intake has become essential to my progress in physique and overall athletic performance. My preferred protein intake mainly consists of whey proteins, which are derived from milk, as well as animal proteins (in my case are mainly sourced from chicken). I will usually meet my protein requirements for the day by consuming protein shakes (consisting of 25g-45g of protein each) as well as eating eggs (8g of protein each), and chicken (this depends on the size of the chicken and how it is cooked, but typically will contain around 17g of protein).
This recipe is one of my favorites and is fast and simple to make. I love sweets and this recipe is a simple way to add protein into your diet while still treating yourself to dessert.
Protein Peanut Butter Cups
1/3 Cup Smooth peanut butter
1 Scoop Whey Protein vanilla flavor
1 ½ Cups chocolate chips (I prefer milk chocolate, but dark chocolate also works well)
1 Tbsp Coconut oil
- Place 6 paper liners in a muffin tin and set aside.
- In a small bowl, mix together the protein powder and peanut butter until smooth.
- Place the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a bowl; microwave in 30-second increments until fully melted.
- Place approximately 1 tablespoon of melted chocolate in the bottom of each liner. Place the muffin tin in the freezer for 10 minutes or until chocolate is set.
- Place 2 teaspoons of the peanut butter mixture on top of the chocolate layer.
- Add an additional tablespoon of chocolate on top of the peanut butter mixture. Chill until firm.
- Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.