Have you noticed by now that you never see me drinking smoothies, pulverizing greens into juice or speaking about protein powders?
Well, that’s because I don’t drink them, make them or use them and I think it is most likely because I have always preferred to chew my food.
I always opted for ice cream sundaes with a spoon instead of milkshakes (or Friendly’s Fribbles) with a straw and even when I was given the opportunity to review Red Mango smoothies last summer (one of the highlights of my blogging life!), I added chocolate chips and consumed it with a spoon for the eat-and-chew factor.
I never bought into the protein powder hype because in my mind, if you eat a balanced diet of real food, you just don’t need it.
However, when I was so sweetly contacted by Skoop, I will admit that even I was a bit intrigued by their products.
Since Skoop is a plant-based powder, I decided it was something I did want to try for myself and then provide the review to you guys since I felt that most of you do like a good protein powder and smoothie idea/option.
Being that I don’t consume protein powders on a regular basis, I asked my Skoop contact, Madelyn, a couple of questions before I received the product:
If you eat a nutrient dense fruit/veggie plant-based protein packed diet, do these powders do anything? Like, are they necessary?
I wouldn’t mind you explaining some of the benefits for someone who already receives their nutrients through food….
Quick Stats on A-Game:
- Super Veggies
- Green Grasses
- Super Reds
I like the taste and flavors of both the Skoop A Game and B Strong powders just not mixed into a beverage but guess what?!
You can add protein powders to other things besides drinks!
I made Skoop chewable by adding it to the following:
*Mixed with PB2
And my favorite way, in these Gluten-Free Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Bites!
I know I am not the first to create a bite or combine these classic ingredients, however, if you are looking for a different way to get your protein powders and/or A Game nutrients into your diet via chewable snack-form, I highly recommend this simple, convenient on-the-go goodie.
- 3/4 cup Gluten Free Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
- One heaping tsp chia seeds
- 1/3 cup nut butter of choice (I used Peanut Butter & Co. Crunch Time)
- One scoop or 1 single packet of Skoop B Strong
- 1/4 cup raisins (or more)
- Mini chocolate chips (not measured – adjust to your liking)
In a small bowl, mix chia seeds with two tablespoons of water and set aside. In another bowl, combine oats, Skoop B Strong, nut butter, raisins and chocolate chips. Add in chia seeds and mix well.
Roll into balls (I made a total of 16 bites) and place on aluminum foil covered plate. Refrigerate until firm.
You can store the bites in a Ziploc baggie or sealed container in the freezer, fridge or in your pocket.
If in your pocket, you will eat them before they go bad so no need to question their shelf-life.