Friday, March 19, 2010

Nashua Nutrition vs. Home-made Protein Hot Chocolate

I screwed up and ran out of my HealthSmart/Healthwise Protein Hot Chocolate. (Also, known as "Mommy's Crack.") I get it under the Healthwise label from my surgeon's office and under the HealthSmart label from Nashua Nutrition. It's the same stuff though.

I could have gotten more on Wed. when I went to my bariatric support meeting, but I thought what I had would last longer and a certain check hadn't shown up yet so I couldn't have afforded it anyway. Then I forgot to bring the box I have in my cube home with me to get me through the weekend.

So necessity caused me to make up my own batch from random ingredients I had around the house.


Normally I drink a double-portion as a bedtime snack. It gives me:

160 calories, 30 g of protein, 8 g of carbs, 2 g of sugar, 2 g of fiber and 418 mg of sodium

My homemade version consisted of 2 packets of Swiss Miss "Sensible Sweets" which is a 25 calorie fake hot cocoa with "no sugar added" with 1 scoop of GNC 100% Whey Protein unflavored powder and as much Sugar Free Torani Chocolate syrup as it took to hide the taste of the "unflavored" protein powder.

Nutritional stats:
160 calories, 24 g protein, 12 g of carbs, 2 g of sugar, 27 g of fiber and 390 mg of sodium

The verdict:

Homemade wins on the fiber and sodium front but loses on the protein and carbs front. It also loses quite a bit on the taste front. Quite a bit, in fact. Sugar and calories are a tie though.

I would love to find an alternative to my regular crack with more fiber and less sodium, but I don't think that's going to happen any time soon.

And, while I'm tweaking recipes, anyone have any ideas how to make these protein bars have about half the fat and twice the protein in them and still taste good? Or even just half the fat?

Okay, I can get them to have half the fat by leaving out the pecans. What I'm trying to figure out is what to substitute for the butter and heavy cream so I can leave some of the pecans in. 4 Tbsp of butter and 4 Tbsp of heavy cream is a lot of fat!

CHOCOLATE PROTEIN BARS

2 squares unsweetened baker's chocolate
4 Tbsp. butter
4 Tbsp. heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
6 packets Splenda
6 scoops Optimum Nutrition Double Rich Chocolate Protein Powder
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
1 cup dried, unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup flax seeds, measured and then ground
4 Tbl Sugar-free DaVinci/Torani syrup

Melt chocolate and butter in microwave. 
Mix in Splenda, then add cream and vanilla, blending thoroughly. Add the protein powder and mix until powder is completely incorporated.
Mix flax, pecans, and coconut together and pour over chocolate mix. Pour the sugar-free syrup over this and mix together with hands until well-blended.

Line a 9" by 9" pan with plastic wrap and firmly press the incredibly sticky stuff into it.  
Cover with another layer of plastic wrap and chill.
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