02 November 2013

Dishes with Dee: Beast Mix- A protein packed snack

Well everyone, it's fall.
You know what that means, the leaves are changing colors, there are 4 solid days you can dedicate to football, beers taste like pumpkin, and it's finally boot-season.

Oh yeah, and its bulk season.
That's right, fellas.  
Time to pack in the protein so you can pack on the pounds.
Am I right?

I know a few people who are tailoring their workouts to focus on building muscle mass.
They want to be leaner, stronger, and bigger.
Amen, I say.
Get you some.

But y'all know that the work you do in the gym will be so much better if you reflect that discipline in the kitchen.  That means protein, protein, protein.

Anywhere you can sneak it in, protein is your best friend right now.
So I got to thinking and doing a little a lot of research about high protein foods.
I mean, I've been reading body building blogs, government websites, cookbooks tailored to healthy diets.
I've kind of gone overboard.
Yeah right, I don't think that at all actually.
Knowledge is power, babe.

So anyway, while doing my research I really started brainstorming some fun and easy snack ideas that will help you gentlemen (and ladies- get it gurl) up your protein intake.

And thus, Beast Mix was born:

This take on trail mix is loaded with protein.
Easy to make, and take with you.
Perfect pre-workout snack.

So here's what ya need:
1/2 c. of all of the following:
Toasted pumpkin seeds
Roasted Edamame (instructions below)
Plain almonds
Chopped dried apricots
Chopped Buffalo Jerky (That's right, guys, there is jerky in here!)
Dark Chocolate chips or chunks.

And here's what ya do:
For the edamame:
If you can, try to buy the frozen edamame that is already taken out of the pod.  I made the mistake of thinking I would just "de-pod" them myself.
It was a freaking pain.
So, measure out just over 1/2 a cup of frozen edamame.  You want more than 1/2 a cup because they'll shrink up a little as you roast them.  Set them in a strainer in the sink and let them thaw.
Turn them out to a dish towel and then pat them dry with another towel.
Get 'em as dry as possible.
Put them in a bowl, drizzle with oil (just a touch), season with sea salt and pepper and move them to a baking sheet.
Roast at 375 for 30-40 minutes.  Agitate every 10 minutes to ensure even roasting.
Remove and let cool.

You want them to be crunchy.  Obviously, roasting time is going to vary based on your oven.  I definitely went for the 40 minutes time frame.

Once cooled, all you do is add everything else to a bowl and mix it together.
So easy.

Note:  Be careful with your jerky selection.  I chose buffalo jerky because let's face it, that's badass.  The most important thing is that it isn't the super processed gas station kind.  Waaayyy too much salt.
I got mine at Fresh Market.

This recipe makes about 3 cups.  I'd say 1/2 cup is a good serving size.
You'll be getting about 11g of protein per serving.

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