August 20, 2015

Vanilla Cookie Protein Bites {Designer Protein Aria Powder Review}

Disclosure: I received a complimentary tub of Designer Protein Aria protein powder through my ambassadorship as a 2015 Women's Health Action Hero. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 


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There are a lot of protein powders out there. Most of them are just okay. I've found some I like but also have tried many I don't. When I received my Designer Protein in the mail I honestly wasn't expecting much after trying so many different protein products over the past few years. I had picked up an older version of Designer Whey protein from Trader Joe's years ago and don't remember it being a stand-out. 

I was however, excited when I started to read about Designer Protein (yup, name change) and all their new & improved offerings.  They have lots of different protein powders based on what you want and need, all for 100 calories or less per serving. I was sent the Designer Protein Aria (100% plant-based) in vanilla. I think the taste is good, and it blends easily in smoothies. I like that it only retails for $14.99 for a 12 oz tub so if you are flavor crazy like me, you can buy a bunch of different kinds to keep on hand that aren't huge, expensive protein tubs. 

What I love the most is that it's a plant-based, all-natural formula with 15 g of soy-free protein plus  like all the other Aria protein powders, it has wellness helpers like biotin, vitamin C, folate, calcium and vitamin D. It hits all the bullet points with being  non-GMO, certified vegan, gluten-free, kosher, and no artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners.  


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I tried the protein in a few smoothies and drinks. Next I was inspired by a Designer Protein recipe packet that was sent along with my powder that included a big fruit smoothie bowl. I made my own twist on an acai bowl using a frozen acai packet, banana, cashew milk, maca powder, and my vanilla Aria protein powder. I topped it with shredded coconut, half a banana, raisins, and some oats.   

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This week I was looking to make some protein bites to grab as a quick pre-workout bite or snack. I ended up whipping up these awesome little vanilla no-bake bites that I made with what I had on hand, including my Designer Protein Aria. 

I know, another balls/bites recipe-what a basic blogger move, haha. I really do love having a container of little bites in the fridge to quickly grab or pack as a snack for work. I've been eating 1 or 2 before a run or workout in the morning this week since I'm the type of person that wakes up hungry and needs something in my stomach. They are nutty and slightly sweet and delicious. It's really hard to not eat half the batch in one sitting!


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Vanilla Cookie Protein Bites
Author: breathedeeplyandsmile.com
Time: 10 minutes
Makes: 10 bites (~95 cal per bite)

Ingredients
1/3 cup oats
1/4 cup whole almonds
2 scoops Designer Protein Aria vanilla protein powder
2 tbsp agave
2 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
5 dates, pitted

Instructions
Mix all ingredients in a food processor or high-powered blender until combined and roll out 10 balls with your hands. Store in refrigerator (or freezer) and enjoy! 

Notes
For the agave and the maple syrup you can substitute honey or another liquid sweetener for either or both. 


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What's your favorite protein powder? Do you have a protein-packed snack you are loving lately? 

This post was linked up with Wild Workout Wednesdays, Thinking Out Loud,and What's Cookin' Wednesday

19 comments:

  1. I'm all about Vega protein. I love that it's vegan and gives me 5 servings of my daily greens. It's a great way to add in a ton of extra nutrients. I usually make date balls or homemade granola bars with extra protein as an easy on-the-go snack option. Thanks for sharing your recipe - I love love love anything with dates :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I like Vega too especially because it sneaks in those greens & nutrients. I'm a snacker so I love mini protein bites and bars.

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  2. I've never heard of Aria but I love that it's plant protein based! Thanks so much for linking up :)

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    1. I think that the plant-based Aria is new. Designer Protein has another plant-based formula as well.

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  3. Yum!! Those sound quite tasty (and easy). I've only ever made protein ball things once, and I've been meaning to try another recipe. They really are great to just have on-hand for a quick snack.

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    1. This recipe is super easy so let me know if you try them!

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  4. I am also a snacker and could live on protein bites if I thought my family wouldn't mind :) It's hard to find a good plant-based protein powder, so I'll certainly check this one out. Thanks for the delicious new recipe - can't wait to try! Happy TOLT!

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    1. Haha same here. It's probably good to mix some veggies and other food groups into my diet! I know Designer Protein has another plant-based formula as well. Let me know if you try this out!

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  5. Vanilla Cookie - MUSIC TO MY EARSSSS!

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  6. Oooh these look yummy!! I've never heard of this protein powder before but it sounds yummy :)
    -Liz
    www.TheCleanEatingCouple.com

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    1. It's great! You can always sub your fave protein in this recipe too.

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  7. I love protein bites and love the vanilla flavor in these!

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    1. Thanks-they are so simple and tasty!

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  8. First off, love the flavors here. Second off, I used to really like Designer Whey! They were one of the first protein powders that I tried. I've not seen it here in Chicago, though. Aria sounds interesting--I think it is time that there is a protein powder that is more to a woman's needs and preferences!

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    1. They've updated the label and tweaked some of the formulas so definitely check it out again!

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  9. Hey! Don't knock the bites! They are the most versatile snacks around!! I love my Isagenix protein for a whey protein and Skoop for a plant based. I prefer to bake with Skoop because the texture is perfect for baking!

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    1. I know-I see a million recipes for them, but it must be because they just rock. I like Skoop as well-I use their supergreens in smoothies a lot!

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  10. I love having protein bites in the freezer to grab for snacks. I like to pack them into individual servings so I don't feel tempted to eat them all. They are good frozen, too.

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