If you're starting your fitness journey and macros are new to you, it might seem like an uphill battle to eat the right foods while still enjoying all your favourites. Don't worry. We've got your back! Here are three recipes that make balancing your macros easy and delicious. These recipes are macro-friendly, so feel free to substitute ingredients that fit within your macro goals!
1. Homemade protein bar recipe
This homemade protein bar recipe is a great way to get your macros while also satisfying your sweet tooth. The best part is that they take a few minutes to make, and you can refrigerate them for when you need a quick snack. The ingredients are simple and will last you months. LA Whey Gold is an excellent choice of protein powder to make a healthy and high-quality protein bar snack.
1 ½ cups rolled oats
5 dates (pitted)
1 cup almond butter
2 scoops LA Whey Gold protein powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Directions : Prepare an 8 inch, square pan by lining it with parchment paper and grind the dates coarsely in a food processor.
Combine the oats, protein powder, almond butter, and vanilla extract in a food processor. Blend on low speed, scraping along the sides with a spatula to ensure even mixing. Blend for about 2 minutes or until a coarse dough forms.
Add the chocolate chips to the mixture and stir until combined. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan, then press firmly.
Store the mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour or until it sets. Slice into eight bars and serve.
2. Spinach, chicken & avocado wrap
This wrap is perfect for anyone on the go. It's high in protein and healthy fats and low in carbs, making it an excellent option for those tracking their macros. Plus, it's super easy to make. Combine cooked chicken, avocado, and spinach in a whole wheat wrap, and you're good to go! Add a pinch red pepper flakes or sriracha if you want some added heat. These wraps are a light meal that won't weigh you down or leave you feeling hungry later.
100g chicken breast (grilled, sliced)
1 mixed grain wrap large
20g avocado mashed (1 tbsp)
1/2 cup baby spinach leaves (shredded)
1/2 tomato (sliced)
1/4 red onion sliced
1/4 carrot (grated)
A pinch of cayenne pepper
squeeze of lemon juice
Ground black pepper (optional)
Directions : Combine the black pepper, cayenne, and lemon juice in a small bowl with the avocado. Spread the mixture, chicken and salad ingredients over the wrap and close the wrap and enjoy!