PROTEIN PANCAKE SUNDAY

This is a guest post of Protein Pancake Sunday is by the wildly talented Sarah. She creates amazingly healthy and delicious recipes- just like this one :)

Protein Pancake Sunday

 She says…

I LOVE Pancake Sunday! My whole family does! Its a delicious feast where we all sit down and eat pancakes together! My challenge – to keep it interesting! I have a few different recipes I use up me sleeve, so this post will be one of many you will see about Pancake Sunday’s!

The Protein Pancake Recipe

  • 2 scoops (a heaped Tbs each scoop) of Tao Nutrition Vanilla ‪Protein Powder
  • 8 scoops of gluten free flour mix
  • 1/2 tsp each of cinnamon, ground ginger and nutmeg
  • 2 ‘no egg’ eggs (I used Orgran ‘No Egg’)

How to:

  • Add the wet ingredients into the dry
  • Cook the batter in coconut oil
  • Serve with mango coulis and drizzle with coconut nectar

Enjoy!

Yours in compassionate living,
SL

Huge love and thanks for this amazing recipe Sarah! We LOVE it!!

You can be like Sarah and boost your pancakes with Tao Nutrition

Enjoy xx

The Goji and Mango Protein Smoothie Recipe

It’s no secret that we love Protein Smoothie Recipes here at Tao Nutrition HQ.

This weekend we stumbled across something pretty delicious while preparing our morning tea protein smoothie- and we couldn’t wait to share it with you…

The Goji and Mango Protein Smoothie Recipe

Why we love it so much:

It contains Goji berries which have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. They are delicious and are an excellent source of antioxidants. You can eat them straight out of the bag (they have a lovely sweetness to them), in a protein smoothie recipe (like we have here), in trail mix or on healthy cereal.

The scoop of the natural protein powder Tao Nutrition gives each serve a whopping 23g of protein- helping to refuel your muscles and making you feel fuller longer.

The Goji and Mango Protein Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Goji berries (small handful per person)
  • Frozen mango (add lots- this is your main ingredient)
  • Soy Milk (add more for a runnier smoothie, less for a thicker one)
  • Medjool dates (seeds removed) (this is the natural sweetness- we usually add two per person)
  • Tao Nutrition organic vanilla bean (1 scoop per person)

How to:

Blend and enjoy this delicious protein smoothie recipe!

VEGAN STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE WITH NATURAL PROTEIN POWDER

“How amazing does this Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake with Natural Protein Powder look?”

Created by the one and only Andrea Food Blogger – we couldn’t wait to give her recipe a spin!

 

 

RAW + VEGAN STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE with NATURAL PROTEIN

 

For the base:

– 1 cup pecans

– 1cup of walnuts

– 1 tbsp maple syrup

– 8 dates, deseeded

– Optional> We added 1 scoop of Tao Nutrition Organic Vanilla Bean protein powder to the base to give this cake a healthy protein boost.

 

For the filling:

– 4 dates, deseeded

– 1 tbsp maple syrup

– ½ cup almond milk

– ½ cup coconut oil

– 1 cups cashews

– 1 cup walnuts

– ½ cup mashed strawberries

 

For the toppings:

– about 1/2 cup of thinly sliced strawberries or any fruit you have on hand

– Optional> We sprinkled Tao Nutrition Natural Choc on top too- because who doesn’t love the choc and strawberry combination!

Method:

To make the base:

  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend on high for a few minutes until the mixture is no longer crumbly and can stick together.
  2. Place mixture into a baking tray and using your hands (or a spoon) flatten the mixture on the bottom of the baking tray to create a flat base surfae.
  3. Then place in fridge for at least 30 mins.

 

To make the filling:

  1. Meanwhile, add strawberries into the food processor and blend for 2 mins or until the strawberries become mashed.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients into the food processor and blend on high for 10-15 mins until the mixture becomes smoother. If you want a smoother or runnier consistency, add extra almond milk (about 1-3 tbsp).
  3. Remove the base from the fridge and place the filling mixture over the base, smoothing out the top filling layer to create a smooth surface.
  4. Place in fridge for at least 2 hours.
  5. Then top with strawberries or desired toppings. Enjoy!

 

“We thanks Andrea Food Blogger for her amazing creation! We absolutely loved this cake! “

 

Check out Andrea’s video of her creation here:

 

 

 

To view more of Andrea’s vegan, simple and absolutely delicious recipes visit her blog

 

We thank Andrea for this creation, and credit her for this recipe and wonderful picture. Andrea- you truly are amazing!

TAO NUTRITION PARTNERS WITH THE ILLAWARRA HAWKES PROFESSIONAL NBL BASKETBALL TEAM

Tao Nutrition is super proud to now be supporting the Illawarra Hawkes team members in their push to the 2015 Premiership. Illawarra Hawkes is a professional team actively dominating in the National Basketball League (NBL) of Australia.

The Hawkes have combined strong team of players domestically as well having a number of overseas representatives.

“When approached by the Hawkes and BaiMed Physiotherapy to support their recovery and performance nutrition needs with a natural vegan protein powder and superfood mix, we jumped on it.” said Tao Founder Michael Perry

“Tao is purpose built to not only optimise recovery and health in athletes but also for their families too. We believe in holistic approach to performance in that quality nutrition is a major contributor to athletic capacity and general wellbeing. We love to support to local teams as well, these guys are next level though, haha, i think they will win this year!” – Michael

The Hawkes team members have rigorous training schedules. They are training every day. These sessions include skills, strength and conditioning and games. Recovery is paramount to the players to be able to perform at their very best and to help them get all of their nutritional needs, helping them to bounce back from their rigorous training and game schedule they use Tao Nutrition. It provides them with a natural vegan protein source and superfoods for antioxidants and nutrients.

 

Bianca, also a cofounder says “Tao is not just for athletes, if you feel like you have been missing a little bounce in your life, you might be missing key nutrients that can be easily and deliciously sourced from the premium ingredients in Tao Nutrition. If you are looking for a clean protein source (vegan friendly), help support your weight loss goals or getting more energy, Tao Nutrition can help you”.

If this sounds like you, find out more by clicking here www.taonutrition.com.au/

The Hawkes team members have been giving us some inside information on their key secrets….. we look forward to revealing these to you over the coming months.

Who is your favourite player? I guarantee there is something in there you didnt know about them :)

The Tao Team

THE MAN-GREEN PROTEIN SMOOTHIE

This delicious smoothie is direct from our Founder, Michael.

A husband and an iron man triathlete, Michael whips up a mean smoothie.

This creation is no exception

Packed full of Protein and Nutrients- this is the Perfect Energy Boost Smoothie to Keep You Going

What goes into a Man-Green Protein Smoothie?

Ingredients
  • Mango (the man)
  • Rocket (the green)
  • Medjool Dates
  • Tao Nutrition Organic Vanilla Bean
  • Water
  • Ice
How to:
  • Place all ingredients in your blender, blend and enjoy!

 

 

Why we love this recipe?

It tastes divine and it digests so easily

It’s high in protein

Mango
One cup of mango contains 100% of the daily need for vitamin C, 35% for vitamin A, 20% of folate, 10% of vitamin B-6 and 8% of vitamin K and potassium. They also contain iron, calcium and antioxidants! Wow!

Rocket
Readily available, this nutritious green-leafy vegetable packs a nutrition punch. You also don’t even notice it when its blended so I consider it a sneaky green :)

Tao Nutrition Vanilla
A whopping 23g protein per serve
Proteins, Superfoods and Essential Greens in every sip!
Caffeine free, Gluten free, Dairy free

 

 

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MOCHA TAO PORRIDGE WITH BANANA AND ALMONDS

Talk about a protein boost for the morning! Amaranth does pretty well on its own in the nutritional stakes. It is higher in Lysine than any other plant and has four times as much calcium as wheat and twice as much magnesium. Add to that a bonus boost of Tao Nutrition protein powder, some nut butter, banana and date and this will power your day!

Natural Protein Superfood Amaranth Porridge

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp Tao Nutrition
  • 1/2 cup rolled amaranth
  • 1/2 cup non dairy milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp nut butter
  • 2 tsp raw cacao
  • 1 Tbsp espresso coffee (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp rice syrup
  • 1 chopped date
  • 1/2 banana, chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped almonds

How To:

Throw everything (except the coffee and the banana) in to the saucepan and stir for a few minutes until creamy. Once the porridge heats up, stir in the espresso. Easy as.

Serve with fresh sliced banana and chopped almonds.

A yummy, creamy porridge that is satisfying and super nutritious.

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NO BAKE CHRISTMAS COOKIES WITH PROTEIN

Andrea Food Blogger (our resident foodie) Loves Christmas…

She shared one of her favourite healthy Christmas treats

 

We LOVE this recipe because it is easy to make, doesn’t require an oven and is 100% nasty free. The whole family will be going back for seconds!

No Bake Christmas Cookies with Protein

Serving size: about 5 medium sized cookies
(just a quick side note- next time we make these we are doubling the recipe because they were so good!)

Ingredients

– 8 pitted dates
– 2 tbsp almond spread
– 1 tbsp of tao nutrition choc protein powder
– 1/4 cup of cocoa or cacao (but feel free to add more if you just really like chocolate)
– 2 cups of cashews
– 1 tbsp maple syrup
– 1/4 cup of water
– for the toppings: almond spread, goji berries, muesli, coconut flakes (but you can use any dried fruit, sweet spreads or roasted nuts you have on hand)

Method

1. Place all ingredients (except for the topping ingredients) in a food processor and blend on high for about 5 mins until all the ingredients are well combined and the mixture is no longer crumbly. For a smoother consistency, add about 1-2 tbsp extra of water.
2. Place mixture in a bowl with a flat surface (I used a baking tray), making sure that the mixture is spread evenly.
3. Place in fridge for at least an hour so the mixture hardens.
4. Take mixture out of fridge and using a cookie cutter or the top part of a cup/jar, press firmly into the mixture so a circle forms. Repeat this step until all the mixture has been used up.
4. Top cookies with toppings. Enjoy!

 

Thanks for sharing Andrea Food Blogger- yum! x

PLANT-BASED VS WHEY PROTEIN POWDERS

This is a guest post of Plant-Based Vs Whey Protein Powders has been writen and recorded by Australian Dietitian and Ironman Competitor, Joel C Craddock

 


If you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of people who use protein supplements to improve lean body mass, strength or athletic performance, you may have noticed an increase in ‘plant-based’ protein powders appearing both online and in supplement stores. But are they actually worth the money? How do they compare to the more traditional forms of protein such as whey or casein?

Plant-Based Vs Whey Protein Powders

Watch the Plant-Based Vs Whey Protein Powders video here

 


Or read the Plant-Based Vs Whey Protein Powders article here

If you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of people who use protein supplements to improve lean body mass, strength or athletic performance, you may have noticed an increase in ‘plant-based’ protein powders appearing both online and in supplement stores. But are they actually worth the money? How do they compare to the more traditional forms of protein such as whey or casein?

 

To help answer these questions, it is important to consider how protein supplements differ. One of the differences between current protein supplements is their structure. All protein is made from smaller ‘building blocks’ called amino acids. Some of these amino acids can be made naturally by the body (non-essential amino acids); however some amino acids need to be attained via food (essential amino acids).

Many people believe that protein from plant-based foods or supplements is not as effective at improving physical performance when compared to other proteins, as they are ‘incomplete’ (meaning they are missing essential amino acids).

But this is not the case.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (2015)1 states, “Protein consumed from a variety of plant foods supplies an adequate quantity of essential amino acids”. You can be assured that plant-based protein powders using a variety of ingredients will certainly provide you with a quality, and complete protein source.

 

So then, how do plant-based protein supplements actually stack up compared to traditional protein supplements?

Limited scientific evidence exists directly comparing traditional animal derived protein and plant-based protein, but preliminary research shows no difference between strength2, physical performance2 or satiety3 (the feeling of fullness).

That leaves the question; if there isn’t any difference in these components between traditional forms of protein supplements and plant-based protein supplements, why choose a plant-based protein?

Plant-based protein supplements provide more than just the amino acids like some of the traditional protein powders do. Generally, plant-based supplements derive their protein from an array of ingredients including brown rice, pea protein, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, hemp, soy or other protein rich seeds. Additional ‘superfoods’ are often added such as acai berries, chlorella, kale, cacao and rosehips, which provide additional health promoting properties. These natural ingredients are high in protein, essential omega-3 fatty acids, soluble and non-soluble vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants which can assist in recovery, physical performance, day-to-day functioning, help strengthen immunity and can even protect against some chronic diseases 4, 5, 6,7.

With the multitude of healthy, naturally occurring ingredients typically found in plant-based protein supplements, they really do provide a ‘comprehensive nutrition package’ in every serve – exactly what is needed after a heavy training session or for a nutritious every day snack.

About the Author

Joel is University of Wollongong graduate completing a Bachelor of Medical Biotechnology and Masters of Nutrition of Dietetics. He published his first paper exploring vegetarian athletes and their physical performance in the ‘Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism’ in 2015. Currently he is completing a PhD in nutrition and human health and aspiring to qualify for the Hawaiian ironman triathlon world championship.

 

  1. Cullum-Dugan, D., & Pawlak, R. (2015). Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Vegetarian Diets. Journal Of The Academy Of Nutrition & Dietetics, 115(5), 801-810 10p
  2. Joy, J. M., Lowery, R. P., Wilson, J. M., Purpura, M., De Souza, E. O., Wilson, S. C., & … Jäger, R. (2013). The effects of 8 weeks of whey or rice protein supplementation on body composition and exercise performance. Nutrition Journal, 12(1), 1-7.
  3. Lang, V., Bellisle, F., Oppert, J., Craplet, C., Bornet, F., Slama, G., & Guy-Grand, B. (1998). Satiating effect of proteins in healthy subjects: a comparison of egg albumin, casein, gelatin, soy protein, pea protein, and wheat gluten. American Journal Of Clinical Nutrition, 67(6), 1197-1204 8p.
  4. Seeram, N. (n.d). Berry fruits: compositional elements, biochemical activities, and the impact of their intake on human health, performance, and disease. Journal Of Agricultural And Food Chemistry, 56(3), 627-629.
  5. Celaya, G. A. (2013). The Role of the Cacao Bean in Reducing the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in Humans: A Literature Review. Nutritional Perspectives: Journal Of The Council On Nutrition, 36(4), 5-18 14p.
  6. Peeling, P., Cox, G. R., Bullock, N., & Burke, L. M. (2015). Beetroot Juice Improves On-Water 500 M Time-Trial Performance, and Laboratory-Based Paddling Economy in National and International-Level Kayak Athletes. International Journal Of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism, 25(3), 278-284 7p
  7. Rao, V., Balachandran, B., Shen, H., Logan, A., & Rao, L. (2011). In Vitro and in Vivo Antioxidant Properties of the Plant-Based Supplement Greens+. International Journal Of Molecular Sciences, 12(8), 4896-4908

 

Thank you for this article Mr Craddock on Plant-Based Vs Whey Protein Powders

WHAT IS A CHIA EGG?

You might know chia as an amazing superfood with essential omega 3s, fibre, protein and anti-oxidants (that’s why it’s a key ingredient in Tao Nutrition!), and if you have read ‘Born To Run’ you will recognise chia as the key fuel of the amazing running Tarahumara people. But what about it being an egg?? Well if you are vegan, have an egg allergy or just want to bake without eggs- here is a great alternative. The chia egg!

 

A chia egg is a great natural alternative to using eggs when baking. When water is added to the chia seeds, a gel starts to form around the seed and this pulls together when baking. Chia is a great, natural egg replacer!

This is how I PERSONALLY make my chia eggs:

Chia Egg (equivalent to 1 egg)

  1. Add 1 tablespoon chia seeds to 3 tablespoon water in a bowl.
  2. Stir, and then let sit for around 15 minutes.  (If you are in a rush, warm water can speed up the process)
  3. Stir, then use as you would eggs in baking. Easy peasy! :)

 

A few quick things to note:

  • A lot of people ground the chia into a meal first using a blender or spice grinder. I don’t bother with this step but many people do
  • The chia ‘egg’ act as a binding agent- so this is great for cakes (but not for something like a quiche or an omlette).
  • You can also use ground flax seed in the same way if you don’t have chia in the cupboard.
  • Not only can Chia  seeds help bind your baking, they are so so so good for you as well. Chia seeds for heart health, essential omega 3s, fibre, protein and anti-oxidants. Chia seeds are an amazing superfood, and that’s why chia is a key ingredient in Tao Nutrition the premium natural protein superfood.

Enjoy!

TAO NUTRITION HALL OF INSPIRATION – ASH

Mooloolaba, Queensland. Age: 23

Ash is a health and wellness superstar. A qualified Physical Education Teacher,  a first year Nutrition and Dietetics Student, Amazing Athlete and Awesome Blogger. She is a Women of Tao. She shares her story with us.

About: I am a qualified Physical Education teacher and first year Nutrition and Dietetics Student. I am a passionate health and nutrition enthusiast who believes there is nothing more important than looking after our bodies. After tearing my anterior Cruciate ligament twice I was driven into the sport of triathlon. I love getting active in the mornings while the sun rises and in the evenings everyday, mostly swimming, riding, running, doing cross fit classes, surfing, bush walking, snowboarding and anything adventurous! I love reading all things health and nutrition and blogging about my findings on my page SixAteTea.wordpress.com!

What makes me happy: Seeing the sunrise, educating people on the importance of good food, learning about the human physiology, training with amazing people, seeing my family and puppy dog.

A typical mid-week and weekend day in the life of me is:

5am: Get up for training and have a glass of hot water with lemon

7.30am: Come home to make my own nourishing breakfast (usually includes Tao)

8.30am: Go to work at a triathlon store, attend Uni or teach at school

5pm: Attend second training session

7pm: Cook up a mean dinner

8pm:  Hang out and laugh with my amazing room mate, write on my blog and catch up on social media

9pm: Burn my amazing mimco candle for a few minutes then bed time!

Weekend Day:

6am: Wake up and have some tea then set off for longer training session

9-10am: Breakfast at my favourite cafe on Mooloolaba esplanade, Ground Organic!

11am: Visit local markets to get some amazing local produce and do some shopping

12pm: Head out for a surf

3pm: Read one of my nutrition books, blog or catch up with friends

Night time: Can consist of catching up with friends or movie night in with my roomie!

The best advice I have ever been given is: My dad has always told before every sporting competition ‘you make your own luck’. I now apply this quote to every challenge in my life!

My top 3 health and wellness tips are: 

1. Eat from what nature gives us

2. Take time everyday to do things that make you happy

3. Be grateful for everything you have in your life.

My favourite way to be active is, and I do this how many times a week: This is a hard one! I have favourites depending on how I’m feeling at the time or the climate. If I had to choose I would have to say swimming. I swim about 4 times per week. I love the emotional and spiritual benefits of the sun on my back, being weightless without the effect of gravity, having time to just be with my thoughts and the feeling of moving through the water.

My most memorable achievement to date is: Probably coming 5th at age group nationals in Auckland 2012!

Why I started to use Tao Nutrition: Tao was established around the same time that I became totally obsessed with nutrition trying to find a diet that truly suited me and accommodated for all my daily needs ( I am always searching for new ways to improve my diet and health). I had just read a book called Thrive by Brendan Brazier who talked about all the benefits of super foods and foods from nature! Tao Nutrition was packed with everything I wanted so instead of buying all the separate ingredients Tao was the ultimate fuel source all packed into one. As soon as I tried it I was hooked!

Why Tao Nutrition works for me: I love Tao because it’s so versatile. You can use it simply with coconut water as an electrolyte drink after training, in smoothies, sprinkled over porridge, pancakes, coconut yoghurt or in any snack recipe. It’s an amazing way to add flavour, nutrients and energy to all food, you can take it when you travel and it keeps me nourished and feeling great.

My go-to meals and snacks when I am super busy are: 

Breakfast: Homemade coconut milk with Tao powder

Snack: Coconut fermented yoghurt with Tao, tahini and walnut sauce!

Dinner: Steamed vegetables with avocado and dukkah

 

Ash’s Coconut fermented yoghurt with Tao, Tahini and Walnut sauce!

This recipe is so easy to whip together, it takes literally 2 minutes, packed with nutritional properties such as good gut bacteria, protein, antioxidants, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, multiple vitamins and keeps me full for hours. Here’s how to make it, enjoy :)
Scoop 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and melt it in a pan, add 1 tablespoon of tahini paste to the oil and stir through. Poor liquid into a bowl and add 3/4 Tao scoop and combine into a beautiful chocolate syrup!
Add 2 scoops of Burncultured coconut milk yoghurt to the bowl and top with activated walnuts! Try not to eat it too fast!
Tao pancakes recipe and many more Tao recipes on my blog www.sixatetea.wordpress.com

 

 

Does Ash’s story inspire you? Are you looking for a natural protein powder that won’t cause bloating, isn’t full of chemicals and will stop unhealthy snacking- Tao Nutrition is award winning and internationally recognised for providing the leading natural protein superfood through a nutrient dense, premium quality and delicious recipe. We are a genuine Australian business that believes in you.” Be like Ash- shop online for Tao Nutrition here:http://www.taonutrition.com.au/#cart