Lovin the mood boost that comes with this protein powder - Peopletail Review

Lovin the mood boost that comes with this protein powder

The specs on this protein powder are incredible! I recommend pumpkin seeds all the time to my clients with anxiety, so to get it in a concentrated protein form is very exciting.

I think my favourite part is the amount of magnesium it contains. 62% of your needs in a serving. Considering many of us are deficient in magnesium and it's a wonder mineral for anxiety - this is a key one to include in the diet. I love how the company put zinc in the nutrition label too because it's great to highlight! Zinc is another mood booster, and 34% per serving is solid.

Also great that this protein powder comes with fibre (about 10% per serving).

I don't drink protein shakes so I wanted to work this powder into a fun recipe. I leaned into the pumpkin and made vegan protein pumpkin muffins. I'm sharing the recipe below as it was so delicious! Sometimes protein powders get gritty in recipes, this was smooth as silk. I know it will do well in energy balls, smoothies (I'm thinking a choco-based smoothie would be extra delish), cookies, or even pancakes.

My only con for this protein powder is it says pumpkin spice flavour but it doesn't smell how I would expect. It just smells like pumpkin seeds, which is fine but I wouldn't enjoy that with milk/water on its own, I'd need it to be mixed into something. Like the delicious recipe below!

Protein Pumpkin Muffins

Makes 16 muffins (I made 12 regular and a bunch of minis)

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp fresh ground flax
  • 6 tbsp water
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 15-ounce can organic pumpkin, or 1 3/4 cup fresh baked
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (you can omit if sugar-free, there's enough liquid)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flour of choice (I did a mix of white/whole-wheat)
  • 1 scoop pumpkin seed protein
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chunks + more for sprinkling on top
  • sprinkling of pumpkin seeds (optional)

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. Mix ground flax and water and set aside, it will gel up like an egg.

3. Mash in the two bananas. Add the pumpkin, applesauce, maple syrup, and vanilla. Mix in the flax mixture.

4. In a separate bowl mix together flour, protein powder, baking soda, and spices.

5. Add flour mixture into wet ingredients and stir. Do not overmix.

6. Fold in chocolate chunks.

7. Scoop out into greased muffin tins and top with a few chocolate chunks and pumpkin seeds (optional). Bake for 30 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Happy eating!

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