“Proffee” is a coffee with protein powder added to it. Many people like to take it for its ability to eliminate cravings. That’s partly because the caffeine in coffee can lead to sugar cravings and the protein helps to negate this issue and keep hunger at bay for longer. We’re going to make our own extra healthy protein powder today using nuts and seeds. If you’re not a big eater in the morning then this could be your breakfast and coffee all rolled into one.
Before showing you how to make the protein powder and Proffee drink let’s take a look at some of the medicinal benefits the ingredients offer.
Medicinal Benefits of Proffee
The main reason that most people have Proffee is to eliminate cravings and help maintain weight or even as part of a weight-loss plan. The Proffee itself doesn’t lead to the loss of weight because it does contain calories but as I mentioned above the protein helps stave off hunger and minimize cravings. Having said that, some of the ingredients like almonds, do have some evidence behind them that they can boost your metabolism too.
The ingredients in this Proffee all come with other significant health and nutritional benefits apart from protein, so it really is a great way to start the day.
Health Benefits of Almonds
Almonds are a good source of magnesium, Vitamin E, and manganese. Some of their medicinal benefits are that they:
- Control blood sugar – the magnesium in almonds can help prevent Type 2 diabetes and reduce insulin resistance for people with diabetes.
- Reduce blood pressure – a deficiency in magnesium has been linked to high blood pressure.
- Lower cholesterol levels – they lower LDL lipoproteins in the blood which is the “bad” cholesterol.
Health Benefits of Cashews
Cashews are a good source of copper, magnesium, manganese, and zinc. Some of their medicinal benefits are that they:
- Promote a healthy heart – lower the risk of developing heart disease or having a stroke.
- Help with Type 2 diabetes – cashews can help prevent Type 2 diabetes and also help people with Type 2 diabetes by lowering insulin levels.
Health Benefits of Walnuts
Walnuts are a good source of manganese, copper, and phosphorus. Some of their medicinal benefits are that they:
- Decrease inflammation – the polyphenols in walnuts fight oxidative stress which can lead to many diseases.
- Prevent cancer – reduce the risk of developing hormone-related cancers like breast and prostate cancer.
- Reduce blood pressure – studies have shown that walnuts decrease the diastolic blood pressure level.
Health Benefits of Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are a good source of magnesium, phosphorus, and calcium. Some of their medicinal benefits are that they:
- Reduce the risk of heart disease – they contain an omega-3 fatty acid that lowers the risk of developing heart disease.
- Regulate blood sugar levels – help lower blood sugar levels thanks to the fiber content.
Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are a good source of phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, and iron. Some of their medicinal benefits are that they:
- Prevent cancer – reduce the risk of developing stomach, lung, breast, colon, and prostate cancer.
- Improve digestion – the high fiber content can improve digestive health.
Health Benefits of Linseeds
Linseeds are a good source of potassium, magnesium, and calcium. Some of their medicinal benefits are that they:
- Improve heart health – they contain omega-3 fatty acids that lower the risk of having a heart attack.
- Prevent cancer – reduce the risk of developing breast and prostate cancer thanks to the lignans found in linseeds.
- Regulate blood sugar levels – it can decrease fasting glucose.
How to Make this DIY Proffee
The quantities below make enough for 10 servings of three tablespoons. Each serving contains 137 calories. Calories haven’t been included for any milk or sweetener so keep that in mind if you choose to add these.
- 2 oz (58 grams) of Almonds
2 oz (58 grams) of Cashews
- 2 oz (58 grams) of Walnuts
- 0.8 oz (22 grams) of Chia seeds
- 0.8 oz (22 grams) of Pumpkin seeds
- 0.8 oz (22 grams) of Linseeds
- Sweetener and milk (optional)
- Food processor or mini blender (e.g. NutriBullet)
- Frying pan
- Wooden spoon
- Fine sieve
- Pestle and mortar (optional)
- Your usual utensils for making coffee
- Lightly toast your nuts on the stovetop in a frying pan for a few minutes on high heat, stirring regularly.
- Turn the heat down to low and add the pumpkin seeds and linseeds and keep stirring for one minute then take the frying pan off the heat and let cool for at least five minutes or until the nuts and seeds are at room temperature. Note: the linseeds will jump up if the heat’s too high and you stop stirring.
- Add your nuts and seeds (including the chia seeds) to your blender and pulse a few times then blend until you have a powdery consistency. You’ll probably need to shake it all around a few times or scrape down the sides with a spoon. You don’t want to over blend or oils will begin to release.
- If you find you still have some small pieces of nuts in the mixture you can use a pestle and mortar now to crush them down further.
- Place your sieve over a bowl and pour in the powder. Push down with a spoon and swirl the mixture around as much as you can. You can reserve any larger pieces that haven’t broken down into a powder and use these for another recipe or with breakfast (e.g. over oats or muesli).
- Make a cup of coffee how you normally would.
- Put three tablespoons of the protein powder into a mug.
- Pour in your coffee and stir. Add sweetener and milk as you please.
You can store the protein powder in an airtight container for up to two months in a dry cupboard. You can have up to two of these each day, although keep in mind that the nuts and seeds will add around 137 calories to each coffee and the coffee will have caffeine (unless you’re using decaf). It’s common to just have one first thing in the morning especially if it’s specifically to eliminate cravings.
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