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Afternoon Snacks Packed with Protein

Halloween candy will soon take over the house. Instead of grabbing for those empty calories, grab for snacks packed with protein that will give you an energy boost. Personal Chef Sarah Lang shares her ideas.

Sarah recommends using biPro powder into recipes. biPro has no sugars and one serving includes 20 grams of protein. Get more recipes from biPro, which is based in Eden Prairie, here.

Apple Nachos
3 crispy and slightly tart apples {pink lady, gala, macintosh, cored and sliced thin
1 tsp lemon juice
3 tbsp creamy almond butter
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup flaked unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup enjoy life chocolate chips
Add thinly sliced apples to a small bowl with lemon juice and toss to coat.
On serving tray spread out apple slices in thin layer.
Melt almond butter in microwave until runny, about 1 minute. 
Drizzle over apples.
Top with almond, unsweetened coconut and chocolate chips.
Serve and enjoy
Banana Oatmeal Crumb Muffins with Avocado
1 tablespoon flaxmeal
3 tablespoons water
3 ripe bananas
3 ounces vanilla  yogurt
1/2 cup organic sugar
1/2 avocado, peeled, pitted, and mashed
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup white whole-wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Crumb topping
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons white whole-wheat flour
2 tablespoons rolled oats
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a muffin pan with 12 liners. 
In a small bowl, mix the flaxmeal and water together, and set aside.
In a medium-size bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Add the soy yogurt, sugar, avocado, and vanilla and mix until combined. Add the flaxmeal and water mixture.
In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, protein powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir that into the banana-avocado mixture.
Divide the batter between the 12 muffin cups.
Now it's time to make the crumb topping. In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, flour, rolled oats, and cinnamon. Add the cold butter and use a fork to mix it into coarse crumbles.Sprinkle a little oat crumble on top of each muffin.
Bake for 18-20 minutes.
Pumpkin Granola 
3½ cups old fashioned oats
¾ cup coconut
1 cup sliced almonds
1½ tsp Cinnamon
¼ tsp Nutmeg
1 cup Pumpkin puree
2 scoops protein powder
¼ cup Maple syrup
1/3 cup Apple juice
2 Tbsp Olive oil
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Combine oats, coconut, almonds, cinnamon, protein powder and nutmeg and set aside. Mix together pumpkin puree, maple syrup, apple juice and olive oil until smooth. Pour over oat mixture and mix together until oat mixture is evenly covered. Spread onto a greased baking sheet and bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Stir every 10-15 minutes to break up clumps and even browning. Cool on pan, still stirring occasionally. Once cooled, store in an airtight container. 
Monster Apple Mouths

1 green apple
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup yogurt-covered raisins
Slice apple into 10-12 equal pieces. Slather peanut butter on each slice. 
Position yogurt-covered raisins between two apple slices as "teeth."