I have been meaning to get this recipe out and photographed and on my website for you all to see. I love little protein balls. I spend about 25-30 hours on my feet working as a nutrition assistant and definitely need schnacks throughout the day. I have found that homemade protein balls keep me going all day long. It is a great idea to make these on a Sunday and have them in your pack lunch. Kids and adults will love them too.
Chocolate and orange are hand’s down a match made in heaven.
I used pea and rice protein (vegan) from one of the nutritionists (Tommy) I work with (check out the protein here). By having a little extra protein into the mix will keep you going for longer, which is what you want with long days. I made mine with dates (these do have sugar in them, but natural sugar which is better than store bought).
I also used the almond meal left over from my homemade almond milk, but you can equally buy some ready made. These balls had peanut butter, fresh orange zest and juice and some cacao. The most perfect ball to give you great energy without all the added nasties.
This is why they are good for ya:
Almond Meal/Peanut Butter & Vegan Protein Powder are all forms of protein, these are the building blocks of the body. Without protein we would be very sick. Protein is essential for growth, repair of body tissue, proteins are used to make hormones, enzymes, antibodies and neurotransmitters that help support and transport substances around the body. Both the quality of protein that you eat and where is comes from influence the effectiveness of it. Vegetable proteins such as quinoa, soybeans, beans and lentils as well as nuts and seeds are a good addition to your weekly diet (info source)
Dates are also high in potassium (great for fluid balance in the body) according to this book, it can also reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, as well as supporting muscle function, they are also a good source of naturally formed sugar and great alternative to sweetening puddings.
Oranges are not just a good source of vitamin C to help with immunity, but they also contain a small source of the B-Vits; thiamine (helps to release the energy from food) and folate (brain function, healthy blood cells and reduces risk of coronary heart disease)
Cacao contains flavanols which are derivatives of polyphenols these are chemicals that make up fruit and vegetables and have been known for their range of biological activities that help with reducing the risk of chronic diseases. Flavanols are present in cacao and have evidence to suggest powerful antioxidant properties (these substances help rid of your body’s “nuclear” waste). Cacao also has a small dose of potassium which is essential for blood pressure control, functions in the kidneys and nerve and heart function are a few of the key benefits. It also contains some magnesium which is essential in our diet to help with muscle contractions, including post-exercise recovery, cramps and also sleep.
Hope you enjoy this simple recipe.