Recipe: Protein Balls

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If you tend to get very hungry between meals, eating more frequently may be a good solution for you. Nutrient-rich snacks keep your energy level up, satisfy your hunger, balance blood sugar levels and prevent overeating.

This recipe for Protein Balls features chia and hemp seeds for protein, fibre and healthy fats.

Chia Seeds:

Chia is very high in omega 3. Chia seeds also act like a snow plough when mixed with liquid. Due to the gelatinous shape it takes, it pulls toxins out of the body as it moves through. On top of all that, it slows the conversion of starches to sugar and leaves you with the feeling of being full due to the high fibre content.

Hemp Seeds:

Hemp seeds are an incredible source of biologically available and easily digested protein and contain all 10 essential amino acids. In addition, hemp seeds contain an especially beneficial type of omega-6 fat called GLA (gamma linolenic acid). GLA is a direct building block of good anti-inflammatory hormones. Hemp is rich in disease-fighting, plant-based phytonutrients and anti-aging antioxidants such as vitamin E. It also provides a rich array of minerals including zinc, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and iron.

Protein Balls

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp vanilla protein powder
  • 2 Tbsp hemp seeds
  • 2 Tbsp coconut butter, oil or cocoa butter, melted
  • 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup (or stevia as a sugar-free option)
  • 1/2 Tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp chia seeds, crushed

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a bowl; mixture may be a bit sticky.
Roll into balls and place on parchment in the freezer until hardened, approximately 20 minutes. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

Recipe by Josh Stryde, regional nutrition direction and personal trainer at Calgary Place World Health.

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