Protein balls offer a satiating combination of protein, healthy fats and fibre for the ideal healthy snack.
They’re also easy to carry with you wherever you go, ensuring you’re never caught out when tnose hunger pangs strike!
- 2 scoops whey
- 2 tbsp mixed seeds
- 1 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 2 tbsp almond nut butter or natural (sugar-free) peanut butter
- 1 tbsp psyllium husk
- Stevia (optional)
- 60ml water
Select the best nut butters: High-quality, natural products will have a thin, translucent layer of oil at the top of the tub. These are the natural oils released from nuts that have been ground into paste. Inferior, overly manufactured products have added oil used to stabilise it, which generally forms a thick, yellow oil on top.
- Combine all the ingredients in a food processor.
- Add a little water at a time and keep testing the consistency.
- Roll into small balls and keep in the fridge.
- Enjoy happy, healthy snacking!
Psyllium is a form of soluble fibre made from the husk of the seeds from the Plantago ovata plant. It aids healthy digestion and can also assist in regulating high cholesterol, triglycerides and blood sugar levels.
Raw cacao powder is a potent superfood – it contains more than 300 different chemical compounds, including highly beneficial polyphenols known as flavonoids. It also has nearly four times the antioxidant content of dark chocolate and more than 20 times that of blueberries. It is also a source of protein, in addition to various vitamins and minerals, including calcium, carotene, thiamin, riboflavin, magnesium, sulfur, and essential fatty acids.
Recipe provided by Shakera Ghoor
Author: Pedro van Gaalen
When he’s not writing about sport or health and fitness, Pedro is probably out training for his next marathon or ultra-marathon. He’s worked as a fitness professional and as a marketing and comms expert. He now combines his passions in his role as managing editor at Fitness magazine.