November 11, 2021
These balls rock! Roll in energy with the help of this recipe for ridiculously delicious energy balls. Natural ingredients make these a healthy choice - and, the chocolate, nut butter combination makes them crave-worthy.
Pull out your food processor, and you can have these tasty, plant-based protein energy balls ready in less than 10 minutes. That's right! Those hungry kids can get their hands on these energy balls before they can tear apart your house. Alternatively, big kids who are getting 'hangry' can whip these up quickly.
These balls are a great snack to have stored in your freezer as a high-protein, plant-based recovery snack after workouts. Remember, that recovery is about giving your muscles the building blocks (amino acids) they need to fix the damage you caused - never fear as it is good damage that stimulates the muscles to build back even stronger fibres. Plus, your body's cells used up their stored energy, called glycogen. If you don't let the cells refuel, you'll find your next workout is extra tough (because there is literally no fuel in your gas tanks). The perfect workout recovery snacks contain both carbohydrates and protein.
Every time your muscles contract, they use calcium and magnesium. To carry oxygen from your lungs to your muscles, you need iron. To keep your immune system strong, you need zinc. Potassium and sodium help you maintain blood pressure and proper hydration levels. The list of important minerals goes on and on. If you want to perform at your best, or simply be able to hit the mat again tomorrow and not feel sluggish or drained, be sure your recovery snacks after a workout include minerals. Plants, such as nuts and seeds, are great sources of minerals. Energy balls, such as these Rollin in Energy Balls are a great way to get more nuts and seeds into your diet, quickly and conveniently.
In a food processor, add each ingredient in order, mixing each until desired consistency. For the pumpkin seeds and chocolate chips, pulse slowly if you don't want them in smaller pieces. Scooping out about 2 tbsps at a time, roll into balls and place on a parchment lined tray. Place in freezer for about 2 hours until frozen. Transfer into a freezer safe container. Take out and let defrost for 3-5 minutes before enjoying (or eat them cold if you like). Alternatively, take them all out of the freezer and gobble them up with 3-4 days.
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