April 20, 2019

How to make protein balls

Diet | Health Tips

Protein powders come in various forms and can be useful in almost everyone’s diet. They’re an easy and convenient source of complete, high-quality protein.

Whether you’re an athlete, trying to satisfy a late-night sweet tooth or someone who struggles to eat the right amount of protein each day, try making these quick and easy vegan protein-packed brownie batter bites.

Are protein powders bad for you?

OrthoIndy pain management physician, Dr. Kevin Sigua shares his tips on making protein powders taste delicious and the nutritional value behind them.

“Protein balls or shakes are one of the easiest ways to keep your protein intake up without the hassle of bringing a piece of chicken or beef with you,” said Dr. Sigua. “It is a perfect on-the-go snack.”

Protein is important for continued muscle maintenance and muscle gain. If you struggle with eating the right amount of protein, then protein powder may be beneficial to add to your diet. Based on how much you weigh, typically protein should account for 10 to 35 percent of your daily caloric intake.

“The more muscle you have the more lean you can look. Plus protein can make you feel fuller longer,” said Dr. Sigua. “If you are trying to lose weight, consider increasing your protein intake and decreasing carb intake. Protein balls are also perfect for a post workout snack within one hour after your workout.”

Vegan protein brownie batter bites ingredients

If you’re going vegan, the diet eliminates a number of common protein sources so the need for vegan protein powder is encouraged. Try this vegan recipe as a perfect on-the-go energy snack.

  • 10 teaspoons of cocoa powder
  • 6 teaspoons of maple syrup
  • ¼ cup of almond butter
  • 1/4 cup unflavored pea protein powder
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 to 4 teaspoons dairy free chocolate chips
  • 2 to 4 teaspoons of water

Directions

  1. Put everything except the chocolate chips and water into a bowl and mix well.
  2. Slowly add water if needed. If almond butter is runny, you may not need water.
  3. Add chocolate chips in.
  4. Form dough into two inch balls.
  5. Chill in refrigerator or eat right away at room temperature.

Protein balls are such a versatile snack. You can substitute your protein powder or nut butter for a different taste. These tasty, healthy treats pack a variety of nutritional value in each small bite.

Learn more healthy tips for living an active and nutritious lifestyle.

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Ashley McGovern

By Ashley McGovern

Ashley is the current PR coordinator for OrthoIndy. Ashley is responsible for all media relations functions and social media strategies. Ashley graduated from Purdue University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and strategic communications with a certificate in entrepreneurship. She has been with OrthoIndy since January 2018.

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