Want a healthy pick me up at the end of your workout?

We all love our protein shakes but this is a nice way to mix it up once in awhile. These protein balls are filled with you guessed it, protein! Protein is an essential building block to muscle repair after an intense boot camp.  These fabulous snacks are a combination of protein, healthy carbohydrates, and good fats like monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (Omega-3s). “Good” fats lower cholesterol, decreasing risk of heart attack. Omega-3 fats have been found to reduce inflammation and stimulate metabolism, while monounsaturated fats lower the risk of breast and prostate cancer.

Protein balls are quick, easy, and inexpensive to make. They must be refrigerated to keep their shape. Grab one on the go before your workout so you aren’t running on empty or pop one when you get home for post recovery scrumptiousness.

We have picked 2 great Protein Ball recipes, one a bit sweeter than the other. Oatmeal Protein Balls and All Natural Peanut Butter Protein Balls, the peanut butter being the sweeter.

Try them both and leave a comment to tell us which one is your favorite!

Oatmeal Protein Balls

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup dry uncooked oats
  • 6 scoops whey protein powder – chocolate or vanilla
  • 4 Tbsp Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Flaxseed Meal
  • 1/4 cup soy/rice/almond milk

Optional: 1-2 tablespoons of agave nectar (if you prefer it to be sweeter)
Optional: organic raw shredded coconut to roll protein balls in

DIRECTIONS

  • Mix all ingredients into a large bowl. Use a spoon and a fork to break apart all the ingredients.
  • Use your hands to form the balls, roll into the size of small donut holes. (If the mixture is too dry you can add more milk or peanut butter.  Be careful not to add too much!
  • Once rolled into donut hole size, roll each in shredded coconut to coat the outside. Lightly press all around it to ensure coconut stays.
  • Place balls into a container with a lid and place in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours. The balls will harden up in the fridge and stick together better. Keep refrigerated.
  • Peanut Butter Protein Balls

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    INGREDIENTS

    • 1 cup natural peanut butter
    • 1 cup agave
    • 3 1/2 scoops protein powder – chocolate or vanilla
    • 1/2 cup sliced almonds

    Optional: 1 cup dried fruit mix
    Optional: organic raw shredded coconut

    DIRECTIONS

    • Heat peanut butter and honey in saucepan until runny.
    • Remove from heat and stir in protein powder, almonds and dried fruit.
    • Place in fridge to cool about 2 hours.
    • Remove from fridge and roll into snack size balls. Makes 24
    • – By Sarah Dubois