Spirulina Protein Power Balls
Do you ever have those days where you’re just rushing around with no time to spare and in need of some quick nourishment. I normally grab a few pieces of fruit or nuts when I’m travelling, trying to munch it down in the car and often spilling my almonds everywhere, making a total mess. This week I’ve been playing around in the kitchen and thought I’d make up a large batch of one of these yummy Protein Power Balls to take on road trips. They take around 10 minutes to make and end up being much healthier and more cost effective then buying them in the gym or supermarket. I’ve thrown in some spirulina which add an extra boost of amino acids and combine well with the nuts and protein powder.
A spoonful of Spirulina is rich in iodine, which is needed for healthy thyroid for metabolism. Spirulina is a member of the single-cell blue algae family and is about 70 percent protein to support a healthy immune system. Raw nuts such as almonds, walnuts, cashew and brazil are full of good fats, protein, antioxidants and fiber. Studies by the American journal of clinical nutrition found that eating a small handful of raw nuts per day can help control weight and reduce hunger, food cravings as well as help lower cholesterol. For an omega 3 boost you can swap all the nuts in this recipe for walnuts. I also love adding cinnamon to a lot of the food I cook because it has the power to help your body metabolize sugar and reduce insulin levels. Eating as little as 1/4 to 1 teaspoons of cinnamon a day is all you need to see the effects as well as cut cholesterol from 10 – 25 percent. Feel free to add more when making this recipe.
This batch of power balls should last up to 4 weeks in the fridge and make a delicious healthy snack or meal any time of day. Enjoy.
Makes 20 protein balls
200 g (2 cups) whole raw almonds
200 g ( 2 cups) whole raw cashew nuts
199 g (1 cup) pumpkin seed
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 scoop (21 g) natural vanilla protein powder (optional)
1 teaspoon spirulina powder
16 whole fresh pitted dates
squeeze orange juice or lemon
coconut to roll
Combine all the dry ingredients into a food processor. (almond, cashew, cinnamon, protein powder, pumpkin seed and sea salt) process until you get a crumb like consistency. Add dates and vanilla and process again. Squeeze the mixture and it should start to combine, if now add 2 more dates. Squeeze over a little orange or lemon juice and process for the last time. The mix should come together when squished with the hands. Using a small ice cream scoop or teaspoon divide mix into 20 balls. Roll in coconut and store covered in the fridge until needed.
Nutrition per ball:
Protein: 6 g
Carbs: 6.1 g
Total fat: 12 g
Saturated: 1.5 g
Fibre: 2.5 g
NOTE: you can also use sulphur free dried apricots or prunes in place of the fresh dates.