Irresistible Protein Energy Balls Recipe!
Apr 19, 2018
Just imagine for a second…You just finished a kick ass, intense, muscle pumping workout! You’re nice and sweaty and feeling great but what do you do next?
You gotta feed that metabolism, repair those muscles, and replenish all those nutrients!
Fueling your body correctly after a killer workout is super important! Without the proper nutrition, all that hard work is going to be wasted.
So your next question is probably…So what should I eat after my workout?
I wanted to share a tasty and simple recipe that I use all the time. These yummy little protein energy balls are perfect right after a tough workout!
Some people (this is me) get super hungry after a workout and want to eat everything is site. Just have a few of these little guys and you’ll satisfy those cravings until it’s time to eat a larger meal.
If you’re the type that isn’t hungry or doesn’t like to eat much directly after a workout, these protein balls are perfect. You don’t have to force feed yourself a huge meal but you’ll still get the nutrients your body needs!
Before we get to the recipe, I wanted to quickly help you understand why it is so important to eat after you workout. And before your workout as well!
We will also touch on why I chose certain ingredients for these protein energy balls to make them the perfect pre and post workout snack or meal!
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WHY should I eat post workout?
Let’s keep it simple here. Working out requires a lot of energy and your body gets energy from food. So you need to give your body more energy for it to operate properly.
It is also important to have a healthy post workout meal because this will repair your muscles after a tough workout! This allows them to be even stronger for the next workout.
And when you sweat, your body loses electrolytes. Your food is going to help you replace those vitamins and minerals as well.
WHAT should I eat post workout?
So now that you understand that your post workout meal is important to replenish, repair, and refuel your body, let’s find out what you should be eating. This is why I picked certain ingredients for this tasty protein energy balls recipe!
First of all, yeah need a good source of protein to repair and build muscle. Yes, this is still important even if you’re not a bodybuilder! Your muscle fibers get broken down during a workout and they need protein and amino acids to repair and get stronger.
Next, you need carbs to refuel your body! You don’t want just any carbs after a workout, you want simple carbs! Such as sweet potatoes (which is the main ingredient in these protein energy balls) because they digest faster!
Your body needs an insulin spike post workout (which is what a simple carb will do) to help your body absorb protein and nutrients.
And as far as fats go…having small amounts of healthy fats in your post workout meal is ok but it should be limited. Large quantities of fat after a workout can slow digestion and inhibit the absorption of nutrients you get from the protein and carbs.
Alright...now that you're an expert in post workout meals, let's get to the recipe!
Protein Energy Balls Ingredients
- 100g of Sweet potatoes
- 1 tsp of Maca
- ½ tsp Cinnamon
- 1 Serving of Aloha plant based protein (or whatever protein powder you use)
- ¼ cup Almond Milk
- 1 tsp Honey
- 1 tsp Coconut Sugar
Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Heat sweet potato in microwave for 8 minutes, 4 minutes on each side.
Mash the sweet potato and add the mashed sweet potato in with the dry ingredients.
Add the almond milk and honey and continue to mix.
Once mixed, roll up into bite size balls and put them in the oven at 350 degrees for 7 minutes.
Put in the fridge until you need them for after a workout!
So there you have it...the snack/meal with the perfect ingredients for after a killer workout! They are going to help you get the most out of your workouts!
These little protein energy balls are also great to give you some fuel before your workout!
If you struggle with nutrition and knowing what to eat in order to reach your goals, you need my quick and easy Nutrition Guide!
I designed this for those ladies that don't want to force feed themselves the same disgusting meals all the time or count the calories of every crumb they put in their mouth.
It makes healthy eating easy to understand and stick to! You can grab your copy by clicking here!
That's all for today my friend :)
- Britt Nicole -
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