contributed by Charlotte M-G
During tough times when you feel as if you have no motivation to be active, it’s a good idea to take a closer look at your diet. In reality, the food that you eat may be the culprit as to why you’re feeling uninspired and unproductive.
Your daily diet and the food that you use to fuel your body has a big impact on how well your body performs. Processed foods that contain artificial additives will not provide your body with adequate energy. As a result, you won’t feel satiated throughout the day, your energy will diminish quickly, and you’ll lose your initiative.
The importance of eating healthy, nutritious foods is not a myth or exaggeration. By incorporating natural, healthful food items into your diet, you’ll find it easier to stay energized while feeling your best.
One way of adding nourishing foods into your diet is to replace unhealthy snacks with healthier alternatives. Energy balls are an excellent dietary tool since they’re easy to make and they’re packed full of nutrients.
This recipe in particular is ideal for an easy boost of protein or a quick snack while you’re on-the-go. No matter the time of day, these protein balls will help fuel your body with the right nutrition and they’re also suitable for almost any diet.
One of the most important ingredients in this recipe is the pea protein powder made from yellow split peas. While pea protein is excellent for promoting lean muscle growth and fat loss, this protein offers many other benefits which support your general health.
As a standalone supplement, pea protein powder is a source of high-quality protein that is full of essential amino acids. Despite having the label of being an ‘incomplete’ protein, it remains to be an ideal plant-based supplement. Plus, since protein is our main source of energy, it’s vital that you consume enough protein per day to keep your body functioning as it should be.
This protein supplement may also support heart health and reduce the risk of certain diseases. Evidence has indicated that pea protein can help reduce cholesterol levels by decreasing fat production.
Alongside pea protein, this recipe includes chia seeds and natural peanut butter, both of which are high in antioxidants and healthy fatty acids.
Here is the recipe for these super easy-to-make vegan-friendly, no-bake peanut butter protein balls:
- 4 tbsp. natural peanut butter (without added sugar)
- 3 tbsp. brown rice syrup
- 1 scoop Naked Pea
- 2 tsp. chia seeds
- 2 tbsp almond milk (or dairy milk if you’re not plant-based)
First, mix the natural peanut butter and the brown rice syrup in a bowl (natural peanut butter is recommended as it’s a healthier alternative to commercial peanut butters). Stir in the pea protein powder, chia seeds, and milk until all the ingredients are combined. The mixture should be slightly sticky.
Shape the protein balls and place in the fridge to set for 30 minutes. Enjoy!
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Charlotte M-G is a healthy recipe expert, recipe writer and team member at Naked Nutrition.