We're back again for this week's healthy snack idea to inspire dancers to include three major macronutrients in every meal and snack - complex carbohydrates, proteins and healthy fats.
This one is from Food Matters TV - Chocolate Chia Protein Balls. The star ingredient is ginger! Ginger has been found to reduce muscle soreness or DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) which makes these protein balls perfect to consume post-dance training.
One of other great things about this recipe is that you can whip these protein balls up on a Sunday evening and store in the fridge for a quick and easy post-dance snack to save fuss during the week.
ALSO: Don't forget to keep hydrated… we now have a countertop water filter unit installed at the studio. It is a bit slow, but with patience and better time management you can refill your bottle with chlorine and bacteria free water :-)
Have a fantastic week, Team Pevnev
1/2 cup nut or seed butter, or tahini
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
1/4 cup protein powder
3 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 cup chia seeds
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tbsp ginger powder (or freshly grated ginger to taste)
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
Pinch of salt
Add all ingredients to the food processor, except 2 tbsp of the raw cacao powder (for dusting) and blend until mixture turns into a dough-like consistency.
With a small spoon, scoop the mixture and roll into balls.
Optional: dust with the extra cacao powder. Place the rolled balls onto a plate or baking sheet then place into the refrigerator to set. Store energy balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator until serving.