Meet the Perfect Workout Snack: No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls

A lot of people think the healthy, fit crowd doesn’t snack. And they definitely don’t eat chocolate. Well, that couldn’t be further from the truth. As a matter of fact, snacking is a big part of being healthy. Forget about that old-fashioned three-square-meals a day cliché.

You can still enjoy the same number of calories out of your day by having small, healthy snacks in between small, healthy meals. Snacking can help you maintain a healthy blood sugar level throughout the day, is good for your heart, and it can help lowers your chances of gaining weight.

When you’re actively working out, it’s also very important to have a “recovery” snack. Your body needs a way to replace the energy you’ve just burned and to help repair your muscles. Healthy carbs (yes, not all carbs are the enemy!) can be used to replenish fuel. Protein is vital for restoring and growing muscles and after exercise, a small amount of healthy fat can also assist in speedy recovery.

You’re probably thinking that the last thing you want to do is cook when your arms and legs feel like Jell-O after a good workout. Been there! Which is part of why this no-bake recipe is so perfect:

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Cooking Time: 10 minutes + 1 hour Freezer Time

Ingredients

For 5 balls

2 Scoops of Chocolate Protein Powder (300 calories)

¼ Cup of Flax Seed (200 calories)

¼ Cup of Natural Peanut Butter (420 calories)

2 Tsp of Water (0 calories)

Directions

Place 2 scoops of chocolate protein powder in a bowl. Then mix ¼ cup of natural peanut butter. Add ¼ cup of flax seed and 2 tsp of water. Stir for about 3 minutes or until powder is dissolved. Roll into 5 balls, put onto a plate and let freeze for 1 hour. After 1 hour take out and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Total Calories 184

1 Ball

10g Fat

9g Carbohydrates

12g Protein

Who doesn’t love chocolate? Chocolate comes from the cacao bean and studies show that there may be benefits such as lowering bad cholesterol, improving brain functions, and reducing the risk of stroke, but don’t start reaching for Hershey bars.

The recipe calls for chocolate in the form of protein powder, so it’s a double-whammy. The benefits of chocolate AND protein. Want to feel less sore after your workout? Rebuild your broken-down muscles with protein.

Flaxseed has lots of fiber in it, which will help you stay full until your next meal. But, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It also has Omega-3s, which are a heart-healthy fat and flaxseed may prevent cancer and heart disease.

In the past, peanut butter has gotten a bad reputation for being fattening. However, by using natural peanut butter in this snack, you’re enjoying a heart-healthy protein source that can promote weight loss. The key, though, is to limit portion size so put down that giant spoon and step away from the jar.

Good fat, healthy carbs and protein are the magic combination for recovering from your workout and getting your body back into optimal conditions to reap the benefits of the exercise you just did.

The simple ingredients in fast, easy recipe will help you to:

• rebuild muscle and speed workout recovery

• reduce the risk of heart disease

• lower bad cholesterol

• ENJOY CHOCOLATE! (without guilt)

Be sure to make this recipe ahead of time since it has to freeze.A recovery snack is most effective when it’s eaten within 15 minutes to an hour after working out. Luckily, it’s a portable snack you can take with you and have on hand as soon as you need it.