Gut Friendly Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Gut Friendly Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls

The gut friendly chocolate peanut butter protein balls are a perfect afternoon pick me up, post work out treat or great for a lunch box! Full of goodness to keep your energy going whilst helping add some friendly bacteria to the gut. 

Ingredients:

3/4 Cup Almonds
1/2 Cup Coconut Flakes
1 Cup of Medjool dates
2 Tablespoons Evo+ Chocolate Protein Powder
1 Tablespoon Evolution Botanicals Turkey Tail Mushroom
1 Tablespoon Cacao
1 Tablespoon Smooth Peanut Butter

Protein Balls

Method:

1. Blitz the almonds and coconut in a food processor
2. Add rest of ingredients and blend until a paste forms
3. Roll into bite sized balls
4. Roll in some extra coconut
5. Store in the fridge

 

Why add the extra Turkey Tail to your protein balls?

The prebiotic properties of Turkey Tail mushrooms may support a healthy gut microbiome. Prebiotics are compounds that promote the growth and activity of beneficial bacteria in the gut, which can have a positive impact on digestion, nutrient absorption, and overall gut health. They can really aid in the absorption of food and reduce bloating.

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The Benefits of Protein in your diet:

Protein is an essential nutrient that plays a crucial role in your overall health and functioning of the human body. Including an adequate amount of protein in your diet offers several benefits:

Muscle Development and Repair: Protein is necessary for building and repairing muscles. It provides the building blocks (amino acids) required for the synthesis of muscle tissue, helping to support muscle growth, strength, and recovery. This is especially important for individuals engaged in physical activities, such as athletes and those participating in regular exercise.

Weight Management: Protein has a high satiety value, meaning it helps you feel fuller for longer. Including protein-rich foods in your meals and snacks can help curb hunger and reduce overall calorie intake, thereby supporting weight management and preventing overeating.

Metabolism Boost: The body requires energy to digest and metabolize the nutrients we consume. This process, known as the thermic effect of food (TEF), is highest for protein. Including protein in your diet can slightly increase your metabolic rate and the number of calories burned during digestion, compared to fats and carbohydrates.

Blood Sugar Regulation: Protein, when consumed with carbohydrates, can help regulate blood sugar levels. It slows down the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates, preventing rapid spikes in blood glucose levels. This can be beneficial for individuals with diabetes or those at risk of developing the condition.

Tissue Maintenance: Protein is involved in the maintenance and repair of various tissues in the body, including skin, hair, nails, and organs. It contributes to the synthesis of collagen, a structural protein important for maintaining healthy skin elasticity and promoting wound healing.

Hormone and Enzyme Production: Proteins are essential for the production of hormones, such as insulin, which regulates blood sugar, and enzymes, which are involved in various metabolic processes. These substances are necessary for the proper functioning of the body's systems and overall health.

Immune Function: The immune system relies on proteins to produce antibodies and other immune cells. Adequate protein intake is important for supporting a healthy immune response and maintaining a strong defense against infections and diseases.

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