I love to eat healthy but I am usually on the go so I modified a few different protein bar recipes I found, added my own twist and created these yummy protein balls. There is all kind of good things in it for you but my favorite in Quinoa!
‘Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) contains more protein than any other grain (actually it’s a seed so you can eat it raw too!); an average of 16.2 percent, compared with 7.5 percent for rice.Quinoa is a complete protein with an essential amino acid balance making it a great solution for vegetarians concerned about getting enough protein and aminos.Also, Quinoa is full of the amino acid lysine which is essential for tissue growth and repair. Quinoa features a host of other health-building nutrients. It is a very good source of magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus, and may be especially valuable for persons with migraine headaches, diabetes and atherosclerosis.Quinoa is low on the Glycemic scale, making it a great choice for diabetic diets. Plus it tastes great!’?*1
‘The history of quinoa is also quite fascinating! ‘Quinoa has been cultivated for over 5,000 years. It was once called “the gold of the Incas”. It was considered so useful that rivals attributed the stamina of the Incan warriors to quinoa. The armies would make “war balls” of quinoa and fat and take them with them into battle.’ *2
So where can you get quinoa locally? A couple local stores carry this awesome seed:
Kitchen Kneads- A really awesome locally owned store that features all kinds of cool hard to find grains and baking supplies
Harvest health food– Full of vitamins, protein powders and yes, even quinoa
If you are willing to drive a little further Good earth natural foods in Riverdale also carried quinoa
Let’s get down to business, here is how you can make yummy protein balls!
1 cup soaked quinoa (soak in a bowl of cool water for 6-8hours- rinse and let strain until it doesn’t drip anymore
1cup dates (you can use raisins, cranberries or any other sticky dried fruit too!)
6 tbsp of nut butter- I use 3 almond 3 peanut
1/2 cup of shredded coconut unsweetened
1/2 cup flax meal, save another 1/2 for later
agave to taste
toss it all in a blender, form into balls, drop into a bowl of flax meal . put in the fridge to harden – enjoy