Whether your bike ride this summer takes you across the state, across town or simply around the block these healthy powerballs will fuel your ride and speed up your post workout recovery. They are easy enough to have the kids help make and it’s easy to make simple substitutions based on what you have in the pantry.Whether your bike ride this summer takes you across the state, across town or simply around the block these healthy powerballs will fuel your ride and speed up your post workout recovery. They are easy enough to have the kids help make and it’s easy to make simple substitutions based on what you have in the pantry.
Almond butter is loaded with calcium which aids in muscle function. It is also high in magnesium to help you produce energy, as well as to synthesize fatty acids needed for energy storage. Look for a natural almond butter that’s free of sugar, hydrogenated fats and other additives. Whey protein powder enhances exercise recovery by building and repairing muscles.
These convenient no-bake snacks pack a big protein punch into a single bite.
• 1 1/2 c almond butter
• 1 banana, peeled and mashed
• 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
• 2 Tbsp whey protein powder
• 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
• 1 Tbsp honey
• 1/3 c almonds, finely chopped
In a mixing bowl, stir together the almond butter, banana, flax, protein powder, cocoa powder and honey. Blend until smooth. Line a plate or pan with parchment paper. With a small ice cream style scoop portion out 1- to 2-inch balls, rolling to pack ingredients. Place on parchment paper. Next, roll each ball in the chopped almonds and return to parchment paper. Place in the refrigerator or freezer until firm.
Place these in a tightly-sealed container and store in the freezer for a convenient energy-boosting snack.
• Serve on a party tray, with raw vegetables and dried fruit or even on the dessert bar.
• Substitute peanut or cashew butter for almond.
• Roll in coconut instead of chopped almonds.
296 calories, 24 g. fat, 6 mg. cholesterol, 15 mg. sodium, 14 g. carbohydrate, 5 g. fiber, 12 g. protein
Recipe developed by National Co+op Grocers, Stronger Together, a business services cooperative for natural food co-ops and provided by Wheatsfield Co-op, your community-owned full service natural foods grocery store. Everyone can shop. 413 Northwestern (just off Main St), Open daily 7am-9pm.