I’ve been trying out a new protein supplement from Galway based company ‘Diamond Nutrition’ and I think I’ve found a new favourite! The Vanilla-Cinnamon Slim Lite+ Smoothie is delicious shaken with water or almond milk. Formulated using whey protein derived from the milk of grass fed, free-range cows it gets a major thumbs up from yours truly. Protein supplements can be a really effective way of promoting muscle growth and encouraging fat loss, and whey protein is particularly beneficial.
Some benefits of whey protein:
- Absorbed rapidly compared to casein or pea proteins making it an ideal pre- and post-workout supplement. Casein protein on the other hand is a good idea before bed as it provides slow releasing protein to support muscle repair during the night.
- Contains calcium, potassium, sodium, phosphorous and vitamins A, C, folate and B12.
- It contains high levels of the Branched-Chain Amino Acids or BCAA’s which promote muscle growth and prevent fatigue during and after training.
- Ingestion of a whey protein supplement before your workout boosts your metabolic rate and facilitates body fat loss.
This recipe has some old favourites…Meridian Peanut Butter as it has no additives and is naturally high in protein (but mostly because it’s so delicious), chia seeds, dates and Irish rolled oats provide omega-3 fatty acids, fibre and iron in that order.
The only drawback of making these protein balls is the painstaking challenge of trying NOT to eat half the dough out of the blender bowl while rolling out the balls…..good luck with that!
(makes 16 balls)
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 3/4 cup Meridian Crunchy Peanut Butter*
- 1/2 cup (about 1.5 scoops) Platinum Nutrition Diamond Smoothie Lite Vanilla-Cinnamon flavour*
- 1 Tbsp Chia Bia Whole chia seeds*
- 1/2 cup pitted dates
- 2-3 Tbsp water
- Finely chopped raw peanuts or almonds
- Line a baking tray with parchment and set aside.
- Put all ingredients except the water into a blender bowl and pulse until well combined. Add 2 tablespoons of water, pulse again and check consistency. If the dough feels too dry, add another tablespoon of water and pulse. The dough should stick together when pressed between fingers, but it shouldn’t be too wet.
- Roll tablespoon-size portions of dough between the palms of your hands to form balls. The mixture makes about 16 balls (assuming you’ve managed to avoid eating most of it out of the bowl!)
- Scatter the raw chopped nuts onto a plate and gently toss the protein balls into the nuts so they are lightly coated.
- Place the balls onto the parchment and refrigerate. Once hardened transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 3 weeks or in the freezer for up to 6 weeks.
|NUTRITION INFORMATION per protein ball|
PAMELA RYAN | NUTRITIONIST | CORPORATE NUTRITION + YOGA
*Ingredients available in LloydsPharmacy Stores