I have a huge pet peeve – protein balls that are not actually protein balls. Seriously, have you ever looked at the macros of one of those tings? It’s usually significantly more fat and carbs, close to 20 grams of each, with maybe 5 grams of protein and we have the audacity to call it a protein ball. I object (said in my best Reese Witherspoon Legally Blonde voice.)
Admittedly, the protein bite recipes we all love so much are super tasty. And why wouldn’t they be! It’s basically just cookie dough. But what if we actually had a protein ball, that had more protein than fat?
Before you gag, yes. I know that conjures up images of a ball of meat. Wait … isn’t that just a meatball? Alright, well I’m not talking about keeping a bunch of meatballs in your fridge for a tasty high protein snack during the day, though I suppose that’s a viable choice- and if that works for you, have at it.
As for the rest of us, I speak for the group when I say I would rather have something that tastes vaguely sweet, chewy and delicious over a ball of well….meat.
Technically, packaged food only needs to contain 20% the DV (daily value) of your protein needs to be listed as a high protein source. The problem is much of the research available sadly, even yes from some decent sources recommends the daily protein amount for women between 50-60 grams. Now, if your doctor has you on a specific protein amount for medical reason, of course, follow their advice! However, in my experience with myself and clients that a VERY general rule of thumb could be considered 1 g of protein per pound of body weight, or lean body weight if you on a fat loss diet. Again, there are nuances here and it varies but even if I’m off a little we are talking about a difference of 50 g or protein (enough for say a toddler) vs 100- 150 grams of protein. That is a huge discrepancy!
So fine, a protein ball that is less protein than anything else tracks with what our grocery store standards are. But we can do better.
1/3 cup plain non fat greek yogurt
1/4 cup vanilla whey protein powder
1/4 cup dry rolled oats
1/4 cup almond butter or peanut butter
1/4 cup coconut flour
Macros per 1 ball
8 grams Protein
8 grams Carbs
6 grams Fat
*If you don’t mind a few extra fats and carbs, I highly suggest rolling in melted chocolate and freezing.