Smart Snacking

Competition Prep, Recipes

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Anyone who knows me knows I love a snack. I wish I could be one of these three meals a day gals but it just isn’t me. Besides, with my training at the moment it is very important to be fuelling and re-fuelling myself at the right times, with the right things.

I have about four small meals a day with snacks and shakes in between to keep my body going in order to workout and then recuperate and grow. I have dabbled in shop bought protein bars and balls and anything that basically says ‘HIGH PROTEIN’ but what we don’t really tend to realise is how much ‘added sugar’ and nasties that are in these. Never mind the fact that they are also generally covered in a generous serving of chocolate too. Just because they contain Spirulina or a new wonder berry it doesn’t mean ‘Go wild and eat loads, they’re healthy!’. I’ve found that making my own protein filled treats and pre-workout fuelling snacks work well and I then also know exactly what is going into my body.

For those days when I just fancy a dessert  or feel my sweet tooth making me reach for things like dark chocolate or craving custard (you get my drift) I’ll go and buy some Alpro Plain Soya Yoghurt. I know, BORING! Is what you’re thinking, but I’m not finished yet! So, I get home with my plain yoghurt and I’ll rustle up something that resembles some what of a fitness angel delight. I’ll then either top with nuts or fruit or a broken up homemade energy ball.  Further down you’ll find the recipe and nutritional breakdown. It is also a great way for me to get my extra protein in because I’m not a massive fan of drinking protein shakes but I’ll happily add protein to my oats, or yoghurt and eat it instead!

Not to blow my own trumpet, I have also gotten quite good at rustle up an Energy Ball or 40… The recipe I’ve written works more as a pre-workout snack to fuel the body rather than a super high protein snack for post-exercise. These Energy Balls would also work intra-workout too if you’re going HARD for a long time and find you need a pick me up somewhere part way through. This week I made a Ferrero Rocher inspired flavour and a Chocolate Peanut Butter one. I’ll only have two of these a day max and a little treat when i’m after something sweet. They actually go really well with the Fitness Angel Delight mentioned above, broken up on top!

Don’t just take my word for it:

11 out of 10 for the peanut butter chocolate energy balls- SO tasty!! thank you! saving the Ferrero Rocher ones until tomorrow eek!! yummmmmm xxx 

~ Laura Ruthnum

I’ll stop talking now and get down to the important bit; the recipes that tell you how you can make them too and their nutritional values.


Fitness Angel Delight

Ingredients:

  • 200ml Alpro Plain Yoghurt
  • 1 scoop Protein Powder ( I used The Protein Works Chocolate Soy Protein Isolate)
  • 1 tsp Sweet Freedom Choc Shot

 

Method:

  • Pour your yoghurt into a bowl
  • Mix in your protein (blend if you wish)
  • Swirl through your Choc Shot
  • Top as you wish!

 

Nutritional Content

(Without Toppings)

Calories: 222

Protein: 33g

Carbs: 7g

Fat: 5g

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Energy Balls

Ferrero Rocher

Ingredients: (Makes 22)

  • 500g Date paste
  • 60g Chocolate Soy Protein
  • 125ml Strong Black Coffee
  • 1 tsp Agave Syrup
  • 4 tsp Sweet Freedom Choc Shot
  • 1 heaped tsp cacao nibs
  • 30 hazelnuts

Method:

  • Heat date paste in the microwave for about 30 seconds to loosen
  • In a large bowl start to mix together date paste and protein
  • add the coffee, cacao nibs, Agave and Choc Shot and mix until combined
  • Finish combining the mixture with your hands (Get messy!)
  • Separate the mixture and roll between your palms to form 22 balls
  • Push one whole hazelnut into the centre of each ball and re-roll
  • Place the remaining nuts in a sandwich bag and smash to pieces!
  • Roll each ball in the broken hazelnuts to finish

 

Nutritional Content: (Per Ball)

Calories: 98

Carbs: 17.6g

Protein: 3.3g

Fat: 1.4g


Energy Balls

Chocolate Peanut Butter

Ingredients: (Makes 22)

  • 500g Date Paste
  • 60g Chocolate Peanut Protein Powder (Bulk Powders Vegan Blend)
  • 150ml Strong Black Coffee
  • 2 tbsp Powdered Peanut Butter(PB2)/Peanut Flour (OR normal peanut butter)
  • 1 tsp Agave Syrup
  • 4 tsp Sweet Freedom Choc Shot
  • 1 tbsp PB2 and 1tbsp Cacao powder to finish

 

Method:

  • Heat date paste in the microwave for about 30 seconds to loosen
  • In a large bowl start to mix together date paste and protein
  • add the coffee,  Peanut Butter, Agave and Choc Shot and mix until combined
  • Finish combining the mixture with your hands (Get messy!)
  • Separate the mixture and roll between your palms to form 22 balls
  • Mix together the Cacao and remaining PB2
  • Roll each ball in the Cacao PB2 mixture to finish

 

Nutritional Content: (Per Ball)

Calories: 91

Carbs: 18.5g

Protein: 2.3g

Fat: 0.4g


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Like I said, I will have a maximum of two of these a day- more than likely one of each. They are relatively high in carbohydrates due to the high date content which means these carbs are sugars… So even though they aren’t chocolate covered treat from a shop, eat too many and you won’t be seeing those results you’re hoping for in your fitness/body goals!

I love making my own recipes and you’ll see more and more coming to the blog. It’s great for me to know exactly what is fuelling this body so if I make something great, I’ll keep sharing the recipes!

 

Enjoy!

Be sure to let me know if you have any new flavours you want me to try!

Char x

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