Healthy Eating Workshop: Benefits of Protein.

Protein is a vital nutrient for human survival. However there are many factors such as dietary preferences, health conditions including allergies, general food quality and convenience that may prevent people from gaining an adequate amount of protein on a daily basis.

What is protein?

Proteins are made up of organic compounds called amino acids and are essential nutrients you can’t live without. Whenever the body is growing, repairing or replacing tissue, protein is involved. Proteins are found in your skin, bones, muscle and all your organ tissue. In addition, they are used to produce hormones, enzymes and haemoglobin that carry oxygen in the blood. Protein is a vital nutrient for human survival. However there are many factors such as dietary preferences, health conditions including allergies, general food quality and convenience that may prevent people from gaining an adequate amount of protein on a daily basis.

Protein helps to:

  • Support weight loss + healthy metabolism
  • Support Detox diets
  • Support nutritional needs during pregnancy
  • Supports digestive health
  • Repairs and maintains healthy skin and hair
  • Keep blood sugars stable
  • Curb appetite
  • Maintain a healthy Immune system
  • Build and repair the body
  • Support new growth and maintenance
  • Sustain lean muscle
  • Prevent muscle wastage
  • Assist in hormone production
  • Assist recovery from sport or illness

In today’s class, students had the opportunity to make some Protein Balls. The end result was great, so try and make these yourself at home 🙂 Please see the recipe below.

Protein balls

Protein Balls

protein balls

What’s so good about them?

Almonds
Almonds are also rich in vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps protect the body against free radicals as well as protein to help sustain lean muscle and repair the body.

Pure Vanilla Bean
Vanilla helps relax the nervous system and reduce inflammation. It is rich in antioxidants and also enhance mental performance.

Cacao
The highest known antioxidant food on the planet. Rich in Magnesium, iron, copper, manganese, riboflavin and essential micronutrients for health and vitality. The high flavenoid content of cacao has been scientifically linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Cacao contain theobromine that boost endorphins and increases mental alertness.

Maca
A Peruvian herb used to promote energy and stamina. Maca supports the immune system, adrenal and thyroid function and stabilizes hormone levels. It has antioxidant properties and is a wonderful herb to support the body during periods of stress. Maca is rich in zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamins C and E.

Cinnamon
Cinnamon improves insulin’s efficiency, which helps regulate blood sugar levels. Cinnamon can also help boost brain activity.

Protein Powder

Contains all the essential amino acids your body needs to heal and nourish

Ingredients

330 g raw whole almonds or walnuts
60g Protein Powder
20 fresh dates, pitted
3 generous tablespoons of raw cacao
1 tablespoon of Maca
1 teaspoon natural vanilla paste
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon honey
50mls of coconut water

Coconut, Goji berry, Cacao, Nuts, for rolling

Throw almonds into the food processor with cinnamon, protein powder , maca and cacao powder then process until the mix looks crumbly.
Add dates, vanilla extract, honey then process again until the mix starts to come together.
Add the coconut water if needed, so that mixture is soft and forms a soft ball.
Form into 14 decent sized balls.
Roll in coconut or any other of my suggested coatings and store in the fridge until you feel like a snack or quick meal on the run.
Store in the fridge for upto 4 weeks

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