Despite being flat out with uni exams at the moment, this Sunday I’m going to publish a quick recipe I use for my cacoa protein balls.
Protein balls are so great as a healthy snack to fill you up. Just try not to go crazy on them, as they are very moreish. I try to use coconut oil because it is nice and filling compared to lots of other cooking oils.
Each ball has about 205 calories and is dense with healthy fats and protein to make it the perfect yummy, healthy snack.
My recipe makes 5. You will need:
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 1/3 cup chia seeds
- 50g sultanas
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- Put all dry ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth
- Put peanut butter and coconut oil in the microwave for 1 minute
- Pour peanut butter/coconut oil mixture into dry ingredients and mix with spoon.
- Using your hands form the mixture into 5 little protein balls
- Place in fridge for an hour
Cocoa Brown ~ How could I choose any other colour?
Let me know if you try the recipe out!
I love Frittata’s because they are delicious, but also because of their versatility – they can be served hot or chilled and for lunch or dinner. My recipe packs in lots of veggies, making the Frittata filling but low in calories. You can ch0oose to mix and match veggies depending on what you feel like (other options are capsicum, regular tomatoes, pumpkin, mushroom & asparagus).
For a sweet taste and carbs to fill me up, I use sweet potato as the base of the Frittata but this can be substituted for baby potatoes if you prefer. The meal takes about an hour to prepare if you are a slow chopper (like me), but if have a knack for cutting greens it should only take about 30 minutes.
You will need:
- 8 eggs
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 2 medium sweet potatoes
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 4 spring onions
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 1/3 cup feta
- 1 zucchini
- Pinch of salt
- 6 of cherry tomatoes
- 1/4 cup fresh basil
- Preheat the oven to 200˚C.
- Chop up the sweet potatoes and zucchini into cubes and fry in fry-pan with turmeric and olive oil, until golden brown and cooked through.
- Chop up the cherry tomatoes, spring onions, feta and basil. Also loosely chop the baby spinach.
- Whisk the eggs, milk and salt in a large bowl until smooth. Then stir through the basil.
- Put the sweet potatoes and the zucchini fry into the base of a cake tin. Cover with baby spinach, tomatoes and sprinkle with spring onion.
- Pour egg mixture over all other ingredients in cake tin, making sure to cover everything.
- Cut up feta into small blocks and place on top.
- Cook for 25 minutes, or until egg looks bouncy and cooked through (I check by inserting a skewer – make sure it doesn’t come out goopy).
Voila! Homemade and delicious.
I have been working on this recipe for a while, trying out all different styles of breakfasts (muesli, toast, bacon & eggs, avo on toast, pancakes) to try and find a yummy, low calorie breakfast which is also very filling.
So here it is, the perfect breakfast to fill you up and keep you looking and feeling good:
- 2 poached eggs cooked in 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/4 avocado
- 4 cherry tomatoes
- 1 piece of multi-grain toast
- Black tea with almond/soy/cows milk (or herbal tea e.g. peppermint)
This meal has healthy carbohydrate in the bread, good fat in the avocado, protein in the eggs, part of your daily dairy requirement in the tea and a touch of flavour with the tomatoes.
Don’t feel guilty about the eggs (if you’ve ever heard anything negative about them), they are one of the healthiest and filling foods you can eat.
To avoid getting tired of having the SAME meal every day (don’t worry it happens to the best of us), mix the meal up by replacing the egg with 50g of fish, such as tuna, trout or cooked salmon. Or, you can try different breads such as wholemeal, rye or sourdough. Or, if you are feeling like a bit more flavour you can add some mushrooms or a small piece of grilled haloumi or tasty cheese. It’s up to you!
The feature image is one I captured this morning when I went out with a friend (Burnt Orange cafe Mosman). I ate about half and then asked for the rest take-away to savour for lunch.