G-Ma’s Protein PB Balls
April arrived this week, and instead of playing practical jokes I decided to get serious about eating healthy. I’ll admit I’ve been a little lax in my healthy diet. For some reason, cold winter weather puts me into hibernation mode, and I just want to munch a little too much. Since Spring is here and beach season is right around the corner, I’m going to share a healthy snack with you.
This week, I made Protein Balls. I got the recipe from my mom, and changed it a little bit to fit my preferences. It was super easy to make plus they tasted wonderful and kept me feeling full.
G’Ma’s Protein PB Ball Recipe
1 cup natural creamy peanut butter
1 tsp. of vanilla
1 1/2 cup oats- Quick 1 minute
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup dried cranberries
(optional: 1/4 cup shredded chocolate)
I mixed the ingredients together with my electric mixer instead of a spoon because the peanut butter is tough to mix.
Once you mix all the ingredients together, place wax paper on the counter to roll your balls. I took a handful of the mixture and pinched apart bit-size pieces to roll into balls.
Then I placed the balls into a food storage container, layered with wax paper to help separate the balls. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
I found the protein balls perfect for an after-gym snack, so for my next batch; I recruited the to boys’ help. They each took turns pouring in each ingredient while I talked about the importance of healthy nutrients. Nearly every ingredient offers a healthy benefit.
- Peanut Butter is an excellence source of protein. Proteins are the building blocks of life that help your body repair cells and make new ones. Also helpful in growth and development for kids.
- Honey is a wonderful sugar substitute because unlike sugar it doesn’t give you a false sense of energy. It helps prevent fatigue during exercise. Honey is also an immune system booster.
- Cranberries have been associated with the prevention of certain types of cancer. It also supports healthy immune functions and decreased blood pressure.
- Oats are known to lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes plus their loaded with vitamins.
When I think about teaching the kids about eating healthy; it really encourages me not to pick a sugar loaded doughnut. Modeling a healthy lifestyle is really the best teaching method for our children. My goal next winter is to not fall into the hibernation trap of unhealthy eating, but to seek out healthy recipes and ingredients for me and my family.