January 2017 is already here with a bang and it’s a great opportunity to detox our bodies after all the festivities over Christmas. Many of us have promised ourselves that this is the year to be at our absolute best, inside and out!  However, a common mistake at embarking on our new goals is to be super strict with our food, cutting out all things we consider bad for ourselves. We then deprive our cravings which we can usually ignore for a certain amount of time until that one day we slip, and before we know it we are full on chomping down on anything we can get our hands on!  And then the guilt and shame and more lack of willpower ends up with many of us winding back to square one and slipping quickly back in to old habits.  And yet another failed venture. Perhaps we will try again next year? NO! This year is different, I promise you. After collaborating with Featherbeats, we created these Matcha Protein BaseBalls to celebrate the exciting launch of Featherbeats! An ideal light snack to satisfy your cravings whilst recharging and repairing your body, energising your mind and boosting your immune system. A perfect addition to your healthy lifestyle and completely guilt free.  Now you can look the best in your latest Featherbeats Baseball Top whilst training and enjoy your Matcha Protein BaseBalls post training, feeling great inside and out. Keep them in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or you can even put them in the freezer for up to 6 months

Matcha is high in magical antioxidants, responsible for fighting against the negative effects of UV radiation (cancer prevention), giving us younger and more youthful looking skin! It has the ability to boost your immunity and is a powerful detoxifier capable of removing heavy metal and chemical toxins from within the body. Matcha helps to relax the mind therefore reducing stress but without causing any form of drowsiness. It’s a great clean energy source that can also boost our metabolism to help burn fat about 4 times faster than average.

Vegan Protein Powder is ideal for improving skin and digestive health, a strong immune system, improved sports performance and recovery, as well as being a high quality protein supplement for fat loss and detoxing. Due to no lactose in the Vegan Protein Powder it causes far less irritation on the stomach and is easily absorbed in the intestines.

Pumkin seeds are some of the richest sources of magnesium in such a small serving. Most people are deficient in magnesium (headaches, low blood sugar, constipation, insomnia, lack of energy, depression just to list a few!). They are high in Zinc and Iron, helping your nervous system fight against stress whilst boosting healthy hair and skin. They are high in fiber which helps regulate blood sugar, enhance regularity and are easy to digest. Pumpkin Seeds have been linked to improve insulin regulation, which can help those with blood sugar issues such as Polycystic Ovaries and Diabetes. They are a great alternative for those wit nut allergies and good source of omega 3 fatty acids that ensure healthy heart, help balance blood sugars, mood and digestion. And finally they contain protein that helps boost our happy hormone production, great mood boosters!

Matcha Protein BaseBalls – Vegan Recipe:

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
3/4 cup oats
3 tbsp raw cacao powder
1 scoop vegan chocolate protein powder
1 cup soft dates (soak for a few hours to soften if needed)
2 tbsp melted coconut oil
2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk (add more if needed)
small handful cacao nibs
1 tsp matcha powder

  • Blitz the pumpkin seeds and oats to a fine powder (nutribullet is perfect for this)
  • Transfer the ground seeds and oats into a mixing bowl
  • Add the cacao, matcha and protein powder to the bowl and gently mix together
  • Blitz the dates in a food processor until they become a sticky ball all together
  • Break up the date ball into smaller chunks and add to the mixing bowl along with the melted coconut oil and hand mix all together. Add the almond milk (can use coconut milk also) and cacao nibs, and continue to mix by hand until you are able to roll the mix into balls. If the mix is very dry add more almond milk.
  • Always try a small piece of the mix and adjust according to your preferences (if you need sweeter add more dates, or if you would like more chocolatey add more cacao etc)
  • Roll the mix into approximately 18 balls (roughly 18 grams each) and place in the fridge for a few hours
  • Option to dust with extra matcha or cacao powder
  • Enjoy

Each ball: 74cal, 8g carbs, 3g protein, 3g fat

Visit www.powerfulproteinpantry.co.uk for the full range of my protein treats available to order. Use code BASEBALLPRO17 for an exclusive 10% discount on all orders. All Protein Treats are gluten free, dairy free, soya free and free from any artificial ingredients. Vegan and Vegetarian.

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