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These Post Workout Collagen Protein Balls are the perfect snack to pop in your mouth after a workout to help with recovery and muscle growth!
Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I went hiking with my husband and a couple of friends at Enchanted Rock, which was a lot of fun, and a bit tiring. We have hiked there before, if you remember from our Anniversary weekend, and it was just as steep and difficult. My legs were burning after climbing the summit trail. And it was hot. Very hot. Thank goodness for camelbaks and sunscreen!
Are you ready to conquer this week with some good workouts? If you are, then these Post Workout Protein Balls will help with your recovery! They are full of protein from collagen, and fast-digesting carbs!
Eating fast-digesting carbs and protein after a good workout can help a lot with recovery and protein synthesis. Simple, or fast-digesting and high glycemic carbohydrates are beneficial post workout because they help to restore the glycogen and glucose in your muscles that were depleted during the workout. This helps to start the muscle recovery process. Good examples of fast-digesting carbohydrates are dates, or ripe bananas. I have even seen bodybuilders pop a rice-crispy treat into their mouth after a hard workout.
Protein is also important because it is the building blocks of the muscle. It aids in protein synthesis, which will help to grow muscle and strength, and protein helps to repair and rebuild muscle after a hard workout.
In the past, I used to drink a protein shake and chew on a couple of dates after a workout, but I got tired of doing that. Since seeing the trend of protein balls rise, I wanted to make my own Paleo post-workout protein balls that I could eat after a workout. And they were delicious!
With these paleo Post Workout Protein Balls you get the fast-digesting carbs from the dates and the banana, and the protein comes from collagen, which is also beneficial for your skin, joints, and hair. Hello recovery! I will either use Great Lakes Collagen or Vital Protein Collagen Peptides.
I brought these to my crossfit gym last weekend and handed them out after the WOD and everyone loved them. These paleo post workout collagen protein balls are an easy, no-bake recipe that doesn’t take up too much time, and tastes great! They are the perfect healthy treat to pop in your mouth after a hard workout to help jump-start your recovery.
- 12 dates pitted
- 1/2 banana
- 4 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen
- 2 Tbsp hemp seeds
- 4 Tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
- 2 Tbsp cacao powder
Place the coconut flakes into a food processor and pulse until it has made a dust. Remove 2 tablespoons of the coconut flakes and set in a bowl.
Place dates and banana in a food processor and pulse until it has made a paste.
Add in the collagen or protein powder and hemp seeds. Blend until everything is combined.
Roll the dough into balls, then roll each ball in the reserved coconut flakes to coat.
Keep refrigerated, and pop one in your mouth after a workout!