I'm sure everyone will agree, but it takes trail and error to find the best way of eating for you. As a plant- based ballerina I have to have a close eye on what I'm eating to make sure I'm receiving enough nutrients to perform at my optimal.
What I've found was that my diet was lacking in protein due to me constantly moving at an athletic state (this is generally not and issue for an average plant-based and vegan eaters as vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts and seeds have an abundance).
Since discovering this, I've started to create dishes and snacks with an even greater protein content by adding more tofu or legumes to my main meals and adding a good quality protein powder to my smoothies and porridge.
Here is one of my new high protein go-to snacks, Cookie Dough Protein Balls.
These little guys are simply delightful and perfect for people that have a massive sweet tooth like me!
Love Alex, Ballerina Bites.xx
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
3 tbsp cashew butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup almond meal
1/4 cup coconut sugar
3 tbsp vanilla protein powder (I use Form Nutrition)
A generous pinch of salt
1/4- 1/3 cup dairy free dark chocolate chips
In a food processor combine all ingredients (except the chocolate chips) and blend until a smooth dough forms. It should come together into a large ball.
Transfer the dough into a large bowl, and evenly mix in the chocolate chips with a spoon.
Take 1 heaped tbsp of the dough, and roll into a ball.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week, if they last that long!
- Recipe updated 26th May, 2019 -