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 of Cookie Dough Protein Balls.
These little guys are simply delightful and are perfect for people that have a sweet tooth like me!
Love Alex, Ballerina Bites.xx
1 cup rolled oats
60g vanilla plant based protein powder
1/2 tsp vanilla powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/3 cup 100% cashew butter or your favourite nut butter
1/4 cup maple or agave syrup
plant based milk
1/3 cup cacao nibs
In a food processor, grind oats until a flour.
Add protein, vanilla and baking powder and process until combined.
Next add chickpeas, cashew butter, maple syrup and process until it forms a dough.
*You may or may not need to add a dash of plant based milk. It will depend on your chickpeas and the denseness of your protein powder. You are looking for a firm slightly sticky dough.*
Add cacao nibs and pulse to evenly distribute throughout dough (don't over process to keep your nibs whole.)
Roll into 1/2 to 1 tbsp balls and store in an airtight container in the fridge. Makes 18.