Tracking your Macro’s: Peanut Butter Protein Balls!
Are you tired of eating bland tasteless food? Do you want something flavorful in it that will help you to get fit? Or how about to help you lose weight?
Well wait no longer! Introducing Peanut Butter Protein Balls! These little scrumptious beauties will help you to reach your goals and they taste awesome.
Peanut Butter Protein Balls
2/3 cup natural peanut butter (any kind of nut butter will work, I use almond butter)
1/2 cup honey
2 scoop chocolate whey protein powder
6 tablespoons ground flaxseed
6 tablespoons dark chocolate chips
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Roll into 20 balls about one tablespoon per serving. (I also like to roll them in left over protein powder like you would will a dough and left over flour. This way they aren’t nearly as sticky.)
Refrigerate to firm overnight.
Makes about 20 Peanut Butter Protein Balls
A word of warning! The reason I included tracking your macros in the title is that is if you eat the whole tray of them you will go over your macronutrients (they are freakishly good), then no amount of exercise you do that day will burn off those calories... Everything in moderation they say and everyone’s macros are going to be different, so you are going to need to sit down and do the math or have someone else do it for you. Mine personally is right around Protein 48 grams, Carbohydrates 36 grams, & Fat 16 grams (this will change depending on my current own exercise program). So what does this mean in terms of how many of these delicious treats I can eat?!
Each ball is as follows: Protein is 4.25 grams, Carbohydrates 10.9 grams, Fat 5.6 grams
For me that means if I have 3 of them my macros for Protein is 12.75 grams, Carbohydrates 32.7 grams, Fat 16.8 grams. But wait it would seem my Protein intake is off by 35.25 grams?!?!! Not to worry all part of the plan.
The average protein scoop holds 24 grams of protein in it. So if I take 1 & 1/2 scoops of it and mix it will 1 cup of almond milk not only will my ratios be Protein is 48.75 grams, Carbohydrates 33.7 grams, Fat 18.8 grams, but also I’ve got an amazing chocolaty drink to go with my Peanut Butter Protein Balls! And lets be real if you are going to consume peanut butter in any dish you need to drink something or else you will be like a grey hound with it stuck to the roof of your mouth.
Are those Macros perfect for me? No absolutely not, will I reach them at the end of the day? You betcha, I just need to take 2.8 grams of fat, and .75 grams of Protein somewhere else out of my diet, add 2.3 grams of carbs and Voilà! I’m back on track baby!
When tracking your macronutrients you need some flexibility in your meals or else you will just keep eating the same tasteless and boring food (did I mention is would be miserable?). Does this give you license to eat anything you want? Nope. As much food as you want? Not a chance. Did I give you an awesome recipe to make? Yes, but this article is more than that. It’s about running the numbers for your macronutrients so you can eat delicious things like this in your diet and still get to your goals.
If you have some questions on how to track your macro’s or need help doing it feel free to reach out.