Protein – a healing food

Protein seems to be all the rage at the moment in the media – eating more promises bigger muscles, increased weight loss, better tone. But consuming protein is not just about aesthetics – it is an essential part of recovery from any injury.

Many factors affect the healing process, and one of the biggest is your nutritional status. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), neglecting to maintain good nutrition can compromise one’s ability to heal and in effect prolong the stages of recovery. Balanced glucose levels, sufficient vitamin C and ample calcium, for instance, are important for healing. Another big contributor to recovery is protein.

Protein aids the body in repairing damaged tissues. As the NIH points out, deficiency in protein has been shown to contribute to poor healing rates. When your body doesn’t get enough of this essential element, it has a difficult time forming collagen, the building block in muscles, ligaments and tendons.

Getting enough protein can be hard for many of us – but planning ahead can make things a bit easier. Making up batch of tasty energy bites that you can carry around with you makes upping your protein levels that bit easier. And when you can make them taste just like a chocolate truffle you won’t be able to resist …

 

Chocolate Protein Truffles

Per ball – P: 4.1g, C: 0.6g F: 1.4g, 30 calories

Ingredients:

120g protein powder of choice (from experience chocolate & vanilla flavours work well)
50g cocoa powder
50g ground almonds
150-200ml almond milk
Honey/agave/maple syrup (optional, to taste)

Method:

– Mix the dry ingredients together make sure they are well blended.
– Add the milk slowly, mixing as you go. I usually use around 170ml with whey protein
– Add the honey/sweetener at this point and mix in
– You should get to the consistency where it is extremely hard to mix but not dry.
– Wet your hands and grab small (walnut sized) balls of mixture and roll into a ball (the mixture, not you)
– Pour cocoa powder onto a chopping board/flat surface. Roll the ball in it using your palm.
– Store in the fridge (best when eaten cold).

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