Turns out making a baby takes a whole lotta protein! Pregnant women need about 75 grams of protein per day, and a non-pregnant woman requires about 45 grams of protein per day. That means that when pregnant, you not only have to get used to all the weird changes to your body, but you also have to make HUGE adjustments to your diet.
I’m adjusting… My car console, purse, gym bag, and work bag all have stashes of easy to eat, high calorie, high nutrition content foods. This treat is a new one I’ll be adding to the mix.
Here are some protein balls I made with gluten-free Vega protein powder. I’ve tried having protein shakes, but they make the two of us gag (I imagine baby is gagging in utero as much as I…). With these no-bake protein balls, you can get a little something sweet, and a whole lot of nutrients in. Namely: protein, fibre, and omega fate — building blocks for a healthy body (and baby!).
NOTE: to make a lighter version, roll the balls in cocoa powder instead of dipping in the chocolate sauce. Be sure to do this before the balls have chilled so the cocoa sticks a bit better.
1 cup Protein Powder (I used Vega brand, as I know it’s gluten-free)
1 cup Gluten-Free Oats
1 cup Honey
1 cup Peanut Butter (I prefer the all natural, no sugar or preservative added PB)
3/4 cup Shredded Coconut
1/2 cup Flax Seeds
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 cup Chocolate Chips
1 Tbsp. Vegetable Shortening
Put all the ingredients, other than the chocolate chips and shortening, into a large bowl. Mix. If it’s too tough to mix, microwave for about a minute.
Next, roll the mixture into small balls, and place on a parchment covered baking sheet. Put the balls in the fridge to harden. If making the lighter version with no chocolate sauce, roll the balls in cocoa powder before placing in the fridge to set.
After at least 15-20 minutes, melt the chocolate chips and shortening in the microwave (takes about 60-90 seconds).
With a fork, dip each ball into the chocolate sauce, cover fully, and place back on the covered baking sheet.
Put the balls back in the fridge to set.