Protein powder is a supplement. This means it is an easy way to get enough protein inside your body if you do not consciously eat a diet high in protein. When I eat, if my meal does not contain protein, I am left feeling hungry. I choose to consume high quality protein sources because it works best for me. That being said, I am always trying new “diets” meaning eating in different macronutrient (carbs, protein and fat) ratios to see what brings my body the most energy throughout the day. Sometimes I start my day with a Bulletproof Matcha Latte, meaning high fat (recipe is on my site) other days, I consume eggs and sauerkraut, high in protein. I encourage you to play around with your diet, notice things like energy, clarity, focus, irritation, inflammation as you introduce new food patterns. This does not mean that you will have to eat one way forever. Since human beings are always changing, so are our bodies, all we need to do is listen. Some days I consider myself “paleo” and other days I indulge in a homemade sourdough cinnamon bun. Balance!
This recipe calls for 3 tbsp of protein powder. If you do not have powder at home or do not like to use protein, it can be omitted. These bliss balls do not rely on the protein for flavour, it just makes them more of a healthy snack than a treat. I used a raw, organic, sprouted protein powder from Garden of Life. Much like my diet, I like to switch up protein powders so I do not tire of them, and to ensure I am getting a well rounded nutritional profile as each brand contains different vitamins and enzymes. Garden of Life is a vegan protein that supports digestive health and function with live probiotics and protein-digesting enzymes. RAW matters because heat can denature proteins, reducing their availability to your body. Garden of Life is always gently produced at low temperatures, without any added fillers or carriers, and Non-GMO!!
I call these lemon poppyseed balls but I did not use poppyseed simply because I could not find them in my grocery store. I used chia instead to get a similar look. If you have poppy seeds feel free to add them (about 1-2 tbsp) along with the chia for added goodness and beauty!
TIP: Store these in the freezer and pull them out as you want to consume them!