Getting enough protein is important for increasing your milk supply, but even long after you're done breastfeeding it's hard to meet the recommended daily intake most people require unless you're pounding steaks and fish all day.
And if you're mostly vegetarian like I am? It's even trickier unless you have easy supplements like these plant-based Scott's Protein Balls.
These protein-packed, plant-based balls are the perfect snack-sized treat to keep sugar cravings at bay. Each ball has approximately three to four grams of protein (depending on the flavor) thanks to ingredients like organic cashew butter, organic ground flaxseed, coconut flour, oat flour, organic cocoa and plant-based protein powder.
Even the protein powder is pretty impressive though, because it's also made of organic plant-based ingredients like pea protein, brown rice, chia seeds and sunflower oil. Each Scott's Protein Ball is lightly sweetened with just a touch of cane sugar (and no gnarly faux sweeteners), making these a perfectly healthy pick-me-up.
I really don't get enough protein in my diet if left to my own devices. I have a bit of fish each week, but I'm just not a meat person. After having five kids, my body needs plenty of high-quality protein, so I'm always doing my best to snack on cashews, almonds, bean dip, cheese and other protein-packed snacks.
But really, until I found Scott's balls, nothing satisfied my devilish sweet tooth.
Somehow, and I really cannot figure out what weird modern science this fella Scott dialed into, they taste like slightly less sweet versions of Starbucks cake pops. Without the stick, of course, but that's enough goodness for me.
My three o'clock afternoon slump that used to be met with cookies dunked in coffee is now two protein balls and a cup of coffee. I won't lie and say the balls are as filling as an all-you-can-eat buffet, but they certainly hold me over till the end of my work day better than any cookie might.
While the flavor options are nearly endless—everything from mint to snickerdoodle and brownie batter—I liked the chocolatey flavors best.
Red Velvet is my overall favorite, and not just because the flavor is so good, but because this variety has slightly more protein than several of the others—four grams. I also love that each option is plant-based, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and friendly for those with allergies to several major trigger groups.
There's a lot to say, obviously, but I'll boil it down to one statement. Put these balls in your mouth.
If you're already stocking up on the best lactation cookies or other protein supplements, Scott's Protein Balls are an excellent addition to your diet and taste more like dessert than eating mindfully (though eating mindfully is great too).
Just remember that each ball is packed with nutrient-dense ingredients like nut butters, putting each ball in the realm of about 80 calories. That's still modest, but if you eat an entire bag it adds up quickly.
The recommended serving size is one ball, though we often found ourselves consuming two to three as an afternoon snack.
Though the FDA suggests women consume roughly 46 grams of protein each day, the number really varies by age, weight and lifestyle. Several nutrition experts we spoke to suggest multiplying your current body weight by 0.6 to arrive at the right number.
For example, if you weigh about 150 pounds, you'd get a recommended dietary intake of 90 grams per day.
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