Protein is an important part of everyone’s diet, especially athletes! Protein plays many important roles in your body, such as maintaining muscle and helping with tissue growth and repair(1).
Animal products (i.e. lean meats, dairy products), nut and seed products (like nut butters), beans, tofu and soy products are all good sources of protein (2).
It’s important that you eat a form of protein (20g to 35g) within an hour of activity because your body uses protein to help with muscle recovery, repair, and growth (1).
Hat Trick Power Puck Recipe
I call these protein balls “hat trick power pucks” because I would make them all the time for my pre-game snack or for tournament trips and you can put anything you want into them. Personally, I like to add pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, cashews, coconut flakes and flax seeds. But you can add whatever you like!
½ cup peanut butter or a peanut butter alternative (like almond butter or hazelnut butter or etc.)
⅓ cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup rolled oats
⅔ cup coconut flakes
1 cup any seeds
1 cup any chopped nuts
¼ cup of chocolate chips
Cream peanut butter, maple syrup and vanilla extract together.
Mix in other ingredients.
Shape into pucks and put in the fridge for 15 mins.
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NCCP Sport Nutrition: Reference Material. 2019 Ⓒ Coaching Association of Canada; Date [ October 24, 2020]. Available: https://coach.ca/nccp-sport-nutrition
Robinson L, Segal J, Ph.D., Segal R, M.A. Choosing Healthy Protein. HG [Internet]. 2020 [October 2020]; . Available: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-eating/choosing-healthy-protein.htm?pdf=13283