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Healthy Carrot Protein Bites

November 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Paleo Diet is a popular diet trend. It is a diet plan that concentrates on eating only foods that were consumed during the Paleolithic period, meaning if cavemen didn’t eat it, it is off limits.

People who follow this diet are able to eat anything that can be hunted or gathered, such as meats, fish, leafy greens, nuts, local vegetables, and seeds. Processed foods, such as pasta, chips, and cereal are off limits. Some more appropriate dishes when following this diet include stir fries and colorful salads.

The goal of the Paleo diet is to regulate your body by returning it to a diet that the human body was designed to consume and digest. It is believed that this helps to prevent diseases that are caused by undo stress we put on our bodies by eating foods that are unfamiliar to our digestive systems.

Compared to other nutritional habits, the Paleo Diet is a much healthier form of nourishment. However, it is very protein-dense. Consuming too much protein can have negative effects on your body by stimulating your mammalian target of rapamycin pathway. In this long run, this can increase one’s chances of developing cancer.

Excessive protein intake may also lead to harmful effects on the kidneys, because they must work harder to cleanse the blood of excess nitrogen waste products. This may also lead to dehydration.

Many people consume much more protein than they need on a daily basis. Typically, your protein intake should not exceed one-half gram of protein per pound of lean body mass. This turns out to be between about 40 and 70 grams of protein per day. People who are very active or participate in sports add an extra 25% of protein to their nutrition regimen.

One particular Paleo-friendly recipe, created by a health expert named Chris Freytag, is for Carrot Cake Protein Balls. This is a great recipe because it includes both nuts and vegetables, as well as various spices that are all beneficial to your body.

This recipe has the appropriate amount of protein, and offers a healthy serving of beneficial fats through its inclusion of walnuts. These are a great snack to grab in the middle of the day, or a good thing to eat to aid in recovery after a tough workout.

To make this recipe, blend the following ingredients:

  • 2 cups shredded carrot
  • 12 dates
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 tablespoons minced ginger root
  • 8 tablespoons collagen powder
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice

After these are blended, store the mixture in the freezer for half an hour, or until it has a batter-like consistency. Form the mixture into 16 evenly sized balls, and roll each in a bowl of coconut shavings. Store them in the freezer in an airtight container.

Carrots are the core ingredient of this recipe, and their benefits range from an abundance of beta-carotene to the development of good eyesight. Carrots are also high in phosphorus, which helps to soften your skin, while also strengthening your teeth, bones, and hair. Carrots may also have anti-cancer benefits. Researchers have reported that beta-carotene has the ability to kill certain cancer cells.

Collagen comprises 30 percent of the total amount of protein in your body. While your body is able to produce its own collagen, it can also be taken in the form of supplements. Collagen combats the signs of aging of the skin. Studies have shown that collagen can reduce facial wrinkles by up to 20 percent. Studies also show it can reduce joint pain.

Medjool dates offer several notable benefits, including dietary fiber. Dates help move waste along through the gastrointestinal tract, while also helping to prevent the absorption of harmful cholesterol. Dates also help control heart rate and blood pressure with their potassium and iron.

Walnuts are a great source of a unique omega-3 fat that is especially healthy, called alpha-linoleic acid. This fat works to combat inflammation and decreases one’s chances of developing a blood clot. Studies have shown that diets high in ALA can significantly lower the risk of heart disease.

Cinnamon also provides health benefits, as 1 teaspoon of cinnamon provides 22% of the recommended daily amount of manganese, which helps form strong bones and coagulate blood. Manganese also helps to manage blood sugar levels.

Nutmeg also has a high amount of manganese, but it also has antioxidants that provide unique health benefits. Nutmeg also has eugenol, which works as a pain reliever.

Eat these Protein Balls two at a time and spread them out in moderation. Dried fruit contains high levels of sugar that are potentially unhealthy if consumed in large amounts.

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