This snack is packed fully of nutty goodness that promises to boost endurance power. Almonds are one of the main ingredients in these tasty lime and coconut balls and are packed full of performance boosting nutrients such as Vitamin E, magnesium, riboflavin and the amino acid arginine.
A study in which 8 trained male cyclists and 2 trained triathletes consumed 75g of almonds daily for 10 weeks improved time trail distance compared to those that did not eat almonds over this time period. The authors speculated that the performance improvements may be attributed to the arginine content of the almonds. Arginine, an amino acid, is a precursor of nitric oxide, which has been found to positively affect insulin secretion and therefore could possibly increase muscle glycogen synthesis, leading to an increase in its stores. More muscle glycogen stores will ultimately lead to an increased ability to exercise at high intensities such as during a time trial. Although the study had a number of limitation and did not measure muscle glycogen stores it did find that eating almonds improved training.
This is a great snack for those of us who want an occasional break from the taste of protein balls but still want a snack packed with flavour and nutrition. A ball that has a zingy taste and promises to liven up your 3pm green tea break.
- Serves: 10
- Calories: 150
- Fat: 11g
- Carbohydrates: 8g
- Protein: 4g
- 100g of almonds
- 100g of cashews
- 150g of mixed dried berries & cranberries
- Juice & zest of two limes
- Desiccated coconut
- Blend everything, except the desiccated coconut together in a blender.
- Shape into balls and roll each ball in the desiccated coconut to coat.
- The mixture should make approximately 10 balls.
- Leave in the fridge for over an hour to harden.