Nutrition Review: Bounce Natural Energy Protein Balls
It's an innovative idea, and it really works; these are small 50 gram 'balls', each with a high protein level from whey protein, and a high carbohydrate level from low GI brown rice. They have 100% natural ingredients, and are great for allergy sufferers (of which I have a few in my family) being wheat and gluten free.
The most important thing though...they taste fantastic! I would quite happily snack on these throughout the day and on the bike; they don't taste like an energy bar or a protein bar; they taste natural, healthy, with a great texture and flavour. I've written briefly about each of the four flavours below, so you get a bit of an idea; well worth trying these for yourself though.
Almond Protein Hit
These are a seriously tasty little protein hit; with 12 grams of protein to help in the all important recovery that I have talked about in past blogs (Nutrition: Eating for Recovery Blog). The crunchy almonds on the outside give it a great mixture of textures compared to a typical energy bar. The centre is chewy and tastes naturally sweet, making it easy to munch down to get those muscles healing. Pop it in your kit bag as a tasty treat to have after some long winter miles.
Coconut and Macadamia Protein Bliss
This one is a fair bit sweeter than the other balls, which makes it seem like a bit more of a treat. You'll definitely get elements of Bounty bar coming through to your taste buds, but there is nothing unnatural here; just good proper nutrition. A slightly lower protein level of 9 grams, and the slightly more sugary flavour means I think I would use this ball out on the trails or road, as a source of energy to keep you going on those long rides.
Peanut Protein Blast
I love peanuts...probably too much. So it's not much of a surprise that this little number is my favourite of the Bounce Balls that I have tried. With 14 grams of protein per ball, it will get you well on your way to recovery. The texture may remind you a little of peanut butter, but it's not greasy and very easy to stomach; a great little post ride snack.
Spirulina and Ginseng Defence Boost
Quite unlike its counterparts, this ball has a unique flavour and texture. Still a very tasty snack, I would place this in the energy bar or sustaining snack category; it's not quite as high protein as the other, which slightly reduces its recovery efficacy, but it's got plenty of anti-oxidants in to fight off winter infections and a good blast of energy to keep you going.
Four Bounce Balls... that all pack a lot of punch in terms of taste and goodness for their size.
These will certainly be finding their way into my jersey pocket for my winter training rides and for the 2013 season.
A fantastic new natural-approach to the energy foods market.
View the second blog --- Nutrition Review: Bounce Natural Energy Balls Round 2 (Link)