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The world of spherical-shaped snacks is expanding everyday. If you thought you had reached peak protein ball and energy bites, think again – because the bite sized snack that everyone is talking about going into 2018 is the fatball.
It doesn’t sound too appetizing, does it? Can you really imagine swapping your protein cacao truffles for a ball of fat?
While you’re probably imagining something that resembles a large lump of lard, or animal testicles, they’re sweeping their way through Instagram and, to be honest, they look pretty delicious.
What are fatballs?
Over the past few years, nutritional advice has been turned on its head. Fats are no longer the enemy – just read this dietician’s guide to fats. You’re likely ditching the low-fat and low-calorie options, and hitting your macro goals with lashings of avocado and feta cheese.
In the same way that protein balls are a tasty way to up your intake, and energy balls are a tiny bite of balanced macros, fatballs are a convenient way to sustain energy throughout the day – and they’re also packed with nutrients.
Fatballs contain a hattrick of fats: nut butter, coconut oil, MCT oil and collagen oil. Protein or energy balls often do not. They’re either made from mostly protein or carbs.
Dec 6, 2017 at 5:21pm PST
But the tiny macro mouthful appears to come hand-in-hand with a dangerous eating trend…
Are fatballs better than protein balls?
As part of a balanced diet, there is no reason that you can’t enjoy protein, fat or energy balls.
However, if you’re using the snack as a substitute for a full meal, that’s when things start to err in the wrong direction, and if you hear any wellness foodie touting the benefits of using fatballs instead of eating lunch, then be weary.
The ball you choose as your mid-afternoon pick-me-up will depend on your macro goals, so just be aware that while it might seem like a healthier alternative to a bar of Dairy Milk, everything in moderation.
How to make fatballs
You’ve tried the 12 homemade protein balls recipies, so how do you go about making your own fatballs?
Instagram is bursting with recipes – from healthy eating advocate @mary_allyson and her pumpkin mocha fatballs, to @leefromamerica and her coconut fat balls, you’ll be inspired by what you can find when you scour the #fatballs hashtag.
So what are you waiting for? Grab your tub of coconut oil and get creative.
Why not try the ultimate Protein Cookie Dough Truffles Recipe and read the 5 Scary Things That Happen When You Eat Too Much Protein