A fantastic alternative to your usual sugary snacks

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The health and fitness industry is forever trying to push new ideas and products to market in a bid to get us performing, growing and feeling better whilst trying to reach our goals; to get “beach body ready”.

Most of us will have noticed the influx of protein and energy snacks that have been hitting the shelves recently; arguably the most popular being the Bounce Energy Ball. Like most protein-related products, Bounce was founded by a couple of personal trainers from Australia. Just to clarify, I mean it’s personal trainers who often create these health goods - and not Australian couples!

With a passion for fitness and natural food, Andy and Paula Hannagan created the Bounce Ball. In a nutshell, they wanted something available that was tasty, quick, healthy and natural – four factors that are obviously quite hard to lock down judging by the vast amounts of health foods we have on sale today.

So, what did we think?

The balls are about the size of that biscuit you dunked in your brew at 11am today...You know what I’m getting at, don’t you – potential healthier substitute? Although they’re a similar size to a biscuit, they’re quite a lot chunkier and what surprised me was their weight. They’re very dense, but in a good way, if you know what I mean? The chewy, fudge-like centre is protected by a shell of nuts, seeds, and other natural stuff which keeps your hands clean – great if you're munching on-the-go.

Do Bounce Protein Balls taste good?

The bounce balls are available in 8 flavours that I’m aware of, but I’m going to review the three we were sent:

  • Peanut Butter Protein Blast

  • Coconut & Macadamia Protein Bliss

  • Cacao Mint Protein Bomb

Cacao Mint Protein Bomb

In truth, I have never been a fan of mint chocolate so can honestly say it was my least favourite by quite some way. After a bite or two I passed it on to a colleague who devoured it in a matter of seconds and said it was great so I can only assume I’m the odd one out. Thumbs up.

Peanut Butter Protein Blast

As a lover of peanut butter I was always going to adore this. I said before about substituting this for your biscuits and I’m totally serious. It tastes great. Thumbs up!

Coconut & Macadamia Protein Bliss

I was sceptical of this one. I've never been a fan of Bounty and anything coconut automatically screams Bounty to me. I edged in for the most pathetic of bites before throwing the remainder of the ball into my mouth before anyone else could have any. It was amazing, and you have to try it! Massive thumbs up for this one!

Are Bounce Protein Balls Healthy?

Nutritional Nitty Gritty

If we’re even going to consider swapping mid-morning biscuits with Bounce Balls then it has to be 100% worth it, right? We’ve established that the taste is up to scratch but is it really good for us?

Per 49G Ball

Energy – 216 Kcals

Protein – 12g

Carbohydrates – 20g

Sugars – 11g

Fat – 9g

Fibre – 9g


With these numbers I would personally consider these protein balls more of an energy food rather than just a protein snack. If we’re talking sport-specific I’d also say they’re an energy source for endurance training. Saying that, they’d also be a convenient, healthy meal replacement or snack.

Conclusion

Bounce Balls are great, both in their branding, and the finished health product itself. It’s also been said that the protein source isn’t high enough which I disagree with; Bounce Balls are being sold on your standard shelves in normal supermarkets. The source of protein is plenty high enough for most people, especially when compared to the usual rubbish we feed ourselves.

They’re mega convenient. The single serving packaging makes them incredibly easy to carry around in your backpack, or even your pocket. Single-serve packaging also minimises the chance of you chomping more than one a day. Ideal.

I do have one bad point. It’s a shame, Bounce; I was hoping I wouldn’t, but I do. Most places are selling these at around £2 per ball. They do get a little cheaper if you buy a box of 12 for around £20, but they're going to be an occasional treat if you're on a tight budget.

With everything taken into account I can safely say ill be eating your balls again, Bounce. And I recommend all our readers to give them a go!

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