Why are we at Lifebox obsessed with dates as the sweet go-to ingredient in most of our healthy snacks? When it comes to the number of minerals, vitamins, and health-benefiting phytonutrients in dates, suffice it to say there are a lot of them. First and foremost, they’re easily digested, allowing your body to make full use of their goodness.
Dietary fibre in dates helps to move waste smoothly through your colon and helps prevent LDL (bad) cholesterol absorption by binding with substances containing cancer-causing chemicals. The iron content, a component of haemoglobin in red blood cells, determines the balance of oxygen in the blood. Potassium, an electrolyte, helps control your heart rate and blood pressure. B-vitamins contained in dates, such as the carotenes lutein and zeaxanthin, absorb into the retina to maintain optimal light-filtering functions and protect against macular degeneration.
Want more? They contain vitamins A and K. Vitamin A protects the eyes, maintains healthy skin and mucus membranes, and even protects the lungs and mouth from developing cancer. Tannins, which are flavonoids as well as polyphenolic antioxidants, fight infection and inflammation and help prevent excessive bleeding (anti-haemorrhagic). Vitamin K is a blood coagulant that also helps metabolise your bones.
Copper, magnesium, manganese, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), niacin, pantothenic acid, and riboflavin are also present in dates and provide their own unique preventative and healing functions.
Together, these co-factors help your body metabolise carbohydrates, protein, and fats. Eating dates in moderation as part of a healthy snack can contribute to many health benefits, such as protecting against damage to cells from free radicals, helping prevent a stroke, coronary heart disease and the development of colon, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic cancers.
A bit about Boostballs
When we set out to change the healthy snack world with our Boostballs, we wanted to make sure we kept to our idea of ‘Less Ingredients, More Protein’ but we also wanted to make sure the ingredients that we did use were natural, healthy and beneficial to our bodies. Our balls are packed into hand size packs with 3x 14g balls. They are high in protein which is the building blocks for muscle growth. They contain only natural sugars found in fruits and plants. They are a perfect healthy snack as an after-workout protein replenishment or as an energy booster during exercise. Like all good protein bars, our balls also contain a rich source and wide variety of vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, B, E, B12, Calcium, Iron and Zinc. Our balls are made with raw cold pressed ingredients so there is no baking and no refining, just pure healthy protein bliss with every bite.
We have 4 variants available which include 2 vegan snack offerings:
- Peanut Butter Cookie Dough
- Coconut Fudge Cake
- Maple & Cinnamon Roll (V)
- Lemon Drizzle Cake (V)