Here's hoping you made it through the Halloween weekend relatively unscathed in terms of a sugar induced hangover! (Last year my biggest Sugar Detox group of the year was right after Halloween, so... I know how it goes out there when the trick-or-treaters don't clean out the bowl...)
ANYwhoo, since I'm currently south of the Equator in Fiji leading my Bula Wellness Retreat, today I'm bringing you a guest blog post from my friend Teresa; the beauty & brains behind Eat, Drink & Be Skinny. She's always posting excellent recipe ideas for busy gals on the go, and these Energy Balls are one of my favorites. In fact, I made a batch to bring on the flight here and I can certify they hold up well for travel, and keep you away from junky airplane food!
Protein, peanut butter, coconut AND cacao?? YES. (You knew there'd be coconut.)
(Oh, and after you check out the recipe below, give this page a gander - I love Teresa's ideas about "Defining Skinny".)
Guest Post: Eat. Drink & be Skinny’s Easy Energy Balls
Snacking is one of those things that can work for you or against you when it comes to achieving or maintaining a healthy weight and happy body. Mindless snacking is a problem and smart snacking is essential. And by smart snacking, I mean something that will top off your energy stores and leave you feeling satisfied until your next meal. For this to work correctly, snacks should be a combination of complex carbohydrates, healthy fats and lean proteins. Sounds easy enough, right? But what happens when you’re on the go? It’s not always that easy to pack some hummus and carrots, yogurt, berries and nuts or peanut butter and an apple, right? So what’s a smart snacker to do?
I’ve never been a fan of purely presenting problems so let me share with you a pretty awesome solution. These energy balls are a smart snack and also awesome to take on-the-go and snack on exactly when you need them. They are full of good fat, filling protein, satisfying fiber and energizing carbs. And l’ll also point out…they don’t taste all that bad either. They are actually super yummy and are a perfect coffee break companion in the min-morning or afternoon.
The next time you need an easy grab-and-go, smart snack, here’s your ticket! They are super easy to make, require no special equipment, ingredients or skills. Just roll them up and store then in the fridge until you’re ready to go.
Smart Snacking: Eat. Drink & be Skinny’s Easy Energy Balls Recipe
- 1/2 cup Vanilla Protein Powder
- 1/4 cup Chia Seeds
- 1 cup Water
- 2 cups Raw Oats
- 2 T ground Flax
- 2 T Raw Cocoa Powder
- 1/2 cup Peanut Butter
Easy Energy Ball Directions:
- Add the first three ingredients together in a small bowl, stir together and let sit for 15-30 min to let the chia seeds “gel.”
- Add remaining ingredients (except the coconut flakes) to a large bowl and top with chia mixture.
- Mix together with a wooden spoon or your hands until well combined.
- Roll into 1″ balls using your hands, this gets a little messy, but it works. You may need to wash your hands several times thought the process.
- Add coconut flakes to a small dish and roll each ball around until well covered.
- Lay out on parchment paper in rows and refrigerate until ready to eat.
- After a few hours, you can take them out and put them in covered Tupperware to keep them from getting too dry.
Easy Protein Energy Ball Nutrition (per ball): 66 calories, 3.5 g fat, .6g sugar, 1.5 g fiber, 3.6 g protein. 3 of these is a pretty perfect, filling, yummy, mid-day snack.
Other Optional Energy Ball Ingredients:
Now if you’re looking to ramp up “energy” and by that I mean calories, here are the best ways to do it. Not only will these add extra energy, there are additional flavor, texture, micro, macronutrient and potent phytochemical benefits to these extra mix-ins. And you get what you pay for here, yes, they will be more energy dense, but then by nature should also be more filling and give you more energy to burn. You just need to remember to burn it.
- Dried fruit such as apricots, cranberries, raisins, blueberries, gogi berries, dates, and figs.
- Chopped nuts such as almonds, walnuts, pistachios, and cashews.
- Seeds like pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, and maybe even poppy? With a little lemon?
- Honey or agave for added sweetness.
- Almond milk (instead of water) for added calcium.
- Finely ground espresso beans or high quality instant coffee for flavor.
Want more Simple Secrets to real life problems like this? Then I invite you to check out my new Health Coaching membership program! I’m on a mission to make better health and more happiness a reality for you. It’s pretty high end health coaching and a very reasonable price. Let’s see what we can do together! - Teresa
Thank you Teresa!
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