Snacks such as energy bites, energy balls, protein bars, and granola bars used to be more aimed for hikers who are on the go for long periods of time, or extreme athletes on-the-go. Now they are becoming more mainstream and used as snacks, and that’s okay, it’s just important to use them in the right way depending on your goals.
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Now back to your regular scheduled protein balls... ;)
The protein and fibre in these types of snacks, can help keep you full and satisfied if you need something quick to tie you over until your next meal. You can eat them on the go to help prevent you from getting too hangry…we all know how we can make bad decisions when we’re hangry. For more tips on snacks to help prevent you from being hangry, check out this blog post (when you're done reading this one of course).
These energy bites are also going to manage your blood sugars and energy levels much better than a sugary chocolate bar alone, where you get a spike and energy, and then a crash whereas the protein and fibre in the energy bars will help delay digestion and help manage blood sugar and energy levels.
Dark Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Energy Bites
1 cup dry oats or oatmeal (gluten free, if needed)
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips (or regular, of preferred)
1 cup peanut, almond, or any nut/seed butter (or nut butter alternative)
1/2 cup milled flax or chia seed
1/4 cup honey (or sweetener of choice, and amount of choice)
1 tsp vanilla
Optional: 2 tbsp coconut oil
That's it! Form into balls and enjoy! Best kept in the refrigerator, or the freezer.
Makes approximately: 20 balls
Serving size: 3 balls
Nutrition Info: Calories: 268 | Fat: 16g | Protein: 10g | Fibre: 7g | Sugar: 6g | Carbs: 20g (net carbs)
*Tip: to reduce carbs, use stevia, Erythritol, or Sucralose, to taste, instead of honey.
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Felicia is a Nutritionist, a Dietitian (candidate) and a mom of 4 boys under 6. She wears many hats, and knows what it is like to live healthy in a busy world, where our environments aren't always supportive of making healthy choices. Felicia has over 10 years of education and experience in Nutrition, and is passionate about helping others.
Between completing her Bachelor and Masters in Nutritional Sciences, working at a food security research centre, teaching university courses, years of nutrition counselling, and being a busy mom of 4 young boys,
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