Energy bites. Because we deserve to keep our bodies healthy. Because we deserve to divulge in something sweet. Because they’re delicious. Because they’re cute and small and look like they should be a truffle or something. Because they’re kind of awesome. Because we’re rock stars.
I’m not very good at exercising. Period. When it comes to will power, I can think of anything under the sun as an excuse not to work out. Like shopping. I like to justify shopping as a workout–I mean, I power walk for like 3 hours straight hitting sales and as many stores as possible. Sometimes I’ll even lift my shopping bags like they’re weights while I walk to the next store. Plus, when I get a pair of shoes or an awesome new sweater as my post-work out reward, what’s not to love?! Seeee how I have too many excuses? It’s sad. But every time I actually do exercise and get my (untoned) butt in gear, I never regret it. The rush is amazing, and I always feel mentally and physically better. Baby steps!
But I digress. Anyway, these energy bites are a major plus in anyone’s diet. Why? Check out the benefits for each of the ingredients:
- Oats contain fiber from being whole grains, they help lower cholesterol, has significant cardiovascular benefits, stabilizes blood sugars, can lower diabetes risk and much more.
- Almond butter is swimming with protein, calcium, folic acid, and vitamin E.
- Sunflower seeds are a nutrient rich food that has magnesium, iron, phosporus, calcium, and zinc. They also have vitamins E and B and are high in fiber and protein.
- Flaxseed (especially when ground) helps lower cholestorol, fights diabetes, cancer, inflammation, heart disease, and depression. It is also super rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and fiber.
- Raw agave nectar/syrup is a natural sweetener and a great alternative to sugar. It’s low-glycemic so it won’t cause a spike your body’s sugar levels like sugar or honey do. It also contains anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting agents, and it is anti-microbial.
- Raw cacao nibs (or cocoa nibs) are a a Mayan superfood that are loaded with antioxidants, iron, magnesium, and dietary fiber. They are known to enhance cognitive abilities and mood and are a great alternative to chocolate chips.
- Vanilla extract–well, I’m sure there are benefits there but vanilla extract is just. plain. delicious.
It’s all about balance and moderation. Lifestyle, food, and eating habits require balance. Let’s do it!
But DON’T, I repeat DON’T throw a handful of cocoa nibs in your mouth thinking they will taste delicious. Because they don’t. They’re soo bitter! I had to gargle with the cup of coffee that was sitting next to me to get the taste out of my mouth. However, when mixed with some sweetness, these little nibs are delicious and add a nice little crunch to each bite just like chocolate chips do. If you are looking to make a healthier power bar or energy food, I suggest you use these ingredients.
Energy Bites Recipe (adapted from Smashed Peas and Carrots)
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup of almond butter plus one heaping spoonful for good measure
- 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
- 1/2 cup raw cocoa nibs
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/3 cup agave nectar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- raw sliced almonds for garnish (optional)
Make these, you won’t regret it. And then go out for a walk/jog/run/shopping excursion to find (if you’re like me) some new clothes you can’t afford. Good for the body, mind, and soul.
Happy Thursday! :)