Posts Tagged ‘energy bites’
It’s been a week since I’ve started Dr. Myers’ 21-day cleanse. Which means that 14 days from now I can start reintroducing certain foods back into my diet… woo hoo!
In the e-book Dr. Myers warned that during this first week it’s common to feel the side effects of your body purging toxins. This can result in headaches, lethargy and stomach issues. I went into this challenge with some trepidation as none of those symptoms sounded like a good time.
I was pleasantly surprised when the only effect of the cleanse has been more energy, healthier skin and fewer headaches. This isn’t guaranteed for everyone that goes on the cleanse, but I’m grateful for the positive results.
Don’t get me wrong, this is still a challenge. I miss dark chocolate something fierce and eating out has become such a challenge, that I avoid it all together. I have to be a lot more conscious about packing a lunch, as it’s no longer easy to find a quick go-to lunch option that’s accommodating of such a strict diet. Being an active, busy person it’s nice to have something that I can grab when I’m rushing out the door. This recipe not only is great for a quick snack, but it also curbs that sweet tooth craving.
If you’re intrigued by the idea of doing this 21-day cleanse, check out the details here.
Raw Energy Balls
- 1 cup raw almonds or walnuts
- 1 cup medjool dates, pitted
- ¼ cup raisins
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
- ¼ cup raw almond butter
- shredded organic coconut
In a food processor fitted with the “s” blade grind the almonds until finely ground. Add the dates, raisins, and spices. Grind to a fine meal. Add the almond butter, process again until thoroughly mixed.
Form into balls and roll in shredded coconut. Store in a sealed container on the counter for up to 3 days, or refrigerate for up to a week.
Did you know that an estimated 38.4 million people will be traveling for Thanksgiving this year? Which means that many of you are probably preparing yourself for a long drive (or plane ride) to visit your loved ones.
Traveling without snacks can be stressful. It leads to pit stops and food choices you later regret. No one wants to show up at a relative’s house, full on junk food, not able to fully enjoy the delicious Thanksgiving food.
Today’s recipe is a solution to the problem. These energy bites require only a few healthy ingredients, and are the perfect size to tuck away in your bag for when the hunger hits. The recipe can also be adjusted depending on personal preference. Not a fan of dried apricots? Try dried cherries or dates. Not a fan of rolling them in coconut? Toss them in sesame seeds.
What really makes these a worthwhile snack is the fact that they taste like dessert. It could be the added cocoa powder or the sweetness of the dried fruit, but these snacks are like eating a truffle. Any health food that can pass itself off as dessert is a food we can get behind.
From Whole Life Nutrition
- 2 cups mixed dried fruit
- 2 cups mixed nuts and seeds
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Sesame seeds or unsweetened coconut
In a food processor, pulse dried fruit; transfer to a bowl.
Pulse nuts and seeds until finely chopped, add in cocoa powder and cinnamon. Add this mixture to dried fruit and toss with a pinch of salt.
Form mixture into 1-inch balls and roll in sesame seeds (or unsweetened coconut).
(image by: Bryan Gardner for Whole Living)