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MY FAVORITE SNACK

People often ask if I adhere to a certain diet, but I don’t.  

Every day I just try to eat foods that are the best fuel for my body.  I try to eat the freshet, and highest quality organic food I can.

I feel privileged that I can afford such diet, but even when I struggled to pay rent, working at nights at a restaurant while going to school, and training under my yoga teacher, I spent a large portion of my income on buying these types of foods at farmers markets or at this really cool health food store we have in Orange County called Mothers Market.  I thought of my food as my vitamins and my medicine, so spending a little extra meant I didn’t have to worry about supplements or doctors visits.  It was an insurance plan in itself.

To this day, if I don’t feel right its usually because of my diet, and or stress/sleep related.

Let’s be honest, sometimes healthy foods can taste awful.  But I really love to enjoy my meals so when I started to become more health conscious I had to explore new ways to prepare food that would make me just as stoked about eating.  When a meal is fully enjoyed I feel like the nutrients are absorbed even better.  Practicing being mindful and consciously breathing with good posture helps as well.

I’m always on the go teaching nowadays.  Often I leave as the sun is rising and return after dark.  Unfortunately, I don’t get to spend as much time in the kitchen as I’d like.  So with that said, I mostly look for meals and snacks that are quick and easy to prepare.  

Snacks are always the trickiest.  Most of the go-to snacks you find at the store are full of carbs, sugar and preservatives.  Sure they may taste good, but they don’t really provide us with the nutrients we need to keep going.  Instead, we find ourselves unfulfilled and often just craving more.  

Here’s a recipe from one of my favorite Blogs that keeps time constraints, amazing (whole food) ingredients and taste in mind with their healthy recipes.  

I find myself making a big batch of these chia protein balls early in the week as they keep well.  I pack a few in my lunch and snack on them after my workout or in between my classes.  Not only do they taste delicious but more importantly keep me fueled by putting a pep in my step on those long days.  Hope you enjoy as much as I do.  

p.s. I’m always looking for a new healthy snack.  If you have something healthy and tasty share it below.


INGREDIENTS FOR PROTEIN BAR BITES

4 heaping tablespoons almond butter (or sunflower seed butter, peanut butter, etc.)

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 large scoop chocolate protein (we prefer Vega Protein)

1 heaping tablespoon chia seeds

1 heaping tablespoon flax seeds

2 tablespoons cacao nibs

1 teaspoon vanilla

4-6 pitted medjool dates

shredded coconut for rolling (optional)

DIRECTIONS FOR PROTEIN BAR BITES

Please don’t stress on precision with this recipe.  I’ve added walnuts, goji berries, cinnamon and each and every time this recipe seems to work out perfectly.

  1. Throw all ingredients into the food processor and blend for about two minutes or until everything is well mixed.  If you find that the batter is too wet additional some flax or chia seeds in.  On the contrary if you find that the dough is too dry add a bit more coconut oil or almond butter.
  2. Roll into small bite sized balls.  We like to roll the finished product in shredded coconut for a little extra flavor.
  3. Store in a the refrigerator for up to five days.

full recipe from Home With Her

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  • Lauren

    Hi Tim, Thankyou for all your amazing videos and blogs, your an inspiration to me and I love following your videos, I spent a long time trying to find a teacher who could practise ‘my’ type of yoga and you are him!! I’ve just signed up for the 7 day reset so will see up that goes, I’m exited for it!!
    Anyway I have a recipe for some very yummy healthy fruity flapjacks which I’ll share with you below but my question is I’m hoping to make your protein bar bites but I don’t have any protein powder and don’t intend on buying any (funds are tight) so can I just miss that out, and also I don’t really ‘get’ the importance of protein powder. I eat a good diet and try and exercise every day, whether it’s a run, Moutan bike ride or some lovely yoga. So do I NEED protein powder in my life??
    Many thanks Tim,
    I hope your day is filled with sunshine, I must hop on the mat now for some scrummy yoga practise. Lauren. X
    Recipe below:

    Sunshine bars
    200g oats
    100g apricots
    100g dates
    150g raisins
    25g sunflower seeds
    20g linseeds
    2 tbsp oil
    1 tbsp honey
    2 mashed bananas

    Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 5, grease and line a flapjack tin.
    Chop the apricots and dates.
    Mix the oats, dried fruit, sunflower seeds and linseeds together.
    Mash the bananas in a seperate bowl, add these to the mixture along with the oil.
    Heat the honey for 20 seconds in the microwave and add to the mix.
    Spoon into the tin and bake for 25-30 minutes. Cover for half of this time with foil or baking parchment to prevent the top layer of fruit burning.

    Enjoy xx

    • spiralx

      Not Tim, but my reply would be: you need protein in your life, not necessarily as a powder though!

      If you are a vegetarian or vegan, you need consciously to explore alternate sources – like cheese, lentils, beans, nuts, and (in UK), Quorn. Sounds grim, but actually there are some great tasting recipes out there. Google is your friend! Go exploring, try something new, see what restaurants have to offer, build a small but effective recipe collection that works for you.