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.
- 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.
- Roll into small bite sized balls. We like to roll the finished product in shredded coconut for a little extra flavor.
- Store in a the refrigerator for up to five days.
full recipe from Home With Her