We met up with Natalie King who is a registered dietitian in Dallas, Texas to get some healthy recipe inspiration. Natalie became recently engaged and has found she needs more energy than usual now that she is in wedding planning mode with her fiancé. Planning a wedding can be draining and stressful, it’s important to fuel your body with food that gives you energy. Food isn’t just about managing weight; studies have proved that your diet affects your mood, sleep, energy, skin, and overall health. Below we have a recipe from Natalie for a great gluten free snack that is packed with antioxidants. So toss that bag of Hershey Kisses from you desk drawer and keep these on hand instead.
These bites are a fantastic upgrade from the processed granola bars that you often find in the breakfast aisle! Old-fashioned oats, whole almonds, and dried dates serve as the base, supplying a significant source of complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber, heart-healthy fat, and protein. These macronutrients are essential for brain power at work, athletic performance, and post-workout replenishment. These foods are also rich in magnesium, iron, and potassium to fuel tired muscles and help with losses after a heavy sweat session. You can keep them in your fridge at work or home and munch on them all week. While you will need a food processor, no baking is required!
Total servings: 15
Per serving: 1 energy bite
Calories 122, Total Fat 5.3g, Saturated Fat .6g, Fiber 2.8g, Protein 2.6g
Here are the ingredients:
• 1 Cup Gluten Free rolled oats
• 1 Cup Raw Almonds
• 10-12 Medjool Dates pitted and chopped
• ¾ Cup Water
• 1 TBSP Shredded coconut
• 1 TSP Cacao Nibs
The medjool dates were not pitted but it was easy to remove them. Blend the oats and almonds into a fine powder, and then add the dates. Slowly add the water, it should start turning into a dough like paste. Throw in the shredded coconut and cacao nibs last. Once everything is blended together you can start rolling the dough into little balls on a baking sheet. When complete, place the sheet into the fridge. After a couple of hours they will have firmed up and be perfect to eat thru out the week!
We added coconut flakes and cacao nibs in our batch for an extra dose of heart-healthy fat and flavonoids. Remember recipe substitutions will impact the nutrition content and texture!
You may consider these ingredients depending on your mood or personal needs:
coconut or almond milk
dried apricots, raisins, cherries, or goji berries
frozen bananas or blueberries
dark chocolate crumbles ( > 70% cacao content), ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, honey, vanilla extract, agave nectar
protein powder of your choice (look for labels that read “organic” or “non-GMO”)
peanuts or peanut butter, pecans, walnuts
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