I was out and about this weekend giving some family members a tour of New York City and needed a quick energy pick me up. Most people would think a coffee shop, right? Well, I quit caffeine 3 years ago and have never looked back.
So what’s a girl to do but arm herself with protein balls to get her through the Empire State Building and One World Trade Center? I made protein balls for the long day and they were the perfect treat for a long, fun day.
Many of you know I talk openly about my sugar addiction all my life. I grew up on Little Debbie Snack Cakes and Rice Krispy treats. I no longer turn to cookies or candy to fill my sugar needs. BUT, I still do eat fruit (and of course dark chocolate).
Here’s the thing, I believe natural (think fruit) foods are amazing for us. They are naturally grown in the earth, sweet, so juicy and satisfying. I know there are many people out in world right now scarring you to death about eating fruit and that bananas are the devil. I’m here to tell you that fruit is good for you (women with diabetes and any blood sugar disorder please talk to your physician).
Fruit contains fiber (to slow down the sugar absorption), antioxidants (to slow down aging) and many vitamins and nutrients to keep you healthy and help you fight off disease. So when I make my protein balls, I make them with fruit.
The Spiced Apricot Balls recipe below contains dried apricots and dates as a sweetener and a binder. Dates are full of calcium for your bones, zinc to help support your immune system and weight loss, iron to keep you strong like Popeye, and magnesium which supports better sleep.
I make my protein balls on Sunday and have them to snack on all week. They are easy to carry in a glass container in your purse or bag.
Makes about 10 balls
8 pitted dates
1 cup dried apricots roughly chopped
½ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
Add all the ingredients to a food processor. Blend until all the ingredients are mixed well. Form into balls and store in the refrigerator in an air-tight container.
I'd love to hear from you. Did you try the recipe? Are you eating fruit? Leave a comment below and let me know.