Tahini Oatmeal Balls

Sweet Oatmeal Tahini Balls Want to know a little secret? I always have some combination of protein balls in my fridge to snack on when I need an energy boost or a quick bite to hold me over until dinner. Energy balls, protein balls or snack balls- no matter what you call them, they are a healthy treat to keep your hands out of the cookie bag and keep the weight off. Cue the fireworks!

With 4th of July right around the corner, I thought I’d share one of my favorite protein ball recipes with you. It’s the perfect snack to take with you if your traveling on a plane or by car or just share at the backyard party you plan to attend. No matter what your holiday plans are, make these protein balls and keep them with you for a healthy, quick snack.

Tahini Oatmeal Balls

Serving varies due to size of balls

INGREDIENTS

1 ½ cups rolled oats

2 scoops vanilla protein powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 tablespoons chia seeds

½ cup tahini

5 dates

¼ cup water or dairy-free milk

 

DIRECTIONS

Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender. Mix well. Scoop and roll into balls and store in airtight container.

 

Ok, It's your turn. I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below and share a healthy snack you’re going to make for the fireworks.

Energizing Spiced Apricot Balls

SpicedApricotBalls 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.

Enjoy!

Spiced Apricot Balls

Makes about 10 balls

INGREDIENTS

8 pitted dates

1 cup dried apricots roughly chopped

½ cup sunflower seeds

½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon nutmeg

DIRECTIONS

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.

 

Snack On Vanilla Protein Balls

protein-balls-3 How many time a day do you get the munchies and want to eat a candy bar?

It happens to the best of us whether we are tired, stressed, missed lunch or just hungry again. We know that a candy bar is not the solution to our munchies but it satisfies that demanding craving. Unfortunately, resorting to candy to satisfy that longing for sugar can lead to weight gain, sugar crashes and sugar addictions. What do you do when you need something to help you through the afternoon?

My go-to snack is always a protein ball. They taste wonderful and are the perfect portion to holdover hunger pains until dinnertime. They are also great for a before or after workout snack. These little balls of goodness are filling and tasty since they are made with protein, fiber and dates to sweeten them. They will help you with your weight loss goals because they are “real food” and not processed substitutions wrapped up in shiny, appealing packages. These protein balls are easy to make and grab on the go. This is a recipe you must try!

Vanilla Protein Balls – makes 8 balls

½ cup pumpkin seeds, soaked

8 Medjool Dates, soaked

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

⅓ cup protein powder

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon nutmeg (optional)

⅛ cup water

¼ cup cocoa (optional)

SOAK THE INGREDIENTS: Soak pumpkin seeds and dates in water for 15 minutes and drain.

COMBINE THE INGREDIENTS: Place pumpkin seeds and dates in the blender and blend until well combined. Add water slowly as needed. Place mixture into a bowl and add protein powder, vanilla extract, cinnamon and nutmeg.

MAKE THE PROTEIN BALLS: Once ingredients are mixed well, roll into 8 even balls. Serve or store in refrigerator.

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