April 27, 2018 Healthy Eats Berry & Cacao Energy Bites Happy Friday! Thanks to everyone that joined my Insta live last night! In all honesty, I was so nervous and probably talked way too fast or mumbled, but it means a lot to me that you’d take 30 minutes out of your night to listen to me blab, haha! One thing I did talk about was my experience with functional medicine, what it is and how’s it’s been going. It’s been going really really well by the way! I’m working on a big post to update you guys! I’m also trying acupuncture this morning and I’m really pumped! Anyway, I thought that today was the perfect time to share one of my favorite snacks of all time—energy bites. Also known as fat balls. If you follow Lee from America, that’s where I got the idea, so no, these are not some magical thing I’ve created. Instead, it’s my twist on the energy bite or fat ball. I decided to not call mine fat balls because this batch didn’t have as much coconut oil as previous batches I’ve made, so these are just going to be called energy bites. As part of my treatment, I’ve been working to keep my blood sugar more even throughout the day. Managing your blood sugar can help heal hormone imbalance and adrenal fatigue—two things I struggle with. I used to go long stretches between meals, but my doctor suggested I eat a snack between meals eating that included a carbohydrate as well as a fat or protein to help keep my blood sugar from spiking and crashing. It sounded easy in theory, but it’s hard to get around to making a good snack when you have a baby! After a few weeks, I knew I needed something that was easy and ready-made for at least one of my snacks every day and these fit the bill. They freeze easily, taste delicious and were dietician approved! There’s lots of healthy fats and protein in them and someday, I know Owen will love these. Rob’s already sneaking them every Friday night before his rec league basketball game. The recipe can really be tweaked to your own liking, but these are really tasty! I had a tub of Vital Proteins Mixed Berry Collagen Peptides that I was only using in smoothies, but I figured chocolate and berries are delicious, so why not mix a few scoops of this into my latest energy bites. The berry flavor is subtle, but really yummy, and the chocolate flavor comes from cacao nibs. Each scoop of the collagen peptides adds 20g grams of collagen which helps support hair, nail and skin health and 18g of protein. Berries are also a great food to eat for skin. They help support skin hydration and reduce inflammation. Lots of wins in there! One tip before you run out to make your own energy bites! If you’re sensitive to nuts or seeds and have trouble digesting them, try sprouting them! It helps break down the phytic acid that can cause digestive issues. It’s really easy too. Put them in a bowl with warm water and let them sit. I stir them occasionally, but I don’t know that it’s necessary. I soaked my cashews for 4 hours and almonds for 7 hours. Make sure to use them immediately though! They’ll get mushy and gross if you just leave them out for days after soaking. You can also check the bulk section of your grocery store and sometimes they’ll have sprouted seeds and nuts. To make things easier, I bought Go Raw’s sprouted pepitas and sunflower seeds so I only had to do the nuts! Okay,I think I covered it all. Now, do yourself (or your kids or your friends) a favor and go make a batch! Berry & Cacao Energy Bites Ingredients 1/2 cup almonds, sprouted if desired 1/2 cup cashews, sprouted if desired 1 cup coconut shreds 1/4 cup sprouted sunflower seeds 1/4 cup sprouted pepitas, Go Raw 5 medjool dates, pitted 4 scoops Vital Proteins Mixed Berry Collagen Peptides 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted 1/4 cup macadamia nut milk 2 Tbsp cacao nibs Directions Combine all ingredients through macadamia nut milk in a food processor until well-combined. Add cacao nibs and pulse until everything is combined. Roll into golf ball sized bites and freeze. To eat, take one or two bites out of the freezer and let them that for about 10 minutes and enjoy! BTW, easy matcha lattes, and 5-minute detox pesto.