Earlier this week, I talked about the impending back-to-school schedule and how I fit in quick, intense outdoor workouts when I'm busy. These energy balls are basically the food equivalent of that workout: fast but intense; comes in a small package but packs a lot of bang for your buck.
My hectic fall schedule has officially started and I'm already seeing just how important it is going to be for me to plan ahead. Meals, snacks, workouts..... they're not gonna come easy! I'm always on the run so along with pre-prepared lunches and dinners (e.g., spiced chicken and veggies), I also need snacks that will give me fuel for at least a couple of hours. That means no rice cakes (I'm sorry, if you haven't already picked up on it, I think they're the stupidest food ever). To fill me up throughout the day, I typically have some fresh fruit and veggies (grapes, bananas, carrot sticks, grape tomatoes, sliced cucumbers) along with some more hefty snacks: trail mix or these nut butter energy balls.
Looks can be deceiving. These energy balls are pretty small, but they're FULL of protein and fiber to fill you up. They're also full of calories and fat though, so beware! It's healthy fat and energy-proving calories, of course, but still, these should be enjoyed in moderation. All you need is one of these medium-sized balls and you'll be good to go.
Not only are these energizing, but they're super tasty. They are totally a treat, comprised mainly of oats, almond butter and peanut butter and with some crunch and sweetness from dark chocolate chips and craisins. Almost like peanut butter cookie dough! While they're delicious, like I said, try to stop yourself at 1, which on its own has 255 calories, 15 grams of fat, 5 grams of fiber, and 9 grams of protein. Impressive for such a little guy, huh?
These are made in just 5 minutes, then pop them in the fridge and enjoy one when you need some energy to get you through the day. Here's how to make them, and the recipe: