My family, like many of yours, is always busy with work, school and sports. It’s important to us to eat as healthy as possible. To make it happen, I plan ahead for weekday meals. A little advance preparation goes a long way!
I am always on the lookout for simple and quick healthy foods the whole family will love. Over the last few months, I have shared several of our favorite recipes on this blog. (Gluten-free zucchini pancakes and “tastes-like-potato” soup top the list.) Now I want to share one of our favorite snacks: energy bursts made with dried fruit, seeds and almond butter.
Both chia seeds and flax seeds are high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and omega-3s, not to mention protein and fiber. They contribute to a healthy digestion, metabolism and heart, and they boost your energy—a MUST HAVE with such a busy lifestyle. Plus, the almond butter adds extra protein and some healthy fat. These will keep you satiated for a long time, and they pack a ton of vitamins in a small package. When you put it all together, these energy bursts become a delicious, nutrient-rich treat. My kids love them!
Connie’s Energy Bursts
- ¼ to ½ cup honey
- ½ cup almond butter
- ¼ cup cacao nibs or chocolate chips
- ¼ cup dried fruit
- 2 tablespoons ground chia seeds
- 2/3 cup ground flax seed
- Mix all ingredients together, either in food processor or by hand.
- Roll into 1-inch balls.
- To set, pop in fridge or freezer for 15 minutes. Otherwise, eat as is!
I prefer to make these with only ¼ cup of honey and then add dried blueberries, cranberries or cherries—or a combination. I also like to put gluten-free flour or ground flax seeds on my hands to make it easier to mold them into balls.
The energy bursts will stay fresh in an air-tight bag or container for up to a week. I recommend multiplying the batch and then freezing them if you don’t think you’ll eat them all. We supplement breakfast and afternoon snacks with them, and then always take them to the kids’ soccer and baseball games. Plus, you can make many variations to fit your needs, so please share your adaptations with us! I hope you love them as much as we do!
(Photo source: Minimalist Baker)