FIGHTING THE CRAVINGS IN THE SEASON OF SWEETS (ENERGY BITES)

With December in full swing, it only means one thing: CHRISTMAS COOKIES. Not only are there Christmas cookies everywhere you go, but along with the cookies comes the STRESS of the holiday season. Next thing you know eating only on cookie has turned into devouring half the platter. Yeah, cookies are so good and Christmas only comes around once a year, but there are also your health and fitness goals you have been working on all year. In the moment it can seem totally worth it to eat a cookie or four, but don’t forget that feeling of waking up the next morning, the feeling of regret. YOU GOT THIS!

Now, by no means am I about to tell you to not have Christmas cookies this holiday season…but if you want an alternative, something to help your cookie cravings, there is another option.

The perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth and cravings is with energy balls. They taste great (like a dessert) and they are full of nutrients your body needs.

If you have not tried our Muscle Bites, you are missing out! They are made with a few, easy ingredients. Muscle bites have 101 calories each and are made with six simple ingredients: Peanut butter, honey, Quaker oats, isolate protein, mini chocolate chips, and mini M&M’s. They are the perfect bite size and a great solution to all of your sweet cravings this holiday season.

We must say, half of the fun of Christmas cookies is spending time with family or friends baking cookies; so below are two easy energy bite recipes for you to try this Christmas season for a healthy “cookie” substitute. Hope you enjoy!

 

NUTTY CHOCOLATE CHIP BALLS:

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans

  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

  • 1/2 cup Quaker oats

  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (or oil of choice)

  • 8 pitted dates

  • 4 tbsp almond butter (or nut butter of choice)

  • 2 tbsp flax seeds

 

PEANUT BUTTER ENERGY BALLS:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter

  • 1/4 cup almond pieces

  • 1/4 cup organic, uncooked oats

  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds

  • 1/2 scoop protein powder (vanilla tastes great!)

  • 1 tbsp flax seeds

  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

  • 1 tbsp raw honey

INSTRUCTIONS:

This is too easy….

  • Put all of the ingredients into a bowl

  • Mix well- Really well!

  • Roll “dough” into one inch balls

  • Place balls in a storage container

  • REFRIGERATE

THEY TASTE SO GOOD CHILLED!