Squeezing in the time to prep snacks for the long workday can be tedious and tough to find. Just a simple mix the night before can help alleviate that stress and give you a delicious and easy-to-make solution while you live the hustle and bustle lifestyle. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite during work, something to grab while heading to the gym or just after your workout, this easy peasy option isn’t one to be ignored. We’ve complied a few scrumptious recipes that’ll help you get that extra push you need.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls
4 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1/2 cup vanilla protein powder
1/4 cup cacao or cocoa
Place the peanut butter, honey, vanilla and salt into a bowl and mix to combine. Add the protein powder and cacao or cocoa and mix. Use your hands to work the mixture until it resembles a cookie dough consistency. Shape the mixture into balls and place in the fridge to set.
Serve. Eat. Enjoy.
Carrots ‘n’ Cake
Chocolate Chip Gluten-Free Protein Balls
Our next recipe is for all those gluten free fellows who just want a snack without breaking the bank or hunting down ingredients from the Amazon rain forest to replace those gluten rich ingredients.
1/2 cup almond flour/meal
3/4 cup gluten-free rolled oats (most oats are gluten free but finding specifically labelled ones aren’t hard to find)
1/2 cup protein powder (any flavor, chocolate or vanilla recommended)
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp sea salt
Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl. Roll batter into 12 balls. Refrigerator for at least an hour before serving. The fun thing about this recipe is that you can replace the chocolate chips with butterscotch or white chocolate and even dried cranberries or raisins. Simple, fun and customizable.
Eating Bird Food
Superfood Energy Balls
If those two mouth watering recipes didn’t tempt your taste buds then be prepared for the hero of the bunch..the Super-food Balls!!! Eating Bird Food‘s uber healthy mix will leave no healthy stone unturned. Jam Packed with sweet, salty and a cinnamon bite, these are a must addition to your busy bee schedule and couldn’t be easier to make:
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup almond butter
1/4 cup ground flax seed
2 Tablespoons superfood berry mix or favorite dried fruit
3 medjool dates, pitted
1 Tablespoon maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Combine dates, almond butter and maple syrup in food processor and pulse until dates are fully chopped and everything is combined.
In a bowl mix together oats, flax seed, dried fruit and cinnamon. Add date and almond butter mixture and stir until fully combined. Roll into 1 inch balls. Place balls into an airtight container and store in the fridge or freezer for snacking throughout the week.
With a plethora of other options out there, these should give you a jump start on snacking healthy while keeping the time spent to a minimum. Snacking can now feel good again, so go munch!