No Bake Cookie Energy Bites

No Bake Energy Bites

We made some of these🍪 No Bake Cookie Energy Bites 🍪the other day to get more healthy fats in AND ward off the cookie cravings… instead of eating the sugar-laden granola bars we used to rely on.

😍MOMWIN: Some actually made it to the freezer to save for later without getting eaten 😉 Between my 3 year old, my husband and I they really don’t last long! I think because they taste like the No Bake Cookies we were used to eating back before trying to make our food choices a little healthier!

But eventually we just got sick and tired of being SICK and TIRED all the time, and figured we needed to find easier ways to get our health back under control as a busy family😊 And these cookies are full of healthy fats that keep our energy up, brains focused and metabolism going strong! 

I also have a Lemon Energy Bite recipe too if that’s more your style! Just comment below and I’ll get it to ya. 🍋🍋🍋

NO BAKE ENERGY BITES
Servings: 12 (two bites each)

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup old-fashioned oats
2/3 cup toasted unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup ground flax seed or wheat germ
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspooon cinnamon
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (optional!)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Use enough water to make the dough rollable but not sticky!
  2. Roll into balls about 3/4″ in diameter.
  3. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.What would your family like better, Peanut Butter or Lemon flavored Energy Bites?

 

Transformation – Michelle S.

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Michelle has two young boys and works night shift as a Pediatric RN. She had lost over 15lbs. and several pants sizes following an eating plan/workout routine, but then LIFE happened (we’ve ALL been there right?!) 😉 But she knew she wanted to prevent long-term health issues like high cholesterol and diabetes, so she could be there for her family for many years to come! 

After working together to find a more maintainable lifestyle of balanced healthier choices, Michelle sent me this message that totally made my day: “I’m sleeping better, and feel better all around. It’s nice to be apart of a group of ladies that support each other and are so positive 💕 I love being around like-minded people that are striving to be their best.🙌

I’m so proud of you lady, for making the decision that NOW is the time to take back your health and energy!!! It’s all about progress, not perfection. And thank you for being such an AWESOME motivator, you make our group so much fun 🎉🎉🎉  Seeing you make your health a priority, even with working shifts and being busy with your boys, is super inspiring!!!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Buckeyes

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Who doesn’t love chocolate + peanut butter? Buckeye balls are a classic in my area of Pennsylvania at Christmas time. In our family we always get together to bake cookies and treats to give away (and maybe eat a few ourselves!), so I wanted to find something a little healthier to try. Just because you’re eating healthy doesn’t mean you can’t have a treat every now and then – it’s all about balance!

This recipe is definitely a keeper! It uses NATURAL sweetener (MAPLE SYRUP) which is a great swap for regular white sugar, which is not only void of any nutrients but also depletes your body of vitamins and minerals, disrupts your metabolism, and zaps your energy! And there are no refined carbs hidden in there either.

General guidelines for swapping out sugar for MAPLE SYRUP: In baking, typically you can replace 1 cup of white sugar with 3/4 cup of maple syrup and reduce by 3 tablespoons the other liquid content in the recipe for every cup of maple syrup used. Because maple syrup is brown and granulated sugar is white, this replacement will darken your baked goods and cause them to brown quicker.

HEALTHY BUCKEYE BALLS 
YIELD: 12 balls

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup 100% natural peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
3.5-4 Tbsp pure maple syrup
1-3 Tbsp oat or whole wheat flour, IF needed
¼ tsp sea salt
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 Tbsp coconut oil (or ¼ Tbsp olive oil)
*Use 100% natural peanut butter for this recipe. You just want to see roasted peanuts on the label and a little salt. The no-stir kinds made with oil and sugar might not work as well.

DIRECTIONS:
1. Stir the jar of peanut butter well before using. In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter and maple syrup vigorously, for 30-60 seconds, until it thickens up. It will go from runny to thick during this time.
2. Stir in the flour until combined (if your PB is dry, you might be able to skip this step or only use half). You’re aiming for a texture that isn’t too sticky, but not too dry either. Let it sit for a couple minutes to firm up as the flour will continue to absorb moisture with time. Add a touch more flour if necessary. Or if it’s too dry, add a touch more syrup.
3. Add salt to taste.
4. Shape into small balls (about 12).
5. In a small pot, add the chocolate chips and coconut oil and heat over low heat, stirring frequently. Once half the chips have melted, remove from heat and stir until completely smooth.
6. With a fork, dip the balls into the melted chocolate. Tap off excess chocolate on the side of the pot and place the ball on a plate or cutting board lined with parchment. Repeat for the rest. Save any leftover melted chocolate for later.
7. Place balls in the freezer for around 6-8 minutes until mostly firm.
8. Dip a fork into the leftover melted chocolate and drizzle it on top of the balls to create a “sophisticated” design like the baking diva you are.
9. Freeze the balls for another 10-15 minutes, until the chocolate is completely set. If you can wait that long, you are amazing!

Chocolate Covered Cherry SUPERFOOD Smoothie

Chocolate Covered Cherry Superfood Smoothie! GLUTEN-FREE, DAIRY-FREE, Thyroid Friendly

TRUTH: I used to despise all smoothies/shakes…maybe because the only ones I had really encountered were those prepackaged weight loss shakes or gritty protein powders?

After becoming a mom, I realized that smoothies were an EASY way to get a dense dose of nutrition into my daily routine…and tons of healthy things that I would never be able to fit in with basic foods alone, even as I’m eating better and having salads DAILY. Plus it literally takes me 2 minutes to blend up each morning!

I truly have seen a difference in my energy, cravings, anxiety, and metabolism just by consistently starting my day off with a superfood smoothie each day.

I prefer Vegan Shakeology because:
#1 It’s got 70+superfoods (not just protein!)
#2 It’s sustainably sourced and high quality
#3 It’s dairy & gluten free (important when you are looking to reduce inflammation & thyroid/autoimmune symptoms)
#4 It actually TASTES GOOD when you find your perfect blend/recipe!

Here’s on of my favorite ways to mix it up…who else is into smoothies for a quick healthy meal? Share in the comments below how you like to mix yours up!

CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRY SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIE
INGREDIENTS:
8 oz unsweetened almond, cashew or coconut milk
1/2 cup ice
1 cup raw spinach
1 scoop Shakeology Superfood blend
1/2 cup frozen cherries

DIRECTIONS:
1) Add ingredients in the above order.
2) Blend REALLY well, in a high speed blender, to ensure it’s a creamy, thick consistency.
3) Enjoy in place of one meal or snack to give you a natural energy boost!

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21 Day Fix Container Equivalent: 1 red protein, 1 green veggie