Failing to prepare is preparing to fail! As I get older I have become more aware of what I am putting into my body. I see my body more as a machine now than I did when I was younger. I have to be conscious of how I am fueling it. How does the food I put in affect the way I perform? How do certain foods make me feel (physically and mentally)?
In the last couple of years, I have greatly changed my focus on my overall health and wellness. Most healthy-eating winning streaks get ruined by an unexpected urge to snack. I say that based from my own experience. When I need a snack I NEED IT NOW (ok - maybe that’s a bit dramatic). But, honestly I'm a foodie and I used to not care how overfilling, or a snack would carry zero nutrition as long as it would hold me over. It's safe to say my biggest down fall in fueling my body with nutritional food is SNACKING!
Deprivation never did anyone any good so when it comes to eating right, plan your meals to succeed! Most nutritional eating start with a bomb plan since we know it’s easier to reach for chips and dip than it is to grab some hummus and carrots. Sure, you’ll wish you were born with killer focus and self-discipline but don’t let an exhausting afternoon and a good looking treat ruin the good nutrition you have been putting in your body.
It takes effort to look after yourself but it’s SOOO worth the time. So, in my moments of weakness I run to these power bites! They’re gooey, fun, and easy to prepare and super easy to pack! They’re highly customizable to fit your taste and they’ll take care of your snacking needs. These are what I reach for. I have been making these for sometime in so many different flavors, but this recipe I got from Dishing Up The Dirt. It's my new favorite. (there are so few in the photos because someone got a little hungry :))
BLUEBERRY LEMON ENERGY BITES
PREP TIME: 10 MINS. COOK TIME: 0 MINS. SERVES: 12 BITES
1 1/2 cups cashews
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut + additional for rolling
1/2 cup dried blueberries
3/4 cup medjool dates, pitted and roughly chopped
1-2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice (I used lemon juice concentrate)
1 teaspoon lemon zest + additional for rolling
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch of fine sea salt
In a food processor blend cashews and shredded coconut until they become a coarse meal.
Add blueberries, dates, lemon zest, lemon juice, vanilla extract and salt. Process until the mixture forms a rough dough that can easily hold together when pinched between your fingers.
Taste test and add more lemon juice if necessary.
Roll into small (1- 1 1/2 inch) balls. Roll the balls into additional coconut and lemon zest. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.