I was challenged to start a 30-day Pescatarian diet and I accepted this challenge with the hopes of seeing how my body will feel once I cut out meat from my meals. I have been on a healthier eating lifestyle for the last four years and I can confirm that once you start eating healthier your taste buds will adapt. Your body will naturally crave healthier foods and you’ll start making smarter choices. Being a busy mom, I often lean towards something different, quick and easy to make while giving me the extra energy to keep up with my teenagers.
Since I don’t want to eat the same foods as before, I am open to trying even more new foods. I’m determined to be more creative with my dishes and I challenge myself to stay within my budget while replacing unhealthy foods with better choices. Along my healthier lifestyle journey, I came across this no bake recipe for energy balls. It’s super easy to make and there are several ways to make it your own.
No bake energy balls
1 cup plain oatmeal (quick oats)
½ a cup almond butter or peanut butter
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/3 a cup of honey
Mix all the ingredients in large bowl. Roll into small balls and place on a cookie sheet. Put in freezer for up to one hour. Take out, eat and enjoy.
This is just the basic recipe and it calls for almond or peanut butter but I use sun butter which is made from sunflower seeds and has no GMOs, no gluten, and no dairy and is packed with protein. The best part it’s less expensive than almond butter, see Healthy midlife for more information. If you’re watching the calories, replace the chocolate chips with craisins or dried berries. If you want to make a more kid friendly treat to replace cookies add m & m’s, pretzels or other items they like.
As I come to the end of our first week, I’m excited to try new recipes over the weekend. Keep in mind this easy and cheap way to stay healthy! I hope you enjoy this recipe and let us know what you think, perhaps share your own.
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