“I want to eat healthy food that tastes awful!” ~ said no one ever.
Let’s be real. Often things that are good for us can taste awful (cue okra), especially if your taste buds are fond of sweets (me…chocolate). As I’ve taken small steps here and there to not completely change how I eat overnight, but to sneak in new foods that turns out I LIKE or even LOVE over some more processed and less nutritious choices. You know those goodies that leave you staring into the “snack” cabinet gawking, sneaking and hoping won’t land on your ass for the rest of your life (cue Oreos).
As I’ve tried recipes often for breakfast and snacks, I’ll post the ones that I find myself making more than once. Let’s face it. We’re looking for those things that become staples in our diet. When I say diet, I mean diet as in food we eat, not as in calorie restriction. I am not on a diet, I eat a diet of healthful foods…usually. I don’t want to post recipes I tried once, thought were OK, but will probably never make again. What good is that?
So let’s start.
Chocolate Protein Balls
These are a wonderful mix of healthy fats and protein which makes them calorie dense. Don’t make a meal out of these. As amazing as they are, they are a snack and will satisfy for hours. Chia seeds are a concentrated food, containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbs, protein, fiber, antioxidants and calcium.
These are in my fridge, ready to grab and go, every day! The chocolate chips satisfy my sweet tooth when I’m hunting for something chocolate. I also tend to yield about 10-11 protein balls when I make these, which means I make them a smidge smaller than the recipe suggests.
Prep 10 minutes
Ready In 40 minutes
- Makes 9
- Serving size 1 ball
- 1 C rolled oats
- 1/2 C natural peanut butter
- 1/3 C honey**
- 1/4 C chopped dark chocolate
- 2 T flax seeds
- 2 T chia seeds
- 1 T chocolate-flavored protein powder, or to taste***
- Stir oats, peanut butter, honey, chocolate, flax seeds, chia seeds, and protein powder together in a bowl until evenly mixed. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Scoop chilled mixture into balls. Keep cold until serving.
**I reduce to 1/4 C honey to cut back sugar (still taste delish and plenty sweet). I also mix the peanut butter and honey together before adding them to the oat mix.
***I’ve subbed vanilla protein when I haven’t had chocolate protein handy and I can’t tell the difference.
Chickpea Edamame Salad
Hold on to your tongs! This is seriously my new favorite side dish to bring to or serve at BBQs! Fresh, light, tasty, healthy and filling (thanks to healthy fats and protein). All the om nom noms you want to freshen up your cookout line-up.