In today’s society, 90% of the processed foods out there are GMO. They are also filled with an abundance of sugar, sodium, preservatives, soy lecithin, damaged fats, emulsifiers and artificial junk. Almost all commercial granola bars include all of these ingredients, even though they fall under the “100 calorie” category. For example, Quaker Chocolate Chip granola bars contain 38 ingredients, 12 of which are sugars, and everything else listed above at least twice. This is exactly what you don’t want to be consuming throughout the school or workday (honestly, ever). Sugar feeds bad bacteria which results in bloating, weight gain, skin problems, headaches, irritability, low energy, disease and so forth. Sugar is the reason that the term hangry exists.
These bliss balls are extremely versatile, easy and clean. Eating nutritiously boosts brain cells, increases energy, keeps you fuller for longer, and protects your body from sickness and stress. They are the perfect pick-me-up snack.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- ½ cup nut butter (natural almond, cashew, peanut butter)
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp raw honey
- 1 cup almond flour (ground almond)
- ¼ cup cacao powder
- ¼ cup maca powder
- ¼ cup ground flax seed
- 1-2 tbsp hemp hearts
- 1-2 tbsp chia seeds
- By hand, mix all of the ingredients together and start to shape them into tiny balls.
- Roll them in toppings like: cinnamon, hemp hearts, crushed almonds, chia seeds, goji berries, matcha powder, cacao powder, coconut flakes.
- Place them into a glass dish and put them in the freezer for 30 minutes before servings.
- You can keep these in the freezer for up to 30 days.
If you’re missing a few ingredients, you can easily substitute it for anything with a similar texture (replace wet ingredients with wet or dry with dry). For example, replace maca powder with twice the serving of ground flax seed. The point of this is to make them as easy as possible so that you can make these the night before and enjoy them all week.
Even though, these probably don’t fall under the “100 calorie” category, they work to nourish your body, and are made with real ingredients. Calories are one of the least important foundations in determining the nutrient content of your food.
You know where its been made, what’s in it, and how it was made. These are the most important questions that we should always have answers to when buying snacks at the grocery store.