This past Monday was Halloween, and Halloween for me means candy overload. I love candy, but I have to be honest – I’m pretty picky now about my sweets. I do eat chocolate almost everyday (usually a Lindt dark chocolate truffle… from a bag hidden in my desk, shh!), but I don’t often eat a lot of other packaged candy. Put a cake or pie in front of me and it’s a whole ‘nother story. But on Halloween, I can’t resist. I eat enough Nerds, Butterfingers, Twizzlers, Laffy Taffy and Reeses to last me an entire year… and leave me feeling tired and sluggish the next day. (Worth it)
I remember when I started my health journey a few years ago. I have a hard time at school in the afternoons keeping up my energy, and I used to rely on sugar (namely candy) to keep me peppy in the later hours of the school day. That, and those Crystal Light Energy packets for water bottles, which have no calories. Once I started counting calories, I made the decision to limit my sugar intake. This was VERY tough at first, but has gotten a lot easier over time. It has done wonders to balance out my energy levels and prevent the inevitable crash I would feel afterwards. And, after doing a lot of reading as well about articifical sweetners, like this great article by Harvard Medical, Crystal Light began to really freak me out. So, here’s me, stuck with the afternoon sleepies and out of my old reliable tricks to combat it.
Now, I use some of the things listed in this article by WebMD, like walking, stretching, laughing (easy to do with my superb class this year!) and green tea or matcha (ground green tea leaves). I also have learned that what I eat has a big impact on my energy levels, so choosing the right snack is crucial.
This weekend, I took a long walk with my best furry friend, Karma. I just love long walks with this sweet girl. As my mind wandered (one of the best parts of the ritual!), I started thinking about my predicament. Matcha… ginger… nuts and seeds… ideas started to form in my mind. I’ve never made anything like this before so I was a little unsure how my idea would turn out. Kind of like a LARA bar in consistency, they have an awesome taste and great wholesome energy boost. Good Karma, as always!
So, to make these bites you can basically use any nuts, dried fruit, seeds, fat and seasoning. I used what I had in my pantry, so feel free to substitute what you think would taste good. If you went out and bought all of these ingredients just for these bites, the bill would be high but you would have a lot of leftovers. Nuts and dried fruit make a really healthy and yummy snack, and try adding them to side salad, like this krunchy kale salad, or using them in baking, like these dark chocolate cashew butter cookies. Nuts are low on the glycemic index so that means you’ll feel full for longer, making them the perfect snack.
Matcha Ginger Energy BitesPrint Recipe
- 1/2 cup raw cashew
- 1/4 cup roasted salted almonds
- 1/4 cup roasted salted and hulled sunflower seeds
- 2 tbsp flax seed
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1/2 cup candied ginger
- 1/4 cup coconut flakes
- 1/2 tbsp matcha powder
- 4 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 1/2 crushed digestive wafers
- Water (up to 1/4 cup)
First, melt the coconut oil. You can do this in the microwave. Its should take only 30 seconds or so.
Combine all ingredients except water and coconut oil into a food processor. Process until smooth. Add the coconut oil, and process until smooth. Slowly add water though the chute with the processor running, only adding enough so that the mixture sticks together. I used probably 2 tbsp.
Line a plate or baking sheet with parchment paper. Form mixture into balls. Refrigerate for about 1 hour. Keeps refrigerated up to 2 weeks.