Snacks & Protein: Vanilla Goji Nut Balls

Morning!

How is everyone’s morning going? Did you have a healthy start to your day? It’s the 3rd week of January and it’s almost over! How are your resolutions & goals going? Are you sticking to them and seeing it through? 

That was a lot of questions in a row…but I’m seriously wondering how you’re doing! The best part of my day is tweets, comments, messages and emails about you guys making healthy recipes, drinking smoothies, working out.  It makes me so happy from the inside out. I do love cheerleading on social media sites!

I’m still going at my goals, drinking 3 water bottles a day. I think this is the farthest I’ve ever made it with water intake, so I’m pretty proud of myself! It IS getting easier and becoming part of my routine and habit. I hope you’re finding that too!

Other goal = make new snacks with more protein. 

It’s no surprise to you that I love making balls. Nut balls that is. I love tweaking recipes and trying to make them well rounded in calories, fat and protein. Recently I’ve been pairing a nut ball with either chia pudding or a small smoothie to make it a mini meal.

Enter Vanilla Goji Nut Balls.

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Filled with ALL good stuff like Vega, chia seeds and goji berries. A super ball. You know I love Vega and use it in almost everything I make, chia pudding, smoothies, etc. Plant based, great company, and all natural ingredients.

I know nut balls can be intimidating, but it truly is all dump in food processor and turn on. What can be easier than that? You are about 3 minutes away from an amazing snack! Stop being intimidated and make them! 

You need minimal ingredients here, like almond meal (or almonds), Vega vanilla protein, vanilla extract, agave nectar, dates, goji berries and chia seeds! For the exact recipe, head over to the FitFluential blog…and while you’re at it check out some of the other inspiring guest blogs over there!

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What are you doing to stick to your 2012 goals? 

Raw Banana Bread? It’s True

Morning! I had an eventful day yesterday that started off with 25 minutes of HIIT on the elliptical and a 5 minute cool down. I wanted to run, but my knee has been off and I wanted to get it checked out before I ran on it again. I got a clean bill of (knee) health and a pat on the back from my doc for not pushing it and being a good patient.

We also had field day at school, which left me very sweaty and with an awkward tan line on my back from my shirt and braid down my back. The kids had a blast and that’s what really matters…or at least that’s what I tell myself.

Countdown is….4.5 days.

In food news…

One of my very special friends loves getting these raw and vegan banana balls at the market near her. She drops quite a few dollars for about 6 of these balls. While I am all about spending money on things that are healthy and come from an organic farm, I felt like I could figure out a way that I could make them myself, and then share the recipe.  She’ll be saving some money if she ever wants to make them herself. (Which I know she totally will, right??!)

This recipe makes 14 large balls. (I know. I couldn’t resist). You could totally get almost 20 if you made them smaller. You can store these in the freezer for up to 2 1/2 weeks. Or you could make half a batch and keep them in the fridge. I personally like freezing them and eating them right out of the freezer…or off of my fingers when I’m done rolling them out. Either one.

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Banana Balls

  • 1 banana
  • 12 mejool dates
  • 3/4 cup raw almonds
  • 3/4 cup raw walnuts pieces
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Process all ingredients in food processor until it is all combined. It should come together to form a large ball. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Roll out 14-20 balls and then freeze to set.

How can you go wrong with a snack that only has 5 ingredients? They kind of taste like banana bread in cookie dough form too.All pronounceable. No added sugar. Love. You just can’t feel bad reaching for this snack.

Have a great day!

P.S. Does anyone know how to update wordpress and thesis theme? I have no clue how and I’d be willing to pay someone. If you do or know anyone who does free lance, point them in my direction!

Also IIN is offering a $500 scholarship to anyone who enrolls this week! Seriously, this school is life changing! Email me for more info!

Raw Banana Bread? It's True

Morning! I had an eventful day yesterday that started off with 25 minutes of HIIT on the elliptical and a 5 minute cool down. I wanted to run, but my knee has been off and I wanted to get it checked out before I ran on it again. I got a clean bill of (knee) health and a pat on the back from my doc for not pushing it and being a good patient.

We also had field day at school, which left me very sweaty and with an awkward tan line on my back from my shirt and braid down my back. The kids had a blast and that’s what really matters…or at least that’s what I tell myself.

Countdown is….4.5 days.

In food news…

One of my very special friends loves getting these raw and vegan banana balls at the market near her. She drops quite a few dollars for about 6 of these balls. While I am all about spending money on things that are healthy and come from an organic farm, I felt like I could figure out a way that I could make them myself, and then share the recipe.  She’ll be saving some money if she ever wants to make them herself. (Which I know she totally will, right??!)

This recipe makes 14 large balls. (I know. I couldn’t resist). You could totally get almost 20 if you made them smaller. You can store these in the freezer for up to 2 1/2 weeks. Or you could make half a batch and keep them in the fridge. I personally like freezing them and eating them right out of the freezer…or off of my fingers when I’m done rolling them out. Either one.

bananaballs 300x225 Raw Banana Bread? It's True

bananaballs2 300x225 Raw Banana Bread? It's True

Banana Balls

  • 1 banana
  • 12 mejool dates
  • 3/4 cup raw almonds
  • 3/4 cup raw walnuts pieces
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Process all ingredients in food processor until it is all combined. It should come together to form a large ball. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Roll out 14-20 balls and then freeze to set.

How can you go wrong with a snack that only has 5 ingredients? They kind of taste like banana bread in cookie dough form too.All pronounceable. No added sugar. Love. You just can’t feel bad reaching for this snack.

Have a great day!

P.S. Does anyone know how to update wordpress and thesis theme? I have no clue how and I’d be willing to pay someone. If you do or know anyone who does free lance, point them in my direction!

Also IIN is offering a $500 scholarship to anyone who enrolls this week! Seriously, this school is life changing! Email me for more info!