Loaded with protein and nutrients, these are the perfect on-the-go breakfast treats.
Are you a morning person? Specifically, are you a breakfast person? I’m going to go out on a limb and say that those two things kind of go hand in hand. If you wake up in the morning ready to take on the day, chances are, you like to eat breakfast. But…..if you hit the snooze button fifty times before dragging yourself out of bed, I bet coffee is the only thing you have time for as you race out the door. Am I right?
Breakfast – as we all know – is the most important meal of the day. If you skip it, you’re probably going to be raging hungry by lunch time, and that means you’ll probably over eat, or, you’re going to grab something unhealthy to nosh on before lunch. Both are BAD for you! Don’t do that to yourself. Instead, make some of these healthy, almost like candy, energy producing, amazing breakfast balls. Yes, you read that right, they taste like creamy, chewy fudge.
I’m not even kidding, these things will make you think you’re eating something forbidden. They are chocolaty, gooey and sweeeet! But……they are filled with things that are good for you, like dates, flax seed, apples, sunflower seeds, oats, and nuts.
Trust me, if you only grab a coffee and rush out the door in the morning, you have to grab a few of these little balls of happiness, because they will get you ready to take on the world. Better yet, take some extras with you so that you avoid the temptation of eating donuts, bagels, or whatever your poison is.
Let’s break down the ingredients and find out why they’ll fuel you through the morning.
First, the dates. Dates are loaded with potassium. Potassium helps to regulate your blood pressure. They are also sweet like sugar so they make everything taste like candy. Yes!!!! They are also a good source of fiber, vitamin B-6, and magnesium.
Then, there’s the protein component. Sunflower seeds. WOW!!! These little gems are packing. In a good way. Not only does one serving contain 58% protein, they’ll also add a whole lot of iron, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin B-6 into your diet. As will the peanuts. This recipe is the Superman of the grab n go breakfast world.
Did you know that oats are also a good source of protein? Well now you do. One cup contains 52% of your daily requirement. Who knew?! And, they will also help to lower your cholesterol. Nice.
Cacao powder. Not to be confused with cocoa powder, which is a more processed product. Cacao powder is an antioxidant beast. Not only does it have super high levels of free radical fighting antioxidants, it’s also know to reduce inflammation, which can cause arthritis and other nasty health issues. It’s also loaded with flavonoid antioxidants. They are known to benefit the cardiovascular system, and thought to interfere with the development of cancerous cells. Um, yeah, you might want to consume this tasty powder often.
So do you see how these little balls of joy can be called amazing protein balls? They will give you energy, make you think that you’re eating candy – even though you’re not –, and they will help you avoid reaching for foods that will make you feel like crap. If ever the term Superfood was applicable, this would be it.
Go make these now. They will stay fresh in your refrigerator for five days. Put a few in a bag before you go to bed and take them with you and your coffee tomorrow. You’ll be glad you did!
Oh, and don’t forget to feed these to your children. Instead of sugar laden cereals and toaster pastries (YUCK!) give them a few of these. They will think that you are the COOLEST parent in the world. Wink-wink.