This week I was out for a fast food burger with my boyfriend before going to see Green Day in concert (which was incredible, by the way). While we were eating, I thought back to all the times during my schooling and dietetic internship that I was taught ways to help people NOT eat burgers – or at least make them healthier to the point that they don’t even resemble a burger anymore.
But you know what? You don’t need to order it wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun. Or have a turkey patty instead of a beef patty. Or get a salad instead of fries. And you certainly don’t need to avoid a social outing altogether for the sake of “health” (because I promise you, forgoing your social life to stick to a diet will help neither your health nor happiness).
Just have the darn burger in whatever form you want.
Because maybe that’s what your body is craving. And maybe if you honoured your cravings they’d have less power over you. And maybe what’s more important is your relationship with food rather than the food itself.
These chocolate flax energy balls are a healthy snack with only 8 ingredients and one bowl required!
I hate how some media outlets make snacking into a negative thing. Articles with tips to stop snacking and headlines like “10 lunches to keep you full until dinner” make you think that eating snacks is unhealthy.
But this is, in the words of Dwight Schrute: false.
Sorry, I’ve been rewatching The Office lately and couldn’t stop myself.
Anyways, the media making people feel guilty for snacking needs to stop! Because it’s normal to get hungry between meals and need a snack. Just as it’s normal to sometimes not be hungry between meals. Basically, there’s no one right way to eat other than this: listening to your body and honouring your hunger cues.
So the next time that between-meal hunger hits, whip up these chocolate flax energy balls. One-bite balls like these are one of my favourite kinds of snacks. They’re easy to transport, easy to eat between tasks or meetings at work, and of course they taste great! Also, you can pack them full of good stuff, like nut butter for healthy fats and flax for a big boost of fibre.
What is your favourite homemade snack? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below or tag me on Instagram at @chelseadallen if you make this recipe!
Chocolate Flax Energy Balls
- ⅓ cup nut butter (I used soy nut butter)
- 2 tbsp honey*
- 1 tbsp milk of your choice
- ½ tsp vanilla
- 1.5 tbsp cocoa powder
- ½ cup + 1 tbsp ground flax
- ¼ cup quick oats**
- 1-2 tbsp mini chocolate chips
- In a medium bowl, mix together the nut butter, honey, milk, and vanilla. Stir in the cocoa powder, ground flax, oats, and chocolate chips.
- Use your hands to roll into balls, then chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour to let harden.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.
*Sub maple syrup for vegan version
**Use certified GF oats if needed
I’ve got to say guys, I’m impressing myself. I’m not usually one to stick to my goals, but I’ve made it through month 2 of my Cook My Books Challenge (check out last month’s post if you missed it). I guess what they say about making yourself accountable really does help with achieving your goals!
In case you’re new to the blog, my challenge to myself was:
This year I will cook at least 3 recipes per month from my cookbooks and post a recap at the end of each month!
So here’s what I cooked from my books in February:
1. Fettuccine with Creamy Roasted Red Pepper-Feta Sauce from The Food You Crave by Ellie Krieger
I had high hopes for this pasta, but I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would. Even though the sauce had almost 1 cup of feta blended into it, you really couldn’t even tell it was in there so I had to add plenty more on top! I much prefer my own recipe for Roasted Red Pepper and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta.
2. Radicchio with Beets, Sweets, and Classic Balsamic Dressing from Whole Bowls by Allison Day
I really loved the flavours in this salad! I’m not usually a big fan of radicchio, but paired with the sweet root vegetables and feta (I was very heavy handed on the cheese), its bitter taste was balanced out. This dish was also very visually appealing with the beautiful purples and bright orange vegetables.
3. Cuban Stir Fry of Pork, Black Beans, and Sweet Potato from Lucy’s Kitchen by Lucy Waverman
I made this recipe on a Sunday night after a heavy lunch with J’s parents, and even by 8 pm neither of us had much of an appetite. Normally I would have just ditched our dinner plans and made us toast, but I was determined to squeeze this recipe in! It was pretty good, although I think I expected more of a flavour punch from it. Next time I would perk it up some lime zest to make the citrus flavour more pronounced.
What recipes have you made from your cookbooks recently?
Check out posts from other bloggers participating in the challenge:
Melissa at Mango About Town
Rebecca at Nourished the Blog