It’s getting down to crunch time. Just one week away from Christmas – can you believe it? Wasn’t I just celebrating my internship graduation and stuffing my face in London like yesterday? Apparently 5 months have passed since then, but it sure doesn’t feel like it.
Anyways, I’m sure you guys – like myself – are up to your ears in Christmas preparations right now. Between shopping for gifts, decorating, baking cookies, and going to parties, it sure is a busy month. Which is why having snacks on hand is key. Because the only thing worse than being stressed and busy is being stressed, busy and hungry!
One of my favourite snacks for busy times is energy balls, since they’re great for eating on-the-go. And you can stuff them with tons of healthy ingredients like oats, nut butter, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, etc to make them nutrient dense and filling. My latest version is a seasonal adaptation of these energy balls with orange zest and dried cranberries in place of the blueberry vanilla flavours.
I also used Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts, which I received a few weeks (okay, like 7) ago from Goodness Me. Back in October I was invited with several other local bloggers to attend a dinner put on by the natural food store, where we were invited to become brand ambassadors. I was stoked because they are my favourite grocery store in the GTA (and they now have an online store that ships Canada wide)!
What I love about Goodness Me is that they really embody the idea of food as medicine, which is exactly what I like to promote. Eating well is one of the best ways to stay healthy and feel our best. So whip up these energy balls and stay nourished this hectic holiday season!
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ¼ cup hemp hearts
- ¼ cup ground flaxseed
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- A pinch or two of salt
- ½ cup almond butter
- ⅓ cup honey
- 1 tbsp orange or clementine zest
- In a large bow combine the oats, hemp hearts, ground flaxseed, dried cranberries, and salt. Mix together well.
- In a smaller bowl stir together the almond butter, honey, and orange zest. Mix well then pour into the dry ingredients.
- Stir everything until it is well mixed. Then use wet fingers to shape into balls. Store in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Replace honey with agave nectar or brown rice syrup to make recipe vegan.
What’s your go-to snack lately?
Disclaimer: Goodness Me provided me with the Manitoba Hemp Hearts free of charge as a part of their brand ambassador program. However, I was not otherwise compensated for writing this post. All opinions are my own.