Snacks are a widely forgotten aspect of meal prep. You've got your dinners, maybe you've even got lunches and breakfast down, too. But snack time is when I see mamas reaching for the vending machine at work, turning the car into the Starbucks drive through (and I know you're not getting an Americano with a splash of almond milk) or reaching for the kids snacks in the cupboard. Having healthy, filling snacks on hand is important to avoid that mid-day hanger, and keep you going until lunch or dinner.
One my favorite simple meal prep snacks is power balls. You might hear them called energy balls, I kind of go back and forth. The point is- these are little powerhouses of nutrition, the perfect bite-sized nutrient-dense energy boost. Like a mini granola bar, but way healthier. And they're super simple to make. I even infused these with one of my favorite everyday superfoods- collagen peptides. Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies. It's essential for growth and development, but even more important, it's awesome for our guts, our joints, and our skin, hair and nails. And who doesn't want smooth digestion, luscious locks and joints that don't creak when we do lunges?! It's flavorless and dissolves easily, so it's great to add to smoothies, hot drinks- or my favorite, power balls. It adds a hit of protein with no flavor, so you can make the flavor as you like! Get 10% off Further Food Collagen using the code MAMAKRIS10.
Speaking of flavor, I am obsessed with the subtle snickerdoodle flavor of these balls! Cinnamon and vanilla make an awesome blood sugar balancing combo- and did I mention there is NO added sweetener? Mineral-rich dates are the only sweetener used in this recipe, and trust me- they're sweet enough!
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Almond Snickerdoodle Power Balls Makes 12-18 balls
1 cup dates, pitted
1/2-1 cup almonds
2 tbsp almond butter (more if dry)
2 tbsp ground flax seed 1/4 tsp cinnamon pinch sea salt
1 tsp vanilla extract 2 scoops collagen protein
1.In the bowl of a food processor, combine all ingredients.
2. Pulse for 30-60 seconds, until almonds are well chopped. 3. Turn on high for 2-3 minutes, occasionally scraping down sides, until mixture starts pulling away from sides.
*If dates are extra moist, more almonds may be needed. *If mixture is dry, add 1-2 tbsp almond butter or 1-2 tbsp almond milk.
4. Taste mixture for sweetness and roll into balls. If mixture is sticky, grease hands with coconut oil before rolling. Makes 12-18 balls, depending on desired size. 5. Chill in freezer for 10 minutes and store in fridge for up to a week.
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