Monday, March 3, 2014

Afternoon Protein Snack Without The Crash

Sometimes afternoon finds me starving.  I mean, open the pantry, and just start eating kind of starving.  Eating whatever I see kind of starving.  So I binge out on anything and everything, from pretzels to Pirates Booty to Granola Bars to fruit to Halloween candy to... you get the point, right?

And with that eating comes exhaustion.  I read once that when you eat, your body focuses all your energy on digesting what you just ate, which is part of the reason we get so sleepy after a big meal.  Truth?  Got me.  But it sounds reasonable for me to start eating several small meals throughout the day, and to start trying to put food in my body that will give me lasting energy, rather than a quick pick-me-up that leads to a fantastic crash afterwards.

Which lead me to energy bites.


Yum.

These puppies are really dangerous in my house, what with the binging and all, but they take the edge off quickly, and don't seem to lead to a crash afterward.

So, here you go:

In a micro safe bowl, combine 1/2 Cup of Peanut Butter...


... and a 1/3 Cup of Honey...


Microwave the two in 15 second intervals, until they are melted and gooey (technical term).

Don't panic when it looks like this:


Just keep stirring, and it will end up smooth and purdy, like this:


Add to the goo 1 cup of Oats (regular or quick, whatever.):


1/4 cup ground Flax Seed:


1 scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder:


I use Shaklee (of course I do):


1/2 cup dark chocolate chips:


...give or take.  I definitely gave.

And 1 tsp of vanilla:


You can also add 1 cup of shredded coconut to the mix.  Mr. T isn't a coconut fan, so I skipped this step, but next time I'm going to try it. 

Now put the bowl in the fridge for, oh, maybe 30 minutes.  20 minutes if you have an impatient streak like me.

Now take it out and start rolling the mix into balls.

Maybe sneak one into your mouth while you're at it.  You know, for quality control purposes.

Now pile those little balls into an airtight-ish container, and store in the fridge.


They won't last long.  Not because they will go bad, but because I dare you not to eat them all in one sitting.


Now, go be productive with your crash free afternoon.

What is your favorite afternoon snack to get you through?


6 comments:

  1. These look spectacular! And, after a kid filled snow day full of baking and cleaning and playing in the snow I could for sure use some energy.

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  2. Thanks Amanda! Go make them... they are YUMMY! Love your blog, btw!

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  3. Yum! I'm going to try these. Found you on Funky Polkadot Giraffe Link party :) Check out my blog http://eastplum.blogspot.com

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