How has this new year been treating y’all so far? Still hanging in there with your resolutions? One of my resolutions (like it seems to be every year) is to lose weight. I’m determined that this is the year that it’s going to stick though. My goal is to work out at least 10 minutes each day, and I’ve made it so far! I’ve actually been working out on average about 30 minutes each day, and I’m not hating it at all like I thought I would. I’ve been running mostly, and it’s been really therapeutic for me. It’s even crazy how much energy I have during the day now and how well I sleep I night. Who wouldn’t want better sleep? I know I do!
Of course, eating better has been a priority for me as well. My goal is to eat within 1,200 and 1,550 calories each day. This has been the hardest part. I just love food so much! What helps a lot is finding healthy meals that are also delicious. Yes, they do exist. They’re not like big foot or the Loch Ness monster. I already have some great recipes on Breadsticks and Gluesticks to prove it! It’s just all about learning to tame the hunger monster. I’ve learned that what really helps keep me full longer is protein and fiber. And you know what has a lot of protein and fiber? These power balls.
Don’t let these dark chocolate and craisin power balls fool you. They definitely pack a protein and fiber double punch in one tiny package. With ground hazelnuts, almond butter, and chia seeds, I stay satiated all of the way up to my mid-morning snack. It’s just what I was looking for. Hopefully it will work for you too!
What you will need:
- 12 oz of almond butter
- 5 cups of hazelnut meal (aka ground hazelnuts)
- ¼ cup of chia seeds
- 2 cups of dark chocolate chips
- 2 cups of craisins
Now for the fun part:
- Combine all of the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl until well mixed.
- Roll the mixture into one inch size balls and place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Freeze the balls for an hour and then they are ready to eat. Keep in the freezer until about ten minutes before eating.