I made a post of on my advocacy Instagram page yesterday and the responses were overwhelming! I had tons of questions come in wanting more details about Leaky Gut Syndrome and what I feed Stella to compensate for that. You guys asked for recipes and ideas on how to sneak healthy fats into picky eaters' food. I'm going to try to cover all of that and share with you as much information as I can over the next few weeks. I always say, When we know better, we do better and knowledge is power! So, let's arm ourselves with as much knowledge as we can so that we can better help ourselves and our kiddos.
Today, I'm just going to share with you one of mine and Stella's favorite snacks. I put this in her lunchbox as a treat but it's loaded with healthy fats and protein. And bonus, it's super easy and quick to make. There are a ton of variations of these No Bake Energy Balls and to be honest, I make it different almost every time I make them. So, feel free to improvise and substitute ingredients as needed.
No Bake Energy Balls
1 cup nut butter
1/4 cup honey or pure maple syrup
1 scoop of vanilla Shakeology (or vanilla protein powder)
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 Tbsp Hemp seeds
1 Tbsp Chia seeds
1 Tbsp melted coconut oil
In a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients until well combined. Cover and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
Using your hands, roll the mixture into balls about 1-11/2 inch in diameter.
Place bites in an airtight container and store for about one week.
More about the ingredients
Go to my post over on Instagram to learn more about the higher fat and higher protein diet that I try to feed Stella.
Nut butter- any nut butter will do! Nut butter is a healthy fat that also contains a fair amount of protein.
Dark Chocolate Chips- Try to find a brand that has at least 69% cacao and 100% real chocolate. No additives!
Hemp Seeds- These are a good source of healthy fat and omega 3 fatty acids. All of which are good for brain development! They are also a good source of protein.
Chia Seeds- They are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, rich in antioxidants, and they provide fiber, iron, and calcium.
Coconut oil- This is a superfood fat that can help with energy and brain function, amongst other things.