Homemade Energy Bites are one of my favorite snacks to make at home and have on hand. They’re much cheaper than store-bought energy bars, they don’t come with wasteful packaging, and you can pack them with healing foods and still make them delicious. These Energy Bites are easy to make and a joy to eat. They’re packed with healing ingredients with unique health benefits for women – dates, cocoa, tahini, flaxseed, coconut, oats, and spices. Make a big batch and store in the freezer for easy snacks.
Follow along as I make them!
Dates are truly nature’s candy! They’re sweet, caramely, and delicious. Eating dates in late pregnancy can help with on-time, healthy labor and delivery. The general recommendation for this is about 4-6 dates per day.
Tahini paste is made from sesame seeds. Tahini is high in calcium, and it’s a great seed butter option for people with nut allergies.
Flaxseeds are rich in fiber and omega-3 essential fatty acids. Eat 2 tbsp. per day to get your dose of omega-3s. Flaxseeds have also been shown to regulate hormones like estrogen and progesterone. Because of this, they can be helpful for PCOS and PMS and menopausal symptoms. They can also be helpful for regulating blood sugar and for constipation. Make sure you grind them first or buy ground flaxseed so your body can absorb their nutrition.
Oats & Coconut
Old-fashioned oats are an excellent source of soluble fiber which helps support healthy bowel movements, feeling satisfied after a meal, steady energy, and lower cholesterol. Coconut flakes also contain fiber.
Cacao powder is just raw cocoa powder. It’s especially rich in antioxidants, so it fights inflammation. It’s also been shown to be mood-boosting and supportive of symptoms of depression. If you can’t find cacao powder, feel free to substitute unsweetened cocoa powder.
Cinnamon is a wonderfully warming spice that you probably already know and love. But cinnamon has some super powers you might not know about. Some research indicates that it may help improve insulin sensitivity, making it a good choice for anyone with insulin resistance. It’s also anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial.
Nutmeg & Cardamom
Nutmeg and cardamom are also warming spices. Aside from lending delicious flavor, both of these spices are also helpful for digestion.
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