In addition to making changes for myself, I'm making changes for my family. I've cut out the juice boxes and the sugar cereal. I'm looking forward to baking my own bread and I'm experimenting with some spiced nut recipes for my husband.
What I'd really like to replace are the granola bars. They are such a handy snack but
Here are a couple snack ball recipes that I've made this week. Unfortunately, neither of them can be sent to school because they contain peanut butter and/or nuts but they are a wonderful after school snack!
Almond Date Balls
adapted from midliferoadtrip.tv
8 oz package pitted, unsweetened dates
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup shredded coconut
2 tsp chai seeds
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/2 tsp salt
Chop the dates into smaller pieces so you don't break your food processor.
Blend together all of the ingredients in the food processor. If you have a small processor, you may need to do this in batches.
Roll mixture into about 25 balls.
Serving size: 3 balls
Carbs: 30 g
Fat: 5 g
Protein: 2 g
Fiber: 3 g
Peanut Butter Balls
adapted from gimmesonoven.com
1 1/4 cup dry old fashioned oatmeal
2/3 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)
1/4 cup ground flax seed
2 tsp chia seeds
1/3 cup honey
Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until completely mixed together.
Let sit in the fridge for a half an hour or so so that the mixture can chill.
Roll into balls. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week. Makes 25 balls.
Serving Size: 2 balls
Carbs: 18 g
Fat: 9 g
Protein: 4 g
Fiber: 2 g
Sugar 11 g