Are you looking for energy before your workout?
How about a quick & easy protein snack after your workout?
These protein balls & energy balls are just the answer for a pre-workout and post-workout snack!
I know when I am heading out to the gym early in the morning, I am looking for a quick snack to give my body the energy for my workout. These energy balls are perfect for me, as I pop one in my mouth as I am heading out the door. Then the workout is over and as soon as I get back home I am ready for a quick protein snack to fuel my body to rebuild the muscles I just broke down during my workout. Now I still eat breakfast, but this is a quick bite as my body is usually ready to be nourished as soon as I walk in the door. You can also take these balls on the road with you for a quick and healthy snack at anytime!
Christie’s Protein / Energy Balls
Do you need some energy before doing your workout? Here is a quick, healthy and simple to make energy balls to pop in your mouth right before you exercise. The dates give the balls a creamy & delicious favor and texture. Then the cocoa with the chocolate chips give them a nice crunchy chocolatey taste. These pre-workout energy balls are a perfect snack to give you the energy for your workout.
- 1/2 cup raw California almonds + 1/2 cup raw pecans (you can do any type of raw nuts)
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 cup dates, pitted and chopped (these are messy & sticky, you can use gloves, if needed)
- 1-3 tbsp water
- 1/4 cup cacao nibs or chocolate chips
Toppings/Coating: cacao or cocoa powder, shredded coconut, chopped nuts or PBFit powder (this is one of the best toppings if you love peanut butter)
Servings: 12 – 18 balls depending on size (I made balls about the size of golf balls, and that made 18)
Time: 15 minutes to prepare / 30 minutes to chill in the refrigerator
Stir together oats, peanut butter, chocolate, honey, flax seeds, chia seeds and protein powder together in a bowl until thoroughly combined. Cover bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Take spoon and scoop mixture to form balls. Optional: Roll ball in the cacao powder, shredded coconut, PBFit or any other toppings of your choice.
Servings: 12 to 18 balls depending on size (I made balls the size of golf balls and that made 18)
Time: 10 minutes to prepare / 30 minutes to chill in refrigerator.
Notes: You may store these energy bites in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days!
Enjoy these delicious, nutritious, simple energy balls & protein balls before your workout and after your workout!
“The better I eat, the better I look. The better I look, the better I feel. The better I feel, the better I eat . . . . . . Get used to this cycle” – author unknown, but very wise! 😊
Christie, “your personal trainer to help you Get Fit & Stay Fit”
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