Registered Dietitian Brandy McDevitt says actively planning for healthy, well-balanced snacks is the key to ensuring you’re getting all the benefits of eating between meals without any of the downsides. She recommends you carve out some time to make healthy snack recipes, such as these nutrient-packed Power Balls.
Recipe adapted from www.gimmesomeoven.com
2 cups (dry) oatmeal
1 1/3 cups toasted coconut flakes
1 cup peanut butter (or nut-free alternative such as Wow, sunflower or pumpkin seed butter)
1 cup ground flax seeds
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup honey
2 tablespoons ground chia seeds (optional) 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. If desired, cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. ( This will make rolling the balls easier.) To save time, you can also wet your hands slightly as you proceed.
Roll into balls.
Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for the week. Or put in the freezer in resealable bags for quick grab-and-go snacks.
Makes about 40 balls.
Calories: 125 Protein: 3.5 g Carbohydrate: 12 g Fat: 8 g Fibre: 3 g Sugar: 5 g
NOTE: There are lots of variations to this recipe. Mix it up to suit your family’s tastes.
Brandy McDevitt is a Registered Dietitian practicing in Ottawa in two locations: Her private practice at Meadowlands Family Health Centre and at West Carleton Family Health Team. If you are interested in optimizing your health through your eating, you are welcome to see her in her private practice at 888 Meadowlands Drive. Please call 613 288 1459 for more information or email BrandyMcDevittRD@gmail.com.