Keeping with yesterday’s theme of Sunbutter, here is a recipe for honey oat balls! I used Sunbutter, honey, flax and oats for these protein packed snacks!
They make a great on-the-go breakfast or are great to eat after exercising. The combination of protein and carbohydrates stimulates insulin to be made, which will bring glucose and amino acids into the muscles for recovery.
Honey Oat Balls
3 cups old fashioned oats (not quick oats!)
1 cup Sunbutter (any nut butter would work!)
1 cup honey
1/2 cup flax meal
1/2 cup rasins
-In a saucepan over very low heat, melt Sunbutter and stir in honey.
-Remove from the heat and add oats, flax and raisins. Mix well.
-Roll into bite-sized balls and chill.
You can also add chocolate chips to make a healthy dessert!
We often think of sunflower seeds as something baseball players chew and spit out…gross!
Who knew they were a nutritional powerhouse???
Highly addictive due to their salty and slightly sweet flavor, they are a great “nut-free” choice of snack!. And, they are cheap and easy to find! When ground up, sunflower seeds make a tasty butter, which is a great substitute for nut-butters such as peanut butter.
Just a quarter cup of sunflower seeds provides half your daily recommendation of vitamin E! Vitamin E keeps our hearts healthy, skin and hair radiant and combats free radicals which may lead to disease. They also contain phytosterols which have been proven to lower elevated cholesterol levels by inhibiting the intestinal absorption of cholesterol. Phytosterols have also been linked to decreased cancer risk.
For more information and links to scientific research, click here.
Leaving all research, biology and scientific data behind…sunflower seeds (especially sunbutter!) simply taste good!
Sunbutter provides protein and healthy fat, which gives this smoothie “staying power” to keep you full and to keep cravings at bay.
(makes 2 servings)
2 cups coconut water (or water, non-dairy milk, cow’s milk)