Traveling and eating healthy does take some effort & planning. The pay off is so worth it though! You read all of the time that it is really important to stay hydrated, sleep, exercise and limit lots of take – out, especially when on the go. All of these things truly do help to keep your energy level up! Being on the move as much as I am, I understand the challenges we can be up against. Convenience and time are so important. I have pieced together my own energy bar recipe or ball for that matter that has really become a weekly staple for me and I make it right in my handy food extractor that yes, you will find in my suitcase, next to my curling iron!
Super easy, less than 10 minute prep time. Make two batches at the beginning of the week & call it done! The name?!?! Nutballs! Yep, nothing fancy, just simple and packed with nutrients. The kids will love them too! Here’s the recipe, if you want to call it that! 😉
- Handful of cashews & almonds (any variety of nuts will do, I love walnuts & pecans too)
- Unsweetened Coconut
- Dried Tart Cherries
- Chia Seed
- Pitted Dates (Crucial ingredient…this is the “glue” that holds all of the goodness together)
My picture gives you an idea of about how much to use.
Combine all ingredients, pulse together a few times or until it appears like everything has been broken down nicely. You may need to add more dates if the batch is a little powdery, from the the nuts – it should look “chewy” for lack of a better word!
Roll in balls, place in container, refrigerate overnight.
They last all day in a little snack bag or container on the way out the door.
** Note, I do try to use Organic whenever possible. Have fun with this recipe, make it yours! Add flax seed, dried cranberries, any type of nuts, a little honey or agave, even dark chocolate morsels for a healthy alternative to satisfy that sweet tooth! Can you shape them into squares and use parchment paper so they don’t stick, etc., yes, I just don’t have the patience or ummm, square shaping skills needed! Plus, admit it, nutballs is kind of fun to say! 😉