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Chocolate Pistachio Energy Bites [gluten free]

I’m such a sucker for any kind of place where high-quality food is the focus. Farmers’ markets. Gourmet food shops. Italian markets. Bakeries. I love it all. It’s no secret that I love experimenting in the kitchen, and finding new foods and ingredients gives me inspiration to try new recipes… plus I just love eating food, obviously.

A few weeks ago, I was walking to a Starbucks to work for awhile before meeting a friend for dinner, when I passed by a spice shop. I’ve seen it before when it was closed for the day, but this time it was open.

Naturally, I walked in the shop and moseyed around smelling and tasting things. I wound up leaving with some goodies – all that were new to me, with the exception of local cinnamon infused honey (I pretty much buy that whenever I see it!).

For San Diego area locals, the shop is called Savory Spice in Encinitas, and it’s super fun to pop into if you’re a spice nut like I am!

One new-to-me thing that I bought was pistachio extract. I’m a fan of pistachios, but for some reason they’re a forgotten nut to me sometimes. I’m constantly all about peanut butter, almonds + almond butter, cashews + cashew butter… but pistachios seem to fall by the wayside. Then I make something with them and am reminded that I dig em.

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Blueberry Cashew Butter Energy Balls + 5 Of My Favorite Vegan, Gluten Free Energy Bite Recipes

When it comes to my eating patterns, I’m definitely more of small meals & snacks kinda girl. I like to eat every 3-4 hours, and feel like my body operates best this way.

If I eat a big meal, my belly feels heavy and too full, but when I eat smaller meals & snacks throughout the day, I feel great. Because of this, I always have lots of snacks around: in my purse, gym bag, car and obviously my pantry. Having healthy snacks around is the key to me not getting hangry!

One of my favorite kind of snacks is energy balls. I like to whip up a batch during the weekend to have on hand throughout the week. But since I get bored easily, I like to switch up my energy bite combos & am constantly coming up with new kinds. My latest energy ball creation are these Blueberry Cashew Energy Bites.

Made with rolled oats, cashew butter, raw cashews, hemp hearts, dried blueberries, and honey, they’re the perfect little snack full of healthy fats, carbs and protein.

{Note: Maple syrup, agave, or brown rice syrup can be substituted for honey to make them vegan.}

These blueberry cashew energy bites are my latest creation published on Shape. Get the recipe here!

And since I’m constantly making energy balls for my snacking pleasure, I’m also sharing 5 other kinds of energy bites that I love today. Check em out!

Chunky Monkey Protein Bites. Because banana + peanut butter + chocolate = the best combo ever!

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Peppermint Chocolate Chip Snack Bites {vegan + gluten free}

Earlier this week, I sent out a health coaching newsletter with tips to avoid holiday weight gain (you can subscribe via the signup form on the right sidebar! –>), and one of my guidelines is to implement an 80/20 diet balance.

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I’ve talked about this concept before, but it’s the idea that 80% of your calories are from nutritious, healthy choices, and for the other 20%, you enjoy whatever indulgences you’re in the mood for. I apply this to my diet not only during the holiday season but year-round, because I believe that moderation is what works in the long haul for a healthy, sustainable relationship with food… which brings me to today’s recipe!

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We all know that December is ripe with food and drink indulgences. I adore baking Christmas cookies and drinking seasonal drinks like spiked warm cider, but I also balance those treats out with healthy, light meals and a very active lifestyle.

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One way that I balance out my sweet tooth is whipping up recipes that are healthy and clean, but taste like dessert. I think that many of you frequent blog readers know that this is one of my specialties! Today’s recipe is a good example of this.

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Made with oats, dates, hemp hearts, and cocoa, these snack balls give you a taste of peppermint cookie goodness while being healthy, vegan and gluten + refined sugar free.   Continue reading

Chocolate Cake Batter Chia Energy Bites {vegan + gf}

Energy bites are a favorite snack in my household. I’ve even turned my immediate family on the east coast onto energy bites, because I’m always whipping them up when I visit as a healthy snack to have around.cake-batter-energy-bites-1

And as a big fan of keeping things interesting in the kitchen and in life in general, I’m always coming up with new energy bite combinations. Today I’ve got a new one to share: chocolate cake batter chia energy bites!  

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Made with oats, plant-based protein powder and chia seeds, these vegan, gluten free bites pack a nutritious punch. They get their cake batter flavor thanks to the combo of cashew butter, cinnamon, vanilla and cocoa, and are sweetened with dates and maple syrup.

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They’re the perfect little bite to hold you over until a meal or give you some quick on-the-go healthy fuel.

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Cherry Pistachio Energy Balls [vegan, gf]

Hi friends! Today we’re talking about nuts and balls! 😉

Everyone has their go-to favorite foods that they’re constantly eating, and for me, one of those categories is nuts + nut butters. I usually eat a serving of one on the daily. Healthy fats like nuts keep my belly happy & satisfied.

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Almond butter and peanut butter are my all-time favorites, and I was pretty into cashews & cashew butter for awhile there. Somehow I tend to forget that I like pistachios too.

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Recently I was about to whip up a batch of energy balls, and instead of using my go-to nuts of choice, I decided to switch it up and break open a bag of pistachios.

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Currently Loving: My Top 5 Travel Snacks

Happy Friday!

What are your plans for the official first weekend of summer? In thinking about my summer season, the next month or so is going to hopefully include lots of local SoCal fun, and then the month after that will involves lots of travel and time away from home. When I’m on-the-go traveling, especially if there are long car rides and/or long flights involved, one of the things I make sure to do is bring healthy snacks.

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I just don’t think you can ever go wrong with bringing healthy food with you. It usually comes in handy at the times I prep for it – like at lunchtime on a plane – but I also find that it’s great to have snacks on hand for random times when hunger strikes. For instance, if I’m going out to dinner later than I normally eat, a snack packed in my bag comes in handy to hold me over.

So far this year, here are my 5 favorite (very portable) travel snacks!

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Chocolate peanut butter energy bites. I find energy balls to be the perfect little pick-me-up! I threw a bunch of them in a plastic bag and brought some to Cabo with me last month.

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My beach snack last weekend

No Cow bars. I recently started eating these bars by D’s Naturals, and have quickly become a big fan. They’re dairy free, and are made with organic brown rice and pea proteins and sweetened with monk fruit and stevia. At 170 calories & 20 g of protein a pop, they pack a great protein punch – especially because when I’m traveling sometimes the protein in my diet can be lacking a bit. The bars also have a ton of fiber – which is great to keep your digestive system regular when you’re traveling and eating a diet that’s different from your norm (TMI?!).

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Apricot Almond Energy Bites [vegan, gf]

Hello, hello!

I hope that you had a lovely weekend. Mine was pretty relaxing except for some power outage shenanigans. My hubby was away for the Marine Corps, and on Friday night my pup and I went for a long sunset walk along the beach. We came home to the power being out and I was unable to get into my house. Let’s just say I had to get creative and borrow a neighbor’s garbage can to hop onto and climb over my fence to get to a spot where I could let myself in. It was eventful! I was pretty proud of myself for being resourceful. 🙂

My Friday evening beach view

My Friday evening beach view

Besides that little bit of craziness, it was a low-key weekend. My cousin visited from Long Beach and stayed with me. We took Harley for a little hike at a nearby park, and went out for Mediterranean food, wine and live music on Saturday night. It was nice getting some quality cousin time in!

Another thing I did over the weekend? Apricot Almond Energy Bites

Whip up a batch of these energy bites… and proceed to eat four of them for lunch! While I usually make energy bites with dates, I’m definitely loving this change-up of using apricots instead.

I’ve been eating fresh apricots since they’re in season right now, but for this recipe, dried fruit is used. The stickiness of the dried fruit is the glue that holds these energy balls together. apricot almond energy bites-1

So just what else is in these bites?

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Cashew Crazed

Hi there!

It’s shaping up to be a nice Friday so far. After getting some work done and having a conference call, I took a break to go for a hike with Harley at the park down the street. It felt good to be outside! Today is a bit cooler and sunny – and by cooler, I mean that it felt like a lower 60 degree temp, because ya know, I’ve turned into a spoiled San Diegan…

Hey, anything between 60-85 degrees is a-okay with me. 😉

Onto food…. 

I used to shy away from eating things with high amounts of fat, but then I learned to differentiate between ”good” fats (monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, and omega-3s) and ”bad” fats (saturated & trans fats). Nowadays I’m not afraid of using a tablespoon of olive oil, and I eat a serving of nuts, avocado, and peanut butter all the time, which brings me to my current obsession: cashews.

Besides eating a handful on their own, I’ve been finding ways to incorporate cashews into my smoothies, sprinkling them on top of my yogurts and in my salads. Here are four tasty ways I’ve eaten cashews in the past week:

Chocolate Covered Banana Cashew Protein Shake: That’s a mouthful of a recipe title huh? This one is very similar to my all-time favorite smoothie (the chocolate peanut butter shake, which I’ve mentioned many times on here) but with a bit of a cashew twist:


Chocolate Covered Banana Cashew Protein Shake
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Ingredients
  • ½ banana, preferably frozen
  • 1 cup chocolate soy milk
  • ½ scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 oz of cashews
  • 1 TBSP natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Ice
Instructions
  1. Throw all ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until well combined.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 345, Fat: 18 g, Carbohydrates: 30 g, Protein: 22 g

Strawberry & Spinach Salad with Cashews and Goat Cheese:
Strawberry & Spinach Salad with Cashews & Goat Cheese
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups raw baby spinach
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries
  • ½ oz cashews
  • 1 oz fresh goat cheese
  • ½ TBSP olive oil
  • ½ TBSP balsamic vinegar
  • A pinch of sea salt
Instructions
  1. Slice the strawberries, then combine in a salad bowl with the spinach, cashews and goat cheese.
  2. Mix the olive oil and balsamic vinegar together, then pour over the salad. Sprinkle a bit of sea salt on top.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 280, Fat: 20 g, Carbohydrates: 22 g, Protein: 11 g,

Chia Cranberry Energy Bites: I saw this recipe on the blog Nutrition Nut on the Run and thought they looked yummy. I modified her recipe a bit, which can be found here.
Chia Cranberry Energy Bites
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Ingredients
  • 9 Medjool dates (180 g)
  • 2 oz cashews
  • ¼ cup almonds
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 TBSP chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Pulse all ingredients in a food processor until the mixture begins to stick together.
  2. Roll into 20 balls, then store in the refrigerator to harden before eating.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 energy bite, Calories: 66, Fat: 2 g, Carbohydrates: 12 g, Protein: 1 g

Honey Cashew Smoothie: 
Honey Cashew Smoothie
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ banana, preferably frozen
  • 1 TBSP honey
  • 1 oz cashews
  • Ice
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Pulse until smooth, then enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Calories: 340, Fat: 16 g, Carbohydrates: 48 g, Protein: 7 g

Question: What’s your current food obsession? Besides cashews, I’ve been eating a Greek yogurt pretty much every day, though that has been going on for awhile!