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A Healthy Snack for the Holidays

Tis the Season to Eat, Drink, and be Merry! For many of us, that means adding 2-10 pounds that we then have to work off as soon as January 2nd rolls around. The eating may be fun and taste great but the tight clothes, frustration, shame and guilt are no picnic!

One of the tricks that I have learned for managing my weight year round is to be prepared. That means when someone asks you to bring something, be sure to bring a healthy food that you will eat. That way, you know there will be at least one item at the dinner or party that you will be comfortable enjoying.

For Thanksgiving, my family went  to the beach. There is a lot of walking, biking, running and eating! My sister made these amazing snacks and I wanted to share them with you. I do not know who the original creator is but I do know they are healthy, yummy, and they will disappear very quickly!

I hope you enjoy them. They’re good to keep around the house year round.
No-Bake Energy Bites Recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup (dry) oatmeal
2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
1/2 cup peanut butter or sunbutter
1/2 cup ground flaxseed or wheat germ
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp. vanilla

Method:

Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed.
Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. Once chilled, roll
into balls of whatever size you would like. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for
up to 1 week.

Makes about 20-25 balls.
I’d like to wish you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season.  Whatever holiday you celebrate, I hope it is full of joy, laughter and good food! 
P.S.  The holidays can be emotional on many levels-some good, some challenging. If you’d like to have someone to help you navigate the holidays please contact me at nutrition@freshstartmind.com