Children, teenagers or adults, who doesn't want to indulge in a treat at certain times of the day? Our taste buds usually love them, but often these sweet foods are not very good for our health. Indeed, rich in sugars refined or saturated fats, desserts or snacks that get in our way poison our existence.
In addition to the fact that these unhealthy foods make us fat, they can also lead us down the road to disease. We give you alternatives!
Healthy food VS unhealthy snacks
The idealfood hygiene family and daily would be to replace all those harmful snacking with healthy products.
Available in all seasons (with variations depending on the cycles of the year), it is then easy to go for fruits if you want a sweet touch or the crisp raw vegetables like cherry tomatoes, carrots, radishes, cucumber, fennel or celery stalks, etc. Unfortunately, our minds and cravings often push us beyond these healthy products. Indeed, fruits and vegetables are quickly exchanged by from chocolatecookies, pastries, candies and drinks sweet like soda.
The good news is that it's entirely possible to enrich your diet with snacks made only with healthy ingredients. A few minutes in the kitchen will be enough to change your bad habits. Stop the chocolate cake too sweet and too fatty. Stop the packs of candy we swallow with no nutritional value. Now let's give way to healthy snacks with energy balls.
Energy balls: the ultimate healthy snack.
Making healthy energy balls to replace overly sweet snacks is a breeze. In fact, once you understand how the recipe works, you can make different flavors of it depending on your personal taste.
Energy balls: what do we need?
- A food processor
- 1 cup of oilseeds of your choice To know: almonds, cashews, pecans, macadamia nuts, Brazil nuts, peanuts, etc.
- 1 cup of dates, previously pitted
Note: prefer dates with no added glucose syrup.
- 2 teaspoons of Chia seeds
Homemade health snack: the recipe for energy balls
Place the oilseeds in the food processor and blend roughly once. The nuts should be ground into small, fine pieces (but not really powdered).
Then add the dates and continue blending until you have a smooth, homogeneous paste.
When the texture is ideal, form medium-sized balls and press them hard with your hands to obtain a perfect sphere.
Sprinkle the energy balls with Chia seeds for outdoor decoration.
Place in the refrigerator for a few hours to rest before consumption.
Energy balls: healthy alternatives
This basic recipe can be modified according to your desires. There are many alternatives:
- Dates can be replaced with fig or abric.
- Dried fruit can be combined with the addition of goji berries, cranberries, dried mangoes, raisins, etc.
- Pieces of quality dark chocolate can be inserted into the mix, as can raw cocoa.
- The decoration can change: sesame seeds, poppy seeds, almond powder, etc.
- Flavors can be added: vanilla powder, cinnamon, ginger, etc.
Today, many brands offer these types of healthy snacks. If you don't have time in your family planning, this is indeed a nice alternative to avoid going back to harmful snacking for you.
Healthy snacks: mindful consumption
Energy balls are very healthy for you. Nevertheless, they provide a not insignificant energy fuel. Indeed, they are rich in calories and require a balance to avoid a significant weight gain. The ingredients, although very good for health, are nevertheless fattening if you have a rather sedentary and non-athletic life.
Therefore, if the snacks "energy balls" have only gustatory interest to panic your taste buds, consume them consciously and sparingly.
By the way, these little snacks are perfect for athletes who have a high physical and energy expenditure.
Practical info: Energy balls can be stored for several days in the fridge.