When the afternoon crash inevitably happens, go for one (or a few!) of these energy balls to get you through the rest of your day. Or, enjoy them for breakfast or even a late night snack. Packed with fiber, protein and healthy fats, these little bites are just what the gastroenterologist ordered for a gut friendly energy boost. This recipe is gluten free, dairy free and plant-based.
Why this recipe is gut friendly:
Oats are a source of fiber, particularly soluble fiber. Soluble fiber aids in slowing down digestion and increasing levels of satiety.
Chia seeds, a main ingredient in this recipe, are also full of fiber, packing in about 10g for every ounce! Chia seeds are also a great source of polyunsaturated fatty acids. Poly-unsaturated fatty acids have strong antioxidant properties and can help mediate inflammation levels.
Keep in mind!
Peanut butter is high in fat which can exacerbate GERD symptoms for certain individuals. If this sounds like you, maybe skip this one and check out our other GERD-friendly recipes.
While peanut butter, oats and chia seeds make up the base of this recipe, the world is your energy ball when it comes to add-ins. Try any of these to add flavor, texture and nutritional value:
Ground Flax Seed (Protein, Magnesium, Calcium, Vitamin B6)
Semi-chocolate Chips (Antioxidants, Happiness)
Pumpkin Seeds (Protein, Fibre, Magnesium, Zinc, Iron)
⅔ C Natural Peanut Butter (Protein, Unsaturated fatty acids, Fibre)
1 C Gluten Free Oats (Protein, Fibre, Magnesium, Iron)
½ C Chopped Dates (Fibre, Potassium, Magnesium)
2 Tb Chia Seeds (Fibre, Protein, Magnesium, Calcium, Iron, Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids)
Mix ingredients in a bowl. Form into balls. Refrigerate. Enjoy!
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