If you’re looking for a healthy snack LOADED with 10 incredibly health conscious ingredients, this is it! These Holiday Energy Bites (a.k.a. Reindeer Droppings) are super delicious and easy to make. Yes, I said “Reindeer Droppings”. Why? So I asked a friend for inspiration on a name for these treats and this is what he came up with. I shared the name with my husband and he thought it was absolutely PERFECT (after carefully examining them and illustrating what each ingredient could really represent – boys will be boys).
- 8 oz chopped & pitted dates
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
- 1 1/2 cup dry oats
- 1/2 cup shelled pistachios
- 1/2 cup chopped almonds
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes
- 1/3 cup white chocolate chips
- food processor
- large mixing bowl
- measuring utensils
- combine chopped dates, honey, chia seeds, flax seeds in food processor
- pulse & blend until the mixture is smooth enough to stir
- transfer mixture to a large mixing bowl
- stir in dry oats, pistachios, dried cranberries, chopped almonds, coconut flakes, white chocolate chips
- refrigerate for 30 minutes
- use spoon to shape into 1 inch rounds (or desired size)
- be sure to roll & press mixture firmly
What makes these Holiday Energy Bites so amazing? Here’s a little food for thought…
An ounce of almonds, which equates to about 25 almonds, contains 12 percent of our necessary daily protein. They are a rich source of vitamin E, B vitamins, essential minerals – like calcium, magnesium and potassium – and healthy fat. Almonds are one of the best sources of alpha-tocopherol — the form of vitamin E that’s best absorbed by your body. This is important to your muscles because it can help prevent free-radical damage after workouts or muscle strain and damage.
“Chia” means strength, and folklore has it that these cultures used the tiny black and white seeds as an energy booster. They contain healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. Chia absorbs up to 12 times its own weight and expands to curb your appetite! Health benefits include: reduces blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, regulating bowel functions, improves heart health, reduces inflammation, controls blood sugar, aids in weight loss, increases energy and more.
Topping the charts as one of the most powerful “super foods”, cranberries have a rich source of vitamin C and fiber, and are only 45 calories per cup. In the disease-fighting antioxidant department, cranberries outrank nearly every fruit and vegetable–including strawberries, spinach, broccoli, red grapes, apples, raspberries, and cherries. One cup of whole cranberries has 8,983 total antioxidant capacity.
Dates are one of the very best sweet and versatile foods that can regulate the digestive process and can significantly boost energy levels within 30 minutes of consumption. Dates are a good source of various vitamins and minerals. Essential minerals include calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium and zinc. They also contain vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K.
Flaxseed’s health benefits come from the fact that it’s high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, as well as phytochemicals called lignans. One tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains 2 grams of polyunsaturated fatty acids (includes the omega 3s) and 2 grams of dietary fiber and 37 calories. Flaxseed is commonly used to improve digestive health or relieve constipation. Flaxseed may also help lower total blood cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) cholesterol levels, which may help reduce the risk of heart disease.
Pistachios contain fewer calories and more potassium and vitamin K per serving than other nuts. A 1-ounce serving of dry-roasted pistachios contains 160 calories, 6 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and 15 grams of fat, including only 2 grams of saturated fat. It also provides you with 25 percent of the daily value for vitamin B-6, 15 percent of the daily value for thiamine and phosphorus and 10 percent of the daily value for magnesium.