Here we are in the swing of the holiday season! There is so much to be done, so much to look forward to and to enjoy. With all of the shopping, gift-wrapping, schedule coordinating, party planning, cooking and housekeeping to get done, it's easy to get run down. One reason we tend to battle sickness more during the holidays is because the time and attention we normally give to taking care of ourselves is compromised. Proper diet and exercise can take a serious dive, and our health goes right along with it.
My wonderful friend and chiropractor, Leigh, at Streckar Family Chiropractic, shared a great recipe for delicious protein balls (I tell my kids they're no-bake cookies!). I decided to make a double batch and keep them on hand for my kids when they need a quick snack, and want something sweet. These "cookies" also make a perfect post-workout snack. I'm planning to pack a few in my purse to take on my big holiday shopping trip, to help me avoid food courts and drive-throughs. Here's the recipe!!
Protein Balls: A.K.A.Healthy No-Bake Cookies
1 cup Rice Krispies (I like organic gluten free brown rice krispies)
3/4 cup oats (go for organic, whole grain if you can!)
1 cup protein powder (I use Juice Plus, Leigh uses Isagenix ~ try to find one that is free of corn.)
1/2 cup honey or agave nectar (Sam's and Costco usually carry these in bulk at a great discount.)
1/3 cup natural peanut butter
2 tablespoons water (you may need to add more as you mix to get the right consistency)
Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Blend together with a large spoon or spatula until evenly mixed, adding more water if necessary. Roll into balls and place on a wax-paper covered pan. Refrigerate until set. Enjoy!!