These Oat Energy Bites with Chia Seeds are my new favourite go-to snack.
I literally got inspired by a recipe on the back of my peanut butter jar.
I added some extra fibre (thanks ground flax seed), the chia seeds for omega 3 fats and a few more twists and voila! A protein and healthy-carb filled snack.
I’ve been putting chia seeds in every muffin and energy bite I’ve been making lately.
They give a little bulk to smoothies; texture in baked goods and make a mean Chia Seed Chocolate Pudding too.
It’s kinda cool because these little nutritional gems actually come from a flowering plant in the mint family and they’ve been grown for centuries.
The plant itself is native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala.
Since we’re off to Great Wolf Lodge soon, I’ll definitely be making a batch of these Oat Energy Bites with Chia Seeds to take with us. They’re a perfect snack and travel well.
We’ve been heading to Great Wolf Lodge for four years now around this time of year, and I find if I don’t bring any food at all, then I’m at high risk of eating like crap-ola.
Does that ever happen to you? HANGRY-NESS really kicks in if the hunger gets to be too much.
It’s also the reason why I usually have an idea about what I’m going to eat before I go to a restaurant, especially if I’m eating out more than usual (travel for work, holidays, etc.)
I’ll take a quick peek at what the place offers online to get an idea. And I always try and decide quickly!
My main go-tos mains for eating out usually have these 3 elements:
- Healthy carb: brown rice, quinoa, or roasted sweet potatoes
- Lean protein: shrimp, fish or chicken
- And veggies galore, of course
It’s this planning and a little prep that really helps me stay on track.
I’ve found this with my clients too.
When my clients are working on controlling their blood sugars and trying to lose some weight, a little planning goes a long way.
It doesn’t have to involve complicated – no counting of calories or time consuming lists.
If you’re not a planner now, but want to start eating better so you can control your blood sugars and lose some weight, try these steps to get you started:
- Wash veggies and fruit for easy access during the week – I’ll wash and cut cucumber, carrots, peppers, berries, grapes, etc.
- Plan 4 main meals for your week ahead
- Make a grocery list for those meals and shop for them
- Make some muffins, like these Whole Grain Zucchini Muffins with Dark Chocolate, to have on hand or a batch of these energy bites 🙂
Here's a typical prep for a week ahead
Changing your lifestyle can be overwhelming sometimes – it’s hard to get your head around all the changes you want to make.
Planning a few meals and healthy snacks can really go a long way into getting you in control of your eating and well on your way to feeling like yourself again.
I hope you love these Oat Energy Bites with Chia Seeds 🙂