This recipe combines almond butter, collagen powder, a touch of honey and a few more awesome ingredients for a chewy textured snack that is perfect for an “on the go” satisfying snack!
One of my loves is a good workout. So many good things happen with this habit, like relieving stress and providing an adrenalin rush, energy for hours, and restful sleep at night. Admittedly, I am addicted to the process, but over time many setbacks and frustrating injuries have provided powerful lessons. I have had to learn to be still and really listen to my body’s needs and not the voice in my head. Post workout recovery fuel is one of those “needs” and is so important after certain workouts. Without doing this properly, not only would I be ravenous and eat all things the rest of the day, but my recovery would suffer.
A popular and easy way to refuel is with a protein shake. However, I have yet to find a recipe that works for me. I am just not satisfied after drinking food. Maybe it is because I am not chewing a smoothie. Since chewing food is my preference, I love these Almond Coconut Energy Bites.
The added protein from collagen protein powder is beneficial to your body in many ways. Did you know that aside from water, collagen is the most plentiful substance in our bodies? It is a primary building block of skin, hair, nails, bones, tendons, joints, and cartilage… the “glue” that holds the body together. Supplementing with collagen or gelatin is important because it may promote gut health by helping to boost your gastric juices and aid in restoring the integrity and health of your mucosal lining. Collagen also contains the amino acids proline and glycine, which are essential building blocks to repairing damaged intestinal lining, preventing wrinkles, improving joint health, and muscle building.
Another supplement I add specifically for it’s recovery benefits post workout is L-glutamine. L-glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the body. It comes in a powder form and taken with food after workouts, it supports your metabolism, fat loss, muscle building, recovery and preservation. Recent studies have also shown taking L-glutamine plays a role in the healing of the digestive system, see more here. As with all things, there is a balance and it may not be for everyone. Glutamine turns to glutamate, an excitotoxin, in the brain (think MSG). A little is beneficial, too much is not. See more here. Now back to these energy bites!
Delicious and portable, these treats make it easy to have a healthy option on hand for when you are rushed or out and about. They provide a bit of chewy texture that I love. The trick is to get the right balance between wet and dry ingredients. There are numerous brands of almond butter and each have a different consistency so you may need to tweak the balance and add more almond butter if your mixture is too crumbly and will not press into balls. Mixing the ingredients together is quick. While you will need some time to let the mixture cool in the fridge to make rolling and pressing into balls easier. The process of pressing and rolling into balls gives me time to let my mind wander and relax a bit. Once you have them complete, you are set for post workout recovery fuel, a quick grab and go breakfast as they taste great with coffee, or a satisfying snack.
Almond Coconut Energy Bites
- 1 ¼ cup collagen protein powder
- 1 cup almond butter
- 1 ½ tsp honey
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 1 tsp MCT oil or melted coconut oil
- 2 Tbsp L-glutamine powder (optional)
- 1/8 cup cocoa powder
- 1/8 cup fine shredded unsweetened coconut
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- Mix all ingredients in a bowl using a spoon or hand mixer (recommended). The mixture will be very crumbly.
- Place bowl into the fridge for 30 mins.
- Press the amount of a Tbsp. into a ball.
- Then roll in cocoa powder and some in shredded coconut.
- Store in a container in the fridge.
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