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Fuel Up With These Off-the-Walnut Bites

Today’s post comes from ((305)) junkie and aspiring natural chef Emily Knapp. Learn more about Emily's nutritious, whole and delicious AF recipes on her blog, The Fresh Slice!

Every badass workout requires powerful nutrition to nourish your muscles, reduce inflammation and replenish vitamins that were lost during your hot and sweaty 305 sesh. With that in mind I whipped up a power ball recipe using whole ingredients that are the perfect snack pre- or post-workout and will keep you slaying it on the dance floor. 

This recipe combines nuts, seeds and dried fruit to give you a balance of protein, carbohydrates and fiber that will support your work in class, while warming spices reduce inflammation so you are ready for your next workout.

Breaking it Down:

 
Walnuts Packed with omega-3s, protein, magnesium and biotin this super nut replenishes your body while keeping your heart healthy. Walnuts have been found to reduce symptoms of heart disease and improve cholesterol levels thanks to their high omega 3 content. But aside from healthy fats, walnuts contain high levels of antioxidants protecting the body from free-radicals and boosting our immune system during the cold winter months.

Walnuts

Packed with omega-3s, protein, magnesium and biotin this super nut replenishes your body while keeping your heart healthy. Walnuts have been found to reduce symptoms of heart disease and improve cholesterol levels thanks to their high omega 3 content. But aside from healthy fats, walnuts contain high levels of antioxidants protecting the body from free-radicals and boosting our immune system during the cold winter months.

Dates Sweet, luscious and packed with fiber, dates are the perfect base for these ballz. The natural sticky consistency creates a strong base for the balls while the fiber fills you up after a difficult workout

Dates

Sweet, luscious and packed with fiber, dates are the perfect base for these ballz. The natural sticky consistency creates a strong base for the balls while the fiber fills you up after a difficult workout

Maca Powder Vitamin-packed, libido enhancing and energy boosting need I say more? Maca’s high levels of vitamin B, C and E and essential minerals have been found to improve energy and stamina levels throughout the day without the dreaded crash that comes after caffeine.  

Maca Powder

Vitamin-packedlibido enhancing and energy boosting need I say more? Maca’s high levels of vitamin B, C and E and essential minerals have been found to improve energy and stamina levels throughout the day without the dreaded crash that comes after caffeine.  

Cinnamon More than just a deliciously warm spice, cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant powerhouse. Polyphenols, phenolic acid and flavonoids are the major players in the anti-inflammatory game, found to reduce oxidative stress and protect against cancer causing free-radicals. In addition, the flavonoids work to reduce inflammation, reducing muscle soreness and pain. 

Cinnamon

More than just a deliciously warm spice, cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant powerhouse. Polyphenols, phenolic acid and flavonoids are the major players in the anti-inflammatory game, found to reduce oxidative stress and protect against cancer causing free-radicals. In addition, the flavonoids work to reduce inflammation, reducing muscle soreness and pain. 

Turmeric I hate to play favorites but when it comes to inflammation, once you go turmeric you never go back. Turmeric is a root, similar to ginger, loaded with anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties as well as several essential vitamins and minerals. Curcumin works with the body to reduce inflammation in joints and muscles to improve blood flow in for a quick recovery.

Turmeric

I hate to play favorites but when it comes to inflammation, once you go turmeric you never go back. Turmeric is a root, similar to ginger, loaded with anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties as well as several essential vitamins and minerals. Curcumin works with the body to reduce inflammation in joints and muscles to improve blood flow in for a quick recovery.

 

Despite the powerful impact these balls will have on your health and workout routine, they only take a minute to make. So no excuses. 


Off-the-Walnut Bites

Vegan and Gluten Free

Yield: 25 balls

 

Ingredients

1 cup walnuts, chopped

1/3 cup sunflower seeds

10- 12 dates

6 apricots

¼ cup agave (or honey)

2 tbsp flax, ground

½ tbsp maca powder

2 tbsp hemp seeds

½ cup coconut flour

1 tbs cinnamon (more to taste)

2 tsp turmeric

Pinch of salt

(Optional: a scoop of your favorite protein powder) 

 

Directions

  1. Put all ingredients in the food processor and blend until smooth and dough comes together.
  2. Using a tablespoon, scoop into balls. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and refrigerate for 20 minutes until set.
  3. Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

 

Mix it up:

  • If you are looking for a more powerful protein boost add in a scoop of your favorite protein powder, preferably plain or vanilla flavored.
  • Have a serious sweet tooth? Go ahead drizzle or dip these bad boys in dark chocolate for an added antioxidant boost and a guilt-free chocoholic dream.