Quick and Easy Protein Energy Bites
Many Americans are on a 40 to 60 hour per week work schedule. Whether it is in an office space, a retail environment, the food service industry, or an at-home job, it can be quite tiring and often make it difficult to focus on the rest of the day. To keep up the momentum throughout the day, many people rely on protein bars and shakes. Sound familiar? You might be in the majority.
Protein is an essential nutrient for a healthy, balanced diet. It promotes the growth of muscle, collagen, enzymes, hormones, and immune system elements that are crucial to the rapidly evolving and changing human body. According to The Nutrition Business Journal, Americans spend about $3.2 billion a year on protein supplements and protein bars to obtain their daily intake of protein. Dr. Mercola estimated that Americans spend $800 million a year on peanut butter alone to add an extra bit of protein in their lives.
These no-bake, gluten free energy bites are the perfect pick me up for a long day at work. Take a look at the recipe below for an easy and delicious protein snack that you can make at home.
Protein Energy Bites
1 cup rolled oatmeal
½ cup dark chocolate chips
½ cup peanut butter
½ cup ground flaxseed
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mix together the rolled oatmeal, chocolate chips (or dried fruit), peanut butter, ground flaxseed, honey, and vanilla extract. Use a tablespoon to scoop out the perfect amount of the mixture and roll up into a ball. Refrigerate until the balls are no longer sticky. You can substitute chocolate for dried fruit or almonds and pumpkin spice for vanilla extract if you prefer something a little bolder.