Recipes

Easy Energy Balls

These days it seems like my teenager is never, ever full. So I’ve been trying to find filling but healthier after school snacks as well as quick breakfast ideas. I used to make these super easy energy balls and can’t believe I forgot about them until now.

The recipe that I have makes a small batch which is perfect for myself and the boy, but it can be easily doubled to make more for a larger family. I’m not sure if it’s the oatmeal flakes or not, but I find that they tend to dry out a bit after a day or so, so it’s good to consume them within a day or two.

You only need a handful of ingredients and you probably already have most of them on hand.

Easy Energy Balls – makes about 12 balls
1/3 cup of creamy peanut butter (or any nut/seed butter of choice)
3/4 cup of rolled oats
2 tablespoons of honey
1/2 cups of mini chocolate chips
1/4 cup of crushed peanuts

Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl until well blended. Let chill in refrigerator for about 30 minutes. After chilled roll into small bite size balls. Makes approximately 12. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Modifications:
* If you use crunchy peanut butter, you can omit the additional crushed peanuts.
* Chia or flax seeds can be used instead of the crushed peanuts for a nut free option.
* Raisins could be added in place of chocolate chips

There are so many recipes out there for energy balls but this is the one I have found that the boy likes the best.

Enjoy!

Parenting/Life

KidzShakes Ends The Breakfast Battle

Disclosure:  Although items in this post were provided to me, all comments and opinions are strictly mine.

A lot of parents complain about making lunches each day for their children for school. I don’t find lunches much of a problem, breakfast is the hardest for me. Getting up and my son out the door in time for school is hard enough without fighting to get something in his belly to start his day. My son does like smoothies, so when I was asked to try Kidzshake, I was somewhat hopeful.

What is KidzShake?

KidzShake is a nutritional shake that was developed by a doctor (with kids of her own) specifically for kids, not just kid version of an adult drink. These shakes contain ingredients that growing bodies need, no added sugar or artificial sweeteners, 17 essential minerals and vitamins, probiotics, and is GMO Free, gluten free, soy free, nut free, corn free.  And the best part, they actually taste really good.  I tried them myself.

Breakfast Line of Kidzshake

My son was instantly impressed.  We tried both the chocolate and vanilla flavors and tried each flavor by adding milk and then by adding only water.  His favorite was the vanilla with milk.  It almost tasted like a vanilla milkshake.  We then added some ice and tossed it all in the blender and then they definitely tasted like a milkshake.  Having a milkshake for breakfast that was actually good for you was a real bonus for my son.

Breakfast KidzShake

We also tried using KidzShake as a base for smoothies by adding fruit and veggies to them and adding even more nutrition to them. Aside from the chocolate and vanilla flavors, there are strawberry and orange cream as well.  My son has requested we get the orange cream flavor next time.  With 4 flavors as a base and so many ways you can add to these shakes, we will never get bored of having them.

Breakfast Jack

My son is always wanting popsicles and freezies, so I think I may just have to use this to make a healthy version and not have to worry about all the sugar that can be found in other versions.

At least now in the morning I am not dreading trying to get him to put something in his stomach that is not only good for him but something that he will enjoy.

You can learn more about Kidzshake on their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest pages.