Eating healthy during the holidays

It’s no secret that during the holidays eating healthy comes with a multitude of Challenges . Eating healthy can help us maintain a healthy weight which in effect reduces our risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer. It can significantly decrease our stress levels with the help of certain carbohydrates, proteins and vitamins. Calcium-rich foods can strengthen our teeth and bones, and for better or worse, our eating behaviors are learned from our children, which will be learned from their children, and so on.

So yes, eating healthy is good. But it’s easier said than done, right? especially during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Everywhere we look there’s a new diet or superfood on the rise and we’re led to believe that it’s the key to our wellness. What often isn’t underlined on food recipes and in social media, is the time and cost it takes to keep up with these trends, making it all-too-easy to give up on.

But eating healthy doesn’t have to be fussy. It just requires a little planning. To make things easy, I have a snack that will keep everyone happy, energized and healthy on-the-go. Prepare, smile, repeat.

Snack – Protein Peanut Butter Balls
This recipe can serve as a tasty snack or dessert! The combination of peanut butter and chocolate satisfy a sweet tooth, and the fiber in flax and oatmeal keep you feeling full. The recipe contains healthy fats along with fiber and protein thanks to its simple ingredients.

Ingredients
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
1 ½ scoops unflavored or vanilla protein powder

Instructions
1). Mix together oatmeal, flaxseed, protein powder in a medium bowl
2). Add honey and vanilla to oatmeal mixture and mix until combined
3). Add chocolate chips and stir until mixed throughout
4). Form into 1” balls and refrigerate

Give it a try – I got the recipe from someone else and now passing it on to you.