Gluten-free energy bites have become a staple in my daily diet. I have a few tried-and-true recipes that I make on the regular, but I still love trying new flavors here and there.
A few weeks ago during my Sunday morning ritual of searching Pinterest for grocery list inspiration, I found a recipe for gluten-free fig almond energy bites on Well Plated. I made them according to the recipe a few times, but then I decided to switch it up and add my own flare—mainly because I ran out of almond butter. A simple swap with actual almonds and I was good to go!
Check out the ingredients below and see if you’re ready to get figgy with it.
Gluten-Free Fig Almond Energy Bites
15 dried mission figs
7 pitted medjool dates
1/2 Cup almonds
3/4 Cup gluten-free oats
1/4 Cup ground flaxseed meal
3 Tbsp. coconut oil
2 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 drops liquid stevia
A few notes:
Be sure to cut the ends off of your figs or you’ll have a few hard bits in your energy bite dough—which can be awkward when you’re eating a bite at your desk and then need to fish out the weird hard fig piece. Not that I know from experience or anything 😐.
If you think your mixture isn’t combining very well at the end, add a bit more coconut oil—it’ll help it all stick together much better when you’re forming your balls!
Don’t feel the need to buy flaxseed meal. Simply pulse some flaxseed in your ninja ahead of time and it’ll get the job done.
There really aren’t that many instructions to make these tasty gluten-free bites. While I prefer to blend up my almonds and oats first (it makes the end result a little less chunky), you can literally add all of the ingredients into the food processor at once and pulse away.
Once all ingredients are combined in the food processor, you can either roll the dough into balls, or place in a baking dish to form into bars. Whichever you prefer, be sure to place in the fridge after and you’ll have your on-the-go snack ready for the week!
I’ve been gluten free for over seven years now, and during that time, I’ve went from only wanting to eat preservative-filled gluten-free substitutes to now leading a healthy, balanced diet. With this transition of eating habits, I now focus on buying fresh, whole foods—but we all know that can be tough on the bank account. That’s were Jenna Lento comes in! Jenna was gracious enough to share some of her healthy living tips on my blog. Check ’em out below!
If I had a quarter for every time someone told me eating healthy is expensive, I could pay for this week’s grocery bill. Since money doesn’t grow from comments, I decided it would be best to set the record straight. Yes, healthy food choices can be more expensive, and if not done the right way could cause that monthly grocery budget to bust. Before you break the bank or jump back to your unhealthy habits to save a buck, I encourage you to try these tip to save big by going healthy.
Tis’ the season to get close to your farmer! I have been preaching this since I first started working as a health coach. Your local farmer’s market is the place to save! My husband and I try to utilize our farmer’s market for most of our produce. It’s my favorite way to stock up on fresh vegetables, fruit, honey, eggs, and meat at a lower price. So, why is it less expensive than the grocery store? It’s often because your local farmer from can simply grab the produce and head to the market. This means you are paying the farmer directly, instead of the big companies who often hike up prices. Don’t be afraid to ask the farmer if they have organic crops. Often, farmers will refrain from harsh chemical spraying, but aren’t able to spend the money to carry the USDA Organic label. Practicing these money saving tips mean that you’re supporting the local economy, while saving the environment from carbon emissions that come with transporting goods.
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Buy in Season
Produce tends to be more expensive when not in season. Knowing what produce is in season can help to determine what prices are higher than normal. For out of season choices, choose frozen organic produce. The food is picked and frozen right away to quickly seal in the nutrients. This ensures that you’re still getting the nutritional benefits at a lower cost. Another option is to stock up when produce is in season and freeze it yourself.
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Join a CSA
A CSA, also known as Community Supported Agriculture is when one invests in a share from a local farm, and in return receives local produce each week. This is definitely becoming more popular, as people are finding they can receive delicious goods picked within the week. This means more nutrients, because produce is usually picked and handed over within the week. There are different shares you can invest in, with different price points. Each week you head to the designated pick up location where the farmer hands off the items you have invested in. Remember, you won’t always know what produce you’ll be given each week. This means you’ll need to be prepared to get creative and maybe even try a few new recipes!
Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to spend a ton of extra money. There are plenty of ways to eat healthy and stick within your grocery budget. Plan what recipes you are making for the week ahead, prepare a grocery list, and buy only what you need. If you refrain from spending on the extras, it should balance out. So, start planning, get creative, and don’t be afraid to think outside of the grocery store!
And what makes a guest blog even better from a health and wellness coach? Gluten-free recipes!
HYDRATING WATERMELON POPS
This has become one of my favorite summer snacks! It’s the perfect sweet treat for both you and the kids! Ditch the sugary popsicles and try making your own instead! It saves on money, and calories, while cutting out the refined sugar.
3 cups watermelon, cubed (seeds removed)
1 kiwi (skin removed)
juice of 1 lime
1/2 cup coconut water
Prepare and measure listed ingredients.
Place ingredients in blender. Mix well.
Place mixture in popsicle molds.
Freeze overnight or for 8 hours.
FARMERS MARKET SALAD + DIJON DRESSING
With the local famers market filling up, it’s the perfect time to fill your plate with fresh vegetables. This salad offers your temple a healthy dose of nutrition and flavor! It’s one of my favorite dinners on a hot summers day. Try topping off with grilled chicken breast or salmon for added protein!
5 oz. organic baby arugula
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 English cucumber, roughly chopped
1 avocado, roughly chopped
1 green or red bell pepper, roughly chopped
2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/8 cup honey
1 pinch of garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
Wash and chop produce according to directions above.
Place in salad bowl and mix well.
Toss with dressing. Serve chilled.
Place ingredients in small mixing bowl.
Whisk together and toss into salad.
Healthy Living with Jenna Lento
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Jenna believes in the healing and balancing power behind a healthy lifestyle. It’s why she is so passionate about sharing it with all of you. Jenna received a Bachelor’s of Arts and Science from The University of Toledo. She continued her studies at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition where she received her Board Certification as a Holistic Health and Wellness Coach. Jenna can be found hosting seasonal health and wellness workshops at Costco, hosting her health and wellness show “Lighten Up” on the Avail Network, and teaching classes at Pure Barre in Toledo. For more information check out Jenna’s health and wellness website at www.JennaLento.com.