It’s no secret that heavy sugar consumption isn’t the greatest for your health. Eating a diet high in sugar is linked to cardiovascular disease, weight gain, and causes inflammation (which is at the root of all disease and illness). Not only all that, sugar drains your energy like no other.
The average American consumes approximately 82 grams of sugar a day. A. Day.
Even if you’re below average in this department, you might be eating more sugar than you think.
There’s a good chance you’re eating things that you think are healthy for you… granola bars, yogurt, trail mix. On the surface these seem like good choices. When you look closely, I think you’d be shocked at how much sugar you’re actually eating.
Most packaged granola bars have between 5-9 grams of sugar. Yogurt can have up to 22 grams of sugar (or more) if you’re not eating plain and unsweetened. Trail mix has between 12 and 15 grams for a 1/4 cup. Double that 15 grams because I don’t know who eats just a 1/4 cup.
We all need things that we can grab and go. Sure, carrot and celery sticks are easy and healthy. Let’s be honest for a sec. No one, not even a nutrition coach, (especially this one) wants to be eating vegetables all day long.
If you’re going to grab something to get you through to the next meal, I always recommend you have something with protein, fat, and fiber. Keep it no to low sugar and you’ll be good to go.
This recipe for trail mix energy bites is a perfect solution. There’s minimal sugar from the honey and raisins. It has fiber from the almonds and flaxseed. The fat comes from the almond butter and flour. You also get some protein with these ingredients. These energy bites are great for busy people because you can easily make a double batch and freeze them. Pull one or two out when you need something quick. They make a really good desert too. (I’ve been testing that out this week just to make sure!)
- ½ cup almond flour, ground fine
- ½ cup almond butter
- ½ cup ground flaxseed
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- ⅓ cup raisins, unsweetened
- ⅓ cup coconut, unsweetened
- ⅓ cup cacoa nibs
- Put everything except the raisins and cacoa nibs in the food processor.
- Blend until the ingredients come together.
- Add the raisins and cacoa nibs and stir with a heavy spoon.
- Use a tablespoon scoop and form into balls.
- Refrigerate or freeze.