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Energy bites can be a really tasty, high protein snack, and perfect to breakup your afternoon and keep you going until dinner time," says Alissa Rumsey, a NYC-based registered dietitian. "I also love to eat them for breakfast, and dip them in plain Greek yogurt for some extra protein and fat. They can be chock-full of nutrient-rich foods such as nuts or nut butter, dates, cacao nibs, oats, chia, flax and more. You get protein, healthy fat, fiber and whole grains—all in portable bite size snack."
But as with all great things, they should be enjoyed in moderation. Just a couple of these snack-sized bites should do.
"Watch the added sugar and choose recipes with no refined sugar and no more than 1/8- to 1/4-cup of natural sugars like honey or agave," Rumsey advises. "Stick to just two bites per serving, as the calories from the ingredients can quickly add up."
Pack a couple in your bag at the beginning of the day, and pop them as a snack between lunch and dinner. Seem easy enough? They sure are. Now check out these 17 no-bake energy ball recipes that’ll help transform your day, one bite at a time:
Chocolate Energy Bites from Cooking Classy
Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites from Gimme Some Oven
Cherry & Tahini Energy Balls from Every Last Bite
Salted Caramel Chocolate Bliss Bites from Living the Farm Sanctuary Life
Fig Almond Energy Bites from Well Plated
Almond Joy Energy Bites from Gimme Some Oven
Banana Bread Energy Balls from Every Last Bite
Oats, Nut Butter & Chia Energy Bites from My Fussy Eater
Pineapple Coconut Protein Balls from Creative Juice
Apple Pie Energy Balls from Every Last Bite
Coffee Ground Energy Bites from Blissful Britt
Key Lime Pie Coconut Energy Bites from Spoonful of Flavor
Coconut Ginger Energy Balls from Every Last Bite
Lemon Pie Energy Bites from Back for Seconds
Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites from Grace and Good Eats
Nutella Energy Bites from The Gunny Snack
Coconut Date Energy Bites from Sweet Phi