Fitness Crazed Foodie
Lover of all things food and fitness related
The month-long holiday hangover and indulgence has come to an end, and healthy eating is in the air. The gym I work at is buzzing with new faces ready to set their health as a priority and familiar faces that are continuing to chase their goals. I love the outward energy, but I know that the motivation doesn't come easy.
Conversations with my clients have been revolving around shifting and re-setting their schedules (work, personal, fitness) and eating habits to get back on track. With an abundance of articles, blogs, and conversations about how to get back on track, its easy to feel overwhelmed. One piece of advice is to start small!!! You can't change everything at once because your will-power will just give out. Instead, start with one healthy habit to add back into your routine. For example, mine is to reduce added sugars in my diet and say no to desserts (I had my fair share of holiday cookies and desserts to last me for a while). Therefore, I made these no-guilt protein bars that will satisfy my sweet tooth in a healthy way and help normalize my eating routine.
These bars are filled with healthy fats and protein, along with a touch of no-sugar-added dark chocolate chips. This recipe makes 8 squares to last you all week long. Just store in the freezer and cut into squares when you're ready to eat them.
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup almond flour
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
2 tbsp melted almond butter
4 scoops unflavored Vital Protein collagen peptides
3 tbsp ground golden flax seeds
A couple dashes of cinnamon
1 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (I use lilyssweets.com chips)
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl except chocolate chips and mix until well incorporated. Then, stir in chocolate chips. In a glass tupperware container or small baking sheet, spread the batter evenly to create 1/2''-3/4'' thick bars. Freeze for 2 hours before cutting into squares or eating. Store in the freezer for up to 10 days!
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