Chocolate Cherry Chia Protein Bars January 22, 2018 19:41
We made a batch of delicious Chocolate Cherry Chia Protein Bars. Great for breakfast or a quick snack to satiate your hunger!
So easy to make! This is a No bake recipe with NO Added sugar. Just blend and form the batter into a square to cut into smaller portions or roll into balls:
1 cup of pitted medjool dates (we softened them in hot water before blending)
1 cup of raw almonds
2 Tbsp. of Chia Seeds
1/4 cup of dried cherries
1/4 cup of dark chocolate bitties
2 Tbsp. of Coconut oil
Sprinkle with Himalayan Sea Salt right before serving!
Health Benefits of this recipe include:
The cacoa found in dark chocolate is full of anti-oxidants and serotonin, a natural antidepressant.
The flavonoids in dark chocolate help reduce insulin resistance by helping your cells to function normally and regain the ability to use your body's insulin efficiently. Dark chocolate also has a low glycemic index, meaning it won't cause huge spikes in blood sugar levels.
Chia seeds help detoxify the body and aid in weight loss.
Chia seeds contain Omega 3 Fatty acids and help dieters feel full longer.
When a chia seed is exposed to water, it forms a coating of gel, increasing its size and weight. Since the gel is made of water, it has no calories. It’s also difficult to remove from the seed, meaning that it helps your body think it is full, without adding calories!
Keeping balanced levels of blood sugar is important for both health and energy. Both the gelling action of the seed, and it’s unique combination of soluble and insoluble fiber combine to slow down your body’s conversion of starches into sugars. If you eat chia with a meal, it will help you turn your food into constant, steady energy rather than a series of ups and downs that wear you out.
Medjool Dates are full of fiber, vitamins and minerals. They contain B Vitamins, Copper, Iron, Potassium, Folate, Manganese and Calcium. They help keep your bones strong and your digestive system healthy! They add great flavor as well as being a natural sweetener. Their gooey texture is ideal for creating healthy snacks you can take on the go.
Coconut oil contains fatty acids which help boost brain function, contains Lauric acid which is highly anti-microbial, and can help you lose weight by reducing abdominal fat.
The medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil have been shown to increase 24 hour energy levels by as much as 5%, which can lead to significant weight loss over the long term.
Dried Cherries are great for your immune system as they contain vitamins A,C & E.
Raw Whey Protein can help replace fat with lean muscle which leads to a higher metabolism and increased energy.
Raw whey protein is an excellent source of cysteine, the precursor of Glutathione which is the most abundant antioxidant in the body that protects us from damage due to toxins and free radicals.
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