Ball of energy. That is probably is how most of your friends and family describe you. They can’t imagine having the amount of energy that you do in order to make it through your day as a dancer. Little do they know, you are armed with secret dancer, nutritional advice.
Pack these and eat them when you need something that is going to hold you another hour or so until your next meal. The sugar in the apple juice will give you a quick boost of energy while the combo of complex carbs, fats and proteins will go to work to help stabilize blood sugar, release sustained energy.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 10-15 balls
- 6 dates, soaked
- 1/2 cup rolled oats, soaked with dates
- 3/4 cup almonds
- 1/2 cup sesame seeds
- 3/4 cup poppy seeds
- 1/2 cup apple juice
- 1/2 cup brown rice syrup
- Soak dates with oats in water for a few hours, then drain excess water.
- Add all ingredients except poppy seeds into a blender. Blend until chunks become very small, but are still apparent.
- Form little balls with the mixture, then cover in poppy seeds.
Variations: You can also squeeze lemon or ginger juice into the mixture.
Joanie Johnson is a certified health coach (CHC) through the Institute for Integrated Nutrition. Joanie is board certified through the American Association of Drugless Practioners (AADP), holds a B.A. in dance from Slippery Rock University, is a certified Pilates instructor, TRX trainer, professional modern dancer with HT Chen and Dancers, a Julie Morgentstern trained organizer and an all-around busy, motivated woman in New York City. She founded Motivated Nutrition (www.motivatednutrition.net) to educate and motivate movers and food lovers of all ages through individual and group coaching, fitness classes, cooking demonstrations, creative movement based workshops, and educational seminars. Joanie believes in everyone’s right to live an active, healthy lifestyle and enjoys sharing her passion of optimal wellness through movement, fun and delicious food!