In December, it can be tough to eat healthy. Co-workers bring cookies to the office, holiday parties offer up a buffet of rich hors d'oeuvres, and peppermint mocha frappuccinos are appealing even to the non-coffee drinker in the cold.
Here's a gingerbread recipe for healthy, protein and fiber-packed Gingerbread Protein Snowballs. You can bring this gingerbread recipe to a party or snack on them at home snuggled up to a good Christmas movie. This no-sugar treat has spices that contribute to additional health benefits like lowering blood sugar and boosting your energy.
1 cup pitted medjool dates
1/8 tsp cloves
1/2 cup nuts (pecans or walnuts work best)
3 Tbsp hemp seeds
1.5 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp cinnamon
2 tsp ground ginger
1 cup coconut flakes
Food process dates and cloves.
Add nuts and process again.
Scrape into a bowl and add remaining ingredients.
Mix with a rubber spatula. Using your hands, roll into small bite-sized balls.
Roll balls in coconut flakes to cover.
Refrigerate at least an hour. (Stays good in the refrigerator about 10 days.)
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