Morning Start Energy Squares

We’re excited to introduce personal trainer, nutrition coach, and Avazera Wellness Ambassador – Barbara Lorraine! In today’s post, Barbara shares her journey with sugar cravings and shares a recipe that you can make at home as a healthy alternative to keep cravings at bay. 


As a nutrition coach and someone with a sweet tooth, I know how hard it can be to avoid the temptation of a post-dinner dessert. This is the number one thing my clients struggle with when trying to get healthier and lose weight. And I get it! As someone who has lost about 100 pounds, I know how hard it can be to get snacking under control, but I am telling you it is possible. 

The Key’s To Healthy Snacking


The key to maintaining a healthy eating regiment is to avoid being too restrictive, this only makes us crave things more! Plus, there are actually a lot of health benefits to snacking. 
Eating a healthy snack between meals helps you stay full and avoid overeating later in the day. It’s also great for adding little bursts of energy throughout the day- that is if you are eating the right types of snacks. A lot of snacks we are exposed to now are loaded with processed ingredients and sugar. Even things like store bought granola bars tend to contain a lot of sugar and/or processed ingredients.

For a snack to be healthy I tell my clients it should follow these two rules:
Snacks should be 80% whole (non-processed) foods
Snacks should contain all three macronutrients ( Fat, Protein, Carbs) just like a meal

That can be hard to find in premade snacks so the best method is to make your own! Below is one of my favourite recipes that I love to make when I need a snack. 



Photo Credit: @barbaralorrainearn
 
 

I make these bars all the time because they are super easy to make plus I can carry them with me for a big energy boost. This little bar is jam-packed with protein, healthy fats (including omega 3s), iron, and antioxidants. It also has all of the essential amino acids from the jungle nuts which is especially great for vegetarians like myself!


For the Base:

– ½ cup Avazera organic Jungle Nuts, crushed
– 2 tbsp. Avazera organic Chia Seeds 
– ½ cup almond butter
– 3 tbsp. hemp hearts
– 1 tbsp. of maple syrup or agave nectar. If you’re not vegan, you may use honey 

For the Top: 

– 1 tbsp. Avazera organic Jungle Nuts, crushed
– 1 cup dark chocolate
– 1 tbsp. almond butter 

Directions:

1.) Mix all the base ingredients together in a bowl. Then press the mixture into a baking pan that’s at least 2 inches high.

2.) Melt the chocolate in a glass bowl on a pot of boiling water. When the chocolate is almost melted add the peanut butter and stir. Careful the bowl is hot! Once its melts pour it in the baking pan over the base mixture. Sprinkle more jungle nuts on top. Then simply cover and let set in the fridge for 2 hours. Then cut it into 10 squares. It can last out of the fridge all day and it’s fine to eat but to hold texture keep it in the fridge.



Will you be trying out my Morning Start Energy Squares? Let me know if you will in the comments below or share your creation on social media with the #avazera. 

Until next time, 
Barbara

Barbara Lorraine
Barbara was not always well educated on health in fitness. Weighing over 200 pounds in high school Barbara knows firsthand what it’s like try and change your life. Now as a personal trainer and nutrition coach she is inspired to help other people take control of their health by focusing on pain reduction and weight loss, as well as intuitive eating and gut health!
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