The holidays are filled with sweet and warm flavors that can give you a sense of comfort (much needed in this strange 2020 season). Here are two quick and healthy holiday-inspired recipes from Stephanie Middleberg, MS, RD, CDN, that not only hit that flavor mark, but also help satisfy your sweet tooth and keep you feeling satisfied and your energy up throughout the day.
Lemon-Coconut Energy Bites
Yield: About 32
Place nuts and salt in a food processor; pulse to chop. (Do not overprocess and turn nuts into butter.) Transfer to a bowl. Add dates, zest and juice to the processor; pulse to form a paste, stopping to scrape down the processor once or twice. Add nuts, coconut and chia seeds; pulse several times until all ingredients are well chopped and combined. Use two spoons or a small ice-cream scoop to portion into balls. Roll in additional coconut, if desired. Store covered in the fridge or freezer.
Oatmeal Cookie Dough Energy Bites
Yield: About 25
Place all ingredients except chocolate chips in a food processor; process until everything is chopped and well combined, stopping to scrape down the processor as needed. Fold in chocolate chips. Use two spoons or a small ice-cream scoop to portion into balls. Store covered in the fridge or freezer.
(Originally published by Beth Lipton of Middleberg Nutrition in Health Magazine).
*For Calibrate program members:
Green: These foods are the best for your health and weight.
Yellow: These foods are generally weight and health neutral if they are eaten in moderation.
Stephanie Middleberg, RD
Calibrate Food Expert
Stephanie earned her Master's in Clinical Science and RD at New York University. She is the founder of Middleberg Nutrition, a health and wellness practice in New York City, and is the best-selling author of 'The Big Book of Organic Baby Food'.