Today wasn’t so typical for the Orduno Household. On a typical day I start my mornings by drinking a large cup of coffee sweetened only by stevia (mon-fri) and watching the local news. I did that! Then made the boys’ lunches and breakfast for the 4 kids. Typically after that I start my teeth brushing routine. I’m an adult with braces, it’s a mission! Then I get myself and the girls ready for the gym. We go to our local YMCA, I LOVE it there. I think a lot of people look past it because of the funny song but its actually a really great gym and childcare is top notch and INCLUDED with your family rate. Monthly membership is a steal in my opinion too for the benefits you get. But anyways today we did not do that. Today I sat in my husband’s chair and did more research for this blog and brought out 2 buckets from the girls’ toy organizer, then sat on the ground and played with them. Typical toddler games like Restaurant, Hatchimals, we also watched “The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.” It was really nice for a change, and I’m not kicking myself in the behind too bad for the “Never Miss a Monday” guilt that’s programmed in my brain. For Breakfast, I had my non-fat greek yogurt with my vitamins and meds, normal, protein shake for lunch, kind of normal…. made the girls some quick and easy quesadillas and decided well I might as well eat these for lunch too, and to make it healthy why not add half an avocado! Not Normal, but not so bad right? No probably not. But I am one of those that have the hardest time with sticking to the whole eating healthy 24/7 thing. I LOVE CHOCOLATE, I love sweets and my favorite foods are pizza and ice cream. I’m only human right. I was brought up in a not so health conscious home that ate hamburger helper most nights with canned veggies and a 98 cent bagged salad that had more ranch dressing than it did ice burg lettuce. BUT after losing nearly 40 lbs 2 years ago I learned the different effects that food have on your body physically and emotionally. So the point of this blog today is not only to share my love of extra crispy, near burnt quesadillas but to share a healthy snack I made up on my own that has really helped me in the afternoon when that hangry strikes! Its not necessarily a “low calorie” snack but its packed with nutrients that I would compare to a Kind Bar.
Mexican Vanilla Protein Balls
16 oz Trader Joe’s Raw Almond Butter, Crunchy
1/2 cup Old Fashioned Oats
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 cup Ground Flaxseed Meal
1/4 cup Chia Seeds
1 cup Vanilla Protein Powder
1/2-3/4 cup Raw Local Honey
1 tsp Mexican Vanilla Extract *
(Optional) dark chocolate chips < I always include this “option” 😉
Start with 1/2 cup of the Raw Honey and add everything but the Vanilla Extract to a medium size bowl, stir until well combined. If it seems too dry add the remaining 1/4 cup of honey. Stir in vanilla.
Roll into balls, I would say about 1 1/2 inch size. If you would like them to stay in perfect rounds roll them into the ball and place them on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, stick in the fridge for 30 mins or so then move to air tight container.
If you don’t mind what they look like and just want to taste the deliciousness and get them straight into your boca then roll into balls, take a bite THEN stick them in an airtight container and move to the fridge. If you’re anything like me you’ve already licked the spoon and know how yummy these are!
Store in your refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. I’ve made these by the dozens for friends who say you can also freeze them, but recommend to eat shortly after thawing.
* If you are unable to find Mexican Vanilla at your local grocery store, try your local Mexican Market! (This is like my secret weapon in all my baking recipes, but here I am sharing secrets, life wide open!)