These delicious snacks are great for any Dad on the go, chock full of nutrients and adaptogenic herbs that help boost energy and endurance without depleting the body. He can pop one before or after a workout, as an afternoon pick-me-up during a long day at work or even have them as a quick on-the-run breakfast. By supplying a good balance of protein, healthy fats and fiber, you'll be ensuring Dad gets the nutrition he needs, carrying him through the day without the need to resort to sugar-laden snacks and too many cups of coffee.
While anyone in the family can enjoy these, they're specifically designed with Dad's health in mind. Pumpkin seeds, known for their ability to support prostate health (something any Dad will appreciate), have also been found to support men's health more generally by contributing to healthy testosterone levels. Maca, a South-American herb known as a longevity tonic, is revered for its ability to improve mood, energy levels and stamina as well as boosting fertility and sexual health. Reishi is a medicinal mushroom used for strengthening the immune system, boosting cardiovascular health, protecting against cancer and reducing fatigue and depression. Both herbs have been found to be beneficial in the support of a healthy prostate and can be used to protect against the damaging effects of stress.
By making him a big batch, you'll not only be giving him a delicious treat, but also helping to ensure Dad will feel his best and have the energy to do all the things he loves for a long time to come. What better gift can he ask for than that?
Adaptogenic Energy Bites
Makes about 20 bitesIngredients:
- 1/3 cup almonds
- 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
- 12 large dates
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 3 tbsp oats
- 2 tsp raw cacao powder
- 1 tsp maca powder
- 1 tsp reishi powder
- Place all of the ingredients together in a food processor. Pulse until the mixture comes together and is well blended.
- Form into small, walnut sized balls and place in an airtight container in the fridge, making sure they are used within 10 days.
Tell Dad to eat one ball 2-3 times per day as a pick-me-up or post-workout snack.
Writer Danielle Charles Davies holds a Bsc in Herbal Science from Bastyr University and completed the two-year clinical training program at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism in Montpelier, VT. Her writing has appeared in Taproot, The Journal of the American Herbalist Guild, and Kindred Magazine, among others. She lives in Northern Michigan with her husband, two dogs and eight ducks. She blogs at www.bluemoonkitchen.com.
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