Little bites of tasty goodness, these Holiday Energy Bites are a great choice to keep you and your little ones going during this busy time of year!
How Do You Make Energy Bites
Energy bites are one of the easiest snacks to make because there is no cooking involved! All you have to do is throw the ingredients into your food processor, pulse a few times and done!
Pro Food Processor Tip: If you put all of your ingredients into your food processor and then just turn it on, you will create more of a blended mixture. If you want your ingredients to combine but remain a bit separate and finely chopped – pulsing is key! Short quick pulses will give you exactly what you are looking for. Keep pulsing until your mixture has reached the consistency you are looking for. The other key to achieving this consistency is not to fill your food processor too full. Because it works kind of like a cyclone, if it is too full, the ingredients on the bottom will get blended and the ingredients on the top will just stay mostly whole and never make it to the blade. I try to not fill my processor bowl more than 1/2 full at a time.
For these Holiday Energy Bites, some of the ingredients are super delicate – the raspberries. We recommend using freeze-dried because they add a bit of a tart flavor and beautiful color. But you will want to add them last after everything else is combined. After you shape the mixture into ball shapes, chill your bites in the fridge for about 15 minutes before eating.
Why Energy Bites are Good for Kids
Most kids eat at least one snack per day. Even though meals make up the majority of kids nutritional intake, snacks can fill in the gaps and boost their overall nutrition. These are some things to think about when giving snacks to your kids:
- Include 2 or more food groups in a snack, including a fruit or veggie. Most kids don’t eat the recommended about of fruits and veggies every day. Snacks are a great way to increase fruit and veggies in your kids diet. We like to pair them up with a protein food or whole grain to make it a little more substantial.
- Avoid processed foods. These types of foods usually have a lot of added sugar and salt and don’t have many nutrients. Your kids will likely feel hungry faster after eating a processed food snack versus a snack made with whole foods.
- Have a few pre-made snacks on hand. When your kids feel like eating a snack or say they are ‘staaaaarving’ they won’t want to wait even 10 minutes for you to whip something up. We like having something like these energy bites on hand, so your kids can just grab one when a snack attack hits.
Energy Bites = Perfect Kid Snack
- These are super easy for your kids to grab
- Easy to take on-the-go
- You can make ahead and they store well in the fridge
- Perfect size for kids
- Way less messy than crackers
- Keep your kids full – made with whole foods and have protein, fiber, and vitamins