If there’s one thing you should know about me, it would have to be that I’m a snacker. I also have a huge sweet tooth which creates a slight problem because then you just want to eat chocolate all the time. It’s essential for me to always have good healthy snacks on hand to grab when a snack attack hits me. I love making savory roasted chickpeas, kale chips, or veggie chips for savory snacks, and energy balls, raw bars, and granola for sweet cravings. I absolutely love these Zesty Lemon Coconut Energy Balls because they’re a nice change from the foods I usually snack on (aka chocolate everything).
You essentially only need 5 things to make these. Cashews, coconut, dates, and a lemon. Could it BE any easier?! (channeling my inner Chandler here haha)
Okay, I need to talk about procrastination and getting stuff done for a second. It’s crazy to think how fast time goes. No matter what we do it always goes forward and it’s important to move along with it. I keep telling myself I’ll do all these things tomorrow or the next day but the next thing I know, it’s two weeks later and I still haven’t done a thing. I tend to get stuck doing one thing and procrastinating instead of doing what’s important to help me move forward both with my blog and in my personal life.
Just think about it, if you started going to the gym a month ago, you’d have been going there for a month by now. Instead, you haven’t gone once. Same goes for healthy eating. I know the struggle, believe me. I really want to start working out and go to the gym at least twice a week but I just can’t get myself to do it. Either I’m too busy or too tired, or I find another excuse not to go. The fact that I don’t have a long-term schedule at work doesn’t help – we only get one week of shifts in advance and the hours aren’t regular so it’s difficult. That being said, it’s still doable if I really wanted, there’s no valid excuse to not go to the gym that I could use. I just have to start. The first time for everything is the hardest. After you’ve been going to the gym for months, it’s like a second nature to you. Not fun or exciting by any means but when you start seeing the results and start feeling better, it’s easier to do it.
I’m going to start going to the gym. Starting this Saturday. By writing this here, I can’t make excuses because if I didn’t go that would just be embarrassing. Yep, it’s happening! I really need to get fit. Between standing at work all day and sitting at my computer in the evenings and on my off days, I don’t move much and that’s never good. I used to go to the gym and on runs and I know how good it made me feel. It’s time to bring that back! ;)
Speaking of gym, these lemon energy balls are a great pre or post workout snack! They’ll keep your energy levels up and fuel you after a workout.
Let’s make some Zesty Lemon Coconut Energy Balls!
- 1 cup cashews
- 2 cups shredded coconut
- pinch sea salt
- 10 Medjool dates, pitted
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1-2 lemon essential oil (optional)
- Place the cashews, shredded coconut, and salt into a food processor and pulse a few times until crumbly.
- Add the dates, lemon zest, lemon juice, and the lemon essential oil (if using) and process until you get dough consistency (only a few minutes). It should stick together when you press it between two fingers.
- Roll into small balls, about ½ tbsp at a time (you can wet your hands if it gets too sticky).
- Store in the fridge in an airtight container for a week and in the freezer for a month.