These quick, no-bake snack balls are rich in nutrition
Low iron levels? These Iron Bites should do the trick.
They are chock full of whole foods that naturally contain large amounts of iron.
The ingredients came together easily in our Vitamix. They are bite sized and perfect for snacking.
Go make yourself a batch and notice how much more energy you suddenly have!
A delicious treat that solves a common problem
For years my family (including myself) thought I was a “low-energy” person. Although my skin would tan in the summer, I always had a kind of washed-out look. I’d bruise easily and heal slowly.
Turns out, I was just really deficient in iron.
There’s a classic story from my childhood in which my pediatrician says she has no idea how I am alive and breathing with levels so low.
I had been a vegetarian for years at that point. And was used to people saying “you don’t eat meat? how do you get protein and iron?” To which I would reply “I don’t know… cheese?”
Making sure my diet was balanced was not a huge priority.
So I took iron supplements. For years.
I didn’t like the way they made me feel at all, but I knew anemia was not fun either.
Through college I continued a vegetarian diet and a daily iron pill.
But guess what? My levels were still low. I was still lethargic and pale and still bruised like a peach.
Until I decided to skip the supplement and eat my iron instead.
I googled foods that had high levels and added them to my diet.
Never has a change in diet impacted my daily life so drastically. I suddenly had energy!
Energy led to working out which led to wanting to live a healthier life in general. It led to balancing my meals, and caring about what I put into my system.
It led me to where I am today.
Which is 6 months pregnant with the highest levels of iron I’ve ever had. I swear my doctor almost high-fived me the other day.
Iron in an integral nutrient for a fetus and many pregnant women are lacking.
They check your levels in every blood test you take over the course of 9 months. Making sure you’re giving your baby it’s best chances for development.
I’ve been getting my daily iron from things like our morning green juice and our detox salad. But I also wanted to create something that was quick & easy and helped ensure I was getting my daily dose.
So without further ado, may I introduce the Iron Bite.
I have crammed every (non-vegetable) food that is high in iron into a 2-bite snack. And I gotta say, they are delicious.
They remind me of Kind Bars: sweet, sticky and nutritious.
I threw all of the ingredients into our Vitamix. This is one of those recipes where you’ll need a tamper. Not sure they will come together without it.
Go make a batch of these nutrient-rich, delicious morsels for anyone in your life who is lacking in iron (especially those pregnant mommas)!
Useful tips for Iron Bites
If you don’t like one of the ingredients, omit it!
If you don’t have one of the ingredients, make them without!
These bites have so many good things packed in, so don’t worry if you’re missing a couple.
A 2-bite iron-rich snack that's sticky and sweet.
- molasses - 2 Tbsp.
- dates (pitted) - 6 whole
- apricots (dried) - 3/4 cup
- dark chocolate (bar or chips) - 1/4 cup
- flax seeds - 1/4 cup
- pumpkin seeds - 1/4 cup
- cashews (raw) - 1/4 cup
- almonds (raw) - 1/4 cup
- oats (rolled) - 3/4 cup (+1/4 cup for garnish)
- coconut (flaked unsweetened) - 1/4 cup (+1/4 cup for garnish)
- Add molasses, dates and apricots to Vitamix container.
- Ramp from variable speed 1-10.
- Use the tamper to push ingredients into the blades from the corners.
- Blend on high for 1-2 minutes.
- Add the rest of the ingredients.
- Pulse on medium 15-20 times to combine ingredients.
- Mix oats and coconut on a small plate.
- Use your hands to roll golfball sized pieces of the mixture.
- Roll in the oats and coconut.
- Snap a pic and tag #lifeisNOYOKE
- Enjoy immediately or cover and eat within the week (freeze for up to one month).
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