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What are Healthy Energy Balls?

Introduction

What exactly are Healthy Energy Balls? There has been an increasing trend in the last few years where these products have been talked about on Pinterest, Quora, Facebook and various websites on the internet.

A combination of tasty whole foods in a convenient ball shape? A mixture of superfoods, or a combination of sweet sticky carbohydrates?

They are known as Energy Balls, Fitballs, Superballs, Powerballs, Protein Balls and even Energy Bites. There is an ever-increasing trend towards healthier choices for snacks and these products can fill that slot.

Is it a healthy ball, energy ball, protein ball, energy bite, a snack ball or a superball?

There is no real definition about what makes a fitball a healthy energy ball or a superball, or a protein ball. They are all different and they are all very similar. Blend 3 to 5 ingredients together in a ball shape. Do not add any preservatives, no coloring, no sugars and make it organic if you can.

Make one of the main ingredients a superfood and you have a super ball. Add a protein powder into the mix and you have a protein ball. It is that simple, there are numerous recipes out there on how to make these things and from what I can see they are all good, and all very similar with slight variations.

The key here to making them healthy is that these foods do not have anything added to them, they are made up of only natural ingredients.

All balls/bites are not equal

A quick search on Google will show you that there are many different recipes for these tasty morsels.

Everything from Peanut Butter Cup Energy Bites to Superfood Energy Balls

A quick search on the Internet provided me with the following information summarized in this table:

Energy Balls

As you can see thee is a world of difference in the type and calorie count of these energy balls.

The majority of the items in the table above are handmade, produced in your kitchen and have a shelf life of a week or so if refrigerated. When frozen you can extend the shelf life to three months.

All balls are approximately 1/2 inch in diameter and are made with items readily available. They are all around 10 to 15 grams weight. The recipes are all basic and easy to make in your own kitchen.

They are not Candy Bars

Everyone is looking for healthier choices these days and these types of products are filling an ever-increasing demand in our lives. Candy bars and Chips are no longer seen through the rose colored glasses of youth where sugar was not evil.

Now we know better sugars and carbohydrates are increasingly vilified in the press and society in general. Healthy food bites/balls are a good alternative to keeping candy bars around. However, they are only as healthy as you make them.

They are not candy bars, though they can taste just as good. When selecting and or making these products you must look closely at the sugars and carbohydrates.

Conclusion

The answer to our original question is Healthy Energy Balls are what you want them to be. There are a multitude of ingredients that can be combined into your own version of an Energy Ball/Bite. They can be as healthy or as unhealthy as you would like to make them. The secret to healthier fitballs or bites is to limit the ingredients that you combine in your recipe.

There are an increasing number of commercially available balls and bites. They range from Just 2 to 5 ingredients and again they have various names such as superballs, protein balls, healthy balls, healthy bites and fitballs.

The shelf life of these products range from a month or two to as much as fifteen months. Obviously longer shelf life is desirable, but may come at the cost of preservatives. Any product that is preservative free and has a long shelf life is the best option.

Based on the amount of products that are becoming available I would say this trend is here to stay and long overdue.

Eat Healthier Foods to Lose weight

Eat Healthier Foods to Lose weight

A review of 3 studies done in 2012 by Harvard Medical school of 120,000 people followed over 20 years found that those who ate more healthy foods lost weight, whereas those who ate unhealthy foods such as crisps, sugary drinks and meat gained weight.

Hold on I know what you are thinking.

Wow, game-changer here. Who knew that eating chips and drinking soda pop would lead to weight gain…..

It is a bit more complicated than that.

AXA PP Healthcare

 

Evidence is clear that eating the right foods is good for your health and your waistline. Now this does not mean that you can gorge yourself on healthy foods, but incorporating healthier snacks into your diet is definitely good for you.

All-natural fruit and nuts are a good alternative to junk food. They are readily available and easy to pick up for a quick snack.

A Calorie is a Calorie

This is what we have been told for many years now that a calorie is a calorie no matter the source. While this is true to some degree it is by no means the whole story. Recent studies have shown that in order to maintain a healthy weight, we should prioritize high-quality healthy foods over low-quality foods.

The Nutrition Source recommends eating the best quality foods available. Calories do matter, but a focus on food quality is equally important according to The Nutrition Source.

Lower risk of Heart Disease and Diabetes

A recent review by the Harvard Women’s Health Watch notes that eating nuts and seeds lowers you risk of developing heart disease and diabetes, and may even prolong your life span.

Harvard Womens Health Watch

Healthy Eating Plate

The Healthy eating plate developed by the Harvard School of Public Health recommends 50% of our diets to be comprised of fruit and vegetables.

The Healthy Eating Plate

Our focus should be on the quality of the foods we eat.

Not all carbohydrates are equal and we should choose healthier choices, like vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans.

Avoid drinks with any type of added sugar (empty calories).

Use healthy oils (olive and canola) for salads and canola. The healthy eating plate, unlike the USDA, does not set a limit on the number of calories we should obtain each day from healthy sources of fat.

Eat the remaining 50 % of our plate comprised of whole grains and healthy proteins, such as fish, poultry beans and nuts.

Superfoods to boost a healthy diet

 

Superfoods are all the rage at present. But there is some confusion as to what constitutes a superfood. Most of us expect a superfood to come in a plastic tub and most likely to contain a green powder.

Well, it turns out that according to the latest research, superfoods are all around us. They include the following items:

 

Common Superfoods

Super food list

Source, Healthline.com, Eatingwell.com, Healthyfoodguide.com.au and Cookinglight.com,

In summary

Many of these items are everyday foods that we have eaten in the past. What is significant is that we need to eat less and or more measured portions. But try to include some of these items in your everyday diet.

Working towards better health through food and nutrition is we should not focus on the latest trend, but look to our everyday foods to sustain ourselves and promote better health.

Eating a variety of nutritious foods is the best way towards good health.

Including all of or even some foods on this list, as part of a balanced diet can lead to benefits with your overall health and may prevent certain chronic diseases.

Superfoods are everywhere, you just need to incorporate them into you diet more often.

 

 

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