(No) Energy Balls: Chocolate Banana Coco-Nut & Vanilla Almond Fig

(No) Energy Balls: Chocolate Banana Coco-Nut & Vanilla Almond Fig - HeDoesXrayIDoFood

These addictive, protein rich bon-bon like balls are moist with great texture and very little sugar. Unlike most “Energy Ball” recipes, they contain no coconut oil whatsoever, keeping the fat content low. The crunch from rough chopped nuts is balance by the sweet chew of dried fruit and (quick cooking) oats. They satisfy the midday munchies with guilt free nutrition. And when kept in a sandwich bag in my purse, they make a happy girl out of my perpetually HANGRY niece!

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Lemon Bars with Cardamom; Guiltless & Egg-less. 150 calories LESS and 1/2 the sugar of the average bar

Lemon Bars with Cardamom; Guiltless & Eggless. 150 calories less and 1/2 the sugar of the average bar

My Lemon Bars with Cardamom have less than 1/2 the sugar of the average bar. But they still pack in the flavor, tang, and buttery goodness of a shortbread crust. There aren’t any weird “diet” ingredients, and still each comes in at around 237 calories vs the usual nearly 400 per square. Unlike other “low calorie/low sugar” recipes, this bar isn’t the size of your thumbnail in order to keep the calorie count low, and consequently your craving unsatisfied. These are at least 3″x2″, a real portion!

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Buffalo (Tempeh) Bowls; One of my Favorite Make Ahead Meals!

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Fiery, tangy, buttery… but not sinful. That’s how I’d describe the Buffalo-ed tempeh in this bowl. The balance of cool, creamy avocado, and buttery chickpeas against the heat delivered by Louisiana Style hot sauce is crave-able! These bowls are simple to prepare, inexpensive, and full of protein, fiber, and flavor.

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Easy Side Dish, “Macho” Peas (from Frozen!)

Easy Side Dish, "Macho" Peas (from Frozen!)-HeDoesXrayIDoFood.com

This is one of the easiest last minute side dishes to make to brighten up the dinner table. The cool mint balances out spicy chili paste while the sweetness from the peas serves as a perfect vessel for those flavors.

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Tahini Tempeh Bowls (Make Ahead Meal), 20g Protein

Tahini Tempeh Bowls (Make Ahead Meal)- HeDoesXrayIDoFood.com

This bowl’s textures of crispy, meaty tempeh, crunchy broccoli, and fluffy quinoa are thoroughly satisfying. A sweet, spiced tahini drizzle enhances quick pickled cucumbers over warm, marinated tempeh. All that, PLUS 20g of protein.

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