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Quinoa Trail Mix Bites Recipe

Today is Day 23 and it is a scheduled rest day so no workout happened. But I did make these:

Lately temptation has been everywhere and I have been coming unraveled because of it. It makes me cranky and no one wants to be around when I am cranky. So the solution to my problem was to make myself a treat that is not only healthy but gluten-free, high protein and that falls into the clean eating category.  The best part is there is no baking involved. When it is warm out nothing turns your house into an oven quicker than turning on the oven.

About a year ago I featured a Quinoa Ball recipe on my blog but decided I needed to amp it up a bit. So here is the recipe with all my revisions added in. I made quite a few changes!

Quinoa Trail Mix Bites. Don’t they look delish??

 

Ingredients:

1 cup old-fashioned oats, dry (Bob’s Red Mill brand offers gluten-free oats, most oats are not gluten-free, these are)

1/4 cup quinoa, dry

3/4 cup water

1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut (I used half flaked and half shredded because I like the difference in texture)

1/4 cup chopped pecans

1/3 cup unsalted sunflower seeds

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

1/3 cup dried cranberries

1 tbsp pure vanilla extract

1/2 tbsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/4 cup peanut butter (almond butter work too, I used chunky PB)

1/3 cup honey

Directions:

1. In a small pan combine the quinoa and water and bring to a boil. Cover then simmer for about 12 minutes, until quinoa has completely absorbed all liquid. Fluff it with a fork and pour into a large bowl.

2. Add oatmeal, dried cranberries. cinnamon and the coconut to quinoa and mix until everything is completely incorporated.

3. In a small pan bring the honey to a simmer then stir in the vanilla. Pour honey and vanilla mix onto the other ingredients in the bowl and mix until everything is combined.

4. Cool the mixture then add the chocolate chips, peanut butter and salt.  Mix until everything is evenly mixed through. using your hands seems to work the best.

5. Pop it all in the fridge to cool (takes about an hour). or you can pop it into the freezer and just stir it occasionally (it takes about a half hour then)

6. After it is thoroughly cooled scoop out the mixture by a heaping tbsp full and form into a ball. This works best if you keep your hands damp.

7. ENJOY!

I made a double batch and half the mixture in the fridge to ball up later. I like to ball them up in small batches to keep myself from chowing down. They are just that good. These also freeze really well.

 

Did you take your vitamins?

Do we really need to take vitamins and supplements? For the most part no, if you are healthy and have a well-rounded diet you should not have vitamin deficiencies.

Men and women did live for thousands of years without vitamin pills. So I am sure that in this day and time the human race can handle not having supplements. We don’t need artificial forms of a vitamin anyhow. If it isn’t really found in nature why do we need it in our bodies? We just plain don’t. I choose to take vitamins for my own reasons but I always do my research to be sure what I am buying is a real from nature derived supplement (or as close to it as I can) Minus the Vitamin B shots I get from my Neurologist. I just trust the fact that she is a health professional and I just get the darn shots without asking where the vitamins in them came from or what the delivery system is.

I doubt he is dragging her to the local health food store.

No matter have many vegetables and fruits I eat, no matter how clean I eat and how rounded my diet is I always have low vitamin levels. My body doesn’t have the ability to absorb vitamins especially B and D vitamins. I have Hypochlorhydria, it is basically a lack of stomach acid. It took years to figure it out.  After extreme low levels of b and d vitamins in my body for so long I suffered damage to my nervous system, cellular damage to the pancreas and thyroid as well as loss of vision in one eye. So under a doctor’s supervision I take massive amounts of B3, B12, B6 and D3. If people see me take my vitamins they find it odd that I take enough to make a man twice my size sick and then I am stuck explaining that it is for a reason and it is supervised and no it is not hurting me.

Then there are all the vitamins I feel I need, a daily multivitamin, Glucosamine and Chondroitin, White Willow Bark, MSM, Vitamin C chews and a fiber supplement. I am thinking of adding fish or krill oil to the mix too.  I take the multivitamin just to be sure I get my daily allowances because I never know how much my body absorbed. I take the Glucosamine, Chondroitin and White Willow Bark, MSM and the Vitamin C to help with my joint pain. I have a very high rheumatoid factor so it won’t be long before full on arthritis sets in (I am not getting any younger) I already deal with aches and pains in my joints, I figure I may as well take care of my joints now because it isn’t going to get better. And the Fibromyalgia pain really is enough to cope with. And I get a bonus immune booster with the Vitamin C.  I have read that omega-3 Fatty Acids are a good anti-inflammatory and it also comes with a side of healthy heart function. Now to decide if I want fish or krill based.

So you know if I do not take vitamins I will not die or anything so it is not something I have to do. But vision in my left eye and functioning of some organs is nice to have. I know how jealous people get when I am rocking my sexy eye  patch though. No one in this town can pull of the pirate look quite like I can. ARGH!

Ay you scurvy dog you know you want a piece o' this sexy eyepatch

Ay you scurvy dog you know you want a piece o' this sexy eyepatch

Changes in my diet as well as taking my vitamins have helped me tremendously. I am off most of my medication for my fibromyalgia. I still am always in pain and always feel fatigued, but not as bad as before. I have regained my vision in my left eye and it has not “went out” on me in a long time. Even my reoccurring Bells Palsy has not flared up in quite some time so I get to stay off the steroids.

Now I eat well, take my vitamins and am working at shedding all the fat I gained while dealing with the horrible medications that blew me up like a whale, while having low thyroid and pancreatic function. I feel more “normal” and finally able to work at shedding off all these extra pounds and moving on with a better quality of life.

Do you take vitamins? What types do you recommend? Fish Oil or Krill Oil, how do you get your Omegas? Let me know in the comments!

Now it is time for some Les Mills Pump Hard Core Abs and 45 minutes of cardio. I am still sore from Pump Revolution yesterday. Oh yeah! Feel the burn.

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