Chocolate-Coffee-Chia Energy Bites
The superfood: Chia seeds
Eat them because: They’re packed with omega-3 fatty acids (important for brain health). Plus, the gelatinous coating they form when exposed to liquid slows digestion, which makes you feel full longer.
Makes: 12 bites
Time: 5 minutes
1 cup pitted Medjool dates (about 15 whole dates)
½ cup raw almonds
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons ground coffee
1 tablespoon chia seeds
Pinch of salt
Combine all the ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until the almonds are in very small pieces and the mixture holds together when squeezed. Using wet hands, form into twelve 1-inch balls.
Nutrition per serving: 50 calories, 3.0 g fat, 6.1 g carbs, 1.8 g protein
Want the flavor without the buzz? Just sub in decaf coffee.
Lemon-Avocado Raw Kale Salad
The superfood: Kale
Eat it because: It contains carotenoids and flavonoids that may prevent the body’s cells from turning cancerous. Kale also helps lower cholesterol.
Makes: 2 servings
Time: 5 minutes
1 bunch kale, stems removed and torn into bite-size pieces
½ ripe avocado, pitted
Juice of ½ lemon
Salt and pepper
Toasted sesame seeds for garnish
Place the kale in a large bowl. Using clean hands, squeeze the avocado flesh into the bowl and massage the avocado into the kale until the leaves relax and are all coated in avocado—about 5 minutes. Squeeze in the lemon juice, season with salt and pepper to taste, and then toss to coat. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, if using.
Nutrition per serving: 169 calories, 9.8 g fat, 18.4 g carbs, 5.0 g protein
Be sure to really massage those kale leaves with your fingers. This isn’t a job for a spoon!