I am always hungry.
I'm not sure if it's because I have a high metabolism, a small stomach that needs to be constantly filled, or the fact that I'm coming out of a year and a half long sickness that had me eating minimally. But for the last couple months, all I ever want to do is eat. I eat a meal and half an hour later (sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less) I am off finding something else to eat because I'm hungry. It's kind of weird but since I'm underweight, I'm going to keep up this new habit of constant eating.
One of my problems though is that I want to be making healthy food choices, not just filling up on junk. Which leads to another problem. When you are eating snacks as many times a day as I am, you need lots of variety. I have my basic snacks: fruits, veggies, hummus, muffins and nuts but I've been searching for other options.
So what do I do when I need food inspiration? Or really, any inspiration at all? If you guessed Pinterest, you're right. I came across this recipe for Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Balls from the blog Fit Mama Real Food.
Then a few weeks passed and I didn't make them. I just never got around to it I guess. But Sunday morning came and I decided that it was time to use up the leftover chickpeas that I had from making my Secret Ingredient Cookies. I pulled out my food processor and got to work.
Let me just take a moment to express my love that I have for my food processor. It is a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Dan picked it out for me a little over a year ago and it has come in handy so many times since. It's a Cuisinart and it is built to last. He said that he chose a good one because it is a kitchen tool and he doesn't cheap out on tools. Gosh I love that guy.
One of the fabulous perks of my food processor is that it has a smaller bowl that sits in the bigger one so that when you only have a small amount of food to process, you don't have to use the whole big thing! It is awesome.
Back to the protein balls. (As a random side note, I actually halved this recipe since I was just using up the leftover chickpeas I had in the fridge, not opening a whole new can.) First you put the chickpeas and peanuts in the food processor and mix them until crumbly.
Once those two ingredients are well blended, you add in the maple syrup, peanut butter, vanilla, chia seeds, salt and chocolate chips. Then you blend those until they start forming a giant ball.
Once it is well mixed, you form it into little balls.
Then you refrigerate them for 20-30 minutes before taste-testing. I may have eaten a couple too many once the time was up. But I did end up saving some to eat over the next two days.
I finished them all by Tuesday and had to make a new batch Tuesday night. They're just so good and addictive!
So there you have it, my newest food addiction. Don't let the chickpeas scare you, I dare you to try them.