Quite often this time of year I end of leaving my family to make their own food, and not eating enough myself. This habit may have lead to children who can cook but, it has also been a big player in my inability to lose the excess storage in my fat pads. All too often I ignore my body signals to care for myself and it leads me to bad places. Lets face it, all of us horse women (and I’m sure horsemen to) ignore our bodies for the “greater good”. What is the “greater good”? How are we supposed to be able focus and enjoy the outcome of all our hard work if we’re uncomfortable or dizzy from low blood sugar or electrolyte imbalances?
Eating enough during the day is one of my biggest life challenges. I seem to be great at it for about a week, then everything falls apart again. It’s allot of work to feed 209 lbs of well muscled active human. Due to the nature of my job there are days I need to consume up to 5000 calories a day. If I find myself getting dizzy, and having problems concentrating today, I know I didn’t eat properly yesterday. Here are a few things I’m doing to ensure that myself, and my family get proper nutrition while still enjoying spring, and all the wonderful outdoor activities that go with it.
The solution?... BALLS!!!
Okay now that we’ve had a little giggle over that, think about it. Peanut butter balls or meat balls are perfect to just grab and go. You can make them so they’re not messy to eat, they freeze , and travel well and you can cram so much food into them!!
Choose carb sources that suit your body. You can pick from oats, cooked rice, quinoa or shredded squash. The choice is yours pick what works best for you.
- 1 large package ground beef
- 3 eggs
- 2 cups of quick oats
- 2 cups of shredded or diced veggies (use whatever you have in the fridge I like carrots, spinach, onions and zucchini)
Season to taste (I use himalayan rock salt, pepper and a garlic seasoning I make from scratch)
A big squirt of Ketchup or BBQ sauce (this just adds a little extra flavor for on the road snacking, you could use spaghetti sauce or mustard even if you wanted)
Mix it all up and form into balls.
Makes aprox. 3 dozen
Bake at 350 or until your balls are cooked all the way through.
Nut Butter Balls
You can use honey. I prefer agave.
Feel free to play with the carb source in this one too. Puffed rice might be good if your body prefers rice over oats.
- 3 cups nut butter (homemade walnut/almond is what I use)
- ½ cup agave
- 1 cup quick oats
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 1 cup chopped dried fruit
- ⅓ cup buck wheat
- ⅓ cup chia
- ⅓ cup flax
- 1 cup chocolate chips (or what ever little pieces of chocolate you like best!)
Mix together in a bowl. Roll into bite sized balls and coat in
- ⅓ cup chia seeds
- ⅓ cup shredded coconut
Lay on cookie sheet and freeze or plate for easy access snacking. If you chose to freeze then remember to go back and place in freezer bags in about an hour or so.
Makes 3 Dozen
1 cup chopped or shredded cheese
Blend together in food processor on high.
- 1 cup chopped meat (I use lunch meat or sausage, cooked chicken breast would be great too)
- 1 cup chopped pickles
- 1 cup quick oats (your favorite crackers all crunched up)
Form into bite sized balls and roll into crunched up crackers (the blender does this well)
Makes 2 Dozen
Happy Horsing Around
Cyndi CEST (Certified Equine Sports Therapist)