Snack Today: Sesame Energy Balls

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sesame-ballsThe hustle and bustle at this time of year can really do a number on your food intake. There is no shortage of baked sugary, chocolatey treats around our house, and with all the running around we do, it can be easy to grab a less-than-healthy option.

These little energy balls are tasty and can be thrown into a container for a quick, healthy alternative to chips and candy bars. They deliver high energy, pack nutrient-dense calories, and are low in sugar. Made with a combination of sesame seeds, flaxseeds, almond butter and coconut, they are easy to make and can be enjoyed frozen or at room temperature.

Sesame seeds may be small but they sure are mighty. They contain cholesterol-lowerin lignans, as well as phytosterols, which also have been shown to improve cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Sesame seeds contain calcium, manganese, tryptophan, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, vitamin B1, and dietary fiber. Just 1 tablespoon of unhulled sesame seeds provides 88 mg of calcium. They are also rich in vitamin E, known to strengthen the heart and nervous system.

Sesame Energy Balls

1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 cup tahini
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup sesame seeds, flaxseeds, or a combination of both
Agave syrup to taste

In a food mixer, blend all ingredients at high speed.

Once well mixed, form into 12 balls and place in a container in the freezer.

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