Lemon Poppy Seed Energy Bites

Recipe posted in: Breakfasts, Flex™ Meals & Snacks, Snacks, Healthy Sides & Snacks
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When shopping for healthy seeds, poppy seeds are typically left off of the average person’s grocery list. However, this small but mighty ingredient deserves to be front and center in your pantry! We’ve added this superfood seed to a protein-packed snack that features the classic flavor combination they’re are known for. Our Lemon Poppy Seed Energy Bites taste like a freshly baked dessert that doesn’t require any baking whatsoever. Add this no-bake snack to your weight loss menu and satisfy your sweet tooth without sabotaging your diet.

According to Livestrong.com, poppy seeds are rich in fiber, with over three grams in each two-tablespoon serving. They also contain several minerals, such as calcium, phosphorus, copper and manganese. Calcium, phosphorus and copper are all utilized in the body to support bone health. In addition to poppy seeds, there are many other different seeds that you can incorporate into your weekly menu for added nutrition. Seeds will typically fall into the Extra category on Nutrisystem. Check out these Nine Seeds You Need to Be Eating! >

To make these Lemon Poppy Seed Energy bites, you will need a half of a cup each of dry oats, cashews and golden raisins. You should also juice and zest one lemon and measure out two teaspoons of poppy seeds. Place all of the ingredients into a food processor except for the poppy seeds. Process until a dough forms, then add the poppy seeds and pulse until the mixture is well combined. Using a tablespoon, portion out 12 equal-sized bites and roll them neatly into balls. Store your finished energy bites in the fridge for healthy snacks all week long!

Healthy Hacks: Not a fan of lemon? Feel free to swap in another citrus fruit, such as lime, grapefruit or orange! You can also add more sweetness with a zero-calorie sweetener like stevia or monk fruit. If you’d like to add an Extra to your day, roll your bites in unsweetened coconut flakes for a tropical twist.

This recipe makes a total of 12 energy bites. You can take three bites with you to-go as one serving; this contains 189 calories and counts as one PowerFuel and one Extra on Nutrisystem. Log this recipe into your NuMi app to keep track of your calories for the day! Many people think that keeping a food diary with their daily intake is tedious and time consuming. However, our FREE NuMi app makes it extremely quick and easy with our Quick Log Feature and organized food journal. Click here to learn more about our amazing app and its features! >

Looking for another sweet treat that features these classic flavors? Try out our recipe for Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes! > Of course, we also have plenty of other desserts that provide the bright and fresh flavors of citrus. Check out some of our favorite healthy recipes below:

If you’re craving more quick and easy lemon treats, Nutrisystem is here to help! We’re always cooking up new menu items to provide our customers healthier versions of their favorite meals, snacks and desserts. For our lemon lovers, we’re serving up a soft-baked citrus cake that’s drizzled with icing. Try out our Lemon Zest Cake! >  And for those days when you just need a little brightness to keep you going, we have a zesty lemon cookie that’s dusted with sweet powdered sugar like mom used to make. Stock up on our Lemon Cooler Cookie! >

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Servings: 4 (recipe makes 12 bites, 1 serving = 3 bites)

Calories per Serving: 189

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 PowerFuel and 1 SmartCarb

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup dry oats
  • ½ cup cashews
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 2 tsp. poppy seeds

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor except for the poppy seeds. Blend until a dough forms.
  2. Add poppy seeds and pulse until well combined.
  3. Using a tablespoon, create 12 equal-sized bites and roll them into balls.
  4. Store in the fridge.