I vividly remember elementary school field trips.
Not so much WHERE we went, but the FOOD that was packed.
(Is that wrong? To remember the food more than the experience? Maybe.)
At my elementary school, you could either pack your own lunch or have the lunch-ladies pack something for you on these trips. My mom always went the lunch-lady route because a) she doesn’t cook and b) because she was a smart woman. The packed lunches had THREE distinct pieces: 1) a peanut butter and honey sandwich, 2) carrot sticks wrapped in tin foil and 3) no-bake cookie bars that had triple the amount of sugar necessary. EVERY SINGLE TIME.
This bagged lunch was a highlight of my childhood.
Flash forward to now and I’d tell you that there was way too much sugar in that goody bag and not enough protein. Whomp whomp. Adulting is hard. While I’m totally down with eating everything in moderation, I know that fueling my body and treating it well means that I have to make better nutritional choices 80% of the time.
Nektar Naturals recently sent me a goodie pack with some of their honey crystals to try out. GRANULATED HONEY, you guys! This means NO STICKY MESS on your hands or your spoons or in your hair (yes, your hair…surely I’m not alone). A gamechanger when it comes to sweetening coffee, tea, cookies, or anything that needs a pinch of sweet really. Since receiving the package, I’ve used the crystals atop lattes, popped corn (gave it a kettle corn taste) and in the recipe below. Nektar Naturals also offers on-the-go packets that would be perfect to take in your purse or diaper bag.
Back to that pb and honey sandwich.
It’s one of the BEST flavor combinations, amma right?! Only second to peanut butter and chocolate (for which there is no parallel).
Peanut butter and honey just makes me feel happy….a sweet and salty powerhouse. I decided to recreate that magical childhood memory but give it a (healthy) adult twist. The result is something noteworthy (and totally pinnable btw). We can’t stop eating them. PEANUT BUTTER & HONEY PROTEIN BALLS!!
With only THREE ingredients, these little gems have a perfect balance of healthy fat and satiating protein. Better than the nutrition stats though is the TASTE. They legit taste like a pb and honey sandwich. Sweet, salty, addictive. Give them a try!
Peanut Butter & Honey Protein Balls
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
2 scoops protein powder (I love this one)
2 tablespoons Nektar Naturals granulated honey
In a medium bowl, combine all three ingredients. Form into small balls and place on wax paper. Store in refrigerator.
Nektar Naturals wants to sweeten the pot (see what I did there) by giving away a special gift box to one luck reader. Contest starts today and runs until Friday, September 25th. Good luck!
**This post was sponsored by Nektar Naturals. All opinions are my own.**