Healthy Trail Eats: Backcountry Bites
Recipe by Julieann Hartley, Nutritional Therapist
Photos by Jenn Bakos
These backcountry treats are great for hikers, skiers and snow-shoers. They are a healthy nutrient-dense food that will keep you energized while out all day in the snow and cold weather. Packed with protein, high quality fat and a variety of vitamins and minerals, these balls not only taste delicious, but will help you stay satisfied and moving. These treats are sweetened with dates and maca powder, a peruvian root known medicinally for it’s ability to help balance hormones, increase energy and provide a variety of minerals. Collagen is known for it’s high protein content and ability to help repair tissues, including joints and muscles. Coconut butter is high in medium chain fatty acids, which can be used immediately by the body for fast and long-lasting energy. Cocoa nibs are packed with minerals and a hint of caffeine for energy. Chia seeds provide fiber and a small amount of the anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids. Ghee from a grass-fed cow, also provides an incredible amount of omega 3 fatty acids, as well as fat soluble vitamins, A, D, E and K. Ginger helps stimulate your stomach acid, so you will better digest these fantastic ingredients.
1⁄4 cup ghee
1⁄4 cup coconut butter
1⁄4 cup maca powder
1 tablespoons ginger
1⁄4 cup cocoa nibs
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1⁄4 cup collagen
Soften coconut butter on the stove or by placing the jar in warm water. Combine all ingredients in a blender, food processor or immersion blender. Refrigerate mixture for 20-30 minutes, then make into balls. Keep cool to help them keep their shape. Eat and enjoy!