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Pre-Workout Powerballs Recipe from Top Nutritionist Frances Largeman-Roth


Photo credit: Quentin Bacon

Brooklyn’s Frances Largeman-Roth is one of the busiest nutritionists in the media. Chances are you have seen her as a spokesperson for Cooking Light magazine on Good Morning America, Today, CNN and The Rachael Ray Show, among her many credits.

As a mother of three, she understands the need to have quick bites of healthy foods available and offers her favorite snack before her morning runs: Powerballs!

“I’m always looking around the kitchen for a healthy nibble that will hold me over until I can eat a proper breakfast,” she tells Fit Bottomed Eats.

She adds, “These 86-calorie bites are are dairy- and nut-free (and wheat-free if you use puffed rice). They pass the school test!”

Ultimate Powerballs
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 25
These 86-calorie Powerballs are dairy- and nut-free (and wheat-free if you use puffed rice), and totally tasty!
  • 1⁄2 cup puffed millet
  • 1 cup puffed Kamut or puffed rice
  • 1⁄2 cup diced dried plums (prunes)
  • 1⁄3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1⁄4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1⁄3 cup sunflower butter, at room temperature
  • 1⁄2 cup honey
  • 3⁄4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  1. In a large bowl, toss together the puffed millet and puffed kamut or rice. Add the dried plums, chocolate chips and sesame seeds.
  2. Stir in the sunflower butter and the honey. You should have a nice sticky mess! Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Place the coconut in a small bowl. Using a tablespoon, scoop the mixture and form it into 1-inch balls with your hands. Roll the balls in the coconut and transfer to a container. You can store the powerballs in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or in the freezer in a zip-top freezer bag for up to 1 month, but I bet they won’t last that long!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 powerball Calories: 86 Fat: 4.9 Saturated fat: 2 Carbohydrates: 24 Sodium: 13 Fiber: 1 Protein: 1.4

What is your favorite pre-workout snack? —Margo

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