There's no standard definition but it's generally a term that's used to describe a food that provides calories (usually a lot) and very little or no nutritional value.
Not everyone loves the term. It implies that the food in question gives you absolutely no value. But here's the thing. Calories are value. They are energy. They are what fuels every cell in your body. You need calories.
So, to say that a food is "empty", or totally value-less, isn't correct.
Having said that, I happen to align with the philosophy that there are foods provide more quality calories than others. Some foods are going to nourish your body better than others.
I agree whole-heartedly that you can enjoy all kinds of foods without guilt (and I do!) and that ridiculous food rules and restrictions are not helpful.
AND...I also know that my body feels better when I provide it with mostly nourishing, nutrient-rich foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and protein foods (e.g. nuts, seeds, eggs, yogurt, lean meats, lentils).
Yes, all foods fit in my books. It's just that some fit more often than others (wink wink). Some foods will nourish your body. Some nourish your soul. Some do both. Like these energy bites.
These Dark Chocolate Energy Bites are a go-to when I want a quick snack that is a little sweet but higher on the nutrient-rich scale.
They are kinda like an almond joy chocolate bar. Only way more JOY 'cause they not only satisfy your sweet craving, but they also energize you and give you goodness from the whole food ingredients like oats, almond butter and almonds.
They are super simple to make! Keep a batch in your fridge for when you want a little nibble. Grab two along with an apple and a latte for an on-the-go breakfast.
Dark Chocolate Energy Bites
1 cup quick cooking steel cut oats
½ cup medium unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
½ cup natural almond butter
¼ cup finely chopped roasted salted almonds
¼ cup honey
¼ cup cocoa powder
¼ cup chia seeds
¼ cup mini chocolate chips
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract (optional)
Pinch sea salt
Optional: additional unsweetened shredded coconut for rolling
How to Make:
Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed.
Using a tablespoon (15 mL) measure, scoop heaping spoonfuls of the mixture and roll into balls. Dampen your hands slightly to make rolling less sticky. Roll balls in coconut (if using).
Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Download the recipe here.