I have been obsessed with making energy bites. At first glance, your eyes see a beautiful chocolate truffle, dense and rich, dusted in cocoa or coconut flakes... You can't wait to sink your teeth into these tiny morsels. But alas, your subconscious gets the best of you and you're suddenly remembering that diet you're on. You pry yourself away from enjoying a special treat, disheartened and unsatisfied. But wait! These are actually good for you, hear me out. The main ingredients of these babies are dates, almonds, and protein powder. No sugar, no butter, no flour. Not only are they healthy, you'll get a fresh buzz of energy after eating them. You'll feel amazing and your body will be thanking you. These are my go to afternoon snack and meet my daily need for chocolate. See recipe below!
Set aside 2-3 cups of pitted dates
In food processor blend the following dry ingredients:
1-2 tbs hemp protein powder
1 tbs raw organic cocoa powder, the real stuff. Don't skimp.
This year's growing season has provided a bounty of wonderful foods- one of this seasons' discoveries is my new affinity for sweet corn. I used to not bother with corn... why would anyone want to bother with this awkwardly large vegetable that you have to either boil or grill to enjoy? I don't have time for that kind of thing! Not to mention, that annoying husk that you have to peel away and those little strings that get caught in your teeth... I thought corn was a tedious food that didn't deserve my attention. Sure, I would enjoy the occasional corn-on-the-cob at a social gathering, but other than that, I gave corn the cold shoulder. Forgive me corn, I was wrong! I visited a small farm stand out in Osseo, where the young woman working behind the stand told me that I had to try their sweet corn. She boasted that it was the best in Minneapolis. I asked, "Don't you have to cook corn to eat it?" She told me to bite right in, and offered me an ear. Wow... crunchy, sweet, a flavor bursting...
Just last month, I had the opportunity of photographing the newly opened Birch's On The Lake, in Long Lake. Birch's hired me to photograph their new menu items and do some interior shots. This place is fantastic! The view of Long Lake is stunning, especially as the sky turns from pink to dark blue during sunset. I'm excited to start eating here and meeting friends at the downstairs brewery. I got to sample some food as we were were shooting- the fish n' chips, walleye wild-rice cakes, and low country seafood boil are all outstanding (the first three photos below). Obviously, I love seafood. There are tons of great options for everyone here and the prices are very moderate for the high quality and service.