If you are going to exercise and/or do sports that burn lots of calories, why can't you just snack on anything?

Calories are not all created equal.

You can eat and burn calories from processed food and be thin but will eventually get sick.

Or you can eat and burn high quality calories from real food and thrive in health!

Today, I am reviewing a book, Smart Snacking for Sports by my friend Michelle Vodrazka of Inspired Bodies.

Like Family For Health, Michelle also advocates that cooking is key to your health!

Michelle not only explains the importance of cooking but relates it as to why it is critical to your success in sports and exercise and presents simple and delicious real food sports snacks that will fuel your body and excite your taste buds.

Here is the Recipe we tried for you and will share with you for FREE with permission from Michelle:

Smart Snacking For Sports by Michelle Vodrazka

Chocolate Chunk Granola

This recipe is gluten-free (GF), dairy-free (DF), nut-free (NF), egg-free (EF), vegetarian (VEG) or vegan (V)

It’s no secret that eating chocolate makes people happy, so why not start your day with a little dose of happiness? No one will ever know that this granola also happens to be high in antioxidants, fibre, protein and healthy fats.


  • 3 c old fashioned GF rolled oats
  • 1/2 c pure cocoa powder
  • 1/4 c flaxseed meal (ground flaxseeds)
  • 1/4 c hemp hearts
  • 1/2 c shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 8 Medjool dates
  • 1/4 c filtered water
  • 1/2 c coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 c maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c dairy-free chocolate chunks or broken pieces of a 70% dark chocolate bar


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    Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together first 8 ingredients and set aside.
  3. Using a bullet or blender, mix together date and water until a paste forms. Set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla and date paste.
  5. Pour over oat mixture and mix thoroughly so oats are well coated.
  6. Spread evenly over on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and add in chocolate chunks.
  9. Let cool completely before storing in an air-tight container.

We give this recipe 4 thumbs up!
Parents (2) liked how it was low in sugar, even with the chocolate chunks.
Kids (2) liked that they could eat chocolate for breakfast!  🙂

How we made this recipe ours:

We held off on adding the chocolate chucks to half of the recipe.  Even though it is low in sugar, we still try to limit sugar as much as we can and strive to be sugar-free.  And surprisingly, this recipe was chocolatey sweet enough without the chocolate chucks.

We enjoyed Michelle's Chocolate Chuck Granola as a breakfast granola on top of our smoothie, ate it is as cereal with coconut milk

The kids said, “WOW! This looks like that chocolate cereal commercial on TV!”

To the half that we added the chocolate chucks, we had it for a sweet and healthy snack and we sprinkled it on our homemade ice cream for dessert.

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How can you get more of these deliciously Smart Sports Snack recipes and what else can you get for LESS?

First, Try this Free Recipe for yourself and comment below and on Michelle's page to give thanks for this FREEBIE!

Second, Check out Smart Snacking for Sports AT A SPECIAL FAMILY FOR HEALTH READER DISCOUNT!  You can buy the PDF version of the book at 60% off the $12.99 retail price for a limited time using the coupon code: FamilyForHealth.

Third, keep following our blog for more FREEBIES and DISCOUNTS as we are having so much fun networking with our fellow Health Warriors to bring you these healthy goodies!

Finally, go ahead and “Pay It Forward in Health” and share this blog post on email, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook with all your friends and family that are looking for a healthy alternative to sports snacks for themselves and their children.

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Wife & Mommy | Transformational Nutrition Coach | Lifestyle Entrepreneur at Family For Health
I am a wife who loves falling in love with her husband over and over again! I am a stay-at-home mommy to a sweet girl with a big heart and an energetic boy with a zest for life.

I’m addicted to cooking real foods and shopping locally at Farmer’s Markets.I am a health revolutionary who is writing this blog with a desire to “pay it forward in health”.This desire stems from love and my pursuit to make a difference in people’s health and wellbeing”.

I am a certified Transformational Nutrition Coach that helps women discover their healthy lifestyle that finally works so that they can transform into the healthy sexy and confident woman they want, and are meant to be.

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