Fuel Your Busy Day With These 19 Energy Bites Recipes
You try to eat right, but when you’re feeling beat or in a rush, it is easy NOT to make healthy food choices. We know, but here’s a tip: Super portable energy bites are *just* the thing to have on hand. From post-workout fuel to an energy-boosting snack, each of these yummy recipes packs a small but might punch. They’re loaded with protein-packed nuts, whole grains, and plenty of dried fruit for a natural sugar boost. And they’re all no-bake recipes that you just whip up, shape into bites and have at the ready to fuel your next adventure. Load up on one of these 19 energy bites for your next five-mile hike or to tackle an extra hour or two at the office.
1. Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bites: Like their cookie namesake, these bites are loaded with oats, raisins and cinnamon, but are sans all the butter. Protein and even more cookie-licious flavor comes in the form of vanilla protein powder. (via Amy’s Healthy Baking)
2. Matcha Pistachio Bliss Balls: These blissful little treats are packed with antioxidants from matcha and protein from pistachios and cashews. To sweeten all that up, Medjool dates and coconut are also in the mix. (via The Body Book)
3. Cherry Chia Energy Bites: So many good things in one nutritious little package — chia, dried cherries, flax seeds, coconut, oats, CHOCOLATE. Any nut butter can be used to hold it all together so you can change the recipe up to suit your mood. (via Some the Wiser)
4. No Bake Pumpkin Spice Latte Energy Bites: Here you have all the deliciousness of a pumpkin spice latte, but you definitely can’t call these energy bites basic. They’re made by combing pumpkin puree with gluten-free flour, brown rice syrup and, of course, a hefty pinch of pumpkin pie spice. (via The Big Man’s World)
5. No-Bake Almond Joy Energy Bites: All that joy will make you feel like you are indulging, but all the sweetness in these bites comes from pureed dates. You can probably guess the other lead players: almonds, coconut and chocolate by way of antioxidant-rich cocoa powder. (via The Healthy Maven)
6. Cranberry Vanilla Energy Bites: Toss dried cranberries, almonds, cashews, dates and vanilla in a blender, add a pinch of salt and hit the power button. That’s exactly how easy it is to make these. (via Recipe Runner)
7. Chai Latte Energy Bites: Sipping on a chai latte with a little chocolate may have been the old way you’d get an afternoon boost, but all of that comfort is now crammed into these little grab-and-go bites. They also have protein powder to keep you going. (via The Cinnamon Scrolls)
8. Carrot No Bake Energy Bites: Shredded carrots are not your typical energy bite ingredient, but that’s what makes this recipe so much fun. The carrots not only add moisture and flavor but nutrients and fiber too. The veg is stirred together with coconut, oats, nuts, dried fruit and cinnamon for that *almost* carrot cake taste. (via Vegan Heaven)
9. Lemon Poppy Seed Energy Bites: If you tend to crave a muffin in the afternoon, you can skip all the sugar and still get your fix with this energy bite. The lemon flavor comes from lemon zest and lemon juice, so it has some pucker power. (via Amy’s Healthy Baking)
10. Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites: Following the general energy bite formula, these are loaded with dried fruit, nuts and oats, but what makes them stand out is that they are studded with buttery white chocolate chips for something all around different and delicious. (via Gimme Some Oven)
11. Apple-Cinnamon Energy Bites: When apples and cinnamon come together, they make comfort food magic. Here the sweet-tart spiciness of the combo is nicely matched with oats, flax seeds and almond butter. (via Kristine’s Kitchen)
12. Sea Salt + Dark Chocolate Quinoa Energy Balls: Protein-packed chewy quinoa meets dark chocolate and sea salt to make our healthy afternoon snack dreams come true. Almond butter, maple syrup and walnuts are in there too, to make these a superfood treat. (via Simply Quinoa)
13. No Bake Almond Butter Coconut Bites: Almond butter brings the salty while coconut and maple syrup bring the sweet to these little nibbles. There are also plenty of other nutritious goodies hiding in these small packages, like flax seeds, oats and chopped almonds. (via Beaming Baker)
14. No Bake Maple Vanilla Nut Latte Protein Bites: The makings of a protein bite *and* a latte are all here to create the ultimate energy bite. For the protein, there are chopped nuts, nut butter and vanilla protein powder, while ground coffee means there’s a whole latte energy-boosting going on. (via Cotter Crunch)
15. Healthy Fudgy Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites: With fall just around the corner, tempting pumpkin sweets will be EVERYWHERE, so come prepared with this healthy alternative. These bites get their fudgy texture from pureed pumpkin that is mixed with almond butter, oats and quinoa flakes. (via Desserts With Benefits)
16. Blueberry Almond Energy Bites: Superfood blueberries make these super delicious. To start this recipe, almond butter and agave are warmed together in the microwave. That heat helps to soften the dried berries and the other ingredients so they come together into balls in a cinch. (via Recipe Runner)
17. Pecan Pie Energy Bites: How yummy does this one sound?! Of course, in traditional energy-bite fashion, it has lots of protein and nutritious goodies packed in, like oats, wheat germ and nuts, so it only *sounds* down-right decadent. (via Baker by Nature)
18. Raspberry Coconut Breakfast Balls: If your mornings tend to be an exercise in chaos, then breakfast balls are just the thing. They’re made with just five ingredients, with one of them being crushed frozen raspberries to give them that irresistible color. (via Feeding Finn)
19. Cranberry Almond Energy Bites: These are like the LBD of energy bites. The flavors of sweet-tart cranberries with the crunch of almonds make a good base for adding in other nutritious staples you have on hand. For this recipe, those come in the form of chia and flax seeds. (via The Creative Bite)
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Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com