Diet > Morning Energy Part II

Hey! I posted something about energy balls way back when during my teacher training - I spoke with Dani recently about her wanting to help her son get more calories but in a more healthy and fun way. I wanted to post again about this "energy ball" and make it more clear that this can be WHATEVER you want! If you don't like cocoa or coffee or peanut butter, but you love tahini and blueberries, make it with that instead! This is a fun recipe that is ridiculously easy and flexible - sounds perfect for a fun-loving yogi :)

So, in a nutshell, coconut oil is the main "glue" of this ingredient, at least it is in my world.

Some cool info about coconut oil (I copied and pasted from wellnessmama.com) at the end of this post.... when eaten, coconut oil is an immediate source of energy without being stored as fat. In this way it contributes to slimming, as it provides you with incredible, clean-burning energy without being stored as fat if not used up.

When frozen, coconut oil gets this kind of "frozen fudge bar" consistency that I find delicious - definitely a melt in your mouth, rich texture. Combine it with raw cacao powder and your choice of sweetener and spices, freeze it on a cookie tray, and once frozen, break it up into pieces and keep in a bag in the freezer - the most amazing chocolate treat!

Anyways, coconut oil is the main ingredient. Then from there it's up to you.

Any kind of healthy seeds - sesame, sunflower, chia, hemp, the list goes so on and on and on...It's even more amazing if you have the time to sprout these seeds before including them! Just a thought :)

Any of your favorite clean protein powders, superfood powders, etc.

Oats (preferably blended quickly to become more of a powder)

Spices & flavors - cacao (pure chocolate - it tastes weird alone, but once added to fat & sugar it tastes like...you guessed it...chocolate!) turmeric powder (antiinflammatory and relatively non-existent as a flavor when mixed with stronger flavors, though it does dye things orangey), ginger powder, cayenne (spicy mexican chocolate anyone? add cinnamon too!), vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice blend, ANYTHING YOU LIKE!

Good salt - like Himalayan Pink Sea Salt, that helps hot yogis remineralize after sweating!

nut butters - peanut, almond, sunflower, pistachio, tahini, etc.

Fruits,etc - blueberries, dried cherries, raisins, figs (cut up), dried apple or fresh apple, lemon zest..... on and on and on.

Truly, this recipe is a "Grab whatever you got in the kitchen that you love and throw it in the bowl" kind of recipe.

Basically I allow the coconut oil to get a little less solid (put the jar in gently heating water for a little bit of time till it looks a bit more liquidy and workable)...

Then in the bowl I add the coconut oil, whatever nut butter I'm using if I'm using it, and then I start to mix and add - doesn't matter if you don't measure, just have fun with playing the mad scientist and seeing what inspiration and no direction leads to!

Usually the basic three ingredients are oil + nut butter + some sort of dry something (like oat flour, or ground up almonds, etc.) - that forms the essential batter. You want it to be like the consistency of a cookie batter when all's said and done.

A few ideas to inspire you...

Lemon zest + poppy seed
Cinnamon, cacao powder + cayenne
Raisin, oat & apple
Carrot cake (spices and grated carrot + raisins)
Tahini + Date + Blueberry + Honey
Chocolate Raisin
Banana Peanut Butter Oat
Chocolate Peanut Butter
Nutella Banana (using hazlenuts, cacao + peanut butter + mushed up old bananas)


Let me know if you try it and you love your weird, lovely creation!

So, you take this batter, you roll it up into a size you think would be nice for your breakfast, place side by side but not touching on a wax paper lined cookie sheet or plate - and place in freezer. Once frozen (in a few hours), take off of cookie sheet, place in freezer bag and keep in freezer. When you take one out for breakfast, they will be very frozen for a few minutes but the coconut oil will soften and allow it to be a delicious frozen treat while you're driving to wherever you need to be! IT also keeps fine when completely thawed, just make sure it's in a bag or on a plate, as it will get a little oily.

Lastly, load those bad boys up! With as many seeds, nuts, dried fruits, oils, good for you delicious things as you want! The overall taste should be sweet, rich and easy - and the delivery is super healthy and energizing!!!

Much love,
Grace

(copied from Wellness Mama Blog)
Digestive Help– Coconut oil’s concentration of beneficial fats in coconut oil makes it helpful for digestion. Its antimicrobial properties can help fight irritation and infection in the gut from Candida.

Great Source of Healthy Fats– Over 50% of the fat in coconut oil is lauric acid. In fact, coconut oil is the richest source of lauric acid after breastmilk.

Mental Boost– Studies show MCTs may contribute to focus and mental performance.

Hormone Support– Getting the wrong kinds of fats can create havoc on hormones. Coconut oil contains specific fats that support the body’s natural hormone production.

Immune Support– The MCTs (including lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid) have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties that make it beneficial for immune support.

It has been shown to increase absorption of calcium and magnesium

Internally as part of the protocol to help remineralize teeth]

Is an immediate source of energy when eaten that isn’t stored as fat

Can help speed weight loss when consumed daily

It can help improve sleep when taken daily

When used in food, it may support healthy thyroid function

Some studies show that it can help improve insulin levels when consumed regularly

Topically, it help skin heal faster after injury or infection because of its beneficial fats

When used consistently on skin it can help get rid of cellulite

Some evidence shows that the beneficial fats in coconut oil can help with depression and anxiety

April 24, 2017 | Registered CommenterGrace