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Blueberry Cashew Butter Energy Balls + 5 Of My Favorite Vegan, Gluten Free Energy Bite Recipes

When it comes to my eating patterns, I’m definitely more of small meals & snacks kinda girl. I like to eat every 3-4 hours, and feel like my body operates best this way.

If I eat a big meal, my belly feels heavy and too full, but when I eat smaller meals & snacks throughout the day, I feel great. Because of this, I always have lots of snacks around: in my purse, gym bag, car and obviously my pantry. Having healthy snacks around is the key to me not getting hangry!

One of my favorite kind of snacks is energy balls. I like to whip up a batch during the weekend to have on hand throughout the week. But since I get bored easily, I like to switch up my energy bite combos & am constantly coming up with new kinds. My latest energy ball creation are these Blueberry Cashew Energy Bites.

Made with rolled oats, cashew butter, raw cashews, hemp hearts, dried blueberries, and honey, they’re the perfect little snack full of healthy fats, carbs and protein.

{Note: Maple syrup, agave, or brown rice syrup can be substituted for honey to make them vegan.}

These blueberry cashew energy bites are my latest creation published on Shape. Get the recipe here!

And since I’m constantly making energy balls for my snacking pleasure, I’m also sharing 5 other kinds of energy bites that I love today. Check em out!

Chunky Monkey Protein Bites. Because banana + peanut butter + chocolate = the best combo ever!

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5 Healthy Valentine’s Day Desserts [All Dairy Free!]

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so today we’re chatting about healthy dessert recipes!

My hubby and I don’t get too crazy for Valentine’s Day. We’ll sometimes go on an adventurous date, like going kayaking in La Jolla as we did last year, or sometimes we’ll just have a nice dinner at home. To me, Valentine’s Day just serves as a reminder of what’s important in life. It should just be about spending time with the people you love – whether that be a spouse, your kids, your girlfriends, or even just dating yourself.

I’m not sure what we’ll be doing for V-Day this year yet, but if there’s one thing’s that for sure, it’s that I’ll be baking something fun surrounding the day of love…because I take advantage of any excuse to bake!

Baking is definitely a de-stressing activity for me, especially when I have time to get in the kitchen and just play around. As a healthy foodie, I like to substitute better-for-you ingredients into recipes to make them more wholesome. For instance, I’ll use maple syrup or coconut sugar instead of refined sugar, or I use oat flour instead of white flour. I love enjoying treats that I can feel good about eating!

I’ve rounded up 5 of my dessert recipes that would be perfect to make this Valentine’s Day, so let’s get to it!

1.) Chocolate Peanut Butter Brown Rice Crispy Squares. This healthier take on rice crispy treats has been a favorite in my household since I first posted the recipe on the blog last year. I mean, is there a better combination known to man than peanut butter + chocolate? In a word, NO! –> Get the recipe here

2.) Apple Pie Banana Bread. Made with oat flour and fresh cinnamon apple chunks, this banana bread is one of my favorite ways to use browned bananas. Sometimes I throw chocolate chips into the batter, but either way you make it, it’s delicious! –> Get the recipe here

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Split Personality Eating: Is it Beneficial or Harmful to Our Health?

“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are.” – Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

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Are you a person who does a juice cleanse one day, then goes out for 4-course indulgent meal that weekend? Then you, my friend, are not alone.

Recently I read an interesting article in Shape magazine about the recent trend of ‘split personality’ eating patterns, such as egg whites & spinach for breakfast, followed by fettuccine alfredo for dinner, and I thought it would be interesting to chat about it today. After I read it, I kept noticing the examples of extreme eating all around me.

A nutella donut pic that came up on my IG newsfeed... and might I add that it looks heavenly!

A nutella donut pic that came up on my IG feed… and might I add that it looks heavenly!

Businesses geared towards healthy living, like juice bars and healthy meal delivery companies, are on the rise at the very same time that donut shops and gourmet cupcake spots have become all the rage. My Instagram is a mix between clean eating & workout pics vs. indulgent dessert and food porn. Extreme eating is even present on my DVR with taped shows like My 600 Lb Life and The Biggest Loser (though those shows obviously focus on people who have lost control into only one extreme direction).

Making green juice in a Jim Beam glass yesterday... how's that for polar opposites?

Making green juice in a Jim Beam glass yesterday… how’s that for polar opposites?

We have a tendency to be fixated on extremes, so it’s no surprise that people are really into healthy food, like green smoothies, while at the same time being infatuated with indulgent foods, like gourmet cupcakes. So is this so called Polar Opposite Diet helping or hurting our health?

One definite pro that I see to these foodie times that we’re living in is that some people are now sophisticated consumers truly interested in the latest new foods and trends. Looking at our society as a whole, we aren’t invested enough in where our food comes from, what’s actually in it, and what it does to our bodies, so I for one am loving this rising trend of sophisticated food culture.  Food isn’t just something to stay alive, eating can (and I think, should!) be a whole fun experience.  Just look at the rise of farm-to-table dining. It gives us consumers totally new ways to connect with the food that we’re putting into our bodies.

A recent post-workout mint chocolate protein smoothie from a local juice bar

A recent post-workout mint chocolate protein smoothie from a local juice bar

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Ways to Feel Happier

”C’mon, Get Happy!”

Last night I was reading the latest issue of Shape magazine, and as usual when I’m enjoying a magazine, I tore a few articles out for future reference. One of the articles I liked was called ”C’mon, Get Happy!” and discussed a blueprint to help one feel more joyful. The author’s strategies to feeling happier resonated with me, and I thought I’d share them with you:

  • Embrace ”Good Enough” – The idea here is to resist the urge to be a perfectionist. Wanting everything to be flawless all the time stresses you out and isn’t attainable. Strive to do things well and your best, but don’t go so far that you make yourself nuts.
  • Talk Yourself Up – According to new findings, sharing accomplishments and good news with others multiples the joy factor. In other words, don’t be afraid to brag a little and be vocal about positive things happening in your life.
  • Pay it Forward – Doing a random act of kindness is an easy way to boost your spirits (and also make someone else’s day!). According to the article, researchers have found that people who perform daily acts of kindness feel more satisfied with their lives than those who don’t. It makes sense – so aim to do someone a favor more often. 😉
  • Go Back in Time – Looking at old photos is a nice way to remind you of good times and brighten your mood. This one’s my favorite, since I’m a total picture nerd who has photos up everywhere in my house!

My Eats for the Day 

Moving onto food, here are all of my eats from yesterday:

For breakfast I had a cup of Cheerios with 1/2 scoop of chocolate protein powder, a nectarine and almond milk:

My lunch was a Tofurky, mozzarella, & tomato sandwich on whole wheat bread + an apple sprinkled with cinnamon:

For a snack before the gym, I ate one of my homemade trail bars.

For dinner, I whipped up a Mexican-themed salad that included red leaf lettuce, cherry tomatoes, avocado, cheddar cheese, crushed multigrain tortilla chips, & a dressing made of salsa, sour cream, and mashed avocado:

I make a salad like this when I’m craving something salty and filling, and I just throw in whatever I have in the house that fits the Mexican theme. Sometimes I’ll add black beans and corn into the mix. Last night’s salad filled me up and weighed in as a 400 calorie dinner.

Lastly, for a nighttime snack I ate a chocolate yogurt from TJ’s:

Off to relax and veg out with my little family, good night!