I’ve got power in my balls

Power Balls

Are you ready to add some power into your balls?  These easy to make protein balls are perfect for a “grab and go”  breakfast/snack, are mom approved with mess-free nutrition and also kid approved for flavor!

 

( That’s a triple win! )

 

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Knowing what you put into your body gives you power over your health and happiness. Everything we digest plays a part in how our bodies function. It’s our job to know the benefits to ensure we give our bodies the harmony they need and all the power they crave.

Nutritional Facts

Flax seeds: Super food high in Omega-3’s, anti-inflammatory, boosts metabolism, burns fat, rich in antioxidants, high in fiber, aids constipation, lower cholesterol, lower blood sugar, aids / prevents diabetes, cancer fighting, anti-viral and anti-bacterial

Oats: High in fiber, high protein grain, aids weight loss, contains antioxidants (more than broccoli), controls blood sugar, reduces risk of and helps aid type 2 diabetes, lowers cholesterol, stimulates bowel function (natural laxative ), helps prevent cancer and disease, promotes heart health, boosts immune system


Coconut Oil:
Increases metabolism, improves digestion / bowel function, reduces inflammation, helps balance cholesterol, improves memory and concentration, regulates appetite, liver, pancreas, heart health, and promotes healthy hair, skin, and nails

Honey: High in antioxidants, lowers blood pressure, helps improve cholesterol, aids diabetes, promotes heart health, a useful weight management tool, is a natural energy source and natural sweetener

Cinnamon: High in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, protects heart health, fights diabetes, boosts brain function, boosts immune system (fighting viruses and infections), promotes dental health and freshens breath naturally, fights allergies and benefits skin health

Vanilla: High source of antioxidants, promotes heart health, may provide properties that prevent cancer and disease, reduces inflammation, strengthens hair, prevents acne, aids in weight loss, fights anxiety and aids digestion

Nut Butter: Varies on type, however many nut butters contain properties that benefit heart health, reduce the risk of type-2 Diabetes and aid weight loss

Protein Powder (we recommend using a plant based brand): High in protein, boosts metabolism, fiber friendly, promotes gut health (alkalizing properties), improves digestion, improves joint health and promotes heart health

 

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Recipe

1 cup Oats
1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
1 tsp Vanilla
1 tbsp Coconut Oil
1/4 cup honey
1 tbsp Cinnamon
1/4 Nut butter
1/4 c Ground Flax Seeds

Combine nut butter, honey, coconut oil, and vanilla in bowl
Add in oats, protein powder and cinnamon
Mix well & roll into balls

Refrigerate or store in freezer

**HappyBeHealthy Tip: add in cinnamon chips for an extra flavor boost!

If you’re looking for an extra power boost to add with your Power balls, try out this Groovy Smoothie!

Fighting Anxiety like a Superhero (Holistically)

Let’s be honest,  anxiety sucks.  While you may feel alone, know that an estimated 40 million people in the US live with it. We have our days when just getting out of bed seems impossible, we feel like we can’t live up to the standards at work, walking into Wal-Mart feels like you’re in the center of a monkey race, our children get on our last nerve but we love them so deeply we feel like we just aren’t enough, and  also why can’t I just make a cup of coffee right? ……….It’s hard to just breathe.

Reality

Anxiety is a ghost. It shows itself to people differently and pops up unexpected, sometimes staying for minutes and other times months pass before we feel like we’re able to breathe again. We fall into a cycle of sweeping it under the rug, lashing out on the ones we love, hurting ourself, or holding it all in while we constantly seeking a way to just feel.

So how do we really handle it?

While sometimes you may feel like you suck at life, we have some news for you….Congratulations! You’re alive and breathing! (maybe you don’t want to be, but you are… so just roll with it). When you feel like you have no control, take control. Much easier said than done, but  you’re not going to wake up one morning with rainbows and butterflies. However, you can add a little sunshine into your day by making small choices; choices that may seem so irrelevant to your situation but silently create change.

Be active

Being active has been scientifically proven to reduce anxiety, stabilize our mood, improve sleep, and boost our self-esteem. This doesn’t mean you need to go sign up for a gym membership and become Arnold Schwarzenegger. Start with small changes in your daily routine and FORCE yourself to do these things even when you feel like you have zero energy.

When you’re standing in your kitchen washing dishes, do a few leg raises, turn on some music and move. When you’re driving in the car, be conscious of your posture and while you’re rocking out to your favorite song, work those butt muscles and squeeze to the beat! Get on the floor and wrestle with your kids or play in the yard and get some fresh air. During your lunch break, bring your lunch with you and enjoy it after you go for a walk or run.

Something as simple as stretching as soon as you wake up and before you go to bed forces your body to move and react, releasing tension and bringing the energy you need.

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Be nutritious

While our diet isn’t necessarily the cause for our anxiety, it is a contributing factor. Simple changes, such as drinking a glass of water instead of that can of soda, lower our caffeine intake by putting less stress on our bodies. Eating processed foods, taking in high amounts of unnatural sugars, fried foods and a high intake of dairy have been linked to an increase in the hormones related to anxiety.

Eating pure foods will not only help your body become healthy but also your mind. Choose whole foods by eating more fruits and vegetables; they naturally hold key nutrition combatting this issue. Let’s take breakfast as an example: oats are rich in tryptophan which are very effective in reducing anxiety. Add in a little dash of flax seeds on top with some fruit and you’ll be starting your day off just right! Being cautious of what you put into your body gives you power.

**Click here to read about an anxiety fighting smoothie recipe

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Be mindful

While there is no “cure” for anxiety, there are ways to ease it and help you recharge your power. During those dark days when you feel you have no control, focus on what you can control. Little changes create a big difference. While making these small changes, you’ll soon realize you’re healing your mind and easing your anxiety.

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Gettin’ Groovy with my Smoothie!

If you’re looking for something simple to add into your life to boost your health and happiness, smoothies are key. The perfect morning “wake me up” (without the horrid caffeine crash…) and something every member of the family will love!

Smoothies are the perfect nutritious alternative to your favorite milkshake. When they’re made right, they’re packed full of nutrients your body needs and craves (all while satisfying your sweet tooth!) They have superpowers in them and are a perfect on-the-go breakfast or afternoon snack ….. minus the guilt. Not to mention, kids LOVE them! They have no clue what all they are getting, but you’ll be happy knowing that they’re getting the nutrition they need. Knowing what we put into our bodies gives YOU the power to be healthy & create happiness.

Below is a simple smoothie recipe and the details on all the superpowers!

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Simple Strawberry:

1 cup (frozen) Strawberries
1 ripe Banana
1 tbsp Ground Flax Seeds
1 scoop of Protein Powder (optional)
1 tsp Coconut Oil
8-12 oz Almond Milk or coconut milk!

Benefits breakdown

This Simple Strawberry Smoothie is the perfect quick-fix breakfast early in the morning: powering up your metabolism, boosting your energy, reducing stress, helping battle depression/anxiety, assisting in digestion, regulates blood sugar, lowers blood pressure,  helps lower cancer rate and gives our immunity a major boost! All while making our skin and hair beautiful and healthy! (Holy moly, that’s more than guacamole!)

Flax seeds are high in Omega-3’s, boost our metabolism, full of antioxidants, B Vitamins, high in fiber, ease constipation (helping heal our digestive tract), lower cholesterol, lower our blood sugar, are an anti-viral AND anti-bacterial (fighting off colds and other nasty germs). Flax seeds have also been linked to helping maintain and reduce the risk of  diabetes.

*Another added bonus: this smoothie is perfect to help ease those dreaded PMS symptoms while helping control nicotine cravings.

So whether you’re fighting diabetes, looking for a way to boost your metabolism and lose weight, searching for a healthier food option, or just looking to add in a healthy alternative for your family’s sweet tooth, smoothies are the way to go!

Give our Simple Strawberry Smoothie a try and let us know what you think!

*HappyBeHealthy Smoothie Tip: slice an overripe banana and place on wax paper in freezer- use as a replacement for ice cubes.

 

“Being aware of what you put into your body gives you control over your choices, your health, your happiness, and your life. We all have power to create change, little changes create a big difference”

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