Chai Spice Energy Bites

About 2 months ago I received a promo code in the mail for Care/of personalized vitamins. I knew I needed to be taking more vitamins, and am a sucker for direct mail marketing, so I figured I'd give it a go for a month and see how I felt. You take a quick quiz about your health, hopes, and concerns, and they create a pack for you that you can easily customize based on preference and budget. Also, they come in these adorably cute personalized packs with your name on them and fun facts or quotes.

It's been a little over a month of steady intake (magnesium, calcium, and a probiotic) and so far, I'm pretty annoyed at my self for not starting earlier. As someone that generally eats mindfully and healthy, I get a number of vitamins and minerals from my diet, but it's said that the majority of us are deficient in some essential micro nutrients not matter how healthy we are. As a woman, magnesium is vital for a number of functions, but I added it based on research that it is helpful for women that experience severe cramps during that time of the month.

TMI? Sorry.

I also added calcium because I don't consume much dairy on a day to day basis. And one daily probiotic because a healthy gut is a happy gut, am I right? Also, for what it's worth, this post is not at all sponsored, I just genuinely really enjoy the ease, cost, and benefits of the service.

It's said that you should give your body a month of so to start to feel or see the benefits of any changes (diet changes, removal or addition of problematic foods, vitamins, etc). It's been about a month and the number one thing I've noticed since I started taking them is that my energy levels have increased. Prior, I would often hit an afternoon slump. These felt more related to clarity and focus rather than tiredness, but sometimes that's hard to distinguish between two. In addition, on days where I only had one cup of coffee (which is usual, it's rare that I have more than one), I was genuinely tired and ready to fall asleep by 8:30 or 9:00pm. I get up really early, but regardless, that's too early for someone my age! Now, the majority of my afternoon slumps have disappeared, and most nights, I'm easily up until 10:00 or 10:30pm. Overall, I feel really good as well. Hard to describe, and of course I can't pinpoint that this is a direct cause, but I'm happy I decided to start taking my vitamins.

Speaking of increased levels of energy, energy bites are my favorite consumable way to get a natural boost in my system. Whether it's for an afternoon pick-me-up, before a workout, or simply a healthy treat for after dinner, I like to have these on hand. I usually keep it simple - mix of nuts, dates, coconut oil, and cacao nibs, but this time I switched it up for the season. These Chai Spiced Energy Bites whip up so easily, and are the perfect addition to your fall snack routine. Also, did I mention these are great as a healthy option to bring to a party - seriously no one will know they're good for you!

Ingredients:

1 cup pecans

1/2 cup almonds

1/2 coconut shreds

4-5 pitted dates

1/4 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp ginger

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp cardamon

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1/8 tsp all spice

1/8 tsp ground cloves

1/8 tsp salt

1 tbsp coconut oil

2 tbsp coconut cream

Serving Size: 14-16 balls, depending on size

Instructions:

1. Add the pecans and almonds to a food processor and pulse a few times. Then blend on high for 30-45 seconds.

2. Add in the dates and the coconut, and blend again for 45 seconds.

3. Add in the spices, vanilla, coconut cream and coconut oil. Blend for a minute or two, or until texture is moldable. Test this by grabbing a portion with your hand and squeezing it. If it sticks together well, you're set. If not, continue to blend or add a touch more oil/coconut cream to get things moving.

4. Lightly wet your hands, grab about a small chunk and squeeze to compress, then roll or mold into a ball shape. Alternatively, you can use an ice cream scoop or melon baller here.

Notes:

1. The above calls for homemade chai spice blend, but feel free to use a pre-made blend. Try starting with 1/2 tsp and adding more to taste.

2. If you like them sweeter try adding in maple or coconut sugar.

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