Energy Snack Bombs

Energy Snack Balls

I have a very easy recipe for you today, and to make it even easier, I recorded a video showing exactly how to make these delicious snacks!

They come together in no time and require no baking. In fact, I often make these on a morning while the kids are eating breakfast, and they are ready to pack as a snack for school 15 minutes later.

They taste very sweet because of the dates, and I like to add chocolate chips when I’m making them for the kids, for a nice little crunch. If you want no refined sugar in yours, make sure to skip the chocolate chips or buy some choc chips that aren’t sweetened. You can use whatever nuts you have on hand – I often make these with cashews or just almonds on their own – just make sure they are raw and unsalted.


Bonus points if you spot my 5 year olds hand reach in at 4:53min in the video. She was trying to sneak some of the dough while she thought I was distracted, haha!

Energy Snack Bombs

  • 200g dates (approx 30 if you are using Deglet Noor like me. If you have Medjool dates, you will need slightly less because they are bigger dates)
  • 1 cup almonds
  • ¼ cup pecans
  • 1 tsp Vanilla essence
  • 3 tbsp choc chips
  • ¼ tsp salt (I prefer Pink Himalayan salt because it contains a high number of essential minerals)
  1. If your dates are a little dry, soak them in water for 10-30 minutes first.
  2. Blend the nuts in a food processor, until they are the texture of coarse sand.
  3. Add the dates (drain the water if you soaked them) and vanilla, and blend again.
  4. Add the choc chips and salt (if using) and blend again just to mix the chips into the dough.
  5. Roll the dough into golf-ball sized balls and lay on a freezer-safe dish. (I just use a baking tray).
  6. Freeze for at least 15 minutes. Store in a baggie or container in the fridge or freezer.

I like to keep them in the freezer so that by the time the kids eat them at snack time, they are still cold. You can also eat them directly from the freezer – they are firm almost like toffee but not sticky.

Note: If you are following the Whole 30 diet, this is an approved snack as long as you skip the vanilla and choc chips. You could try adding some figs or cranberries in their place. Also, Whole 30 calls for protein too so have some jerky or other protein along with this snack to follow all the rules. 🙂

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Healthy fudge recipe

Healthy Fudge Recipe

I’ve got 2 recipes for you today:

First up is homemade nut butter, which you can then use to make yummy healthy fudge!

This is such a great recipe for this time of year. It is very rich, creamy, and has amazing flavor. At this time of year, isn’t it wonderful to have yummy little treats in the house to grab with a big mug of tea? I made this fudge for my husband to take to his holiday potluck at work. I have to admit… I was a little hesitant sending in healthy fudge. He works in facilities management and the team is overwhelmingly men. Not your typical audience wanting healthy fudge! Fortunately, this is not your typical fudge! Although it has no gluten, dairy, soy, or refined sugar…. it does have lots of flavor!

If you don’t feel like making the nut butter (or need to whip a batch up fast), you could substitute the homemade nut butter for any store bought (peanut, almond, or sunflower butter). Read more

3 Herbs to Boost Winter Health

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Since the beginning of mankind we have used plants as medicine. Nowadays, pharmaceutical companies produce pills for every kind of ailment, but many cause (sometimes terrifying!) side effects. While there is definitely a need and a place for modern medicine, medication is undoubtedly overprescribed and overused.

 

Despite what the big Pharma companies will have you believe, it is not inevitable to become sick every winter. And if you do get sick, you do not need to glug down bottles of neon-colored sugary “remedies” in order to heal. Just take a look at the list of ingredients. Umm, no thank you.

 

Why not give your body a natural boost by including more herbs that support your body and immune system naturally, to help you stay healthy winter-long? I chose three herbs below that are great to support your body at this time of year, but this is by no means a complete list of amazing winter herbs. I chose these three because they are powerful immune-boosting herbs that can be easily included in your daily foods. Easy is good.

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Holiday Food Allergies Workbook Freebie!

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Managing food allergies can be a daily struggle but it becomes even more difficult around the holidays.

Most of us eat out and share food more at this time of the year than any other! There are often potlucks at work, visiting with family and friends, parties, and more-than-normal baking at home. Anyone else find that December sends them into a baking frenzy? 

With the sharing of food, managing food allergies becomes much more scary. No-one wants to leave the fun early because their face has exploded in hives or un-festive chronic vomiting has started. It is also stressful for friends and family who often aren’t quite sure what your allergies are or what food you can eat. And lets face it… it totally sucks to be the one that has to stand on the sidelines watching everyone else indulge in holiday foods because you aren’t sure whether it is safe for you to eat.

Cue: The Holiday Food Allergy-Free Workbook

I know. It isn’t the catchiest title. But don’t let that fool, you! It is packed with awesomeness!

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6 Simple Steps to Healthy Meals

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I hear over and over again that one of the biggest challenges when it comes to healthy eating is that it takes too much time, and way too much organization.

How many times have you thought:

“I just don’t have the time to prepare healthy meals 3 times a day!”

I get it. Truly.

Between balancing kids, work, social activities, and housework… who has an extra 4 hours a day to lovingly craft organic, gluten free, paleo, GMO free, sugar free, whole-food meals 3 times a day? It even sounds exhausting!

Here’s the truth.

It doesn’t have to take hours each day to prepare healthy meals that nourish your family.

By adopting new weekly habits, organizing and prepping meals can be simple and take just a few hours a WEEK (not hours a day… I promise!)

And to make it even easier… I have created a FREE 11 page workbook to help get you organized and on track for planning and making healthy meals in no time! Link to download is at the end of this blog post.

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Kefir-soaked Pumpkin Pancakes

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Hands up… who is ecstatic that it is Autumn??
Me! Me!!!

This is my most favorite season of the year. Living in the Arizona desert makes for a long, hot, uncomfortable summer. Especially for a British girl. I love the feeling of outdoors cooling off, getting out for walks and comfortable runs at last (believe it or not, running in 112* is mighty uncomfortable!).

I also love the excitement that is stirring in the air. Pumpkins popping up everywhere. The gorgeous, rich, Fall-inspired colors of gold, red, yellow, and brown. The feeling that the holidays are rapidly approaching. Sigh. Welcome, Autumn!

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I know I’m not alone in my love of consuming crazy amounts of pumpkin food at this time of year. There are pumpkin treats everywhere you look, though most of the store-bought and coffee-shop treats contain minimal, if any pumpkin. They are usually packed with sugar and contain artificial pumpkin flavoring, rather than the nutrition-packed real pumpkin. For that reason, I prefer to make my treats at home and avoid the sugar and chemical-laden fake foods.

I thought today I would share my gluten free, dairy free, refined-sugar free pumpkin pancakes. They also happen to be delicious!

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Big Magic and Creativity

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On Sunday I attended a talk by Elizabeth Gilbert as part of her Big Magic book tour.

Talk about inspirational. Big Magic, indeed.

I had started reading Big Magic before the event but was only about a third of the way through the book. Based on what I had read, I had high hopes for the talk and was very excited to hear the ideas and discussion in Liz’s voice. After all, where better to learn than directly from the author? Read more

3 steps to create new habits and routines

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Habits and Routines | melissarenfrey.com

I have been fascinated with creating new routines and habits lately. Probably because routine is not something that comes easily to me. But I totally get the benefits of habits and routines!

Like getting way more stuff done. And less procrastination.

I have probably been adjusting and tweaking my own daily routines for about a year now.

It started as “I need to figure out a way to get everything done and take better care of myself.” Over time it evolved until I have reviewed every area of my life. Read more

Tips to overcome burnout and exhaustion

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There is an epidemic of burned out and exhausted women.

Do you take regular time to rest and nurture your body?

This is an ongoing struggle for me. Actually, it is probably my biggest challenge when it comes to my health.

I have a long running habit of taking on way. too. much.

Sometimes it is out of a feeling of obligation or wanting to avoid disappointing others. But in all honesty, I have been working on that for a while and I’m doing much better at saying no.

Most of the time I come to a place of exhaustion because there is so much I want to do and I want to do it now. I’m not great at pacing myself. I get excited over the things I want to create and do, and I work all out to make it happen! Sound familiar? Do you operate in that way? My husband and friends have told me for years to slow-my-roll, but where is the fun in that? Read more